Best Boxer Briefs on Amazon: A Cheat Sheet

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My Pick for Everyday Wear #1
David Archy Bamboo Boxer Briefs (Four-Pack)
11,867 Reviews
David Archy Bamboo Boxer Briefs (Four-Pack)

✅︎ Over 11,000 Ratings on Amazon with 4.5/5 stars
💵 Less than $11/pair (compare prices with David Archy’s website & use my code hello200 for Free Shipping or code DAJAO15 for 15% off orders $65 or more)
✅︎ Has a Vertical Fly
✅︎ 95% Bamboo Rayon/5% Spandex – Very Soft
⚠️ Available in 2.5″, 3″, 5.5″, and 8″ versions so double-check what you are buying

My Pick for Everyday Wear #2
Jockey Modal Boxer Briefs (Three-Pack)
44 Reviews
Jockey Modal Boxer Briefs (Three-Pack)

✅︎ 94% Modal/6% Elastane – Very Soft
✅︎ Has a Vertical Fly
💵 Around $7-10/pair buying 3-packs
✅︎ 6″ inseam, but 9″ long-leg version also available (click here for 9″ version)

Luxurious Everyday Wear
Calvin Klein Body Modal Boxer Briefs (Three-Pack)
2,630 Reviews
Calvin Klein Body Modal Boxer Briefs (Three-Pack)

✅︎ 90% Modal/10% Spandex or 69% Nylon/31% Elastane – Extremely Soft
✅︎ If you wash delicately and air dry, they last a very long time.
✅︎ 6-6.5″ inseam
❌ No Fly

My Pick for Gym and Outdoors
Puma Performance Boxer Briefs (Three-Pack)
11,173 Reviews
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

Amazon Shoppers' Pick for Gym and Outdoors
New Balance 6-inch Boxer Briefs (Three-Pack)
74,667 Reviews
New Balance 6-inch Boxer Briefs (Three-Pack)

✅︎ Over 73,000 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!

Over 203,000 Reviews on Amazon
Fruit of the Loom Coolzone Boxer Briefs (Six-Pack)
199,930 Reviews
Fruit of the Loom Coolzone Boxer Briefs (Six-Pack)

✅︎ Over 203,000 Ratings on Amazon with 4.6/5 stars
✅︎ Has a Vertical Fly
❌ 94% Cotton/6% Polyester
💵 Around $4/pair
❌ Not my top pick – see my recommendations above

Over 146,000 Reviews on Amazon
Hanes Cool Dri Cotton Boxer Briefs (Six-Pack)
128,907 Reviews
Hanes Cool Dri Cotton Boxer Briefs (Six-Pack)

✅︎ Over 146,000 Ratings on Amazon with 4.6/5 stars
💵 Less than $4/pair
✅︎ Has a Vertical Fly
❌ 100% Cotton or 75% Cotton/25% Polyester
❌ Not my top pick – see my recommendations above

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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 197,000 and 146,000 reviews, respectively, and both getting excellent ratings, it is clear many guys (and women!) love these basic cotton boxer briefs.

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. 

For the Hanes cotton boxer briefs, choose a solid color instead of the heathered (patterned) colors. 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.

Final note: Amazon sells a 144-pack (!!!) of the Fruit of the Loom Coolzone boxer briefs. I didn’t find it to be that much cheaper on a per pair basis than the regular six-packs. Nonetheless, how cool is it to be able to order a carton of underwear? I don’t see it necessary to buy 144 pairs of cotton boxer briefs for yourself. Yet, I can see the practicality of this if you are ordering for yourself or – for your husband – and older or adult children. 

144 Pairs of Fruit of the Loom Coolzone Boxer Briefs
199,930 Reviews
144 Pairs of Fruit of the Loom Coolzone Boxer Briefs
  • Cool Zone Mesh Fly Provides Ventilation Where You Need it Most
  • This is an Assorted Color Pack. This Pack May Contain All Solids, All Prints or a Combination.
  • Tag-Free Boxer Briefs with No-Ride-Up Legs
  • Wicks Moisture Keeping You Dry All Day
  • 144 Pack, ships in a carton with 24 six packs
  • 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 the Hanes heathered boxer briefs, which are 75% cotton/25% polyester (not recommended). Also, Fruit of the Loom Coolzone boxer briefs aren’t technically 100% cotton as the mesh fabric on the fly is not 100% cotton.
  • 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. And, of course, you can splurge for Fruit of the Loom’s 144-pack!
  • 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:

  • Calvin Klein Body Modal Boxer Briefs: Having worn these boxer briefs for 10+ years at this point, I love my CK modal boxer briefs. If you want the full details, please read my review of them. They are soft, look amazing, and hold up very well. 
  • 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. I also own bamboo briefs and long-leg boxer briefs from David Archy’s brother brand, Separatec. I love all of them, and you can read me gush Separatec here and here.
    • 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 above. I like the Dual Pouch, but I know it is not for everyone. The standard pouch boxer briefs are very comfortable, so 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).
Me wearing Jockey modal boxer briefs
A photo of me wearing my Jockey modal boxer briefs

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.

  • Length: Calvin Klein, Jockey, and David Archy offer standard length boxer briefs, 5-6” inseam. (Caution: David Archy uses the terms trunks and boxer briefs interchangeably. Please confirm in the specs what is the inseam length – 2.5″ vs. 5.5″ vs. 8″ – to ensure you are buying the correct product.)
  • Price: $$/$$$. Depending on which specific model you purchase, you can be anywhere from $10-$20+ per pair with these two brands. For David Archy, you’ll want to compare Amazon pricing with David Archy’s own 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). And for Calvin Klein, some of the reviews on Amazon mention receiving counterfeits or poor quality, even though the Amazon ratings remain high.
  • Colors and Patterns: I love the choices of solid colors from both brands. I especially love the various shades of blue, as blue is my favorite color. If you are looking for patterns, only Jockey provides a proper selection of patterns.
  • Material and Fabric: David Archy and Separatec usually manufacture their bamboo boxer briefs with 95% bamboo and 5% elastane. 5% elastane is good and is standard for modal and bamboo men’s underwear. Yet Jockey has 6% elastane in their boxer briefs – a marginal difference – while Calvin Klein’s modal boxer briefs include 8-10% modal for higher softness and luxury.
  • Flys: Calvin Klein does not offer a functional fly at all on its modal boxer briefs. David Archy and Jockey sometimes do, sometimes don’t. Dual Pouch models from David Archy and Separatec include a fly, yet I guarantee it is not what you are used to.
  • Ball Pouches: Calvin Klein and Jockey include a standard non-separated pouch. David Archy either 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: Calvin Klein’s waistband is iconic and adorns all of its modal boxer briefs. David Archy also puts its brand on the waistband, although the logo and style vary depending on which specific pairs you purchase. 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.
  • Multipacks: David Archy sells multipacks for all of its underwear models, while you can choose single pairs or three-packs for Calvin Klein and Jockey.
  • Design Country: United States for Calvin Klein and Jockey, and China for David Archy.

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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 written previously about my Puma Performance Boxer Briefs, and they are indeed my pick for the best boxer briefs on Amazon for active wear. Synthetic-based underwear can be tricky because, unlike modal and bamboo, synthetic materials are far less breathable than even cotton. Try putting a plastic bag over your groin – not very breeze, 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. Ultimately, 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. As synthetic underwear tends to be a bit compressive, 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, unlike modal and bamboo, polyester and nylon-based underwear are more resilient. 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.

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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 almost 60,000 reviews and excellent ratings on Amazon, these boxer briefs deserve mention.

  • 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. 

  • 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 narrow 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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