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Boxer shorts test: the best men's underwear in the market check

Comfortable in every situation

Patrick Achilles

Whether tight or wide, functional or not, boxer shorts have to be comfortable. Originally conceived as sportswear for boxing, nowadays the underpants mainly function as underwear and sleepwear. Comfort comes first.

In July 2020, CHIP carried out a market analysis to find the best boxer shorts. We focused on three categories: tight boxer shorts, wide boxer shorts and functional underwear. In each of these we will introduce you to a product. We evaluate these on the basis of user ratings, laboratory tests in the test center have not taken place.

The best boxer shorts

You can read that in this article: First, we will introduce you to three boxer shorts in detail. Then we explain what types of boxer shorts there are, what alternatives there are to boxer shorts and what you should consider when buying. Finally, we clarify all relevant questions about boxer shorts.

Boxer shorts market check: These are our recommendations (July 2020)

Recommendation for tight boxer shortsWide boxer shorts are recommendedFunctional underwear recommendation



HEAD Men boxer shorts Basic

Lower East Men's American Boxer Shorts

Icebreaker men's boxer shorts Anatomica:

User rating

User rating



from around 30 euros

from around 25 euros

from around 30 euros



95% cotton, 5% spandex

100% cotton

83% wool, 12% polyamide, 5% elastane

Machine wash at

Machine wash at

40 ° Celsius

60 ° Celsius

40 ° Celsius

Most popular shop

Most popular shop

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Recommendation for tight boxer shorts: HEAD Men boxer shorts Basic Boxer 8-pack:

  • HEAD Men Boxer Basic Boxer

    Well-fitting boxer shorts with a high percentage of cotton. The scope of delivery includes 8 boxer shorts in different colors.

Good fit
Can be used flexibly
Pleasant skin feeling
Can be smaller than stated

Our recommendation for tight boxer shorts are these HEAD Basic Boxer in a pack of eight. The pants are made of 95% cotton and 5% elastane and can be machine washed at 40 ° C. The boxer shorts with an elastic band are universally suitable for everyday use: under jeans, suit trousers or during sports.

According to customer reviews, the shorts are comfortable to wear because the tight-fitting material makes them comfortable on the skin. There was also no unpleasant odor when unpacking or using it. Nevertheless, the boxer shorts could be smaller than the size indicated. In addition, the fabric is likely to rub itself through: After a relatively short time, small holes formed in the rather thin fabric.

Depending on the size, the eight pack of boxer shorts costs around 29 to 54 euros.

Recommended wide boxer shorts: Lower East men's American boxer shorts

  • Lower East Men's American Boxer Shorts

    Boxer shorts made of 100% cotton in a classic wide cut. Sit comfortably. Either six or ten underpants are included in the scope of delivery.

Good fit & amp; quality
Washes at 60 ° C
Good value for money
May be small

For those who prefer it airy, we recommend the Lower East Men's American Boxer Shorts. This underwear is available in both a six-pack and a ten-pack and is made of 100% cotton. That's why it can also be washed at 60 ° Celsius.

Here, too, users praised the good fit and the good quality - especially in relation to the low price. Nevertheless, some users complained that the underpants were too small and the fabric was too thin.

With a price of around 36 euros for the six-pack, these underpants are also cheap. In view of the mostly positive reviews, the product is a real price tip.

Function recommendation: Icebreaker men's boxer shorts Anatomica:

  • Icebreaker men's boxer shorts Anatomica

    Functional underpants made of 85% merino wool, 12% nylon and 5% lycra. Odor resistant and dries very quickly.

High wearing comfort
Dries quickly, prevents odor build-up

The Icebreaker men's boxer shorts Anatomica we recommend you in the functional underwear category. These boxer shorts are sold by the piece and are made from 83% merino wool, 12% nylon and 5% lycra. The Corespun fabric ensures robustness and the flat seams prevent friction. In contrast to the previous model, according to the manufacturer, this product has an improved fit and a contoured step without intervention.

According to customers, it is comfortable to wear and dries quickly, regardless of whether it is sweat or water. The merino wool absorbs sweat, but not so much that it is bothersome. The merino wool also prevents odor from developing. The only negative thing to note was that the fit of the previous model took less getting used to because the boxer shorts are now shorter.

The Icebreaker men's boxer shorts Anatomica not only offer good wearing comfort for hiking or outdoor sports and convince with their good quality. With a unit price of around 35 euros, this underwear is not particularly cheap, but this price is reasonable.

How much do I have to spend on good boxer shorts?

