The 18 Best Boxers for Men: A Buyer's Guide

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Fellas it's time we have a conversation—about boxers. When's the last time you made an update to your boxer/briefs collection? Was it a couple weeks ago? A couple of months ago? A few years ago? You know what—don't answer—it doesn't even matter. What does matter is the fact you should be periodically looking to purchase new undies. Sure you can go to your local store and grab a pack of Hanes whenever you feel time it's time for an update. Don't get us wrong, Hanes are an excellent go-to brand for your underwear needs. However, there are a lot of brands that offer awesome boxers that are comfortable with great quality that at the very least you should be keeping an eye on for future purchases. We've done some of the work to get you started by rounding up the best boxers for men that you can buy right now.

Have a look at our selections below.

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What to Consider When Picking Boxers

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Skull & Bones

There's a few things that should be top of mind when it comes to selecting boxers. Here are some suggestions to consider:

  • Fabric: One of the key factors to comfort for boxer shopping is the fabric/material. Ideally, you'll want your boxers to be breathable and moisture-wicking, and for that, cotton is widely considered to be the best option. That being said, silk, merino wool, bamboo, modal, and polyester are also good fabric choices to roll with.
  • Fly: A fly is considered to be more of a design/custom feature in boxers as opposed to a necessity, but it's something that is always there. Some boxers have a snap or a center button on the fly, while others have a contour pouch. The choice is up to you on this one.
  • Waistband: The waistband on your boxers should be flexible, but it's safe to say that most men don't want the waistband to be too loose as that can cause discomfort as well.
  • Fit/Style: In line with the waistband topic, the fit of your boxers is also something that comes down to personal preference. Some of you like your undies very tight, while some of you prefer a bit more breathing room. There's no right or wrong answer here, just about what best suits you.

The Best Boxers for Men, at a Glance:

1. Calvin Klein 3-Pack Knit Cotton Boxers

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Best Overall

  • Material: Cotton | Size(s): S-XL | Color(s): Black : Fly: Button
  • Pros: Comfortable, good quality, affordable
  • Cons: Could run small according to some users

If the numerous magazine and television ads through the years haven't somehow convinced you to give Calvin Klein boxers a try, allow us to persuade you a bit more. In addition to the excellent quality and fit, Nordstrom offers a 3-pack for under $30 which isn't a bad deal at all. If you haven't previously tried out Calvin Klein underwear, this is your chance to do so.


2. Mack Weldon 3-Pack 24/7 Woven Boxers

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Mack Weldon

Most Comfortable Boxers

  • Material: Mack Weldon Fabric | Size(s): S-XXL | Color(s): Blues Combo, Heathers/Dots, Open Window : Fly: Hidden Button
  • Pros: State-of-the-art fabric, great for sleeping in
  • Cons: On the pricier side

According to Mack Weldon, they have a created a one-of-a-kind fabric that is "cool and soft enough to sleep in, but still tailored enough to wear underneath pants." Additionally, Mack Weldon's boxers come equipped with COOLMAX technology, an anti-odor finish, and a softening silicone wash. All of this sounds good enough for us, and we imagine if you are willing to make the investment, that it will end up being good for you too.


3. Braindead Strokes Boxer Short

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Best Design

  • Material: Cotton Poplin | Size(s): S-XXL | Color(s): Multi : Fly: Hidden Button
  • Pros: Cool design, doubles as a short that you can wear outside
  • Cons: Could run big or small

Not only do these super cool boxers from Braindead feature a totally sick design, they also double as short that you can actually wear outside if you want to turn it into a "fashion thing." If not, you can stick with wearing them to bed or around the house. The Strokes Boxer Short is one of our favorite boxers to come out this year.


4. Brady Boxer Brief 5 Pack

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Best Athletic Boxers

  • Material: Cotton | Size(s): S-XXL | Color(s): 5 Pack : Fly: Moulded Pouch
  • Pros: Comes in a five pack with multiple colors, contains performance technology
  • Cons: On the pricier side

The BRADY has been expanding and making regular updates to their catalog offerings, and this includes their underwear, which has been underrated thus far in our opinion. The BRADY Boxers come complete with breathable cotton and a moulded pouch to maximize comfort, along with a soft touch waistband and natural shape retention. They do require an investment, but well worth it considering all of the features you are getting.


