Waist training is a huge fad right now. Many people think that a waist trainer, a waist cincher, and a corset are all the same – but they’re not. Some products combine aspects of two or even all three, but by definition they are not the same.
Waist cinchers, in particular, refer to products that change the size of your waist immediately. They do not necessarily “train” your waist to hold its new shape, and generally they cannot be worn in place of a shirt, unlike many corsets.
If you are in the market for a waist cincher, there are some things you need to consider.
- Are you new to waist cinching? If you have not used a waist cincher before, you will want a product that isn’t as constricting, as it can be uncomfortable and even dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing.
- Is it made of high-quality materials? There are many cheap waist cinchers on the market – but many of them are cheap because they are made from inferior materials. Poorly made waist cinchers can be ineffective and may break or tear easily.
- What is the boning made of? Products which have plastic boning can be more comfortable to wear, but those with metal boning provide better results. Additionally, plastic bones will be less expensive, but metal bones will be more durable.
- How many hooks are there? For waist cinchers with hook fasteners, more hooks means greater range of shaping levels. For those that are designed with a more corset-like style, the ribbons should be long enough to tighten or loosen it as needed.
- Does it fit in your budget? This is a complicated consideration, as generally less expensive waist cinchers will be of lower quality than the more expensive ones – but the more expensive ones will last you much longer and provide much better results.
With any waist cincher, you should choose your size based on the measurements you want to fit (within reason), rather than the size you are; if you order based on your actual waist size, the product won’t do anything.
Top Waist Cinchers
Now that you know what you’re looking for, we can begin to examine the top 5 waist cinchers we found.
LMB Waist Trainer Corset
The name of this product is somewhat misleading, as it is not actually a corset, but rather a waist trainer. This particular product is made in Colombia from latex, with a non-irritating cotton lining. This is a long-line waist cincher, which means that it can dig into your legs when you’re seated, but it will cover a larger area of your body for greater shaping control. Three rows of hooks ensure that you won’t need to change to a smaller size until you have made significant progress, as long as you’ve appropriately sized it for your body. The product details did not specify what type of boning it had. At between $30 and $40, this is in the higher price range among the cinchers we have considered for this list.
Ekouaer Hourglass Mesh Waist Trainer Corset Body Shaper Belt
This is another product with a misleading name. Unlike the LMB Waist Trainer, this is made from a 90% polyester/10% spandex blend. This blend makes it stretchier and more breathable than a latex cincher would be. They have four different styles, which each have their own characteristics. This waist trainer has a remarkable six rows of hooks, which basically means that you can drop down six sizes before you’ll need to change to a smaller sized cincher. This is wonderful for those who plan to use this as part of a diet and exercise regimen, as opposed to on its own. Soft steel bones in this model prevent the sides from rolling up on you – especially helpful if you are on the larger size and aiming for extreme cinching. From $10-$21 per item, this product is cheaper than many of the other cinchers on the market. It’s also the most adjustable cincher on our list, which makes it ideal for your exercise routine. If you have problems with latex and/or you don’t want to shell out a lot of money, this cincher is ideal.
Camellias 26 Double Steel Boned Corset Heavy Duty Waist Training Shaper
The only true corset on this list. This is a higher end product, with 20 spiral steel bones, 4 rigid steel bars in the back, and an additional 2 steel bars at the busk. Additionally, the back is laced with a strong corset cord. The three-layer fabric reduces the risk of the material itself warping, which is an important consideration when dealing with steel bones as inexperienced users may accidentally damage their corsets. Additionally, this product is attractive enough to be worn over a white shirt for a sexy look that is office appropriate. The price ranges from $37-$40, but for the high quality of this corset, it’s well worth the price. If you must have the top of the line, this corset trainer simply can’t be beat.
Komene Women’s Workout Beauty Classic Latex Waist Cincher
This particular cincher is intended to be used during your workouts to help you shed excess water weight, and as such has more flexible bones than many other cinchers. The outer layer is made of latex to help assist in cinching, while the inner layers are made from a 96% cotton/4% spandex blend. Three rows of hooks help you to adjust the size as your size changes. Unlike many other long-line cinchers, this has a lined bottom to reduce the uncomfortable rubbing against your thighs when sitting. Three rows of hooks, which is the standard (and should be considered the minimum with your cincher purchase). For around $40 apiece, customers are very satisfied with this particular cincher. It’s a bit more expensive than other similar cinchers, but as stated before, higher price usually means higher quality.
Azont Womens Corset Waist Training Cincher Body Shaper
This cincher is made from a latex core with a 96% cotton/4% spandex blend lining. 9 spiral steel bones provide support and waist training. Three rows of hooks help you adjust to meet your needs. “Soft as plastic” steel bones promise to recover more quickly but be just as comfortable as plastic boning. Four different colors and two styles (black, pink, blue, and purple; longline and vest styles) ensure that you will be able to select one that meets your individual preferences. Between $23 and $30 apiece, these cinchers are a great budget option if you don’t need something particularly attractive, and you intend to use it mainly for your workout routines.
Your exact product choice will vary based on your individual needs. If you’re looking for something to wear when you work out, consider the Azont, Komene, or Ekouaer products. If you’re looking for the least expensive option that has high reviews – the Ekouaer cincher can’t be beat. However, if you must have a high-end cincher that is attractive enough to wear on the outside of your clothes, Camellia’s is definitely the winner.