Best Elbow Sleeves for Weightlifting 2019

The benefits that come with wearing an elbow sleeve while working out are enormous; it helps to recover quickly from exercises, it also soothe your muscles and prevent you from unjuries.

Make no mistake about it; the difference between good elbow sleeves and GREAT elbow sleeves are significantly different.
Bad quality elbow sleeves are simply not built to last, and it won’t provide you as good compression as high quality compression sleeves does.
At the bottom of this page we’ve included a full elbow sleeves buying guide and in-depth information.

Below you’ll find our selection of the best elbow sleeves for weightlifting, powerlifting and CrossFit®-types of workouts.

Updated August 14, 2019

Rehband elbow sleeves review

This is our top list of best elbow compression sleeves for weightlifting, powerlifting and Crossfit® 2019.
We’ve tried other elbow sleeves as well that wasn’t good enough for our likes, but with respect to the brand owners of these products we’ve decided to not list them.

The Best Elbow Sleeves

Rehband Rx Elbow Support Sleeve

Rehband Rx Elbow Support 5mm

Offer highest and best support without compromising your mobility, makes the rehband elbow sleeves number one choice for CrossFit athletes.

Provide real legitimate support and not just knee warmth; the added rigidity are helpful for heavier lifts.
Reduce the risk of unnecessary elbow injuries in the long term by wearing them.

These are great for any exercise that forces a lot of pressure to your elbow, especially push excercises,
such as bench press, dips, triceps extension, military press, pulldowns and more.

Offers alot of mobility and flexibility compared to other neoprene sleeves.
Easy to slide on over your elbow and very comfortable to wear. Always stays in place.

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The Rehband elbow support pattern construction is built on an anatomical fit is so unique that it has been patented.
You’ll probably notice a lot of imitations claiming to be identical to Rehband. Don’t be fooled by them, they simply arent.
The Rehband compression sleeves are patented and manufactured by skilled professionals in Sweden,
While Nordic Lifting, Gymreaper and most knee sleeves are made in China.

The very fact that the best of the best athletes in both CrossFit and powerlifting are willing to wear Rehband knee sleeves are enough to prove the very high quality.

The only downside with Rehband elbow sleeve is the price,
but at the same time; most elbow sleeve only lasts for several months with regular use.
These sleeves you can wear for years without a tear.

The truth is you can’t expect any other elbow sleeves to outperform or even be as good as Rehband,
if you can afford the ~$70 for a pair of Rehband it’s definitely going to be worth it.

  • Best elbow sleeves in the market for exercises that requires movements
  • Anatomical form fitting design
  • Very durable
  • Comfortable
  • Provides legitimate support and warmth
  • Approved in competition
  • Sleeves are sold individually

Stoic Elbow Sleeves

Stoic Elbow sleeves for weightling

Stoic elbow sleeves offer a very tight and snug fit.
Perfect elbow sleeves pair for the serious powerlifting athletes. Professional level elbow sleeves pair for weightlifting, bodybuilding, and powerlifting training sessions.
The quality of Stoic elbow sleeves are very impressive just like their knee sleeves and gives you a very tight and stable support.

Stoic elbow sleeves are very strong elbow compression sleeves that will give you maximum support to prevent injuries and will help you to increase strength and even allow you to lift heavier.

For heavy lifting this is actually our number one pick together with Slingshot STrong elbow sleeves.
Stoic sleeves are only priced at ~40 buck. Which is very priceworthy for such high-quality product.

Made of 5mm quality neoprene carefully crafted with a Patents Pending on the way they stitch their sleeves.
We definitely feel the quality and are very confident that the sleeves will lasts for years and not just a few months (like cheaper brands would)

Make sure you size correctly, size down for extra tight fit. Keep in mind; it may take some time to “wear them in.”

To be honest, it’s hard to find something negative to say about them.
If you don’t feel like spending money on a pair of Rehband this is the product to go.

  • Perfect elbow sleeves pair heavy weightlifting and powerlifting
  • Very durable
  • Allow your full potential (lift heavier)
  • Very tight and snug fit
  • Triple reinforced seam carefully crafted

Slingshot STrong Elbow Sleeves by Mark Bell

Slingshot STrong knee sleeves review on top 5 knee sleeves list

A very strong elbow compression sleeve that will give you maximum support and will help you to increase strength and even allow you to lift heavier.
Whether you’re bench pressing, military pressing, pushdowns, pulldowns, triceps extensions, the versatile STrong Elbow Sleeves is used to increase strength and while giving elite level support your elbows.

Comfortable enough to be worn throughout your whole workout sessions, does not slip or fall off.

Slingshot STrong Elbow Sleeves is our number one pick for very heavy duty powerlifting and strongman.
The very best performing elbow sleeves that money can buy.
To be honest, it feels weird to list these badass elbow sleeves at only number 3 on our list, but it’s simply because of the price.

