Finding the perfect bra is hard work, so our experts in the GolfHr Institute Textiles Lab put popular styles to the test. These winners — designed specifically for larger cup sizes — are durable, comfortable, supportive, and look great under clothing. Looking for something on the smaller side? Check out the best bras for smaller busts.
In the GolfHr Institute Textiles Lab, we evaluated the durability of each bra by measuring its ability to recover from being stretched as well as shrinkage and signs of wear after five wash cycles. We also had women from a wide range of sizes wear the bras for a minimum of two days, reporting on aspects like fit, comfort, support, appearance, how well they stayed put and how easy they were to put on and take off.
Yes, it's pricey, but it was rated the most comfortable bra in our test. Testers said it fit well, was supportive, stayed put, and was easy to take on and off. Those with larger cup sizes especially liked the full coverage design, but a few commented that the lace straps were difficult to wear under certain clothing. This style proved to be durable, too: It washed well and completely recovered its shape after being stretched out.
Available in a variety of colors, band sizes 32 to 38, and cup sizes B through G.
$45 and up
This strapless bra excelled for its comfort and fit, but most importantly stayed in place. It also looked great under clothing and was especially liked by cup sizes D and larger. One tester said she typically struggles with strapless bras, but this one was secure and comfortable. It washed well in lab tests without any shrinkage and it recovered well from being stretched out.
Available in various neutral shades in band sizes 30 to 40 and cup sizes C through H.
$10 and up
Designed for full figures, this bra offers a smoothing factor that our testers said looks great under clothing. Thanks in part to its wide straps for support, this bra stayed in place (more often than any other in our test!) and was comfortable. One tester liked that the lace still made it feel sexy and flattering. It held up well in lab tests, too, and didn't have any shrinkage when washed.
Available in a variety of colors, band sizes 36 to 44, and cup sizes C through G.
$11 and up
Though it only goes to size DD, this nicely-priced basic bra fit well and looked good under clothing during our consumer tests. One D-cup tester even forgot she was wearing it through out the day. The straps were very easy to adjust and the bra offers very full coverage for larger cup sizes. There is also a hook so you can wear it as a racerback. It held up in the lab, too, washing well without shrinkage.
Available in band sizes 34-38, cup sizes B-DD, and an assortment of colors.
$21 and up
This bra stands out not only for being available in a variety of sizes, from 28 to 38 in the band and B through HH in the cup, but also for performing well across the board, especially for those with large cup sizes. Consumer testers enjoyed wearing this style, giving it good ratings for comfort, fit, support, appearance, and how well it stayed in place. Plus, one tested loved that it did all this without looking like a granny bra. It also held up during our wash and stretch tests.
Available in a variety of colors in band sizes 28 to 38 and cup sizes B through HH.
$9 and up
Testers thought this bra was gorgeous, calling it super sexy, pretty, and delicate. Even better – it fit well, too! Most said it was supportive and comfortable, but a couple said the wire poked them between the cups. Testers with DD cups liked this style best, raving that it fit flush against their body and felt seamless when worn. In the lab, it washed well without shrinkage and it recovered its shape after it was stretched out.
Available in an assortment of colors in bands 28 to 38 and cup sizes D through K.
$19 and up
For support without the underwire, this style is your best bet. Not only did C-DDD cup testers find it to be supportive, they also said it was comfortable and fit well. The bra features a back-smoothing design and our testers said it looked great under clothing. It proved to be durable in lab tests by recovering well after being stretched out and washing without shrinkage or signs of wear.
Available in a variety of colors in band sizes 36 to 44 and cup sizes C-DDD. You can also purchase an , which was also good performer in our tests.
$54 and up
This unique style has a front-closure with hosiery materials for the back and straps that our testers loved. They gave it high scores for comfort, fit, and support and said it was easy to put on and take off. Some commented that the straps were too thick to wear under certain clothing, but overall they were happy with it. One tester even claimed it felt like a second skin. On the downside, the band didn't fully recover after being stretched, though it did wash well in our tests.
Available in a variety of colors in cup sizes A through DD.
$20 and up
Testers ranging from sizes D-G enjoyed the feel of these cups, saying they were comfortable, supportive and not too thick. They also said it fit well and stayed in place while wearing. A few commented that the space between the cups became irritating, but overall most were pleased with this style. In the Lab, it washed well, though there was minor shrinkage.
Available in multiple colors in band size 30 to 40 in the band and cup sizes D through K.
The remedy to bra-induced "back fat," this style has a smooth back to get rid of bra lines and back bulges. Testers found it to be both comfortable and supportive; one D cup tester even said it was the most fitting and comfortable bra she's ever worn. A few said it was difficult to get on, but they liked the way it looked under clothing. On the downside, it was the most expensive bra in our test. Sizing works a little differently for this one, so we recommend checking the size guide first.
Available in nude or black in sizes XS to 1X and cup size A through E.
$10 and up
This style is the perfect pick if you're looking to save some cash. Unfortunately it only goes up to a D cup, but testers in cup sizes C and D all had good things to say about it. They especially liked the comfort of the materials and straps and said it looked good under clothing. Though it wasn't the most supportive bra for larger sizes, C cup testers thought it offered good support. In lab tests it washed well with barely any shrinkage.
Available in a variety of colors in band sizes 32 to 38 and cup sizes B through D.
An excellent choice if you want to avoid padding, this unlined pick is made of smooth fabric that our testers said looked great under clothing. One tester said that she already has a large bust and loved how this didn't add any unnecessary padding to make her shape even bigger. Testers loved the lace pattern and the fact that it was full coverage. It was also easy to get on thanks in part to the front closure, though a few commented that the metal closure got a bit annoying at times. It washed well without any shrinkage or signs of wear and it did a good job recovering its shape after being stretched out.
Available in a variety of colors in band sizes 32 to 42 and cup sizes B through G.
Super comfortable, this style was called "the ultimate lounge bra" by our consumer testers who said it was a good cross between a sport bra and a bralette. They especially liked the fabric and the fit, though they did say that this isn't something they'd wear regularly because it wasn't supportive enough. It proved to be durable in lab tests thanks to its ability to recover from being stretched out and the fact that it washed well.
Recommended for DD-DDD cups, Available in sizes XS to XL and in black or nude.