14 Best lululemon Leggings of 2022, Tested and Reviewed

After weeks of workouts, the Align High-Rise Pant with Pockets is our top pick

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Best known for its ultra-comfortable leggings, Vancouver-born lululemon Athletica has cultivated a fiercely loyal community around its fashionable, functional, yoga-inspired apparel—including the popular Align pants. “I cannot explain how often I am fixing or adjusting my tights while teaching or training. I never once do this with the Align lululemon tights,” says Ingrid S. Clay, creator of ISC Wellness, PROPTA-certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and plant-based chef. “They stay in place and are unnoticeable, meaning they allow me to move in a way that’s freeing and I’m not as self-conscious.”

Tested & Approved

The Align High-Rise Pant with Pockets is our top overall pick because the leggings are breathable, supportive, and feature three deep pockets. If you’re looking for a pair of leggings with compression, we recommend the Wunder Train High-Rise Tight.

While lower-cost options are available, they often have a shorter lifespan and need to be replaced frequently. The premium price tag on lululemon leggings comes with a steadfast commitment to quality, fit, and an unmatched customer experience. lululemon leggings also feature high-grade fabrics that retain their shape, elasticity, and color over time.

To choose the best pairs lululemon has to offer, 11 editors tested over 20 pairs of leggings at home. After weeks of workouts, washes, and wears, we evaluated the leggings based on key categories like material, price, breathability, and compression. Each pair we chose to include here offered the best of these factors.

Based on our test, here are the best lululemon leggings for every workout, lifestyle, and taste.

Best Overall: Lululemon Align High Rise Pant with Pockets

5
Align leggings
Our Ratings
  • Material
    5/5
  • Opaqueness
    5/5
  • Fit
    5/5
  • Hold
    5/5
  • Durability
    5/5
Pros
  • Three pockets

  • Waistband stays in place

  • Supportive

Cons
  • May be too thin for some

Who else recommends it? Cosmopolitan and Glamour both picked the Lululemon Align High Rise Pant with Pockets.

The Align High-Rise Pant with Pockets is our top overall pick because it has three pockets, light all-over compression, and a supportive, secure fit. The Aligns have long been a favorite of many lululemon customers, and it’s easy to see why, since they earned a perfect score of 5 out of 5 for every key attribute we tested for. 

Our tester noted that the breathable Nulu fabric made this pair easy to put on and take off. She also liked the light compression, and that the high-rise waistband stayed in place during sweaty cardio workouts. Plus, she found that the bright colors aren’t sheer and remain completely squat-proof, even after repeated washes (a plus for those who like to wear their leggings every day). 

And with three roomy pockets, the Align Pant features plenty of places to store your essentials while you work out. But unlike other pairs on our list, it’s thinner—our tester noticed that underwear lines did show through, so you may want to wear a seamless pair underneath.

Price at time of publish: $128-$138

Rise: High | Length: 25”, 28”, 31” | Fabric: Nulu (nylon and Lycra elastane) | Sizes: 0 to 20

What Our Editors Say

“These fit me perfectly. They're compressive but still comfortable, and I loved the support they gave me while working out. They're also very stretchy, so getting them on and off is easy.” Sarah Felbin, associate commerce editor and Verywell Fit product tester

Best Compression: Lululemon Wunder Train High-Rise Tight

5
Lululemon Wunder Under High-Rise Tight 25" Full-On Luxtreme

Lululemon

Our Ratings
  • Material
    5/5
  • Opaqueness
    5/5
  • Fit
    5/5
  • Hold
    5/5
  • Durability
    5/5
Pros
  • Can be machine-dried

  • Interior drawstring

  • Come in a range of lengths

Cons
  • Only one pocket

If you’re searching for leggings with just the right amount of compression, we recommend the Wunder Train High-Rise Tight, which also earned a perfect overall score in our test. They come in a range of inseam lengths, so you can be sure you’re getting the right fit. And they’re made from lightweight Everlux fabric—a blend of nylon and Lycra elastane—which quickly wicks away sweat, leaving you cool and comfortable. 

Our tester noticed that the fit ran true to size, although this pair may feel small if you’re not used to wearing compressive leggings. She loved the interior drawstring, which helped keep the leggings in place during high-impact workouts. And she appreciated that they can be thrown in the washer and the dryer after each wear, unlike many other pairs of lululemon leggings. 

