Product Review: The Ahh Bra

Hello Ladies,

Former Playboy Bunny Rhonda Shear has made headlines recently with her (self-proclaimed) revolutionary Ahh bra which “enhances your assets, eliminates discomfort and trouble spots, and is perfect for everyday wear.  Women of all shapes and sizes will feel confident and sexy with Ahh Bra’s contoured fit, superior support, and unique wear ability.  Finally, a bra comfortable enough to sleep in and even work out in, keep your petals perked up!”  (Rhonda Shear Intimates Press Release)  Having seen the infomercials where Rhonda dissects legitimate bra fit issues and then puts women in as many as three Ahh Bras for adequate support, I was not convinced this design would work for “women of all shapes and sizes,” but I was never interested enough to shell out the $60 to test my theory.  However, opportunity knocked, and I was offered free Rhonda Sheer Intimates merchandise including the Ahh Bra, the Pin-Up Bra, a Seamless Shelf Tank, and a Sweet Tart Butterknit Gown.  For today’s review, I’ll be focusing on the Ahh Bra, but I’ll discuss each item later in the week with separate reviews.

When I opened my package, I was immensely pleased to see my swag was enclosed in a pretty box and wrapped in tissue paper.  The emphasis on presentation and the feeling of receiving a present were nice touches that deserve to be complemented:

As a standard 30H/HH, I was curious to see what size would be suggested since the Ahh Bra comes in small-medium-large sizing, and ultimately, I received the medium—a medium I was doubtful would cover my chest:

However, the fabric stretches considerably, and I managed to squeeze all of my tissue into the bra with the exception of some minor spillage near the top of the cup.  In all fariness, when Rhonda promises comfort, she delivers.  The fabric feels soft and of decent quality, and the compression provided by the design is nice.  Note I say “compression” as there is zero separation between my breasts which means the support is lacking:

For comparison, here are the side profiles created by the Ahh Bra and my Freya Ellie:

Since the sizing is far from perfect, I was impressed with what lift and hold the bra provided, but I would never consider this a viable “out of the house” alternative for myself.  The shaping and support are not sufficient for what I need, and I would feel self-conscious.  Fuller-busted women are likely to be in the same boat as me with women in the J+ cups suffering from a serious lack of support.  Additionally, the bra has molded, removable pads for nipple protection, but they were weird and small so I removed them.

Nevertheless, even though the bra won’t be worn for work, I have found other uses, and I believe it would make an excellent sleeping bra.   The design compresses and supports the tissue without uncomfortable pressure, and the stretchy quality of the fabric lets it contour and move with you.

Personally, I wear mine around the house on weekends and in the evenings, and I find it more comfortable than my Freya Rosie albeit not as supportive.  The Ahh Bra is now my go-to bra for when I am relaxing on the couch, but the other day, I did wear it for an hour of yoga in lieu of a sports bra.  For a low impact activity, I felt supported and comfortable, and the design stretched better with me than my regular sports bra.

My suspicions are the Ahh Bra would be an okay everyday alternative for women in the 34-40 B-D market, but there are still better options out there.  It’s little more than a shaped piece of spandex-laden fabric, but the longer band, wider wings, and fuller-coverage back offer better smoothing than traditional bras.

For a second opinion, I had Dezi try the bra, and her response was on par with mine although I think you can see the shape and support is better on her 32E/F body.

Overall, I do not think the bra lives up to the hype or that it will work for women with fuller busts, but I do feel like it makes a great sleeping bra or even low-impact sports bra.  Since you can buy four for $60 on the website, the price is lower, but don’t expect a miracle!

Erica

Product Review: The Ahh Bra
Erica
Erica is a lover all things lingerie and is passionate about helping people find the bra which fits and flatters. Side passions include reading, writing, hiking, dairy-free food, walking her Jack Russell terrorists, and dying her hair everything from black to red.
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22 thoughts on “Product Review: The Ahh Bra

  • September 18, 2012 at 4:11 pm
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    Thanks for reviewing that bra. I’ve often wondered about it. I don’t like the lack of separation between the breasts or the idea of compression. But around the house, or those days when you’re just cranky and bloated, this could be good. I probably won’t buy one anyway.

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    • Erica
      September 18, 2012 at 4:13 pm
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      Glad you enjoyed it, Joanne! With all the infomercials out there, I’ve wondered too, so it was nice to have a risk-free way of trying the style. It is good for days like that, but that’s not to say there aren’t other nicer options available too.

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  • September 18, 2012 at 5:11 pm
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    The bra actually looks great on Dezi. The colour just pops on her skin tone! For lounging, I use my old sports bra. I’m cheap like that 😉

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    • Erica
      September 18, 2012 at 5:20 pm
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      Agreed! The turquoise really pops against her darker skin, and the support is better too.

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  • September 19, 2012 at 8:09 am
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    Love the review! As a smaller figured woman, the Ahh Bra would probably not work for me. I love wearing T-shirts with the added shelf bras for comfort and relaxing.

