The 12 Best Workout Leggings to Buy in 2018

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Workout leggings are some of the best things to happen to exercise. They’re stylish, supportive, and so comfortable that we want to wear them everywhere…and sometimes do.

Today, there are more options than ever when it comes to workout leggings. They’re made for everything from running to yoga, barre class, and beyond. They come in every style imaginable and in sizes to flatter every figure. Whether you’re a serious athlete or just want a comfy pair of pants that are ready for anything, there’s a pair of workout leggings out there for you. Here are the top workout leggings for your needs.

Our Top Picks

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Best Overall: Athleta All In Line

All in crop

Courtesy of Gap

The All In Line from Athleta stands out in the sea of workout leggings. Soft and flexible, they hold up wash after wash, and they come in an array of the prettiest colors and seasonal prints that pop.

You can choose from a variety of lengths, including cropped, capri, and full-length tights, and they’re comfortable, functional, and flattering no matter what you’re doing. They also come in regular, tall, and plus sizes, so you can find just the right fit.

What perhaps excites us most about these leggings though is the plethora of pockets—four in all, with two on the hips, one in the waistband, and a zippered one in the back. That means you can take your phone, keys, gels, and whatever else you need and still workout without worrying about it all. Customers say these are their go-to workout leggings that are great for everything from tough workouts to not-so-tough lounge sessions on the couch.

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Best Fitting: Core 10 Women’s ‘Build Your Own’ Yoga Pant Full-Length Legging

For what many customers swear is the look and feel of higher-priced leggings but at a lower price, there are “Build Your Own” yoga pants from Core 10. You get to pick the size (they come in XS-3X ), the type of waist (cross, high, or medium) and the length (short, regular, or tall), so you get exactly the look and fit you want from your leggings.

Moisture-wicking fabric keeps you dry even during the sweatiest sessions, and there’s a small pocket in back to hold a credit card or other small item. Customers say the quality is fantastic, the material is soft and thick, and the fit can’t be beaten.

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Best Black: NIKE Women's Power Essential Dri-FIT Running Crops

For a solid pair of black workout leggings that will get you through any workout, Nike is our top pick. These essential dri-fit tights are comfortable, functional, and come in regular, short and long sizes so you can get just the right fit. The elastic waistband also has a draw cord so you can adjust just how sung you want them on any given day. A zippered pocket in the back holds your keys or other small items.

Lightweight yet supportive, customers say they fit well and don’t slip down during exercise, but they’re also comfortable enough for lounging the day away. Also, unlike some leggings, these ones are thick enough to pass the see-through test when you bend and stretch in them.

4

Best for Yoga: Lululemon Align Pant Full Length 28”

Align

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So, they’re not in the bargain category for sure, but for buttery soft leggings that look good and perform well, the Align pant from Lululemon is the one to beat. The high-rise waist means you don’t have to worry about slipping and discomfort during downward dog, and the wicking fabric keeps you comfortable even during hot yoga. They come in an array of pretty colors and seasonal patterns and in cropped lengths too. They also have a pocket in the waistband to hold a credit card, keys, or other small items you want to take on the go.​​

While the price is on the steeper side, these pants are so comfortable you’ll find yourself wearing them around the clock and for years to come. While some people report problems with pilling, most say they hold up incredibly well over time, and if they don’t, Lululemon’s customer service is top notch.

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Best for Running: Under Armour Accelerate Storm Reflective Leggings

Runners will be ready for pretty much anything in these leggings from Under Armour. The fabric in these pants won’t just wick sweat away from your body, but it will also repel rain to keep you as dry as possible while you put in the miles. The lightweight material is also designed to keep the stink out.

A zippered pocket on the side is big enough to hold your phone, and there are reflective strips so that motorists can better see you when you’re out on the road. These pants won’t actually run the miles for you, but they will make running them as pleasant as possible.

