What do you look for in a good pair of scrubs? Men, being the practical animals that we are, will usually go for utility or comfort first. You need pockets and freedom to move when you’re working and it doesn’t hurt if your scrubs are comfortable too.
Maybe you just want them to be easy to clean when you splash blood on them. But now, with more companies specializing their scrubs for men working in a variety of healthcare positions like nursing, geriatric care, and rehabilitation, you’ve got choices that give you a little GQ as well.
We’re going to give you a list of the 10 best scrubs for men in every category from most comfortable to best OR scrub. But first, we’re going to hit you with some tips to help you decide which type of scrubs are right for you.
In A hurry? Here Are Our Top Three Favorites From This List:
CHEROKEE Infinity Scrub Top – Best Overall Men’s Scrubs
Barco Grey’s Anatomy Wesley Top – Best-Fitting Scrubs For Men
Dickies Signature Elastic Waist Pants – Most Comfortable Scrubs For Men
What You Want In A Good Set Of Scrubs
Sure you want your scrubs easy to wear, to clean and that’ll keep you covered and out of trouble. But there are a few characteristics that all good scrubs will have. Here’s a quick checklist of things you want your scrubs to have.
Pockets, lots of them
You want as many pockets as possible. Hips pockets, cargo pockets, and breast pockets. You need a home for your pens, gear, and power bars. Good scrubs will always have plenty of storage space.
Most scrubs are a blend of polyester, cotton, rayon, and spandex. A good mix to look for is 60 – 70% polyester, ~20% rayon, ~5% spandex. The synthetic fabrics make the scrubs wrinkle-free and are moisture-wicking while the spandex will give you flex and stretch.
Comfort & Fit
Maybe the most important qualities are comfort and fit. I mean, you’re wearing those things for up to 16 hours. You want your scrubs soft, cool, and moisture-wicking and you don’t want them baggy and loose or too tight.
It’s alright to look good in your scrubs. You’ve got choices of scrubs that put a little suave in your work look while still working hard.
There’s no reason you have to shell out hundreds of dollars on your work uniform. Plenty scrubs brands offer great quality products and reasonable prices.
Let’s Get To The Top 10 Best, Most Comfortable, Most Pocketed, Wrinkle-Free, GQ Stylin’ Scrubs Made Just For Men
Best Overall Men’s Scrubs
CHEROKEE Infinity Scrub Top
Cherokee workwear does it right – that’s why they’re one of the most bought brands and at the top of the list with high ratings. The Infinity line of scrubs is their newest offering with some nice upgrades like a front shoulder yoke, welt pocket, and chest pocket.
The material is a durable and breathable 95% polyester, 5% spandex that feels like an athletic jersey, and gives you a relaxed fit that’s not baggy with a classic V-neck collar. Short sleeves and a chest pocket round out the design.
And all that comfort and performance comes in at a very attractive price.
- 63% Polyester 34% Cotton 3% Spandex
- 4-way stretch
- Chest pocket
- Sizes up to 5XL
Pros: durable, comfortable, well-priced, variety of colors
Cons: may fit large for some men
Most Stylish Men’s Scrubs
CHEROKEE Infinity Fly Front Pant
These scrub pants really bring the look together to give your work uniform that GQ style referenced above. They look like athletic tapered-fit casual slacks with belt loops, a zipper fly, button closure, and relaxed hang on your ankles.
But don’t let the fresh style fool you – these pants are ready to work with hip pockets, cargo pockets, pen pockets, and bungee loops. Not to mention a great range of motion with the stretchy breathable 95% polyester, 5% spandex performance fabric.
They come in the same variety of colors to match the Infinity scrub top with sizes up to 5XL plus tall sizes.
- 95% polyester, 5% spandex performance fabric
- Stylish, athletic slacks design
- Zipper fly, button closure
- 5 pockets
Pros: lots of pockets, stylish, athletic feel
Cons: men with big legs may not like the taper
Best Wrinkle-Free Men’s Scrubs
FIGS Chisec 3-Pocket Top
We’re men – we don’t iron. Ok, we may know how to iron, but why do it if you don’t have to? The FIGS Chisec Top will save you the time with its wrinkle-free 72% polyester, 21% rayon, and 7% spandex fabric. With a stretchy, lightweight athletic feel, it’s super comfortable and easy to wear all day. The tapered cut with squared V-neck also makes you look good. Bonus – it’s liquid-repellant to help keep spills off your new duds.
