12 Comfortable Pantyhose that Feel Great and Won’t Run

11 Comfortable Pantyhose that Feel Great and Won’t Run

Most women don’t love wearing pantyhose since they can be pretty uncomfortable. However, there are a few exceptions, with some styles and brands being much more comfortable than others.

Although women today often choose tights or bare legs over nylons, they still have many great features that can help improve an overall look. For example, there are amazing sheer styles that can hide blemishes on the legs that would otherwise be noticeable if you are wearing a dress, they can help you look more polished and put together in an office environment, and they can help shape and control areas that you may want smoothing out.

The key to finding comfortable hosiery is getting the right balance between fit, shaping, and control top. According to happy customers (verified reviews) and fashion experts, the following are the most comfortable pantyhose styles that have the best reputation for being durable and great value.

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L’eggs Women’s Energy Sheer Pantyhose

L'eggs Women's Energy Sheer Pantyhose

Budget pantyhose don’t generally tend to be the most durable, although one budget brand that defies expectation is the L’eggs Women’s Energy Sheer Pantyhose. They only cost a few dollars a pair and come in a couple of different colors.

For the price, these Energy Sheer hose are quite durable, and so you should be able to get many wears out of them. The nylon it is made from is very strong while still looking good and having a thin, sheer look. They also hold up well to frequent washing.

Pros:

  • Budget-friendly
  • Great value for the price
  • Durable

Cons:

  • Since they are relatively lightweight, you need to be careful not to snag them when putting them on.

Why we love them:

You get a toned look from this style that still manages to be lightweight and comfy.

Available from Target.com

Hipstiks Light Nude Pantyhose

The pantyhose that may not be on your radar yet but that are getting great reviews for feel and durability are the Light Nude Pantyhose from Hipstiks. They are described as being squeeze, itch, roll, and dig free and have been designed to stay in place comfortably. In addition, Hipstik sizes its pantyhose by height and body shape, not by weight, which makes a huge difference in terms of getting a great fit.

Reviewers rave about these pantyhose; not only do they love the soft, comfortable feel of the material, but they also make your legs look amazing and are super durable.

It isn’t just consumers that love this brand New York Magazine called these “best pair of pantyhose — for any amount of money.”

Pros:

  • Different sizing options means a better fit
  • Super durable
  • Feel great to wear

Cons:

  • Costly

Why we love them:

Despite the initial investment, these are a really different type of pantyhose with excellent features that make them pleasant to wear.

Hanes Silk Reflections Sheer Toe Control Top Pantyhose

Hanes Silk Reflections Pantyhose

Hanes has many different styles of nylons to choose from; one of the more comfortable options is the Silk Reflections Sheer Toe Control Top Pantyhose. They have a control top, but they aren’t restrictive, so you can still move around easily. They are highly rated on the Walmart website with 4.4/5 on 300+ reviews and an 80% recommendation level.

One feature of this design that a lot of women like is the sheer toe. Sheer toes can sometimes cause issues with durability, but this style seems actually to hold up well. By most accounts, they are very comfortable, mainly due to their soft, silky feel. They are also a little bit dressier than most everyday styles due to their silky look and feel.

Pros:

  • Sheer toe
  • Nonrestrictive control top
  • Soft silky feel

Cons:

  • The silky look makes them quite fancy looking (so maybe not a good option for all occasions)

Why we love them:

These are a sleek and slimming hose that makes your legs look and feel great.

Check the price at Walmart.com

Hue So Sexy French Lace Sheers Control Top Pantyhose

Hue So Sexy French Lace Sheers

If you are a fan of Hue tights, you may want to check out their pantyhose. The So Sexy French Lace Sheers Control Top Pantyhose from Hue is a pretty control top design cleverly disguised as a French lace panty. They aren’t shiny and are very sheer, so they are an excellent option for everyday wear.

The best thing about this style is that it is well cut, so they fit great on most women. Unfortunately, since they are sheer, they tend to run fairly easily, but that isn’t easy to avoid with sheer styles, so you need to take a little more care with them when wearing and washing.

Pros:

  • Nice fit for most women
  • The control top is pretty lace panty
  • Nice sheerness

Cons:

  • Aren’t the most durable

Why we love them:

Most pantyhose aren’t the most attractive, but this style is very cute.

