Which Brand Is Right for You?
A Comprehensive guide to compression hosiery and compression hosiery manufacturers.
We carry five brands of compression products: Jobst, Mediven, Sigvaris and Juzo are world renown premium brands. Allegro is our house "value" brand. Compression levels range from the low end (8-15mmHg) to the highest compression level available in a ready-to-wear stocking (40-50mmHg). Read about the different brands here to decide which one is right for you.
Mediven Quality and Size Selection
Mediven is the world's largest manufacturer of compression garments. Providing up to seven sizes per style of hosiery in both regular and petite lengths, Mediven customers get the closest thing to a custom fit.
- Assure - The Value Line from Medi (unisex)
Medi Assure are some of the best compression stockings available for the money. They come in three compression levels, 15-20, 20-30, and 30-40mmhg, and in three styles, knee high, thigh high, and pantyhose. Colors are limited to beige and black. Assure is soft, breathable, easy to don, plus it can be machine washed and dried.
- Medi Sheer & Soft:
Sheer & Soft offers unequaled sheerness. Only you will know you’re wearing compression hosiery designed to improve the health of your legs. Sheer & Soft also has a new softer feel and “SilverPlus” for moisture management and hygienic cleanliness.
- Medi Comfort:
Medi Comfort is a semi-sheer stocking made from innovative multi-filament microfiber yarns. Woven with the latest "3-D" technology for a softer touch and easier donning and doffing. The incorporation of Medi's patented Climafresh and Clima-Comfort systems allow for high breathability, reliable temperature control and the prevention of odor formation. Comfort replaces Medi Elegance, which has been discontinued.
- Medi Elegance: (Discontinued)
Elegance was a semi-sheer compression stocking for women. The slightly thicker fabric concealed blemishes and varicosities while still looking like fashion stockings. In knee-high, thigh-high, and pantyhose, with a closed and open-toe.
- Plus-Opaque Stockings (Unisex):
The Plus line is a customer favorite. The durable opaque fabric conceals blemishes, scars, varicose and spider veins, while still being extremely comfortable. In knee-high, thigh-high, and pantyhose. In closed and open-toe. Available in regular and petite lengths. Available in 20-30mmHg, 30-40mmHg and 40-50mmHg.
- NEW Active Knee-Highs (Unisex):
Active knee-high socks are the new performance sock from Medi. Ribbed breathable fabric is easy-to-don and extremely durable. In regular and tall lengths. In closed-toe only. Available in 15-20mmHg and 20-30mmHg. (Mediven used to make a men's sock, called Active, which was discontinued.)
- Medi Motion Sport Sock (Unisex):
Mediven Motion Sport is a mild compression sock that's perfect for wearing with golf, tennis, or walking shoes. In knee-high and closed-toe only. Available in 16-20mmHg.
- Mediven Armsleeves:
The Mediven 95 compression armsleeve is woven from two-way stretch knit fabric and is offered in six sizes, each in a regular or long length. The armsleeve is made with either a regular top or a silicone top band to help maintain the proper position on the arm. Available in 20-30mmHg and 30-40mmHg.
- Mediven Gloves :
Mediven's compression glove is made with finger stubs for a better fit. For greater comfort, there's reduced compression in the wrist area. Available in 20-30mmHg and 30-40mmHg .
Jobst ... Number 1 Physician Recommended Brand
Since 1950, Jobst has provided effective compression garments. They set the industry standard for high-quality compression products requested by healthcare professionals and patients worldwide. Their lines of product include:
- Jobst UltraSheer Fashion Hosiery for Women:
UltraSheer stockings provide comfort and fashion with medically effective compression. UltraSheers have a contoured foot design with a relaxed toe cap and enlarged heel pocket. In knee-high, thigh-high, and pantyhose. In regular and petite lengths. Open toe available in many styles. Available in 8-15mmHg, 15-20mmHg, 20-30mmHg, 30-40mmHg.
- Jobst for Men:
Jobst ribbed-style dress socks have special microfibers to wick away moisture and keep your feet dry. In knee-high and thigh-high. In closed and open-toe. Available in 8-15mmHg ,15-20mmHg, 20-30mmHg, 30-40mmHg.
- Jobst Opaque Surgical Weight Stockings (Unisex):
Jobst Opaque stockings are smooth, ultra-soft, and easy to wear. The durable hosiery effectively conceals blemishes, scars, and varicose veins. In knee-high, thigh-high, and pantyhose. In closed and open-toe. Available in 15-20mmHg, 20-30mmHg, 30-40mmHg.