- 72% polyester, 21% rayon, and 7% spandex
- Tapered fit
- Sizes up to 2XL
Pros: light, athletic feel, wrinkle-free, liquid-repellant
Cons: no large sizes, may fit snug for bigger guys
Best Athletic Scrubs For Men
FIGS Tansen 2.0 Jogger-Style Pants
If you want a sporty, athletic style to finish your work outfit, the FIGS Tansen 2.0 Jogger-Style Pants – what else needs to be said? With the same 4-way stretchy, lightweight wrinkle-free fabric as the Chisec Scrub Top, these pants are always ready to either run a marathon or tackle a 16-hour night shift.
The wide, elastic waistband with a drawstring is very comfortable. The fit is an athletic slim, so if you have large legs, these may be snug for you. With 5 pockets, including two front pockets, two deep back pockets, and a hidden interior pocket, these aren’t your average joggers.
Possibly the most favorite feature among wearers is the elastic band that hugs the ankles completing the jogging pant feel.
- 4-way stretch fabric
- Jogger style
Pros: athletic and sporty, wrinkle-free, elastic waistband and ankle bands, lightweight
Cons: maybe snug on larger legs
Lowest Priced Men’s Scrubs
Dickies Signature V-Neck Scrub
Dickies is known for solid quality and design – and at a good price, you can have plenty of pairs to go through without spending a lot of cash. In fact, the price is so good, none of the others come close.
The 55% cotton, 45% polyester fabric is breathable and sturdy making this V-neck top a good all-around performer. Other features include side vents, a front chest pocket, pen slot, and pull-on closure. It’s machine washable for easy cleanup.
- 55% cotton, 45% polyester
- Chest pocket, pen slot
- Machine washable
Pros: sturdy, comfortable, great price
Cons: not wrinkle-free or liquid repellant
Most Comfortable Scrubs For Men
Dickies Signature Elastic Waist Pants
It’s a close call on comfort, but what puts these Dickies Scrubs pants ahead of the others that may have lighter, more athletic materials is the combination of the elastic waistband and cargo pockets. Comfort and utility.
The 55% cotton, 45% polyester gives you that same light breathability and cool comfort while still being durable. The fit is a natural rise, taper-leg and the elastic band never feels tight or restrictive. Plus, while they’re as comfortable as baggy or athletic styles, you still get more classic cargo slacks look.
You can choose from a full elastic waistband or an elastic waistband with button closure (make sure to check the picture).
- 55% cotton, 45% polyester
- Elastic waistband
- Tapered leg
- Natural rise fit
Pros: comfortable, lots of pockets, classic look
Cons: may fit loose if you’re between sizes
Most Durable Men’s Scrubs
Carhartt Ripstop Utility Scrubs Top
If you’re rough on your scrubs and need a set that’s going to be able to take the abuse you’re dishing out – Carhartt Ripstop Utility Scrubs are up to the task. If you know anything about Carhartt, you know their brand is all about tough, durable well-made work clothing.
Made with 55% cotton and 45% polyester, you get breathability and comfort with the strength of ripstop fabric and a tagless design. Other features include a V-neck, bi-wing back yoke for easier movement, and tradesman pockets.
- 55% cotton and 45% polyester Ripstop fabric
- Back yoke
- Tradesman pockets
Pros: very durable, comfortable, good fit
Cons: not tapered (if you like that)
Best Men’s Scrubs For The OR
Carhartt Ripstop Cargo Scrub Pant
The same qualities that made the Carhartt Ripstop Scrub Top the most durable selection makes the matching cargo scrub pants the best for the OR. Not only are these durable, but the 55% cotton, 45% polyester weave is lightweight, breathable, and very comfortable when you’re standing for long periods.