Has a patent pending design utilizes the way they seam the sleeve.

Mark Bell’s Slingshot STrong elbow sleeves has a unique design with pending patent design utilizes a single seam to create less irritation while working out.
The sleeves have been tested by the world’s top powerlifters and strongmen to guarantee the highest quality for the heaviest duty.
You may have seen the world’s Strongest Man Brian Shaw use the Slingshot STrong elbow sleeve to get extra needed support help stabilize his elbow.

Overall, an excellent choice of elbow sleeves if you can afford them.

  • Very durable
  • Best compression elbow sleeves for low reps, heavy duty
  • Enables your full potential (adds weights to your lifts)
  • Does not slip
  • Elite level support
  • Pricey compared to other brands

Iron Bull Strength Elbow Sleeves

Iron bull elbow sleeves

Iron Bull Strength elbow sleeves will help keep your joints warm, increase blood flow and create top-level compression to your elbows.

The support you get from these sleeves is top-level and is great for any fitness exercise that put pressures on your elbows while maximizing performance.
It fits perfectly and always stays in place, but still flexible enough for any weightlifting or powerlifting exercise.

The Iron Bull Strength elbow sleeves are similar to their knee sleeves, very high quality and we are very impressive with their brand.

This product certainly is the real deal and it’s hard to find something negative to say.

  • Great support for heavy duty
  • Cool design, 8 different colors
  • Anatomical form fitting design
  • Good price
  • For both Men and Women
  • For both beginners and professional athletes
  • Not for ultra heavy duty

Bear KompleX Elbow Sleeves

Bear KompleX Elbow sleeves review

Bear KompleX elbow sleeves are a price worthy high-quality elbow sleeve for weightlifting, powerlifting and CrossFit.
Provide joint warmth and compressive support to your elbows and relieve tension.
A great choice for bench press, pushdowns, military press, any exercise really that envolves your elbows.

Made of 5mm neoprene and are very similar quality built to their knee sleeves.
Offer slightly less flexibility but a more stable and snug fit which is great for heavier lifts.

Stiff and hard to put on your elbows, takes time to break them in.
But gets the job done.

  • Cool design
  • Great price
  • Provide descent support
  • More durable than most 5mm neoprene sleeves
  • Not flexible (not for CrossFit athletes)
  • Seam tends to pinch

Kunto Fitness Elbow Compression Sleeve

Kunto Fitness Elbow support sleeve

The Kunto Fitness elbow sleeve is actually more of a elbow brace compression than a elbow sleeve.

This sleeve is excellent for Tennis, Golf, Baseball, CrossFit or even all day usage.
Offers a firm fit for optimal immobilization.
For an injured elbow to heal properly, ideal stabilization must be applied to it.
You can only achieve this by using an elbow brace with great construction, which is something that this specific elbow brace definitely possesses.

The compression could be better for weightlifting, especially for heavy duty.
But we stil feel the product can be useful for beginners who wants to add some extra support to avoid elbow injuries.

The material definitly feels like high quality, it’s made of 70% nylon, 15% spandex, 15% rubber.
It’s very comfortable to wear and it covers most of your arm.

It does slip a bit so you do have to readjust it between sets which can be abit annoying.

Price worthy sleeve overall and it is good for both men and women.
Keep in mind the sleeve/brace is sold as single so you will have to buy two if you want a pair.

  • Great for mild elbow injury recovery
  • Comfortable
  • Cool design
  • Good finish and material quality
  • Elbow compression could be better (especially when using heavy weights)
  • Poor grip

Elbow Sleeves 5mm neoprene from Nordic Lifting

Review of elbow sleeves nordic lifting

The Nordic Lifting elbow sleeves for weightlifting are made of 5mm neoprene and with reinforced stitching.

It offers support and provides warmth to your elbows,

perfect for any push exercises, such as bench press or dips.

Provide compression to keep you training while it handles combat tendonitis and other nagging joint issues.

Price worthy quality elbow sleeves for weightlifting. Works very well for CrossFit athletes and other exercises that requires a lot movements.
It is good for both men and women athletes as well as beginners.

Though they seem similar to rehband, we do find Rehband much more durable and reliable.
And they do not offer as tight compression as the Stoic’s elbow sleeves does.

A quality product and well priced makes the Nordic Lifting elbow sleeves a descent choice.

  • Anatomical form fitting design
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Available in multiple sizes
  • It is good for both men and women athletes as well as beginners.
  • 1-year warranty
  • Not durable  (stitches come off)
  • Smells bad
  • Not for heavy duty

Gymreaper's 5mm elbow sleeves

Elbow Sleeves gymreapers review

Gymreaper elbow sleeves are a great choice for recreational trainers with a very cool design and you get a pair of wrist wraps included.

