16 best sports bras to help you run, skip and jump with jiggle-free confidence

Our tried and tested roundup of the best sports bras has all activities covered, whether you’re a yoga bunny or HIIT hero

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Finding the best sports bras can be a tricky business. The aim of the game when it comes to sports bras is to keep your best assets close to your chest. A good one will hold them towards your body and support them, so they don’t get in the way or, worse, cause you pain as you work out.

For that reason, the best sports bras put the main focus on support (whereas if you're shopping for one of the best bras for everyday wear, emphasis is on shape and lift, as well as support). This can be provided in a variety of different ways, but the most popular methods are through wide shoulder straps, racerbacks, or underwiring. 

There's also the question of whether to buy a bra that supports your bust through encapsulation or compression too. Or, indeed, a bounce-proof blend of both technologies. Support and comfort are especially important for those who need bras for large busts or if you're seeking the best bras for back fat

To make shopping a far easier prospect than your next workout, we’ve put the best sports bras through their paces. To bring you a reliable round-up, we wore them for Nordic walking, pilates (if you're a fan, read our guide to pilates and weight loss), while testing the best exercises to lose belly fat, and even during very sweaty HIIT sessions.

Whether you’ve been blessed with a big or small bust, love nothing more than a 7am 5k, or are more at home on your yoga mat, you’ll understand the importance of a great sports bra. And, most importantly, the difference it can make to your workout. Having the right kit will help you get the most out of your workouts, so after you've found the best sports bra for you, try reading our guides to the best leggings and best running shoes too.

How to find the best sports bra for you

These are the three key things to consider when shopping for the best sports bras:

  • Fit: The best sports bras need to fit tighter than everyday bras to provide extra support. But not so snug that it restricts movement or breathing. This is especially important when shopping for the best sports bras for larger breasts. Before you make the investment, make sure you know how to measure bra size. It's also good to know how to wash bras to prevent yours from shrinking in the drier.
  • Impact: The amount of support you need depends on what you're up to—much like shopping for the best jeans or any piece for a capsule wardrobe. Low impact refers to slow-moving activities like walking and weight training. High impact covers the likes of sprint training and burpees. Medium impact is anything in-between – think dancing, cycling or jogging. 
  • Compression vs encapsulation: There are two key terms to look out for when shopping for the best sports bras: compression and encapsulation. Compression works by drawing your breasts into your chest, while encapsulation refers to the way in which sports bras hold the breasts within two separate cups. The latter is best suited to bigger busts, but some bras offer a mix of both, for extra-firm hold. 

best sports bras: Panache Sports Moulded Underwired Bra

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1. Panache Sports Moulded Underwired Bra

Best sports bra for most people

Specifications
Sizes: Back sizes 28-40, cup sizes C-J
Material: 49% polyamide, 36% polyester, 15% elastane (all material details exclusive of trims)
Wired: Yes
Machine washable: No
RRP: $70/£42
Reasons to buy
+Underwiring offers extra support+Cushioned strap and band
Reasons to avoid
-Comes up a little small

Suitable for all busts, the thoughtfully designed Panache Sports Moulded Underwired Bra provides support without compressing or restricting breasts as they move. It holds and retains shape by incorporating three synergistic design elements: light padding, underwiring, and molded cups. The Moulded Underwired Bra also features airy-soft straps and seam-free inner cups for maximum comfort. That being said, its greatest, most underrated, perk is the inscribed washing instructions on the band, sans niggling labels. Hands down, one of the best sports bras money can buy.  

best sports bras: anita sports bra

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2. Anita Active Extreme Control Sports Bra

Best sports bra to skip in

Specifications
Sizes: Back sizes 30-44, cup sizes B-FF
Material: 62% polyamide, 21% polyester, 5% elastane
Wired: No
Machine washable: Yes
RRP: $69/£54
Reasons to buy
+Inclusive sizing +Full-cup support 
Reasons to avoid
-Bulky back fastening

The Anita Active Extreme Control Sports Bra is one of the best bras to skip in—among the brassieres we tried.