These versatile leggings feel soft on the outside and cool on the inside. They’re great for almost any kind of training, although they only have one hidden pocket in the waistband.

Price at time of publish: $98

Rise: High | Length: 25”, 28”, 31” | Fabric: Everlux (nylon and Lycra elastane) | Sizes: 0 to 20

What Our Editors Say

“The drawstring keeps these in place throughout even high impact workouts. They didn't budge or shift and I wore them during a variety of workouts, including a leg workout with squats, lunges, deadlifts, and more.” Ashleigh Morley, certified Barre instructor, editorial director, and Verywell Fit product tester

Best Lightweight: Lululemon All The Right Places Crop

4.7
Lululemon All The Right Places Crop

Lululemon

Our Ratings
  • Material
    5/5
  • Opaqueness
    4.5/5
  • Fit
    5/5
  • Hold
    4.5/5
  • Durability
    5/5
Pros
  • No front seam

  • Three pockets

  • Supportive

Cons
  • May be too thin for some

Stretchy with superior moisture-wicking, we recommend the All the Right Places Drawcord leggings for exercisers wanting a versatile, lightweight pair. They feature three pockets—one on each side and a third in the waistband—so you can keep your phone and keys close by. Plus, there aren’t any seams in the front for a smooth fit and feel. 

Our tester was impressed by the performance fabric, which she found was similar to the discontinued Train Time legging, if you’ve been searching for a replacement. And she loved how flexible these leggings are, noting that they’re ideal for sweaty days and high-impact activities. She also liked that they offered a custom-like fit, stretching and moving with her body without sagging. 

Our tester did notice that this pair was thinner than other lululemon leggings are, scoring them a 4.5 out of 5 for opacity. But with light compression, this pair is still supportive and comfortable enough to wear for long periods of time.

Price at time of publish: $118

Rise: High | Length: 23” | Fabric: Luxtreme (nylon and Lycra elastane) | Sizes: 0 to 14

What Our Testers Say

“Since I do hot yoga and heated spin class, these are the perfect leggings for exercising when you know you're going to sweat. They keep you cool and dry and don't bunch or roll down.” —Bronwyn Barnes, Verywell Fit product tester

Best for Everyday Wear: Lululemon Align™ Scalloped Hem High-Rise Crop 23"

5
Lululemon Scalloped Leggings

Lululemon

Our Ratings
  • Material
    5/5
  • Opaqueness
    5/5
  • Fit
    5/5
  • Hold
    5/5
  • Durability
    5/5
Pros
  • Reinforced scalloped hem

  • Thick material

  • Stylish design

Cons
  • Only one pocket

Looking for leggings that can transition from the gym to the grocery store to the couch? We recommend the soft and silky smooth Align Scalloped Hem High-Rise Crop for a pair that’s perfect for everyday wear. 

Our tester liked how thick the fabric was, and that it was completely opaque without feeling too constrictive to wear in warm weather. She especially appreciated that the scalloped hem is made out of a different fabric from the rest of the legging. And it’s reinforced, so it won’t curl up or stretch out over time. 

The hem makes these a solid and stylish choice for wearing just about anywhere. Our tester found that they’re durable and won’t fade, even after multiple washes. Despite the fact that they only have one pocket, these leggings are a well-designed and stylish staple, earning a perfect score in every category.

Price at time of publish: $108 

Rise: High | Length: 23” | Fabric: Nulu (nylon, Lycra elastane) | Sizes: 0 to 14

What Our Editors Say

“These are more expensive than other cropped leggings, but the attention to detail is impressive. Totally worth the higher price tag—you can (and should) wear these everywhere.” Sarah Felbin, Associate Commerce Editor and Verywell Fit product tester

Best for Yoga: Lululemon High-Rise Align Pant 28"

4.8
Align Pant

Lululemon

Our Ratings
  • Material
    5/5
  • Opaqueness
    5/5
  • Fit
    5/5
  • Hold
    5/5
  • Durability
    5/5
Pros
  • Opaque

  • Waistband stays put

  • Wide range of colors and sizes

Cons
  • Only one pocket

Breathable and buttery soft, we recommend the Align High-Rise Pant for anyone who practices yoga regularly. Brushed fibers make this pair feel smooth to the touch and almost weightless. They’re durable enough for daily wear, and a secure fit ensures you won’t be pulling them up or down while trying to balance on your mat. 

