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11 Best Yoga Pants of 2022 to Wear at Home

Comfortable pants to take you from lounging to working out and beyond.

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Whether you’re looking for yoga pants to wear while practicing yoga or just looking to buy athleisure clothes to lounge at home or run errands in, you’ll want your yoga pants to fit well, feel comfy, and hold up to lots of use. In fact, the right-fitting yoga pants can be so comfortable that you'll probably never want to wear anything else.

The Good Housekeeping Institute's Textiles Lab tests all kinds of clothing like workout leggings and yoga pants for things like stretch recovery, moisture management, pilling resistance, washability, and overall construction. We then send them out with our consumer testers to get feedback on the fit, breathability, waistband-rolling, appearance, and comfort. The picks ahead are either the best from our tests, Good Housekeeping's product expert and editor favorites, or new and popular styles with tons of great user reviews.

One other thing to keep in mind when shopping: Since you’ll likely be moving and stretching a lot, make sure your tight-fitting yoga pants have a gusset, which looks like a triangular or diamond-shaped piece of fabric at the crotch. You'll find a gusset in workout leggings and yoga pants more than fashion leggings because it prevents the pants from riding up.

Real quick: What's the difference between yoga pants and leggings?

The terms "yoga pants" and "leggings" are often used interchangeably and many pants fall under both categories, but they're not actually the same thing.

  • Yoga pants are typically made of soft, matte fabric as opposed to the shiny, smooth materials that are used in running tights. Their purpose is to be comfortable and easy to move around in. There are a variety of fits available in yoga pants, including looser styles like joggers, bootcut or wide leg pants, and tighter fits like yoga leggings, which are the most popular right now.
  • Leggings, on the other hand, is a more general term to describe tight-fitting, stretchy pants. They can range from workout leggings to fashion leggings and are made of a variety of materials.
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    Best Overall Yoga Pants
    Wunder Under High-Rise Tight

    Lululemon yoga pants are certainly expensive, but if you're willing to splurge, we think they're worth it. These popular pants are specifically designed for yoga and received one of the highest comfort ratings in our test, both for the fabric and the overall fit. Our panel also said they were flattering and felt like second skin because they stayed in place without waistband rolling or wedgies. They proved to be breathable, resistant to stretching out, and durable in our Lab tests. This one's a 7/8-length with high-waist coverage, but there are lots of variations including crops and longer lengths.

    We're also big fans of the Align Pant, which is another style designed for yoga and fits so perfectly that you feel like you're not wearing anything.

    Best Value Yoga Pants
    Power Flex Ankle Legging
    90 Degree by Reflex
    90 Degree By Reflex

    These leggings have hundreds of five-star reviews on Amazon despite only costing $26! Good Housekeeping's products and reviews editor swears by the opaque fabric and compressive-yet-comfy fit. They have a super-high waistband so they'll look flattering and a universal not-too-short, not-too-long 7/8 length. They also have the necessary features of good quality leggings, including flat seams and a built-in gusset.

    3 TechSweat 7/8 Leggings
    Outdoor Voices

    Ideal for both yoga and other studio workouts, these leggings are made of lightweight, flexible fabric with less compression than other workout tights. The brand also describes the feel as "peachy soft," which yogis typically prefer over sleek and smooth materials. Just note that some users say it runs small, so we recommend sizing up if you're in between sizes.

    Best Lululemon Alternative Yoga Pants
    High Waisted Yoga Pants
    Now 15% off

    If you can't fathom spending close to $100 on Lululemons, this pair is just a quarter of its cost yet users say they're just like the pricier brand. It has the second-skin feel with buttery-soft fabric that's both stretchy and lightweight. Even Good Housekeeping's Registered Dietician and personal trainer wears them and says she can't believe how close they feel to her favorite Lululemon leggings. These are 7/8 length, but they also come in a full-length version. Each of them have thousands of five-star reviews. In fact, many users say they've purchased multiple pairs in different colors because they've turned out to be their favorite leggings.

    Best Wide-Leg Yoga Pants
    Contour Rolldown Wide Leg Yoga Pants
    Hard Tail
    Hard Tail

    These flowy yoga pants are loose in the legs with a secure fit around the waist thanks to the rolldown fabric. This also means you can roll it up or down to find your perfect rise. The material is cotton with some spandex for stretch, so these feel will feel soft and breathable. Because of the fit and materials, these yoga pants are best suited for everyday use and lounging as opposed to exercise – i.e. they're designed for comfort instead of performance.

    Best Compressive Yoga Pants
    Elation 7/8 Tight

    For a firm yet not-too-tight feel, this pair has a buttery-soft fabric that Atheta says (and users agree!) feels like a hug. They're specifically designed for yoga practice with features like a non-pinching waistband and no annoying side seams. Like other Athleta styles, this one’s available in an inclusive size range, including petite, tall, and plus options, and there are variations like full-length tights, capris, yoga shorts, and more. It's also our textiles product analyst's personal favorite pair.

    Best Bootcut Yoga Pants
    High-Waisted Slim Bootcut Yoga Pants
    Old Navy
    Old Navy

    If you find that yoga pants are either too baggy or too tight, bootcut yoga pants are your best bet. This pair has a tapered fit that flares from the knee to the ankle, but it's still not super loose. Unlike some of the performance fabrics that are entirely synthetic, this material is a cotton and polyester blend, along with spandex for stretch. They're also more affordable than other yoga pants. Just note that these run a little long.

    Best Sustainable Yoga Pants
    Electa Leggings
    Now 26% off

    PrAna in a popular brand with a focus on environmental and social responsibility during its production process. Its yoga pants are incredibly popular, and this legging is one of its bestsellers. The fabric uses recycled nylon that feels both smooth and lightweight. Other features include deep pockets that lie flat against your leg, flat seams to avoid friction, and a rise that's not too high or too low on your waist.

    Best Yoga Jogger Pants
    Active Yoga Joggers
    Now 25% off

    These bottoms are like a cross between yoga pants and sweatpants. They have a slimmer fit and are more lightweight than sweatpants, but they're still slouchy and have a drawstring waistband. This pair specifically is Amazon's Choice for women's yoga joggers and has over 1,000 five-star reviews. The material is cotton so it'll feel soft and breathable, but it isn't ideal for sweaty exercise since cotton doesn't dry easily. Still, they're versatile, have pockets, and come in lots of different colors.

    Best Custom Fit Yoga Pants
    Build Your Own Yoga Pants
    Core 10
    Core 10

    No more playing Goldilocks when shopping for yoga pants – this pair lets you customize your leggings and make all the choices so the fit is just right. Choose the waistband (crossover, high or medium rise), length (regular, tall or short), and size (XS-3X). The soft, moisture-wicking fabric and medium-compression fit are designed specifically for yoga and boast hundreds of five-star reviews from women who say they "fit like a glove."

    Best Fashion Yoga Pants
    Alloy Ombre High-Waisted Midi Leggings
    Beyond Yoga
    Beyond Yoga

    If you're looking for a fun pair of yoga pants, these will add some sparkle to your look with the speckled metallic print. They come in different colors and metallic finishes so you have plenty of options, and the high waist is incredibly flattering. Just note that users say this brand runs small, so it's best to size up if you're in between sizes. Also keep in mind that this pick should be hand washed and laid flat to dry.

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