DEAL OF THE DAY: 12 leap day freebies and deals you can get today
Don't Waste Your Money is supported by our readers. When you purchase an item through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.

The Best Swimsuit

Last updated on February 22, 2021
Best Swimsuit

Our Review Process

Don't Waste Your Money is focused on helping you make the best purchasing decision. Our team of experts spends hundreds of hours analyzing, testing, and researching products so you don't have to. Learn more.

Look for the DWYM seal for products that are the best in a category.

Buying a swimsuit can be intimidating, but rest assured that there are amazing suits out there to flatter every type of body, at any age. Your first steps are to check the manufacturer’s sizing chart and to read any available reviews, since some pieces run smaller or larger than average.

Most bathing suits are made out of nylon, plus elastane or Lycra for some stretch. A good ratio is about 80/20, respectively, otherwise the suit might not retain its shape over time. UPF nylon fabric is another thing to look for, as it provides added protection against those harmful UV rays.

Other features you may want in a swimsuit include adjustable straps, a shelf bra (for a little support) or a padded bra (for more support and shaping). Some women’s bathing suits have underwire support, but this may not be as comfortable if you plan to spend a lot of time swimming or playing beach volleyball. Many suits are sportier, and these would be more appropriate if you plan to be active.

When shopping suits for kids, be sure to find something age-appropriate that offers sun protection. For older children, fun patterns and vibrant colors are a big hit. For little ones, full coverage and UPF fabric is important to guard against sunburn.

Our Picks For The Top Swimsuits

View All Recommendations
Product Overview
Our Take
 Our Top Pick

Tempt Me High Neck One Piece Swimsuit

Don't Waste Your Money Seal of Approval

Tempt Me

High Neck One Piece Swimsuit

With its high-neck design, see-through mesh panel and deep-plunge back, this one-piece bathing suit has plenty of design appeal. It also has ruching in the middle, plus a padded push-up bra that creates an enhanced silhouette. Choose from more than 40 different solids and patterns, in sizes XS to 20-Plus.

Overall Take

Flatters All FiguresThis swimsuit is sure to please wearers of many body types, thanks to its forgiving features and sleek lines.

 Top Pick

SUUKSESS Push Up Bikini Women’s Swimsuit

SUUKSESS

Push Up Bikini Women's Swimsuit

Made to flatter both the bust and tummy, this option comes with a high-waisted bottom and a wrap top that adjusts at the straps and the back. You can choose from 35 color combinations and sizes from 0 to 20.

Overall Take

Flattering and AdjustableConsider this option if you prefer more tummy coverage for the bottoms and a bikini top with a unique wrap design.

 Runner Up

Kanu Surf UPF 50+ Quick Dry Short Sleeve Girls’ Size 8 Shirt

Kanu Surf

UPF 50+ Quick Dry Short Sleeve Girls' Size 8 Shirt

This girls’ shirt is ideal for wearing while swimming or at the beach. It has a UPF rating of 50 and offers great sun protection. The shirt is made from polyester and spandex.

Overall Take

Ideal for the WaterThis girls’ shirt protects your child from the sun.

 Best for Style

Meyeeka Women’s Cut Out One Piece Swimsuit

Meyeeka

Women's Cut Out One Piece Swimsuit

This one-piece women’s swimsuit looks amazing from all angles, with a cut-out in the front and a lace-up back. It has removable padding, a Brazilian high-cut style and full coverage. Choose from a variety of colors and patterns, including leopard, tie-dye and a charming polka-dot.

Overall Take

Cut Above the RestPrepare for a day at the pool or your next vacation with this stylish and fun swimsuit.

What to Look For

  • Women’s swimsuits are notoriously hard to shop for, so when you find one you like, order it in more than one size and keep the one that is most flattering (provided the return policy allows for this).
  • Some product descriptions include recommendations for various body types.
  • In general, vertical stripes, small patterns and anything that draws the eye inward are more slimming.
  • Don’t forget the sunscreen, whether you’re swimming alone or plan to take little ones out for a dip.

More to Explore

The first bikini was created by French designer Louis Réard back in 1946, and it created quite the scandal. It was made with a newspaper print — an homage to the headlines he knew he’d create — and had a controversial G-string.

Once the black-and-white photo of this suit started circulating, others were soon to jump on board. Six years later, Brigette Bardot starred in “The Girl in the Bikini,” and the rest is history.

More to explore