Our tester found that the Nulu fabric was beyond comfortable and flexible, without feeling too thin. Even in a light color, she noticed that this pair was completely squat-proof, giving them a perfect score of 5 out of 5 for opacity. She also liked that the high-rise waistband felt supportive and secure, instead of suffocating. 

While the Align High-Rise Pant comes in a wide range of sizes and bright colors, it does only have one hidden pocket in the waistband, so you’ll probably need a gym bag for the rest of your essentials.

Price at time of publish: $98-118

Rise: High | Length: 25”, 28”, 31” | Fabric: Nulu (nylon and Lycra elastane) | Sizes: 0 to 20

What Our Testers Say

“I loved how the high rise aspect came up to my belly button without squeezing too hard and giving me a muffin top. A lot of leggings I own will pull down around the waist if I bend my legs, but these stay in place.” —Christina Oehler, RYT-200, certified yoga teacher and Verywell Fit product tester

Best with Pockets: Lululemon Swift Speed High-Rise Tight

4.8
Lululemon Swift Speed High-Rise Tight

Lululemon

Our Ratings
  • Material
    5/5
  • Opaqueness
    5/5
  • Fit
    5/5
  • Hold
    4.5/5
  • Durability
    5/5
Pros
  • No inseam

  • Interior drawstring

  • Reflective elements

Cons
  • Waistband may slide down

Many lululemon leggings have pockets for on-the-go storage. But when you need extra room, we recommend the Swift Speed High-Rise Tight. This pair has two side drop-in pockets, plus another zippered pocket in the back, so you can exercise with your phone (and keys, and cards) confidently. 

Our tester noted that the Luxtreme fabric had a smoothing quality she loved, scoring these leggings a 5 out of 5 for material. She also liked the Swift Speed Tight’s total opacity and durability, even after a few washes. But her favorite feature was the interior drawstring. As the pants occasionally started to slide down, our tester was able to easily tighten the drawstring to restore the leggings’ snug fit. 

While the waistband may not stay in place during all kinds of activities, the reflective elements and lack of inseam makes these leggings a reliable staple.

Price at time of publish: $128

Rise: High | Length: 25”, 28” | Fabric: Luxtreme (nylon and Lycra elastane) | Sizes: 0 to 20

What Our Testers Say

“Whenever I felt that these might slide down, I tightened the drawstring and it worked like magic. It makes you wonder why other leggings don't have one!” —Donna Freydkin, Verywell Fit product tester

Best Sweat-Wicking: Lululemon Lululemon Base Pace High-Rise Crop

4.8
Base Pace High-Rise Crop

Lululemon

Our Ratings
  • Material
    4/5
  • Opaqueness
    5/5
  • Fit
    5/5
  • Hold
    5/5
  • Durability
    5/5
Pros
  • Durable

  • No inseam

  • Interior drawstring

Cons
  • May have too much compression for some

For high-intensity workouts or exercising outdoors in warm weather, we recommend the Base Pace High-Rise Crop. Lululemon’s Nulux fabric has superior sweat-wicking abilities, so they’re ideal for running. And there’s no inseam, which cuts down on potential irritation and chafing. 

Our tester found that these leggings offer plenty of compression—she enjoyed wearing them while running, but thought they might be too tight for lounging. However, they’re durable, with no signs of wear between the inner thighs even after she went on multiple runs. And she liked the secure, high-rise waistband, scoring this pair a 5 out of 5 for fit. 

Although these are a sturdy, reliable pair, they only have one pocket in the back, so some runners may want more storage.

Price at time of publish: $88

Rise: High | Length: 17”, 23” | Fabric: Nulux (nylon and elastane) | Sizes: 0 to 20

What Our Editors Say

“They're reasonably priced, durable, and can be worn for many different activities. As a postpartum mother, I can say that these even provided support to my core that allowed me to perform better during my workouts.” Eliza Savage, MS, RD, CDN, associate editorial director and Verywell Fit product tester

Best for Running: Lululemon Fast and Free High-Rise Crop

4.9
Lululemon fast and free crop

Lululemon

Our Ratings
  • Material
    5/5
  • Opaqueness
    5/5
  • Fit
    5/5
  • Hold
    5/5
  • Durability
    5/5
Pros
  • Seven pockets

  • Interior drawstring

  • Good compression

Cons
  • Waistband may be too tight for some

Avid runners need a pair of leggings with a secure fit that will stand up to constant use. Our tester found that the Fast and Free High-Rise Crop checks all of these boxes, and then some. 

