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Buying Men’s Underwear on Amazon

I love Amazon because it has almost everything – and I mean almost everything – that my husband and I need. We buy kitchen supplies, non-perishable foods, my car cover, my YouTube video gear, and random knickknacks. And that’s without even being a Prime member!

Yet, the most critical item that Amazon sells is men’s underwear (obviously). I have bought a lot of underwear from Amazon in the past, including much of my Calvin Klein collection. Yet one issue with Amazon is that they have so much men’s underwear that it is tough to know what to buy. Many brands get fantastic reviews on Amazon, yet they all can’t be the best boxer briefs on Amazon.

Make sure to follow these guidelines to ensure your boxer briefs don’t ride up.

Since humans do not like having too many choices, I will step in and provide you with my picks of which boxer briefs are worth buying on Amazon. If you want advice on the best briefs and trunks on Amazon, I’ll do another blog post targeting those styles, or ask me for my advice in the comments below.

What People Think Are the Best Boxer Briefs on Amazon: 100% Cotton Boxer Briefs.

Let’s start with the People: what do guys think are the best boxer briefs on Amazon? To determine that, I typed in “men’s boxer briefs” into Amazon and examined the review score and the product’s number of reviews. With some pairs of boxer briefs receiving more than 100,000 reviews, Amazon is an excellent way of finding out what other men are wearing.

The two boxer briefs that stood out in this category are staples of American men: Fruit of the Loom and Hanes cotton boxer briefs. With over 211,000 and 133,000 reviews, respectively, and both getting excellent ratings, it is clear many guys (and women!) love these basic cotton boxer briefs.


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Readers know that I am not a fan of cotton underwear and have not worn either Hanes or Fruit of the Loom underwear described here. Modal and bamboo underwear are much more comfortable than cotton and not particularly expensive (see more below). Nonetheless, if you love cotton, the reviews speak for themselves.

Between Hanes and Fruit of the Loom, I would slightly prefer the Fruit of the Loom Coolzone boxer briefs based on their description of their Coolzone fly. Fruit of the Loom uses a mesh fabric for the fly interior instead of cotton, claiming this provides higher airflow. It might make a slight difference; however, cotton still covers the front of the fly. 


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Choose a solid color instead of the heathered (patterned) colors for the Hanes cotton boxer briefs. The description notes that the solid colors are 100% cotton, while the heathered colors are 75% cotton and 25% polyester. You’ll want to stick with 100% cotton.

  • Length: Both brands offer standard-length boxer briefs, 5-6” inseam.
  • Price: $. With most styles under $5/pair, these cotton boxer briefs are as cheap – or as thrifty – as you can get for men’s underwear. However, I believe you can do far better if you can afford underwear in the $10-$15/pair range (see below).
  • Colors and Patterns: Both brands offer the standard solid colors of men’s underwear: varying shades of white, black, blue, and gray. Hanes only provides a couple of nondescript patterns, while Fruit of the Loom offers a tad more designs. I prefer the Fruit of the Loom color and pattern selection if you want some excitement in your underwear drawer.
  • Material and Fabric: 100% cotton, unless you opt for heathered boxer briefs, which are 75% cotton/25% polyester for Hanes and 90% cotton/10% polyester for Fruit of the Loom. Also, Fruit of the Loom Coolzone boxer briefs aren’t technically 100% cotton, as the mesh fabric on the fly is 94% cotton and 6% polyester.
  • Flys: Both brands offer a standard vertical functional fly. As mentioned above, Fruit of the Loom uses a mesh fabric on the fly interior instead of pure cotton.
  • Ball Pouches: None. I recommend reviewing Hanes’ Total Support Pouch boxer briefs for breathing room for your balls.
  • Branded Waistbands: Both have their brands all along the waistbands. I am not a fan of their waistband branding, especially Hanes.
  • Multipacks: You won’t be able to order anything less than a five or six-pack of each brand. Fruit of the Loom has a 144-pack, which may be interesting if you have a family of guys that all wear the same underwear size.
  • Design Country: United States

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My Pick for Best Boxer Briefs on Amazon for Daily Wear 

As I mentioned, I don’t like cotton underwear. Instead, I choose modal or bamboo underwear for daily wear for three good reasons:

  • Softness: Modal and bamboo feel softer than cotton, creating more comfortable underwear. Modal and bamboo boxer briefs especially feel great under tight pants.
  • Less moisture redemption: Modal and bamboo soak up less moisture than cotton, which is especially vital if you sweat a lot or in a hot climate. Note that modal and bamboo aren’t necessarily moisture-wicking fabrics, just that they won’t retain moisture like cotton.
  • Lighter and more breathable: People like cotton for its supposed breathability. I don’t agree with that, so I love modal and bamboo underwear: it is very breathable!

