The 7 Best Fitness Armbands to Buy in 2017

Working out with your smartphone just got a whole lot easier

These days, it's hard to part with our smartphones – even when we’re working out. But when it comes to buying a fitness armband to hold it in place during your work out, there’s a lot to consider such as color, weight, water resistance and most importantly, compatibility with your phone. To help, we’ve compiled a list of available options for both large and small smartphones that fit Androids and iPhones. Read on to see which best suits your needs.

Not all fitness armbands are the same, with many made of low-quality materials and not fitting most phone sizes. The Trianium Armband is the opposite, as it is made with stretch-resistant and water-resistant neoprene and can fit the latest top-tier phones, including the Apple iPhone 7, Samsung Galaxy S8 and more.

The front of the Trianium Armband has a clear screen that lets you interact with your phone’s touch screen. After your phone is secure, then you can use the adjustable velcro band to secure it to your arm.

It can fit arms up to 14 inches in size and can easily bend, flex and fold without concerns of breaking. Oh, and there’s a key pocket hidden on the inside for your gym locker key or house key, so you don’t need to bring anything else with you during your workout.

Most sports armbands that hold smartphones all have the same basic construction: a pouch to put your phone in, a clear touch screen and Velcro to secure it all around your bicep. What’s great about the Matone Rotatable Sports Forearm Armband is that it's something totally different while still being accessible and useful.

The Matone armband attaches to your forearm and then lets you attach your phone to the top using a flexible silicone holder. Then you can rotate your phone 180 degrees to use the phone however you please. Another nice thing about this is that the screen is uncovered, so you can still tap away on it with no obstruction.

Because of the unique construction, the silicone holder can work with just about any phone you can think of, including the Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, LG G6, Nexus 5 and 6, Google Pixel and Pixel XL, Moto G5 Plus, OnePlus 3T and any smartphone up to 6.2 inches in size.

Armpocket’s Ultra i-35 is constructed is a one-size-fits-all armband, wallet and key holder. Fitting most devices up to 6”, there’s room here to carry your phone, ID, key, cash and loose cards like a driver’s license or credit card. There are three slots inside the sleeve, and an additional rubberized strap that holds your device close to the plastic window so it’s easier to access the touchscreen features. Performance under the plastic shield works about as well as expected, but any hopes to use any included fingerprint scanner on your device will have to wait till after your run. Just in case you’re looking to accessorize with a little color, the Armpocket comes in yellow, pink, purple, arctic blue and more.

Two openings on the bottom of the sleeve allow easy access to your smartphone's headphone jack. One of our favorite features is the Velcro strap that connects to the outside pocket to help manage lengthy cords that could otherwise pose a distraction while running. It is constructed of a no-slip memory foam, which handles moisture well but still allows for some sweat build-up (and that could cause some irritation while running if the band is too tight).

The one true caveat with the Armpocket is the size. At .188 ounces, it’s not too heavy but it can get hefty fast. Once you include a few loose cards, a key and an iPhone 6 in a case the weight quickly adds up.

If you’re looking for a cheap fitness armband that can hold your phone in place and will last a long time, look no further than the Topist Running Armband. This lightweight band is double padded, sweat-resistant and fits on most arms, so no matter what sort of physical activity you’re up to, this band has you covered.

The Topist armband can fit any phone up to 6.3 inches, so the most popular models will work, including the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S8 and S7, Galaxy S8 Plus, Google Pixel, Pixel XL and more. Speaking of phones, this armband lets you operate the touchscreen of your phone after you put it inside the armband. This means it’s easy to change songs or podcasts in the middle of your workout. It also has small bit of room for more than just your phone, so you can keep your keys, credit card and ID on you and not have to worry about putting them in a smelly gym locker.

If you’re in need of a good all-around sports armband on a budget, the Portholic armband is your best bet. Like many other armbands, you slide your phone into a pouch with a clear screen and you’re able to still use the touchscreen on your phone. However, it’s specifically designed to be universal and can fit nearly any smartphone, including the Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, Google Pixel and Pixel XL and more. The case has extra room, so you can leave your phone in a protective case.

To make sure it fits small and large arms alike (between 9 and 18.5 inches), the Portholic armband includes two fastening sizes and a six-inch extension strap. The straps also have reflective material, which can increase safety when running or exercising at night or the early morning. On top of this, it has superior sweat resistance that will keep perspiration away your phone. And Portholic offers a “lifetime warranty” on the armband, which is generous for the price point.

If you’re looking for an armband that goes above and beyond when it comes to water resistance, there’s one choice that is a cut above the rest. The Tune Belt armband is the crème de la crème of sweat- resistant design and is highly recommended, thanks to its multi-device compatibility. With no direct openings making skin contact, there is excellent protection from sweat. It is constructed from a moisture-resistant, high-quality durable neoprene.

The appeal of the Tune Belt armband gets even better when you look at device compatibility: It claims to fit all of the newest Samsung and Apple devices. The armband adjusts to fit arm sizes from 9 to 16” and if your guns are bigger than that, you can purchase an extended armband to add an additional 6.5” to the overall fit.

Tune Belt’s logo flap can help loop and control any excess earphone cord, keeping it out of the way and helping you focus on your run. Earbud access is easily accessible on both the top and bottom, providing support for the various iPhone and Android models. Unfortunately, the logo flap comes at a price as there’s no hidden area for a key, which is a notable omission.

A separate model available offers the exact same protection and sweat resistance for the iPhone 6s Plus, Samsung’s Galaxy Note line, and Edge fit devices.

There’s no shortage of budget-friendly armband options for the iPhone, but there’s only one that truly stands out, the Tribe AB37 Premium Running Sports Armband. The double adjustable velcro armband will fit any arm size up to 16” with a pouch that fits any device with a screen size up to 5.2”. As the top-ranked armband on Amazon.com, the low price tag is more than enticing and for a little extra dough, you choose from a slew of colors. Made from eco-friendly materials (nylon, velcro and neoprene), the Tribe is recommended for hand-washing, unlike some of its competitors in the budget space. 

The soft, flexible neoprene material will stretch and twist, so you don’t have to worry about it warping out of shape. There’s a bonus reflective light strip to help offer a little extra safety while running in the evening and a secure built-in hidden key holder. Some reviews indicate that the hidden key holder doesn’t fit newer, larger car keys, but most buyers have rejoiced at no longer having keys attached to their waists or ankles.

There’s full headphone support for Android and iPhone, offering a little bit of future-proofing if you ever swap smartphone platforms down the road. And as a water-resistant sports band, the Tribe protects against sweat and keeps your smartphone dry. 

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