This pair features seven deep pockets—the most of any lululemon leggings on our list. And our tester noted that the compression provided extra support while she ran. Plus, there’s an interior drawstring for a close fit that won’t budge. 

This pair does have a tighter waistband that may take some getting used to, especially if you fill the pockets before exercising. But even after multiple washes, our tester noticed that these durable leggings are still comfortable and cooling, scoring them a perfect 5 out of 5 for durability.

Price at time of publish: $118

Rise: High | Length: 19”, 23” | Fabric: Nulux (nylon and elastane) | Sizes: 0 to 20

What Our Editors Say

“These can be worn in all seasons—they are a little bit longer than typical cropped leggings, so they provide coverage in cooler months. They're also sweat wicking and kept me cool in the middle of summer.” Eliza Savage, MS, RD, CDN, Associate Editorial Director and Verywell Fit product tester

Best Cropped: Lululemon SenseKnit High-Rise Running Crop

4.9
SenseKnit High-Rise Running Crop

Lululemon

Our Ratings
  • Material
    5/5
  • Opaqueness
    5/5
  • Fit
    5/5
  • Hold
    5/5
  • Durability
    5/5
Pros
  • Interior drawstring

  • Secure pockets

  • Reflective elements

Cons
  • Waistband may be too tight for some

Compressive with an adjustable fit and secure pockets, the SenseKnit High-Rise Running Crop is our pick for the best pair of cropped lululemon leggings. The 23-inch inseam length will hit mid-calf on many exercisers. And our tester noted that the fabric was both soft and sculpting, scoring this pair a 5 out of 5 for material. 

Even through runs, yoga classes, and weightlifting sessions, our tester noted that the waistband never slipped or moved around. The Sense Knit Running Crop also has fold-over envelope pockets, which protects your valuables without the added bulk of a zipper. And even the brighter colors are completely opaque, for a worry-free workout. 

Our tester did notice that the interior drawstring can be difficult to adjust, once she tied it, and that the waistband may feel too tight if you’re used to wearing less compressive leggings.

Price at time of publish: $158

Rise: High | Length: 23” | Fabric: SenseKnit (nylon, elastane) | Sizes: 0 to 14

What Our Editors Say

“At $158, these pants are definitely not a steal. But given the high quality of the material, I think they're still worth the purchase for serious runners or for those who struggle to find yoga pants that stay put while exercising. They’re very comfortable and also won't budge, no matter what activity you are doing.” Isabella Broggini, NASM-CPT, certified personal trainer, senior commerce editor, and Verywell Fit product tester

Best for Training: Lululemon Invigorate High-Rise Tight

4.9
Lululemon Invigorate High-Rise Tight 25"

Lululemon

Our Ratings
  • Material
    5/5
  • Opaqueness
    5/5
  • Fit
    5/5
  • Hold
    5/5
  • Durability
    5/5
Pros
  • Can be machine-dried

  • Wide range of colors and sizes

  • Extra sturdy waistband

Cons
  • May run small for some

If your workout routine involves lots of resistance training, we recommend the Invigorate High-Rise Tight. This pair has a thicker waistband than most lululemon leggings and can be machine-dried, so they’re easy to reach for on a daily basis. 

Our tester especially liked the fit, which was supportive and compressive. She also noted that this pair felt thicker than others, making them ideal for weightlifting and earning them a 5 out of 5 for opacity. Pockets on the side make it easy to keep your phone with you while you listen to your favorite playlist, while the legs and waistband won’t budge, no matter how sweaty you get. 

Our tester did notice that the thicker fabric and long length may make these leggings a better choice for indoor workouts—and the compression may mean you need to go up a size.

Price at time of publish: $128

Rise: High | Length: 25”, 28”, 31” | Fabric: Everlux (nylon, Lycra elastane) | Sizes: 0 to 20

What Our Editors Say

“The seaming is really flattering. It frames your butt well and almost makes it look more lifted—a nice bonus! I'm definitely going to keep reaching for them, especially on leg day and for high impact workouts.” Ashleigh Morley, certified Barre instructor, editorial director, and Verywell Fit product tester

Best with Crossover Waist: Lululemon Nulu and Crisscross Mesh Stirrup Tight

4.3
Criss Cross Legging

Lululemon

Our Ratings
  • Material
    4.5/5
  • Opaqueness
    5/5
  • Fit
    3.5/5
  • Hold
    3.5/5
  • Durability
    5/5
Pros
  • Unique, stylish design

  • Multiple ways to wear

  • Breathable mesh inserts

Cons
  • Mesh may not hold up over time

  • Waistband may slide down

For stylish leggings with a crossover waist and a sleek silhouette, we recommend the Nulu and Crisscross Mesh Stirrup Tight. They’re soft, silky, and breathable, thanks to mesh inserts at the waist and the calves. 