Crafted from lightweight, breathable fabric with perforated mesh sides, this is a bra that works hard to keep you cool. Even better, both the cups and band are lined with a super-soft toweling cloth for maximum comfort.

Free from padding, the cups on the Anita Active Extreme Control Sports Bra are made in three separate parts. This not only ensures each breast is fully encapsulated in the cup for spill-proof support but creates a rounded feminine shape. Housing three sets of hook and eye fastenings, the wide back band is bulkier than your average bra but worth it for the high-level support. 

best sports bras: Adidas Don’t Rest Alphaskin Padded Bra

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3. Adidas Don’t Rest Alphaskin Padded Bra

Best affordable sports bra

Specifications
Sizes: 2XS-4X
Material: 70% recycled polyester, 19% polyester, 11% elastane
Wired: No
Machine washable: Yes
RRP: $35/£18.34
Reasons to buy
+Removable padded cups+Extensive size range 
Reasons to avoid
-Limited color choice 

More like a crop top than a bra, this medium-support style uses a super-stretchy elastane blend fabric to secure your bust. The bulk of the support comes from the racerback, distributing the weight of your boobs while still offering full flexibility of movement.

As you’d expect from Adidas, the fabric is tech-focused, teaming a power-mesh lining with moisture-absorbing properties to keep you cool and comfortable no matter how sweaty your workout. A feature that makes this one of the best sports bras for summer, too. 

Cleverly concealed at the sides, the removable padding gives you the option to boost your bust. Especially handy if you have different-sized boobs—you could always leave one in and take one out to even things up. 

best sports bras: Runderwear Easy-On Running Bra

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4. Runderwear Easy-On Running Bra

Best encapsulation sports bra

Specifications
Sizes: 30E-40H
Material: 68% Polyamide, 32% Elastane
Wired: No
Machine washable: Yes
RRP: $75/£55
Reasons to buy
+Impressive support+Flattering shape 
Reasons to avoid
-Not available in A or B cups

This bra might have been designed with running in mind, but we can confirm it more than stands up to the challenge with other high-impact exercises too. We tested ours when trampolining, cycling, and playing badminton and we're seriously impressed by the level of support. Padded shoulder straps and a wide underband are comfortable and thoughtful touches, especially if you have a bigger bust. Two separate, encapsulation cups mean that larger cup sizes don’t feel squashed or flattened, instead of creating a flattering shape. It does come up high at the front compared to other sports bras, which has its pros and cons. It means there’s spill-proof security and minimal cleavage, but also that it’s slightly on show when wearing a vest.

Under Armour Mid Armour Crossback Sports Bra

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5. Under Armour Mid Armour Crossback Sports Bra

Best compression sports bra

Specifications
Sizes: XS-XL
Material: 87% Polyester/13% Elastane
Wired: No
Machine washable: Yes
RRP: $35/£30
Reasons to buy
+Quality fabric +Supportive fit
Reasons to avoid
-Sizing is not straight forward

If you’re after a compression sports bra that will give you plenty of security, this is our top pick. From the minute you slip it on your bust feels supported, comfortable, with the seamless design snuggling into place like a second skin. The under-the-book elastic is tight but not restrictive, and the pads within the cups mold to fit the contours of your body. It’ll keep your chest firmly in place during exercise, which makes for a far more comfortable, and far less self-conscious, running, or gym experience. It is a little on the small size, so might be worth sizing up if you’re on the cusp of sizing. The fabric is breathable and soft, with the keyhole detail at the back adding a fashionable finish. 

