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The best places to buy women’s jeans

  • A great pair of jeans is a staple that everyone should have in their wardrobe.
  • Our favorite place to buy jeans is Everlane because the denim fits well, is affordable, and is made transparently.

If there's an equivalent in your closet to, say, butter in your refrigerator, it must be your favorite pair of jeans. Is there a food that butter does not improve? No. Is there an outfit that a good pair of jeans does not make better? Absolutely not. Is butter a necessary part of life? Yes. Do you need jeans to get through society? Surely. You see, the parallels are uncanny.

While there exists no shortage of stores from which to purchase your new favorite bottoms, there are a few places that we turn to without fail for a great pair of long-lasting, comfortable, and good-looking jeans. And that's because they satisfy a few key criteria.

What we look for in a pair of jeans

Comfort: First and foremost, you'll want your jeans to be incomparably comfortable. After all, I practically live in my favorite pair, and that's only the case because wearing them and wearing leggings are about equal when it comes to mobility and stretchability.

Cut: The boot cut, believe it or not, appears to be making a comeback, though other classics like the straight cut or skinny cut are also great options. Be sure that your favorite jean purveyor offers more than just one jean varietal — after all, you'll need different jeans for different occasions.

Price: While a great pair of jeans will last you for years on end (and as such, can justify a high price tag), it simply is not the case that buying a great pair of pants requires you to pay an arm and two legs.

Quality: Given that the fabric can make or break your pants, this is certainly no place to skimp. Be sure that your favorite jean purveyor sources its denim from top of the line suppliers, and know how to take care of this durable material. After all, the longer you own your jeans, the better they look.

No matter which of our favorite stores you choose for your next shopping spree, we're sure you won't be disappointed.

Here are the best places you can buy women's jeans:

  • Best place to buy jeans overall: Everlane
  • Best place to buy comfortable jeans: Mott & Bow
  • Best place to buy plus-size jeans: Warp + Weft
  • Best place to buy petite jeans: Madewell
  • Best place to buy high-end jeans: Rag & Bone
  • Best place to buy skinny jeans: Liverpool
  • Best place to buy performance jeans: DUER

Prices and links current as of 9/9/2020.

The best place to buy women's jeans overall
Everlane womens jeans

Somehow, Everlane's wide selection of jeans looks great on just about everyone. Coupled with the brand's radical transparency and affordable prices, Everlane denim is a hit. 

Everlane's defining trait is its transparency, and the brand prides itself on informing customers exactly where its products are made and how much it costs to make them. When Everlane first started making denim apparel back in 2017, it managed to attract a waitlist that was 40,000 people long. Three years later, its jeans are just as popular. Like Warp + Weft, Everlane ensures that its LEED-certified factory in Vietnam recycles 98% of its water. The plant also uses alternative energy sources to further reduce its carbon footprint.

When it comes to Everlane's styles, I'm a big fan of both the High-Rise Skinny Jean and the Kick Crop Jean. As a petite person, I'm always a bit skeptical of "crops," which tend to look like full-length jeans on my frame. But the Kick Crop Jean somehow works on a variety of different heights, which is a feat in and of itself.

The vast majority of Everlane jeans incorporate some amount of elastane in them for that trademark stretch. The Slim Fit has just 2 percent elastane, which is enough to notice the difference in feeling, but not enough to make your jeans lose their shape. You can always opt for other pairs with more or less elastane depending on just how stretchy you'd like your jeans to fit.

Pros: Affordable, stretchy (which makes them universally flattering), comfortable

Cons: Jeans with elastane tend not to last as long as 100 percent denim

Shop denim at Everlane here

The best place to buy comfortable jeans
Mott and Bow womens jeans

Mott & Bow makes some of the most comfortable jeans around, and with just a few styles to choose from, you won't be paralyzed by choice.

If you're looking for jeans that you can literally live in, you're looking right at Mott & Bow. The brand's founder, Alejandro Chahin, was born and raised in the denim business, and the Honduran denim factory from which Mott & Bow gets its fabric is the same factory that his family founded. That means that this denim is time tested and truly some of the most comfortable material out there — so much so that I'm sometimes sad to replace my jeans with my PJs at the end of the day.

This is a sentiment shared by other folks at Insider Reviews as well. Our senior director, Breton Fischetti, once wore them on a six-hour flight as an alternative to sweatpants.

I'm also a particular fan of Mott & Bow for its straightforward approach to jean styles. Unlike other brands, which run the risk of overwhelming you with the sheer volume of jean options, Mott & Bow only has three offerings from which to choose: straight, slim, and skinny. And for you jean purists out there, you won't have to worry about distressed looks or odd paint splatters that are meant to make you look handier than you are. Rather, Mott & Bow jeans are simple, sleek, and classic.

Folks are also particularly taken by Mott & Bow's free try and return service, which is exactly what it sounds like: pick a pair of jeans, get them sent to your doorstep to try them on, and if you don't like them, just send them back. It's like turning your own home into your dressing room. And if you need any additional help, you can always turn to Mott & Bow's phenomenal customer service reps.

Pros: Straightforward styles, incredibly comfortable fit, high-quality material, great customer service

Cons: If you're looking for more variety in your jeans, Mott & Bow may be too to-the-point

Shop denim at Mott & Bow here

The best place to buy plus-size jeans
warp and weft womens jeans

Warp + Weft makes some of the most comfortable jeans I own, and with several beautiful styles, even more beautiful washes, and sizes ranging from 00 to 24, they're a great place to turn when replenishing your jean supply.

You may not have heard of Warp + Weft yet, but believe me, you'll be hearing of them for years to come. The brand comes from the creative director of DL1961, and it's quickly made its way into my heart and closet. Aside from killer looks, Warp + Weft also boasts eco-friendly production methods, soft and comfortable fit, and inclusive sizing.

And when we say eco-friendly production, we mean it. Alas, most jeans are not particularly kind to the earth, as a traditional pair of jeans actually requires 1,500 gallons of water to produce. Warp + Weft, on the other hand, has somehow slimmed down its production to require just 10 gallons of water per pair and recycles 98 percent of that water.

The jeans that come out of this process are some of the softest I've ever worn. It seems to be thanks to a proprietary cotton wrapping technique, which makes all four of the company's core fabrics extremely soft and surprisingly breathable. Despite this level of comfort, they still look structured and sleek, no matter how many times I've run them through the wash.

When it comes to variety in selection, Warp + Weft has more than enough to go around — whether you're looking for a relaxed straight jean or a pastel boot cut, you're in luck. And with sizes ranging from 00 to 24, just about anyone can find a great fit here. I also love the different washes that Warp + Weft offers, particularly the Seine — it's a dark blue that looks effortless and timeless, and would be just as appropriate for work as the weekend.

Somehow, everything still costs under $100, with most jeans priced at $98, and outlet deals cost even less.

Pros: Inclusive sizing (00 to 24), incredibly soft denim, wide selection of styles and washes, affordable price point

Cons: If you prefer a more traditional raw denim feel, the softness of Warp + Weft may be a bit much

Shop denim at Warp + Weft here

Best place to buy petite jeans
madewell demi-boot

Madewell has a large selection of stylish and simple jeans that work particularly well for petite people. 

Shopping for denim can be difficult if you're petite. Standard inseams may be too long, but tailoring can be inconvenient and expensive. Finding great petite jeans that already fit you just right is a much better solution, and you can do that at Madewell. 

Madewell has a large selection of denim and almost all pairs come in regular, tall, and petite options. From skinnies to wide-legs and boyfriend pairs, Madewell has it all. And, because they offer a range of inseams, you can confidently try styles that you normally wouldn't go for.

Many people on the Insider Reviews team swear by the brand's Cali Demi-Boot, a kick-flare option that's fitted through the leg with a little extra volume towards the bottom. Insider Reviews executive editor Ellen Hoffman counts these as some of her favorite jeans. She says, "Madewell's demi-bootcut jeans are another winner for petite ladies like me. The regular version has a 26-inch inseam that perfectly suits my 5-foot-3 frame, but Madewell also offers tall and petite options."

Whether your style is eccentric or subdued, you're sure to find something you love in Madewell's extensive catalog. With dark washes, light ones, and even pairs covered in funky embroidery, Madewell makes it easy to find your perfect pair. — Remi Rosmarin

Pros: Regular, tall, and petite options; tons of styles and washes

Cons: Some pairs run large, prices vary by wash

Shop denim at Madewell here

Best place to buy high-end jeans
rag&bone

Rag & Bone jeans are pricey, but the denim is high-quality, and the styles are timeless and super flattering. 