- soSoft for Women:
In 2013 Jobst replaced Women's Casual with the soSoft line of compression stockings. soSoft has been very well received. This is a super soft microfiber knee high available in 4 compressions and 2 patterns, ribbed and brocade.
- Jobst Casual for Men:
Jobst Casual support socks are extremely versatile. They look great with business or casual dress, have excellent moisture wicking properties, and are extremely soft. Casual for Men have a large foot portion and come in Full-Calf sizes and Tall sizes for large feet.
- Jobst for Men Ambition:
Introduced at the end of 2013, Ambition is a totally redesigned men's sock from Jobst. Made with carbon infused fibers for odor control and cotton for comfort. Toe box designed to reduce pressure, wide top-band and 6 sizes in 2 lengths for a perfect fit.
- Jobst Active Athletic Socks (Unisex):
Jobst Active knee-highs have a fully cushioned foot, comfort knee band, and seamless toes to minimize friction. The dri-release yarn feels like cotton and wicks away moisture to keep the feet dry and comfortable. Full-Calf sizes. Available in 15-20mmHg, 20-30mmHg and 30-40mmHg.
- Jobst Sensifoot Socks for Diabetics (Unisex):
Sensifoot offers protection to sensitive feet that need help with the problems caused by diabetes or arthritis. Available in either crew or knee-high length. The sock features a smooth and flat toe seam to reduce irritation and pressure on the toes. Available in 8-15mmHg.
- Jobst Relief Stockings (Unisex):
Relief is Jobst's economy brand. The stockings are made with a plainer fabric with less spandex than the premium lines of stockings. In knee-high, thigh-high, and pantyhose, with closed and open toe. Available in 20-30mmHg, 30-40mmHg.
- Jobst Ulcer Care Stockings:
These are a two part system for the treatment of venous stasis leg ulcers. A mild compression liner protects the skin and can be worn round the clock. A high compression outer stocking provides compression to help heal the ulcer. Available with or without a zipper, in 7 sizes.
- Jobst Armsleeves:
The Jobst compression armsleeve is a lightweight and comfortable lymphedema garment woven with two-way stretch. It's available in three sizes for both the regular armsleeve and the armsleeve with silicone top band. The armband with silicone top band is specifically designed for large upper arms which might otherwise experience "rolling" of the top section. Available in 15-20mmHg and 20-30mmHg.
- Jobst Gauntlets:
Jobst's compression gauntlet with thumb stub is woven with two-way stretch and comes in three sizes. Available in 15-20mmHg and 20-30mmHg.
- Jobst Gloves: (Discontinued)
Jobst's Elvarex Glove with finger stubs was seamlessly woven with two-way stretch in six sizes. 20-30mmHg.
Juzo ... Comfortable Fabrics and Easy Care
Juzo's unique Fiber-Soft ™ process wraps every elastic fiber in a soft protective thread to create a comfortable, breathable fabric that protects your skin. The smooth material makes the stockings easier to put on and take off.
- Sheer Fashion Stockings: Series 5140:
Juzo's very sheer compression stockings provide the look and feel of fashion hosiery in seven colors. In knee-high, thigh-high, and pantyhose. In closed-toe only. Available in 15-20mmHg.
- Semi-Sheer Fashion Pantyhose (Maternity Stocking): Series 2581/2582:
Known as the Juzo Hostess, this popular pantyhose helps conceal scars, blemishes, and varicose veins. The pantyhose feature a high elastic panty with an adjustable waist band and is designed for maternity wear, or for big hips, or large bellies. In closed-toe only. In regular and short lengths. Available in 20-30mmHg and 30-40mmHg.
- Ribbed Dress Socks (Unisex): Series 4201/4202:
The Juzo knee-high dress sock provides therapeutic compression in a stylish and comfortable sock suitable for men or women. In regular and short lengths. In closed-toe only. Available in 20-30mmHg and 30-40mmHg.
- Cotton Casual Socks (Unisex): Series 5700:
Juzo's knee-high, soft cotton sock has a two-inch wide top band to keep the socks in place. It's made in Italy with 60% cotton. In closed-toe only. Available in 15-20mmHg.
- Soft 2001/2002 Series (Unisex):
Juzo's Soft 2000 line of opaque compression stockings help conceal scars, varicose veins, and blemishes. In knee-high and thigh-high styles. In regular and short lengths. In open-toe and closed-toe. Available in 20-30mmHg and 30-40mmHg.
- Soft Maternity: Series 2181/2182:
The newest maternity support pantyhose on the market are both soft and durable. Opaque knit fabric with two-way stretch is machine wash and dry.
