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The Best Underwear for Women of 2022

Shop the top women's underwear brands and styles, from cotton briefs or to actually-comfortable thongs.

18 best underwear for women
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We updated this guide in April 2022 to ensure all products tested and vetted by the Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab were in stock and reflected current prices.


Shopping for underwear can be overwhelming. You know you have to do it, but there are so many underwear styles and fabrics to choose from. You need to find something that feels comfortable, stays in place, isn't visible under clothes and won't break the bank. And, most importantly, it needs to be hygienic.

The fiber scientists in the Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab are constantly testing undergarments like bras, pantyhose and shapewear (they even test swimwear) both in the Lab and with real consumer testers. The team evaluates things like washability, stretch recovery, fit, comfort and more to find the pairs that will feel great and actually last. The picks ahead are from brands that have performed well in the past as well as newer styles with unique features and rave reviews from users. At the end, check out our shopping guide for all our tips to find for your best underwear. Here are the best women's underwear brands and styles you can buy.

Our top picks

Best Value Underwear
Women's Underwear Beyond Soft Panties Fruit of the Loom Read More
Most Comfortable Briefs
Second Skin High Rise Brief Tommy John Read More
Best No-Show Thong
Thong Printed Underwear, 3-Pack Under Armour Read More
Best Nude Underwear
Comfort Stretch Bikini ThirdLove Read More
Best Seamless Underwear
High-Waisted Thong Evelyn Bobbie Read More

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Best Value Underwear
Women's Underwear Beyond Soft Panties
Fruit of the Loom
Fruit of the Loom

  • About $2 a pair
  • Ultra soft cotton/polyester fabric
  • Over 27,000 rave Amazon reviews

  • Some reviewers say the waistband twists

Underwear can get pricey, but the cost often goes down when you buy it in bulk. This Fruit of the Loom six-piece set comes out to less than $2 per pair. It also earned over 23,000 rave reviews from users who say this set ended their search for comfortable underwear that fits well and stays put. Fruit of the Loom also offers the Beyond Soft fabric in different designs, such as brief, bikini and boyshort.

Fiber content: Cotton/polyester
Available sizes: 5 to 9 (US dress sizes 4 to 18)

Most Comfortable Briefs
Second Skin High Rise Brief
Tommy John
Tommy John

  • Super smooth modal material
  • Full coverage
  • Excellent breathability

  • Pricey per pair

This style is made with modal, which is known for being a super soft fabric that feels incredibly smooth against skin. This brand is pricey, but the underwear is designed to be breathable and pill-resistant while giving a good fit that'll stay in place all day. The brief style in particular offers good coverage, but some users note that there are visible panty lines under clothes. As an alternative, you can also get these in a boyshort, cheeky, or thong.

• Fiber content: Modal/polyester/spandex blend
• Available sizes: XS to XXL

Best No-Show Thong
Thong Printed Underwear, 3-Pack
Under Armour
Under Armour

  • Laser cut edges
  • Moisture-wicking fabric great for exercise
  • More than 1,600 rave reviews on Amazon

  • Packs include patterns

If you're worried about VPL (visible panty lines), this smooth style from Under Armour has laser-cut edges to lie flat against your body all the way around; this also helps prevent the sides from digging in so it feels comfortable. The fabric is lightweight, breathable and moisture-wicking. This multi-pack of three is affordable for exercise-style thong undies that'll stay hidden.

    • Fiber content: Nylon/elastane
    • Available sizes:
    XS to XL

    Best Nude Underwear
    Comfort Stretch Bikini
    Amazon
    ThirdLove

    • Range of color options to match a variety of skintones
    • 60-day return policy
    • Stretchy bikini style for mix of coverage and cheekiness

    • Some reviewers complain of wedgies with this pair

    Since typical "nude" doesn't match most skin colors, ThirdLove offers underwear in seven different shades to help you find your skin's best match. The style itself is seamless and stretchy while offering good coverage, but it also comes in a thong version. Most underwear is final sale when you buy it, but ThirdLove has a generous 60-day, any-reason return policy so you can get a full refund, even if you've worn it and just don't love it.