Check the price at BareNecessities.com

Berkshire Women’s Plus-Size Queen Silky Sheer Control Top Pantyhose

Berkshire Women's Silky Sheer Pantyhose
If you are looking for a great plus-size option, the Berkshire Women’s Plus-Size Queen Silky Sheer Control Top Pantyhose is a popular choice. These have a unique fuller panty design with a cotton blend crotch that has a two-way stretch.

These are one of Berkshire’s top-rated styles, with over 70% of consumers giving it a five-star rating on Amazon. Reviewers appreciate having a no-bind flexible waistband, so they are comfy in the area that can sometimes be the most uncomfortable place when wearing hosiery. In addition, they are an everyday sheer with a little bit of support in the legs, which can help if you have foot or leg circulation issues or pain.

Pros:

  • No-bind flexible waistband
  • Some support in the legs
  • Fuller panty

Cons:

  • Some ladies have issues with the sizing

Why we love them:

Despite being a control top style, these are very comfortable for most women, especially in the waist area.

Check the price on Amazon

Sheertex Ultra Strong Ultrasheer Tights


If you are really serious about finding super durable pantyhose, and you don’t mind investing a bit of money to do so, you should check out Sheertex Ultra Strong Ultrasheer Tights. They are tights, but they are ultrasheer, so they are very similar to pantyhose as far as the look goes.

On the Sheertex website, the rating for this design is 4.9/5 from over 125 reviews. Reviewers love these tights because they are strong and easy to put on. Some reviews mention that they are also comfortable, but the key selling feature is the fabric’s durability.

Pros:

  • Super strong and durable
  • Easy to put on

Cons:

  • Pricey

Why we love them:

A pantyhose that doesn’t run or rip is kind of the holy grail for many women, and Sheetex appears to have created an indestructible fabric.

Wolford-Neon 40′ Pantyhose

Wolford-Neon 40' Pantyhose

Wolford is the gold standard for hosiery these days. They are expensive, but many women find that they last longer than regular department store brands, so the price can be justified since they don’t have to be replaced as often.

One of Wolford’s most popular styles is the Neon 40′ Pantyhose; they are high-quality, semi-opaque style with a glossy finish that leaves legs looking smooth and flawless. The Neon is also extremely strong, so you don’t have to worry about getting runs in them as quickly as other brands.

Women love the slight shimmer of the material that adds to the overall luxe feel, making them great for formal occasions but perhaps not the best option for everyday wear. Also, they don’t have a control top, so they are slightly comfier around the waist and the lower belly than a full control top.

The Neon 40 gets great reviews, with a lot of women mentioning that not only are they soft and luxurious, but they also make your legs look amazing.

Pros:

  • Durable
  • Make your legs look great
  • Luxurious feel

Cons:

  • A bit of an investment

Why we love them:

If you love luxury and the best of everything, these are the pantyhose for you.

Available from Wolford.com

H & M 2-pack 20 Denier Tights

H&M light support hose
A light control hose that many women love for everyday wear is the 20 Denier Tights from H&M.  The light support will help smooth your tummy, hips, thighs, and rear. This is labeled as tights, but since the denier is only 20, it is pretty thin and can be considered a pantyhose. This style has a reputation for fitting well, feeling good, and being comfortable.

They come in a few different tones that work well with most women’s skin tones. These rate quite well at 4.5/5 from 200 reviews on the H&M website, so they should make an excellent everyday staple that isn’t expensive and is good quality. Fans of this style like that they are easy to get on and off, provide a good amount of support, and will smooth out your look while still feeling comfortable.

Pros:

  • Light support
  • Good value for the price
  • Don’t fall down

Cons:

  • Not quite as durable as other options on this list

Why we love them:

It is difficult to find pantyhose with light support and aren’t super restrictive, but these are a decent light support option.

Check the price on H & M

Commando The Sexy Sheer Pantyhose

Commando Sexy Sheer Pantyhose

The Sexy Sheer Pantyhose from Commando is a style that has been gaining in popularity over the last couple of years. They are reportedly very comfy, but you have to be super careful with them because they run easily. Commando hosiery can be a little on the expensive side, but women who wear them say the price is worth it because of the comfort.

The Sexy Sheer has a very high waist that can help with tummy control with pretty lace detailing that won’t bulge out. Commando is known for its invisible-edge styles that blend into the skin and help avoid any unsightly lines.  Their nylons also have a dig-free control top, so there is no binding at the waist.

