2020 has officially pushed us (the entire world) into an era of peak sweatpants. There are more high-quality, comfortable sweatpants available than ever before – and it’s acceptable to wear them just about anywere.
It’s not hard to find a pair of joggers that combines great style with cozy, warm fabrics (the type you might expect in a pair of the best modern track pants). Whether you like slim or classic fits, there are no problems with wearing these updated designs out in public, to the gym, or while chilling at home.
To find the softest, most wearable sweats, you’ll want to pay attention to fit, fabric, waistband, and design. There’s no shortage of great choices with prices to fit into all budgets, and I’ve made a list of the best men’s sweatpants for 2021. Scroll down to check out 24 of the most comfortable men’s sweatpants, according to men’s clothing experts, and thousands of verified customer reviews:
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Lululemon designs are insanely popular, partly due to their extreme comfort level and party because of the quality and innovation of the fabric that they use. Lululemon has many different track pants styles, with various weights of material and unusual design features, with their City Sweat Jogger being one of their best all-around options.
If you know anything about Lululemon, you will know that their clothes aren’t exactly cheap, but the brand has a very loyal following, with some people loving them so much they hardly wear anything else. What makes the City Sweat Jogger a good option if you are looking for comfort is the very soft fabric that will keep you warm while also wicking sweat away and keeping you fresh if you wear them for a workout. They are also known for maintaining the shape of the design, especially at the knee. Overall they are comfortable, warm, and relatively fitted, which makes them easy to wear at home or while you are out running errands.
If you are looking for a lighter jogger, have a look at their famous ACB Jogger.
Vuori’s Transit Joggers are a much-loved performance style that works well whether you need them for exercise, traveling, or just relaxing. This modern fit makes a great WFH uniform since it has a sleek look but stays super comfy.
They come in basic track pant color options and feature handy back and side pockets for a good amount of storage. Reviewers love the feel of the fabric, which they describe as being thicker than other joggers and having a good amount of stretch. The Transit Jogger also made the cut as one of Men’s Health’s best sweatpants.
Champion has been a leading sweats brand for decades and is enjoying a resurgence with their very trendy Reverse Weave designs. The Reverse Weave hoodies and sweats are a great option if you are looking for a tough wearing material, although they do come with a higher price tag.
A slightly more budget-friendly option is the Champion Powerblend Sweats Retro Jogger Pants. These have a classic thick fabric with a slim modern cut. Reviewers rave about the great fit and ridiculously comfortable feel, and they are currently sitting at a 4.5/5 rating on the Champion website.
The Southpole Men’s Active Basic Jogger Fleece Pants are a blockbuster budget style (over 26,000+ reviews with almost 70% being five stars) that you find on Amazon. Men appreciate the pants are very comfortable and just warm enough.
Since they are a budget style, some reviewers run into issues with the fabric like it pilling or stitching coming apart, so as a result, many reviews highly recommend them if you are looking for comfort but not necessarily quality. The outdoor experts at Outdoor Gear Lab choose these as their best overall sweatpants.
Under Armour is a popular brand for high performing tech fabrics that look good, feel good, and work well to keep people comfortable when they are working out. One of their most highly rated styles is the Men’s UA Sportstyle Joggers.
These joggers are made from a breathable fabric and have a fuller cut than has been the norm over the last few years. Men love the internal pocket to store your phone when exercising, and taller guys also appreciate the tall length option on this design.
Everlane’s French Terry Sweatpants are part of the brand’s “Uniform” collection, which gives you a 365-day guarantee. This means that if it shrinks, gets a hole or the cotton loses color Everlane will replace it.
This is a design that is built for durability, which usually doesn’t equal ‘pleasant to wear’, but almost all of the current reviews mention the softness of the 100% cotton on the inside that makes these pants comfortable and easy to wear in public.
Public Rec is a brand that is an athleisure favorite for modern men who want clothes that they can wear everywhere and still look polished. The Public Rec’s All Day Every Day Jogger isn’t necessarily built for extensive exercise where you will be sweating a lot but are fine for most activities and casual wear.
The writers at Insider are big fans of this pant, calling it an ‘elevated take on the sweatpants.’ These pants are also highly rated and are, at the time of writing this post, have a whopping 4.9 rating out of five on almost 700 reviews.