There are so many high-end denim brands to choose from, but Rag & Bone is my go-to when it comes to splurging on jeans. The quality is top-notch, the styles are classic and cool, and the fits are always flattering. 

Rag & Bone's breadth of styles has something for everyone. The brand has a large selection with everything from classic skinnies to of-the-moment flares to color-blocked designs. But these stylish, durable jeans don't come cheap — most pairs will cost you around $200 or more

Many of us on the Insider Reviews team count Rag & Bone jeans as our favorite, including myself. I've loved every pair I've tried from the brand. From the quality craftsmanship to the effortless styles, Rag & Bone jeans feel worth the hefty price tag. What stands out to me most though is the fit. There's an attention to detail that makes these some of the most flattering jeans I've ever put on. Jeans are ripped in the right places, fitted where you want them to be, and looser in the areas where you need some extra give like around the waist. I'm constantly complimented on my Rag & Bone jeans. Insider Reviews senior reporter Mara Leighton shares that sentiment. She says, "They're the only pants I am asked about every time I wear them — and they're the only pair I've liked enough to get tailored when they ripped instead of just trying something new."

If you're looking to splurge on a pair of jeans that'll last a lifetime in your wardrobe, Rag & Bone is a great option. — Remi Rosmarin

Pros: Flattering, raw denim feel, wide range of classic and trending styles

Cons: Expensive, can run small

Shop denim at Rag & Bone here 

The best place to buy skinny jeans
Liverpool jeans for women

Skinny jeans can feel like suffocating jeans, but somehow, Liverpool manages to make even the slimmest of cuts feel comfortable.

Skinny jeans may be closet staples, but then again, they also tend to be cruel reminders that beauty is pain. As it turns out, it doesn't have to be that way, especially not if Liverpool is in the mix. This brand is known for testing its jeans on a variety of body types, which means that they're truly made for everybody. And when it comes to its skinny styles, this cross-fitting practice makes for unbelievably comfortable jeans that don't veer into "jegging" territory.

Liverpool offers dozens of styles within its skinny category alone, many of which come in various shades and fabrics. But what unites them all is their almost unbelievable wearability. I love the Abby Skinny 4-Way Stretch Contour in the dark wash. Thanks to the four-way stretch, they leave you with enough leeway to actually move around. 

If you fall in love with Liverpool (which, let's face it, you most likely will), you'll find that serving as a brand evangelist pays for itself. The company offers a pretty sweet referral program, which helps you earn and use points for discounts on future purchases. Moreover, Liverpool often runs pretty steep sales, which makes their sub-$100 jeans even more affordable.

Pros: Super comfortable and flattering skinny jeans, plenty of styles, extensive referral program

Cons: Some folks may be put off by the number of rhinestones and patterns available within Liverpool (but there are plenty of other options to choose from too)

Shop denim at Liverpool here, also at Nordstrom

The best place to buy performance jeans
duer jeans for women

Jeans are meant to be the workhorse of pants, and DUER's jeans live up to that promise.

To find the intersection between form and function, head on over to DUER. The brand's slogan is "Denim for the Adventurous," and those are more than just words. Back in 2013, Gary Lennet (who previously spent 25 years making jeans for Levi's, Guess, and Lee) teamed up with Abid Hafeez, an expert in performance fabric with decades of experience to his own name. A little over a year later, the duo launched their first pair of jeans on Kickstarter, raising more than $50,000 and plenty of demand for their L2X Performance Denim. A year later, their second pair of jeans launched on the crowdfunding platform to the tune of $250,000. The rest, as they say, is history.

DUER sets itself apart through its Performance Denim, a supremely stretchable and lightweight fabric that is not only durable but also moisture-wicking and anti-stink. That means that even after a long day of outdoor adventures, your jeans won't smell like they've been working hard.

Indeed, DUER jeans can be found at outdoor retailers like REI, and adventurous women and men alike have made the brand their go-to when it comes to buying jeans that can make an easy transition from the city to the country.

I love the brand's straight cuts, which somehow manage to hit the ankle at just the right length (which is perfect for tucking into hiking boots). The flexibility of the fabric also allows for maximum movement, which means that you're not only comfortable all day, but not restricted from potentially strenuous activity. Also comfortable are the brand's skinny jeans with a side slit — they're just breathable enough to withstand the sun on a summer's day and fashion-forward enough to double as a pair of designer jeans.

Pros: Flexible fabric, durable and long-lasting, made for the outdoors

Cons: DUER jeans can get a little pricey, generally starting around $119

Shop performance denim at DUER here

What else we considered
Universal Standard jeans
Universal Standard size-inclusive denim.
  • Universal Standard: Universal Standard's denim ranges from size 00 to 40, with a well-curated selection of stylish, universally flattering options. 
  • Agolde: Inspired by denim trends of the past, Agolde jeans balance vintage silhouettes with modern sustainable manufacturing practices. The durable denim won't bag out on you and comes in lots of cool styles. 
  • DSTLD: Made in the same factories as high-end brands, DSTLD is able to sell premium denim at affordable prices by cutting out the middleman. You can get most of their quality pairs for less than $100. 
  • Levi's: People have been relying on Levi's for durable denim for decades now, so you can be sure they're made to last. While the brand may be over 150 years old, you can find vintage and on-trend styles. 
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A great white T-shirt is a staple that you'll wear every season. The Everlane Cotton Crew is our top pick because it's made from supersoft cotton, has a versatile silhouette, and is less than $20. 


The best loungewear

The best loungewear is perfect for relaxing at home, plus it's stylish enough that you wouldn't be embarrassed to be seen in it. We love all of Tommy John's loungewear from the cozy joggers to the lightweight underwear. 


The best blazers

A nice blazer is an investment piece that you can dress up or down for a number of occasions. Whether you're looking for a more retro style, a classic silhouette, or a plain black blazer you can wear with everything, we've got you covered with lots of great picks. 


The best pajamas

A comfortable set of pajamas makes bedtime all the better. We picked plenty of pajamas that look as good as they feel. The J.Crew Dreamy Cotton Pajamas are our top pick because they're comfortable, cute, and come in a wide range of sizes.


The best flats

Flats are probably one of the most comfortable pairs of shoes you can buy, but it can be hard to find ones that are as stylish as they are easy to wear. The Everlane Day Glove is our top pick because it's comfortable enough to wear for hours without blisters and has a simple, versatile style that goes with pretty much anything.

 

 

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The best men’s workout clothes

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  • It's important to be comfortable while working out and that starts with making sure you're wearing the correct apparel. 
  • Whether it's a pair of shorts designed for runners or a specific fabric that reduces odor, there's a variety of workout clothing fit for anyone's lifestyle or fitness preference. 
  • We've rounded up a collection of the best workout clothes for men, with gear from brands like Vuori, Rhone, and Janji. 

Working out in the right attire makes a world of difference. Though a simple pair of shorts and a sweat-wicking shirt may not seem like a world-beating combination, they are far better than some ratty pair of gym shorts and a cotton tee from your dresser. Put plainly, your workouts benefit from you feeling comfortable. 

And just because a workout kit performs well, doesn't mean it can't also look the part. As brands continue to innovate fit and function, they've kept an eye on design, too. Many of today's best workout apparel brands offer clothing that's not just meant to sweat in but something you'd put on for hanging around the house or running errands. 

Your exercise regimen isn't one-dimensional, so why should your clothes be any different?

How to shop for workout clothes

The new wave of men's workout gear wants to help you perform your best by keeping you cool and comfortable. And while your gym clothes certainly ought to be ready for even the most strenuous of activities, they also need to be presentable enough for you to wear outside of your workout environment.

When determining the kind of workout gear you need to accommodate your lifestyle, consider the type of exercise you do most often. Clothing is just another tool to help or hinder you, so be sure you're buying the right gear for the right activity.

A piece of clothing's ability to withstand cycles in the washing machine is also a key quality. You'll likely be sweating through these clothes a lot and (hopefully) putting them in the laundry quite often. If you're buying flimsily made clothing, you'll have to replace them much more often.

You'll also want to consider how multi-purpose you need your gear to be. Are you only going to wear those joggers to the gym, or are they also for lounging around? Is that long sleeve tee just as good for your run as it is for running errands on the weekend?

Today's active gear ought to double as gear for an active lifestyle, so be sure that whatever you're buying is capable of as many reps as you are. That said, regardless of what workout gear you choose from the following options, you'll be in good hands.

Here are the best men's workout clothes:

  • Best workout gear overall: Vuori
  • Best workout gear for runners: Janji
  • Best budget workout gear: MPG
  • Best workout gear for dispelling odors: Rhone
  • Best workout gear for cross-training: Ten Thousand
  • Best workout gear for comfort: Olivers

Updated on 9/15/2020 by Rick Stella: Added Ten Thousand as the pick for best workout gear for cross-training, updated the section on how to shop for workout clothes, checked the availability of each recommended brand, and updated the prices and links where necessary. 