5. Joe Boxer 3-Pack Dotted Banana Man Woven Boxers

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Joe Boxer

Most Affordable Boxers

  • Material: 60% Cotton, 40% Polyester | Size(s): S-XL | Color(s): 3 Pack : Fly: Moulded Pouch
  • Pros: Nice design, high quality, comfortable
  • Cons: Runs large/looser compared to other boxers

If you are looking to keep the spending under $20, then you should definitely browse through Joe Boxer's selection as they offer some good deals, including this colorful 3 Pack that is comfortable, breathable, and durable. The designs are fun and the quality is good, making these boxers good to chill around the house in.


6. Skull & Bones Floral Boxer Briefs

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Skull & Bones

Best Nighttime Boxers

  • Material: 95% Polyester, 5% Elastane | Size(s): XS-XL | Color(s): Dutch Floral : Fly: Button
  • Pros: Comes in a three pack with multiple colors, cool designs, affordable
  • Cons: Runs out of stock fast

Skull & Bones is a brand that you should have marked down on whatever list, app, or place you use to keep track of your style needs, wants, and desires. Their designs and patterns are very interesting, the quality is bar none, and their underwear in particular is super soft and durable. Another cool pair of underwear to chill around in.


7. Ralph Lauren Classic Fit Woven Boxers

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  • Material: Cotton | Size(s): S-XL | Color(s): Blue Multi : Fly: Hidden Button
  • Pros: Comes in a three pack with multiple colors, comfortable, and affordable
  • Cons: Elastic waistband doesn't fit properly according to some users

Ralph Lauren is another tried and true brand whose underwear ads we've been seeing our entire lives, and there's a reason why the company is lauded as being one of the best places to cop underwear from. Their packaging options for buying underwear are convenient and well-priced, and the comfort is something that many have attested to. A three pack for a little over $30 is certainly worth the test if you haven't tried it out already.


8. Bombas Men's Cotton Modal Boxer

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  • Material: Cotton Modal Blend | Size(s): S-3XL | Color(s): Bleached Denim, Sepia, Rosewood Multi Stripe, Washed Black, Navy Logo, Black, Medium Heather Grey : Fly: Button
  • Pros: Multiple colors, great quality, durable
  • Cons: Runs large according to users

If on the hunt for boxers that are on the roomier side, then there's a pair calling your name over at Bombas. The Cotton Modal Boxer comes with an assortment of colors and sizes to choose from, and we recommend going a size down as some users have said that the boxers run large. Considering the color choices and high quality, the $28 price tag is more than fair.


9. Uniqlo AIRism Seamless Printed Boxer Briefs

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  • Material: 71% Nylon, 29% Spandex | Size(s): S-3XL | Color(s): Black, Red, Grey : Fly: Moulded Pouch
  • Pros: Multiple colors, great quality, affordable, durable
  • Cons: Sells out fast

What is the AIRism fabric that Uniqlo speaks of exactly. Well, according to the brand, AIRISM is a feature that allows for quick-drying DRY and Cool Touch functions. Adding to the technical element of these boxers is the two-direction stretch for ultimate flexibility and comfort. Throw that in with the $15 price tag and bada bing bada boom—you've got the perfect pair of boxers.


10. Lululemon Always in Motion Boxer

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  • Material: Modal, Elastane, Lycra | Size(s): XS-XL | Color(s): Wild Indigo, Heathered Green Jasper, Heathered Core Dark Grey, Cayenne, True Navy : Fly: Moulded Pouch
  • Pros: Top notch quality, comes in a five-pack, can choose length of the boxers
  • Cons: On the pricier side

While Lululemon's Boxer Pack does require more an investment than some of the others we have listed, you can assure that your dollars are well spent because the quality and durability of Lululemon products are well known, these boxers are day-time boxers specifically designed for movement, and you get five in a pack. There's also the four-way stretch component, and the naturally breathable fibers built into the underwear for extra measure. This means that you will be comfortable the entire day, which is very important.


11. Paul Smith 'Artist Stripe' Mixed Boxer Briefs Five Pack

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Paul Smith

  • Material: 94% Cotton, 6% Spandex | Size(s): S-XL | Color(s): Artist Stripe, Multicolor, Black : Fly: Moulded Pouch
  • Pros: Multiple colors, great quality, durable
  • Cons: On the pricer side, could run too small

If you feel like your underwear game is in need of more colorful reboot, Paul Smith is the brand to shop from as they are all about the vibrant patterns, colors, and designs. Maybe one day you're in the mood to rock the boxer with the red stripe, or the next you might want to wear the boxer with the rainbow stripe. Whatever mood you are in, Paul Smith's got you.