    • Fiber content: Nylon/spandex
    • Available sizes: XS to 3X

    Best Seamless Underwear
    High-Waisted Thong
    Evelyn and Bobbie
    Evelyn Bobbie

    • No stitching
    • Testers loved that they had no visible panty lines
    • Variety of nude shades

    • One size option

    Seamless underwear means the entire garment is just one piece of fabric instead of multiple pieces sewn together. Not only does this all-around stretch mean it'll give a great fit, but it also has no stitching at the seams that can rub against you and cause irritation. This thong style prevents visible panty lines and stays completely smooth under clothes. There's a cotton gusset for a more comfortable feel. Testers also loved Evelyn Bobbie's seamless bralettes too.

    Fiber content: Polyamide/elastane/cotton
    • Available sizes:
    One size (fits sizes 0 to 14)

    Best Wedgie-Free Underwear
    Vanishing Edge Microfiber with Lace Hipster
    Soma
    Soma

    • Silicone strips to keep everything in place
    • Lace detailing
    • Sily smooth nylon/spandex fabric

    • The silicone grips aren't for everyone

    Nothing's worse than underwear that rides up, but this genius design has silicone strips on the inside to keep it in place throughout the day. These strips also help get rid of panty lines despite the full coverage in the back. The style has hundreds of five-star reviews from users who swear it stays put and feels incredibly comfortable.

    The fabric itself is silky smooth and comes in lots of colors and prints. There are also plenty of other styles in this collection with gripping capabilities.

    • Fiber content: Nylon/spandex
    • Available sizes: S to XXL

    Best Underwear for Exercise
    Thong
    EBY
    EBY

    • Stay-put nylon fabric
    • Testers loved how it remained hidden under workout clothes
    • Subscription service option to save money

    When you're working out, you need underwear that will stay dry when you sweat and stay in place as you move. This one's made with a lightweight fabric that's moisture-wicking, and it stayed hidden under workout leggings, according to testers. This thong — as well as the cheeky and brief styles — has a cotton gusset and free-cut leg openings to prevent panty lines. EBY offers a subscription service to try each of their intimates products.

    • Fiber content: Nylon/spandex/cotton
    • Available sizes:
    XS to 4XL

    Best Lace Underwear
    Signature Lace Original Rise Thong
    Amazon
    Hanky Panky

    • Amazing range of color options
    • Durable lace materials
    • Boyshort and plus size options

    • One size available

    Hanky Panky is super popular for its lace thong, which comes in a seemingly endless amount of color choices and is surprisingly comfortable, despite not looking like your typical comfort panties. It also only comes in one size, though there is a plus-size version. There's also a boyshort style for those who want more coverage. All of the brand's styles have a V-shape in both the front and back instead of going straight across, which is designed to be more flattering.

    • Fiber content: Nylon
    • Available sizes:
    One size (fits sizes 4 to 14)

    Best Anti-Chafing Underwear
    Shortie Thigh Saver 4"
    Knix
    Knix

    • Full coverage to prevent chafing
    • Variety of nude shades available
    • Lightweight materials to prevent summer sweats

    • Some reviewers found the legs too tight

    Chafing when wearing skirts or dresses in the summer is a sure way to ruin a hot day. Keep your inner thighs protected with a pair of anti-chafing boyshorts from Knix. The 4" inseam is just long enough to keep you covered without being visible under shorter hem lines. We love that this lightweight style with a built-in gusset is available in five different shades to match a variety of skin tones.

    • Fiber content: Nylon/lycra/cotton/spandex
    • Available sizes: XS to XXXXL

    Best Cotton Thong
    Stretch Cotton Thong Panty
    Victoria's Secret
    Victoria's Secret

    • Soft feel of natural fibers
    • Range of color and print choices
    • Stays secure when moving

    • Waistband visible under some clothing items, according to reviewers

    If you prefer a cotton-based fabric with more minimal coverage, this cotton-blend thong from Victoria's Secret is a must-have. It feels soft and natural against skin, yet still has an elastic band at the waist for a good fit that'll stay in place. It also comes in lots of colors, including neutrals, pops of color and prints.

