We updated this article in June 2022 to remove discontinued styles and add new leggings from Lululemon, including the Swift Speed, Bace Pace, Instill and Wunder Train Contoured Fit Tights. We also added more information about how we test leggings and why you can trust our expert recommendations.

It's no secret that Lululemon leggings are the holy grail of workout pants, but it might surprise you just how many styles and materials there are to choose from. Each fabric feels unique and is designed specifically for certain activities, from soft, lightweight styles for yoga, to smooth, compressive tights to wear during high-intensity exercise. Whether you're a long-standing Lululemon fanatic or are trying out the brand for the first time, it's important to understand the options so you pick out your best pair of leggings.

The Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab tests leggings of all kinds from plain black leggings to workout leggings with pockets, plus-size leggings, fleece-lined leggings and much more. We evaluate using Lab equipment and seek real consumer testers' feedback to get a comprehensive view of each pair's performance. You can read more about how we test leggings at the end of this article. To find the best Lululemon leggings, we looked at our testing history, tried newer styles in person and worked directly with the Lululemon team to break down the best styles to buy based on where you plan to wear them.

First off, are Lululemon leggings worth it?

Yes! The Lululemon brand has performed exceptionally well in our evaluations and is a personal favorite of the Textiles and Wellness experts on our staff. That doesn't mean you absolutely must spend $100 to get a good pair of leggings, but if you know you'll wear them frequently and are considering making the splurge, they're worth the investment. Each style has its own features that make it stand out from the rest, but overall, the leggings are comfortable, flattering and durable. Here are the best Lululemon leggings to buy based on your activity level and personal preferences:

Best Lululemon Leggings for Everyday Wear


This unbelievably comfortable fabric is buttery soft and has a lightweight, barely-there feel. The stretchy material moves with you so you don't have to worry about it riding up or rolling down and it has moisture-wicking properties so you won't miss out on the performance features.

The Align collection uses the Nulu fabric and is more minimal than other styles, meaning there are no unnecessary seams or panels throughout the leg. Each pair of leggings in this collection has a wide, flattering waistband that lies flat without any digging in whatsoever. Its basic design makes it versatile to wear as loungewear, travel gear, everyday clothing or yoga pants. It's also the perfect maternity legging because the fit stretches with a growing bump during pregnancy.

  • Feels like: Buttery-soft and stretchy
  • Best for: Everyday wear, lounging, or yoga
Align Pant 28"
Lululemon Align Pant 28"
$98 at Lululemon
Credit: Lululemon
Align Pant 25"
Lululemon Align Pant 25"
Credit: Lululemon
Align Pant 21"
Lululemon Align Pant 21"
Credit: Lululemon

    Best Lululemon Leggings for Running


    If you're looking for a compressive tight while you run, the Luxtreme fabric is your best bet. The material feels smooth and wicks moisture, which is especially important for running: Friction from fast, repetitive movements mixed with sweat can cause chafing and irritation.

    Swift Speed is the main collection using Luxtreme fabric and has the most technical features for running, including pockets that are big enough to hold your smartphone and a continuous drawstring that won't fall out in the wash. It also has reflective details for visibility and it's made without an inseam for an even smoother fit.

    Another option using Luxtreme fabric is the All The Right Places Crop, which has supportive panels for training. It has pockets and a drawstring like Swift Speed, but the zoned panels make it suitable for anyone that wants to combine running and training in their workout.

    • Feels like: Smooth, cool and slightly compressive
    • Best for: Running or cross-training
    Swift Speed Tight 25"
    Lululemon Swift Speed Tight 25"
    Credit: Lululemon
    Swift Speed Crop 21"
    Lululemon Swift Speed Crop 21"
    Credit: Lululemon
    All the Right Places Crop 23"
    Lululemon All the Right Places Crop 23"
    Credit: Lululemon


      This material is also designed for running, but it's more lightweight than Luxtreme. While compression leggings support your muscles as you run, Nulux is better for those who prefer a less restrictive material for a better range of motion. It's also quick-drying, making these leggings ideal for hot weather.

      The Base Pace Tight is a newer style using the Nulux fabric, and it comes in plenty of variations, including an assortment of lengths, rises, colors and prints. Besides its lightweight and breathable fabric, it's also made with a continuous drawstring and without an inseam to help prevent friction. It doesn't have side pockets, but it has a small pocket in the back of the waistband.

      For an option that lets you carry more on the go, the Fast and Free Tight also uses Nulux fabric but has deep pockets on the sides and five smaller drop-in pockets at the waist. It has the same interior drawcord to help you get the right fit.