The best workout gear overall
Vuori workout clothes

Vuori's clothing is both lightweight and comfortable, which makes it a breeze to work out inside or outside during summer.

It's obvious the Encinitas, California-based Vuori takes its inspiration from the beach. The workout gear from this company may just make you think you're on the West Coast, with its comfortable, lightweight fit. 

In particular, we loved the Trail Short, the lightest weight all-purpose pair of shorts from Vuori. The shorts have an elastic waist, supportive Coolmax anti-odor liner, and an athletic fit. The shorts also come with front pockets and a back zip pocket, as well as an iPhone holder in the liner.

Also beloved in the Vuori line is the Tradewind Performance shirt and the company's perennially popular joggers. The Tradewind Tee is the company's most technical in the lineup, featuring micro-perforation for ventilation, flatlock seams, and a front chest pocket. The shirt promises to wick moisture and dry quickly, making it perfect for a run, a hot yoga session, or anything in between.

Pros: Supreme comfort, quick-drying material, great for a wide variety of workouts

Cons: Some customers found that the shorts could be a bit restrictive due to narrow leg holes

 

The best workout gear for runners
Janji

Janji's running gear is functional, comfortable, and built to hold up no matter if you're doing a casual 5K or training for a marathon.

Attaching superlative terms to workout gear often comes down to personal preference (and moderate exaggeration) but in the case of Janji, and the brand's extremely high quality running clothes, calling it the best isn't an overstatement — it legitimately makes some of the finest gear on the market. From running shorts and caps to tees, tanks, and weather-resistant tops, Janji covers the running basics in its own signature style. 

Some highlights are its 2-in-1 Traverse Short which comes with a built-in liner for extra coverage, four strategically located stash pockets for keys or cash, and a fast-drying, moisture-wicking fabric. They're functional enough for trail runs, neighborhood jobs, or even race day. 

Its AFO Singlet is also a great choice for summer runners as it's lightweight enough to keep you cool yet still protective. The singlet is also made using fast-drying, moisture-wicking fabric and features a four-way stretch to always move how you move. 

We've been running in Janji gear for some time now and keep coming back to it no matter the season. Its shorts are extremely comfortable, no matter how many miles you intend to run, and its tops and caps keep you protected and cool. The brand's selection of fun prints is a nice added touch, too. 

Pros: High-quality apparel for runners, most pieces feature quick-drying, moisture-wicking fabric, and are extremely comfortable

Cons: Can be spendy depending on the piece

 

The best budget workout gear
MPG workout clothes

MPG Sport understands that working out shouldn't cost you an arm and a leg, and is creating gear that helps you live a financially responsible lifestyle.

Your gym membership is expensive enough, so your gym clothes don't have to be. Luckily, MPG Sport agrees. Short for Mondetta Performance Gear, MPG offers a wide range of clothing and workout gear that won't break the bank. 

Take, for instance, the Defender Performance Cashmere Shirt. This shirt feels like luxury without the luxury price tag. But it's not just the softness of the shirt that's important — It's the benefits it gives you during your workout.

The mix of Tencel, a recyclable and environmentally-friendly material derived from wood pulp, and cashmere helps you adapt to different temperatures. That means that you'll be warm in the winter but remain cool and dry in the summer. Plus, with colors like Port and Navy Sky, this shirt can transition well from the gym to just about anywhere else.

Also noteworthy is the Premier 1/4 Zip Stink-Free Seamless Pullover, which is made from NILIT fibers to protect against bacteria build-up and sweat stench. Well-fitted and nicely tailored, this was another piece that looks great. And the best part? It's on sale for $24.

If you're looking for shorts or pants, MPG has you covered as well. The Hype 3.0 Essential 7-inch Short promises plenty of flexibility as well as moisture-wicking properties. Alternatively, if you need something a bit longer, you might consider the Industry Essential Fleece Joggers, which are surprisingly warm given how light they are.

Pros: Affordable prices, wide selection of products, fabric that is soft yet ready for a hard workout

Cons: The sheer amount of product might be overwhelming for someone shopping online

 

The best workout gear for dispelling odors
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It's all about the GoldFusion technology with Rhone, which makes good on its promise to keep you stink-free.

Back in 2016, Rhone managed to raise nearly $113,000 to bring its GoldFusion technology to its line of activewear. And now, that proprietary formula can be found in a wide range of activewear.

Rhone has long been one of our favorite makers of men's workout gear. Much of it is indeed due to the company's GoldFusion technology, a proprietary, eco-friendly fabric treatment that leverages real gold particles to help fabrics dry up to three times faster. In addition, it's UV protective and promises to permanently control odor.

Two new additions to the Rhone GoldFusion line include the 7-inch Swift Lined short and the Swift Tank. The shorts, meant for running, feature a perforated venting system for cooling, as well as two side zipper pockets to hold essentials during a jog. Plus, a soft performance liner promises exceptional fit. As for the Swift Tank, this workout shirt features a quick-drying, odor-repelling perforated fabric that keeps you cool as you break a sweat. 

Of course, Rhone also has pieces that don't necessarily have precious metals embedded into them but are no less effective at getting the job done. Take, for instance, the new Mako Unlined short. Available in both 7- and 9-inch lengths, this short is made of lightweight, four-way stretch fabric with plenty of pockets so you can wear them at the gym or anywhere else, too.

Pros: Stink-free technology, comfortable fabric, and great fit  

Cons: Some reviewers note that the shirts can be a bit longer than anticipated

 

The best workout gear for cross-training
TenThousand

So many fitness brands say their apparel is "tested by athletes" but Ten Thousand backs it up with a large roster of athletes located all over the country that put its gear through everything from yoga and HIIT to Crossfit and powerlifting. 

To say Ten Thousand puts its workout clothes through its paces is an understatement — the brand quite literally pushes its gear to the limit by throwing it on wear-testers that do just about any form of exercise imaginable. There's HIIT and powerlifting, strength training and functional fitness, and, of course, running. They even throw a little yoga in the mix to show off its comfort and versatility. 

But just because there's a large variety in the types of workouts the gear can handle doesn't mean there's page after page of a specific short or top fit for an exact routine. Quite the opposite, actually, and simplicity in what it offers is what makes Ten Thousand even more appealing.

There are five different shorts, two tees, one tank top, a quarter-zip long sleeve shirt, a base layer and compression short, one pair of pants, and a no-show and crew cut sock — as well as a Ten Thousand mesh hat and insulated water bottle to round out the collection. After spending many a workout decked out in the gear, the performance of each piece is as impressive as its field testing. 

No matter what I chose to do, the apparel felt comfortable and functional, and was always fit to hold up to whatever I threw at it. Maybe I'd be out for a 20-mile bike ride after doing a resistance band workout in my apartment. Perhaps it was a 45-minute yoga session followed by a quick jog around my neighborhood. Regardless of what it was, the gear held up and never felt out of place.

Even the prices aren't shocking to stomach. The shorts range from $58 on up to $72 while the tees are in the $50 range (which is what you should expect to pay for premium workout apparel). My favorite pieces are the lightweight Distance Shirt that held up well during particularly sweaty workouts (thanks to humid NYC summers) and the Tactical Short that performed just as well on a run as it did while I was on my bike or lifting weights. -- Rick Stella

Pros: Lightweight, comfortable workout gear that's built for a wide range of workouts and use cases

Cons: Pockets can be too small to hold much else besides keys or credit cards, sizing in the shirt can run small

The best workout gear for comfort
olivers workout clothes for men

Workout clothes don't have to feel like workout clothes and that's why Olivers created some of its gear with merino wool.

Merino wool is unlikely to be the first material that comes to mind when you think of workout gear but that's just the sort of innovative thinking that makes Olivers' clothes so comfortable. The highly breathable gear from Olivers is so comfortable, you may never want to take it off.

While Olivers' first well-known article of clothing was the All Over Short, the brand has proven it's capable of creating a wide range of comfortable, functional gear. The Terminal Tech Tee is a particular favorite of the Business Insider team, too. This merino tech mesh tee not only keeps you cool and dry but it also fits well. As Insider Reviews' Amir Ismael noted, "the Terminal Tech Tee..fits exactly as a T-shirt should."

While you can certainly work out in the naturally odor-resistant shirt, it's also just as appropriate for a day full of errands or a casual date night.

