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Best Basketball Headbands in 2020

By Martin Marinov

July 30, 2020

We have had several readers write us and ask what the best basketball headbands to buy. We are dedicated to giving our readers all of the pertinent information on basketball accessories so we reached out to a panel of players and coaches and asked for their opinions.

The panel of experts told us that a lot of people do not consider the basketball headbands to be necessary but anyone who had ever played a hard game knew that they could be game changers. The players recommended the headbands they use the most often, and they even told us in detail what to look for when shopping for these items.

Best Headbands for Men in 2020 

1. Halo II Headband Sweatband Pullover

Halo II Headband Sweatband Pullover

Any sweatband can absorb sweat, but this band is designed not to just absorb, but to totally stop the sweat from being able to run into your eyes. This is done with the sweat channel design that causes the sweat to run along the band and away from your eyes and face.

The fabric is very soft and breathable. It is a combination of 63% nylon, 23% polyester and 14% Lycra. It channels the sweat, absorbs sweat that touches it, and dries very quickly.

Silver ions are designed into the fabric that helps to eliminate odors and stop bacteria from being able to grow. It also has non-slip factors so it stays in place.

What We Like

  • Made in USA
  • Machine washable
  • unisex

What We Don't Like

  • Females may find the band to be slightly large

2. Nike Swoosh Headband

Nike Swoosh Headband

Nike is a well-known name in the sporting world because they make quality products that are truly beneficial to the athletes that use them. Nike has not dropped the ball in their creation of a headband that absorbs the sweat and keeps athletes playing longer.

The band is about 1 ½” thick. It has plenty of stretch so it fits just about anyone who is over the age of ten perfectly. It is unisex so guys and gals can both wear this design.

This band stays in place while you are active. It does not slip and does not pinch or bind.

What We Like

  • Machine washable
  • Absorbent
  • comfortable

What We Don't Like

  • Is not as wide as the directions indicate

3. Mallofusa 12 PCS Cotton Sports Basketball Headband

Mallofusa 12 PCS Cotton Sports Basketball Headband

The Mallofusa headbands are very absorbent. They are made from 95% cotton which provides superior absorption, and 5% Lycra that allows the band to stretch. It retains its shape nicely, and can be used repeatedly for a long time. When it gets dirty you can toss the band into the washer with your other colored clothing.

The headbands do not slip. They stay positioned and they are not hot to wear because the cotton is breathable. The cotton is also gentle on your skin and less likely to make you break out or have a skin reaction.

What We Like

  • This is a multi-pack so you always have a clean band
  • Comfortable and durable
  • Thick and non-abrasive

What We Don't Like

  • Men might find that some of the colors are on the feminine side.

4. Nike Dri-Fit Head Tie Headband

Nike Dri-Fit Head Tie Headband

Nike Dri-Fit Head Tie Headband is an adjustable headband that fits the majority of people. Because the band ties behind your head you get to customize the fit and tightness. It is 2/5” in width and 39” in length so it can comfortably fit anyone.

The material is designed to help you stay dry and comfortable. It wicks sweat away, and then dries very quickly, so you do not have a wet sweat band around your forehead.

It is easy to care for and very durable. This band can be worn by men or women of any age, and for a variety of sports and activities.

What We Like

  • Machine washable
  • Has the Nike swoosh
  • comfortable

What We Don't Like

  • imported

5. Mallofusa 10 PCS Sports Basketball Headband

Mallofusa 10 PCS Sports Basketball Headband

The Mallofusa basketball headbands are made from soft material that feels good when you are wearing it. The material is a blend of 95% natural cotton fibers and 5% Lycra fibers. It has the ultimate amount of stretch because of the Lycra and maximum absorbency because of the cotton.

This headband will hold its shape. You can wear it, take it off and wash it, then wear it again because it does not get stretched out and thin when you wear it.

It stays in place and does not slip or move while you are playing. It is the perfect solution for people who are being very active.

What We Like

  • Machine washable
  • 10 piece set
  • Lightweight but absorbent

What We Don't Like

  • Not as wide as some headbands are

6. Suddora Athletic Basketball HeadBands

Suddora Athletic Basketball HeadBands

The Suddora sweatband is made with a unique blend of materials that are designed to make the band fit comfortably and be absorbent. It is the perfect combination of cotton, spandex and nylon. These fibers combined together give you the stretch you need in the band, the absorbency you need, and the durability.

The band is very light so it is comfortable. It measures 2 inches wide so it is wide enough to stop all of the sweat but narrow enough to not cover your forehead. It can be worn by men and women who are doing any physical activity.

What We Like

  • Made of non-abrasive materials
  • Retains its shape wear after wear
  • Machine washable and colorfast

What We Don't Like

  • The band is not quick drying.

Basketball Headband Buying Guide

In order for you to buy the right headband you need to know a few details about these items. Not all headbands are designed to absorb sweat. If you are looking for a headband to wear while playing basketball so sweat does not drip into your eyes you want to get a sweatband.

Consider the following features and thoughts about these items and you will be able to buy the perfect one for your needs.

Gender

Sweatbands can be made for men or women, and some of them are made as unisex items. There is not a lot of difference between a male sweatband and a female sweatband other than the colors used and the sizes.

Female sweatbands are often made smaller than the male bands. If you are a guy buying a band designed for a female make certain that the circumference of the band is going to be large enough for you.

Materials

These bands are generally made from cotton, cotton blends, polyester, spandex or Lycra. If you want the maximum sweat absorption choose a band made from 100% cotton.

If you want a band that is strong, durable, and has a newer age look buy one made from spandex or Lycra.

Why should you wear it? 

The reason for wearing a sweat band or headband while playing basketball is to keep the sweat from running down your forehead and into your eyes. If you are sweating profusely and sweat runs into your eyes you will not have clear vision and will take the chance of missing a shot, or fouling someone.

Sweat can cause you to be temporarily blinded and when that does happen you could trip and fall. A fall on the court can result in a pretty serious injury depending on how you land, or if anyone else trips over you, or steps on you. These headbands help prevent accidental falls.

Benefits: 

  • You can play with more confidence 
  • You will not have sweat get into your eyes
  • If you are wearing sunscreen you will not have sunscreen get into your eyes
  • You will be able to play longer
  • You will be able to see better during the entire game
  • You will have fewer trip and fall accidents
  • Your hair can be kept pulled back so it does not get into your eyes
  • Can be worn by men or women, amateurs or professionals
  • Can be used indoors or outdoors
  • Machine washable
  • Can be worn to show team colors

Last Word 

Headbands for athletes are designed to protect your eyes. Sweat running into your eyes can cause accidents. If you wear make-up or sunscreen, or lotion then the sweat can make that run into your eyes and cause burning and irritation.

These headbands are not the first thought of accessory, but they are definitely an accessory that can help you win a game. Wearing the headband can give you an edge over your opponents, and sometimes a small edge is all you need to create a win.

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