Amazon Essentials Men’s Fleece Sweatpants are perfect for those who are looking for a loose, super soft, open bottom design. Amazon Basic clothes are cheap but seem to generally have excellent quality for such a low price. These men’s sweats are fleece-lined and are a medium weight fabric, so they are great for around the house in the colder weather.
Reviews mention that they have nice deep pockets that can fit a cellphone, keys, or anything else you can think of, so they are perfect for daily wear. Since they have the straight bottom design (not cuffed), they look a bit more polished than regular sweats or lounge pants.
One of the most buzzed-about brands of the last year for stylish men looking for thick and cozy clothes to wear at home is Entireworld. The Entireworld Loop Back sweats became a favorite style for a lot of men over the last few months. The fabric is a mix of organic cotton and recycled polyester, which is almost always described by people who own this style as soft and warm.
They come in a rainbow of colors, but it can be difficult to get your hands on these pants as they sell out quickly, and sizing can be limited in certain colors. Men’s Journal called the Loop Back the best sweats for comfort.
Beloved heritage brand L.L Bean is always a good choice to find comfortable anything. You may know them for their flannel and the excellent slippers, but they also have great fleece options, including these L.L.Bean Comfort Camp Sweatpants.
Reviewers describe these as good quality, mid-weight soft, comfortable fabric that is perfect for winter. These make the list of Esquire’s best sweatpants for men.
Another Iconic American brand that is worth checking out for a great pair of sweats is Gap. They have been making standout joggers for both men and women over the last few years with a strong focus on super-soft fabrics, with one of the best options being the Gap Vintage Soft Joggers. These joggers were designed to have that broken-in feel that makes old sweats so very comfy to wear, yet they maintain a polished modern, wearable outside the home look.
Almost every single review of the many rave reviews mentions how comfortable or soft these joggers are. They come in an excellent range of colors, both standard and a few brighter hues.
If you are looking for thick and warm cotton material, look no further than American Giant’s Heavyweight Sweatpants. These are an excellent choice for colder winter days, where you want to be warm and cozy.
American Giant’s sweats have a couple of features like metal-tipped drawcords, a back pocket, and a channeled waistband that are worth noting, all of the brand’s clothing is also made in the U.S. Most reviews mention that they are very high-quality sweats that feel very well constructed and seem like they will last for a long time.
A good quality, budget option that is worth checking out is Uniqlo’s Pile-lined Sweatpant. These sweats are known for being very well made and good at keeping their shape throughout the day. They are made of a thick material that is great for colder weather, and that has a cotton type of fleece lining that is very soft to the touch. They are a reasonably traditional cut, with a slightly slim fit, straight leg. The style is basic enough to go with other clothes and to be worn in various situations. They aren’t overly loose or too fitted on most body types, and they come with a sturdy waistband, so you shouldn’t have any issues with the pants drooping down.
One of the most popular track pants, especially for the younger set, is the Nike Tech Fleece Joggers. These are made with a lightweight fabric that is great for working out since the breathable nature of the material means you won’t sweat, or if you do, the sweat will be wicked away so that you won’t feel it. Despite being very tapered, the Tech Fleece is designed so that you can move in it.
Some of the cool design features include a substantial zippered side pocket(along with the regular side pockets) and a dropped gusseted crotch, which isn’t for everyone, but many men love this feature. As you can probably tell from the picture, they are a slim-fit, so if you are buying for comfort, you will probably want to be careful with sizing and maybe size up. Nike seems to have had some quality control issues with the Tech Fleece Jogger fabric last year that has now been resolved in the latest version.
The Zella Pyrite Slim Fit Jogger Pants is a great choice for warmer climates or the spring or summer when you don’t need a heavy fleece style, but it isn’t so warm you need to wear shorts. It is Nordstrom’s best-selling jogger that comes with glowing reviews all around.
Reviewers love that the fabric is a super soft cotton blend that is very stretchy and easy to move around in. This is quite a fitted design so, if you like your pants a little baggy, you would probably want to size up.
H&M is a surprisingly good place to find inexpensive yet decent quality sweats and hoodies. If you have kids, their boy’s hoodies are amazing value and hold up really well to pretty much anything your kids can put them through. Their men’s styles are equally good wardrobe basics that fit well, feel amazing, and are an outstanding value.