Oh, and by the way, Olivers promises your clothes will last for at least a year with its Olivers guarantee. The company will replace or repair any product "with a fault outside of normal wear and tear for up to 12 months" after your initial purchase.

Pros: Superior comfort, great fit, great style without being ostentatious

Cons: Some reviewers noted that the sizing could be a bit different from the website's suggestions.

 

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The best meal kit delivery services

  • Why spend yet another dinner eating the same takeout when you can impress yourself with your culinary abilities?
  • We tested a variety of meal kits and found Blue Apron to be the overall winner because of its creative, healthy, generously-portioned, and well-seasoned meals — not to mention its optional companion wine subscription service. 
  • That being said, if you tend to prioritize all-organic ingredients, a plant-based lifestyle, or fast prep time, you may prefer another meal kit service that caters to those specific preferences. 
  • If you want to save yourself even more time and effort while still eating right, check out our guide to the best pre-made meal delivery services.

Note: As of 3/17/20, the FDA announced there is no evidence that food produced in the US and imported foods can transmit COVID-19. There is also no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with the transmission of COVID-19.

We've included updates, where available, from meal kit delivery services that have confirmed shipping delays or increased production plans as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. 

Maybe it's not the cooking you're unwilling to do. It's the recipe planning, the ingredient sourcing, and the shopping for difficult-to-find spices and cuts of meat that's keeping you from your kitchen. But with the right meal kit, you'll be able to (re)discover your inner chef and save yourself from ordering the same takeout meal for the fifth night in a row.

While the meal kit space seems more crowded than ever these days, there are certainly a few standouts. Of course, there are various factors that you should keep in mind before deciding which service is best for you, including dietary preferences and restrictions, eco-friendliness, and portion size. 

Here are the best meal kits we've tried:

Prices and links are accurate as of 9/11/2020. We've updated information related to delivery, stock, and donation options for all the companies in light of the novel coronavirus. 

The best meal kit overall
best meal kit delivery

If you're looking for creative recipes, thoughtful kit design, and the inspiration necessary to start cooking more for yourself, Blue Apron is the way to go. 

Note: As of 9/11/20, Blue Apron is not experiencing any delivery delays, but in an earlier statement, it said it may discontinue some recipes in order to maintain quality and order fulfillment. You may also experience longer than usual response times from its Customer Experience team. In addition to donating food through existing food bank partners like City Harvest, Blue Apron is accepting donations for Feeding America. 

One of my primary complaints about many meal kits is that they often seem to be about two-thirds of a full meal. But with Blue Apron, this isn't the case. For folks looking for a well-composed, classic, yet creative take on dinner, there are few meal kits that fit the bill better than this popular (and heavily advertised) option.

Blue Apron is probably one of the most recognizable names in the meal kit world, and for good reason. The ingredients that I received were neatly packaged and high quality and the recipes were easy to follow. They also included clever little boxes for you to check off things that you had done, though this probably isn't quite so necessary for the more advanced chef.

Perhaps one of my favorite things about Blue Apron's recipe cards, however, has nothing to do with the instructions or the ingredients — rather, it's the wine pairings. Blue Apron has a companion wine subscription service, which we've previously reviewed, and the meal kits are paired directly with a Blue Apron wine.

As far as the meals themselves, I found Blue Apron to be simple yet creative. Za'atar chicken was precisely what you might expect from a chicken dish, with a well-cooked protein, roasted vegetables, and a fluffy couscous base. But what saved it from boredom was the truly delightful Za'atar spice. I often complain about foods being under-spiced, this certainly wasn't the case.

Blue Apron is also customizable, as it provides options for both two-person and four-person meals. Although some delivery services seem to provide rather small portions, with Blue Apron, I always felt as though there was sufficient food for two full-grown adults with hearty appetites, and didn't feel like I was missing out on my vegetables or skimping on my protein — everything felt well-balanced and thoughtfully put together.

In the spirit of actually making people better chefs, which is what meal kits ought to be about, Blue Apron is actually teaching us to fish, metaphorically speaking. Blue Apron has its own online cookbook, which features detailed recipes of their dishes, organized by date and season.

So if you want to buy the ingredients needed for Crispy Catfish with Coconut-Lime Curry & Kale, you can easily recreate a Blue Apron meal without ever getting anything shipped to your front door. The digital recipe cards also feature the estimated preparation time, nutrition facts, and suggested wine pairings. 

Some meals seemed more expensive through Blue Apron than if I'd just bought the ingredients at the grocery store. This complaint can be justified by the overall convenience of the service and the ease of making the meals, but it's something to note if budget is on your mind. —Lulu Chang 

Pros: Familiar recipes with a twist, wine pairing suggestions, easy-to-follow directions, options for both two and four-person families

Cons: Some recipes may not justify the price point, given that ingredients are quite straightforward and easy to find in your local supermarket

Read our full review of Blue Apron's Mediterranean diet recipes 

The best organic meal kit
sun basket

Sun Basket impresses from start to finish, from its sourcing of organic produce to its attention to detail when it comes to oft-neglected meal components like flavorful sauces. 

Note: As of 9/11/20, Sun Basket is not experiencing any delivery issues. 

One of Sun Basket's primary talking points is its use of organic produce and clean ingredients.

Over 99% of its produce from the USDA-certified organic company is organic, and it takes seasonality seriously when developing its recipes. In addition, it provides responsibly raised meats and poultry, focusing on antibiotic- and hormone-free meats, pasture-raised or grass-fed animals, and wild-caught seafood. Sun Basket will impress anyone who takes sourcing seriously and wants to eat more responsibly and sustainably. 

The environmentally-conscious ethos also translates into the packaging. Almost all the company's packaging materials are recyclable, and even the ice pack can be composted and recycled. You can reuse things like the sauce jars for your own meal prep.

Speaking of sauce, Insider Reviews contributor Lulu Chang calls Sun Basket's mastery of sauces a major highlight. She says, "The California-based company has long hung its hat on its health-conscious recipes that can accommodate just about any diet, but really, all they need to do is have you taste their romesco or have a spoonful of their pesto. The availability of the sauces also makes Sun Basket meals very straightforward when it comes to preparation. After all, much of the flavor of your meal comes in a little jar, which you can simply spoon on at the end (or throughout the recipe)." 

Sun Basket is much more than an organic meal kit-only service. It provides add-on options like egg bites, yogurt drinks, and granola from vetted brands that tend to be paleo, gluten-free, vegan, and/or Non-GMO Project Certified. Right now, it's also a great place to stock up on protein that may difficult to find in stores: steaks, chicken breast, salmon, and more. 

When it comes to the actual cooking process, Sun Basket looks to make things as easy as possible and takes care of some of the more tedious components for you. For example, butternut squash will come to you pre-cut, and cauliflower rice comes pre-ground so you don't have to pull out your food processor. Some recipes are designated 20-minute meals, and Sun Basket lives up to this promise. —Connie Chen

Pros: Organic ingredients and responsible sourcing, health-conscious recipes that take many dietary restrictions into account, tasty sauces 

Cons: Slightly pricier than competitors due to ingredient sourcing 

Read our full review of Sun Basket

The best meal kit for variety
best meal kit delivery 2

Home Chef makes dinner more interesting without the complication. Its weekly rotating menu has more than a dozen recipes, which include customization options, easy-prep meals, and protein packs. 

Note: As of 9/11/20, Home Chef customers may experience delivery delays or cancellations as the coronavirus situation evolves, and will receive notifications from the customer support team. Home Chef has created a COVID-19 Response Fund in partnership with Feeding America to donate meals to those in need.

Omnivores who love eating anything and everything can appreciate Home Chef's large and diverse menus. It's almost difficult choosing just a few dishes each week because of the range in cuisine and ingredients.

I know I had trouble, but it's not like I suffered — every recipe I tried turned out to be fresh, delicious, and easy to make. There are indulgent options, like Cajun Chicken Thigh Cornbread Pie, as well as lighter meals like Cashew Tofu.

Although there are ways to make the recipes vegetarian, Home Chef isn't the best for people with certain dietary restrictions, but it does work well with everyone from couples to large families (you can order up to eight servings) who enjoy exploring all types of food. 

The online experience feels streamlined and intuitive, so even newcomers to the meal kit world will feel immediately at ease. You can skip meals and add or substitute protein options without any trouble, plus filter recipes of cook time and meal type. 

In addition to the online directory of recipes, you'll get a binder to store all your physical recipe cards so you can easily refer to them later. On the recipe cards, Home Chef offers many customization options such as protein substitutions. 

All in all, Home Chef is simply a consistent and enjoyable meal kit experience. It doesn't have extra frills like snacks, breakfast, or wine, but you never feel like you're sold short in terms of recipe variety. 

