There’s nothing worse than being uncomfortable all day, especially when it comes to your boxer briefs. Rearranging, itching, sweating…even the thought makes us uncomfortable. So, it makes sense to invest in the best boxer briefs for men, right?
To us, it’s a no-brainer. There are so many great boxer briefs available, why spend your day in discomfort? You want a pair that’s not only comfortable but stylish and durable—something that’s great value for money.
If you’re short on time or just want to get straight down to it, Calvin Klein Men’s Cotton Stretch Boxer Briefs are the boxer briefs for men that came out on top.
But where do you start when there are so many out there that look the same? You start with us. In order to make your decision a little bit easier, we’ve put together a list of the best boxer briefs for men available right now, with comfort, durability, and style in mind, so you can rest assured that you’re making the right decision. Our aim is to make this article as informative as possible. We’ve done all the hard work, so you don’t have to.
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Before you buy: 6 Things to consider when purchasing boxer briefs
1. Quality is key
We all know the saying ‘quality over quantity’, and it definitely applies to your underwear drawer. If you’re scrimping out on your boxers, trust us – you’ll know about it! We truly believe in investing in quality boxer briefs – they will last you much longer, and, although they might seem more expensive up front, the use you will get from them will far outlast the hundreds of pairs you’ve spent a few dollars on.
There’s nothing worse than pulling on your boxer briefs and realizing there’s a hole at the seam or, even worse, the navy pair you bought is now a washed out, see-through blue that’s barely holding itself together. Feeling good on the outside starts from the inside, and it’s hard to feel confident in yourself when you’re wearing boxers on the brink of death. The boxers you wear say a lot about you as a person – so go for a quality, sturdy pair of boxers that will leave you feeling confident and comfortable, ready to tackle your day.
Higher quality brands will most likely use material that is kind to your skin and lasts much longer than cheaper pairs. Spending more on your underwear collection is wise, as it is an essential part of your wardrobe and can make or break your day!
If you’re feeling unsure about how to tell a good pair of boxers from a bad pair, then stick with us, because we’re pretty knowledgeable about what will and won’t be worth your money!
2. Material matters
Now, this second point does come under the umbrella of quality, but it’s so important that we’re giving it its own point. Material – it really does matter.
The last thing you want is to feel sweaty and uncomfortable, rearranging yourself at every opportunity and dodging the glares of onlookers as they watch you shuffle your junk about. We’re embarrassed even thinking about, so we can’t imagine what you must be feeling! If this sounds like you – or, like us, it’s one of your worst nightmares – then you really need to think about the material of your boxers before you buy them.
You want to stick with a material that’s airy and light, something that doesn’t cling or stick at the slightest sign of warmth. There’s actually a lot of scientific evidence as to why you should be wearing light, airy boxers: it has everything to do with fertility and, whilst we’re no scientists, it is a serious consideration that is worth researching and looking into.
You also need to consider the material of boxers if you are a particularly active person. You won’t want a boxer that clings, sticks, and bunches so far up that you might as well be wearing thongs. You want boxers that don’t ride up, made from material that moves sweat away from the skin – cool boxer briefs that keep you feeling fresh and airy during even your most intense workouts.
Another thing to consider with the material is your skin type. It might sound strange, but you should be wary of the boxers you buy if you have sensitive skin. Some materials can be itchier and more irritating than others, and it’s not exactly like you can scratch an itch down there as easily as you can scratch your face or arm.
We’d suggest that you do some research into different materials and which ones best suit your needs before you purchase any boxer briefs. In our top 9 list, we’ve included a range of boxer briefs to suit different types of men, so have a look at our list to save yourself some time.
It really is a cliché, but what you wear underneath your clothes affects everything – your mood, your confidence and your performance. Underwear really is the most important piece of clothing you own.
