Medical workers are heroes, and they deserve to look the part. If there’s anything the pandemic has taught us, it’s that medicine, and the doctors and nurses who perform it, are absolutely critical to a working society. Essential workers have been paramount to our country’s fight against the COVID-19 health crisis, saving lives each and every day across the country. We can all take care of ourselves the best we can through proper nutrition, sufficient exercise and a healthy sleep schedule — but chances are at some point you’ll need a nurse or doctor and they’ll be there, ready to help.
National Nurses Week goes until May 12 (nurses – get those freebies) and since nurses and medical professionals do so much for us, we want to make sure you’re outfitted in the best gear possible during your long shifts. The best scrubs for men are high-performing, comfortable, durable and look presentable even after hours on call. We’ve done the research and found the best pairs of scrubs for men, listed below. But first, we want to review a couple factors one should consider before picking a pair of scrubs to try.
Scrubs are typically made up of a combination of three different fabrics — cotton, polyester and spandex/elastane. They each contribute something positive to a high-performing scrub fabric and there’s a reason why each one is important to your overall comfort level.
Cotton is breathable and soft, which is part of the reason why it’s used in so many fabrics. Polyester, while not as soft or natural as cotton, is very strong and durable. This makes it less susceptible to tearing than other fabrics and a critical ingredient in well-performing scrubs. Spandex/elastane is also critical for the stretch and mobility factor — it enables you to move in every which way whilst wearing scrubs without tearing them.
The best scrubs are a combination of all three and have a lot of polyester and a little bit of spandex. With scrubs, unlike with other clothing, the blend of the fabric is an important consideration for performance. So take a look at that description or fabric tag before adding them to your cart, you won’t regret it.
Overall, you’re looking for something comfortable that you’re not sweating in before your day gets going and isn’t too rigid. Nobody likes pants that crunch — so don’t settle for material that doesn’t totally work for you, you want something you could spend 12 hours in without blinking an eye.
Like with fabric blends, there are a few different common fits that men’s scrubs can have. First and foremost, one of the most important things to do when picking your scrubs, as a man, is to wear scrubs for men. There are a lot of great unisex options out there that are great for hospitals to have in bulk just in case, but for your personal scrubs we recommend buying some made for men. The shoulders, on average, will be wider, hips smaller and sleeves cut loose for mobility’s sake.
For overall fit you want to aim for something stretchy with room to grow, but nothing too baggy. Some medical professionals carry the philosophy that baggy is better — but extra fabric can get in the way of performance if you’re constantly needing to pull your pants up or tuck back in.
Scrubs also come in a few different cuts — v-necks and crew necks for the shirt and jogger, cargo and standard pants for the bottoms. This is a matter of personal preference, but the v-necks can add an extra element of breathability on particularly long shifts. Jogger pants are also, by far, the best looking scrubs pants you can buy. Cargo pants, however, are a bit more functional. It all depends on what you’re looking for.
Last but not least, function is arguably the most important factor when considering which scrubs to buy. Pockets, pockets, pockets. Sure, you could carry around all of your tools in the same two pockets and spend time fishing throughout the day — or you could buy scrubs that have designated pockets all over for different tools. We’ll let you decide which option is better.
All of that being said, we’ve compiled a list of scrubs we believe offer perks in each category above and, for the most part, won’t blow your budgeting goals out of the water. Here are the best scrubs for men available to order online.
1. FIGS Chisec Three-Pocket Scrub Top
FIGS entered the scrubs scene in 2013 and while some may view it as too luxurious or trendy for the medical world, they’ve introduced the idea of high-quality, functional comfort into scrubs, something that wasn’t necessarily there before. This scrubs top from FIGS is made of a super soft blend of 72% polyester, 21% rayon and 7% spandex with a tailored fit and four-way stretch technology. The v-neck design has reinforced stitching for maximum durability and there are three pockets built in for maximum smart storage. FIGS also uses a fabric in all of their products that’s anti-wrinkle, repellant of liquids and is lightweight so you stay cool throughout the day.