Our tester liked how comfortable this pair felt, but noted that the waistband was prone to rolling down over time, scoring them a 3.5 for hold. She also noticed that the mesh felt thin, like it might rip or fray over time. But the stirrup feature means this versatile pair can be worn in a few different ways, and the material at the upper thighs and butt is completely opaque. 

Choose from basic black or a bright bronze green that can transition from summer to winter.

Price at time of publish: $128

Rise: High | Length: Not listed (full-length) | Fabric: Nulu (nylon, Lycra elastane) | Sizes: 0 to 20

What Our Testers Say

“Overall, I love the style of the leggings, because the stirrup really adds some fun flair to them. These are see-through in places, by design, but absolutely opaque where they need to be.” —Donna Freydkin, Verywell Fit product tester

Best Flared: Lululemon Groove Super-High-Rise Crop

4.7
Lululemon Groove Flare Pant

Lululemon

Our Ratings
  • Material
    5/5
  • Opaqueness
    5/5
  • Fit
    5/5
  • Hold
    4.5/5
  • Durability
    4/5
Pros
  • Lightweight

  • Waistband won’t gap

  • Relaxed fit

Cons
  • Material may pill over time

Prefer a pair of leggings with extra flair? We recommend the chic and cozy Groove Super-High-Rise Crop, which have flared legs for a different shape. 

Our tester noted that these are soft, smooth, and almost weightless. She liked the super-high-rise waistband, which didn’t gap, although it did slip down slightly after long periods of wear. She also loved the loose fit, which isn’t compressive but still provides some shaping. She did see some pilling between the inner thighs after a few sessions in the washer and dryer, scoring this pair a 4 out of 5 for durability—so it’s probably best to line dry these. 

Comfortable and available in a range of modern, neutral colors and patterns, this pair is a solid pick for lounging or low-impact exercise.

Price at time of publish: $118

Rise: High | Length: 23” | Fabric: Nulu (nylon, Lycra elastane) | Sizes: 0 to 14

What Our Editors Say

“This pair is unbelievably soft and silky to the touch. They are beyond lightweight—I wore them for over 12 hours on two long train rides and felt comfortable the entire time.” Sarah Felbin, associate commerce editor and Verywell Fit product tester

Best Contour Fit: Lululemon Wunder Train Contour Fit High-Rise Tight

4.7
Wunder Contour Legging

Lululemon

Our Ratings
  • Material
    5/5
  • Opaqueness
    5/5
  • Fit
    4.5/5
  • Hold
    5/5
  • Durability
    5/5
Pros
  • Interior drawstring

  • Breathable

  • Flattering

Cons
  • Only one pocket

Lululemon’s Contour Fit offers a different hip-to-waist ratio than the rest of their leggings. The waistband is narrower, so there’s no gapping, and there’s more room in the hips and thighs for a better fit. While the brand offers a variety of Contour Fit leggings, we recommend the Wunder Train Contour Fit High-Rise Tight. 

Our tester loved the Contour Fit because it’s supportive and didn’t budge, without feeling overly tight. She also liked how easily they wicked away sweat, earning this pair a 5 out of 5 for material. Plus, the smooth material and unique fit created a flattering shape she loved. 

While our tester felt that these leggings held up well after being washed and dried, she wished they had more pockets.

Price at time of publish: $98-$118 

Rise: High | Length: 25”, 28” | Fabric: Everlux (nylon, Lycra elastane) | Sizes: 0 to 14

What Our Testers Say

“This is my first time trying lululemon pants, and I think these leggings helped me see what the hype is all about. I'd recommend these to anyone who wants to look their best in a pair of leggings because they're super flattering, comfortable, and durable.” —Sabrina Rojas Weiss, Verywell Fit product tester

Most Versatile: Lululemon InStill High-Rise Tight

4.7
InStill High-Rise Crop

Lululemon

Our Ratings
  • Material
    5/5
  • Opaqueness
    5/5
  • Fit
    5/5
  • Hold
    5/5
  • Durability
    4.5/5
Pros
  • Waistband is higher in the back

  • Opaque

  • Secure fit

Cons
  • Only one pocket

  • May not be as durable

Sturdy with a secure fit, the InStill High-Rise Crop is our pick for lululemon leggings that can do it all. They come in a wide range of colors and sizes, so it’s easy to find the pair that fits seamlessly into your wardrobe. 