It’s not just the super-strong reinforced ripstop fabric and Carhartt durability – these cargo pants have 8, count ‘em, 8 pockets. The design includes a half elastic back with cis really comfortable, a full zipper fly, and button closure.
Tough, comfortable, and a little stylish? Not bad at all.
- 55% cotton, 45% polyester ripstop fabric
- 8 cargo pockets
- Full zipper fly
- Button closure
Pros: comfortable, durable, breathable
Cons: some don’t like the relaxed fit
Best-Fitting Scrubs For Men
Barco Grey’s Anatomy Wesley Top
Truthfully, it was hard to decide where to put the Barco Grey’s Anatomy Wesley V-Neck Scrub Top. The fabric is a light, breathable, and stretchy 74% polyester, 23% rayon, and 3% spandex for a very sporty feel. The look is understated yet stylish and the pockets, bungee loop, and welt pockets makes it very utilitarian. These could’ve gone in almost any “best of” category.
But overall, the fit for the Grey’s Anatomy Wesley Top is what sets it apart. It’s somewhere between regular fit and tapered, making it feel fitted without feeling tight.
It’s a great scrubs choice that hits all the marks for a great set of scrubs.
- 74% polyester, 23% rayon, and 3% spandex
- Chest pocket, 3 welt pockets, bungee loop
- Moisture wicking
- Sizes up to 5XL
Pros: great fit, sporty feel, lots of pockets
Cons: fewer colors
Best Big And Tall Men’s Scrubs
Barco Grey’s Anatomy Cargo Pant
A comfortable, straight-leg cargo scrub pant in big and tall sizes – yes indeed. The Barco Grey’s Anatomy Cargo Scrub Pant has the same great fit as the scrub tops, plus they’ve got the sizes that don’t leave you with high-waters or skin-tight pants.
The 77% polyester and 23% rayon fabric made with Arcdry technology is cool and moisture-wicking in addition to being comfortable to wear. A comfy elastic waistband and drawstring completes the comfort circle ensuring a great fit no matter how tall or beefy you are. And with 6 cargo pockets, you’ve got room for all your gear.
- Big and tall sizes
- Moisture wicking
- Elastic waistband, drawstring
- 6 pockets
Pros: big and tall sizes, comfortable, moisture wicking
Cons: they don’t magically make you lose weight and gain muscle
So you’ve got 10 great choices of men’s scrubs that are professional while giving you performance – comfortable while being durable.No matter which of these brands you decide to go with – you’re going to be looking and performing like a boss in your sweet new scrubs.
What You Don’t Want In A Scrub
If you know what you want in a scrub – do you even know what you don’t want? Here’s a few things that make you wish you’d bought another brand or style:
Baggy isn’t always more comfortable, in fact, if your scrubs are too baggy the top can get in your way and your pants may slip or fall (and nobody needs to see that).
Don’t go the other way and try to wear a medium scrub top or too tight pants – you don’t look good or more buff and you’re going to have a hard time moving around.
If you scrimp on a cut-rate brand for a good price, you sometimes pay the price with lower quality and durability. If you’re a busy healthcare professional, put out a little extra for a good set of scrubs, besides, there are really great brands with very reasonable price tags.
What Kind Of Scrubs Are There?
There are different types of scrub tops, but where you’re going to see more styles is with the scrubs pants. Most of the tops are your straightforward V-neck, but with the pants, you get a few options, like:
- Cargo pants – more pockets? Yes, please
- Joggers – a sporty look and athletic feel
- Drawstring – a classic style that feels like pajamas
- Elastic waistband – even more room and comfort
- Pant style with zipper fly – a zipper fly, cuz, you know
How Do Scrubs Fit?
Scrubs pretty much fit like your regular clothes – that being when you pick your size, go ahead and buy your shirt and pants size.
Dickies recommends two things for finding the fit that’s right for you:
If you’re between two sizes on the sizing chart (like a half-size)
- For a tighter fit, choose a size smaller
- For a looser fit, a size bigger
Genius level thinking, right? But ideally, you want your scrubs to fit well, somewhere in that Goldilocks Zone of not too tight, but not too loose. Sure, you want to be flexing that suave murse style, but you still need to be able to perform your duties.