- Silver Socks (Unisex): Series 2061/2062:
Juzo's knee-high Silver Socks are made with silver to reduce the growth of bacteria that can cause infections and foot odor. Juzo Silver Socks are worn during wound care, burn scar treatment, and lymphedema treatment. In regular and short lengths. In open-toe only. Available in 20-30mmHg and 30-40mmHg.
- Silver Diabetic Crew Sock (Unisex): Series 5760:
The Juzo Silver diabetic crew sock is made with silver to reduce the growth of bacteria that can cause infections and foot odor. Woven with pillowed sole and channeled toe seam to reduce irritation and friction, there's a mid-foot compressive band to keep the sock from bunching. In closed-toe only. Available in 12-16mmHg.
- Juzo's Varin Armsleeve (Unisex):
Juzo's lymphedema armsleeve is made with two-way stretch knit fabric. Every compression fiber is wrapped in soft threads to protect your skin. It is lightweight and seamless to reduce friction and irritation, and has a soft inner lining for further comfort. A silicone top band keeps the sleeve firmly yet comfortably in place. In regular and long lengths. Max sizes for large upper arms. Available in 20-30mmHg and 30-40mmHg.
- Juzo Dynamic (Helastic) Gauntlet with Thumb Stub (Unisex):
The Juzo Helastic gauntlet is made with two-way stretch knit fabric. Every compression fiber is wrapped in soft threads to protect your skin. It is lightweight and seamless to reduce friction and irritation, and has a soft inner lining for further comfort. The gauntlet features an anatomically correct thumb stub (the other four fingers are not enclosed in the gauntlet). It has flat non-irritating seams. Available in 18-21mmHg and 23-32mmHg.
- Juzo Dynamic (Helastic) Glove with Finger Stubs (Unisex):
The Juzo Helastic Glove with finger stubs is made using two-way stretch knit fabric. Every compression fiber is wrapped in soft threads that protect your skin. The glove features anatomically correct finger stubs for all five fingers. It has flat non-irritating seams. Available in 18-21mmHg and 23-32mmHg.
... The Lower-Cost Alternative
Made in the USA , Allegro cost up to 65% less than the premium brands while providing the same levels of compression as the more famous brands. Allegro uses a "float stitch" for long lasting medical compression.
When comparing Allegro with the premium brands of stockings, there are differences. Allegro is woven with two strands of spandex, which provides 2-way stretch. The premium brands like Jobst, Mediven, Sigvaris and Juzo incorporate a third strand of spandex in the weave. This provides 3-way stretch, which can make the stocking more comfortable and easier to don.
Allegro is provided to you direct from the factory as our private-label brand. This allows us to avoid costly mark-ups, promotion expenses, and fancy packaging costs. The result is substantial savings passed directly and exclusively to BrightLife Direct customers.
- Sheer Fashion Hosiery for Women:
Allegro fashion sheers are woven with a contoured fit from a super-sheer fabric. In knee-high, thigh-high, pantyhose, and maternity pantyhose, all with closed toe. Available in 15-20mmHg, 20-30mmHg, 30-40mmHg.
- Trouser Socks for Women:
Allegro's opaque trouser socks have a mild level of compression. Woven from a nylon/spandex blend, they rise to slightly above the calf. They're available in solid colors with or without a subtle diamond pattern woven into the fabric. Available in 15-20mmHg.
- Dress Socks for Men:
Allegro's ribbed dress socks are lightweight, nylon blend socks that rise to just below the knee. In closed-toe only. Available in 15-20mmHg, 20-30mmHg, 30-40mmHg.
- Leotard for Men:
Woven from nylon/spandex, the waist-high leotard has a brief-style top with a fly opening. It provides compression for the entire leg. In closed-toe only. Available in 20-30mmHg.
- Allegro Cotton Socks (Unisex):
Made with 82% cotton, Allegro's knee-high cotton sock is a soft and comfortable sock that's easy to get on and take off. In closed-toe only. Available in 20-25mmHg.
- Surgical Weight Opaque Stockings (Unisex):
Opaque Surgical Weight stockings help conceal scars, varicose veins, and blemishes. In knee-high, thigh-high, and pantyhose. In closed-toe and open-toe (pantyhose closed-toe only). Available in 20-30mmHg and 30-40mmHg.
... Hosiery woven with a heritage of Swiss precision
The Sigvaris tradition of excellence is over 140 years old. Today, the brand is sold world-wide and offers a wide variety of compression therapy solutions.... From Well Being, their line of moderate compression products designed for active and fashionable lifestyles, to Natural Rubber which sets the standard for high containment compression used to treat severe venous and lymphatic disease.