Hush Selene Printed Sports Bra

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6. Hush Selene Printed Sports Bra

Best wireless sports bra

Specifications
Sizes: XS-XL
Material: 78% ECONYL® Recycled Polyamide, 22% Elastane
Wired: No
Machine washable: Yes
RRP: $56/£39
Reasons to buy
+Stylish design+Really comfortable
Reasons to avoid
-Not enough support for bigger busts

Comfort is the aim of the game with Hush’s Selene Printed Sports Bra, with style coming in at a close second. Free from wires and with a fit that’s more like a hug than a vice-like grip, it's a joy to wear, especially compared to other sports bras we’ve tried. For this reason, it’s only really suitable for light exercises such as yoga and pilates, especially if you have a bigger bust. It stays in place really well during even bigger stretches, meaning there’s no need for adjustments. Maximum style points for its chic strappy back too, making it wearable under a summer dress or low back top when running errands as well. The bulk of the fabric is made from recycled fabrics including discarded fishing nets, helping you do your bit for the planet too. 

best sports bras: Shock Absorber Active Multi Sports Support Bra

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7. Shock Absorber Active Multi Sports Support Bra

Best sports bra for high-impact exercise

Specifications
Sizes: Back sizes 30-40, cup sizes B-HH
Material: 49% polyester, 45% polyamide, 6% elastane
Wired: No
Machine washable: Yes
RRP: $69/£39
Reasons to buy
+Inclusive size range+Fully-opening back for ease 
Reasons to avoid
-Can come up small

Active types, listen up. The Shock Absorber Active Multi Sports Support Bra is your ultimate high-support solution for a wide range of exercises and sports. Its key selling point is the fully-opening, double-clasp back, letting you put a bra on and take it off with ease, without compromising on racerback support. The only slight downside is that the top clasp is a little fiddly to secure.

Wire and padding-free, this best sports bra holds your boobs close to your body for bounce-free support. The shoulder straps are padded for maximum comfort and relatively narrow for a sports bra, meaning they can be easily disguised under the straps of your workout vest. 

Lululemon Swift Speed Bra High Support

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8. Lululemon Swift Speed Bra High Support

Best sports bra for running

Specifications
Sizes: 32A-40DD
Material: 56% Nylon, 44% Lycra® elastane
Wired: No
Machine washable: Yes
RRP: $88/£78
Reasons to buy
+Doesn't budge when wearing+Doesn't leave marks 
Reasons to avoid
-High price point

Smash your PB in style by adding this high support bra to your running kit. The first thing we noticed was the hook and eye closure at the back. It sounds like a small detail, but when you’re hot and sweaty after a run, the last thing you have the energy for is wiggling out of your sports bra. It’s got that second skin feeling, mainly thanks to the soft fabric and ‘no distraction underband’, and doesn’t budge or dig in when running. The molded cups are a nice detail, meaning smaller busts aren’t flattened and creating a nice smooth shape beneath tops. They also help to soften bounce, so there’s less impact when you’re pounding the pavements. 

best sports bras: Sweaty Betty Stamina Sports Bra

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9. Sweaty Betty Stamina Sports Bra

Best sports bra for medium-impact exercise

Specifications
Sizes: XS-XL
Material: 91% polyamide, 9% elastane
Wired: No
Machine washable: Yes
RRP: $40/£35
Reasons to buy
+High-tech fabric+Expansive shade range 
Reasons to avoid
-Sells out quickly

Helping to take the weight off your shoulders for medium-impact exercise, Sweaty Betty’s Stamina Sports Bra has racked up more than 1,000 reviews to achieve its 4.4-star status. 

As you’d expect from Sweaty Betty, this not only works well but looks good, too, thanks to the wide color choice and stand-out waffle detailing. Much more than a design detail, the waffle fabric has been placed across the back, chest, and sizes to help with breathability. Team that with sweat-wicking fabric, and you’ve got yourself a dry, comfortable workout.

This bra works by compressing your breasts close to your body, while the seamless edges minimize the risk of rubbing or chaffing. 

best sports bras: H&M Seamless Sports Bra

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10. H&M Seamless Sports Bra

Best sports bra for low-impact exercise

Specifications
Sizes: XS-L
Material: 88% polyamide, 12% elastane
Wired: No
Machine washable: Yes
RRP: $17.99/£12.99
Reasons to buy
+On-trend color choices+Removable padding
Reasons to avoid
-Can sell out quickly

If you're yet to discover H&M's activewear offering, then you’re missing a trick. Not only is it really affordable (prices start around the $10/£10 mark for shorts), but the products really work.