12. Alo Yoga Day and Night Boxer Brief

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Alo Yoga

  • Material: Modal Jersey Fabric | Size(s): M-XL | Color(s): White : Fly: Moulded Pouch
  • Pros: Affordable, top notch quality, comfortable
  • Cons: Could run big/small

Alo Yoga's Day And Night Boxer has been high in demand and raved upon by buyers as it is a performance engineered boxer that gives you a smooth snug fit boasted by four-way stretch and an elastic waistband. These are sure to keep you comfortable whether you are wearing them to or outside the gym (please don't wear them for both though).


13. Industry of All Nations Organic Cotton Boxer

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Industry of All Nations

  • Material: Organic Cotton | Size(s): S-XL | Color(s): Undyed, Indigo 2 : Fly: Button
  • Pros: Sustainable, great quality, more than one color
  • Cons: Could run loose compared to other boxers

Industry of All Nations gives you a sustainable boxer that is made from 100% organic cotton, is unbleached/undyed, and has a recycled elastic waistband. Even with their Indigo 2 color option, the boxers are dyed with fermented indigo natural dye. Sustainable and comfortable. What more can you ask for?


14. Burberry Logo Detail Stretch Cotton Boxer Shorts

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  • Material: Cotton | Size(s): XS-XXL | Color(s): Black, White : Fly: Moulded Pouch
  • Pros: Great quality, great brand, nice fit
  • Cons: Could run too small

If you are in the search for luxury boxer, then you can always go with Burberry. The design on these logo boxers from the brand are very simple, but still very much Burberry. And we love it.


15. Huckberry Druthers Organic Cotton Boxers

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  • Material: Organic Cotton | Size(s): S, L, XL | Color(s): Navy : Fly: Button
  • Pros: Great quality, cool design, nice fit
  • Cons: Could run big/loose

While the purpose of boxers is technically to be worn indoors/to bed/underneath your clothes, let's admit it—boxer shorts that you can wear outdoors are fun to play around with fashion wise. The tropical island vibes of these organic cotton boxers from Huckberry is just in time for the summer season, and they are a fun piece to add to your wardrobe.


16. Peter Millar Nebraska Printed Gingham Check Stretch Jersey Boxer

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Peter Millar

  • Material: 92% Polyester, 8% Spandex | Size(s): S-XL | Color(s): Palmer Pink, Navy, Cottage Blue : Fly: Button
  • Pros: Multiple colors, cool technical features, great quality
  • Cons: Could run slightly big/small according to some users

You can always count on Peter Millar for that extra good quality and comfort, and they deliver once again with these Nebraska Printed Gingham Check Stretch Jersey Boxers which have the four-way stretch for mobility, and the polyester-spandex blend fabric to assist with the extra comfort quality we just complemented. A solid pick-up if you've never tried any Peter Millar products before.


17. Nordstrom Supima Cotton Boxers

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  • Material: Supima Cotton | Size(s): S-2XL | Color(s): Black, Navy : Fly: Hidden Button
  • Pros: Comes in a three pack, great quality, durable
  • Cons: Could have a fitting issue according to some users

Nordstrom offers their very own pack of boxers that are made with Supima Cotton. That alone should be enough to sell you but in case you need more convincing from us, the boxers are also incredibly soft, and built to be durable. Convinced? Good!


18. American Eagle Solid Satin Pocket Boxer Short

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American Eagle

  • Material: 95% Polyester, 5% Elastane | Size(s): XS-XL | Color(s): Black : Fly: Button
  • Pros: Affordable, comfortable, breathable
  • Cons: Could run on the bigger/loose side

We haven't given you guys a satin boxer option yet, so here you go—a comfortable $20 satin boxer from American Eagle that gives you everything you need without hitting the wallet too hard. A winner.


FAQs About the Best Boxers for Men:

Have some more questions about boxer shopping? We're here to answer them for you.

What's The Best Fabric for Boxers?

As we mentioned earlier, the best and most popular fabric for boxers is some kind of cotton or cotton blend. However, fabrics such as polyester, satin, and modal have also proven to be effective in the comfort department.

What's The Difference Between Boxers and Briefs?

Traditionally speaking, boxers are designed to have a looser/lengthier fit, which is why they can also sometimes be worn outside if you think they are better meant for the outdoors. Briefs are tinier and have an overall tighter fit than boxers.

How Many pairs of Boxers Should You Own?

You can never own too many boxers, but at minimum it is recommended that you own between 20-25 pairs.

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