Home Chef also offers a 10% discount to first responders, doctors, nurses, hospital employees, teachers, and military personnel. You can verify your status on the website to receive the discount. —Connie Chen

Pros: Well-designed recipes and website, customization opportunities, large menu, large serving size option

Cons: Not ideal for those with dietary restrictions, lacks extras like snacks or wine

Read our full review of Home Chef

The best meal kit for quick dishes
Hello Fresh 2

If you're looking for a no-fuss dinner that is quick and easy to prepare, HelloFresh's meals come together in 20 to 30 minutes. 

Note: As of 9/11/20, HelloFresh says there are no major disruptions to its service and any unscheduled changes to your delivery will be communicated. You'll receive a full refund if it's unable to deliver your box. HelloFresh has donated $180,000 worth of meals to City Harvest to feed New Yorkers in need. 

The whole point of meal kits is to make cooking at home easier, and no one does this better than HelloFresh. If you're looking for a way to make your own dinner without breaking a sweat, breaking the bank, or standing over a hot stove for more than 30 minutes, then say hello to HelloFresh.

Of the many meal kits I tested, few were as true to the estimated preparation time as HelloFresh. This is likely because there are fewer ingredients associated with these meal kits — there's little pretension and little complexity involved. But that's not a bad thing, and it doesn't mean that its meals are any less tasty.

In fact, for folks who are looking for something just a little more high brow, HelloFresh does have a few new premium options available every week in their recipe selection. I opted for the Pan-Seared Duck Breast, a well-composed meal that also featured duck fat fried potatoes, sauteed asparagus, and grape tomatoes.

Whenever duck is on the menu, I temporarily forego my pescatarian tendencies, and I was certainly glad to have done so. While duck may seem like a rather unapproachable ingredient, HelloFresh's straightforward recipe made the protein easy to work with and decidedly delicious.

This seems to be the mentality behind most of HelloFresh's recipes: prove that even without bells and whistles, food can be delicious. For example, the Tuscan Shrimp and Orzo was easy to prepare, requiring nothing but shrimp, orzo pasta, and roasted tomatoes, but was still a flavorful meal that took about half an hour to prepare (the duck, by the way, was similarly speedy).

Like Blue Apron, HelloFresh also offers a companion wine subscription service, and while Blue Apron offers smaller 500 mL bottles, you can get full-sized bottles from HelloFresh to go along with your meal.

HelloFresh similarly boasts a recipe archive where you can get the instructions for all your favorite meals (not just the ones that are on the docket this week). And if you have dietary restrictions, HelloFresh lets you select a veggie-friendly menu right from the get-go, helping to avoid sifting through recipes that you won't be able to eat. —Lulu Chang

Pros: Simple, straightforward recipes that are quick and easy to prepare, all while being quite tasty

Cons: While the premium meals are an exception, most of HelloFresh's meals might otherwise seem too simple for folks looking to go on a culinary adventure

The best meal kit for simple dishes
Dinnerly

Dinnerly may just be the best meal kit on the market for fans of simplicity and classic comfort food.

Note: As of 9/11/20, Dinnerly is not experiencing any delivery issues.

At less than $5 per serving, it's hard to beat Dinnerly when it comes to price, and that's even the case if you think about doing your own shopping at a grocery market. The meal kit is part of the Marley Spoon universe, also known as Martha Stewart's meal kit service. But instead of charging you an extra premium for having someone so well-versed in recipe creation on your side, Dinnerly makes it easy to cook homemade, tasty food.

While some meal kits want to turn you into a gourmand, Dinnerly is perhaps more approachable for folks just starting out in the kitchen. There will be no fancy techniques and no difficult-to-source ingredients. Just straightforward recipes that could quickly become staples.

Generally speaking, the meals that you'll be making with Dinnerly consist of five ingredients. They're neither intimidating nor confusing, and meal prep is the easiest I've ever experienced with a meal kit.

But this isn't to say that I'm conflating lack of complexity with lack of enjoyability. Rather, I've found that Dinnerly consistently provides comforting, approachable food that you'll want to make, eat, and serve.

With Dinnerly, I've made meals like their one pan potato, kale, egg, and cheddar cheese hash — the perfect fall dinner. Preparing the whole thing took effectively no time. I needed only to cut up the potatoes and kale, season them with the included paprika and add some olive oil, salt, and pepper, and then throw everything in the oven. And since making it with Dinnerly for the first time, I've often returned to the same recipe, adding some variations of my own to keep things interesting.

There was also delicious pizza, which was made even better by Dinnerly's inclusion of a still-rising crust — seriously, when a company sends you fresh pizza dough, take it as a gift. And why order out when you can just make one at home, and add all the toppings you want and none of the ones you don't?

I'll also commend Dinnerly on being more eco-friendly than most meal kits. The boxes are smaller, there's less packaging, and rather than sending you recipe cards, you'll receive a PDF of all the meals you're slated to enjoy so that you can save some trees. —Lulu Chang

Pros: Few ingredients, approachable food, eco-friendly, extremely affordable

Cons: if you're a more advanced chef, Dinnerly's options may be a bit too basic for your tastes

The best vegan meal kit
best meal kit delivery 3

As plant-based diets become more popular, Purple Carrot steps in with delicious and hearty meals that never compromise nutrition, taste, and creativity. 

Note: As of 9/11/20, due to increased demand, Purple Carrot says to expect changes like ingredient substitutions and shifts in delivery days. It's donating a percentage of sales from all boxes to Feeding America. 

It's easy to join the plant-based lifestyle, thanks to all the new brands cropping up and services like Purple Carrot that cater to these specific needs. Plant-based diets are healthy and better for the planet because it requires less water and produces fewer carbon emissions to grow ingredients than to raise cows. 

Purple Carrot is especially great for people who are transitioning to a more plant-based diet or aren't sure how to cook meat or dairy. It shows you how there are always creative workarounds and flavor combinations with all the plants on this planet, resulting in filling, delicious recipes like Warm Japanese Yam & Shiitake Salad and Parmesan Gnocchi with Melted Summer Squash & Basil.

Plus, most of its non-produce items are organic, though all other ingredients can vary on organic or non-GMO status. 

Changing your eating habits is never easy, but Purple Carrot makes the shift just a little more manageable. I'm not strictly plant-based, but I am trying to eat less meat, and Purple Carrot gave me nice inspiration for how I could continue eating this type of diet, even if I don't personally continue the subscription. 

Compared to other meal kits I've tested, I noticed Purple Carrot does use blenders and food processors often to make its sauces, so make sure you have these appliances on hand and are prepared for a little extra cleanup afterward. 

If you so choose, it also has breakfasts, lunches, and snacks covered with healthy options. 

Pros: Delicious and filling recipes for people who are on plant-based diets or who are interested in starting one 

Cons: Slightly pricier than competitors due to ingredient sourcing, requires more kitchen tools 

What else we considered
gobble meals

Gobble: Gobble says its meals can be made in 15 minutes or less, though in my testing, it took more like 25 — which is still quite quick. There was a good variety of dishes but not a way to filter them much by dietary restrictions. You can add on extra protein, snacks, and sides, which was a great perk and helped dishes feel less like they came from a meal kit and more like homecooked dishes. Read our full reviews here and here.

 

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The best meal kit delivery services

  • Why spend yet another dinner eating the same takeout when you can impress yourself with your culinary abilities?
  • We tested a variety of meal kits and found Blue Apron to be the overall winner because of its creative, healthy, generously-portioned, and well-seasoned meals — not to mention its optional companion wine subscription service. 
  • That being said, if you tend to prioritize all-organic ingredients, a plant-based lifestyle, or fast prep time, you may prefer another meal kit service that caters to those specific preferences. 
  • If you want to save yourself even more time and effort while still eating right, check out our guide to the best pre-made meal delivery services.

Note: As of 3/17/20, the FDA announced there is no evidence that food produced in the US and imported foods can transmit COVID-19. There is also no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with the transmission of COVID-19.

We've included updates, where available, from meal kit delivery services that have confirmed shipping delays or increased production plans as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. 

Maybe it's not the cooking you're unwilling to do. It's the recipe planning, the ingredient sourcing, and the shopping for difficult-to-find spices and cuts of meat that's keeping you from your kitchen. But with the right meal kit, you'll be able to (re)discover your inner chef and save yourself from ordering the same takeout meal for the fifth night in a row.

While the meal kit space seems more crowded than ever these days, there are certainly a few standouts. Of course, there are various factors that you should keep in mind before deciding which service is best for you, including dietary preferences and restrictions, eco-friendliness, and portion size. 

