Whether you’re a total fitness junkie or you’re more of a casual gym-goer, a good smartphone armband is a convenient piece of gear to have — and one that won’t take up much space in your gym bag. Maybe you enjoy listening to music for extra motivation, or you simply want to be able to carry your phone on you for safety while out running. An armband will keep your hands free and your phone close.
Exercising is great for the body and it’s made even better (and sometimes more tolerable) when the right music is playing. Sure, you can put your phone in your pocket and have your headphones dangling across your chest, but a much better option is to use an armband to keep your phone close to you for quick access, and your headphones out of the way.
It’s not as difficult to sort through iPhone armbands as it is to choose protective cases, but there are still a few things you may want to look out for when shopping for one. Is it adjustable? Can it hold your headphones? Can you wash it after a sweat-inducing run? We’ve done the hard work for you and sifted the most valuable armbands for your phone. Our armband is the best ones out there that we recommend.
- Compatibility with your smartphone: It may sound like a no-brainer, but you’ll want to pay close attention to the product description to be sure that your smartphone will fit into the armband you want. Some are designed specifically for one type of phone, while others will be more universal. We recommend measuring your phone or checking its dimensions online. If your phone is in a larger case, like an Otterbox, keep that in mind as well. It can be a pain to take these cases on and off repeatedly, so an armband designed to accommodate these cases is a worthwhile purchase.
- Finding a good fit: Once you’ve found an armband you know will fit your smartphone, the next step is making sure it will fit your arm comfortably. You don’t want the strap to be too tight, but you also don’t want it to be so loose that you’re constantly having to adjust it while you’re in the middle of a workout. Some models will come with a strap extender if you need a larger fit. Most straps will cover a range of sizes, but it’s a good idea to measure your arm to make sure you’ll get the size you need.
- Design and durability: When it comes to design, looks are nice, but functionality is the true winner. Sweat-proof is a must, and a water-resistant design is something you’ll want if you’re taking your workouts outside. Maybe you actually like running in the rain, or you accidentally get caught in a sudden rain shower. Either way, it’s good to know that your smartphone will be safe. If that protection involves a clear plastic cover that goes over your phone, make sure that it’s touch-screen compatible so you won’t be having to take your phone out of the armband to access it.
It sounds like a lot of boxes to check, and you may be wondering how you’ll ever find the right armband with so many to choose from. Not to worry though —Our Armband is the coolest design and quality guaranteed.
Our Best Product: The Waterproof Reflective Running Arm Bag has a universal design to fit a variety of smartphones, and its sweat-resistant material will move with you while you’re working out.
As the mighty smartphone has risen in popularity, it comes as no surprise that the number of armbands to choose from has multiplied — especially in an age when most people have their phone on them at all times. The Waterproof Reflective Running Arm Bag easily made the top of our list.
It’s a crowd favorite in our store, and we can see why. It offers a good number of features and a functional design all for a ridiculously affordable price. For less than $25, you get a high-quality armband so you can keep your smartphone close at hand while working out.
The Waterproof Reflective Running Arm Baga ton of different smartphones including iPhones anywhere from the 6 to the 7plus, Samsung Galaxy models, and Huawei models. The full list of compatible models can be found under the product description. It will even accommodate larger cases like the LifeProof and the Otterbox.
The adjustable Velcro band also accommodates a wide spectrum of arm sizes up to 14 to 36 cm. The stretch resistant neoprene it’s made of will bend and move with you — whether you’re busting out some burpees or on a long run. This material also creates a sweat-proof and water-resistant barrier between you and your phone. If you get caught in the rain, your phone will still be protected.
Not surprisingly, the reviews for this armband are extremely positive. Reviewer loved the non-slip beading on the back of the case and the armband that made for an even more secure fit. Overall, reviewers thought this was a very well-designed product. There were very few complaints with this armband — the most common was that the case ended up being too big for some user’s phones and that the hidden pocket doesn’t fit very large car keys. While no product is absolutely perfect, the Waterproof Reflective Running Arm Bag comes pretty darn close.
Our Best Product: With the Universal Transparent Arm Bag, You won’t have to remove your phone to answer your calls or switch up a song. The plastic cover is touch-screen compatible, and the thoughtful design goes even further with a hidden pocket where you can store your house key so you’ll no longer have to worry about keeping your keys in your gym bag or carrying a keyring while running. Or, if you’re like me, placing the key in a super-secret spot like under your welcome mat and hoping that no one finds it while you’re gone.
I personally own the Universal Transparent Arm Bag and have had no issues with it. I had initially purchased it for my iPhone 6 with a LifeProof case and it fit my phone perfectly. The plastic screen cover is compatible with a touchscreen, and the multiple cutouts on the bottom for the different headphone jack and lightning cable situations make it possible to use this armband with iPhone, Samsung, and LG smartphones. As always though, you’ll want to read the product description carefully to be sure that your phone will be compatible.
The slim, adjustable armband makes the Tune Belt very comfortable. I’ve worn it with a short-sleeve on my bare arm, as well as over a long sleeve shirt with no slippage. Once you put it on and get it adjusted to your arm, it isn’t going anywhere. Even if you aren’t a runner, the secure fit makes this an ideal armband for other high impact cardio and even weightlifting.
The Velcro band is adjustable, so it should fit most arm sizes. I appreciated the fact that the back of my phone was completely covered by the neoprene material of the armband, protecting it against any sweat. The material also helps to wick away sweat, which I was thankful for during heat spells.
If you’re still running while being attached to corded headphones, the Tune Belt has a nifty little flap where you can wind up any extra dangling cord, and it will be held securely in place. There are few feelings worse than being mid-sprint and ripping your headphones out of your ears because of a cord entanglement.
Our Best Product: The Multi-sport Armband is a crowd favorite with its affordable price and a string of useful features that you’d expect to find on a more expensive armband.
It comes as no surprise that the Multi-sport Armband is the number one best-seller in our store for smartphone armbands. For less than $11, you can have a secure way to hold your phone while working out. It has Double Slot that can put cards, wallet, money and so on.
According to the product description, the Multi-sport Armband seems to be, “we keep fitness simple.” When it comes to the price and money back guarantee, that seems to be the case. The features that this armband comes with however take it out of the realm of simple, but in the best possible way.
The nylon material that the armband is made from will move with you, making for a comfortable fit, and it will protect against sweat, keeping your phone dry. As a best-seller, the reviews for this armband are mostly positive. However, no product is perfect. The most common complaints revolved around some slippage of the armband, some durability, and you need to open it when your phone is ringing.
Despite some complaints, most reviewers love how perfectly it fits their phone, and what a great product it is for the price. If you’re looking for a good smartphone armband, but don’t want to spend a lot of money, the Multi-sport Armband is a great place to start.
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