7 Monthly Subscription Boxes for Men

7 Monthly Subscription Boxes for Men
Over the past few years a whole slew of monthly subscription box services have popped up. Here are 7 we dig.

Subscriptions aren’t just for magazines anymore. These days it seems just about everything you love can be delivered right to your door on a recurring monthly basis. From food to wine to grooming products, the business of hand-curated monthly subscription services is booming. We’ve combed through many such services and have come up with seven we think are just right for Primer readers, whether for yourself or as a gift.

Blue Apron

Price:
$60/week ($10 per person, per meal)

What you get:
A large refrigerated box full of enough locally sourced, fresh ingredients to make three meals for two people, and idiot-proof recipe cards to help put them all together.

Who it’s best for:
Anyone who wants to learn how to cook or eat healthier but doesn’t know where to start.

To say my girlfriend and I are amateur chefs is a bit of an understatement. For our skill levels, haute cuisine at home usually consists of Taco Tuesday or breakfast for dinner. In spite of that, our first attempt cooking a meal with Blue Apron had us uttering phrases such as, “I’ll handle the salad and the sauce while you add the aromatics to the lamb.” The end result (lamb & beef sliders with cucumber/cheese salad) was delicious and flavorful, and the process itself made for a fun date night in. We popped open a bottle of wine, put on some music and zested and diced our way to satiety. The recipe cards correlated perfectly to the ingredients, which, helpfully, were individually labeled. The box came with just the right amount of everything—so no more buying a $12 thing of saffron from Whole Foods to use for a single recipe.

Blue Apron might sound a little pricey, but when you compare the price per-person of a Blue Apron meal versus a night out at a restaurant, it starts to sound like a bargain by comparison. And a restaurant meal doesn’t give you the immense satisfaction of cooking to perfection a delicious and healthy meal yourself.

You can build a profile and select dietary preferences through the website, and you can skip a week as long as you give them enough notice. Their customer service is also stellar. If you get a sub-par squash, a mushy mango or a questionable quince, they’ll swiftly credit your account for the value of the inedible meals.

Check out Blue Apron

Birchbox Men

Price:
$20/month or $195/year (2 months free)

What you get:
A monthly box packed with high-end grooming products and accessories based on your personal style preferences.

Who it’s best for:
Men (and women) who love looking crisp and fresh, sporting the latest gear and learning about the latest lifestyle products.

Available in both a men’s and women’s version, each Birchbox contains a variety of high-end lifestyle and beauty product samples from big-name brands and up-and-coming boutiques tailored to your personal preferences. Started in 2010 as a women’s subscription box service, Birchbox expanded into the men’s category in 2012. Each month’s box contains a nice assortment of items ranging from pomades, fragrances, skin and facial care products and shaving gels. Each box also contains an essential piece of stylish gear—such as a wallet, a canvas zipper case, a leather-clad shoehorn or a spiffy pocket square. If you fall in love with a newly discovered product, the Birchbox shop sells full-sized versions of the items contained in each month’s offering.

Each box also comes with style and grooming tips, which explain everything you might need to know about the new products. Birchbox Women, the original, is a really fun gift for any woman in your life. And whatever your gender, what’s not to like about getting a box of goodies in the mail each month?

Check out Birchbox

Bulu Box

Price:
$10/month, $30/3 months, $60/6 months, $110/12 months

What you get:
A hand-selected monthly box of supplements, vitamins, healthy snacks and other workout paraphernalia designed to help you stay healthy and up your fitness game.

Who it’s best for:
Fitness fanatics, nutrition nuts and health hounds who want to stay on top of new products and trends, fine-tune their workout or diet routines, and lead a more physically and nutritionally healthy lifestyle.

Bulu Box’s mission is to get people living healthier lives. To that end, the monthly subscription service partners with health and fitness brands to help you discover the latest and greatest in nutrition, fitness and weight loss. Each month, they send a box loaded with samples and products to try. If you find something you really like, you can buy full-size versions directly from Bulu Box. Their website also has an active community of “Bulugans” who help support one another in their quests for healthier lives. This month’s box includes a sample of deep sleep gummies, a full-size bottle of fat burning raspberry ketones, Volo Vitamins energy supplements and more. Whether eating right, exercising more often, or even sleeping better, our health is something that’s easy to take for granted until it’s gone. Everyone could stand to be a little healthier, and Bulu Box, along with a whole lot of grit, discipline and determination, might just help you get there.

