Is there honestly anything worse than sweat hindering your workout? Every living, breathing soul on this earth is going to sweat so you can’t simply ignore it. Whether you are exercising, working outside in the hot weather or merely going for a walk, you can begin sweating and sweating profusely. One of the best ways to combat this, especially if you are an athlete or anyone who spends a majority of their time in a hot environment, is to invest in some sweatbands. No matter if you need wristbands or headbands, they both are similar and both are designed in similar manners. But, there are some key characteristics that make some sweatbands better than others. And, that is what we want to put an emphasis on today. Firstly, though, let’s take a look at some of the best options on the market.
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The low profile allows for maximum airflow
It is not made of fabric and will never stop working
It will fit comfortably under most helmets
- SWEAT GUTR
- HALO II
- SELF PRO
- NIKE SWOOSH
- UNDER ARMOUR PERFORMANCE
- HALO PROTEX
- NIKE SWOOSH
- KALILY BANDANA
- ADIDAS INTERVAL
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Expert Interviews & Opinions
- Frequently Asked Questions
OUR TOP PICKS FOR THE BEST SWEATBANDS
1. SWEAT GUTR
The low profile allows for maximum airflow
It is not made of fabric and will never stop working
It will fit comfortably under most helmets
Finding the right fit can be tricky
This list kicks off with the most unique headband arguably on the market. You see, this is not your ordinary run of the mill headband. Instead, it was designed in the spirit of a rain gutter.Read more
What on earth does a rain gutter have to do with this technology? Well, the designers of this model were inspired by this basic technology. So, they created a model that uses a channel to keep away sweat from your eyes. But, the best part is the material will never become saturated.
Even though you would think this would not be a comfortable band to wear, it actually is. This is thanks to the soft plastic that will gently adhere to your skin without feeling tacky.
While you can tighten this to prevent it from slipping down your forehead, it can be hard to find the right balance between too tight and too loose, admittedly.
As mentioned, finding the right fit can indeed be tricky. However, the elastic and Velcro closure system allows for a fully customized fit. Also, one size is designed to fit all.
Here is the deal; you only get the one headband with your purchase. But, it is extremely high in quality and should outlast the average model on the market.
It is hard not to be impressed with the design here. The designers deserve brownie points for their innovation alone but, thankfully, their execution was even better.
2. HALO II
Features Sweat Seal Grip technology
There are several colors and styles available
It will not lose its shape or form over time
After extended periods, it can become a bit uncomfortable
Without question, the Halo II Headband is one of the most talked-about sweatbands in the world today. There are reasons for that but the main catalyst is the performance.Read more
The Halo II lives and dies with its performance. It sports Sweat Seal channels that will draw sweat away from your eyes and Dryline fabric that wicks away the moisture from your skin.
Admittedly, there have been various users who have commented on the integrated rubber channel. While it effectively removes sweat, it can also give you a headache after an hour or so.
Due to the integrated grip technology, this band is going to stay in place even when you begin to sweat profusely.
No, there are not sizing options available but this is going to fit most craniums. Even if you have a larger head, this should fit you just fine.
Over time, the Halo II is designed to retain its shape and its form. While the individual price for a single Halo II Band is a little extensive, the quality is worth it.
To be honest, this may be a better option for those of you who need a sweatband in increments. For extended periods, the rubber channel can cause some discomfort. But, the performance of the Halo II is utterly phenomenal.
3. SELF PRO
These will air-dry very easily
It feels like you are virtually wearing nothing on your face
Sports one-size-fits-all technology
These will not be the best for hardcore users
Now, let’s just get this out of the way early. This brand right here is going to be suitable for a certain demographic. If you require a sweatband for extensive uses, you will not fall into the correct demographic.Read more
Due to the fact that the headbands (you do receive either two or three with your purchase) are thin, they can’t absorb a ton of sweat. They will work very well but they can’t absorb a ton of sweat.
It is advertised that these feel like nothing when they are donned on your forehead. While that may be a bit of an exaggeration, these are extremely comfortable.