You might be thinking that it’s only women’s underwear that comes in all different colors, materials, and cuts, but you’d be wrong to assume that. Yes, we men do have less choice when it comes to the style of our underwear, but that doesn’t mean there are no stylish boxer briefs on the market. If you take the time to look, you’ll see that a lot of thought goes into the presentation of men’s boxers, because it is a well-known fact that feeling good about what you’re wearing projects into your everyday life.
We personally like the sleek style. Whilst there are plenty of jazzy patterned options that will compliment your wardrobe and are perfect for days when you’re feeling bold and fearless, we believe your underwear drawer should contain some classic coloring options – black, white, grey – not just for practical reasons (although if you’re a white jean or short kind of man, please don’t wear black boxers!), but also because these options can have us feeling our most Bond-like, and what’s not to love about that?
Whether you’re a pattern lover or a fan of the more classic briefs, we have something for you right here in this article.
4. Boxers for your body-type
Yes, it seems like a bizarre point, but you may want to consider what body type you have when you purchase your next pair of boxer briefs. Boxer briefs come in shorter and longer styles and typically hit mid- to low-thigh, depending on the brand.
If you have larger thighs, you may want to opt for a short style, to ensure the fit is not too tight, and the material isn’t cutting into your skin. If you do prefer a longer style but have larger thighs, consider trying different brands and materials, as some will have more give than others.
Another thing to note when it comes to the length of the boxers is the type of trouser you will be wearing on top. If you will be opting for a pair of shorts, or shorts are your go-to style, you may want to choose a shorter boxer brief to avoid any unwanted wardrobe malfunctions. Similarly, if you’re wearing a longer style that doesn’t fit your legs well, it’s likely that it will bunch up under your trousers, leaving you feeling uncomfortable, so it’s important to find the perfect length and fit for you.
5. Know your size
It seems like an obvious point, but we can’t overstate it enough. Choosing the correct size is important if you want to get the most out of your boxers. You’ll be surprised at just how bad the wrong size can be.
The right size boxer will provide support and comfort and won’t ride up or slide down every time you squat down or bend over. You need a boxer that will give you support but also freedom.
Knowing your size can save you all sorts of hassle. Knowing your exact size is a great place to start. Most brands use a size guide of XS to XXL, with waist measurements for men to follow. Measure your waist and choose the size that you fall into for a snug fit.
Also, bear in mind that most retailers will not accept returns of underwear, so unless you want to risk wasting your money, don’t wing it. Just because you’re a medium in one brand doesn’t mean you’ll be a medium in another. It’s important to check the sizing guide specific to each brand, as they may be slightly different. The last thing you want is to fork out for underwear that doesn’t fit and can’t be returned.
6. Read reviews before you buy
You wouldn’t buy a pair of jeans with a one-star review, and your boxers shouldn’t be any different. Reviews are important, especially those that are more detailed, because they answer questions you may have (or didn’t even know you had) more honestly and often more thoroughly than a brand or retailer.
If 99% of the population loves a boxer brief, then it’s likely that you will, too. In reviews, you’ll be able to find everything from whether that particular brand fits small, large, or as expected, to the durability and quality of the item 3 months down the line.
Whilst boxers aren’t the most expensive things in the world, as we’ve said, you often can’t return them, so reviews will be your saving grace when it comes to deciding whether or not to go for a pair of boxers. Some (brave) people also provide pictures of the item, so you’ll be able to see what they look like on, how they fit, and whether you think they’re a good choice for you.
Whilst not everyone’s opinions are the same, reviews are always a good place to start, especially on non-returnable items life boxer briefs.
And there you have it: our 6 things to consider when buying boxer briefs. With that in mind, we’ll be jumping straight into our favorite 9 boxer briefs for men.
The 9 best boxer briefs for men 2019
Calvin Klein is the king of boxer briefs, so it’s no surprise that he’s a key contender in our list of favorite boxer briefs. With this brand, you can’t go wrong. They have years of experience behind them, and it really shows.
