While most sports bras compress to hold you in, the
best padded push-up sports bras give you lift while also providing support. But, when shopping for any bras online, there's a lot to consider.
Before you buy, hone in on which style is right for you. For example, if you know you like the way a traditional
racerback sports bra holds you in, there's no reason why you can't opt for the same style, only with extra padding. Or if you tend to trend toward more traditional style bras (think narrow straps and a back claps), there are plenty of similar moisture-wicking sports bras with padding to keep you supported and cool.
Another strategy is to check out the reviews. When it comes to clothing, reviewers have no qualms about laying out all the perks and downfalls of their purchases. Be on the lookout for comments about the overall fit of a
push-up sports bra, especially when it comes to the padding. You don't want the extra padding to alter how it holds you in or, worse, to shift while you're exercising.
Since there are so many choices out there, it can be hard to find the
best padded sports bra for you. Here's a round-up up of some of the best options out there that are reviewer approved.
A Padded Bra For High-Impact Sports
padded sports bra offers just enough compression for a high-impact workout. It's constructed of soft, moisture-wicking fabric with "Climacool" panels (think mesh) for maximum airflow. And while the pads provide push-up support, they're also completely detachable. Plus with the elastic closure, this bra moves and bends as you do. Over 5,000 Amazon reviewers weighed in and raved about the support this bra offers, especially if you size down. What fans say: "These bras are great. Love the price, quality, colors. I ordered more because I loved them, but ordered [a size down]. If I order more I will be going with the XL bc it seems more "supportive." But they are by no means constricting, tight in any way or uncomfortable." Available sizes: Small - 1X
A Strappy Push-Up Bra That's Totally Wireless
strappy push-up sports bra features crisscross straps that look cute under just about any tank. Even better: They're made from high-quality, sweat-wicking material and move easily with you as you workout. The no-slip band offers stability without any discomfort, and the entire bra fits like a second skin for little to no friction while you exercise. What fans say: "Every sports bra I’ve tried before this one is either fully supportive but makes my chest looking even flatter or is cute and bust-enhancing without any actual support during exercise. This bra is the best of both worlds." Available sizes: Small - X-Large
A Super Soft Padded Bra That's Seamless
Not only is this
three-pack of padded bras a total steal, but they give you added shape, too. Pictured above in black, this set of three bras comes in a bunch of combinations of black, white, nude, and grey colors. The seamless fabric is completely sweat-wicking, and it wont bunch up around the armpits or elastic belt. The built-in pads offer both lift and support, and the whole bra is so lightweight you can wear it to even the steamiest studio class. What fans say: "I have searched for years to find a comfortable bra for exercise (or otherwise). Sports bras smash me flat and are hard to put on and take off. This bra fits me perfectly, goes on easily, feels like nothing at all, yet makes me look great! They're perfect!" Available sizes: Medium - 3X
A Lightweight Push-Up Bra That's Sweat-Wicking
thin-strapped bra has all the support of a regular bra combined with the comfort of sports bra. Constructed of lightweight performance fabrics, this bra keeps you cool during any workout. The cups also feature light padding for a push-up effect without the heaviness or bulk. And for another layer of support, the straps cinch together in the back to stay firmly in place. What fans say: "This bra is comfortable like a sports bra. It has the cross straps in the back so if you wear a tank top nothing shows. Provides good amount of support and push up. Looks good under a tee shirt as well." Available sizes: 32A - 38B
A Racerback Padded Bra With Cooling Mesh Details
breathable mesh sports bra is made from a comfy nylon-spandex blend that keeps its shape as you move. The whole bra dries quickly after a workout, and the wide mesh panel in the back allows for extra ventilation. On top of that, the flat stitching and underwire-free band enhances your natural shape while still holding you in during a high-impact workout. After trying out this bra, reviewers insist this is their go-to option for the gym now. What fans say: "I hate wearing bras but this thing is amazing! My boobs always hurt so much from bouncing up and down when Im running and this keeps them perfectly in place while giving me some cleavage. Definitely recommend!" Available sizes: XX-Small - X-Large
A Front-Close Sports Bra With Extra Support
If you're looking for something with maximum support while still giving you lift, this
front-close sports bra hits all the right marks. The four-way stretch fabric holds you in while still giving you room to breathe, and no-slip zipper helps to keep everything in for maximum support. This bra also features adjustable straps and an additional hook and eye closure for a perfect fit for your shape every time. What fans say: "No more peeling myself out of a sweaty sports bra after my workout! This zipper in the front kind of thing is a beautiful gift to women.The pads are great, I like that you can shift them around to where you need them most. The ladies are supported and compressed for an active workout routine. Overall, this is a great purchase." Available sizes: Medium - 3X Bustle may receive a portion of sales from products purchased from this article, which was created independently from Bustle's editorial and sales departments.