For the most part, you will not need to worry about these sliding down your forehead. They are designed to stay in place even during extensive sweating.
Thanks to the one-size-fits-all technology that has been implemented into each and every one of the headbands that Self Pro designs here, you can rest easy knowing your pair should fit just fine.
The value is quite good here. The main reason is due to the quantity as you can get a pack of two or three (and each of them comes at an affordable cost).
Is it nonsensical for the number three spot to belong to a model that is not ideal for extensive use? Possibly, but here is the deal; everything else about these bands is incredible.
4. NIKE SWOOSH
The comfort is exceptional
Each band offers compression support
These will fit virtually anyone’s wrists
The longevity has been brought into question
They can be incredibly snug at first
Your eyes are not the only body part that needs to be protected from sweat as your hands do, as well. The clear answer here is to invest in some wristbands and it just so happens that Nike designs one of the best.Read more
Due to the cotton and nylon blend, each wristband you receive is going to keep sweat from running down your arms.
To say that the Nike Swoosh Wristbands are comfortable is the understatement of the millennium. A lot of this is thanks to the cotton and nylon blend, for the record.
A lot of consumers have commented on the tightness of these bands. One thing is for sure; they are not going to do much slipping during your workouts.
For pretty much anyone’s wrists, these are going to fit just fine. Again, though, they are snug and it will take some time to loosen them up.
The price of admission here is more than reasonable and you also receive two wristbands (one for each wrist).
Nike is a brand that has its detractors but it is also a brand that has earned worldwide recognition as one of the best in the world. The design at play here is a good example of the latter, though.
Designed with organic material
Features a cotton, spandex and nylon blend
There are many package deals
Each of the bands is quite tight and small
One of the best values on this entire list is before you right now. However, it is worth noting that many buyers have commented on the rather tight fit provided by these sweatbands.Read more
No matter if you buy the pack of headbands or the pack of wristbands, they both are engineered to wick away sweat after they have absorbed it from your skin.
Due to the cotton, spandex and nylon blend (85 percent of which being cotton) each band you buy sports an excellent combination of performance and softness.
Beace designed each and every one of their bands with non-slip technology in order to prevent them from slipping.
Yep, you can just expect either pack you get to be tight and small. That is the general consensus but do note that each band is marketed to fit most.
As was mentioned, the value here is tremendous. No matter the pack you choose (with options for three, six and 12 pieces) it will be money well spent.
If you know for a fact that you have a large head or large wrists, then you may want to pass on this option, admittedly. For anyone else, though, enjoy one of the better options out there.
6. UNDER ARMOUR PERFORMANCE
Designed with multichannel performance fibers
The bold colors add a sense of style
Stability is not an issue
The fabric does tend to pill
Under Armour is another one of those brands that have earned the respect and admiration it deserves. And, while this performance wristband is not the most durable, it does an efficient job wicking sweat away from your body.Read more
Because this is designed with multi-channel fibers, it is able to wick away sweat from your body. The material will also prevent sweat from flowing down on your hands.
The polyester and elastodiene material blend make for a very comfortable wristband that will remain comfortable for extended periods of time.
Several previous buyers have commented on the snug fit that is provided with this band. This plays a role in the stability as the band is not going to go anywhere during your workouts.
As mentioned, the fit is going to be snug. There is only one size that is available so if you have a larger wrist, you may find that this is too tight to be deemed tolerable.
As with most wristbands, Under Armour provides you with a pack of two. In conjunction with the cheaper price, the value is quite good here. Then again, the fabric tends to pill with heavy use.
There are several individuals around the world who absolutely love this performance wristband. The main reason why is because at the end the day, this performs extremely well.
7. HALO PROTEX
Designed with four-way stretch material
You can tie it
It is excellent at wicking away moisture
The rubber channel can cause discomfort
It can slide around sometimes
As opposed to the other Halo brand that was documented earlier, the Protex is a combination of a headband and a bandana. Either way, it is designed with Sweat Seal channels to draw sweat away from your eyes.Read more
The Protex is another band that sports Halo’s patented Sweat Seal Grip technology and Dryline fabric. This ideal combination draws sweat away from your face and wicks it away to evaporate it.