Take this sports bra, for instance. The soft fabric, plunging neckline, and wireless design means it feels more akin to a bralette than a sports bra, which is perfect for low-impact activities like yoga and pilates. The fully lined cups feature removable inserts, letting you change the look depending on how much shape or support you like. It does come up a little big, so we’d recommend sizing down if you’re in between sizes. That being said, a larger size will offer increased coverage. 

best sports bras: Freya sports bra

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11. Freya Dynamic Sports Bra

Best sports bra for bigger busts

Specifications
Sizes: Back sizes 28-38, cup sizes D-J
Material: 68% polyamide, 26% polyester, 6% Elastane
Wired: No
Machine washable: Not specified by brand
RRP: $64/£34
Reasons to buy
+Inclusive sizing+Comfortable to wear
Reasons to avoid
-Comes up big on the back

Not all the best sports bras are inclusive when it comes to sizing, so we were delighted to see that this hardworking number goes up to a size 38J. Among the best sports bras for large breasts, it’ll minimize jiggle for even the largest sizes without compromising on comfort. It’s all thanks to the little details, like a wide underband (that won’t dig in or leave welts on your skin), padded straps, and soft-backed fastenings. The lack of underwriting helps, too. 

It does come up a little big on the back, so size down there and up in the cup compared to your usual size. If you’re unsure about your bra size in general, Bravissimo offers free, online bra fittings with one of their helpful customer service advisors.

best sports bras: Falke Shape Melange Low Support Women Sport-Bra

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12. Falke Shape Melange Low Support Women Sport-Bra

Best sports bra for smaller busts

Specifications
Sizes: XS-XL
Material: 43% polyamide, 42% polyester, 15% elastane
Wired: No
Machine washable: Yes
RRP: $60/£55
Reasons to buy
+Super comfortable+Easy to adjust 
Reasons to avoid
-Sizing is a little confusing

One for the yoga bunnies, this fuss-free bra will keep your bust perfectly in place as you flow through your sun salutations. The adjustable back strap guarantees the perfect fit and, as it’s narrow, is nice and easy to disguise beneath your gym top.

The double-layered fabric means this sports bra dries in record time—something fans of hot yoga will appreciate. 

As it’s been designed with smaller boobs in mind, it won’t offer enough support for bigger busts to exercise in. Having said that, if you’re looking for a cozy sleep bra or something to wear around the house, then this might just be for you. 

Did you know Falke does leggings too? See our full Falke Impulse Running Tights review  

best sports bras: Triumph Triaction Extreme Lite

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13. Triumph Triaction Extreme Lite

Best plus-size sports bra

Specifications
Sizes: 34A-36F
Material : 79% polyamide, 21% elastane
Wired: No
Machine washable: Yes
RRP: $49.50/£40
Reasons to buy
+Fully supportive style+Multiway straps 
Reasons to avoid
-Cup size comes up a bit big 

Brilliant for keeping bigger busts under wraps during bouncy cardio sessions, this bra encapsulates each breast into a separate cup for targeted support. Not surprisingly, shoppers laud it as one of the best sports bras for large breasts. 

Specially designed to avoid sore shoulders, the fully adjustable straps are packed full of padding. They can be easily cross-crossed, too, for a firmer fit. 

Lightweight and breathable, the mesh fabric helps to move moisture away from the body, leaving you cool and dry. 

