Wetsuits are the first line of defense a diver has between their body and the elements of the diving world. Whether in fresh or salt, warm or cold water, the best womens wetsuits for diving fit snugly to your body, protect you from exposure and keep your core and extremities warm so that the diving experience is the best it can be.
Fit and diving lifestyle are the two most important factors when considering what type of wetsuit for women to buy. The fit is all about forming to your body shape and the comfort of the material, especially along any limb joints and seams. Always try on suits before buying them, if possible. Diving lifestyle is also important to consider and leads into the myriad suit designs out there: thickness, front vs. back zipper, wet vs. semidry vs. dry suits, one piece vs. two piece suits and open-cell vs. closed-cell suits (see Buyer’s Guide Tips below).
We’ve compiled these best womens wetsuit reviews in order to help women find the best wetsuits for women for their body shape, diving lifestyle, and wallet. By scouring product reviews and company manufacturing websites, we’ve found an array of suits vetted by the global diving community, all varying in thickness, length, dryness, pieces, material, and price. With so many different options to choose from, we hope to help you find the perfect women’s diving wetsuit for you.
BEST FWOMENS WETSUITS IN 2022
- ROXY 4/3 Syncro Ladies Wetsuit
- GOLDFIN Women Wetsuit Jacket
- MARES Apnea Instinct 50 5.0/3.5mm Two-Piece Ladies Wetsuit
- CTRILADY Women Wetsuit
- SEAVENGER Odyssey 3mm Full Ladies Wetsuit
- O’NEILL Reactor 2mm Shorty Ladies Wetsuit
- CRESSI Bahia Lady 2.5mm Full Women Wetsuit
- NEOSPORT Women Wetsuit
- PHANTOM AQUATICS Voda 2.8mm Shorty Women Wetsuit
- HENDERSON Thermoprene 3mm Long Sleeve Shorty Ladies Wetsuit
ALL THE WOMENS WETSUITS THAT WE TESTED
GOLDFIN Women's Wetsuit Jacket
This women’s wetsuit top is an all rounder where it is not only suitable for scuba diving but highly recommended for any water activity. It is comfortable, durable and provides great protection. It is optimized to insulate as much heat as possible for a great cold water experience.
MATERIAL: 90% Neoprene, 10% Nylon
BEST SUITED FOR: Warm (2mm)
TECH: Rubber seal on the cuffs and hem for a non-slip fit, front zipper for easy wear
ALSO SUITED FOR: Swimming, Kayaking, Water Aerobics, Surfing,
EXTRAS: Sizes go up to 3XL
- Rubber seal on the inside collar, hem, and cuffs
- Among the best womens wetsuits because of comfortability
- Sizes can be misleading
MARES Apnea Instinct 50 Lady 5.0/3.5mm Two-Piece Ladies Wetsuit
Designed for a perfect fit and close to one of the best womens wetsuit. The shape of the wetsuit is carefully designed to fit the woman figure and formulated for an ideal warmth keeper as the water within the suit cannot escape. Therefore a promising warmth keeper. Great zipperless design and endless sizes to ensure that everybody’s needs are met.
MATERIAL: 2 piece 5mm women’s wetsuit body with 3.5mm trim Neoprene, attached hood
BEST SUITED FOR: Cold (5mm/full)
TECH: Open-cell technology, reinforced knee pads, rugged double-lined beaver tail with quick-connect grommets
ALSO SUITED FOR: Freediving, spearfishing, colder waters
EXTRAS: Jacket and pants are sold separately to better fit each body part.
- One of the best open-cell women’s wetsuits due to zipperless design which prevents water exchange weak points, the Lady cut is dedicated to fitting the female form
- Mares wetsuits end at size 10/XL
CTRILADY Women's Wetsuit
A stylish option and among the best womens wetsuit as there are multiple color options available. Also very well designed for a fitted wetsuit for women to minimize water exchange possibilities. This wetsuit is unfortunately not suitable for very deep or cold dives and rather optimized for shallow dives.
