Not only do we wear underwear more than any other article of clothing, but it also covers one of the most important parts of our bodies.
It’s crucial that your underwear is comfortable, but most guys have never really worn high quality underwear that looks and feels great.
I used to be one of those guys. I wore whatever cotton boxers I could find in a multipack on sale at the department store. I thought this was as good as it gets for underwear.
These days, though, there are so many amazing underwear options for men. This is awesome, but it means you have to figure out which brands are best for you (and worth your money).
I’ve tried many, many different types of underwear, including many of the most popular brands – as well as a few lesser known manufacturers.
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I’ve narrowed my top picks down to 5 brands, with one honorable mention. My two main criteria for great underwear are:
- It has to be amazingly comfortable (soft, no chaffing or riding up)
- It has to be durable (no fading or stretching after a few washes)
If it also looks great, that’s a bonus!
So without further adieu, here are my top 5 favorite pairs of underwear for men:
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I know what you’re thinking – isn’t Lululemon where your girlfriend goes to buy overpriced yoga pants?
Well yes, it is. And maybe Lululemon realized that all those guys waiting for their ladies to try stuff on might want to buy themselves something nice. Who knows?
But they created some of the most comfortable and durable underwear I’ve ever worn.
Actually, I have to give my dad credit for finding these. I thought I had the underwear game figured out, but he swore by these boxers, and I have to say: he was right.
They’re made from Lycra, which is very thin and dry, but also very durable. It has a little four way stretch, but not as much as micro modal (like MeUndies or Tani).
They’re really good at wicking moisture too, so you can work out or hike in these bad boys.
My only complaint? They’re not the best looking underwear in the world. They’re not ugly, per say, just not remarkable compared to some of the other picks on this list.
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If you’re searching for a well-rounded pair of boxers, I recommend Lululemon.
If Lululemon is the laid back girl next door, Tani is that babe at work who you’re pretty sure is out of your league but might have been flirting with you the other day…
These luxurious under garments are knit in Europe from micro modal, which is thinner and softer than silk.
They’re 6% elastane, so they’re pretty stretchy – much more so than Lululemon or ExOfficio boxer briefs.
In fact, they’re so soft and thin that I was sure they wouldn’t hold up well over time, but I was wrong.
I have two pairs that I’ve rotated through my underwear drawer regularly for a couple of years, and they’ve maintained their shape and color perfectly.
What really sets Tani apart from the crowd is how they look. The only word I can think of to describe these silk cut boxer briefs is “sexy.”
If looks are a priority, I highly recommend Tani.
Speaking of good looks, MeUndies boxer briefs and trunks are also very handsome, plus they’re available in a bunch of different colors and prints – everything from conservative solid colors to crazy tiger stripe patterns.
Like Tani boxers, these are made from a blend of micro modal and elastane, so they’re very stretchy.
I prefer the boxer briefs because trunks tend to ride up on my skinny legs.
These aren’t quite as luxurious as Tani underwear, but they’re about half the price, so they offer a lot of value.
One thing I’ve noticed is that these run a little small, especially after a wash. So if you’re in between sizes, I recommend sizing up.
I have a 29” waist, and I usually wear 28” pants to accommodate for vanity sizing. MeUndies small boxers fit me, but I wouldn’t want them any tighter.
I got my first pair of ExOfficio boxers at REI, right before a hiking trip. I had heard great things about the brand from Tim Ferriss, who recommended them especially for travelers who like to pack light.
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And he was right. These underwear wick moisture, they don’t retain much odor, and they dry super fast, which makes them extremely easy to clean.
They’re a nylon/spandex blend, so they have a little stretch, but I’d say they’re closer to the Lululemon feel than the Tani or MeUndies feel.
And like Lululemon, these aren’t exactly sexy. They’re workhorses, and they’re awesome for travel, but they’re not winning any beauty contests.
I have two pairs, and I’ve worn them a lot. They’ve started to show signs of age, but that’s to be expected after a lot of use.
Since these are my go-to travel underwear, they get a lot more wear than my fancy stuff.
They’re super comfortable and durable, and they’re reasonably priced, especially on Amazon. I highly recommend trying them out, especially if you like to travel light.
I’ve been wearing RibbedTee undershirts for years, so I was pretty excited when I heard they were launching their first ever line of underwear.
In fact, the founder, Mike, is a friend, and he asked for some help dialing in the measurements for the small size. I tried on some samples and gave my feedback, and I was really happy with the end results.
They’re made from a type of nylon called CoolNylon. It’s very dry and smooth, sort of like the Lululemon boxer briefs. It has some stretch, but not as much as micro modal.
It’s extremely comfortable. You almost forget you’re wearing underwear. I think the fabric has a lot to do with that, but also the design.
There aren’t any tags on the inside of the underwear, and the waistband is just a thin hem. It’s not an elastic band like you’re used to.
The rise is definitely lower than some of the other brands on this list, so that’s something to be aware of.
In terms of looks, these look better than Lululemon or ExOfficio, but not as good as Tani or MeUndies.
So, kind of middle of the road. But they’re very, very comfortable.
Honorable Mention: Saxx Ultra Boxer Briefs
There’s a whole category of men's underwear that offers extra support by way of additional lining or built in “pouches” for your boys (plural) and even your boy (singular).
Several companies, like Sheath and Saxx have built their entire brand around this feature.
Personally, I’m okay with the traditional, pouch-less boxer brief. But some guys swear by the extra support, so if you haven’t tried it for yourself, it might be a worthwhile endeavor.
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I do have one pair of Saxx that I keep in my rotation, but it’s an honorable mention because I kind of have mixed feelings about it.
While the minimal, lining style pouch is pretty comfy, and they are very flattering underwear, they seem to ride up more than my other favorite underwear.
I’ve also noticed that, probably because they’re so thin, they’re prone to wedgie-ing (that’s a word, right?) and seem to be wearing out more quickly than I’d like for the price.
So these might be perfect underwear to throw on before a dinner date, but maybe not the best choice for doing yard work all day.
I just wanted to include them as an honorable mention so you know that this type of underwear is a thing, and it might be worth checking out.
So…what are you wearing?
What's your favorite pair of underwear? Let me know in the comments!