2. CHEROKEE Workwear Professional Men’s V-Neck Top
This is one of the best sellers on Amazon in the men’s scrubs category for its functional design and excellent chest pocket storage. The fabric is a blend of polyester, spandex and cotton, just like we recommended in the beginning and it pays off. The v-neck and short sleeves give you breathability and the back length of 28″ protects you from exposure when bending over. It has a slim fit and the material feels high-quality without being too stiff. This top is especially suited for cooler units as the material is heavier than other options.
3. Dagacci Scrubs Medical Uniform for Men
This scrubs set has over 13,460 reviews on Amazon and a 4-star rating for its functionality and its price. For the price tag of one shirt from other brands you get a whole set with an elastic closure on the pants, a unisex v-neck top and plenty of storage. The top has two patch pockets, a chest pocket with a reinforced pen slot and the cargo pants have pockets as well. The set comes in over 20 different colors and is unisex.
4. FIGS Tansen 2.0 Jogger Style Athletic Scrub
Jogger pants are a relatively new trend in the scrubs space for their fit and look. These slim jogger scrubs have all the storage you need as well as a great fit and super soft fabric. They have a knit yoga waistband that stays up all day as well as reinforced double-stitching all over the pants for durability. These pants also have a whopping five different pockets on them for maximum storage capacity. They’re made with FIGS’ FIONTechnology fabric that has four-way stretch and moisture-wicking capabilities so you stay dry, and a professional look so no one will know how comfortable you are.
5. FIGS Axim Cargo Scrub Pants
Anything from FIGS is a splurge, but these pants are highly rated despite the price tag of over $50. They’re noted for having the “perfect fit” of a structured cargo pant with an athletic waistband, straight leg and four-way stretch. These Axim pants have faux fly stitching, reinforced double-stitching all over to avoid tears and seven different pockets for functional storage throughout the day. These pants are also made with FIGS’ FIONTechnology fabric that’s moisture-wicking, soft for comfort and anti-wrinkle for professionalism.
6. Carhartt Men’s Ripstop Utility Scrub Top
This scrub top is made for movement during rounds with a bi-swing at the back yoke that enables easy movement. This top also has side vents at the hem for breathability and the length of the back is 1.5″ longer than the front for extra coverage when bending over. The labels are also tag less to avoid irritation during long wearing periods. These scrubs are made with a durable blend of 55% cotton and 45% polyester that’s breathable and strong.
7. Landau Unisex V-Neck Scrub Set
Unisex scrubs are very useful for couples who both work in medical fields or hospitals, medical offices and private practices and are looking to stock up. This set includes a V-neck short sleeve top and drawstring pants with plenty of pockets. The pants feature two back pockets and the top features one chest pocket. They’re machine washable and come in a wide variety of colors from bright red to blue, green, white and black.
8. CHEROKEE Men’s Original Cargo Scrubs Pants
These pants from CHEROKEE are built with 65% polyester and 35% cotton for maximum durability and strength. They’ve got a drawstring cinch at the waist and an easy zip fly. These cargo pants have both slash and back pockets with reinforced stitching against tearing and they’re machine washable. These pants also have a ridiculous number of positive reviews and are bestsellers in Amazon’s “men’s scrub pants” section. Users noted that, unlike many scrubs, these fit like regular pants and the fabric feels high-quality.
9. BARCO ONE 5-Pocket Reinforced V-Neck Top
BEST FOR VETS
This scrub top from BARCO is made with an anti-static fabric that releases and sheds animal hair easily, making it perfect for professionals in the animal care industry like vets, pet groomers, dog trainers etc. It has temperature regulating fabric as well that adapts based on your body’s temperature changes throughout the day to keep you cool. The fabric is weightless, breathable, eco-friendly, wrinkle-resistant and has four-way stretch. The top features functional design elements made for those in a medical profession like coil secure zipper pockets, a media cord keyhole, a patch pocket, slash pockets and an internal PDA pocket. It’s 30″ long in the back for sufficient coverage and features five different pockets total for storage.