Check out Bulu Box

Bespoke post review

Bespoke Post

Price:
$45/month (members) $55/box (non-members)

What you get:
A monthly box of high-quality just plain cool items around a different manly theme.

Who it’s best for:
For guys who can never get enough cool, new stuff and like a little bit of everything.

Bespoke Post promises a “Box of Awesome” right to your door each month, and based on our experience, delivered on that promise. At $45 a month for members, each monthly box delivery contains items relating to a theme—recent examples including “Detailed,” featuring an array of washes, waxes and cloths to keep your car looking its best. Or “Dash,” a complete do-it-yourself bitters making kit including a book to get you started. The subscriber can choose from a list of boxes or set-and-forget to automatically receive the newest box each month. We received two boxes: “Frontier,” an adventurer-themed box that included an impressive oak-handled Opinel pocket knife, a fountain pen with refills, a soft-cover notebook and a weighty steel bottle opener featuring an engraved whale. We also received “Covered,” featuring items curated to keep your clothes looking neat and sharp no matter what life throws at them, including a high-quality black garment bag, a pair of magnetic collar stays and a clothes brush.

Every box also includes a smattering of sample products and info cards on the contents. One neat feature is that you don’t even have to be a member to buy, however you’ll pay $10 more than members if you want to buy a box outside the subscription, at $55 a box.

Check out Bespoke Post

Club W review

Club W

Price:
$39.99/month ($13 per bottle)

What you get:
A monthly selection of three custom-selected, small vineyard wines delivered right to your door and tailored to your palate.

Who it’s best for:
Wine enthusiasts who love a chance to try new varietals and never miss a chance to add a touch of class by bringing a unique wine to a dinner party or newbies taking their first foray into the world of the grape.

Much like a fine red coupled with an exquisite cut of beef, Club W is all about pairing budding and seasoned wine enthusiasts alike with bottles they’ll love. After filling out a “Palate Profile” to give Club W a sense of your taste buds, they promptly send an attractive box containing three wines chosen specifically for you based on your answers. And I gotta say, my experience with it was frighteningly accurate.

Now, I’ve seen the film Sideways. Twice. So I’m a bit of a wine expert. Two of my selections were Rieslings (one of my favorite varietals) balancing perfectly on the dry-sweet line, and the third was a Lagrein, a red I had never encountered but enjoyed very much. In line with my stated flavor preferences, it was fruity and full-bodied, without being too heavy. Each wine comes with a dossier card detailing its origin and flavor profile, even recommending food pairings on the opposite side. Club W partners directly with growers to offer premium-quality, small-batch wines at a great price, cutting out the middlemen in the process. They make it easy to discover new wines with a selection of three different bottles per month, or if you find a new favorite, you can tailor-make the deliveries to your preference. All that for $13 a bottle.

Check out Club W

dollar shave club review

Dollar Shave Club

Price:
$1, $6 or $9 a month

What you get:
One or more of several tiers of razors and blades mailed to you on a monthly basis, ensuring you’ll never be bladeless at an inopportune moment.

Who it’s best for:
Busy guys who dread the monthly purchase of disposable razor blades as well as the cost.

Dollar Shave Club has had a leg up in the name recognition department in part for its humorous and irreverent commercials featuring CEO Michael Dubin, who extols the virtues of membership during a chaotic hijinks-filled walk through the company’s warehouse. But the razors they’re hawking also happen to work really well, and the pricing model for the replacement razors is disruptive to say the least. They have three tiers of blades available, “The Humble Twin,” for $1 a month, The 4X “Lover’s Blade”, for $6 a month, and the “Executive” at $9 a month. The price for each includes shipping and comes with a box of replacement cartridges every month.

The blade handles themselves feel substantial in your hand and are of a high-quality build. Compared to buying blades in the store, which you also have to travel to get, these are dirt-cheap. And you’re not sacrificing on quality. They also carry a variety of other shaving and grooming products available for sale on their website, including Dr. Carver’s Easy Shave Butter and Post Shave and One-Wipe Charlies. The guys at Dollar Shave Club obviously have a sense of humor, but there’s nothing funny about razor burn.

Check out Dollar Shave Club

misto box review

MistoBox

Price:
$19 or $30 per month

What you get:
A monthly selection of exotic, hard-to-find gourmet coffee beans from all corners of the globe.

