10 Best Running Sweatbands Reviewed

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Whether you’re a casual runner or training for a big race, sweatbands can be a pretty important accessory. Sweatbands are often overlooked when in truth, they are a high performing part of a runners apparel. They are super absorbent, modern versions, unlike their older predecessors, are sleek, stylish and not only perform very good functions but they look fashionable as well.  A well-designed sweatband will divert stinging sweat away from the eyes and though this is the first most obvious benefits, there are more.

High performing sweat bands need to have wick-ability, so that when you sweat the moisture will be absorbed into the band and can then evaporate. Can the wick factor keep up with your sweat rate? Generally yes, unless you are an excessive sweat producer. We have comparatively researched the current best choices for sweatbands for runners, have a read and choose one of our offerings to add to your running apparel.

Last Updated: August 29, 2018
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10 Best Running Sweatbands

 

1. Suddora

1. Suddora
Suddora are a fairly popular name among runners and they make good-quality products. These 3” sweatbands come in almost 20 different colours including some neon varieties, so sweat-conscious runners can take their pick from understated to unabashed. Their terry cloth cotton design is very comfortable and they absorb good amounts of sweat.
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Appearance
You won’t find a better range than this – black, white, neon orange, bright pink… whatever colour you want, you’ll find it here. They have no logo on the band, which may or may not be a good thing, depending on your personal preference.

Quality/Durability
They last a while and are very durable. They absorb a lot of sweat and should be more than sufficient for any intensity of exercise. A couple of users have reported very slight absorption and durability issues, but that is always the case with any product.

Cost
These are around par for the course for high-quality wristbands. Not cheap, not expensive, you get what you pay for.
Pros
  • Huge range of colours, so you’ll find something here to suit you.
  • Good absorption.
  • Good durability.
  • They are a recognised name.
Cons
  • Some of the colors differ slightly from what is advertised.

5. Under Armour 3” Performance

5. Under Armour 3” Performance
These are made by Under Armour, a reputable name in the world of exercise. So with these, you’re in trusty hands (or wrists). They’re 96% polyester, come with an embroidered logo and have an intelligent sweat-channelling system.
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Appearance
These come in five different colors, and they’re all fairly modest, which is handy if you don’t want anything flashy. The embroidered logo may either be a good or bad thing depending on your tastes, but if you want something with a brand name, you have it here!

Quality/Durability
They do attract a small amount of lint, but they’re pretty durable overall. Because they’re from a brand name, they are of very good quality and absorb very well, even during very intense exercise. The sweat-channelling system really does seem to ensure that you stay very dry, which is of course the priority here.

Cost
They’re about the same price as most other brand-name options, so you get what you expect here.
Pros
  • Good absorption.
  • They come with a logo if you like a brand name.
  • Pretty durable.
  • Assorted color options
Cons
  • They fluff out a little and attract some lint.
  • They’re not as cheap as non-brand options.

7. ColorYourLife

7. ColorYourLife
These are the bargain option, so if you’re looking to save a few pennies while buying in bulk, then look no further. These sweatbands come in a pack of ten, so they’re by far the best option in terms of long-term value, particularly if you want to share them amongst your fitness-conscious friends and family. The pack comes in a mixed selection of colors and at a size of 3.9”x3”. They’re a combination of polyester, cotton and lycra and are lightweight and comfortable.
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Appearance
They’re a pretty basic affair – they’re around the average size for sweatbands and come in a range of colours. If you want something fairly bright and colourful, these are a good option. The multi-pack range means that you can pick and choose whichever colour you fancy, and you can even switch and swap each day if you so wish!

Quality/Durability
As you might expect, these aren’t as high-quality as more expensive options. Though they do a decent job and are sufficient for casual exercise, they aren’t ideal for a really intense workout, as they only absorb for a little while before they become saturated. In terms of price to longevity, you probably won’t do much better, but they’re not brilliant in terms of absorption.