Now, if you are switching from 100% cotton, please note that modal and bamboo underwear are more delicate. Treat modal and bamboo somewhat rough, and they may shrink or tear. You’ll want to dry them on a lower tumble dry cycle if you don’t hang dry (which I do inside the house).

Now, what would I buy for daily wear? This is a tricky question as there are so many good choices. Here are three picks for your everyday, go-to best boxer briefs on Amazon. I chose all three boxer briefs because they feel amazing, look amazing, and are still affordable without splurging on $30+ pairs of boxer briefs. If you are used to buying Hanes and Fruit of the Loom at less than $5/pair, I know spending $10-15 per pair seems pretty steep. Yet, spending a bit more and getting quality and comfort pays.

Calvin Klein Modal Boxer Briefs

Having worn these boxer briefs for 10+ years at this point, I love my CK modal boxer briefs. They are my favorite Calvin Klein underwear (and I have a lot!). The material is super soft and ideal for everyday wear. If you want the full details, please read my review of them. They are soft, look amazing, and hold up very well. 

Me wearing my Calvin Klein black modal boxer briefs
Me wearing my Calvin Klein modal boxer briefs.

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  • Length: Around 6″, which is standard for boxer briefs.
  • Price: Individual pairs are expensive at $20-30/pair. However, buying a 3-pack from Amazon is much cheaper and far better.
  • Colors and Patterns: Calvin Klein only makes solid colors for its modal boxer briefs, especially darker colors like blue and black. However, you can get lighter colors depending on availability.
  • Material and Fabric: Calvin Klein sells 87% TENCEL Modal/13% Spandex and 90% Modal/10% Spandex models. They are both excellent, although the three-pack of the TENCEL modal model is cheaper.
  • Flys: None of Calvin Klein’s modal boxer briefs have a fly.
  • Ball Pouch: These modal boxer briefs have a simple, standard, non-separated pouch. No frills, but it works and is very comfortable.
  • Branded Waistbands: Calvin Klein’s waistband is iconic and adorns its modal boxer briefs.
  • Multipacks: Calvin Klein sells individual pairs and three-packs of its modal boxer briefs. Get the three-pack for maximum savings.
  • Design Country: United States

David Archy Bamboo Boxer Briefs

I own David Archy bamboo boxer briefs (read my review here), and I love them! They are perfect for simple yet high-quality, soft bamboo underwear for everyday wear. The David Archy bamboo boxer briefs have a vertical fly, unlike the Calvin Klein modal boxer briefs. They are also priced very competitively at less than $10/pair in a four-pack.


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Please note that David Archy sells two types of boxer briefs: one with a standard pouch and one with the Dual Pouch system, which I reference in my Separatec review. I like the Dual Pouch, but know it is not for everyone. The standard pouch boxer briefs are very comfortable, so there is no need to feel like you have to get the Dual Pouch versions.

Watch me review David Archy’s bamboo boxer briefs (“trunks” on their website).
  • Length: These bamboo boxer briefs are 5.5″, in line with 5-6″ for standard boxer briefs. However, David Archy refers to them as “trunks,” which they are not. (Caution: David Archy uses the terms trunks and boxer briefs interchangeably. Please confirm in the specs the inseam length – 2.5″ vs. 5.5″ vs. 8″ – to ensure you are buying the correct product.)
  • Price: David Archy only sells three and four-packs, usually for less than $10/pair. This is very reasonable and a great deal, in my opinion. You’ll want to compare Amazon pricing with David Archy’s website, as they often have sales and coupon codes (including my coupon code hello200 for Free Shipping or DAJAO15 to save 15% on a purchase of $65 or more).
  • Colors and Patterns: David Archy is conservative, so you’ll only find solid-color underwear, primarily black, gray, and blue. But this is also sophisticated – and dare I say sexy?