These days comfort everything, so if you are looking for a straightforward lounge-style Outdoor Voices All Day Sweatpants may be a product that you should check out. Everything in the All Day line of clothes are with a super-soft fabric that Outdoor Voices calls ‘CloudKnit,’ which is a polyester-spandex blend known for being luxurious and fairly warm yet breathable. These joggers were chosen as one of Men’s Health’s Best Sweatpants.
This style is a slim fit, so you are interested but want a looser cut, you could try sizing up. These pants are great for exercise but are also perfect for casual wear around the house.
Lands’ End Serious Sweats are a great classic style in soft plush knit that is thick and durable. As the name suggests, these are not lightweight lounging pants but rather what you would reach for when you want a warm, heavy fabric on those cold winter mornings when not freezing your butt off is the highest priority. This style made Esquire’s list of Best Sweatpants of 2020.
These are a loose, forgiving fit with a slightly tapered leg that comes in two inseam choices: 30″ (regular) or 32″(large), making them a great option if you are tall and are having trouble finding sweats with a longer length.
The Todd Snyder Slim Jogger is a popular designer option. The price is pretty high, but as with some of the other high-priced options on this list, you are paying for quality fabrics and design features. Quite a lot of reviews describe this style as the perfect sweatpants, even among the more expensive brands. The reason for this is that the fit is perfect for most men since they are neither too slim nor too baggy.
They are also noteworthy for the fantastic quality of the material. Despite being lightweight, they have a durable feel, and you should be able to get a decent amount of use out of them.
AE does an outstanding job making comfortable clothes, and their joggers are no exception. They sell two fleece joggers, a regular and a lightweight. The regular is thick enough to wear when cold, but not so thick that you couldn’t wear them comfortably during spring/fall type weather.
The lightweight option is better for milder weather, but not for hot summer weather. The fabric is 90% Polyester and 10% Spandex, so they aren’t as breathable as some cotton designs. You may find that you sweat a lot in them if you are wearing them for working out, but they should be fine for most activities.
Both fabric weights are very soft, comfortable, and they have a little bit of stretch to them, but they won’t lose shape as the day goes on. The waistband has a drawstring, the pockets all have zippers, and they wash/dry well.
You see the favorite Adidas Tiro soccer pants everywhere, and despite being designed as athletic soccer pants, they seem to have become the official casual uniform for men. The popularity stems from the versatile look and the light, breathable fabric.
They are a pretty slim fit, and unfortunately, the Tiro doesn’t work for some body types. If you have muscular calves, you will probably want to avoid this design (although they do have zippers on the calf if you need to loosen them up). The inseam can also be a bit long for some men. If you are of an average build, the Tiro can make an excellent option for the gym and exercise.
Hanes Men’s Jogger Sweatpants are one of Amazon’s best-selling and best-reviewed budget track pants (over 5000 five star reviews and counting). If you choose to get these pants, you will be getting a classic fleece material with an old-school feel. This isn’t a heavyweight fabric but rather a thinner fleece that will keep you warm but not feel overly hot.
The fit is a modern slim fit that is fashionable and helps make these pants suitable for daily activities. Reviewers love the low price, durability, and comfortable fit of these sweats. They have pockets, which is always a nice plus, and don’t’ have a constricting leg cuff or waistband.
For those who are just looking for basic sweatpants that are cheap, fit relatively well, and that you can wear for hanging out at home, this style from Fruit of the Loom will probably work well for you. They are a mid-weight fabric that feels soft, sturdy, and will wash and dry fast.
You can get them with either a straight leg or an elastic bottom; it depends on the color that you choose what the cuff style is. They have quite a thick waistband with a single loop drawstring, which helps stop them from falling at the waist. They also have nice deep pockets to keep your possessions safe and secure. Since they are fleece, you will find them to be a great option for winter but too hot for the summer months.
Reigning Champ makes some of the best sweatpants (and hoodies) around. They can be a bit expensive, but the feel and design are very high quality, and most men who are fans of Reigning Champ say that the high price is worth it. They are made in Canada, are a classic slim fit cut, and come with hip and back pockets.
Since they are made from midweight terry cotton, they make an excellent everyday option since they won’t be too hot or too cold for an average day. The trim fit is super fashionable, not too skinny, and comfortable to wear out in public.
They are generally regarded as a bit more polished than most sweats styles, making great travel pants. If you are buying as lounge pants, you may want to consider sizing up for extra comfort. If you order these online, be careful about sizing as they run about a size smaller than other brands.