Cost
If cost is your concern, this is what you want! These are among the cheapest of the options on this list.
Pros
  • Very low price, perfect for bagging a bargain.
  • They come in many colors.
  • If you’re buying for lots of people, this 10-pack is a very good option.
  • Comfortable
Cons
  • They aren’t hugely absorbent, therefore not suited to long and intensive sessions.
  • They are the lowest quality on this list owing to their very low price.

2. Nike Swoosh Doublewide

2. Nike Swoosh Doublewide
These ones are another extra long pair, with a length of 5", which makes for better absorption. They come with an embroidered Nike logo, which might be a draw for fashion aficionados. They are 74% cotton.
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Appearance
They come in many different aesthetic colours, and are great if you like to make a statement by wearing the best brands. They have an attractive design and the quality of the material looks very good.

Quality/Durability
Mostly, the quality and durability here is great. A small amount of users have reported that the colours may fade during a wash, but these seems to be a small minority. It's also worth considering that these are slightly tight, which may take a little getting used to. But other than that, they are very absorbent and offer great flexibility despite of their larger size.

Cost
These are of course a little more pricey than other options on this list due to them being a brand name. That said, they are absolutely worth the outlay.
Pros
  • Longer length for more absorption.
  • Great flexibility.
  • Very good absorption.
  • Come from a great brand.
Cons
  • Slightly expensive.
  • May fade a little in the wash.

3. Adidas Interval Large Reversible

3. Adidas Interval Large Reversible
Another lengthy pair, these measure in at 5" and are reversible. Their cotton terry gives great absorbency and comfort and the moisture wicking technology is great for even the hardest of workouts. If you like a trusty brand with a logo-based design, these might well be the product for you.
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Appearance
These look smart and tidy, but they don't come in many varieties. If you're seeking something bright, you're not going to find it here. That said, the design looks good, it has an embroidered logo and the quaity of the material makes the sweatbands look good.

Quality/Durability
Generally, these are of very good quality and provide excellent absorption. The embroidered logo can make things a little uncomfortable, which can be frustrating, but they are otherwise great. Their durability seems to be very good and they should last for a decent amount of time. Their tightness can take some getting used to.

Cost
These are a little more pricey since they come from Adidas, but if you want something from a recognised name, then this is around what you'd expect to pay.
Pros
  • Very good absorbency.
  • They come from a great name.
  • Longer length provides better absorption.
  • Good durability.
Cons
  • A little more expensive than some others.
  • The logo can be a little uncomfortable.

Self Pro Men's Headband

Self Pro Men's Headband
It says men's sweatband but be assured this FITs ladies as well.
The first point to take note of about this product is that it is very absorbent, you can sweat a river and this headband will deal with the moisture. The material is thin/light but this model works for heavy sweating.

This is new clothing tech, stretch, soft and one size will fit all sized heads. Good for any outdoor activity for which you don't want sweat dripping into your eyes. For long hair, you can even wear it in the bath to hold up/cover your hair and keep it dry.

Read on and see if you want to step away from traditional fabrics and try an innovative new approach.
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Appearance

Broad across the forehead and tapering as it stretches to the rear of the head, this design is sleep and hints at aerodynamics. It looks good, it feels comfortable and it performs really good. If you like functionality, comfort and style all rolled into one product, this will work for you.


Quality/Durability
A high-quality stretchy fabric with impressive absorption power, if you want to ask where does all the absorbed moisture go/ It is evaporating from the external surface of the headband. Compared to traditional materials you will notice that this is thin and light at just 0.32 ounces. This new tech fabric gives stretch for a comfortable fit to any sized head and the material is very durable.