If you’re wearing your bra in place of a top, some colorways even feature light-reflective patterns, helping to keep you visible when running in the dark. 

best sports bras: Nike FE/NOM Flyknit Women’s High Support Non-Padded Sports Bra

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14. Nike FE/NOM Flyknit Women’s High Support Non-Padded Sports Bra

Best sports bra for extra firm support

Specifications
Sizes: XS-XL
Material: Front: 100% nylon, back: 61% nylon, 39% elastane
Wired: No
Machine washable: Yes
RRP: $80/£69.95
Reasons to buy
+Nice and stretchy+High coverage 
Reasons to avoid
-Can be tricky to get on and off

Nike always delivers on performance, and this high-spec sports bra is no exception. It works with compression, drawing your breasts close to your body to minimize movement whether you’re jogging on the spot or breaking into burpees. The fly knit fabric allows for just enough stretch to keep you comfortable without compromising on that all-important support.

Completely seam-free, there’s no need to worry about niggles or rubbing as you clock up miles on your next run, and it means that it sits almost undetected under sports vests and t-shirts too. Order your usual size for a snug fit that won’t inch up or down as you move. Pricey but worth every penny, this is one of the best sports bras around. 

best sports bras: M&S Goodmove Extra High Impact Non Wired Sports Bra

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15. M&S Goodmove Extra High Impact Non Wired Sports Bra

Best front fastening sports bra

Specifications
Sizes: 32A-42E
Material: 67% polyester, 19% polyamide and 14% elastane
Wired: No
Machine washable: Yes
RRP: $42.50/£25
Reasons to buy
+Front fastening+Stylish design
Reasons to avoid
-Zip can rub

Good news! If you find sports bras that only do up at the back tricky to maneuver, you’re in luck. M&S’ Goodmove Extra High Impact Non-Wired Sports Bra does up with a zip-front, so it’s as easy to put on as your coat. 

Suitable for high-impact workouts, the ribbed underband works hand in hand with the racerback to minimize bounce. Full coverage cups help you to feel fully secure too. This pretty floral print will bring the tropics to even the chilliest of early morning workouts, but when the mercury does rise, rest assured the moisture-wicking fabric will keep you cool. 

best sports bras: Tala Zahara Bra

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16. Tala Zahara Bra

Best eco-friendly sports bra

Specifications
Sizes: XS-XL
Material: 92% upcycled polyamide, 8% elastane
Wired: No
Machine washable: Yes
RRP: $30/£30
Reasons to buy
+Made from upcycled fabric+High-coverage style can be worn in place of a top 
Reasons to avoid
-Shoulder seams can dig in a little 

If you’re looking to make more sustainable fashion choices, this sports bra is a big leap in the right direction. By using upcycled polyamide to create their Zahara style, Tala saves 28 liters of water and 1.5kg of CO2 compared with non-upcycled polyamide. Impressive, eh?

Thanks to the high neck and zip, this style is seriously sporty and a fun way to upgrade your workout wardrobe. It is bulky, though, so it would be best worn as a top as opposed to layered under a vest or T-shirt. The compression fit works together with removable padding to keep your chest under wraps as you enjoy your exercise. 

Jess Beech

Jess Beech is an experienced fashion and beauty editor, with more than eight years experience in the publishing industry. She has written for woman&home, GoodtoKnow, Now, Woman, Woman’s Weekly, Woman’s Own and Chat, and is currently Deputy Fashion & Beauty Editor at Future PLC. 


She caught the magazine bug during a stint as Fashion Editor of her university newspaper alongside her English degree, and hasn’t looked back since. As for the fashion bug, that came as part and parcel of growing up in the 90s, but the less said about that the better!


Jess’ average day in the office is spent researching the latest fashion trends, chatting to industry tastemakers and scouring the internet to bring you this season’s must-buy pieces - as well as advice on how to wear them. Weekends are equally fashion-focused, and Jess has been known to visit no less than five Zara stores in a single day in search of the perfect occasion dress. 


The only thing that comes close to a buzz of finally tracking down that much-coveted dress is the joy of discovering a new beauty wonder product or hero ingredient. A beauty obsessive, Jess has tried everything from cryotherapy to chemical peels (minus the Samantha in Sex and The City-worthy redness) and interviewed experts including Jo Malone and Trinny Woodall.