There is good news and bad news. The four-way stretch micromesh top section is the good news as it will release heat for enhanced comfort. However, the interior rubber channel can become uncomfortable over time as it can cut into your forehead.
Even though the aforementioned grip technology will hold this in place, the silky material that is utilized is almost counter-intuitive. Due to this, it tends to slide around at times.
One of the best features of the Protex is the ability to tie it. With this integration, you are able to achieve a custom fit; making this ideal for both men and women.
This comes at a price, let’s just say that. The value is certainly not bad because of the quality of the Protex but the price is a bit lofty.
Yes, there are some small issues with the Protex that could weigh heavy in your final decision. Just remember, though, it is excellent with its moisture management and can be conveniently tied at the back.
8. NIKE SWOOSH
The material is quite soft
It will not have issues with slipping
It will withstand extreme temperatures
Not ideal for people with larger foreheads
It tends to dry slowly
Previously, the Nike Swoosh Doublewide Wristbands were documented but this here is the actual Swoosh Headband. What this excels at is absorbing your sweat but, admittedly, it does not dry very quickly.Read more
It is guaranteed that this bad boy will absorb 99 percent of moisture. Although, as mentioned, it tends to dry slowly so once it reaches maximum moisture capacity, it will be useless until it dries.
In addition to being very efficient at absorbing sweat, the Swoosh Headband is also incredibly soft and this enhances the comfort.
This has not been known to have documented issues of slipping and that is a good thing, quite obviously.
It is a general consensus that the Swoosh Headband runs small. There are no size options available so keep this in mind if you have a big noggin.
In conjunction with the fact that the material used here will withstand severe weather conditions (both cold and hot), the price is fair.
There really is a lot to love about this model but there are also a few caveats. All in all, the good does outweigh the bad and that is really all you can ask for.
9. KALILY BANDANA
There are over 200 designs to choose from
Each band is made from 100 percent microfiber
There are 12 different ways to wear them
They tend to slip on smaller foreheads
The sizing can be inconsistent
This right here is another bandana. Although, “bandanas” is more appropriate as you can get these in packs of six, nine, and 12. While they are not flawless, they certainly are great.Read more
If there is one thing that these bandanas excel at it is their breathability. In addition to actually absorbing perspiration, they are also seamless and highly breathable.
The reason why these are so extraordinarily comfortable is due to the 100 percent microfiber composition. Due to this, each bandana is both soft and stretchy.
Arguably the biggest issue with these bands is their stability. Due to their size, they tend to fit very loose and this subsequently results in slipping.
As mentioned, the fit is loose but each band is designed to fit larger heads. However, one buyer did note that the sizing can be inconsistent with each of the bandanas that you receive in a pack.
There may not be a better value on the market, quite honestly. No matter if you order a pack of six, nine, or 12, the pricing for each is cheap.
Ironically, some of the models on this list are designed for smaller heads but this is definitely an example of the opposite. These bands are highly breathable, though, so that is a big plus.
10. ADIDAS INTERVAL
Designed with moisture-wicking technology
There are many different color options available
You get a pack of two
Each band is quite bulky
The seams are not properly closed
Arguably the main reason the Interval Wristband is so world-renowned is that it is reversible. Of course, it does not hurt that it was designed by Adidas.Read more
In addition to the moisture-wicking technology that has been integrated, the Interval has also been designed with improved cotton terry for enhanced absorbency.
This is made up of 100 percent cotton and if you own any 100 percent cotton shirts, then you know the comfort that is provided from this fabric.
Issues with slipping have not been documented by too many users and, in this case, that can be seen as a positive.
There is no reason to beat around the bush, the Interval Wristband is bulky. It is also tight-fitting, as well, so be wary of that.
