The 10 Best Mens Underwear

Updated February 14, 2018 by Brett Dvoretz

10 Best Mens Underwear
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We spent 44 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. Gentlemen, you may think that because they are rarely seen, your "smalls" are the least important item in your wardrobe. Nothing could be further from the truth. Wearing the wrong type of men's underwear can lead to itching and irritation, overheating and discomfort all day long. Find a pair from our selection that not only feel good, but look great, too, for those intimate occasions. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best mens underwear on Amazon.

10. Fruit of the Loom Sport Briefs

You can't get more simple than the Fruit of the Loom Sport Briefs. They are a touch stiffer than others, but maintain a relaxed fit. They're for those who like a little more freedom, yet need some control to keep up with an active lifestyle.
  • made without a fly pouch
  • loose but not baggy
  • colors are brighter than the photos
Brand Fruit of the Loom
Model 5P4619
Weight 1.2 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

9. Jinshi Soft

The Jinshi Soft are not only eco-friendly, but also very breathable, to help prevent unwanted skin irritation. The addition of spandex gives them just the right amount of stretch without riding up, making them suitable for running errands and hitting the gym.
  • standout stylish design
  • waistband doesn't pinch or bind
  • sizing runs small
Brand JINSHI
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

8. Quicksilk Bamboo Fiber

If you are a well-endowed man who needs a little more room for your junk, but you don't like the look or feel of loose-fitting boxers, the Quicksilk Bamboo Fiber are for you. They have some extra space right where you need it.
  • cooling mesh pouch
  • unique waistband logo
  • some find the legs too short
Brand Quicksilk
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

7. Pact Organic

The Pact Organic are stylish and sure to impress. They are made with 95% organic natural cotton, so there is less chance of any irritation, and their elastic no-roll waistband won't lose its shape no matter how many times it's washed.
  • binding keeps legs from riding up
  • buttonless quick-draw fly
  • stitched on tag can chafe
Brand PACt
Model EV2-MBB
Weight 16 ounces
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

6. Jockey Classic Full Rise

The Jockey Classic Full Rise have been the best selling basic briefs since 1934, and for good reason. They are undeniably lightweight, breathable, and comfortable, plus their cotton material can be machine washed and dried for convenience.
  • long-lasting durability
  • great color retention
  • some guys find the style outdated
Brand Jockey
Model 9017
Weight pending
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

5. Calvin Klein Cotton Classics

If you don't like anything too constrictive, you'll enjoy the freedom the Calvin Klein Cotton Classics offer. They have a forgiving elastic waistband that keeps them securely in place, but doesn't dig in if you gain a few pounds.
  • nice medium length
  • great for guys with thick thighs
  • roomy crotch area
Brand Calvin Klein
Model NU3040
Weight pending
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

4. Puma Tech

The Puma Tech are for those who prefer an athletic cut. They are made with a stretchy material that is supportive, yet offers unrestricted freedom of movement while also staying in place when you're active. Their flatlock stitching reduces the appearance of seams.
  • don't shrink or stretch when washed
  • fit is true to size
  • do not have a front opening
Brand PUMA
Model PUMFW1511564
Weight 16 ounces
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

3. Jockey Microfiber Performance

The Jockey Microfiber Performance are antimicrobial treated to control and prevent odor-causing bacteria, so you'll always stay fresh. These rest at the top of the thigh, and are made with a moisture-wicking material, making them good for workouts.
  • very breathable to keep you cool
  • nice silky feel
  • provide full coverage
Brand Jockey
Model P000330578
Weight 4 ounces
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

2. Chill Boys Quick-Dry

The Chill Boys Quick-Dry aren't as tight as boxer briefs, yet aren't as loose as traditional boxers, making them the ideal choice for the man who likes to blaze his own path. A simple button fly closure makes for easy access when needed.
  • wick away moisture well
  • comfortable tagless design
  • fabric is nice and stretchy
Brand Chill Boys
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

1. David Archy Breathable

The bamboo and rayon mix of the David Archy Breathable results in some of the softest boxer briefs on the market today. They have a tight, form-fitting build that will keep everything under control, so you'll be comfortable while looking good.
  • narrow waistband
  • completely seamless interior
  • available in two leg lengths
Brand David Archy
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

The Closest Thing To Your Body

We’ve all gone through those brief phases, perhaps lasting only a day, perhaps extending into the years, when we disdain to wear underwear. Going commando, they call it. It’s a thrilling feeling if for no other reason than that it’s a deviation from the quotidian, and a deviation centralized in an area known for its regularity.

