I was once sitting in a restaurant in central Shanghai during a business meeting.
The other guys in the meeting were already aware of my recent success with selling eco-friendly products on Amazon.
They were super interested in teaming up with me to launch bamboo box. Despite a constructive meeting and loads of motivation on their side, we never agreed on our financial terms.
As a result of that, we never launched our bamboo men’s’ underwear brand on Amazon. But despite that, I was given bamboo underwear from about 20 of our “future competitors”. Instead of just throwing them away, I wanted to make a comparison and a real-life ‘best bamboo underwear’ test article, listing my favorite bamboo boxers and briefs on Amazon.
Because … why not? If I’m able to help some people to avoid some poorly made stuff that can be found on Amazon, I’ll be happy to do so. 🙂
Firstly, I’ll briefly introduce you to WHY you should buy bamboo underwear.
These are some that I have come up with after hours of research and talking to the manufacturers in China/Vietnam. I see that most websites copy/paste the same list again and again.
However, I don’t like that.
Bamboo is an eco-friendly material
Why? Well, …not because chopping down bamboo wood is a great thing. But because the alternative is called cotton. And if you’re not sure how big of an environmental impact the cotton industry is making to our world, I suggest you to read this article.
They don’t have to cost more than “normal” men’s underwear
That’s a HUGE advantage. When most businesses offer an eco-friendly option, it’s almost always more expensive than the eco-harmful one. So most people will go for what’s best for their wallet. That’s not the case with cotton boxers vs bamboo boxers. It’s more or less the same price.
They feel better
This isn’t just something I’m writing to convince you to buy some. I seriously think that the very best underwear I got is made from bamboo. To be completely frank, I haven’t bought one single cotton boxer shorts in more than a year. And neither will you once you start to buy bamboo. 🙂
Here are my top 7 recommendations for bamboo men’s underwear
If you just came here for the product recommendations, I’ll skip the talk. Out of all the 20 brands I received in my mailbox, these were the top five bamboo boxers and briefs for men:
DAVID ARCHY Men’s Super Soft Breathable Boxer Briefs Bamboo Rayon Underwear with Fly in 3 or 4 PackCheck the price on Amazon
Bamboo Cool Men’s Boxer Short 3-Pack Bamboo Boxers for Men Classic Relaxed Fit Stretch ShortCheck the price on Amazon
Jinshi Mens Bamboo Underwear Boxer Briefs Short Leg Tagless Pouch TrunkCheck the price on Amazon
Men’s Bamboo Underwear Soft Lightweight Low Rise Boxers Briefs (3 Pack)Check the price on Amazon
Cariloha Men’s Organic Bamboo Underwear Boxer Briefs – Lightweight, Flexible, Eco-friendly and Odor-Resistant – Medium – BlackCheck the price on Amazon
Youlehe Men’s Underwear Soft Bamboo Boxer Briefs Stretch Trunks PackCheck the price on Amazon
How little or much should you spend on quality bamboo underwear?
- Below 10 USD: When talking about unit price, I barely buy something below 10 USD. However, it’s clear that boxer shorts companies tend to sell their products in 3-pack or 5-pack. You can make a great deal for a unit price below 10 USD. You should just be careful about reading the reviews before you do so. 🙂
- Between 10 and 25 USD: From what I remember, this is what most bamboo companies need to sell their boxer shorts for to make money. And that’s a quite fair price in my opinion.
- Above 25 USD: It’s a myth that women spend 1 USD on underwear and men spend 20 USD++. My previous girlfriend asked me: “Why is it the case that you always wear so expensive boxer shorts?”. And I couldn’t answer. If you spend more than 25 on a pair of bamboo boxers, you’ve been mugged. Don’t do it.
On a serious note: there ARE definitely quality differences in the “bamboo underwear section” on Amazon. However, it’s mainly related to how much bamboo the clothing consists of. And even beautiful boxer shorts made of 100% bamboo should not cost above $25
Why don’t the big fashion brands start to sell bamboo underwear?
When I started to look into this market, it surprised me as well. I mean; if this is such a great opportunity — why haven’t Calvin Klein or Ralph Lauren produced them?
Turns out…they have. They were a bit slow, but a lot of the big brands have already started to sell them. It’s just that they are not as comfortable as the less renowned brands. And a lot of that has to do with prioritization and market size.
An example is :
Calvin Klein Men`s The Ultimate Comfort Viscose Made From Bamboo Hip Briefs 3 PackCheck the price on Amazon
I guess 99 % of the underwear sold in the world is made out of cotton. So for some of these big brands to change their business model towards bamboo clothing isn’t going to happen…yet. 🙂
Wrapping things up
So what did we learn from this article?
First, whenever someone pitches you a business idea: tell them you’re interested. It might help you to get 20 free eco-friendly boxer shorts.
Secondly, that it’s quite significant differences in the quality and price of the men’s bamboo underwear that you find online.
I’m not saying that you SHOULD pick some of the ones that I recommend. But I dare say that it’s not many people who have tried 20 different boxer shorts and written about that online. In other words: I am not only giving you an honest review, but I’m also providing you with information that you cannot find other places online.
This article took me twenty days to complete (had to spend one day wearing each one of the bamboo boxers). So, I would really appreciate it if you spent time sharing the article and write a comment down in the comment section below.