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The Best Men’s Underwear on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

Best men's underwear: boxers, briefs, boxer briefs, and thongs.
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Here at the Strategist we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy (like bed sheets or pillows), but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we’re introducing People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing. Here, the best pairs of men’s underwear on Amazon, according to the people (note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity). We’ve also talked to real men to get their take on the best underwear, too.

Best boxer shorts

Hanes Men’s 5-Pack FreshIQ Tagless Tartan Boxers

“I love these things. These boxers are awesome! They look so good; the stitching is amazing; it’s like quadruple stitched. I expect these things to last ten times as long as regular cotton ‘boxer briefs,’ which I used to think were the s**t; now, I don’t because every time I turn, they have a hole in them or they’ve ripped. Not with these things. I think these offer a better barrier than ‘boxer briefs,’ and are so comfortable. These things are so stylish, you could almost wear them out for dinner or a round of golf.”

Best boxer briefs

Calvin Klein Men’s Steel Micro Boxer Brief

“My absolute favorite pair of boxer briefs. I have been through numerous different pairs from Calvin Klein, and while I liked them all, each one had a flaw. Some were too thin; others had waistbands that folded in tight ropes; some felt more like trunks than boxers, and others were not very soft. These boxer briefs have none of those problems. They are extremely soft, and have a thickness to them, which I appreciate. They are long in the leg and stay that way, as they don’t ride up. And perhaps most important, the waistband for the most part does not roll over, and is extremely comfortable.”

Best long boxer briefs

Champion Men’s Tech Performance Long-Leg Boxer Brief

“My first review ever. I work long hours in a very large production facility and walk a lot. For years, I have dealt with chafing and sweating and bat-winging. I’d come home with what looked like a diaper rash, and I’d be walking bowlegged. These changed my life. They don’t ride up; sweat isn’t an issue; my thighs don’t rub, and everything sits right where it needs to be. Changed my life. … Changed. My. Life.”

Best bamboo boxer shorts

Texere Men’s Bamboo Jersey Underwear Boxers

“These are the best boxers I have ever owned. I don’t even care about the ecological benefits of bamboo fabric, I just buy these because nothing else fits or feels as good. I normally would wear mediums, but the waistband is a little tight, so I buy larges. They are soft, but not cold like silk. The cut around the legs is not too big where they get all bunched up in your pants, but not too small either where your junk pops out.”

Best silk boxer shorts

TexereSilk Men’s 100% Silk Boxers Underwear

“Love silk on my junk. NOT GOOD in hot weather at all, or really with any other clothes on. But if you’re just wearing them and nothing else they feel amazing. They are so silky-smooth that if you’re wearing other clothes on top of them, like pants, they just fall off, or the silk underwear starts roaming around and misbehaving.”

Best cotton briefs

Fruit of the Loom Men’s 7-Pack Basic Brief

“I was in the market for new underwear last year, but never thought I would be wearing briefs again. Like most guys my age, I wore briefs when I was younger and then boxers. But a few years ago, I realized I missed wearing briefs, so I thought I would give FTL a try. I am glad I did!!! These briefs are AWESOME!!!! They feel so much softer than Hanes briefs. They wear well and are not too tight or too lose. They’re so comfortable, you almost forget you have them on! They wash very well, and always look like new. In my opinion, a very good underwear choice — no matter what age you are.”

Best bamboo briefs

David Archy Men’s 4-Pack Bamboo Rayon Soft Lightweight Pouch Briefs

“Can’t believe I’m writing this, but: I LOVE THIS UNDERWEAR. I drive a school bus full-time. This underwear strikes the right balance between support and comfort. The pouch is just the right shape, they don’t ride up, there is no scratching or chaffing, and the fabric is very soft. No more digging at my crotch to make ‘on-the-fly’ adjustments … LOL.”

Best low-rise briefs

Hanes Men’s 8-Pack X-Temp Low Rise Sport Briefs

“These are my favorite undies (or ‘manties,’ I guess). I got the pack with lots of colors (yay)! I guess most guys would prefer dark grays or blacks … However, I do like a bit of color in my life (gray and black are BORING)! There is another version they make called Ultimate Fresh IQ, which is very similar and much softer, but does not cover my bum all the way. So I prefer these.”

Best thermal underwear

Duofold Men’s Midweight Double-Layer Thermal Pant

“I bought these for myself looking for a higher-quality thermal-type undergarment for the really cold days. Lo and behold, I did myself a favor. Throw away your itchy, crappy, falsely warm, cheap thermal-type underwear and invest in these. They’re comfortable, the fly is accessible, and the fit is good.”

Best trunks

Kronis Mens Underwear Low Rise Trunks Premium 180gsm Cotton

“I have purchased this item in two sizes: medium and large, since I am a 35 with a hockey-player butt. The fit is great; the sizing is accurate. The material has a nice stretch capacity, so I fit in both sizes without losing comfort. The material is soft, and the quality is very good for the price you pay. An amazing find. Seriously, if you are annoyed by the Calvin Klein trunks that get loose on the legs, and morph into a skirt under your jeans by the end of the day, you will love the way these hold everything in place.”

Best thong underwear

iKingsky Men’s Thong Underwear

“This is the first time I have ever bought thongs before. I wanted to do it to surprise my wife, who always asks me to wear sexy underwear for her. I wore one out one night and wasn’t really that comfortable in them. Then my wife washed that pair, and I gave it another go and was able to comfortably wear them all day at work. I can say they are comfortable, and the low ride kept it so that when I had to bend down, it was hidden (which I liked because I would have never lived that down). All in all, I think it was a good buy.”

Best mesh underwear

Under Armour Men’s Original Series 6” Boxerjock

“My husband is always outside working, so a good boxer is definitely needed. These boxers have the Dri-Fit material that their other products are made out of, making them an amazing product for the outdoors. My husband said he can tell when he has these on that he sweats less, and they keep him cooler than his standard cotton briefs. The men in my family highly recommend these boxers, and they say they are definitely worth the price you pay over a standard chain-store boxer brief.”

Best underwear with chafing protection

Saxx Kinetic Performance Boxers

“I’m a huge fan of Saxx in general, and these are no exception. I love the look and thigh-chafing protection of boxer briefs, but HATE when my junk sticks to my leg. The ballpark pouch does its job, and keeps your manly parts from sticking to your legs — even during the sweatiest workouts. I wear the other models for daily use, and the Kinetic line for workouts. The fabric is soft and has great sweat-wicking properties — keeps my skin pretty dry during workouts. I’d replace all of my workout underwear with these if they weren’t so expensive, though they are honestly worth every penny.”

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The Best Men’s Underwear on Amazon, According to Reviewers