MATERIAL: 3 layers Neoprene
BEST SUITED FOR: Warm (1.5mm)
TECH: Front zipper shorty wetsuit, foor-stepping design
ALSO SUITED FOR: Swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, surfing, and more
EXTRAS: Sizes go up to 3XL
- UV protection
- This ladies wetsuit comes in different colors
- Not suitable as a womens wetsuit for diving in colder waters or deep dives
SEAVENGER Odyssey 3mm Full Ladies Wetsuit
This women’s wetsuit is well designed and optimized for cold conditions and wear and tear as it is very durable. Super stretchable material used at the knee and elbow pads to ensure maximum flexibility and makes it great for active water sports.
MATERIAL: 1-piece 3mm Neoprene ideal for warm waters, gusseted zipper
BEST SUITED FOR: Warm (3mm/full)
TECH: Stretch panels, flat-lock stitching, knee panels, extra long zipper leash
ALSO SUITED FOR: Snorkeling, surfing, triathlons
EXTRAS: Sizes up to 14/XXL
- One of the best warm water wetsuits for the price
- Among the best womens wetsuits because of flexibility
- Seepage near the zipper is not ideal for cooler waters
O’NEILL Reactor 2mm Shorty Ladies Wetsuit
Well designed with a smooth chest panel and a very modern design. Another plus point for this best womens wetsuit is the fact that it is also available in multiple colors. Unfortunately the size options are limited and only available in small sizes. It comes with a YKK plastic zip and also has a hidden pocket available for small personal items.
MATERIAL: 1-piece 2mm differentiated Neoprene (Fluid Flex-Neoprene on under seams, Fluid Foam Neoprene on the body, Mesh Smooth Skin Fluid Foam Neoprene on neck, chest, and back)
BEST SUITED FOR: Warm (2mm/short)
TECH: Hidden key pocket, flatlock stitching
ALSO SUITED FOR: Swimming, snorkeling
EXTRAS: The O’Neill Reactor line also has a full 3/2 wetsuit for more coverage, can be ordered as a plus size wetsuit up to 16/XXXL
- Extremely comfortable
- This ladies wetsuit comes in an array of colors
- Sizes run small
CRESSI Bahia Lady 2.5mm Full Women's Wetsuit
This women’s wetsuit is a fully UV protection wetsuit that comes with a front zipper. Regulated temperature is perfect for diving, snorkeling and other water sport activities with mild water temperatures. Not suitable for extreme cold conditions. A great Aquastop feature at the wrist and ankles for a great seal and minimize water exchange.
MATERIAL: 1-piece 2.5mm double-lined Neoprene
BEST SUITED FOR: Warm (2.5mm/full)
TECH: Front-zip, Aquastop wrist and ankle seals limit water exchange
ALSO SUITED FOR: Swimming, snorkeling, windsurfing, kitesurfing
EXTRAS: Cressi wetsuits size up to 12/XL
- Easy to wear due to the front zip, one of the best womens scuba wetsuits for the price
- Not thick enough for cool water diving
NEOSPORT Women's Wetsuit
Soft and comfortable fit with its neoprene design. Unfortunately this is not best suited for extreme cold conditions, but suited materials used for a great diving experience. This wetsuit for women features spot tapes at stress points and flatlock seams for best fit.
BEST SUITED FOR: Warm (1mm)
TECH: Stylish design, spot taped at stress points for durability
ALSO SUITED FOR: Swimming, Kayaking, Water Aerobics, Surfing,
EXTRAS: Internal key pocker
- Very comfortable on the skin, so easily one of the best womens wetsuits on the market
- Very Thin, not suitable for deeper dives
PHANTOM AQUATICS Voda 2.8mm Shorty Women Wetsuit
Exceptional flexibility that comes with the super stretchable fabrics used. More features include quick drying and UV protection. Double seal at the neck and hook and loop feature at the back. This women’s wetsuit is also easy to clean as you only need to rinse it with fresh water.
BRAND: PHANTOM AQUATICS
MATERIAL: 1-piece 2.8mm quick-drying super-stretch fabric
BEST SUITED FOR: Warm (2.8mm/short)
TECH: UPF 50+ UV Protection, flatlock stitching
ALSO SUITED FOR: Snorkeling, swimming
EXTRAS: Has a 2-year warranty, goes up to size 14/XXL
- One of the best shorty ladies wetsuits out there for the price, dries quickly
- Neck can run small for women’s wetsuit
HENDERSON Thermoprene 3mm Long Sleeve Shorty Ladies Wetsuit
This neoprene women’s wetsuit is super stretchable for maximum flexibility and therefore recommended for any active water sport. It comes with a front zipper and with the short sleeves, it is a very easily fitted ladies wetsuit and has a comfortable seal, especially around the zip.