It never seems to last though, this underwear-free phase. Sometimes the problem is a physical one, the irrepressible chafing of a new pair of jeans against a particularly sensitive organ, for example. The change could also come from your climate. After all, one of the primary functions of a pair of underwear is the absorption of unsightly perspiration, and nothing says, “I’m single; come and get me!” like a suspiciously soaked set of trousers.

So we revert, if we ever really left, to wearing underpants. And at the end of the day, this is a good thing.

Not everybody is going to see your underwear. Depending on how long a given pair lasts, and how many people get to know you on an intimate level in that amount of time, you might have pairs that meet only a few sets of eyes other than your own. It's preferable to have a pair of underwear eroding over time in place of your pants or your flesh. They serve as a protective layer between your skin and less forgiving fabrics.

Above all else, though, a good pair of underwear will give you the one thing every man can use more of: confidence. The comfortable hug of a brief or boxer brief on a cool Fall's day, or the loose airiness of a freshly washed pair of boxers on a hot Summer night–these are the things that give us an extra little pep in our step, and that gleam in our eye that is utterly irresistible to whomever we might fancy.

Boxer, Briefs, Or A Little Bit Of Both?

I've owned some unsightly underwear in my day. It hasn't been anything as egregious as those oversized whities to which I cannot in good conscience attach the modifier 'tighty.' They're too loos-fitting, baggy even, to go by that name. My underwear faux pas were more honest and well-meaning: the South Park-themed boxers, the underwear model briefs (which, with my body, I had no business wearing), etc.

Fortunately for you, we've only selected underwear for our list that would get you past even the most stringent checkpoints posted by the fashion police. From here, you'll have to base your selection on personal taste. Just remember that you aren't only allowed to buy one of the suggested sets on our list. You can collect them all.

If you are going to get choosy, I'd like to put you on the red carpet and ask you that uncomfortable celebrity question: Boxers or briefs? If you didn't answer, "It depends," then we have some work to do.

I'm not particularly concerned with which style of underwear you find the most comfortable. Underwear this nice is its own kind of fashion accessory, and fashion is not about comfort. You need to own different cuts of underwear for different pants and different climates, lest you ruin the lie of a good, expensive suit.

Imagine you've got yourself invited to a fancy event, and you go out and spend, say, $2,500 on a nice suit. The cut is close to your body, and the fabric is delicate and light, like a breeze unto itself. But you're a consummate boxers guy; it's all you have in your closet. And they all hang loose, just the way you like them.

The only problem is that there's nothing about this suit that hangs loose, so you go and stuff your oversized boxers into this perfectly tailored pair of pants and spend the night being victimized by private wagers regarding your continence.

The moral of the story is a simple one: invest in different underwear styles, and you'll never go from being the bell of the ball to the butt of its most brutal jokes.

Beware Your Shame

It's not an easy thing to pinpoint the moment at which mankind looked down at his genitals and thought better about their flying freely. Perhaps it was a protective measure, intended to keep a rather important area guarded against thorns in areas of prickly foliage. It is also possible, though far less likely according to evolutionary psychologists, that men developed something akin to shame regarding their junk in primitive societies.

What we do know at this point is that archeologists have dated the oldest known example of a leather loincloth to approximately 5,000 BCE. Of course, there are also artistic representations of clothing in ancient Egyptian artworks dating back to approximately 3,000 BCE, but it's hard to know whether or not the people depicted are wearing anything underneath their shifts.

The evolution of underpants remained stagnant (with the notable and ever-exciting exception of the codpiece) until the spinning jenny and the cotton gin made the mass production of underwear a viable economic enterprise in the later 1800s. From that point onward, underwear manufacture took on the terms and shapes we still use today, with styles growing tighter and tighter, even in men's underwear, as we've moved into the 21st century.



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Last updated on February 14, 2018 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as behind the computer screen, Brett can either be found hacking furiously away at the keyboard or perhaps enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He hopes to one day become a modern day renaissance man.


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