Explaining the value of the best monthly subscription boxes for men isn’t all that hard. Whether you’re looking to discover things you never knew you needed, score a discount on stuff you already planned on buying, or regularly restock the items you can’t live without (razors, coffee), subscription boxes make a lot of sense. They take the pain out of having to buy full-size products before you know if they really work for you (or just give you a rash) and they make shopping for things you don’t know a lot about, whether that’s clothes or wine, a little easier. We wouldn’t recommend subscribing to too many of them, of course—if you’ve ever shopped on Amazon or given a thought to the environment, you know there is a such a thing as too many boxes—but a few well chosen, thoughtfully vetted memberships can really make the heart sing and your personal hygiene soar. Here to help you narrow down the options, we’ve assembled some of the best monthly subscription boxes for men, from clothing and accessories hauls, to grooming, food, and lifestyle options. Pick a couple of favorites from the menu, open, and prepare to be amazed, because the best subscription boxes don’t skimp on the wow factor.
The Best Clothing Subscriptions
Amazon’s menswear offerings are getting better all the time, but actually navigating those offerings on the Everything Store’s often chaotic user interface is a whole other story. That’s where their newly-launched Personal Shopper by Prime Wardrobe service comes in: for just $5 a month, you’ll get a boxful of the choicest goodies available on Amazon—from brands like Lacoste, Calvin Klein, and Adidas, among others—all curated to your tastes, needs, and budget. You’ll have a week to try on the eight items in your box—just send back anything you don’t want. There’s just one catch: you need an Amazon Prime membership in order to sign up.
We might be a little bit biased, but our quarterly subscription box can more than hold its own in the clothing-sub arena. This season the Best Stuff Box is anchored by a Knickerbocker long-sleeve t-shirt, worth $105, and earlier this year subscribers scored a pair of Raen sunglasses and Richer Poorer recycled fleece sweats. Along with GQ editor-loved style essentials, every box also includes our favorite finds in tech, grooming, and beyond, racking up a retail value of at least $200 but costing you just 50 bucks. (And sure, it technically comes every three months, but when the haul’s this good it’ll more than tide you over.)
Good Counsel is the subscription that combines all of the convenience and discovery of Trunk Club and Stitch Fix, but specializes in big and tall sizes; up to 10XL tops, 68″ bottoms, and size 18 shoes. Since the brand designs and controls the inventory, instead of a grab bag of bad tees and ties, you’ll get pieces that all work together harmoniously. The aesthetic is minimalist and sporty. Think: joggers, knit polos, and bomber jackets.
For a flat rate of $60 a month, Menlo Club will curate couple of items from their roster of in-house labels—the best known of which is New Republic, the shoemaker behind some of our fave sub-$100 Chelsea boots and white sneakers. Beyond the rock-solid footwear, expect to find some trendier bits (like a camo rugby shirt or cropped cargo cords) and style-forward-ish activewear and athleisure in the mix. This is stuff you probably won’t wear all the time and definitely won’t own forever, but might do the trick if you’re looking for an affordable way to freshen up your fit rotation once a month. One thing worth noting, though: Menlo Club doesn’t do returns (though you can exchange items for size), so what you get is what you keep.
Trunk Club has one major leg up on its competition: it’s owned by Nordstrom, which means it has access to the hundreds of designers the department store carries. Couple that with an attentive personal stylist—they’ll ask you questions about your lifestyle, personal style, and budget—and you wind up with a box full of totally wearable, reasonably stylish stuff from labels you actually recognize. Think: Carhartt WIP chore coats, Nike windbreakers, Rag & Bone tees, socks and underwear from Polo, and a whole lot more. All those goodies add up to one of the best clothing subscription boxes on the market.
Stitch Fix is another subscription service that works on the same basic model as the rest: fill out a form, work with a stylist, receive a box of clothes, pay a $20 styling fee that gets applied toward anything you choose to keep. Stitch Fix serves up a mix of low-to-midrange brands you’ve seen in malls (Original Penguin, Jack & Jones, Tommy Bahama) and a few generically-named ones you haven’t (7Diamonds, Hawker Rye). They’re totally workable options if you aren’t really looking to push any boundaries with your style and just need clothes for clothes’ sake.
The Best Accessories Subscriptions
Let’s set the scene: It’s the end of the month and you’re running perilously low on underwear and/or socks. It’s already late on Sunday evening, and doing laundry seems like a drag. We’ve all been there before. If it’s a scenario that feels all-too-familiar these days, Stance’s socks and underwear subscription service might be for you. The specialty sock brand and one-time official sponsor of the NBA lets you pick and choose a pair each month from its deep selection of styles—or, if that’s too much effort, they’ll do it for you.
If you’re the type of dude who has no trouble at all getting dressed but tends to falter a touch when it comes to the finishing touches, this is the monthly box for you. Each month, Sprezzabox will deliver a selection of men’s accessories—think ties, socks, and various grooming accoutrements. After signing up for a new monthly subscription, you’ll have the option to choose which type of box you’re into—a process that repeats itself at the end of every four weeks. If you don’t have time to choose, or don’t care enough to, the brand will pick a new, duplicate-free box for you.
MeUndies is known for it’s super soft (sustainable) fabrics and cheeky prints. If that’s your thing, you might as well sign up for a membership, which gets you a new pair of socks or underwear every month for 30% off retail. Actually, even if you’re not the type of guy who desires a pair of boxers depicting, say, chicken nuggets kissing, the brand also does socks and underwear in black, white, navy and all the other tones of the minimalist rainbow. And because you choose what you get every month, you can stay squarely in that lane if you so choose.