Picture of four men's boxer briefs by David Archy in blue, black, dark gray, and light gray colors.
My David Archy boxer briefs (note the colors in the photo are lighter than in real life).
  • Material and Fabric: David Archy usually manufactures bamboo boxer briefs with 95% bamboo and 5% elastane. 5% elastane is good and is standard for modal and bamboo men’s underwear, but not as luxurious as Calvin Klein’s 10-12% Spandex content above.
  • Flys: These specific David Archy boxer briefs have a standard vertical fly. However, David Archy also makes flyless underwear, so confirm what you are getting.
  • Ball Pouches: David Archy offers a standard non-separated pouch or the Dual Pouch system on its underwear, so please note that when purchasing from David Archy. You can read more about the Dual Pouch in my Separatec review article.
  • Branded Waistbands: David Archy also puts its brand on the waistband, although the logo and style vary depending on which specific pairs you purchase. The boxer briefs I have use an embossed logo on the waistband, as you see in the photo above.
  • Multipacks: David Archy sells multipacks for all of its underwear models, usually three and four-packs, although six-packs are also available.
  • Design Country: China

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Jockey Modal Boxer Briefs

I recently added Jockey’s modal boxer briefs to my collection, and I was pleasantly surprised. I had disregarded Jockey previously as a basic brand. While Jockey’s modal boxer briefs are basic, they are very soft and come in various fashionable colors and patterns. The variety of patterns sets them apart from Calvin Klein and David Archy. I have worn them a lot recently, and they have held up well!

Me wearing Jockey modal boxer briefs
A photo of me wearing my Jockey modal boxer briefs

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  • Length: 6″, again very standard. Jockey also offers 9″ modal long-leg boxer briefs.
  • Price: Jockey is slightly more expensive than David Archy, usually charging $12-13 per pair in a three-pack. However, they often have sales on Amazon for select patterns, and you should stock up when they do!
  • Colors and Patterns: I love the choices of solid colors from all three brands I highlighted. Yet, if you are looking for patterns, only Jockey provides a proper selection. And I love Jockey’s colors and patterns!
  • Material and Fabric: 94% modal, 6% Spandex. The material is quite similar to David Archy’s bamboo boxer briefs and very comfortable.
  • Flys: Jockey sells no-fly and vertical fly modal boxer briefs. Please verify which model you are buying.
  • Ball Pouches: Standard, non-separated ball pouch. No frills, but also very comfortable.
  • Branded Waistbands: Jockey’s waistbands sometimes don’t feature their logo, but most of the time have an embossed logo in the same color as the waistband. Either way, the waistband is generally quite conservative.
  • Multipacks: You can choose single pairs or three-packs, but the three-packs offer a far better deal than the single pairs.
  • Design Country: United States

My Pick for Best Boxer Briefs on Amazon for Active Wear and Sports

Earlier, I mentioned that while modal and bamboo are less absorbent than cotton, they aren’t moisture-wicking per se. You need a synthetic-based pair of underwear – polyester, nylon, or polyamide – when you are out in hot climates, being active, playing sports, or even wearing underwear under your boardshorts. These pairs will keep you dry and thus keep you comfortable throughout your basketball game or a mountain hike.

I’ve previously written about my Puma Performance Boxer Briefs, my pick for the best boxer briefs on Amazon for active wear. Synthetic-based underwear can be tricky because synthetic materials are far less breathable than cotton, unlike modal and bamboo. Try putting a plastic bag over your groin – not very breezy, is it? That is a bit of an exaggeration; however, the point is made.

But what synthetic materials lack in breathability, they make up for moisture-wicking. Synthetic materials don’t like water, just like oil and water don’t mix well in your homemade salad dressing (you must emulsify to get that creamy mixture). Thus, when your skin sweats or you get wet from being in the ocean, synthetic boxer briefs don’t absorb that water – they repel it. By repelling water, synthetic boxer briefs keep you cool and comfortable by reducing humidity, wetness, and sweat from your legs and groin (especially your groin).


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Can you wear polyester underwear daily?

Yes! Some of my favorite pairs of underwear are polyester-based. Synthetic underwear tends to be a bit compressive, so they often provide wonderful ball support. They also tighten up your skin, so I feel my butt and legs look hotter in polyester-based underwear. Finally, polyester and nylon-based underwear are more resilient unlike modal and bamboo. They can take a beating and hold up a lot better.

Nonetheless, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend wearing synthetic-based underwear every day. You’ll want underwear that breathes, and synthetic underwear is the opposite of that. So while you can – and I do! – it isn’t necessarily the most comfortable. Sometimes I rotate throughout the week: one day, I wear modal or bamboo boxer briefs; the next day, I wear polyester (or polyamide such as from Mack Weldon), and then modal again, and so on.

Me wearing my Polyamide-based AIRKNITx trunks from Mack Weldon.

