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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 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 suit 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 wetsuit reviews in order to help women find the best wetsuits 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.

SUMMARY TABLE

Name

Image

Price

Rating

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O’NEILL
Reactor 3mm

wetsuit women

4.3  /5

CRESSI
Bahia Lady

women diving

4.3  /5

PHANTOM AQUATICS
Voda

female wetsuit

4.4  /5

SEAVENGER
Odyssey

womens scuba wetsuit

4.4  /5

HENDERSON
Thermoprene

wet suits for women

4.3  /5

AQUALUNG
Hydroflex

scuba suits for womens

4.8  /5

SCUBAPRO
Element Apnea

3mm wetsuit womens

4.5  /5

BARE
Evoke (3mm & 5mm)
OUR TOP PICK

bare womens wetsuit

4.9  /5

BEST WETSUITS FOR WOMEN

1. O’NEILL Reactor 2mm Shorty

wetsuit women

Overall Rating

4.3  /5

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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

PROS

Extremely comfortable, comes in an array of colors

CONS

Sizes run small

2. CRESSI Bahia Lady 2.5mm Full Wetsuit

women diving

Overall Rating

4.3  /5

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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

PROS

Easy to wear due to the front zip, one of the best scuba wetsuits for the price

CONS

Not thick enough for cool water diving

3. PHANTOM AQUATICS Voda 2.8mm Shorty Wetsuit

female wetsuit

Overall Rating

4.4  /5

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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

PROS

One of the best shorty wetsuits out there for the price, dries quickly

CONS

Neck can run small

4. SEAVENGER Odyssey 3mm Full Wetsuit

womens scuba wetsuit

Overall Rating

4.4  /5

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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

PROS

One of the best warm water wetsuits for the price, super flexible

CONS

Seepage near the zipper is not ideal for cooler waters

5. HENDERSON Thermoprene 3mm Shorty Wetsuit

wet suits for women

Overall Rating

4.3  /5

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MATERIAL: 1-piece 3mm Thermoprene, Lycra trimmed cuffs
BEST SUITED FOR: Warm (3mm/short)
TECH: Front-zip, blindstitched seams
ALSO SUITED FOR: Snorkeling
EXTRAS: One of the only 3mm shorty wetsuits to size up to 24 petite and tall

PROS

Front-zip for easy entry, a full range of sizes to fit any body type

CONS

Roomier in the chest, so smaller-chested ladies may find it a bit loose

6. AQUALUNG Hydroflex 3mm Full Wetsuit

scuba suits for womens

Overall Rating

4.0  /5

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MATERIAL: 1-piece 3mm super-stretch Neoprene
BEST SUITED FOR: Warm (3mm/short)
TECH:  Flatlock stitch, back zipper water shield, hook and look adjustable neck, durable knee pads
ALSO SUITED FOR:  Snorkeling
EXTRAS: Aqualung wetsuits size up to 14/XXL

PROS

Extremely durable, one of the overall best 3mm wetsuits

CONS

Runs small

7. SCUBAPRO Element Apnea 3mm Two-Piece Wetsuit

3mm wetsuit womens

Overall Rating

4.5  /5

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MATERIAL: Two-piece 3mm non-allergenic, non-toxic X-Foam Neoprene vest and pants, hooded vest
BEST SUITED FOR: Warm (3mm/full)
TECH:  Adjustable beavertail, Sharkskin textured neoprene for durability, stretch and no drag, Smooth-Skin face seal
ALSO SUITED FOR:  Freediving, spearfishing
EXTRAS: The 2 pieces can be bought together or separately

PROS

No zippers to minimize water seepage, Sharkskin is durable, flexible and has minimal drag, making it one of the best freediving wetsuits for women

CONS

This Scubapro wetsuit only sizes up to 12/XL

8. MARES Apnea Instinct 50 Lady 5.0/3.5mm Two-Piece Wetsuit

diving suit women

Overall Rating

4.7  /5

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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.

PROS

One of the best open-cell wetsuits due to zipperless design which prevents water exchange weak points, the Lady cut is dedicated to fitting the female form

CONS

Mares wetsuits end at size 10/XL

9. BARE Evoke 7mm Full Wetsuit

OUR TOP PICK

bare womens wetsuit

Overall Rating

4.9  /5

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MATERIAL: Glideskin collar and wrist/ankle seals, extra-long zipper for easy entry
BEST SUITED FOR: Cold (7mm/full)
TECH:  Ultra-warmth Celliant Infrared Technology to increase circulation and body warmth, velcro-adjustable 360-degree neck seal, Armor Flex 2.0 3D kneepads
ALSO SUITED FOR:  Cool water sports
EXTRAS: This Bare women’s wetsuit also comes in 3mm and 5mm as well, Bare wetsuits size up to 14/XXL

PROS

This 7mm women’s wetsuit is one of the warmest on the market, long zippers along the back, ankles, and neck allow for very easy entry

CONS

Expensive

10. SEAC Muta Master Dry 7mm Semi-Dry Wetsuit

7mm wetsuit womens

Overall Rating

4.8  /5

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MATERIAL: Super elastic 300% Extra-flex nylon for comfort and flexibility, Thermal Fiber Plush inner lining, Smooth Skin ultra-elastic at the wrist and ankle seals, Titex Master Seal zipper
BEST SUITED FOR: Cold (7mm/full)
TECH:  Air Draining system in the hood
ALSO SUITED FOR:  Coldwater shellfish harvesting
EXTRAS: SEAC wetsuits size up to 12/XL

PROS

Semi-dry wetsuits tend to keep the body warmer than their full-wet counterparts, great flexibility despite it being a thicker scuba diving wetsuit

CONS

Expensive

BUYERS GUIDE AND TIPS
Best Wetsuits for Women

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 suits are looser in the chest and butt, while men’s suits 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.

WETSUIT THICKNESS

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 suits 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 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 are lined with a protective layer between the suit’s neoprene and a diver’s skin, making the suit 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 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 wetsuits for their flexibility, warmth and more neutral buoyancy.

USAGE TIPS
Best Wetsuits for Women

HOW TO PUT ON A WETSUIT

The most common way to put on a wetsuit is to use some kind of wetsuit lube which slicks the surfaces rubbing together – skin and suit. Ocean Safe Natural Wetsuit Lube is a great option for eco-minded divers. Another option is to create a homemade mix using shampoo and water in a spray bottle (using eco-friendly brands is always better for the ocean). Perhaps the best method, and the cheapest, is to use a plastic bag. Place it over your hands or feet as you put your limbs through the suit. Just make sure to put the plastic back into your bag or car before you go.

HOW TO CLEAN A WETSUIT

There are many brands of wetsuits out there but, luckily, they all require the same cleaning. Gently rinse the suit with fresh water, making extra sure to wash the seals and zippers of any sand or grit that may have gotten stuck during the dive. Hang the suit on a sturdy suit hanger (so it doesn’t get bent out of shape in the shoulders) in a well-vented area. If possible, only store the suit once it is completely dry.

Kate Blake

Kate is a product expert, a degreed marine biologist, and a fearless traveler originally from the west coast of America. Kate has been a PADI-certified Divemaster for over 15 years, during which time she has trained hundreds of Advanced divers. She has been scuba diving in over 15 countries worldwide and specializes in cold water diving, night diving, and navigation. Her key interests include teaching English, marine conservation, sampling foreign cuisines, and cenote diving.