Like many other items of clothing, boxer shorts are mainly mass-produced in emerging and developing countries. This means that even branded goods can be produced at relatively low prices. As you can see from our recommendations, boxer shorts can cost around 3 euros. Depending on the care and fit, even cheap underpants can last a long time. But you pay more for models with more unusual materials, such as our recommendation for functional underwear, as well as sustainable production. Then you have to reckon with amounts from 20 euros.

What types of boxer shorts are there?

The modern boxer shorts are available in different designs, including tight-fitting boxer shorts, loose-fitting and functional underwear. Depending on the purpose and personal preferences, each model lies differently on the skin and offers a different level of comfort.

  • Tight-fitting boxer shorts are usually very elastic. Usually they have a percentage of elastane and ideally they hardly slip.

  • Wide-cut boxer shorts however, they are mostly made of cotton and are not elastic - except on the waistband. There they are sewn with a rubber that can still be adapted to the body circumference of the wearer. They offer more legroom and feel more airy. In most cases, cotton is also more comfortable for the skin than synthetic fabrics.

  • At Functional underwear it depends above all on the materials, because these are worn either during sports or hiking. It is important that it can soak up moisture and dry quickly. Thanks to these quality features and, in the best case scenario, a long service life, these boxer shorts cost an average of ten to twelve times as much as mass-produced goods.

What do I have to look out for when buying boxer shorts?

Before you buy your boxer shorts, it is important to take a close look at the characteristics and use them to choose the right underwear. The aspects could be, among other things, the size, the application, the material and the price.

  • The most important thing in boxer shorts is size. It depends on how the underpants fit. If it is too small, it narrows down too much or it can rub itself out more quickly and form holes. If it is too big, it slips. If you buy in retail, you can try the boxer shorts beforehand. In general, you can also use your confectionery size as a guide for the size. Also take a look at customer reviews to see whether the underwear is generally smaller or larger.

  • Depending on when you want to wear the boxer shorts, you should choose a specific one Art decide. Normal boxer shorts for leisure are usually cheap, functional underwear for outdoor activities cost many times more. However, these are also much higher quality and are characterized by a long service life.

  • The material you should also pay attention. People with sensitive skin may not tolerate certain ingredients. In addition, some fabrics cannot be washed at higher temperatures. You should also bear this in mind when buying.

What are the alternatives to boxer shorts?

There are of course similar products that serve almost the same purpose as boxer shorts. These are, for example, normal underpants, ski pants or lingerie.

  • Normal underpants are cut shorter than boxer shorts, they have the shape of a triangle. Like boxer shorts, these are suitable for everyday use and can therefore replace boxer shorts. Whether you prefer to wear underpants or boxer shorts depends entirely on your taste.

  • Ski pants are similar to the functional underwear from the test developed for a specific purpose, in this case the cold environment during winter sports. They usually have long trouser legs and thus keep you warm better than normal underpants. However, because of the additional function, they are also more expensive than boxer shorts or normal underwear.

  • Lingerie for men represents a completely different category. Here, the focus is not simply on covering the pubic area or the optimal fit, but on the joy of sex. Lingerie comes in different designs and cuts, depending on your preference.

Are tight boxer shorts harmful?

Tight boxer shorts do not harm your health in principle, but according to a Harvard study they can still reduce the number of healthy, swimming sperm. The total number of swimmers among those who wore wide boxer shorts was not only 17 percent higher, the sperm cells were also 33 percent fitter.

This is related to body temperature. The optimal testicular temperature is around 33 ° Celsius, which is lower than the human body temperature. Free-swinging testicles feel more comfortable than those that are pressed against the body using tight boxer shorts or jeans.

One thing is clear, however: tight underpants have no effect on erectile function.

Which material is best for boxer shorts?

Depending on the type of boxer shorts, the underpants are made of different materials. Wide boxer shorts are usually made of 100% cotton, while tight boxer shorts also contain parts of elastane. This way they can be stretched better. Functional underwear, in turn, can also consist of materials such as merino wool, Lycell or polyester.

How do I care for my boxer shorts?

Before washing, you should sort the laundry into white, dark and colored laundry so that it does not become discolored. You can find the correct washing temperature on the label on the boxer shorts. Pure cotton shorts can also be washed at 60 ° C. However, if the boxer shorts contain merino or polyester, they can only be washed at 40 °.

Boxer shorts in the market check: three recommended products

  • Recommendation for tight boxer shorts: HEAD Men Boxer Basic Boxer

    Well-fitting boxer shorts with a high percentage of cotton. The scope of delivery includes 8 boxer shorts in different colors.

  • Recommendation for tight boxer shorts: Lower East men's American boxer shorts

    Boxer shorts made of 100% cotton in a classic wide cut. Sit comfortably. Either six or ten underpants are included in the scope of delivery.