Who it’s best for:
Serious coffee enthusiasts who crave a little variety with their morning java fix.

The morning coffee routine is, for many, akin to a holy ritual. That first whiff when you open the bag, the feel of the scoop digging into the grounds, the sound of the percolating brew as it starts to drip. Many coffee lovers know these sights and sounds as well as the laughter of their own children. MistoBox offers two subscription tiers, the “Awesome”, at $19 a month, includes four 1.7-ounce bags of whole bean coffee. The “More Awesome” subscription runs $30 a month and doubles the amount of coffee. Shipping is free.

The people at MistoBox take their beans very seriously. Their team of highly caffeinated connoisseurs handpicks each month’s selections from over 50 coffees to ensure the satchels you receive are the cream (and sugar) of the crop, selections like Kenya Kiamabara Peaberry and Guatemala La Laguna. The coolest part is they don’t repeat themselves, so as long as you subscribe you won’t get the same bag twice, unless you want more of course, in which case you can buy it directly from the website (at a discount for subscribers.) Each svelte package of coffee beans contains helpful tips on getting the best grind and brew possible, with notes on the growers and the stories behind the beans themselves.

Check out Misto Box

Have you tried another subscription service you’d recommend? Share it in the comments!

Chris Nesi is a writer and editor born and raised in New Jersey but currently living in Orlando, Florida. His work has appeared in more than a dozen publications including TechCrunch, The Huffington Post and Consulting magazine. When he isn't writing he enjoys swimming, reading, and cycling.

  • Skesler62

    Quiglees is a new one, but I’ve tried it and really like it. It offers a monthly box of various health foods. It’s easy to get bored with the same fruits / granola, so it’s a nice way to switch things up a bit

  • bryclops

    Dollar Shave Club doesn’t really deliver value. Last I heard, they sourced their razors from DorcoUSA, and consumers can buy in bulk direct from DorcoUSA at a fraction of Dollar Shave Club’s cost.

    http://www.dorcousa.com/?gclid=CjwKEAiA4YGjBRDOxa3XvfTnvSASJACC3bLBg6saabADTj3MjpbPJ2tI9esLfhva1L_Rr6VzcRyIYhoCBorw_wcB

    • Chris

      If you put the money in that you would with dollar shave club you can get a good double edged razor, brush, and soap which will last forever. That’s what I have been doing and it’s great!

      • Larry

        I agree. Shaveselect.com has safety razors and blades for dirt cheap. They also have a monthly subscription box for shaving which is awesome. Check them out! Stop wasting money on cartridge razors!

    • Mark

      Even if you bought the bulk razor

      Cartridges from DorcoUSA Dollar Shave Club is still a better deal at $8 per cartridges w/ free shipping.

    • David Rodriguez

      I have been bulk buying from Dorco for 2 years. Much better deal, especially since there are usually promo codes online as well to drop the prices even further. I usually buy a 6 month supply of their premium 6 blade razors for 32 bucks @ 5 cartridges per case (6 cases). For a bald man this is a God send.

  • Matt Carter

    Check out http://vinylmeplease.com/

    They are a monthly vinyl record subscription. Super cool. You get a vinyl record, specialized drink recipe, and art with your shipment every month.

    • Joseph

      Thanks for sharing this site Matt. I checked it out and instantly fell in love with the idea and got my membership today. Based off some of their past releases and my taste in music, I expect to get some great albums in the near future.

      • Matt Carter

        Awesome! Yeah it’s definitely a unique idea, and I’ve found some great music through it as well. Enjoy.

  • rdomier

    One of the things that I love and that really drew me to Bespoke Post is that it’s opt-out. You get an email on the first of the month, and have until the 6th to say, “No, thanks.” Most other subscription boxes (like LootCrate) have a, “you paid us, here’s what we’re giving you for your cash, too bad if it’s junk” attitude.

    • Horcrux

      +1 to that! I love that I don’t ever feel like I got ripped off. If I don’t like it, I can opt out. I’m a fan.

    • Bagels

      That’s why I’m joining. The opt out, the fact they give you options, and the quality of the boxes looks really good.

  • Luke

    I think that http://www.sprezzabox.com is worth mentioning too.

    • Jacob Crim

      oh man. I might have to get in on this. I like how each month comes with a tie. That eliminates me trying to find one in the store. 28 dollars isnt bad either.

