The 6 Best Waist Trainers for Beginners

Posted on July 31, 2017 by Brittney Loveall-Talley

What's the best waist trainer for beginners? This is a question we get all the time. The answer is: It really depends on your goals, your body type, and how much you'd like to spend. We've listed below 6 waist trainers that we recommend for beginners, with details about which one will best fit your body type and torso length.

Before you start shopping, however, it's best to first understand the difference between types of waist trainers. "Waist trainer" is a generic term that refers to waist cinchers, corsets and other similar shapewear

What's the difference between cinchers and corsets? The terms "waist cincher" and latex "waist trainer" are used to define those shaping garments that target the abdomen specifically. That is where the similarity to corsets ends. A waist cincher will usually shave an inch or two from your waistline while you are wearing it and is designed to provide a slimming affect underneath your clothes. Corsets can be worn over or under your clothes, and are designed to create that "hourglass figure", instantly taking inches off your waist (generally 3” to 6”, depending on your body type and how much weight you carry around your midsection). 

Here's our top 6 waist trainers (3 cinchers and 3 corsets, in no particular order):

348 Latex Cincher

A short latex cincher with strong shaping power. The shape memory latex helps in streamlining the abdomen, decreasing waist size, correcting posture and urging the bust upwards. 

  • Compression Level: Strong
  • Torso Length: Average
  • Dimensions: 10.5" Front / 8.5" Back
  • Features: Inner and outer nylon and spandex lining. Color options.
  • Best for: Average torso lengths with all levels of curve.

Price: $54

351 Extra Firm Latex Cincher

An extra firm short waist cincher designed to nip the waist. Works great for short torsos. Use this garment to target your pooch or create an extra curve at your waistline.

  • Compression Level: Extra Firm
  • Torso Length: Short
  • Dimensions: 7.5" Front - 6.5" Back/Side
  • Features: Completely encased steel bones for increased support.
  • Best for: Short to average torso lengths with all level of curves.

Price: $55

103 Powerful Latex Cincher

A shape memory latex cincher that helps in streamlining the abdomen, decreasing waist size, correcting posture and urging the bust upwards. 

  • Compression Level: Strong
  • Torso Length: Long
  • Dimensions: 13" Front - 11" Back
  • Features: Front hook and eye closure with 2 rows for customized comfort.
  • Best for: Long torso lengths with all curve levels.

Price: $59

CS-201 Mesh Corset

The CS-201 is a ridiculously comfortable corset that "hugs the body" without an extreme cinch. And, because it is relatively short, it will fit most body types and torso lengths. The mesh is ultra breathable for comfort.

  • Curve: Moderate / Extreme
  • Torso Length: Short / Standard
  • Dimensions: 9.5" Front / 8.75" Back / 7.25" Side
  • Best for: If you are "hip-py" with a short torso (under 8") and lots of natural curve.
  • Not Recommended: Women with less natural curve.

Price: $45 - $69 (depending on style) 

CS-411 Standard Mesh Corset

The CS-411 corset is a popular style that will fit many shapes. It has plenty of curve at the waist, but is relatively short and does not require an ample hip. The mesh is breathable for wearing comfort.

  • Curve: Moderate / Extreme
  • Torso Length: Standard
  • Dimensions: 10" Front / 10.5" Back / 8.5" Side
  • Best for: Most body types. However, you need at least a moderate amount of curve to fill it out.
  • Not Recommended: If you have an extreme athletic build or very low waist to hip ratio.

Price: $69

CS-426 Longline Satin Corset

The best-selling corset style, the CS-426 features an extremely contoured underbust and longline length that extends down over the hips for most women. Satin is the best fabric for wearing under other clothes.

  • Curve: Extreme
  • Torso Length: Long
  • Dimensions: 13.5" Front Center / 13" Back / 12" Side
  • Features: 6 hidden garter ties, and some variations come with hip ties
  • Best for: Long torsos with natural curve
  • Not Recommended: If you have a short/standard length torso. You need a longer torso to make this corset work (as well as ample curve at both ends).

Price: -$75 

What results will you get from a waist trainer? 

The answer to this question depends on a number of variables. We've put together a little video below that helps answer this question.

Tips for Success with a Waist Trainer

  1. Make sure you get your size right. Poor fitting waist trainers are uncomfortable, and wearing a trainer that’s too small won’t get you results any faster.
  2. Find a waist trainer that fits your body type. Waist trainers come in many different styles designed to fit different body types. Here’s a corset style guide. You’ll be more comfortable, and get better results, in a waist trainer designed for your body type.
  3. Only wear your trainer 1.5 – 2 hours the first time you wear it. Repeat this step several times over the first several days of breaking in your waist trainer. This applies not just to those who wish to waist train, but also those people who have purchased a corset for a special occasion like a wedding or event. Listen to your body and take it slow!
  4. If you plan on waist training, the keyword is “gradually.” Don’t tighten to the point where it’s painful. We recommend gradually increasing your time from 1.5 hours a day to around 6-8 hours a day over the course of 10-14 days. Take your time getting the trainer down tighter ... don’t rush it! We know you want to see your results TODAY, but you risk hurting yourself if you try too much too soon.
  5. Give yourself a break. Even the most aggressive waist trainers take days off. You will find that some days you can wear your corset for many hours, and other days only for a few.
  6. Partner your waist training with a healthy diet and exercise regimen … specifically core strengthening exercises. If you take care of your body, you’ll have a great chance of seeing results and feeling great both in and out of your corset.

See our full list of waist training tips here.