10. Urbane Performance Quick Cool Men’s V-Neck Top
FEELS LIKE ATHLEISURE WEAR
If Lululemon made scrubs, they would feel like the performance line from Urbane scrubs, but at a fraction of the price. Actually, we may just start working out in these scrubs. Urbane has created a line of scrubs that wash beautifully (even if you throw them in the dryer), never wrinkle and are lightweight and comfortable to wear even through the longest shifts. Available in four colors and featuring a top breast pocket for ID cards and pens, the performance top, like the matching bottoms, are the ultimate in all-day comfort. You won’t want to take these scrubs off when you get home, but you should. Gross stuff happens at work.
11. Men’s 5-Pocket Raglan Warm Up Scrub Jacket by Grey’s Anatomy
Here’s something they don’t often talk about on Grey’s Anatomy or any TV medical drama – hospitals are cold. Like, freezing cold. Wearing long underwear under your scrubs is not a bad idea and neither is investing in a scrub jacket by the official Grey’s Anatomy brand. This five-pocket raglan-style jacket with rib cuffs and an open back vent may not lead to steamy sessions in the on-call room, but it will keep you warm and still looking professional on days when your workplace feels extra chilly. Available in three colors and nine sizes, the Grey’s Anatomy jacket will have you looking and feeling like McDreamy.
12. Moxie Scrubs
BEST FOR WOMEN
Ladies, if you’re tired of wearing boxy scrub tops and pants that are not designed with you in mind, it’s time to switch to Moxie Scrubs. The company was created in the Harvard Innovation Lab for nurses and is designed with women in mind. Featuring fashionable colors and comfortable cuts that are also flattering, the company uses high-tech design and materials to make their line while also partnering with the American Nurses Association. Their Stephanie Top is made with four-way stretch, quick-dry fabric and includes a media pocket and side vents for ease of movement. And don’t worry fellas – Moxie Scrubs is working on their men’s line right now.
13. Scrubstar Core Essentials Unisex Scrub Pants with Drawstring Tie
Whether you’re a medical student who needs an inexpensive pair of scrubs for the occasional shift, or you’re looking for a pair of easy-care pants that won’t’ break the bank, the Scrubstar Core Essentials Unisex Scrub Pants with Drawstring Tie are a great fit, both literally and figuratively. Available in 10 colors and six sizes, the unisex pants have a drawstring closure that makes it easy to get a snug fit. Two side pockets and one cargo pocket can be used for cell phones, pens, or warming hands between patients and the straight-leg cut adds a professional look to an affordable pair of pants.
14. Dickies Dynamix Men Scrubs Top
If your workplace allows for some lenience when it comes to colors and patterns, then we suggest checking out Dynamix Men Scrubs Top from Dickies. The trusted and functional clothing brand offers a huge variety of scrub tops and bottoms for men and women in a variety of colors and styles and even some pattern tops for men, which can be difficult to find. The Dynamix tops are available in six cool patterns that are masculine and work-appropriate while still adding a bit of fun and edge. Plus, they pair easily with most solid color scrub pants. The tops feature a chest and sleeve pocket with a zip closure, have a front shoulder yoke for added comfort and include back panels for ease of movement.
15. Jaanuu Raglan Sleeve Top
BEST V-NECK ALTERNATIVE
Most scrub tops come in a V-neck or a…V-neck. That’s it. We have nothing against V-necks and rock them frequently, but variety is the spice of life. Thankfully, Jaanuu has given medical professionals an alternative with their Raglan Sleeve Top, which features a fashion-forward ribbed crew neckline. The relaxed top includes several thoughtful finishes, like a hidden badge loop, hidden zip pockets, and a toggle tightener for sleeves. The durable and attractive four-way stretch scrub top is available in eight solid fade-resistant color options. Each shirt is treated with Silvadur™ which is an antimicrobial technology that adds enhanced protection for garments because germs are bad.
16. WonderWink Scrub Top
Don’t you love ironing scrubs…said no one, ever. WonderWink has created a scrub top with a cotton polyester blend that eliminates wrinkles and keeps wearers looking polished and professional even when they’ve just finished the graveyard shift. The unisex V-neck top includes the WonderWink signature triple chest pocket for IDs and pens, as well as a small bungee cord. Available in nine sizes, the WonderWink comes in 15 colors, so at least your shirt can help you remember what day it is even if you’re too deep into a 24-hour shift to remember the year.