BEST SUITED FOR: Warm (3mm/short)
TECH: Front-zip, blindstitched seams
ALSO SUITED FOR: Diving, Waterskiing, Swimming, Surfing
EXTRAS: One of the only 3mm shorty wetsuits to size up to 24 petite and tall
- Front-zip for easy entry
- Full range of sizes to fit any body type for best wetsuit for women
- Roomier in the chest, so smaller-chested ladies may find it a bit loose
BEST WOMENS WETSUITS
WOMEN’S VS. MEN’S SUITS
Materials and design are often the same for both women’s scuba wetsuits and men’s scuba wetsuits. However, the difference lies in area-specific fit. In general, women’s wetsuits are looser in the chest and butt, while men’s wetsuits are looser in the groin. Women can most certainly wear a man’s wetsuit, especially if the woman is of leaner proportions. It is when that is not the case that a women’s fit is particularly appreciated. The best women’s wetsuits provide the perfect fit for a woman’s body shape irrespective of whether you are a small framed or plus-size diver – comfortability is key.
The Best Womens Wetsuits generally range from 2.5mm up to 7mm thickness. Thinner suits in the 2.5-3.5mm range tend to work both as snorkeling wetsuits as well as for scuba or swimming. Snorkel wetsuits or warm water diving wetsuits also vary in length, with snorkel and scuba shorties being in high demand. The most popular type seems to be 3mm shorty wetsuits which cut off above the knee and above the elbow, great for reef and UV protection as well as some added warmth. The best shorty wetsuit is one that fits snugly and goes on easily. Thicker wetsuits for women are in the 5-7mm range add a lot of warmth for cooler waters, as well as wetsuit buoyancy, which means less weight will be needed for a dive kit. However, it also means that due to the thickness, the range of motion may be slightly impaired at the limb joints, as well as increasing the tendency for new divers to float-up on safety stops when their tanks are low and lightweight.
FRONT VS. BACK ZIPPER
Wetsuits can have zippers on the front or the back. Back zippers can be harder to do up without a buddy, but they have the benefit of not allowing water seepage on the chest or stomach, locations that cool the body very quickly. Front zippers are ideal for easy suiting up, but if the zipper allows water seepage then the diver may cool quicker.
WET VS. SEMI-DRY VS. DRY SUITS
Wetsuits let water move in between a diver’s skin and the suit, which is suitable for relatively warm waters or cooler waters if the wetsuit thickness is increased. A semidry suit has wrist, ankle and neck seals designed to restrict the amount of water seepage at those points, thus keeping the diver warmer (the water inside stays trapped there and warms up over the course of the dive by staying flush to body heat). Drysuits are entirely closed off from the water and divers wear thermal underwear or similar clothing underneath. However, drysuits utilize trapped air which requires different dive mechanics. If diving in water cold enough to need a drysuit, a drysuit course must be completed before using.
ONE PIECE VS. TWO PIECE
One piece wetsuits are comprised of one single suit and can be either shorty or full-length styles. Two-piece wetsuits include two parts, a vest top and bottoms. Two-piece wetsuits for women are most commonly praised for their no-zipper design which minimizes water seepage, keeping the diver warmer, and reducing drag. Two piece suits in beavertail vest designs are a favorite in freediving and spearfishing communities for those very reasons.
OPEN CELL VS. CLOSED CELL WETSUIT
Closed cell wetsuits for women are lined with a protective layer between the suit’s neoprene and a diver’s skin, making the ladies wetsuit more durable and easy to slide on. That protective layer also adds buoyancy while marginally reducing the range of motion. Open cell wetsuits have no protective layer and the open cells of the neoprene lay flush against the diver’s skin, suctioning and holding the body warmth. Open cell women’s wetsuits are more flexible, warmer (due to their watertight seal) and more buoyancy-neutral. However, they do not slide on and lube/a plastic bag must be used. They are also less durable because they do not have the protective lining. Freedivers and spearos often prefer open cell women’s wetsuits for their flexibility, warmth and more neutral buoyancy.