Here are the best meal kits we've tried:

Prices and links are accurate as of 9/11/2020. We've updated information related to delivery, stock, and donation options for all the companies in light of the novel coronavirus. 

The best meal kit overall
best meal kit delivery

If you're looking for creative recipes, thoughtful kit design, and the inspiration necessary to start cooking more for yourself, Blue Apron is the way to go. 

Note: As of 9/11/20, Blue Apron is not experiencing any delivery delays, but in an earlier statement, it said it may discontinue some recipes in order to maintain quality and order fulfillment. You may also experience longer than usual response times from its Customer Experience team. In addition to donating food through existing food bank partners like City Harvest, Blue Apron is accepting donations for Feeding America. 

One of my primary complaints about many meal kits is that they often seem to be about two-thirds of a full meal. But with Blue Apron, this isn't the case. For folks looking for a well-composed, classic, yet creative take on dinner, there are few meal kits that fit the bill better than this popular (and heavily advertised) option.

Blue Apron is probably one of the most recognizable names in the meal kit world, and for good reason. The ingredients that I received were neatly packaged and high quality and the recipes were easy to follow. They also included clever little boxes for you to check off things that you had done, though this probably isn't quite so necessary for the more advanced chef.

Perhaps one of my favorite things about Blue Apron's recipe cards, however, has nothing to do with the instructions or the ingredients — rather, it's the wine pairings. Blue Apron has a companion wine subscription service, which we've previously reviewed, and the meal kits are paired directly with a Blue Apron wine.

As far as the meals themselves, I found Blue Apron to be simple yet creative. Za'atar chicken was precisely what you might expect from a chicken dish, with a well-cooked protein, roasted vegetables, and a fluffy couscous base. But what saved it from boredom was the truly delightful Za'atar spice. I often complain about foods being under-spiced, this certainly wasn't the case.

Blue Apron is also customizable, as it provides options for both two-person and four-person meals. Although some delivery services seem to provide rather small portions, with Blue Apron, I always felt as though there was sufficient food for two full-grown adults with hearty appetites, and didn't feel like I was missing out on my vegetables or skimping on my protein — everything felt well-balanced and thoughtfully put together.

In the spirit of actually making people better chefs, which is what meal kits ought to be about, Blue Apron is actually teaching us to fish, metaphorically speaking. Blue Apron has its own online cookbook, which features detailed recipes of their dishes, organized by date and season.

So if you want to buy the ingredients needed for Crispy Catfish with Coconut-Lime Curry & Kale, you can easily recreate a Blue Apron meal without ever getting anything shipped to your front door. The digital recipe cards also feature the estimated preparation time, nutrition facts, and suggested wine pairings. 

Some meals seemed more expensive through Blue Apron than if I'd just bought the ingredients at the grocery store. This complaint can be justified by the overall convenience of the service and the ease of making the meals, but it's something to note if budget is on your mind. —Lulu Chang 

Pros: Familiar recipes with a twist, wine pairing suggestions, easy-to-follow directions, options for both two and four-person families

Cons: Some recipes may not justify the price point, given that ingredients are quite straightforward and easy to find in your local supermarket

Read our full review of Blue Apron's Mediterranean diet recipes 

The best organic meal kit
sun basket

Sun Basket impresses from start to finish, from its sourcing of organic produce to its attention to detail when it comes to oft-neglected meal components like flavorful sauces. 

Note: As of 9/11/20, Sun Basket is not experiencing any delivery issues. 

One of Sun Basket's primary talking points is its use of organic produce and clean ingredients.

Over 99% of its produce from the USDA-certified organic company is organic, and it takes seasonality seriously when developing its recipes. In addition, it provides responsibly raised meats and poultry, focusing on antibiotic- and hormone-free meats, pasture-raised or grass-fed animals, and wild-caught seafood. Sun Basket will impress anyone who takes sourcing seriously and wants to eat more responsibly and sustainably. 

The environmentally-conscious ethos also translates into the packaging. Almost all the company's packaging materials are recyclable, and even the ice pack can be composted and recycled. You can reuse things like the sauce jars for your own meal prep.

Speaking of sauce, Insider Reviews contributor Lulu Chang calls Sun Basket's mastery of sauces a major highlight. She says, "The California-based company has long hung its hat on its health-conscious recipes that can accommodate just about any diet, but really, all they need to do is have you taste their romesco or have a spoonful of their pesto. The availability of the sauces also makes Sun Basket meals very straightforward when it comes to preparation. After all, much of the flavor of your meal comes in a little jar, which you can simply spoon on at the end (or throughout the recipe)." 

Sun Basket is much more than an organic meal kit-only service. It provides add-on options like egg bites, yogurt drinks, and granola from vetted brands that tend to be paleo, gluten-free, vegan, and/or Non-GMO Project Certified. Right now, it's also a great place to stock up on protein that may difficult to find in stores: steaks, chicken breast, salmon, and more. 

When it comes to the actual cooking process, Sun Basket looks to make things as easy as possible and takes care of some of the more tedious components for you. For example, butternut squash will come to you pre-cut, and cauliflower rice comes pre-ground so you don't have to pull out your food processor. Some recipes are designated 20-minute meals, and Sun Basket lives up to this promise. —Connie Chen

Pros: Organic ingredients and responsible sourcing, health-conscious recipes that take many dietary restrictions into account, tasty sauces 

Cons: Slightly pricier than competitors due to ingredient sourcing 

Read our full review of Sun Basket

The best meal kit for variety
best meal kit delivery 2

Home Chef makes dinner more interesting without the complication. Its weekly rotating menu has more than a dozen recipes, which include customization options, easy-prep meals, and protein packs. 

Note: As of 9/11/20, Home Chef customers may experience delivery delays or cancellations as the coronavirus situation evolves, and will receive notifications from the customer support team. Home Chef has created a COVID-19 Response Fund in partnership with Feeding America to donate meals to those in need.

Omnivores who love eating anything and everything can appreciate Home Chef's large and diverse menus. It's almost difficult choosing just a few dishes each week because of the range in cuisine and ingredients.

I know I had trouble, but it's not like I suffered — every recipe I tried turned out to be fresh, delicious, and easy to make. There are indulgent options, like Cajun Chicken Thigh Cornbread Pie, as well as lighter meals like Cashew Tofu.

Although there are ways to make the recipes vegetarian, Home Chef isn't the best for people with certain dietary restrictions, but it does work well with everyone from couples to large families (you can order up to eight servings) who enjoy exploring all types of food. 

The online experience feels streamlined and intuitive, so even newcomers to the meal kit world will feel immediately at ease. You can skip meals and add or substitute protein options without any trouble, plus filter recipes of cook time and meal type. 

In addition to the online directory of recipes, you'll get a binder to store all your physical recipe cards so you can easily refer to them later. On the recipe cards, Home Chef offers many customization options such as protein substitutions. 

All in all, Home Chef is simply a consistent and enjoyable meal kit experience. It doesn't have extra frills like snacks, breakfast, or wine, but you never feel like you're sold short in terms of recipe variety. 

Home Chef also offers a 10% discount to first responders, doctors, nurses, hospital employees, teachers, and military personnel. You can verify your status on the website to receive the discount. —Connie Chen

Pros: Well-designed recipes and website, customization opportunities, large menu, large serving size option

Cons: Not ideal for those with dietary restrictions, lacks extras like snacks or wine

Read our full review of Home Chef

The best meal kit for quick dishes
Hello Fresh 2

If you're looking for a no-fuss dinner that is quick and easy to prepare, HelloFresh's meals come together in 20 to 30 minutes. 

Note: As of 9/11/20, HelloFresh says there are no major disruptions to its service and any unscheduled changes to your delivery will be communicated. You'll receive a full refund if it's unable to deliver your box. HelloFresh has donated $180,000 worth of meals to City Harvest to feed New Yorkers in need. 

The whole point of meal kits is to make cooking at home easier, and no one does this better than HelloFresh. If you're looking for a way to make your own dinner without breaking a sweat, breaking the bank, or standing over a hot stove for more than 30 minutes, then say hello to HelloFresh.

Of the many meal kits I tested, few were as true to the estimated preparation time as HelloFresh. This is likely because there are fewer ingredients associated with these meal kits — there's little pretension and little complexity involved. But that's not a bad thing, and it doesn't mean that its meals are any less tasty.

In fact, for folks who are looking for something just a little more high brow, HelloFresh does have a few new premium options available every week in their recipe selection. I opted for the Pan-Seared Duck Breast, a well-composed meal that also featured duck fat fried potatoes, sauteed asparagus, and grape tomatoes.

