Summersalt review—I tried Instagram's favorite swimsuit
Summersalt swimwear is all over Instagram. Is it worth the hype?
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While the tides of fashion constantly shift, some things—like trusty one-piece swimsuits—remain classic. Although there are plenty of places to buy bathing suits online, Summersalt remains among the buzziest brands selling such style staples.
From colorful Instagram ads to inclusive, IRL ad campaigns, the company’s designs have been making a splash for several years. Former Reviewed staffer Samantha Matt previously tested three Summersalt suits for Reviewed—including one now-discontinued design—and found its suits flattering and comfortable.
To see if the Instagram-famous brand has changed since we last tested, I reached out to Summersalt to try five of its bestselling designs: The Sidestroke ($95 to $115), The Plunge ($95), The Perfect Wrap One-Piece ($95), The Bow-Shoulder Ruched Sidestroke Bikini Top ($60 to $65), and The Ruched High Leg High Rise Bottom ($45 to $60).
What are we wearing?
What makes Summersalt bathing suits different?
Founded in 2017, Summersalt is known for its “Every Body is a Summersalt Body” motto and corresponding inclusive advertising campaigns (in 2022, the brand launched a “Summer of Self Love” campaign, featuring a diverse group of influencers, authors, athletes, and more).
When it comes to the suits themselves, Summersalt promises a “data-backed fit,” and claims it “took over 1.5 million body measurements from 10,000 women” while designing the products. There’s also a focus on fabrics, and the company claims its suits are created using 78% recycled polyamide fabric (a.k.a. a type of nylon) that's “crafted from post-consumer materials and nylon waste,” including old fishing nets—a textile which, according to Summersalt, offers UPF 50+ protection.
While the brand is known for its colorblocked one-piece, the Sidestroke, designs also include solid colors and fun floral print options. Swimwear prices range from $45 for a bikini bottom to $145 for a one-piece, and suits are sold in women’s sizes 2 to 26.
Is it easy to order through Summersalt?
While the brand sent me samples for testing, Matt ordered hers from the Summersalt website. She noted she “only had two issues” with the process, the first being several suits sold out in her size. From browsing the brand’s website, it seems most styles are now in stock in all sizes, including the small I ordered, save for a few specific colors.
Matt also had an ordering issue at the time. “One of the swimsuits I had ordered—and paid expedited shipping for—ended up never arriving,” she said. “First, customer service told me it was not going to come right away and refunded me for shipping. Then, nearly a week later, I reached out asking where it was and they told me there had been an error and that suit was not actually available in that size when I ordered it.”
How do the Summersalt swimsuits fit?
I dove into the brand by testing five bestselling suits with distinct designs. Overall, I found the styles fashionable, functional, and true to size. However, certain suits fared better than others with Matt and me, as you'll see in this list, ranked from our favorite on down.
While Summersalt’s offerings range from bikinis to cover-ups, the Sidestroke one-piece is by far its best known model. I was initially skeptical of the suit’s one-shoulder design as I tend to avoid shoulder-baring styles at all costs. However, after slipping on the suit for a beach day, I was pleasantly surprised by the flattering fit and secure strap. I especially love the back of the suit, which features an oblong cutout along the shoulders.
When Matt initially tested the design, she commented on its compression, writing, “Usually I feel most confident in black, but my colorful one-shoulder Summersalt suit made me feel just as good as I do in darker colors.” However, she also noted that the suit had a “lack of boob support,” writing: “It says on the website that there are no cups in this suit, so I knew what I was getting my 36D chest into (literally), but I still wanted to try it. Even though it’s risky not having cups, I love the suit so much that I kept it.”
While I didn’t try the Marina, Matt gave it a rave review. “The Marina really does accentuate the smallest part of your waist with its ‘wrap dress’ look, as claimed in the product description,” she reports, while noting that it has less “tummy support” than the Sidestroke.
She also highlighted the suit’s built-in cups, writing: “No, the cups don’t provide a lot of support for us full-chested ladies, but they at least cover and hide the chilliest of nipples. The only weird thing that kept happening with [the suit] is that the lining of the soft cups kept pushing up and out of the top of the suit. Not a big deal and not very noticeable—just annoying to have to fuss with.”