    Thank you Erica and Dezi for reviewing this product.

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  • October 17, 2012 at 7:50 am
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    Thanks for such an informative review, also would love to know how you compare Genie Bra with Ahh Bra, at times, I think, they are just same.

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    • Erica
      October 17, 2012 at 11:18 am
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      Hi Molly! From what I’ve seen on women who have come to the store with these bras, they are nearly identical. It’s the same design principal with the softer spandex-based fabric that holds breasts together rather than lift/separate. 🙂

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  • November 12, 2012 at 4:38 pm
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    Where can you buy this bra? I am a 32J; what size would I need? Large? I just want it for decency around the house…. 🙂

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    • Erica
      November 13, 2012 at 11:22 am
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      You would probably need an Extra Large, Lynn. I know you can buy it off Rhonda Shear’s website as well as QVC. I believe they are around $20 a piece, but I would wait for Curvy Wordy to do her review of the product. She’s a 30KK (so close to your size), and she said it was just horrible even for around the house wear.

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  • January 11, 2013 at 6:54 pm
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    You don’t need to spend that much money to get an almost identical product. I tried one called Lisselle on Amazon, and it’s every bit as good, but costs three times less!

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    • Erica
      January 12, 2013 at 3:52 pm
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      Good to know, Kate! Some of the Rhonda Shear prices were a bit steep!

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  • August 18, 2013 at 7:15 pm
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    Thanks for your reviews.
    I saw the infomercial where the larger cup-sized lasses were layering 2 ahh bras, which was a revelation for me. I ordered some el cheapo “ahh” style bras from e bay and layered 2 at a time.Super comfort and natural looking under clothes, plenty of support for everything except running. I now wear 2 in the daytime and one at night.( I am a 32 j in Freya, at 48 yrs old I have grooves in my collar bone from bra straps and was desperate to find an alternative). I will NEVER wear an underwired bra again, i’d rather wear 5 ahh bras if I had to. Rhonda Shear’s ones are super quality, available for a reasonable price nowadays-particularly when you consider the £30+ price tag for large cup branded bras, fantastic colour choice too.

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    • Erica
      August 21, 2013 at 7:29 pm
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      Thanks for sharing your experience, Emma! Some women swear by the bras, and if they give you the shape/comfort you need, then I think that’s fantastic. We wear bras all day, so we have to be happy with how they fit and feel!

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  • August 28, 2013 at 4:13 am
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    Having had gallbladder surgery, I’m currently unable to wear my normal 36ff underwire bras (Freya’s all the way for me, only ones that fit my shape) due to a scar just where the band would sit.
    I bought 1xl size Ahh bras for something to keep the girls under control until I can wear my normal bras again. Maybe I should have bought the 2xl seems a bit small. Needed to smoosh boobs and bra around to get rid of bulge at top, also had to layer 2. Not designed for big cup sizes, but will make sure I don’t take anyone’s eye out.

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    • Erica
      August 28, 2013 at 11:22 am
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      Laura, I think post-surgery is another good option for this style, particularly if you have scar tissue which can interfere with a regular bra. I don’t know how the band would feel, but it might be worth examining some of the Goddess soft cup styles like the Rose or Keira for times when you don’t need a smooth tee shirt bra. The lift and shaping in that size range is comparable to underwire without creating the mashed boobs look.

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  • May 22, 2014 at 4:05 am
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    I was wondering what you thought of the coverage for the bra? I see something that looks a bit like a padded cover on your pictures, but they are smaller, are those the covers you removed? Was it uncomfortable? How is the coverage on the bra after you removed the covers? Thanks for the review!

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    • Erica
      May 24, 2014 at 1:04 pm
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      Hi Fen! Yes, there were definitely these little padded things that were meant to provide nipple coverage, but I removed them. Most of the women in the higher cup sizes who buy this bra or the similar Coobie will remove the padding because it just doesn’t look right. However, women in the A-DDD range (depending on band) can usually wear them without issue. It wasn’t uncomfortable per se, but it was definitely . . . weird. I just didn’t like having these little foam pads that only covered part of the breast tissue. Hope this helps!

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  • January 12, 2016 at 4:29 pm
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    Hey there i just found this blog while looking for a sports that won’t dig in my neck n shoulders. Very helpful recommendations. My real question is are those you natural breasts and if so do you use anything to keep them up and tighten? I’m a 38dd and I’m trying to prevent sagging to avoid a breast lift/ reduction.
    Thank you for your time ☺

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    • Erica
      January 14, 2016 at 1:47 pm
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      Hi Berry! This is my natural size, but I don’t really use anything to lift/tighten. I just wear a proper fitting bra during the day, a leisure bra in the evening, and hope for the best! There’s a lot of controversy over what exactly creates issues with sagging. I would just take care of your boobs and not worry as much about it. If you’re looking for some good sports bras in that size range though, consider ones like the Wacoal sports bras or Natori Power Yogi which have ultra wide padded straps to prevent digging!

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