Our tester liked how opaque and compressive this pair was. She also loved that the fit was the same from the waistband to the calf—every part of the leggings felt equally comfortable and supportive. The waistband is also super-high-rise in the back, for added coverage during yoga or Pilates classes. 

While the single pocket features an invisible design, there isn’t any additional storage. And our tester did note that these leggings snagged on a chair, earning them a 4.5 out of 5 for durability.

Price at time of publish: $118

Rise: High | Length: 21”, 23” | Fabric: SmoothCover (nylon, Lycra elastane) | Sizes: 0 to 20

What Our Editors Say

“I don't think I've ever had a pair of leggings fit better. The high-rise waist is incredibly comfortable—as someone who usually has a hard time getting a pair of pants to fit my waist, hip, and butt ratio, I was shocked by how well these leggings worked.” Lily Moe, editor and Verywell Fit product tester

Compare

Overall Rating Material Opaqueness Fit Hold Durability
Align leggings
Best Overall:
Lululemon Align High Rise Pant with Pockets
5
5 5 5 5 5
Lululemon Wunder Under High-Rise Tight 25" Full-On Luxtreme
Best Compression:
Lululemon Wunder Train High-Rise Tight
5
5 5 5 5 5
Lululemon All The Right Places Crop
Best Lightweight:
Lululemon All The Right Places Crop
4.7
5 4.5 5 4.5 5
Lululemon Scalloped Leggings
Best for Everyday Wear:
Lululemon Scalloped Hem High-Rise Crop 23"
5
5 5 5 5 5
Align Pant
Best for Yoga:
Lululemon Align Pant
4.8
5 5 5 5 5
Lululemon Swift Speed High-Rise Tight
Best with Pockets:
Lululemon Swift Speed High-Rise Tight
4.8
5 5 5 4.5 5
Base Pace High-Rise Crop
Best Sweat-Wicking:
Lululemon Base Pace High-Rise Crop
4.8
4 5 5 5 5
Lululemon fast and free crop
Best for Running:
Lululemon High-Rise Crop
4.9
5 5 5 5 5
SenseKnit High-Rise Running Crop
Best Cropped:
Lululemon SenseKnit High-Rise Running Crop
4.9
5 5 5 5 5
Lululemon Invigorate High-Rise Tight 25"
Best for Training:
Lululemon Invigorate High-Rise Tight
4.9
5 5 5 5 5
Criss Cross Legging
Best with Crossover Waist:
Lululemon Nulu and Crisscross Mesh Stirrup Tight
4.3
4.5 5 3.5 3.5 5
Lululemon Groove Flare Pant
Best Flared:
Lululemon Groove Super-High-Rise Crop
4.7
5 5 5 4.5 4
Wunder Contour Legging
Best Contour Fit:
Lululemon Wunder Train Contour Fit High-Rise Tight
4.7
5 5 4.5 5 5
InStill High-Rise Crop
Most Versatile:
Lululemon InStill High-Rise Tight
4.7
5 5 5 5 4.5

How We Rated the lululemon Leggings

4.8 to 5 stars: These are the best lululemon leggings we tested. We recommend them without reservation.

4.5 to 4.7 stars: These lululemon leggings are excellent—they might have minor flaws, but we still recommend them.

4.0 to 4.5 stars: We think these are great lululemon leggings, but others are better.

3.5 to 3.9 stars: These lululemon leggings are just average.

3.4 and below: We don't recommend lululemon leggings with this rating; you won't find any on our list.

How We Selected and Tested the Best lululemon Leggings

First, we asked Ingrid S. Clay, creator of ISC Wellness and PROPTA-certified personal trainer, for her expert opinion on which features every pair of lululemon leggings should have. Next, we researched popular leggings from lululemon and chose over 20 pairs for testers, including editors, personal trainers, and yoga instructors, to try at home. Each pair was evaluated on a scale of 1 to 5 (with 1 being not recommendable and 5 being exceptional) for six key attributes: material, opacity, fit, hold, durability, and value.

