The 7 Best Fitness Armbands to Buy in 2018

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.

Best Overall: YORJA Running Armband

YORJA Running Armband is compatible with all the latest smartphones (iPhone X, 8, Samsung Note 8, etc.) and the velcro band fits arms from 10 to 16 inches. YORJA has loaded the armband up with extra little pockets, too, including a fastenable band for wrapping excess wiring from your headphones (just in case you don't have wireless earbuds). On the opposite side, YORJA also included a handy little slot for your keys, and on the backside, there’s a card and cash pocket so you won’t have to sacrifice bringing your wallet essentials. It’s made of a super durable material and is even waterproof, to protect from sweat and the elements.

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Trianium Armband

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 8, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and more.

The front of the Trianium Armband has a clear screen that lets you interact with your phone’s touchscreen. 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.

Best Quality: Armpocket’s Ultra i-35

Armpocket’s Ultra i-35 is constructed is a one-size-fits-all armband, wallet and key holder. Fitting most devices (including the iPhone X, iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Google Pixel 2 and more), 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 in a case the weight quickly adds up.

Best Budget: FRiEQ Armband for iPhone

If you’re looking for an affordable, no-frills fitness armband that can hold your phone in place, the FRiEQ Armband is a great budget option. But it's important to note that this case is designed only for specific iPhone models: the 6, 7 and 7 Plus. 

The design has two parts: a phone case (composed of a rubber interior case and a hard outer shell) and an adjustable armband. The case is stylish, low-profile and fits your iPhone like a glove for a secure grip. The anti-slip armband attaches to the back for a super-streamlined look and sits comfortably on your arm with zero bulkiness. When you finish your workout, just detach the strap.

Because the FRiEQ Armband is designed with a fitted phone case, you always have access to your phone's entire screen and all its ports (unlike most pouch armbands). Reviewers love this product, praising its quality and durability. Some complain that the armband, which is adjustable from nine to 17 inches, is too large for smaller biceps. 

Runner-Up, Best Budget: Tribe AB37 Water Resistant Sports Armband

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. 

Best Value: Portholic Sports Armband

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.

Best Sweat-Resistant: Tune Belt LifeProof Case

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.

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