Pair of elbow sleeves from Gymreapers are made of quality fabric 5mm neoprene with double reinforced stitching on the inside.

Conform and compress to the arm quite nicely. Works very well for CrossFit athletes, especially if you are a beginner.

Gets the job done,
They are somewhat similar to Nordic Lifting elbow sleeves

Easy to put on and easy to “wear in”,
The Wrist wrap bonus certainly doesn’t hurt either. ($10 bonus)
The wrist wraps are very useful for push

Gymreaper elbow sleeves are a great choice for recreational trainers with a very cool design and you get a pair of wrist wraps included.

Pair of elbow sleeves from Gymreapers are made of quality fabric 5mm neoprene with double reinforced stitching on the inside for long lasting durability.

  • Easy to put on your elbows
  • Easy to “wear in”
  • High variety of different sizes
  • Wrist wraps included
  • Questioning it’s durability
  • Smells bad
  • Not for heavy duty

Venom Strapped Elbow Compression Sleeve

Venom Elbow sleeves review

The Venom Elbow Sleeve is a top-seller on Amazon with great reputation.

Designed for performance without restricting your arm’s motion.
Which makes them a perfect choice if you want an elbow sleeve that works for both weightlifting and sports, such as basketball, tennis, golf, squash and more.

Reduce joint stiffness and reducing muscle swelling.

Keep in mind that the sleeve is sold as single, if you want a pair you need to buy two.

  • Made of high quality material
  • Very comfortable to wear
  • Awesome design 
  • Sold as single
  • Not for heavy duty weightlifting

Sparthos Elbow Compression Sleeves

Sparthos Elbow Compression Sleeves review

Sparthos Elbow compression sleeves works through elbow support, compression, and heat retention.
The sleeves are very well made from innovative breatable elastic blend.

These sleeves are very comfortable to wear; perfect for tennis, golf, basketball, CrossFit or just all-day usage.

Works great for weightlifting and powerlifting at high reps.
But if you need a tight and snug fit  which is what you usualy want for heavy duty/low reps workouts, then these knee sleeves are not for you.

A very affordable price makes them a great choice for beginners who wants to add extra support to their elbows.

  • Very affordable price
  • Easy to “wear in”
  • Very comfortable to wear 
  • Compression could be better
  • Not for heavy duty powerlifting

Elbow Sleeves Buying Guide

If you’re stil uncertain which best elbow sleeves is for you, then you should take a look at our comprehensive buying guide.

Best elbow sleeves buying guide

The main benefits of elbow sleeves

It is rare these days to see a game of basketball, football, cricket or tennis without noticing the presence of elbow sleeves on many players.
There are a number of reasons why someone would wear elbow sleeves, it’s not only to look cool!
Athletes wear sleeves to get an edge, to reduce pain and swelling in their muscles.

Elbow compression sleeves provide compression, stability, warmth and support.

  • Compression, along with warmth, improves blood flow and speed up the recovery.
  • Stability improves the balance of the athlete, especially with heavy lifts.
  • Support limits the stress on the elbow and distribute the tension between the elbows and the sleeves.
  • Enable your full potential. (lift heavier)

Reasons why elbow sleeves are Excellent for Quick Recovery

  • They help to repair the muscle easily.
  • Elbow sleeves help to reduce Oxygen Consumption.
  • Its improved blood circulation ability results in faster recovery.
  • Wearing elbow sleeves gives you a psychological feeling that makes you feel less pain.
  • Elbow sleeves help to promote better circulation

Wearing an elbow sleeve helps to boost blood flow to various body parts and areas of the body that are injured. This will help to prevent swelling and inflammation of the injured area ao that the injury does not become worse.

  • It helps to regulate body temperature

An elbow sleeve can help to keep your body temperature steady on the body parts where you are wearing them. Even on hot days, you will still feel cool as elbow sleeves are made with a breathable material. This can help to keep you playing or working steadily, thus improving your performance in the process.

  • Elbow Sleeves help to Protect your Skin

Elbow sleeves also provide some form of protection for the skin because they can help to prevent scratches, bruises, and bumps that may be inflicted on the skin if it is left exposed.

  • It Helps to Alleviate Muscle Soreness

The elbow sleeve helps to prevent your muscles from becoming too tight, and thus automatically can help to prevent muscle soreness.

  • It helps to Boost Muscle Recovery and Enhances Faster Healing

Elbow sleeves help the muscles to recover after rigorous exercises or after exerting or injuring them. This fast recovery ability of the elbow sleeve is as a result of its efficient blood circulation property that easily gets blood pumped to the injured area.

Elbow Sleeves FAQ


The elbow sleeves should have a good tight fit, but it should not be cutting off your circulation.
As tight as possible but you need to feel comfortable moving your arm, if you are not then that’s a sign your elbow sleeves are too small.

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