Cost
Pros

Very absorbent

Works great for heavy sweating

Stretch to FIT all sizes

Light

Comfortable

Thin

Stylish

Cons

It's different from traditional headbands

4. Under Armour 6

4. Under Armour 6
These are slightly different than most other options on this list, in that they are 6” rather than 3”. This extra length provides more absorption for particularly intense workouts, but may not be attractive to those who seek subtlety. They come in five different colours, all of which are understated, and are 96% polyester. The multi-channel performance fibers offer an intelligent absorption system and the design includes an embroidered Under Armour logo.
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Appearance
These five colors are all very understated, so those who don’t fancy something bright are in the right place. They have a nice sleek design and look smooth and expensive. The logo on the wristbands makes a statement – some people like a logo, some people don’t. The added length makes these different to every other item on this list. If you want a small wristband, this may be of note to you.

Quality/Durability
They are of good quality, and should endure for a long time. The durability here is a great plus point. That said, a few buyers have reported problems with absorption, although this seems to be a rarity. Most users report great absorption, but if you’re particularly sweaty when working out, you might perhaps want to seek out something else.

Cost
These are a tiny amount more expensive than other items on this list, owing to the extra length. This added length and the brand name justify the extra cost, though this means that these might not be a good option if you’re looking to save a few cents.
Pros
  • These come from a reputable brand.
  • Subtle design.
  • Particularly durable.
  • The longer length offers more absorption and a quicker wipe.
Cons
  • They’re a little more pricey than other options.
  • The extra length may not be ideal to those with aesthetic concerns.

COOLOO Men's Headband

COOLOO Men's Headband
This sweatband has double layers of fabric designed to absorb sweat, and keep sweat away from your eyes. The cotton is made of a poly/spandex blend, is lightweight, and soft to the touch. It is designed to fit most heads, and provide a comfortable fit to most customers. It also comes with a 12-month guarantee for the 2 pack of sweatbands purchased.
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Appearance
The sweatbands are designed to fit most people, and comfortably can be hidden under helmets for cyclists. It is a traditional style of sweatband that works for all sport activities. The fabric is 95% polyester, and 5% spandex.

Quality/Durability
The material of the product is designed to have enough stretch to fit most people, but also to avoid stretching and deformation over time. The bands come with a 12-month moneyback guarantee, so if you're unhappy or the product doesn't last, feel free to contact the manufacturer.

Cost
The cost for a package of 2 is $10. They are guaranteed to last about a year, so that's not a bad deal given the low cost.
Pros

Low cost

Moneyback guarantee

Synthetic fabric to absorb sweat

Good for basic users

Cons

Not the best quality long-term

No special features for more specialized/intensive users

6. Hoter

6. Hoter
These are the only option on the list which come with the added benefit of a headband. For around the same price as other items on this list, you can bag a headband alongside your sweatbands. So this is a good money-saving choice and a good idea if you sweat more than your average runner. These are lightweight, soft, comfy and have plush two-ply thickness with 90% cotton. They come in several different colours, from subtle to striking to stripy.
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Appearance
These look pretty good – and if you want one flashy package to put a statement on your head as well as on your wrists, this is where to find it. The colours range widely, so there’s really something here for everyone.

Quality/Durability
Although these are comfy, they can be a little tight. The added benefit of the headband will mean less wiping, and they do absorb to a pretty good standard, but these might not do they job if you sweat very heavily. They do shed a little after washing, but they have decent durability overall.

Cost
These are around the same price as other high-quality items, but they also come with a headband, which makes them of slightly better value.
Pros
  • Added headband.
  • Decent value.
  • Lots of colors to choose from
  • Comfortable
Cons
  • Sometimes can be a little tight.
  • Shed a little after washing.

8. Cosmos

8. Cosmos
Here’s a cheap option for people looking to save a few cents. These sweatbands come in a pack of four, and run about the same price per band as the ten-pack outlined below. These are 3.15”x3” and are made from 95% cotton. The pack comes in four pretty plain colours, and the two-play double layer system increases comfort and absorption.
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Appearance
They’re not as bold or bright as other options on this list, and don’t come with any logos or added touches. In that respect, they’re probably the most plain on this list – so if you want subtlety, this is a decent choice.

