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For this guide, we divided categories loosely based on cup sizes and styles: the best bras for people with DD+ cups and smaller band sizes, DD+ cups and larger band sizes, D/DD cups, C/D cups, and A/B cups. (You can read more on how to find the right bra for you.) But your choice will come down to personal preference: Someone who wears a B cup may want the support and enhancement of an underwire sports bra that we recommend for larger cups, and someone with DD cups may feel more comfortable in a compression bra. Our extensive Competition section outlines the pros and cons of many other worthy bras to help guide your search.
Extra support for DD+ and larger band sizes
This encapsulation bra with underwire offers full coverage and extra lift, as well as deeper cups and wide and comfortable straps.
If you’re looking for a lot of coverage and lift or need a deeper cup, the Elomi Energise is an encapsulation bra that comes in 61 sizes, including cup sizes up to K (UK sizing) and band sizes up to 46—but the smallest band offered is a size 32. This bra has deeper cups and comes up higher on the chest and sides than the Panache, making it a full-coverage bra that when correctly fitted should help prevent any spillage during a vigorous workout. Its wide straps and soft, satiny fabric are comfortable, too. “The material was nice and breathable,” one 34JJ tester said, adding that the “bounce support was amazing for running and burpees.” The tester continued, “I was able to jump around, climb over ropes, and carry a medicine ball without my boobs getting in the way! Win!”
Band size range: 32 to 46
Cup size range: D to O (converted from UK sizing D to K)
Strap style: U-back with J-hook
Panache Sports Wired Bra
Best for DD+ and smaller band sizes
This underwire encapsulation bra offers additional support and has easy-to-adjust straps.
For added support and bounce control, we like the Panache Sports Wired Bra. This encapsulation bra comes in a range of 66 sizes, including cup sizes up to J (UK sizing) and band sizes 28 to 40. It’s well-lined and comfortable, and you can easily adjust the wide straps and band (and even convert the bra into a racerback with a J-hook). A 30G tester said, “This was the most comfortable to wear for the longest amount of time.” But that same tester noted that it could do a better job wicking away sweat. When properly fitted, the Panache should encapsulate the breasts, but we also have a pick with slightly more coverage, the Elomi, if you prefer.
Band size range: 28 to 40
Cup size range: B to M (converted from UK sizing B to J)
Strap style: U-back with J-hook
Best for D/DD
A high-support combination bra with a comfortable, seamless, sweat-wicking design. Its straps adjust in the front with Velcro, letting runners make mid-run fit modifications.
May be out of stock
May be out of stock
*At the time of publishing, the price was $65.
Brooks is discontinuing the Juno bra we like best for D/DD cup sizes. We’re evaluating alternative options. In the meantime, Brooks suggests its Dare Racerback Run is most similar to the Juno.
The Brooks Juno’s combination of easy adjustability, comfortable materials, and understated styling made it a tester favorite. Its unique Velcro straps allow wearers to quickly and easily adjust them from the front while wearing the bra and during runs. Its notably smooth, breathable material and seamless inner lining make this bra one of the most comfortable we looked at; with its molded cups and firm crossback straps and band, it offers ample support without underwire or excess hardware that digs into skin. “This was so lightweight and really gave a lot of support while also feeling like I wasn’t wearing a ‘sports bra,’” a 38DD tester said. We also appreciate that Brooks offers a 90-day return policy that lets you send back a bra for free, even after running in it.
Band size range: 30 to 40
Cup size range: B to F
Strap style: Adjustable keyhole racerback
Champion Spot Comfort
Best for C/D
This high-support combination bra provides cup definition while still keeping breasts snug to prevent movement. Its U-back design makes it easy to adjust and to get on and off.
*At the time of publishing, the price was $37.
For an option that’s easier to change out of with slightly more coverage, we recommend the Champion Spot Comfort combination U-back bra. The Spot Comfort has seams that separate the breasts to prevent the uniboob look, and its ample side and front coverage still keeps everything secure while you’re running. With padded, adjustable, vertical straps and a back clasp, the Spot Comfort is easy to get on and off compared with a traditional pull-on racerback. Although you can’t adjust the straps on this bra as easily during exercise as those on the Brooks Juno, some people might prefer the Spot Comfort’s U-back cut for quick changes. One 34DD tester reported still being able to “adjust the straps without taking the bra all the way off.” It comes in 18 sizes (34C to 42DDD).
Band size range: 34 to 42
Cup size range: C to DDD
Strap style: U-back
Champion The Absolute Workout
Best for A/B
This medium-support compression bra for smaller cup and band sizes is comfortable and supportive, and has a sturdy band that is unlikely to ride up.
*At the time of publishing, the price was $11.
The Champion The Absolute Workout is a great option for people who prefer a pull-on racerback style and don’t want or need encapsulation-style support or padding. This bra has stretchy fabric that still bounces back to control breast movement while you’re running and a firm band for extra support. It’s a pared-down, basic bra that’s easy to get on and off. It’s one of the most affordable compression bras we considered and usually comes in 13 colors and five sizes (XS through XL). One tester, who tried this bra in a size large, called this bra a Goldilocks fit. She said, “The waistband was not so tight that it was uncomfortable, nor too loose that it didn’t stay in place.”
Band size range: 30 to 42 (XS to XL)
Cup size range: A to DD
Strap style: Racerback
Source: The NY Times
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