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What Are the Best lululemon Leggings? We Ranked the 11 Most Popular Styles

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Lululemon leggings immediately come to mind when you think of the best workout leggings of all time. The only problem we’ve encountered with the mega-popular activewear company? It makes so many different styles that it can be overwhelming to decide which pair to buy. And considering these bottoms don’t come cheap, you want to make sure you’re getting the pair that’s right for you.

That’s where our expertise comes in. We talked to lululemon leggings wearers, combed through reviews and read tons of product descriptions in order to narrow down which of the brand’s many best-selling styles are actually worth buying. Here, a definitive guide to the 11 best lululemon leggings.

What Fabrics Are lululemon Leggings Made Of?

One of the many reasons we love lululemon leggings is because they're so damn versatile. Whether you're wearing them for yoga, running or lounging, they feature great stretch and, often, moisture-wicking capabilities. Here's a break down of the legging materials you can choose from:

Nulu

The Align leggings—lululemon's most well-known style—are made with the brand's Nulu fabric. This material is buttery soft, very stretchy and lightweight. It's great for lower impact workouts like Pilates and yoga because of the minimal compression.

Nulux

Extremely lightweight, this material is wonderful for running. It has a slippery finish and is cool to the touch to avoid overheating. Leggings with this material are very stretchy and have Lycra, which ensures they keep their shape after a lot of wear.

SmoothCover

The brand claims this material is as soft as the Nulu fabric and offers a second skin-like fit. It has a matte appearance and is sweat-wicking. It's blended with an added Lycra material which allows for it to retain its shape and not wear out.

Everlux

This material is great for high-intensity training because of the high compression, breathability and sweat-wicking features. The fabric has a sleek, brushed feel which is great for running or circuit training for that slipperiness (AKA no pilling or rubbing).

What Length of lululemon Leggings Should I Get?

Leggings from lululemon are available in seven different lengths across styles: 17-, 21-, 23-, 25-, 28-, 31- and 33-inches. The best way to decide which is right for you is to consider your proportions and what part of your leg you want your leggings to hit. For example, if you're very tall and want the hem to stop at your ankle, you probably should opt for the 28- or 32-inch length. If you're short and want a cropped fit, the 17- or 23-inch styles are going to fit you the best.

Take measurements of your inseam (your upper thigh to your ankle) and you can see where each length will fit you from there.

Best Overall

1. lululemon Align Leggings

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  • Why We Love Them: Made of the buttery-soft Nulu material

With more than 3,000 five-star reviews, these are hands-down lululemon’s most popular leggings. That said, a lot of people prefer to wear them as everyday loungewear because of their signature buttery soft material and flattering fit. “I could live in these pants,” attests one wearer who swears by them for WFH attire. If you do want to work out in them, they’re best for low-impact activities like yoga or Pilates, since they're not as sweat-wicking as other styles.

Size range: 0 to 20

Best for Hot Yoga

2. lululemon Invigorate High-Rise Leggings

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  • Why We Love Them: They're breathable even during an intense hot yoga session

If you’re into high-sweat workouts like hot yoga or Pilates, you’re going to want the Invigorate Tights. They’re made from the brand’s fastest-drying Everlux fabric, which is breathable, moisture-wicking and feels cool to the touch (because the last thing you want is hot, uncomfortable legs while you’re in the middle of a sweat sesh).

Size range: 0 to 20

  • Why We Love Them: Doesn't pill over time

One wearer describes this style as “a more durable and compressive version of the Align,” and we totally agree. The Wunder Trains are just as soft and comfortable as the Aligns, but they’re made from a more sweat-resistant material, so you'll feel like you can actually work out in them. Another plus? Multiple reviewers note that they don’t pill over time, like the Aligns tend to.

Size range: 0 to 20

Best for HIIT

4. Lululemon Fast and Free Leggings

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  • Why We Love Them: Features a tight yet comfortable fitted waistband

Finding a pair of leggings that actually stay put while you are working your butt off is no small feat. This pair's waistband is made to fit tight and has a built-in drawstring that you can adjust if needed. These babies also have convenient side pockets to store your phone, car keys or mask, and five smaller waistband pockets that can hold a credit card or house key. And don't worry about them stretching out over time. “I’ve been buying these for years and my first pairs are still like brand new,” one reviewer writes.

Size range: 0 to 20

Best for Men

5. Lululemon Surge Leggings

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  • Why We Love It: The weightless Nulux fabric is great for running

These men's leggings are designed for running because of the sensationally lightweight feeling of the fabric. It's great for keeping the legs warm during chilly days while still offering optimal breathability when sweating (not to mention the material wicks sweat).

Size range: XS to XXL

Best for Yoga

6.Lululemon InStill High Rise Leggings

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  • Why We Love Them: Doesn't need to be constantly readjusted

When shopping for leggings for yoga, you typically want to look for a pair that’s comfortable, stretchy and doesn’t need to be readjusted after every sun salutation. lululemon’s InStill style checks all those boxes and more. They’re slightly compressive, so you’ll feel held in, and reviewers say the seams offer great support for working out and the waistband rarely rolls down.

Size range: 0 to 20

Most Lightweight

7. Lululemon Base Pace High-Rise Leggings

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  • Why We Love Them: Can be worn for any workout

These leggings have pretty much everything. They are insanely comfortable, durable and versatile for any workout (we should know, we've worn them for running, lifting, yoga and spinning). The Nulux fabric is basically weightless and super breathable, so if you are running outside on a hot day, these won't overheat you. They have a back pocket, hidden drawstring in the front and no inseam to avoid pilling of the thread. Can you ask for anything more in a workout legging?

Size range: 0 to 20

Best for Running

8. Lululemon Swift Speed High-Rise Leggings

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  • Why We Love Them: Won't cause chafing

This style is PureWow Commerce Editor Olivia Dubyak's favorite pair of leggings for outdoor running. "The fabric is super soft and slippery, which is great because there's no chafing and the crotch doesn't pill," she says. The material is ultra lightweight and breathable so your legs don't overheat either.

Size range: 0 to 20

Best for Lifting Weights

9. Lululemon Wunder Train Contour Fit High-Rise Leggings

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  • Why We Love Them: They have an adjusted hip to waist ratio for an optimal contoured fit

The narrow waistband and high-rise fit make these leggings a wonderful choice when lifting weights. The fabric is sturdy, which is great for avoiding snags or rips from any equipment (or if you have long nails). Customers also love the adjustable drawcord at the waist for keeping them in place during their workouts.

Size range: 0 to 14

Best Cropped Style

10. Lululemon Align High-Rise Crop Leggings

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  • Why We Love Them: Available in several cropped lengths

You already know all the reasons why we're obsessed with lululemon's Align legging (from their buttery-soft feel to cozy fit), so it really shouldn't come as a surprise that we're equally as obsessed with the cropped Align style. They're available in 17-, 21- and 23-inch lengths, so you can pick where you want them to hit your ankle.

Size range: 0 to 20

Best for Running Errands

11. Lululemon Align High-Rise Leggings with Pockets

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  • Why We Love Them: Has lots of pockets

These leggings will come in handy if you're more of an errand runner than an actual runner. They have not only a back drop-in pocket, but also side pockets, making them great for when you want to leave your bag at home.

Size range: 0 to 20

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