      • Feels like: Sleek, smooth and lightweight
      • Best for: Running
      Base Pace Tight 25"
      Lululemon Base Pace Tight 25"
      Credit: Lululemon
      Base Pace Crop 23"
      Lululemon Base Pace Crop 23"
      Credit: Lululemon
      Fast and Free Tigh 25"
      Lululemon Fast and Free Tigh 25"
      Credit: Lululemon

        Best Lululemon Leggings for Yoga


        This new Lululemon fabric is designed to combine the support of the Luxtreme fabric with the softness of the Nulu fabric. The result is a smooth and slightly compressive material that is equally comfortable, functional and flattering. It was introduced to replace the beloved Luon fabric that Lululemon has since discontinued.

        Lululemon's newest introduction, the InStill Legging, is made of SmoothCover and is designed especially for yoga. It's stretchy enough to move with you through poses and sweat-wicking to keep you dry. Plus, it feels like a hug and stays in place so you don't have to worry about your pants rolling down with movement.

        • Feels like: Soft and slightly compressive
        • Best for: Yoga, barre or other low-impact studio workouts with lots of movement
        InStill High-Rise Tight 25"
        Lululemon InStill High-Rise Tight 25"
        Credit: Lululemon
        InStill High-Rise Crop 23"
        Lululemon InStill High-Rise Crop 23"
        Credit: Lululemon
        InStill High-Rise Crop 23"
        Lululemon InStill High-Rise Crop 23"
        Now 50% Off
        Credit: Lululemon

        Best Lululemon Leggings for Training


        Everlux is ideal for high-intensity exercise – whether it's weightlifting, spinning, taking a HIIT class or doing CrossFit – thanks to its technical features. It's quick-drying, so you don't have to worry about excess sweat; stretchy, so you can easily move around and smooth to avoid friction. It's one of the most unique fabrications offered by Lululemon because the inside is sleek and smooth against your skin, but the outside has a soft, brushed feel.

        Your best options in the Everlux collection are the Invigorate and the Wunder Train Tights. The Invigorate style has deep pockets on the side, while the Wunder Train is more minimal with fewer seams. Both have continuous drawcords and the same performance material. There's also the Wunder Train Contour Fit collection, which is the best option for curves. It provides more room in the hips and thighs without widening the waistband.

        • Feels like: Smooth and sleek on inside, buttery soft on the outside
        • Best for: Intense exercise like weightlifting, spinning, CrossFit and HIIT workouts
        Invigorate Tight 25"
        Lululemon Invigorate Tight 25"
        Credit: Lululemon
        Wunder Train Tight 25"
        Lululemon Wunder Train Tight 25"
        Credit: Lululemon
        Wunder Train Contour Fit Tight 25"
        Lululemon Wunder Train Contour Fit Tight 25"
        Credit: Lululemon

          More tips for shopping at Lululemon

          Once you pick your preferred fabric and legging style, Lululemon gives you more options to consider like the height of the waistband, the length of the legs and whether you prefer basic colors or fun prints. Here are the additional specifications to keep in mind:

          • Fabric variations: You may notice some of the styles use "Light" or "Full-on" in the product name, like "Full-on Luxtreme." "Light" means it's more lightweight, while "Full-on" has a tighter knit, providing more coverage and compression.
          • Sizing: Lululemon legging sizes range from 0 to 20. If you're in between sizes, it's better to size up: If the pants fit too snugly, they can restrict your movements. And if you're not sure what size you wear, you can schedule a free virtual consultation.
          • Waistband: Most Lululemon leggings are high-waisted because it's a flattering rise that stays in place when you move and it often adds tummy control. For an even higher band, you can find a super high rise in yoga-specific styles like the Align Pant or Wunder Train Tight.
          • Inseam: Full-length leggings have a 28" inseam, but many options are available in 31" for those who need the extra length. If you have shorter legs or prefer an ankle-length legging, opt for the 25" inseam. Most styles are also available as crop leggings, which range from 17" to 23" in length.
          • Other features: Consider whether you'll need roomy pockets, reflective details or a drawcord that lets you tighten the fit at the waist. You can also choose between a wide range of solid colors and prints, with more options available among the most popular styles.

          How we test Lululemon leggings

          We thoroughly evaluate workout pants — including those from Lululemon — in our Textiles Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute. In the Lab, our experts inspect the construction for features like gussets and flat seams, assess the opacity using standardized lighting (to make sure the leggings are not see-through) and measure the sweat management capabilities using a moisture-wicking test. We also use lab equipment to test durability aspects like pilling resistance, washability and more. On top of that, we have dozens of consumer testers wear the leggings during real workouts to give feedback on factors like fit, breathability, comfort and appearance.

          Why trust Good Housekeeping?

          Lexie Sachs is the Executive Director of the Textiles, Paper & Apparel Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Fiber Science from Cornell University and more than 15 years of experience in the textiles industry, including merchandising and product development fields. Lexie joined Good Housekeeping in 2013 and has extensively tested fitness apparel of all kinds — including workout leggings, sports bras, walking shoes and more — using specialized lab equipment and with hundreds of consumer testers.