With a classic, sleek look, Calvin Klein boxer briefs ooze style and sophistication whilst ticking all the boxes for practicality, durability, and quality. Calvin Klein trunks have a body-defining fit with a contour pouch that flatters your physique, making them the ideal pair of boxers, regardless of body shape and size.
Made from 95% cotton and 5% spandex, these boxers are one of the best cotton boxer briefs available for men. They’re breathable, but the elastane mix allows for a snug and comfortable finish, ensuring they won’t bunch up or slide down. The material is soft against the skin with the added bonus of preventing chaffing from jeans and uncomfortable trousers.
This particular item comes in a three-pack, giving you better value for money. Although they sit at the more expensive end of the price range, they do represent value for money and will last you for years (if you’re happy to own them for that long!)
If you’re into color, they do offer a variety of multipack options, giving you more exciting options without compromising on the quality or practicality.
- Great quality
- All round winner
- More expensive
You get what you pay for: a quality set of boxers that will see you through for years. With a sophisticated style and quality material, they are certainly worth the investment.
We hadn’t heard of these before we tried them, but boy are we glad we did! Zonbailon boxer briefs are the ultimate boxer briefs for comfort, perfect for those who enjoy being active or who have skin sensitivities.
These boxer briefs are the ultimate design if comfort is your best friend. With an elastane waistband and fitted style, these boxer briefs provide support and comfort –whatever the activity. With a no-label design and seamless stitching, there is nothing to itch or irritate the skin, and they are sure to leave you feeling like you’re wearing nothing.
These boxer briefs are made from 95% bamboo and 5% spandex fiber, making them the perfect soft, lightweight, and form-hugging boxer that isn’t too tight or loose. Whilst cotton is the most popular brief material, this blend of bamboo and spandex makes them far more suitable than cotton for those who particularly active or are constantly on the go, as they fit like a second skin but are boxers that don’t ride up, plus they are more breathable than chemical fiber fabrics. The material is naturally sweat-wicking, making them cool boxer briefs that will not leave you hot and uncomfortable.
Like the Calvin Klein option, these boxers come in a variety of multipacks, with quite a few color options to choose from. If you prefer a sleek, understated look, these are the perfect boxer briefs for you.
They are also some of the best cheap boxer briefs, especially for the quality you get. If you’re not one to fork out on your underwear, we’d recommend you take a serious look at these.
- Great quality
- Great value for money
- Limited colors
These are our go-to comfortable boxer briefs. We strongly recommend them for men who are into sporting activities, as they provide the most comfort, practicality, and durability whilst still looking sleek and stylish.
This next brand is another dark horse – a brand we hadn’t really heard of but a brand that we really loved.
These boxer briefs are great if you are tight for cash but want everything that Calvin Klein’s options promise to deliver. With a similar style, look, and feel, they offer you sophistication without the hefty price tag.
These boxer briefs are a middle leg style, perfect for those who feel more comfortable in a longer pair of boxers. These men’s boxer briefs feature a U-shape convex design, creating a body-defining, comfortable, and breathable fit. Made with 95% cotton and 5% spandex, the fabric is soft and of high quality, sure to keep you cool and dry.
The waistband is wide, soft, and fitted, ensuring it won’t roll or leave marks. It melds to fit your shape, comfortably hugging the waist and providing all-day comfort. Another feature we love (that the Sihohan boxer brief also features) is the tagless material. There’s nothing worse than an itchy or irritating tag, and cutting them out often makes the problem worse. These boxer briefs eliminate that problem, making them a great option – particularly if you have sensitive or irritable skin.
These boxers come in a variety of multipacks but are honestly lacking in color options. However, this makes them a great wardrobe staple that is sure to last a long time.
- Calvin-Klein-esque without the price tag
- Great value for money
- Limited color options
As said, these boxer briefs are very similar to Calvin Klein’s, minus the brand name and price. If you love everything Calvin Klein offers but can’t justify forking out for your underwear, we would definitely recommend these.