    • Fiber content: Cotton/spandex
    • Available sizes: XS to XXL

    Best Cheeky Underwear
    Cotton Essentials Cheeky
    Savage x Fenty
    Savage X Fenty

    • Less wedgie prone than thongs, but still shows some booty
    • Soft cotton material great for everyday wear
    • Free returns

    • Pricey if you don't sign up for a membership

    Founded by Rihanna, Savage x Fenty's underwear is popular for its inclusive size range, stylish patterns and matching bras. This cotton pair features a cheeky cut for some butt coverage without feeling like granny panties. One reviewer raves that this pair is "so soft, so incredibly comfortable and over all amazing everyday underwear!"

    Fiber content: Cotton/elastane
    • Available sizes: XS to 3XL

    Best Wool Underwear
    Trino Brief
    Allbirds
    Allbirds

    • Blend of wool and Tencel for moisture-wicking capabilities
    • Top-tested brand
    • Reviewers say they're great for all seasons

    • Some reviewers didn't love the wool feel

    Allbird is well-known for its comfortable shoes made of merino wool and Tencel fabric. Now it uses these soft and sustainable materials in underwear, including other styles like bralettes and thongs. If you're skeptical of wool in underwear, keep in mind that merino wool is smoother than regular wool and has temperature-regulating properties.

    Fiber content: Tencel/merino wool/spandex
    Available sizes: XS to 3XL

    Best Plus-Size Underwear
    Lace Cotton Cheeky Panty
    Torrid
    Torrid

    • Up to size 30
    • Chic lace detailing
    • Reviewers love that this brand stays true to size

    • Available only in black

    Torrid designs clothing and accessories specifically for full figures, with lots of options for plus-size underwear. This medium-coverage cheeky style is one of its bestsellers, with a cotton fabric that feels comfy and lace trim that adds stretch. The underwear sizing goes from 00 (for size 10) through 6 (for size 30), which fits up to a 64-inch waist. Users say the undies run true to size and love how comfortable, durable and good-looking they are.

    • Fiber content: Cotton/spandex
    • Available sizes: 10 to 30

    Best Value Plus-Size Underwear
    Fit for Me Breathable Brief 5-Pack
    Fruit of the Loom
    Fruit of the Loom

    • Around $5 per pair
    • Over 2,500 rave Amazon reviews
    • Breathable and soft fabric

    • Check the size chart closely

    If you prefer to save money by buying in bulk, this plus-size set from Fruit of the Loom is a total steal. It's part of the brand's Fit for Me collection, which is underwear that's designed to properly fit women sizes 14W to 32W. The cotton-blend fabric is mesh that's breathable and moisture-wicking to help keep you cool. It also has a comfortable waistband that prevents pinching.

    • Fiber content: Cotton/polyester/spandex
    • Available sizes:
    9 to 13 (sizes 14 to 32)

    Best Slimming Underwear
    Higher Power Panties
    Spanx
    Spanx

    • Built-in shapewear
    • Seamless design stays hidden
    • Over 7,700 rave reviews

    • Some reviewers found it rolled down with certain clothing items

    This all-in-one garment is underwear and shapewear so you don't have to wear two separate pieces. The underwear portion has a cotton gusset, so there's no need to double up. The seamless design helps smooth all around without constricting you or feeling too tight. The high fit also means no worrying about muffin top and there's a silicone strip at the top edge to prevent it from rolling down.

    Fiber content: Nylon/spandex
    • Available sizes: S to 3X

    Best Sustainably Made Underwear
    The ReNew Barely There Hipster
    Everlane
    Everlane

    • Made with sustainable recycled materials
    • Smooth stretchy feel
    • One reviewer says it "truly feels invisible"

    • Thin material

    Everlane is known for its transparency and focus on ethical fashion, so when you buy this underwear, you can see the cost to make it and the markups. On top of that, it's made with recycled nylon so it's a more environmentally responsible garment. The underwear has a high-rise fit with bonded seams that lay flat to reduce visibility under clothes. The fabric is smooth and stretchy to give a good fit and to feel comfortable.