Whenever duck is on the menu, I temporarily forego my pescatarian tendencies, and I was certainly glad to have done so. While duck may seem like a rather unapproachable ingredient, HelloFresh's straightforward recipe made the protein easy to work with and decidedly delicious.

This seems to be the mentality behind most of HelloFresh's recipes: prove that even without bells and whistles, food can be delicious. For example, the Tuscan Shrimp and Orzo was easy to prepare, requiring nothing but shrimp, orzo pasta, and roasted tomatoes, but was still a flavorful meal that took about half an hour to prepare (the duck, by the way, was similarly speedy).

Like Blue Apron, HelloFresh also offers a companion wine subscription service, and while Blue Apron offers smaller 500 mL bottles, you can get full-sized bottles from HelloFresh to go along with your meal.

HelloFresh similarly boasts a recipe archive where you can get the instructions for all your favorite meals (not just the ones that are on the docket this week). And if you have dietary restrictions, HelloFresh lets you select a veggie-friendly menu right from the get-go, helping to avoid sifting through recipes that you won't be able to eat. —Lulu Chang

Pros: Simple, straightforward recipes that are quick and easy to prepare, all while being quite tasty

Cons: While the premium meals are an exception, most of HelloFresh's meals might otherwise seem too simple for folks looking to go on a culinary adventure

The best meal kit for simple dishes
Dinnerly

Dinnerly may just be the best meal kit on the market for fans of simplicity and classic comfort food.

Note: As of 9/11/20, Dinnerly is not experiencing any delivery issues.

At less than $5 per serving, it's hard to beat Dinnerly when it comes to price, and that's even the case if you think about doing your own shopping at a grocery market. The meal kit is part of the Marley Spoon universe, also known as Martha Stewart's meal kit service. But instead of charging you an extra premium for having someone so well-versed in recipe creation on your side, Dinnerly makes it easy to cook homemade, tasty food.

While some meal kits want to turn you into a gourmand, Dinnerly is perhaps more approachable for folks just starting out in the kitchen. There will be no fancy techniques and no difficult-to-source ingredients. Just straightforward recipes that could quickly become staples.

Generally speaking, the meals that you'll be making with Dinnerly consist of five ingredients. They're neither intimidating nor confusing, and meal prep is the easiest I've ever experienced with a meal kit.

But this isn't to say that I'm conflating lack of complexity with lack of enjoyability. Rather, I've found that Dinnerly consistently provides comforting, approachable food that you'll want to make, eat, and serve.

With Dinnerly, I've made meals like their one pan potato, kale, egg, and cheddar cheese hash — the perfect fall dinner. Preparing the whole thing took effectively no time. I needed only to cut up the potatoes and kale, season them with the included paprika and add some olive oil, salt, and pepper, and then throw everything in the oven. And since making it with Dinnerly for the first time, I've often returned to the same recipe, adding some variations of my own to keep things interesting.

There was also delicious pizza, which was made even better by Dinnerly's inclusion of a still-rising crust — seriously, when a company sends you fresh pizza dough, take it as a gift. And why order out when you can just make one at home, and add all the toppings you want and none of the ones you don't?

I'll also commend Dinnerly on being more eco-friendly than most meal kits. The boxes are smaller, there's less packaging, and rather than sending you recipe cards, you'll receive a PDF of all the meals you're slated to enjoy so that you can save some trees. —Lulu Chang

Pros: Few ingredients, approachable food, eco-friendly, extremely affordable

Cons: if you're a more advanced chef, Dinnerly's options may be a bit too basic for your tastes

The best vegan meal kit
best meal kit delivery 3

As plant-based diets become more popular, Purple Carrot steps in with delicious and hearty meals that never compromise nutrition, taste, and creativity. 

Note: As of 9/11/20, due to increased demand, Purple Carrot says to expect changes like ingredient substitutions and shifts in delivery days. It's donating a percentage of sales from all boxes to Feeding America. 

It's easy to join the plant-based lifestyle, thanks to all the new brands cropping up and services like Purple Carrot that cater to these specific needs. Plant-based diets are healthy and better for the planet because it requires less water and produces fewer carbon emissions to grow ingredients than to raise cows. 

Purple Carrot is especially great for people who are transitioning to a more plant-based diet or aren't sure how to cook meat or dairy. It shows you how there are always creative workarounds and flavor combinations with all the plants on this planet, resulting in filling, delicious recipes like Warm Japanese Yam & Shiitake Salad and Parmesan Gnocchi with Melted Summer Squash & Basil.

Plus, most of its non-produce items are organic, though all other ingredients can vary on organic or non-GMO status. 

Changing your eating habits is never easy, but Purple Carrot makes the shift just a little more manageable. I'm not strictly plant-based, but I am trying to eat less meat, and Purple Carrot gave me nice inspiration for how I could continue eating this type of diet, even if I don't personally continue the subscription. 

Compared to other meal kits I've tested, I noticed Purple Carrot does use blenders and food processors often to make its sauces, so make sure you have these appliances on hand and are prepared for a little extra cleanup afterward. 

If you so choose, it also has breakfasts, lunches, and snacks covered with healthy options. 

Pros: Delicious and filling recipes for people who are on plant-based diets or who are interested in starting one 

Cons: Slightly pricier than competitors due to ingredient sourcing, requires more kitchen tools 

What else we considered
gobble meals

Gobble: Gobble says its meals can be made in 15 minutes or less, though in my testing, it took more like 25 — which is still quite quick. There was a good variety of dishes but not a way to filter them much by dietary restrictions. You can add on extra protein, snacks, and sides, which was a great perk and helped dishes feel less like they came from a meal kit and more like homecooked dishes. Read our full reviews here and here.

 

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The best women’s underwear

  • You have to wear it every day, so you better make sure your underwear is the most comfortable clothing you own.
  • Tommy John makes the most comfortable women's underwear we've ever worn, and we've tried a lot of underwear. 

Underwear. You won't give it a second thought if it's fabulously comfortable, but if it's anything less than that, it's all you'll be able to think about all the livelong day. And let's be honest — you're way too busy to waste any brain space on something as trivial as underwear. But thankfully, there are plenty of options these days that are as comfortable as they are playful, and you really can't ask for more when it comes to your undergarments.

Long gone are the days of a one size fits all approach to your lingerie. Today, you have plenty of styles, cuts, patterns, and sizes to make you feel confident and sexy from the moment you begin to get dressed.

When it comes to deciding what underwear is best for you, trying really is believing. Luckily, most online underwear companies today have a satisfaction guarantee, so if you receive a pair and realize that the material isn't what you thought it would be, or the fit isn't quite right, don't try to force yourself into liking them. You deserve better than that.

Speaking of material, that's certainly key to keep in mind when selecting the best undergarments for your lifestyle. Are you constantly moving around for a living, or are you generally sitting at a desk? Do you need something a bit more breathable, or are you seeking fuller coverage? Ultimately, you'll need to be sure that whatever material you're working with is durable. After all, these are garments that you'll be putting through the wash a lot, so be sure it can stand up to the spin cycle.

No matter what you choose from our favorite options, we're confident that you'll feel well-suited to take on the world and anything it throws your way.

Here is the best underwear for women:

Updated on 09/04/2020 by Mara Leighton: Updated prices and links, added mention and pricing of Everlane ReNew underwear, and added more brands to the list of what we considered. Our team is currently testing new brands, and we will update this guide in the near future. 

The best overall
Tommy John

Tommy John has mastered the art of underwear with its Second Skin Brief, Air Cheeky, and Air Thong.

For too long feminine underwear has been about sex appeal instead of comfort, but no longer. Tommy John's underwear is hands down the most comfortable underwear you can buy.

Tommy John may have started off with men's underwear, but its new feminine Second Skin and Air underwear collections prove that the company's designers know a thing or two about what people want in a great pair of underwear. That means no scrunching, chafing, bunching, or riding up. And boy does Tommy John's underwear deliver on its promise that there will be "no adjustment needed."

The Insider Reviews team tested out both the Second Skin and Air underwear collections and loved every pair. From the sexy thong and cheeky styles to the practical and attractive briefs, Tommy John's underwear is super comfortable.

I particularly loved the Second Skin Brief, which is made from 90% micro-modal and 10% Spandex. It gives full coverage everywhere you need it without embarrassing panty lines. Most importantly, it looks good, feels great, and never needs adjusting throughout the day.

The entire Second Skin collection is made from the same material, so you can choose the boyshorts, thong, or cheeky instead of the brief, too. Tommy John has lots of color options, including a nice deep purple, a deep rosy pink, white, black, nude, and more.

The Air collection is fantastic for hotter weather or workouts because it's made with improved ventilation, moisture-wicking, and deodorizing fabric. The Air underwear comes in briefs, cheeky, and thongs that are made from 77% Nylon mesh and 23% Spandex.