Like Calvin Klein, Bjorn Borg is a tried and trusted brand, and for good reason! Their boxers are some of the most comfortable boxer briefs available but don’t lack in style, so it’s only right that they feature in our top 9!
These boxer briefs are made for men that appreciate a classic style with a modern edge. Similar in style to the Calvin Klein or Alice and Elmer options, they offer sophistication with a splash of fun. With a great array of colors to choose from, they offer a greater variety and wider choice for those who like to push the boundaries.
The material of these boxers is 95% cotton and 5% elastane – a common material combination that ensures they provide functionality with ease of movement, so you never feel uncomfortable or restricted. These particular boxers have a cool feature we like: they feature crisp lines for body contouring that allow the boxers to sit more snuggly against the skin, adding a cool design feature that spices up even the plainest-colored boxers.
Designed with a classic mid-rise cut and longer leg, these briefs are guaranteed to stay in place and fit comfortably around the mid-section, featuring a branded Bjorn waist-band for those who like to use their boxers as a fashion statement!
These briefs come in multipacks of different colors, offering the best of both worlds. All packs have plain and practical color options mixed with brighter colors, making them the ideal set for those who like to mix practicality with something more fun.
They also range in price, meaning you can spend in line with your budget.
- Great color options
- Signature design
- Too bold for some
If you’re looking to add something bolder and more daring to your boxer drawer, these are the boxer briefs for you. Designed with comfort in mind, they mix bold bright colors and patterns with more sophisticated and practical options. What’s not to love?
Another brand that goes under many people’s radar, Fruit of the Loom’s boxer briefs are the best boxer briefs for sport lovers who prefer a long-leg brief.
With a focus on design and the practicalities of a boxer in mind, these are the ultimate pair of briefs that deliver on a range of more practical issues. They feature a 3D U-convex cut design and a breathable mesh fabric, providing more space without restraint, keeping everything nice and comfortable. With a longer leg design, they also prevent thigh chaffing for those of us who have larger thighs or are extremely active.
A functional long-leg design ensures these boxer briefs don’t ride up but stay firmly in place whilst remaining comfortable and breathable. They are made with a four-way stretch, from material components of nylon and spandex, making them ideal for sports. Made with breathable, light cotton material, the moisture-wicking fabric helps keep bacteria at bay and reduces the irritating, sweaty smell.
These boxer briefs feature a comfortable waistband for ease of movement but promise to stay in place without cutting into the skin.
These multi-pack briefs come in an assortment of colors and really are the perfect choice for men who need boxers that will allow them to perform at their best, no matter the occasion.
- Great for sports
- Long-leg design
- Limited colors
If you prefer a longer-leg design, these are the boxers for you. Regardless of whether you are into sports, these boxers provide comfort and quality for everyday wear.
Calling all color lovers! These boxers are insanely fun and have great value for money. Available in a variety of multipacks and colors, so if you’re all about color and boldness and not so much about practicality, these are the perfect boxers for you. They are also some of the best cheap boxer briefs, so you don’t have to feel bad if you want them all!
These boxers, although cheap, are great quality and are designed with comfort in mind. Featuring a contour pouch that offers support, fit, and comfort, they also have a tagless waistband and smooth slat out seams to reduce chaffing and any irritation to the skin.
Made from the best moisture-wicking fabric, they offer temperature control to keep comfort and performance at its peak. Designed with a longer leg and athletic fit in mind, they’re also a great option for those who love sport. The fabric itself is 93% polyester and 7% spandex, allowing for a stretchy, breathable fit. They’re also tagless, minimizing skin irritability and keeping you comfortable all day, every day.
- Amazing colors and patterns
- Great value for money
- Too bold for some!
If you love to jazz it up, and color is the one for you, these are a solid men’s brief. They are everything you’d want: effortless, comfortable, and stylish
New Balance boxer briefs are another strong contender on our list. With a brand like New Balance, you expect good quality, and that’s exactly what you get with these versatile boxer shorts.