Quality/Durability
The quality of the material is pretty good, and they do absorb well for a low-cost option. Of all the cheap options on the market, these are the most absorbent. That said, the durability here isn’t great – these do have quite a short shelf-life, so they’re not perfect if you exercise very regularly.

Cost
Again, these are a good choice if you want to hold on to your bucks. They are a lot cheaper than more specialist products, but their lack of durability means you might have to buy them more regularly than you’d like.
Pros
  • Good price point.
  • Surprisingly good absorption for their price.
  • Several Color Options
  • Comfortable
Cons
  • They can be a little tight on thick wrists.
  • Not very durable.

 

Criteria for Choosing the Best Sweatbands.

Fit and Size.

The fitting size of sweatbands will vary based on the manufacturer, so look for a product that will work for you. Check out the sizing guide if possible, and try on the product before purchasing to make sure it is a good match for you.  Poorly fitting sweatbands may slide and distract you during your workouts, or provide too much compression on your head and cause discomfort. Make sure your product will fit in well with the rest of your running gear!

Quality/Durability

Generally speaking, no one wants to buy a low quality product, so do some research into the durability of your products. Some manufacturers offer a moneyback guarantee based on the expected lifetime of a product. If you are worried about durability, read product reviews ahead of time and follow the care instructions that are provided with your order. Taking care of your sweatbands properly will increase their lifetime significantly. Typically, your sweatbands should last about 12 months.

Material Used

Make sure that the material used is sweat absorbing and contains a good amount of stretch for your personal preference. Synthetic fabrics are more moisture wicking than natural fibres, so try out nylon or polyester instead of cotton. Try the sweatbands on to ensure that the amount of stretch is not too intense or too loose for your personal needs; you want a band that will fit, not fall off during your workouts.

Function

Style is important to many people, but don’t sacrifice function for form. Make sure that your sweatband is made of a durable material that will not stretch or deform over time. Another factor is to look at is breathability. Breathability is important for a sweat-absorbing item, as large amounts of sweat can cause unwanted odors. Look for products made with synthetic fibres and ventilation features that will keep you cooler for longer. Natural fibres tend to trap heat in and not wick moisture away  quite as well.

 

Other Factors to Consider

Price

Have a price point in mind before going shopping. However, keep in mind that quality matters so make sure that you are testing the quality before making your purchase. You wouldn’t want to sacrifice durability to save a quick buck…it might not pay off long term.

Style

Sweatbands come in a multitude of colours and patterns to fit your personal style. Be sure to get one that you like and will enjoy sporting at the gym.

FAQ

Q: Are the headband and wristband fitting for all sizes?

A: Most headbands and wristbands are  made of a material that has elastic and is made to fit in all shapes of the head and wrist. This means no matter your head shape or wrist size, you need not worry as the  bands will fit most sizes. However, depending on how much spandex is in the product might restrict the flexibility of the product. Best to try it on for size first, or look at the sizing guide provided.

Q: How comfortable is the sweatband?

A: That depends mostly on personal preference, and the fabric you’ve chose. A good sweatband needs to be able to wick moisture away, but once that criteria is met, the comfort level will depend on what you like.

Q: How long do sweatbands last?

A: Typically, each product will come with care instructions that you can follow in order to increase the lifespan of the product you are buying. With proper care they should last quite a while; however, they are a sweaty product by nature, so you will probably have to replace these more often than other workout clothing items.

Q: What is the importance of having a breathable Sweatband?

A: This means you get to remain calm throughout your workout, as you won’t have to worry about sweat disrupting your training.  The more breathable your band is, the better ventilation; so no sticky sweat all over your face or in your eyes.


 

Sources:

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  1. J. Anthony Cooley , Sweatband Benefits,
  2. Sportssend, How To Wear A Sweatband: Don’t Sweat It! ,
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