For the record, you do get two wristbands with your purchase. But, the seams are not properly closed and this can lead to the threads pilling.
Overall, this is a great option with some noticeable flaws. It is not a dud by any stretch of the imagination and that is to be expected due to the brand name.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
Let's put it this way; if you buy a sweatband that is not breathable you are pretty much wasting your money.
When it comes down to it, there are two huge factors you need to keep in mind here. Firstly, you need to invest in a sweatband that is going to remove sweat from your forehead or wrist (or whatever body part it is on). This seems obvious but how else is the sweat going to be removed from your body, by magic? This is what makes cotton a common material for these types of bands as this fabric is designed to absorb moisture. Of course, what happens when the material becomes overly saturated with sweat? At this point, it becomes important for the band to be able to wick away the moisture from your skin.
As for which materials do this best, polyester immediately comes to mind. Ideally, this makes it logical to look for models that implement some sort of fabric blend. The ability to wick away moisture is just as important because if the sweatband you are wearing can’t, it will be useless once it has absorbed too much sweat. Many models will work differently but the best will be designed with optimal materials and a built-in rubber channel.
While the breathability is certainly important, the overall comfort is going to also help dictate your purchase.
This section right here goes hand-in-hand with the previous one. If the model you choose is breathable it will more than enhance the comfort. However, breathability alone will not ensure optimal comfortability. In addition, you also need to pay attention to the details. And, these details were already alluded to but they play a role in the overall comfort, as well. The first is the materials. You see, the materials that are used in the engineering phase will make or break the comfortability. Three of the most common for a sweatband will be cotton, polyester and nylon. All of these fabrics have distinct advantages.
For example, cotton is incredibly soft, polyester is high in breathability, and nylon sports an excellent combination of soft and durable. As was mentioned earlier, you may want to look for a blend of these fabrics (or others) as this can offer the best properties of each material. Now, you also need to assess the rubber channel. This feature is integrated to remove the sweat from your forehead (alluding to headbands) but it can also cause headaches. Then again, it solely depends on the design of the channel as if it is too tight, headaches are sure to result over extended periods of use.
Can you think of anything more annoying than a sweatband that will not stop slipping down your face?
Okay, so this has nothing to do with the two previous sections. But, it is fair to consider it just as important (if not more). While that is not the debate that is at hand, let’s discuss why the stability is of the utmost importance. It can all be summed up by one question, truthfully. Is there anything more infuriating than using a sweatband that will not stay in place? This is especially true with headbands as the last thing you want is to be constantly moving it back up on your forehead. Doing so will become a nuisance very, very quickly.
So, the logical way to combat this issue is to buy bands that do not have this issue. It sounds simple and it really is. The key feature to look for is non-slip technology. If this has been integrated, then the chances of the band slipping are greatly reduced. However, this same technology needs to be potent as it needs to serve its purpose when you begin to sweat profusely. Of course, you can also point back to the materials. You may want to avoid silky materials as these can cause the sweatband to move around a lot.
Not a ton of models are going to have size options available so that makes finding the perfect fit that much more difficult.
It really goes without saying that the way a sweatband fits you is going to dictate the entire experience. The hard part is finding the perfect balance between tight and loose because it should not be extreme either way. In other words, if it is too tight it will cause discomfort and if it is too loose, it is not going to stay in place. Yet, this becomes complicated as most models will be designed with the one-size-fits-all theory. In reality, one size is not going to fit all but it is going to fit most (and that is really what the tagline indicates).
So, it then becomes crucial for you to search through consumer feedback on each and every one of the sweatbands that you research. Doing so can draw the conclusion you need to make an accurate choice. For example, if you have a larger head or larger wrists and a particular model runs small, you may want to look elsewhere. Also, and this is speaking for headbands, some models will be adjustable (and this is a very convenient bonus).
This one really goes without explanation as your money needs to be well spent.
