Finding the perfect sports bra can make a world of difference in your workout routine. After all, there's nothing more annoying (and painful) than the girls bouncing about while you're jumping, jiving and giving it your all during a high-intensity session.
But let's be real, not everyone's rolling in the big bucks to splurge on a top-tier sports bra. That's why going for a budget-friendly (yet still high-quality) option just makes sense.
What to look for in a quality sports bra
Before choosing the right sports bra for you, there are some things you should consider.
Look for bras that offer the right level of support for your activity. High-impact workouts require more support, while low-impact activities may need less. Check for features like a sturdy underband, encapsulated cups and adjustable straps.
A well-fitting sports bra shouldn't chafe, dig in, or feel too tight. Opt for a snug yet comfortable fit that holds everything in place without causing discomfort.
Sweating is inevitable during workouts, so go for bras made from moisture-wicking fabrics that keep you dry by pulling sweat away from your skin.
Search for designs with mesh panels or breathable fabric to ensure proper ventilation, especially in areas prone to sweating.
Adjustable straps and closures allow you to customise the fit according to your body shape and preference, ensuring maximum comfort and support.
Ease of use
Getting in and out of your sports bra should be hassle-free. Look for bras with front or back closures, especially if you find pulling tight sports bras over your head uncomfortable.
The level of coverage you prefer is of course subjective, but make sure the bra covers enough without causing spillage or discomfort.
A good sports bra should withstand multiple washes and retain its shape and support over time.
Depending on your workout, look for specific features. For instance, running bras often have extra padding to minimise bounce, while yoga bras may focus more on comfort and flexibility.
The 9 best sports bras to shop under $100
Below, we dive into the best highest-quality sports bras you can buy for under $100.
Made for active lifestyles, the Triaction bra provides extreme bounce control for the toughest of workouts. It's designed with double-layer support, adjustable padded straps, and a versatile unpadded, wired design suitable for intense movement like running, dance, netball and more.
CRZ YOGA's padded sports bra has over 2000 five-star reviews on Amazon alone, with customers saying it's an "amazing, cheaper alternative" to more expensive activewear brands. Plus, it comes in 24 cute shades, as well as a wide range of sizes.
Designed to feel like you're not even wearing a bra, Lululemon's classic racerback is bound to become a staple in your workout wardrobe. While this one only offers light support, the brand has an extensive range of styles, sizes and support ranges for different needs.
If comfort is your main criteria, you can't go past this bra with almost 400 five-star reviews. "This bra is the best sports bra I have ever worn," said one loyal customer. "I would never buy anything else and I have one in every colour."
Perfect for medium-intensity workouts, this best-seller keeps you supported and dry, thanks to breathable mesh details and moisture-wicking properties. Its pullover-style also has removable padding, letting you decide your desired coverage.
Nike's Alpha high-support bra gives you the highest level of support with a compressive feel and minimal bounce. Engineered foam pads provide support and shaping, while its adjustable back keeps you comfortably contained - and most importantly - still breathing.
You'll have a hard time finding a bra more comfortable and flexible than one from Lorna Jane. With moisture-wicking technology and four-way stretch, it also has adjustable straps and mesh panels for quality support and ventilation.
Tiarne BlackwellTiarne is a Digital Content Producer across New Idea, Better Homes & Gardens, BEAUTYcrew and Bounty Parents. Between crafting narratives about all things home, beauty, entertainment and more, you might catch her indulging in an endless stream of TikTok videos and obsessing over her dog.