The best sports swimwear 2022



Looking for sports swimwear you can rely on? Then you’ve come to the right place.

One of the best things about warm weather is having the chance to break out your suit, workout at the nearest outdoor pool, and experience some of those many benefits of swimming. And boy, have things been heating up lately (yes, heatwave, we’re talking about you).

But not all swimwear was designed with performance in mind. So if you’re looking to perfect your shots or do those tricks, you’ll want to make sure your wetsuit is specifically designed for fitness.

Sports swimsuits are usually made from chlorine-resistant fabric that will last many pool training sessions and has been cut to allow you complete freedom of movement. Most will aim to be as comfortable and supportive as possible so you can focus on what you’re doing rather than what you’re wearing or who you might be flashing. The best options will feel like a second skin and minimize drag so you can move as quickly and smoothly through the water as possible.

That doesn’t mean you have to spend your time going back and forth from your lane hoping you won’t run into anyone you know. These days, many swimsuits designed for sports are as beautiful as they are practical. From funky one-pieces to simple yet substantial bikinis, there are plenty of options available.

Suppose you are not too particular about the sporty part of sports swimwear. Why not browse our edits of the best swimwear for your body type, the best high waisted swimwear, the best vintage swimwear for a leak-free swim, the best sustainable swimwear brands and the best bikinis for big busts?

Otherwise, carry on with our pick of the best sports swimwear to buy so that the next time the sun comes out and you can’t think of anything better than a lap around your local lido, you’ll be prepared. Good swim.

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best nike sports swimwear

Cross back printed swimsuit



  • allows leg mobility
  • allows mobility of the shoulders
  • sustainable

One of our favorite things about Nike is their ability to nail both the style and performance aspect of their kit time and time again. And their swimming offer is no exception.

A stunning print and sleek fit only add to an already awesome costume that has Hydrastrong fabric for durability and a leg and shoulder design for maximum mobility.


best reliable sports swimsuits

Recordbreaker women’s panel swimsuit black/blue



  • allows mobility of the shoulders
  • chlorine resistant
  • sustainable
  • fast drying

Would it be a roundup of sports swimwear without a Speedo swimsuit? We think not.

Get ready to smash all your PBs in this sleek black number with its open back and specially placed straps that have been designed to prevent limited mobility from holding you back at turn time.


best sports swimwear with bust support

Diamond grid bikini top c/d cup



  • integrated bust support
  • four way stretch
  • good shape retention
  • better resistance to chlorine and salt

If you’re looking for extra support in a cute bikini that can handle more than just a paddle around the pool, we’ve got the two-piece for you.

With a built-in bra, longline fit, magenta argyle fabric and 4-way stretch, it ticks all the right boxes.

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best black sports swimsuits

Women’s solid tech 1-piece swimsuit – black



  • allows leg mobility
  • allows mobility of the shoulders
  • chlorine resistant

This simple stunner was designed with the advanced swimmer looking for freedom, comfort and just the right amount of coverage for when things get serious in the pool.

As every savvy swimsuit wearer in the world knows, you can’t go wrong with a black cross-back one-piece.


best long sleeve sports swimsuits

Tidal xtra life long sleeve swimsuit

sweaty betty


  • integrated bust support
  • chlorine resistant
  • sustainable
  • UV50+ resistant

If you own a pair of Sweaty Betty gym leggings, you’ll know how their funky prints can be just the push you need to get out of bed and hit the gym.

Luckily for us, the same goes for their swimming. Slip into this blue beauty to brighten up your next workout day at the pool. Easy.


best compression sports swimsuits

Aeron Women’s Swimsuit

  • allows mobility of the shoulders
  • chlorine resistant
  • designed to minimize drag
  • flat seams prevent chafing
  • UPF50+ resistant

Ok, yes, you got us. We were attracted to this bad boy because of his glorious color. But that’s far from all he has going for him.

The second-skin fit, carefully positioned seams, bonded liner edges and compression fabric reduce drag while the open back won’t get in the way of your shots.

Prepare to be just a beautiful green blur the next time you hit the water.


best adidas sports swimwear

Iconisea 3-band swimsuit



  • integrated bust support
  • chlorine resistant

Creating a swimming version of the LBD is genius if you ask us, and that’s precisely what Adidas did.

Imagine how great you’ll feel stepping out of your local pool on a hot sunny day in this little black one-piece (or LBOP as we like to call it).


best sports two piece swimsuits

Mp women’s bikini top – black



  • allows freedom of movement
  • chlorine resistant
  • sustainable

Some days you feel like giving it your all in the pool. On other days, a quiet lounge to the side seems like more than enough activity. Sometimes you want a bit of both, but not an outfit change.

That’s where MyProtein’s Bikini Essentials come in. No matter how you feel, he aims to please.

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best comfortable sports swimsuits

Women’s Aztec 2.0 strap back swimsuit



  • allows mobility of the shoulders
  • chlorine resistant
  • sustainable
  • UPF50+ resistant
  • fast drying

One of Europe’s leading triathlon and swimwear brands, Zone3 means business.

And with clever design to ensure ultimate comfort and improved dynamics in the water, so can you.


best supportive sports swimsuits

Women’s one-piece swimsuit – laïa black and red



  • allows mobility of the shoulders
  • allows leg mobility
  • chlorine resistant
  • second skin cut
  • fast drying

Nabaiji swimsuits are as highly rated as they are hard to find, so you’ll have to be quick if you want to add this baby to your gym bag before your next swim.

Given its second-skin feel and supportive fit, we think you won’t want to miss this.


best seamless sports swimsuits

Laura Whitmore – don’t worry upcycled bikini top



  • allows freedom of movement
  • comfortable
  • transparent

Unsurprisingly, Laura Whitmore’s expertise is not only in the field of the island of love. Her selection of Dare2b activewear is spot-on, and we found ourselves eager to add them all to the bag.

For now, we’ll stick with this lovely upcycled two-piece in all its seamless glory that’s comfortable and free to move as you please.

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best cheap sports swimsuit

X back ladies swimsuit



  • allows freedom of movement
  • chlorine resistant
  • comfortable

Thought Slazenger was only here to fulfill all your tennis racquet needs? Think again because their swimming kit is just as coveted.

Fully lined and made with chlorine resistant LYCRA®, you won’t have to worry about your cossie stopping before you do.


best plus size sports swimsuits

Sport Scoop Neck Swimsuit

just be


  • comfortable
  • larger size range

“You get the best of both worlds. Relax, take it easy. Then you unleash the show.”

While we may regret singing a song that hints at our old age, we think it sums up these swimmers perfectly. Cute and practical.


best swimsuits for water sports

One-piece swimsuit

ROXY Active


  • allows arm mobility
  • integrated bust support
  • chlorine resistant
  • favorable
  • UV resistant

We never tire of this floral print zip.

All you need to complete the look is a surfboard, a tropical island and some smoky waves. Surfing is above all a sport.


best reversible sports swimsuits

Anella reversible swimsuit



  • allows mobility of the shoulders
  • allows leg mobility
  • comfortable
  • high neckline for performance and safety
  • reversible

Calling all serious swimmers, we have the swimsuit for you. Every detail, from the neckline to the seams, has been carefully designed to optimize mobility and allow you to perform at your best.

Even better? It’s reversible, so you basically get two for the price of one.

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