    • Fiber content: Nylon/spandex
    • Available sizes:
    XXS to XL

    Best Brief Underwear for Women
    Brief Silky Mesh
    Parade
    Parade

    • Editor favorite pair
    • Mix of coverage and sexiness
    • Stylish color options

    • More visible under clothes than their seamless styles

    If you prefer full coverage, but also want a sexy feel, this brief style from Parade is ideal. The silky mesh fabric falls smoothly on your hips for a super flattering fit. Available currently in nine shades, the brand is popular for launching fun limited edition colors and patterns in themed boxes. GH editors love the matching silky bralette too.

    • Fiber content: Recycled nylon/elastane/cotton
    • Available sizes: XS to 3XL

    Best Period Underwear for Women
    Leakproof Bikini
    Knix
    Knix

    • Absorbent in lab tests
    • Variety of nude shades
    • Comfortable materials

    • Medium absorbency; not for heavy flows

    We've evaluated period panties, and Knix is a top performer in both lab absorbency tests and consumer wear tests. In fact, it feels just like regular underwear so you won't even realize you're wearing one designed for periods. It has a medium absorbency to wear alone on lighter days or as backup to other period supplies on heavier days. Plus, it's inclusive with a variety of "nude" shades and sizes up to 4XL.

    • Fiber content: Nylon/cotton/spandex/polyester
    • Available sizes: XS to XXXXL

    Best Organic Underwear for Women
    Mid-Rise Hipster
    Knickery
    Knickey

    • GOTS-certified organic cotton
    • Nearly 800 rave reviews
    • Stretchy waistband prevents any digging in

    • Not recommended to be put in the dryer

    If you prefer to buy organic products, this brand offers tons of ultra soft organic cotton intimates. Organic cotton is not only grown without pesticides and harmful treatments, but it also uses a lot less water to grow. And because it's certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), you know the entire production process follows strict guidelines. The underwear is made from 95% organic cotton that feels soft and has full coverage, available in a variety of shades.

    Fiber content: Organic cotton/spandex
    • Available sizes: XXS to XXXL

    Best Boyshort Underwear
    Boy Shorts
    TomboyX
    TomboyX

    • Smooth, soft materials
    • Full coverage style that stays put
    • Size inclusive

    • Waistband felt bulky to some reviewers

    If you prefer higher coverage underwear, boyshorts are the perfect option. Their cut falls between a hipster style and shorts for full coverage that still feels like underwear. TomboyX is known for its variety of boyshort and boxer underwear. with a wider waistband that stays secure. The silky Tencel fabric feels smooth and comfy under clothes without getting sweaty.

    Fiber content: Tencel/spandex
    • Available sizes: XS to 4XL

    Best Adaptive Underwear
    Adaptive Bikini Underwear
    Aerie
    Slick Chicks

    • Clasps on both sides
    • Designed for wheelchair users or mobility-impaired individuals
    • Cheeky style

    • Pricey

    Slick Chicks makes adaptive underwear with clasps on both sides so it's easier to get dressed for wheelchair users or mobility-impaired individuals. They're designed to be simple to put on when sitting or lying down. The nylon and spandex fabric has a cotton liner for a soft feel and moisture-wicking capabilities.

    Fiber content: Nylon/spandex/cotton
    • Available sizes: XXS to XXL

    Why trust Good Housekeeping?
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    Lexie Sachs is the executive director of the Textiles, Paper & Apparel Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in fiber science from Cornell University and more than 15 years of experience in the textiles industry, including merchandising and product development for home products and fashion. Lexie joined Good Housekeeping in 2013 and has extensively tested all fiber-based products using specialized lab equipment and with hundreds of consumer testers.

    Emma Seymour is a senior textiles product analyst at the Good Housekeeping Institute. She’s been at Good Housekeeping for more than three years, overseeing in-Lab and consumer tests for luggage, tampons, pillows, sheets, period underwear and more. With a degree in fiber science and apparel design from Cornell University, she has extensive research experience, particularly focused on athletic wear. As a lifetime sewer with previous product-development experience, she has a strong fashion background with expertise on proper fit and construction. She continues to expand her knowledge with additional coursework on sustainable manufacturing and new textile testing methodologies.

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