When you assess the value of any product you buy, there are various variables that will come into play. In this case, you need to pay attention to the quantity, price, and quality. Some manufacturers will sell their models in packs. For wristbands, this is essential so you can cover both of your wrists. However, even for headbands, receiving more than one is nice. As far as the price, do not allow this to dictate which model you end up buying. Yet, what you can do is keep it in the fold. As an example, if you are stuck between two or three really good options, then go with the option that you feel offers the best value.
Of course, you also can’t forget about the quality. Let’s paint a picture in your mind for a second. What if you bought a pack of three sweatbands that only lasted you four months (combined). Then, let’s say there is an individual band that lasts over a year. Clearly, you would want to go with the latter so look for models that integrate high-quality materials that will not pill within a few months.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
Without question, this is the entire reason why you are going to buy a sweatband, in the first place. If the model you buy can’t wick away moisture and absorb it from your skin, then it is nothing more than a fashion statement. This makes it mandatory to look for certain materials and design features that create a breathable core. If this is omitted, you are wasting your money.
Just as important as the breathability is the comfort. While the two really do go hand-in-hand, a breathable sweatband can still be uncomfortable. With that said, pay attention to the craftsmanship. Most importantly, analyze the materials that have been used as they create the core of the band. If the materials do not provide comfort, then you might as well look for another option.
During the heat of your workout, you have better things to worry about than constantly repositioning the headband or wristband that you are wearing. To ensure that this does not become a potential nuisance, look for models that offer superb stability. Good examples of models that will not slip are any that have integrated non-slip technology. Of course, the right materials will help, as well.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: How can the GUTR be comfortable as it is plastic?
For the record, this question is referring to the number one model on this list. It seemed appropriate given the quality of that model. Okay, with the “disclaimer” out of the way, how could a headband that is made of plastic be comfortable? The reason the GUTR is able to deliver comfort is due to its unique design. It will soften as your body temperature rises and will feel like soft and flexible as a result.
q: How do you wash sweatbands?
It is always recommended to abide by the manufacturer’s specific care instructions (if they provide any) over any other method. However, for most, you can either wash them by hand or in a machine. If you choose the latter, it is advised to place the headbands or wristbands in a separate lingerie bag. Enclosing them in a bag such as this will protect them from getting damaged and wrapped around other garments. But, using your regular detergent and machine settings should be just fine (do allow whatever you wash to air-dry, though).
q: Will it take a long time for the band to become saturated?
As you probably expected, this question is going to vary quite a bit. First off, it depends on the design of the individual model. If the fabric is designed to evaporate moisture and dry quickly, then it may take a lot for it to become completely saturated. Of course, this can be affected by outside factors such as the air flow, air temperature, and humidity levels.
q: Should you wear an abdominal sweatband?
Have you ever heard of this type of sweatband? Well, the logic behind one is that is can help you burn abdominal fat quicker. The problem is, though, there really is not much scientific evidence to back that claim up. The other issue is there can be negative effects to strapping an abdominal band on your body when you are working out. For starters, wearing one can actually end up restricting your muscles and making the workout harder, as a whole. And, this type of band can also overheat you and cause you to sweat more. The safe bet is to avoid using one.
q: Are headbands bad for you?
After criticizing abdominal sweatbands, it seems appropriate to follow up with this question. To be honest, this question can be answered in more than one way as it depends on how you look at it. For example, from a performance standpoint, headbands can draw sweat away from your eyes and wick it away from your skin. Looking at it from a different perspective, though, a headband can also put pressure on your hair and cause breakage. But, unless you are ridiculously self-conscious about your hair, the performance benefits will be worth it.
q: What about if you are wearing earbuds?
While this question seems like it comes out of left field, it has a reason for being present on this guide. If you enjoy wearing earbuds when you work out, then you may want them to be protected from sweat. Now, depending on the brand of earbuds you have, some of them are sweat-resistant. But, even if they are, it can help if you have a headband on as it can block the sweat from entering inside your ear. Doing so, in theory, could then protect your earbuds. This is just another reason for you to want to invest in a sweatband, right?