Designed with comfort and practicality in mind, these boxer briefs are a mid-thigh option with ‘no-ride’ inseams and tagless labels, ensuring they are extremely comfortable and soft on the skin. They feature a lightweight, 4-way stretch to support every movement, whether it’s high-impact activity or everyday motions.
Articulated mesh panels in the gusset allow for breathability, and the boxers are engineered with antimicrobial properties to help resist odor and bacteria, making them great for sports. They also feature an ergonomically-designed, wide, comfortable waistband that is designed to stay in place and not roll – a must-have in a great pair of boxers. The quick-wicking, moisture-moving fabric is ideal for ensuring optimum performance.
Made from 87% polyester and 13% spandex, they are extremely light and fit like a second skin, making them high quality and great value for money. The length of the boxer brief is mid-thigh, meaning they don’t show under shorts but are long enough to stay firmly in place.
They come in a range of multipacks or singles with different colors, meaning they are great for both those who prefer plain, simple colors and those who love the mix it up.
- Trustworthy brand
- Great all-rounder
- Price varies
Although made with sport in mind, these boxer briefs are a great everyday underwear option with choices for those who prefer practicality and those who like to play with color.
One of the best boxer briefs for men you will find is the range by Clevedaur. This brand certainly knows how to make a great all-round brief for men who need a go-to option.
Made from 92% lenzing micro modal and 8% spandex, these boxer briefs are pretty much au natural. Lenzing micro modal is a naturally-degraded fabric extracted from European beechwood; it has the same light feel as cotton and gives the feel of a silky, luxurious second skin. The nature of this fabric is moisture wicking and antimicrobial, keeping you cool and fresh all day long, no matter what you’re doing.
The fabric is designed to reduce friction and chaffing, making them the perfect boxers for sports such as running, whilst helping to reduce the occurrence of medical ailments like varicose, eczema, fungal growth and other skin conditions.
These briefs feature a classic, iconic waistband with smooth, non-chaffing stitching, ensuring comfort and ease. Designed with men’s physiological structure in mind, the ergonomic design and 3D cutting provide ultimate comfort whilst keeping these briefs stylish and sleek.
This cooling men’s underwear stands the test of time with tried and true durability, with non-pilling material that will last wash after wash. Available in a range of darker colors, they are sure to have you feeling stylish yet comfortable.
- Great value for money
- Classic look
- Small range of colors
Most boxer briefs that feature this level of quality are far more expensive, so these boxers are an addition to any wardrobe and for any occasion. We love them!
We thought we’d include another option for our color lovers out there, but this time it’s a shorter boxer brief. Still a great performer in quality and durability, these boxer briefs are ideal for those who don’t like long-leg underwear.
Made from 95% cotton and 5% spandex, these classic boxer briefs are airy and light and make for the perfect fit. With a U-shape convex design in the pouch, these boxers are comfortable at every angle. The lack of leg material ensures they won’t ride up and allows for more breathability and temperature control – great if you need an everyday pair of briefs that won’t let you down.
The material prevents odor-causing bacteria and is made to be soft and stretchy, allowing it to flex to your movements. The waistband is thick, tag free, and sturdy with rubber features to ensure they remain in place without being uncomfortable or cutting into the skin.
With several trendy colors and patterns available, these boxers can be anything you want them to be: fun or practical, everyday or sports-specific – they’ve got you covered.
- Great style
- Great value for money
- They may run slightly wide
These really are the perfect, cheap boxer briefs for men. They’re comfortable and stylish, and perfect for both everyday use and sports activities – a great addition to your wardrobe!
4 Tips for wearing boxer briefs
Think about what you need them for. If it’s everyday use, we’d recommend investing in an all-rounder and possibly a multipack, as they often work out better value for money and ensure you have back up pairs should anything go wrong. If you’re wanting a pair specifically for sports, it’s worth thinking about the material and cut especially, perhaps opting for a boxer brief designed with sports in mind.