I really liked the cheeky Air underwear for its comfortable fit and ventilated fabric. My fellow co-workers were also fans of the Air thong for its barely-there feel.

The only real downside here is the price, because at $22 and up, this underwear is very expensive. We recommend going with a value pack to minimize the cost a bit. Besides, you're going to want to wear these every day, so you'll need more than one pair. — Malarie Gokey

Pros: So comfortable, great fit, fun colors, many styles, innovative breathable fabric, no adjustments

Cons: Expensive

Read our full Tommy John underwear review here

The best cotton underwear
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Everlane's underwear collection goes back to basics with supremely soft Supima cotton that's ethically sourced and transparently priced.

If you don't want to spend $20+ on one pair of underwear, you're in luck, because our favorite basics brand Everlane has an underwear collection. The online company is known for its transparent pricing and ethically produced clothing, so you can feel good about the underwear you're buying.

Everlane's underwear collection features bikini, thong, hipster, and high-rise hipster styles that are all made with Supima cotton that's grown in the United States and made into underwear at ethical factories. The cotton's extra-long fibers are super soft on your skin and the material is breathable. 

We at Insider Reviews reviewed Everlane's cotton underwear and recycled nylon underwear and we loved them. The cotton high-rise hipster was a group favorite with its full coverage and comfortable feel. I also personally loved the regular hipster style, which is both sexy and comfortable. Those of us who prefer thongs were also favorably impressed with Everlane's take on that classic sexy style.

All of Everlane's underwear is completely basic, or as the ad campaign says, "No frills. No bows. No bullsh*t." It's your everyday underwear. It's made for you and puts your comfort above anything else.

Perhaps best of all, one pair of Everlane cotton underwear costs $12, which is nearly half the price you'd pay for a pair of Tommy John's underwear. You can get a three-pack for $27, which averages out to $9 a pair. Its ReNew underwear ranges from $15 Hipsters to a $15 thong in neutral colors. You can also buy three pairs of underwear for $33 ($11 each).

If you're looking for affordable, high-quality underwear that's made ethically from the best material, Everlane's Supima cotton underwear is for you. —Malarie Gokey

Pros: Supima cotton is soft, comfortable, breathable, variety of styles, comfortable elastic, ethical production, transparent pricing

Cons: Only basic colors

Read our full Everlane cotton underwear review here

Read our full Everlane ReNew underwear review here

The best seamless underwear
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If you're all about forgetting that you're wearing underwear, Commando is about as close as you're going to get.

Sometimes, the name is all you need. Underwear from Commando will make you look (and feel) as though you're not wearing undergarments in the best way possible.

Commando has one of the wider selections of styles when it comes to online panty retailers. You can select your underwear by type, with options including high rise, active, boy short, and thong, to name a few. Alternatively, you can filter your search results based on materials, which are also wide-ranging on the Commando site. Options include chic mesh, signature microfiber, perfect stretch, luxe, and lace satin, among others.

With the exception of a few styles, colors in the Commando line are generally muted and quite classic. So if you need to find a pair of underwear for the cocktail dress you're wearing to the charity gala, you'll probably want to pull out a pair of Commandos.

New York Magazine says that Commando ticks all the boxes when it comes to both comfort and functionality, and this assessment certainly rang true for me as well. Whether you're wearing leggings or a silk slip, you'll never have to worry about panty lines with Commando's fitted, comfy undies. — Lulu Chang

Pros: No-show design, wide selection of styles and materials, no riding up

Cons: Some styles are expensive

The best budget underwear
Aerie

You only have to pay $25 for 6 pairs of underwear from Aerie, but just because it doesn't cost an arm and a leg doesn't mean it's not a fantastic piece of lingerie.

Great underwear can also come at a great price, and that's precisely where Aerie by American Eagle comes in. Before you write this brand off as one that is only appropriate for tween-aged girls, hear this: You can get 10 pairs of comfortable undies for just $35.

Beyond the unbeatable price point, Aerie also makes truly comfortable and dependable underwear. Simple and unfussy, the majority of these undergarments are made of good ol' cotton. But we're not fazed by the lack of rayon, satin, and silk. 

To say that Aerie has a wide selection would be an understatement — No matter what kind of style or color or print you're looking for, this brand has it.

If all this isn't enough to convince you to give Aerie a try, perhaps the message that the company is trying to send will do the trick. The brand's #AerieReal campaign may have first debuted in 2014, but it's still appealing to people who aren't buying feminine underwear from airbrushed supermodels. The company has long pushed for honest acceptance of people's bodies, and when it makes underwear this wearable, it's pretty easy to accept yourself.  — Lulu Chang

Pros: Supreme affordability, durable and soft material, ability to buy both in stores and online

Cons: Some reviewers have noted that underwear can run a bit small

The best gender-inclusive styles
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TomboyX makes gender-inclusive underwear that ranges in style from thongs to 9-inch boxer briefs and comes in sizes XS to 4X.

In the words of its founders, Tomboy X has been making "underwear that any body could feel comfortable in, regardless of where they fell on the size or gender spectrum" since 2012. Our reviewer says TomboyX "single-handedly changed my underwear standards forever."

TomboyX adapted masculine-style underwear like trunks and boxer briefs to suit women's bodies, giving people who prefer wearing underwear styles that aren't traditionally feminine a more tailored option.

If, for example, you prefer wearing men's boxer briefs, but you're sick of feeling that annoying bunching that comes from creating space for certain parts of male anatomy, TomboyX has boxer briefs for you. Whether you want boyshorts, 4.5-inch long shorts, 6-inch long shorts, or 9-inch long shorts, TomboyX has you covered. 

The company also makes more traditionally feminine styles like thongs, bikinis, and briefs. Sizes range from XS to 4X to suit many different body shapes and sizes, so there really ought to be something for everyone.

The underwear is made with Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex cotton that's eco-friendly. You can also get MicroModal and athlete-friendly Active Drirelease fabric if you prefer.

A few members of the team have tried TomboyX's underwear, and we all love it. Our reviewer Jen Gushue loves the cotton boyshorts. I personally wear the 9-inch briefs in lieu of shapewear under dresses in the summer to avoid chub rub and I find them exceedingly comfortable to sleep in as well. — Malarie Gokey

Pros: Wide selection of colors and patterns, lots of different gender-inclusive underwear types, great cotton and modal materials, eco-friendly

Cons: Expensive

Read our full TomboyX underwear review here

What else we considered
MeUndies

We've tried lots of underwear over the years from brands old and new. All too often, it prioritizes style and sex appeal over comfort. As we put this guide together, we prioritized comfort above all else, and that helped us eliminate a lot of brands. All of our picks are winners because they are tremendously comfortable.

We found a number of brands we also liked, but they were ever so slightly less comfortable than our top picks, so we've included them here in case you want more options.

  • ThirdLove: ThirdLove sent the Insider Reviews team a few pairs to try, including the seamless thong, the lace bikini, and the seamless cheeky. All three styles were very comfortable, silky smooth, and very attractive looking. We loved the fun colors and the sexy little details. Although we love these underwear, our top picks are more comfortable.
  • Hanky Panky: This brand is responsible for many cult-favorite lace styles — primarily thongs. While we love Hanky Panky underwear, they're admittedly a little pricey for what you're getting. If you're a fan it'd be wise to stock up during annual sale events.
  • Spanx: We're fans of the brand's pants and bras, but we haven't yet tested their underwear. However, the brand offers good style variety, comfortable materials, and a decent XS-3X size range.
  • MeUndies: We think MeUndies makes some of the most comfortable underwear ever. But, we think Tommy John underwear is more comfortable, and the company offers more material options (Air Mesh, Cool Cotton, Second Skin, and more). But, MeUndies has the best variety of patterns. 
  • Parade: Parade is relatively inexpensive, offers a variety of colors and styles, and comes in sizes XS-3XL. We also appreciate that the company utilizes diverse models, 85% of its core fabric is recycled, and 1% of the company's profits go to Planned Parenthood. But, it occasionally has low stock and brands like TomboyX have more inclusive messaging, a slightly wider size range, and more options. Parade is definitely cheaper, though.
  • True & Co: For those of us who don't want our underwear to be just barely there, the hipster is the perfect underwear, and True & Co makes great hipsters.
  • Lively: Lively is another great underwear startup that makes affordable underwear at $10 a pair or 3 pairs for $25. We like the brand's underwear, but we think its bras are better.
  • AthletaAs an athletic wear company, Athleta makes great underwear for workouts that's moisture-wicking, odor-resistant, and comfortable.
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