Anyway, if you are looking for the best boxer briefs on Amazon for the gym, sports, or water, I personally recommend the Puma Performance Boxer Briefs. However, I also want to call out New Balance polyester boxer briefs, as with over 70,000 reviews and excellent ratings on Amazon, these boxer briefs deserve mention.

My Pick for Gym and Outdoors
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Puma Performance Boxer Briefs (Three-Pack)

✅︎ Over 11,000 Ratings on Amazon with 4.5/5 stars
✅︎ 85% Polyester/15% Spandex blend
💵 Generally less than $10/pair (in a 3-pack)
✅︎ 4-inch inseam
❌ No Fly

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Amazon Shoppers' Pick for Gym and Outdoors
New Balance 6-inch Boxer Briefs (Three-Pack)
77,552 Reviews
New Balance 6-inch Boxer Briefs (Three-Pack)

✅︎ Over 76,000 Ratings on Amazon with 4.6/5 stars
✅︎ Has a Vertical Fly
💵 Generally less than $7/pair (in a 3-pack)
✅︎ 6-inch inseam
❌ 90% Polyester/10% Spandex blend – 10% Spandex is ok, 15% is better!

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  • Length: Like the boxer briefs previously mentioned, New Balance offers the standard American boxer brief length of a 6” inseam. However, Puma’s Performance boxer briefs are only 4” inseam, which is my cut-off between boxer briefs and trunks. I love wearing trunks, so I like the 4” inseam. However, if you are prone to skin irritation or chafing, you’ll want the 6” inseam from New Balance. (If you need even extra length, look at these 8″ boxer briefs from Separatec.)
Comparison of 4 inch, 6 inch, and 8 inch men's boxer briefs.
Comparison of 4-inch, 6-inch, and 8-inch men’s boxer briefs.

  • Price: $$. You can easily pick up either pair for less than $10/pair, which is an excellent deal.
  • Colors and Patterns: Both brands offer a plethora of bold colors and patterns. Even looking at the designs right now makes me want to buy some.
  • Material and Fabric: Both brands’ boxer briefs are polyester-based, which is standard along with nylon for this price range. (Polyamide-based boxer briefs are far more expensive.) However, while New Balance offers a relatively common 10% elastane content, Puma’s Performance boxer briefs contain 15% elastane content. The higher the elastane content, the greater amount the fabric can stretch. I love my Puma boxer briefs because the 15% elastane content is super comfortable.
  • Flys: Another difference between the two brands – and why I included the New Balance boxer briefs specifically – is that while Puma doesn’t offer a functional fly, New Balance does. I don’t care about flys as I don’t particularly use them anymore, but if you want or need a fly, then you’ll want to go with New Balance.
  • Ball Pouches: Both offer a standard non-separated ball pouch.
  • Branded Waistbands: Both brands feature sporty logos and patterns on their waistbands.
  • Multipacks: Yes, both brands sell three-packs only.
  • Design Country: United States for New Balance and Germany for Puma

Conclusion: What are the Best Boxer Briefs on Amazon?

If you love using Amazon but are overwhelmed by the sheer amount of choices you have to cover your groin and support your balls, use my picks to cut the nonsense and go straight to the best. 

  • The People’s Choice for 100% cotton boxer briefs: Hanes 100% cotton boxer briefs or Fruit of the Loom Coolzone cotton boxer briefs. Each pair has over 100,000 reviews on Amazon, and both average more than 4.5/5 for their reviews.
  • My picks for everyday wear at home and work: Calvin Klein Body Modal Boxer Briefs, Jockey Modal Boxer Briefs, or David Archy Bamboo Boxer Briefs. I love modal and bamboo, and I encourage all guys to try out modal and bamboo underwear instead of cotton underwear.
  • My picks when being active at the gym or outdoors: Puma Performance Boxer Briefs or New Balance Polyester Boxer Briefs. My Puma Performance boxer briefs have been a staple of my underwear collection for years, while the People of Amazon love the New Balance polyester boxer briefs. Also, if you must have a fly, New Balance is your go-to.

Please don’t take this list as these are the only pairs I recommend from Amazon. I narrowed down the choices so you can make a quick purchase. Amazon has a ton of fantastic underwear brands and pairs that you could spend years going through all of the selections. Let me know in the comments below your favorite finds on Amazon!


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Eric is the creator and writer of MensUnderwearGuide.com. He loves boxer briefs and trunks, exploring the new world of briefs, the soft feeling of modal and the lightness of mesh microfiber, and of course writing and researching the world of men's underwear.

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