- 120 Sheer Fashion:
15-20mmHg moderate compression in calf, thigh, and pantyhose. Increased sheerness and new sizing to better fit today's demographics. Offers a fashion hosiery look in seven color options.
- 146/186 Casual Cotton:
Designed for men and women, Casual Cotton is woven with 66% Supima cotton, so it's perfect for sensitive skin. Features a contemporary ribbed design, reinforced heel, comfort toe zone and moderate 15-20mmHg.
- 189 Business Casual for Men:
This is an extremely comfortable sock for men with a professional look. Soft inlay yarns, a wide non-binding top band, and stretchable toe fabric combine for comfort and durability. 15-20mmHg in navy, brown, charcoal and black.
- 230 Cotton Series for Men:
Woven with cotton yarns on the interior to protect sensitive skin. Also includes a new integrated foot release zone for added length and reduced compression on the foot. Available in knee high and thigh high (with beaded silicone grip top) in 20-30 and 30-40 mmHg compression. Special sizing is available for wide calves. Closed toe only.
- 142/182/360 Cushioned Cotton:
15-20 and 20-30mmHg compression knee highs with a thick padded foot. Ideal for people with sensitive skin, allergies, or diabetes. Athletic in appearance. Available in black and white.
- 500 Natural Rubber:
The original gold standard in compression therapy. Rubber has a very low “fatigue” rate so compression is sustained throughout the day. Available in compressions up to 40-50mmHg.
- 602 Diabetic Compression Socks:
Designed for diabetics with mild to moderate edema. Exact sizing, with true graduated compression, outside toe seam, soft padded foot and drirelease fabric to keep feet dry.
- 710 Allure Pattern for Women:
These sheer fashion stockings feature an elegant diamond dot pattern. Double-covered inlay yarns are soft against the skin and Sensinnov grip-top won't slip or bulge.
- 770 Truly Transparent Series for Women: (Discontinued Winter 2014)
No need to sacrifice compression strength for sheerness with this series of calf, thigh and pantyhose styles. This high-stretch knit construction combines double-covered yarns for durability without compromising look and feel. Designed with no unsightly transition lines from upper thigh to hip and waist. Bring on your form-fitting finery!
- 780 EverSheer:
Features double covered yarns to provide the sheerest support hosiery available. Perfect for vein procedures and prevention of varicose and spider veins. The thigh highs features the patented Sensinnov silicone band that won’t slip, roll, or cause “thigh bulge”. Six beautiful fashion shades.
- 820 Midtown Microfiber for Men:
Introduced in Jan 2014, these knee highs for men are woven so 100% of the interior is microfiber. This makes the stocking very easy to put on and even more comfortable to wear. Available in 3 compressions, in black or tan.
- 860 Select Comfort:
This is Sigvaris' most popular line of medical compression stockings. Soft, opaque fabric with a wide variety of sizing like Petites and Plus sizes. Knee highs come with or without beaded silicone top. Easy to don and easy to wear.
- 910 Advance Armsleeves:
Available in 2 lengths, with Plus sizes for large upper arms. Advance fabric is treated with silver ions to maintain skin hygiene and thermal control. Sensinnov grip-top is gentle on underarm skin. Three compressions, 20-30mmHg and 30-40mmHg with or without gauntlet.
- 970 Access - Economy for Men and Women:
Access provides basic medical compression in 20-30mmHg and 30-40mmHg, at a very reasonable price. Knee highs, thigh highs and pantyhose are available in two lengths, beige and black, with an open or closed toe.
- Zurich Collection for Men and Women:
If you appreciate fine fabrics, you'll love the Zurich Collection of stockings. Made with the finest Merino Wool and Sea Island Cotton available. In 15-20mmHg.
- Sigvaris Sports for Men and Women:
Performance socks and calf sleeves for runners, Recovery socks to reduce lactic acid and muscle soreness, and Merino Wool outdoor socks. True graduated compression for competitive athletes and active people.
... Fashionable Armsleeves and Gauntlets
LympheDIVAS armsleeves and gauntlets are specifically designed for breast cancer survivors with lymphedema. They are available in solid colors like bei-chic, onyx, azure, fuchsia, and white, and many bold beautiful prints. The products knit construction, have 360 degree stretch, and are constructed from breathable, moisture-wicking fabrics that dry quickly. Available in two lengths, with or without a diamond grip top, in 20-30mmHg and 30-40mmHg compression levels.