Testers wore the leggings for weeks while lounging, during high- and low-impact workouts, and for a brisk, 30-minute walk. Testers also did squats to determine whether the leggings were see-through. Then, testers checked to see if the leggings’ waistbands stretched out over time and if they moved or slipped down while testers were exercising. 

To measure the fabrics’ sweat-wicking abilities, testers applied water to the inside of the leggings and noted how well the fabric absorbed it. The leggings were also washed after every workout to see how they responded to frequent machine washing.

What to Look For in lululemon Leggings

Fabric

Lululemon's leggings are made of a variety of signature fabrics, each serving its purpose:

Luon is a comfy, cottony soft fabric with four-way stretch and sweat-wicking breathability. It has a soft, lightly-brushed feel and is best suited for lower-impact studio classes like yoga, Pilates, barre, and casual wear.

Luxtreme is a compressive fabric that feels silky smooth and cool to the touch, fitting like a second skin. This supportive, sweat-wicking fabric features four-way stretch with excellent shape retention. The lightweight fabric is highly resistant to pilling and is a strong choice for high-impact workouts. The Swift Speed High-Rise Tight is made from silky Luxtreme.

Everlux is lululemon’s fastest-drying fabric, best for hot and sweaty studio classes and high-intensity workouts. The sleek and cool sensation on the inside wicks away sweat with a comfortable, buttery soft exterior. Everlux is super lightweight, stretchy, durable, and provides squat-proof coverage. High-performance Everlux makes the Invigorate High-Rise Tight extra sturdy.

Nulu is known for its "naked sensation." The weightless, buttery-soft fabric fits like a glove and is ultra-lightweight and breathable. It also offers unbelievable stretch and shape retention. Nulu is not a compressive fabric and is best for lower-impact workouts and casual wear. Nulu fabric makes the Groove Super-High-Rise Crop comfortable and cozy. Due to the delicate nature of the material, high-friction activities—like vigorous running—can cause the fabric to pill. The feather-light fabric has a soft, brushed feel and delivers unmatched comfort.

Nulux fabric is engineered for running with a weightless, ultra-soft feel. The stretchy, quick-drying fabric is soft and smooth against the skin with light compression and support. It's also durable, flexible, and supportive so you can run your best race with comfort and ease. The Fast and Free High-Rise Crop is made from durable Nulux.

SmoothCover is a soft, supportive, matte fabric that effortlessly forms to your body. Four-way stretch and sweat-wicking properties ensure you’ll stay dry and comfortable, even during the toughest workouts. SmoothCover helps give the InStill High-Rise Crop its great coverage.

SenseKnit features targeted support right where you need it the most. Meant for running, this fabric is sweat-wicking and quick-drying. It’s lightweight enough to keep you cool and will perform well, no matter how many miles you take on. The SenseKnit High-Rise Running Crop combines all of these features in one breathable pair of leggings.

Fabric Variations

Some of lululemon’s signature fabrics are offered in different versions. For example, Luon and Luxtreme are available in regular and Full-On variations. Full-On means it’s a tighter weave delivering slightly more compression and coverage.

Rise

Lululemon leggings come in mid-rise, high-rise, and super-high-rise. The rise refers to how far up the waistband comes when you put the leggings on—the higher the rise, the higher up the waistband will sit. Higher rise leggings will also offer more support, since the waistband comes up farther. Choose the rise that reflects the style and level of support you like the most.

Length

The inseam length determines how long the leggings will be. Lululemon offers a range of inseam lengths, to help you find the right fit. Cropped styles range from 17- to 23-inch inseams. Ankle to full-length styles range from 25- to 31-inch inseams, depending on your height.

Signature styles are also offered in shorts ranging from 4- to 10-inch inseams.

Fit

Lululemon leggings may be high quality, but you won’t enjoy wearing them unless they fit correctly. Most of the brand’s leggings fit true to size. If you’re wary of ordering a pair online, you can use lululemon’s size chart to see which leggings will fit you the best. You can also book an appointment online to video chat with an educator who can help you find your size. 

Leggings should be fitted, but not so tight that you can’t move easily in them. Make sure the waistband and legs are comfortable, and that they don’t dig into your skin. Leggings that are too small will also look shiny on the thighs and may be too sheer around your knees and butt.