The Bow-Shoulder Ruched Sidestroke Bikini Top and The Ruched High Leg High Rise Bottom
While Summersalt is best known for its Instagram-famous one-piece styles, I was curious how its bestselling two-piece suit stacked up. As someone who tends to shy away from frills, I was skeptical of how I’d feel about wearing a bikini top featuring a large bow. If you’re looking for something more glamorous than the standard suit, however, the Bow-Shoulder Ruched Sidestroke Bikini Top could be a fun wardrobe addition. (Plus, as many a stylist has told me, such shoulder adornments add visual interest to your suit—and flare for your seaside photos, too.)
Appearance aside, I appreciate the bow-shoulder top’s built-in cups for their support. The one-shoulder style stayed in place throughout an entire beach day, and I didn’t find myself fussing with it while swimming in the ocean. The bow proved less swim-proof, however, as it floated in the water alongside me, picking up seaweed along the way (yuck).
The Ruched High Leg High Rise Bottoms, which match the top, didn’t shift around during the day and had just enough rear coverage to keep me comfortable without feeling too conservative. That said, I didn’t notice a difference between these ruched bottoms and my go-to high-waisted pair from Target, which costs less than half of the Summersalt price. $45 to $60 at Summersalt
The Plunge One-Piece
As the name suggests, the Plunge one-piece has a very low-cut neckline (which requires lots of sunscreen application). The suit is classic and comfortable and provided similar compression and butt coverage to the Sidestroke as well as the Perfect Wrap One-Piece (below)—although I found the Plunge too revealing for my taste.
The Perfect Wrap One-Piece
The Perfect Wrap One-Piece cinches the waist like a wrap dress—appropriate, considering the brand recently partnered with iconic wrap dress designer Diane Von Furstenberg. While I love the olive green shade and the fit of the belted waist, the low V-neck flattened my chest in an unflattering way. Plus, despite being fairly small-chested, I felt like I was falling out of the suit at the bust. For those with greater bust-support preferences, this style may not be the best choice at Summersalt.
Are Summersalt swimsuits good for beach days and tanning?
Overall, yes! Most of the designs I tried are comfy and easy to move around in, with the one exception being the Bow-Shoulder bikini top, for the aforementioned seaweed issues.
Additionally, if napping on a towel is more your style, be careful about sunscreen application with certain styles to avoid a one-shoulder tan line. “While it is truly an amazing suit and fit, the famous one-piece is not ideal for lying out,” Matt writes of the Sidestroke.
Are Summersalt swimsuits good quality?
In my experience, the Summersalt swimsuits don’t wrinkle or pucker from wear and tend to dry fairly quickly, as promised. Matt and I only tried them for a month, respectively, so I’m not able to speak to how long they last. “The most important thing about the swimsuits [is] that they really are comfortable,” she writes. “Is it [a] life-changing quality compared to my other similarly priced swimsuits from Everything But Water and Nordstrom? No, not that I, a regular human, have noticed. But the styles are unique and fashionable, and that’s something my other quality swimsuits do not have.”
So, are Summersalt bathing suits worth it?
If you’re looking for a comfortable, well-designed swimsuit, Summersalt is a great option. While certain styles may fit some styles and body types better than others, Summersalt’s generous return policy—free returns or exchanges within 30 days of purchase (as long as tags are on and hygienic liners are intact)—means you can try several styles to see what works best for you.
Plus, the swimsuits might be worth the price for a reason far more important than fabrics and fits. “The best part about Summersalt is it really did change my attitude about swimsuits,” writes Matt. “Never did I ever think I would be able to rock a bright-colored, attention-grabbing swimsuit without panicking about what others would think. But Summersalt came through with its flattering patterns and adequate compression, and that has made me feel confident and carefree while wearing its swimsuits…Who knew I would one day go from having swimsuit anxiety to a swimsuit obsession? Thank you, Summersalt! (That thank you is from me, by the way. Not my bank account.)”
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.