Pros:

  • Dig-free control top
  • Very comfortable

Cons:

  • Run easily, so you have to be careful with them

Why we love them:

The lace waist feature makes this style flattering yet firm and looks great.

Check the price on WearCommando.com

Donna Karan ‘The Nudes’ Sheer To Waist Hosiery

Donna Karan 'The Nudes' Sheer To Waist Hosiery
If you are looking for a bare-leg look, the Nudes’ Sheer To Waist Hosiery from Donna Karan is the way to go. They will make your legs look bare, with the bonus of covering up any imperfections on the leg. Unfortunately, they come in a slightly limited color selection that won’t work for all different skin tones, which is unfortunate if your skin tone is darker.

The Nudes’ Sheer To Waist line has a super silky, luxurious feel to them, and the construction quality is outstanding, so with proper care, you should be able to wear them for quite a while. Reviewers also love this style, averaging 4.5/5 on the Bare Necessities website, and they were listed as one of the best pantyhose on the WhoWhatWear best pantyhose list. This Donna Karan style is so light and comfy that no one will know you are wearing hosiery.

Pros:

  • Excellent bare leg look
  • Luxurious feel
  • Light and comfy

Cons:

  • Limited color selection

Why we love them:

One of the best reasons to wear pantyhose is to cover leg imperfections, and this style does a great job at doing that while still making it look like you aren’t wearing anything on your legs.

Check the price at Macy’s

Calvin Klein ‘Sheer Essentials – Matte Ultra Sheer’ Control Top Pantyhose

Calvin Klein 'Sheer Essentials

Another popular sheer option is the Calvin Klein ‘Sheer Essentials – Matte Ultra Sheer’ Control Top Pantyhose. They are a good mix of sheer, yet durable which can be challenging to find. If they are taken care of properly, they tend to last longer than other big brand sheer styles.

Since they aren’t shiny, they make a good option for everyday wear. They have a very smooth texture, so they will make your legs look great, and they seem to fit most women quite well.

Pros:

  • Durable for a sheer style
  • Smooth texture
  • Great fit

Cons:

  • It may not be a good option if you are very tall

Why we love them:

These are an excellent everyday design that looks great and have a nice fit for most women.

Check the price on BareNecessities.com

Spanx Shaping Sheers

Spanx Shaping Sheers

Last but not least, if you are interested in a comfy shaping style, Spanx Shaping Sheers are a very popular design. They are soft yet still substantial and durable. They come in 7 shades that will match well with most skin tones.

Since they are Spanx, they will give you a slimmer silhouette and all the good stuff you get from shapewear while still feeling incredibly comfortable.

Pros:

  • Lots of shades for different skin tones
  • Slimming
  • Comfortable for a shaping style

Cons:

  • Thicker than most pantyhose

Why we love them:

The Spanx Shaping Sheers give a lovely airbrushed look to your legs while also offering comfy shaping to your figure.

Available from Spanx

Tips for finding comfortable pantyhose

Shades

If you are trying to cover up veins or marks on your legs, you will probably want to avoid the sheer styles and go for something a little matte or that has a thicker denier. Some sheer is okay for covering up imperfections, especially if you get a darker tone, but they are not all created equal.

Control top

The most popular nylons these days tend to have a control top. A lot of women love a control top because it helps to smooth out their look. The problem with control tops is that they can be uncomfortable and constructive. They may dig into your waist when you are sitting down or put too much pressure on your stomach area.

It can be hard to find the right balance between control top and comfort, but some of the brands are making products that have control tops that won’t dig in or that are no bind.

Cleaning

To ensure that your hose lasts as long as possible, you must take care when washing any of your nylons. You can put them into a hosiery washer bag and clean them on a gentle cycle, or just hand wash them and hang them up to dry.

Nails

Another way to prolong the life of your nylons is to keep your nails trimmed and your legs and feet moisturized and free of dead skin. Dead skin can be a problem because it can snag on the nylons, so you may want to consider using a  pumice stone.

If you want to take it a step further, you can even wear a thin pair of gloves when handling or putting on/taking off your hose. It is also a good idea to keep some clear nail polish on hand to stop any runs.

Hopefully, you have found some pantyhose options that may work well for you. If you have any recommendations, let us know in the comments below.

Molly London
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