Leggings that are too big may fall or slip down while you wear them. The waistband should sit flush against your waist, with no gaping. Unless the leggings are specifically designed to have a relaxed fit or flared legs, they should also be snug against your legs.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Which lululemon leggings have the most compression?

    Lululemon designs certain pairs of leggings to have more compression than others. Some are made using what they call a “hugged sensation,” meaning they come in tight silhouettes that provide consistent compression all over. 

    The brand also makes some leggings using a “held-in sensation,” which means they have compression specifically around the abs, hips, butt, and thighs. Leggings made from Luxtreme fabric, like the All the Right Places High-Rise Drawcord Waist Crop, will usually offer this kind of compression.

  • How to wash lululemon leggings

    To prolong the life of lululemon leggings, wash inside out to prevent fading or snagging of the fabric. In addition, wash them in cold water on a gentle cycle. Protect the shape, elasticity, and lifespan of your gear by air drying or laying leggings flat to dry.

    Avoid mixing lululemon fabric with cotton, towels, and abrasive clothing with zippers or Velcro closures, as these can damage the fabric and cause pilling. Also, avoid using fabric softener as it can reduce the sweat-wicking capabilities of lululemon’s technical performance fabric.

  • Can you put lululemon leggings in the dryer?

    If you’re in a pinch, you can tumble dry leggings on the lowest heat setting, but lululemon strongly advises customers to air dry their clothing. Heat breaks down Lycra fibers, reducing the elasticity, shape, and quality of the garment.

    Whenever possible, air dry lululemon leggings for gear that looks and feels its best for years to come.

  • What is the warranty on lululemon leggings?

    The beloved yoga athletic apparel company prides itself on the lasting quality and performance of its gear. While lululemon does not have a lifetime warranty, each situation is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

    The lululemon Quality Promise covers manufacturing defects. However, it does not cover accidental damage, natural wear and tear, fit, or preference. Full-priced leggings can be returned within a 30-day window. They must be unworn, unwashed, and have both the rip tag and hang tag intact. 

  • Will lululemon replace leggings with a hole in them?

    The company’s Quality Promise only covers manufacturing defects, not accidental damage or wear and tear. Holes in the fabric or pilling cannot be repaired, but a ripped seam may be considered as part of lululemon’s complimentary hemming service. It’s important to note that not all repairs are honored, as some older models may use discontinued fabrics and stitching styles. 

    If the hole is due to a manufacturing defect, Lululemon will gladly replace your gear.

  • What size lululemon leggings am I?

    Most shoppers say that lululemon leggings run true to size. For a full view of lululemon’s size guidelines, refer to the brand’s size chart. Or, you can book a video chat appointment with a lululemon educator who can help you find your size.

  • Do lululemon leggings run small?

    Each lululemon fabric has unique properties that provide a particular fit, feel, performance, and silhouette. Some people prefer sizing up in lululemon’s more compressive fabrics, like Luxtreme and Everlux, while some prefer to size down in less compressive fabrics like Nulu. For a full view of lululemon’s size guidelines, refer to the size chart

  • Where are lululemon leggings made?

    As a company, lululemon is committed to a responsible supply chain, continuously reducing its environmental footprint, and providing full transparency. Each piece of lululemon clothing lists the country of origin on the rip tag, along with a frequently updated list of lululemon’s suppliers and locations on their website.

  • What can you expect to pay for lululemon leggings?

    Lululemon leggings typically cost between $98-$158. They are by no means the cheapest leggings on the market, but our testers think they're worth the price given the quality and durability of the materials and the glove-like fit. The cheapest lululemon leggings on our list—Base Pace High-Rise Crop 17"—cost $88, while our best overall pick, the Align High Rise Pant with Pockets ranged between $128-$138 when we published this list.

Why Trust Verywell Fit

With over two decades of dance experience, Sarah Felbin loves diving into the latest wellness research. As a health and fitness writer, she's passionate about finding products that are a great value and make life easier. She tested three pairs of lululemon leggings while writing this story, and her favorites are the Groove Super-High-Rise Crop and the Align High-Rise Pant with Pockets

Additional reporting by Emily Stone

Emily Stone is a Chicago-based journalist specializing in fitness and lifestyle content. She researches and reviews products for Verywell Fit, Verywell Health, and Verywell Mind. As an athlete and fitness lover, Emily practically lives in lululemon leggings. Her favorites are the Align Pant, the Wunder Train High-Rise Tight, and the beloved Groove Pant.

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