Follow washing instructions!
We can’t stress this enough! Not following the washing instructions on a pair of boxers can ruin them completely, meaning you’ve not only lost out on a great pair of briefs, but that you’ve effectively thrown your money down the drain. You can totally avoid this by ensuring you follow the washing instructions. Pay careful attention to the temperature and whether or not they can go in the tumble dryer.
Mix and match
We love a bit of color, and wearing black boxer briefs day in, day out can get pretty boring. However, plain colors, such as black, white, and grey, are important to any wardrobe, especially if you’re wearing clothes that are made from thinner material or lighter colors (such as white jeans). We recommend owning a mix of boxer briefs – from cut to color, it’s useful to have a choice when you wake up in the morning.
It’s all about the fly
Depending on your size and desired fit, we’d recommend that you think about what type of pouch is best for you. Ranging from mesh to buttoned, open to closed, it’s worth dedicating some time (and perhaps experience) to find out what best fits your needs. If you’re an active person, you might want a more secure pouch made of breathable material. Likewise, if you hate feeling cooped up and like the feeling of freedom, opt for an open or button up pouch. The possibilities are endless!
Boxer briefs vs. the world
It can be pretty overwhelming when you look at the sheer number of different underwear styles available to men, so, if you’re unsure what exactly you should be going for, stay tuned, because we have the answer.
Most popular amongst men who prefer freedom, boxers come in a variety of styles and design but are characterized by their loose fit. The fabric is rarely stretchy, and the style is not ideal for tighter, more fitted clothing.
Briefs have various different styles usually with a waistband attached to fabric that runs along the pelvis to the crotch and buttocks and are worn by both men and women. They are most commonly known as ‘Y fronts’ and are one of the smaller cuts of underwear popular with men. They are more suitable for athletic activities, as they hold everything in place, and, since there is relatively little fabric, they tend to be lighter and airier.
Boxer briefs are essentially a combination of boxers and briefs. Essentially, they’re the best of both worlds.
They’re tighter and more suitable for wearing under clothes than boxers, as they’re not loose and stay tight against the skin, but they’re more comfortable and suitable for most than briefs. The boxer brief design provides form-fitting coverage for the midsection from the waist to the thighs and are worn on the waist. They are usually made of a combination of cotton and spandex or a soft, woven flannel material, making them ideal for both sports and everyday wear.
How we chose these products
Picking 9 of the best boxer briefs for men was no easy feat. Obviously, there are thousands of different options out there – brands, cuts, styles, colors…you name it. Whilst many are great for their own reasons, we believe we have complied a great list of top picks with a variety of selling points, so there are options for everyone. We really hope this list has helped inform you, even if it’s just got you thinking about what boxer briefs best suit your needs.
It wasn’t difficult for us to choose the products, as we picked them based on how well they matched up to the criteria we outlined earlier. Our primary concern was the overall quality of the boxer briefs. After this, came style, comfort, and value for money. By ticking all of these boxes, we felt confident in the boxer briefs we recommend for our readers.
Finally, we had to ensure that others loved the products we were recommending. With underwear, you can never take a one-size-fits-all approach, and whilst people have different opinions and needs, we knew that the best quality items would have the best feedback. By choosing products that other people love, we feel confident that you will, too.
For most, underwear is an everyday item of clothing that comes on and off without a second thought. We all have different requirements, preferences, and opinions, but there’s one thing we can all agree on: nothing beats the perfect pair of boxer briefs.
In this article, we have tried to provide you with a go-to guide on choosing the best underwear to suit your own requirements and preferences. From purchasing types to different styles of underwear, we’ve included all the research to make your life easier.
However, if you think there’s a strong contender that deserves to have its name on our list, let us know! Comment below if you’re a lover of any boxers featured on the list, or if there’s a dark horse we don’t yet know about, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.