The reason the great men’s underwear debate will never truly be settled is that it all comes down to a matter of preference — what one man may see as breathable, another may see as loose and sloppy; what some men may find supportive, others will see as constrictive. If you prefer something fitted and supportive, then briefs are a great option.
Since briefs stop at or just below the pelvis, rather than descending down the thigh, they can be a good option for anyone who wears more fitted pants — boxers (and some boxer briefs) can bunch up or show through the fabric of the pants. Briefs also provide the most support and structure when compared to boxers or boxer briefs.
If you’re looking to re-up your underwear drawer, we’ve rounded up some of the best briefs out right now. These options all have a traditional fly and an elastic waistband. While all of the options are mostly cotton, some are 100% cotton, while others blend soft cotton with light polyester, which has moisture-wicking benefits. These are the best briefs for men to get.
1. Calvin Klein Men’s Cotton Classics Multipack Briefs
Calvin Klein underwear became popular thanks to provocative advertising, but we love them because they’re high quality, reasonably priced and available in dozens of colors. These briefs come in four or six-packs, and colors include black, white, gray and blue. They have an elastic waistband, fly, and the Calvin Klein logo printed across the waistband, and they’re made out of 100% cotton.
Pros: Stylish option in many colors. Available as a four or six-pack. All-cotton.
Cons: More expensive than some other options.
2. Tommy Hilfiger Men’s Underwear
While Tommy Hilfiger may be best known for preppy styles and adventurous color-blocked designs, it’s a great brand for affordable, no-nonsense basics like t-shirts and underwear. This multi-pack option is a great bet if you’re looking for comfortable, all-cotton briefs. They have a white waistband with the Tommy Hilfiger name and logo, and you can choose between dozens of different color combinations. Amazon has listed several multi-packs on this same listing, so the options range from four, five and six-packs.
Pros: Comfortable cotton briefs, available in plenty of eye-catching or subdued colors depending on your taste. Functional fly.
Cons: Fabric is somewhat thin.
3. Fruit of the Loom Men’s Fashion Brief
For affordable basics, Fruit of the Loom is always a great bet. Each order comes in a pack of six cotton briefs, and you can choose between different color combinations including solids, which is comprised of muted reds, blues and grays. Another option is the “stripes and solids” multi-pack if you want something with a little more personality. They have a functional fly and an elastic waistband with the Fruit of the Loom logo.
Pros: Six-pack bundle, making for a good value. Multiple colors to choose from. All-cotton construction.
Cons: Can shrink somewhat.
4. Gildan Men’s Briefs Underwear Multipack
These briefs from Gildan are available in cotton and cotton/polyester blends, depending on the color. They come in basic neutrals like black, white and various shades of gray. They have a traditional brief cut, functional fly and a comfortable, tagless waistband. They’re available in either a five or six-pack.
Pros: Affordable basic option in several colors. Functional fly. Cotton construction with elasticated cuffs for structure.
Cons: Sizing can be inconsistent.
5. Reebok Men’s Low Rise Underwear Briefs
For a sportier option, consider this five-piece multi-pack from Reebok. Reebok is best known for their athletic sneakers, so it’s fitting that their briefs would feature a more technical design, such as a low-rise, fly-less design and a 60/40 cotton/poly blend. That makes these briefs light and easy to move in. Rather than the typical waistband logo, these briefs have a printed logo on the fabric.
Pros: Sporty design, available in several color options. Five-pack.
Cons: Some may find these constricting, and some may prefer a fly.