The Best Men’s Underwear of 2022
Your drawers deserve a refresh
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Essential is a funny word; sometimes it’s actually thrown around quite superfluously (“It is essential that you pay your taxes”), but in the case of comfortable underwear, absolutely necessary; extremely important couldn’t ring more true. As every fellow is bound to understand, a good pair of boxers or briefs can make or break your day. Too tight and you’re looking at constant tugging, struggling and readjusting but too loose and you can feel… exposed, to say the least. Beyond self consideration, there’s the general public, too. No one wants to catch the infamous tighty whitey glimpse, nor the feared ass-crack slippage (from improperly chosen drawers, no doubt).
All of this to say, it’s important that you invest in your drawers. That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to blow a huge chunk of change — although we certainly would, especially for some silky anti-stink joints — but it does mean ditching the corner store six-pack and weighing your options seriously. After all, there are a heck of a lot of quality offerings, and no two guys are going to want the same thing from undies. Some men prefer boxers, the airy, short-esque bottoms that allow for free-flowing movements, while other dudes swear by the sunnier support of a boxer brief, and a scant few opt for strict, off-the-leg briefs. Cotton is the typical suspect for material, but newer alternate blends can be as, if not more, comfortable. There’s the age-old question of “to fly, or not to fly.” Even the waistband situation is customizable.
To help you on your underwear-actualization journey, we’ve identified, tested and reviewed some of the best pairs on the market. We laughed, we cried, we picked the 18 best pairs of drawers for every type of dude imaginable. Don’t pass up on the opportunity — in combination with some new chinos, it’ll make you feel like a new man.
The Best Mens Underwear in 2022:
Calvin Klein Body 3-Pack Stretch Modal Boxer Briefs
Why you should buy them: Like it or not, a Calvin waistband peak out from some jeans is synonymous with sexy. The American designer’s ubiquitous briefs are not the most comfortable underwear we’ve tried (although they’ll get you through the day just fine) nor are they the most tech heavy, but if you’re concerned with aesthetics, it’s truly the only option.
CDLP Boxer Brief
Why you should buy them: Swedish brand CDLP is a relative newcomer to the underwear scene, but after some serious IH testing, we can confirm that their Boxer Brief is the real deal. The lyocel-elastane blend is surprising soft and dodges the typical latex-y feel that performance fabrics can carry, with breathable and naturally anti-bacterial properties and added bonus.
PACT Knit Boxers
Why you should buy them: Refreshing airy and comfortably loose, the PACT knit boxer incorporates a soft, natural organic cotton made with no toxic chemicals and 81% less water used than conventional cotton.
Mack Weldon Silver Boxer Brief
Why you should buy them: Silver is a known foil to sweat stink, and Mack Weldon’s Supima cotton with antimicrobial Ionic+ silver infused-briefs ensure that swamp-ass is never even a possibility.
Uniqlo Men’s AIRism Boxer Brief
Why you should buy them: The AIRism tech from Uniqlo is as innovative as we’ve seen: DRY technology and Cool Touch keep everything regulated, dry, and most importantly, cool. Our summer brief of choice, they’re the lightest non-boxer we’ve found.
Tom Ford Velvet-Trimmed Leopard-Print Silk-Satin Boxer Briefs
Why you should buy them: You don’t have to spend $300 on a pair of silk-satin leopard boxers, but you could!
Jockey 3-Pack Classic 5″ Boxer Brief
Why you should buy them: Jockey’s no-frills offering is still the best bang for your buck around..
Everlane The Uniform Boxer
Why you should buy them: Part of the Everlane’s Uniform Line, The Boxer is built to get you through daily life without any undergarment-related hassle. One of the few entrants on this list with a button fly, the Uniform Boxer is structure for the ideal balance of movement and security.
SAXX Vibes Boxer Briefs
Why you should buy them: SAXX ergonomic fit is one of the most comfortable we’ve had the pleasure of testing. The Ballpark Pouch technology keeps everything in place, no matter what you’re up to, without any claustrophobic-inducing tightness.
Lululemon Always in Motion Boxer 5″ 3 Pack
Why you should buy them: As we’ve mentioned, the fast-drying, lycra-blended, anti-ball crushing A.I.M. boxer is our favorite daily boxer brief.
Nice Laundry Slim Fit Boxer
Why you should buy them: Nice Laundry’s Boxer is an enigma; flattering and sleek in profile, the drawers utilize high-end tailoring techniques and stretch pima cotton for a controlled boxer that won’t look odd with slim (even skinny) pants.
Hanes Men’s Tagless® Boxer Briefs Solids 6-Pack
Why you should buy them: 6 briefs for $22 equates to less than $4 per pair — how’s that for some underwear math — with the added benefit of being tagless, these Hanes pairs are a-ok by us.
Nike Luxe Cotton Modal Boxer Brief
Why you should buy them: For DRI-fit converts, nikes Modal Boxer is everything you love from your workout gear, wrapped up in brief package.
Rhone Everyday Essentials Boxer Trunk
Why you should buy them: A flexible brief and a soft cotton finish aren’t usually able to be paired this well, but Rhone’s Trunk has no limit to it’s range of motion, without any synthetic feeling.
Stance OG Boxer Brief
Why you should buy them: Stance doesn’t just make socks; they make a damn fine brief, too. Their patented Feather-Seam Construction is honest in its claim of reduced irritation with a softer weave — we can vouch.
Under Armour UA Tech 9″ Boxerjock
Why you should buy them: Some people like a loooong boxer, and for those people, the Under Armour’s Tech Boxerjock is 9″ perfection. Fitted and snug, they’ve got the length with none of the potential bunchage.
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