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Best for Cold Weather: Under Armour Women's ColdGear Authentic

When temperatures dip, you want workout leggings that will keep you warm without being bulky, like these from Baleaf. Made of polyester and spandex, they wick sweat away and dry fast (no chafing!), and they’re also lined with fleece for extra warmth. They’re great for skiing, biking, running, and any other sport when you want to heat things up a bit.

For all the warmth, however, they’re still thin enough to be comfortable and let you move, and they’ve got zippers on the legs to make them easy to get on and off. Customers say they’re warm, durable, and comfortable. 

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Best Cropped: All in Crop, Athleta

When things heat up, whether it’s outside or in the gym, a pair of cropped workout leggings is a great choice. They provide all the coverage and control of full-length leggings, but also provide some breathing room below the knee. These cropped leggings from Neonysweets get rave reviews from customers who believe they’re the “cream” of the crop, so to speak.

Made of 92 percent cotton and 8 percent spandex, they’re stretchy and soft and great for activities including yoga, running, or hitting the gym. Customers particularly love the side pocket and say it’s perfect for holding their phone while they’re walking or running.

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Best High-Waisted: C9 Champion® Women's Embrace High Waist Leggings

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If you’re not down with paying big bucks for workout pants to do some downward dogs, there are still plenty of stylish, quality picks like these high-waisted leggings from C9 Champion. At an affordable price, they’re a great deal, and customers can’t say enough good things about them.

The high-waisted style is flattering and cinches in everything from your ankles on up so it won’t get in the way of your workouts. Made of 85 percent polyester and 15 percent Spandex, they won’t stretch out or sag either. Soft and comfortable, they also have a side slit pocket, and you don’t have to worry about them being see-through when you bend and stretch.

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Best Budget: Danskin Now Women’s Dri-More Core Leggings

Danskin

Courtesy of Walmart

If you live in leggings, you can stock up on these Danskin workout leggings without breaking the bank. At this price, they may sound too good to be true, but more than 1,000 customers on Walmart have given these leggings five stars.

Made of 90 percent cotton and 10 percent spandex, they’re comfortable and stretchy and are made with Danskin Dri-More moisture-wicking material to keep you dry during sweaty sessions. They come in sizes small through extra large and are versatile and comfortable. While some report that they tend to run big (many suggest ordering down at least one size), in general, customers say these leggings wash well and hold up over time.

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Best for Curvy Figures: High-Rise Plus-Size Mesh-Trim Compression Leggings

Highrise

Courtesy of Gap

It’s hard to pick just one style, because Old Navy has such a great selection of workout leggings that come in sizes to fit curvy girls of all shapes and size. This trendy pair with mesh cutouts is one great example. The high waist and compression jersey material keep you snug, secure, and looking sculpted, and there’s no annoying tag in the back to get in your way. The moisture-wicking fabric is great for keeping you dry while you get your sweat on.

These come in sizes 1X-4X, and if you’re not sure which might be right for you, Old Navy provides a True Fit service online to help you figure it out (no measuring required, hallelujah!). Customers say the quality is great, the fit is comfortable, and the price is hard to beat.

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Best With Tummy Control: ABUSA Workout Leggings Non See-Through Fabric

Working out is hard enough without having to worry about sucking in your gut the whole time. These workout leggings from ABUSA help you breathe a little easier with their tummy control fabric. In capri -length, they have a waist high enough to hold you in and smooth things out, and the combed cotton material makes them soft, light, and breathable.

They’re not see-through even when you bend, stretch, and otherwise move in them, and the elastic waist is snug enough that they won’t slip down. They come in sizes small through XXL and in a variety of colors. Customers say they’re a great pair of leggings for the price and that they’re flattering and fit well.

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Best Printed Workout Leggings: Onzie Women's Long Leggings

To spice up your workouts once in a while, there are these leggings from Onzie that come in a variety of fun, colorful patterns. From skulls to tie-dyed, ocean-themed and more, these pants stand out in a sea of black leggings. Made of a mix of polyester and spandex, they’re soft, comfortable, and made to perform.

Most customers say they love the fun patterns and the way these leggings fit. Some report that they run small, however, so you may want to consider sizing up when ordering.

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