  • Tristan

    Blue Bottle is a Coffee Subscription service, much better deal than the MistoBox…. https://bluebottlecoffee.com/subscription_size_selection/new

  • brendan

    Harrys.com is by far the better value for razors and creams. The blades are better quality, last longer and Harrys actually owns the factory where the blades are made. No outsourcing there. I’ve found their customer service to be fantastic as well.

  • John B.

    Just started Dr. Squatch Soapscription. US made, no chemicals, and no more sniffing around the cosmetics section. Manly soaps delivered to your door: http://drsquatch.com/

  • Michael

    I currently subscribe to Birchbox. I’ve been using it for the last 5 months. I’ve been really enjoying the products so far!

  • Matt

    I’ve used JackedPack for a few months now. I lift weights in the gym, and the box usually comes with all different kinds of pre-workouts, post-workouts, one time I got some straps for deadlifts, and other supplements. For $25/mo it’s pretty good

  • Tim

    +1 for Birchbox. I’ve been a subscriber for over a year and am rarely disappointed. Leaving reviews of each month’s samples earns you points, worth about $60 a year in Birchbox store credit.

    https://www.birchbox.com/invite/bbman

  • tim r

    Can’t say how much I love my Bespoke Post boxes. I’ve purchased 4 so far (one every other month) and have yet to be extremely impressed and happy with everything I’ve received. I got a shave box, one with a bunch of high quality leather goods, the bitters box and I just got my new box a few days ago with a great dopp kit and a bunch of goodies.

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  • Jacob Crim

    I was about to cancel my Birchbox and only go with my Bespoke Post but this next box has a Knit Tie…got me…

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  • usmcvetluvnlife

    Some of these are nice but SurpriseMonthly.com has real nice neck ties and bow ties for men and they cost less than any other tie site.

  • Ouroboros

    I was looking at http://wetshaveclub.com for high quality safety razors, brushes, monthly soaps etc… On the expensive side at $30/m. But the products appear to be high end. Anyone ever use them?

  • Don

    Wet Shaving is the way to go. Get yourself a Safety Razor. Buy 100 Blades for $8 get some shaving soap and your done!

    • Juan

      Agreed! Got myself a safety razor from https://shaveselect.com for $6 and a pack of derbies for $8! They also have a way better monthly box than birch box or overpriced bespoke post.

  • Daniel

    BattlBox is where it’s at. http://www.battlbox.com

  • Erick Walker

    anybody heard of Battle box? I was told that they do a subscription service that has some cool tactical stuff in it, they even have one that includes knives. But i am having trouble finding info on them.

    • Paul Kelly

      I heard the box is new but had some really cool stuff!

    • tina

      It’s battlbox.creatjoy.com I haven’t joined yet. But I’m interested.

    • Ben P

      They are new. Their first box shipped this month. I tried it out, at just the $30 plan (that includes shipping) and was satisfied with it. It came with a fire started, signal mirror, 2 can openers for a small and large can, emergency blanket, and an eat ‘n tool. It was themed around survival gear and getting lost in the deep woods. I think I will try them for one more month. I can’t attest to their customer service or anything like that as I have not had to use them.

    • isabella

      Erick, is called Battlbox. http://www.battlbox.com/howitworks

    • Ashli jones

      its called BattlBox.
      http://www.battlbox.cratejoy.com

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  • Hank Goldstein

    Ive tried birchbox.com and battlbox.com

    if i had to pick, id pick battlbox because i feel its geared more towards my lifestyle. but i keep subscriptions to both

  • Eric

    What a bunch of gay sub boxes! BattlBox is a man’s subscription box.

  • Serafin

    I get a Cairn box each month… Focused around outdoors, backpacking, and climbing… Usually a couple food items, a cheap outdoor item and a premium item… Typically about $30-40 worth of gear.

  • pcloveandguts_banned

    Battle Box – because real men do not care about wine, fancy grooming products, coffee, supplements, or fancy food.

  • Daniel Dabbs

    none of this junk holds a candle to BattlBox http://www.battlbox.com is real men’s outdoor and survival gear

  • Scott

    BATTLBOX prices from 24.99-149.99

  • Broni&Bo

    If you are looking for a monthly men’s accessories box then check out Broni&Bo http://bit.ly/bbsubscription

  • Matthew Boulding

    If are looking for accessories then check out Broni&Bo, they offer the latest in accessories and they specialise knitted accessories http://bit.ly/bbsubscription

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  • Tori Brey

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    to fill in ?