10 Best Monthly Subscription Boxes for Men

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Who doesn’t love getting something in the mail? Monthly subscription boxes have been around for a long time, and if you think monthly subscription boxes are just about food and women’s beauty products, you’d be wrong.   Whether you are looking to try out the latest and greatest products on the market or want to treat yourself to a monthly supply of products of your choice, then you should definitely consider signing up for a monthly subscription boxes!

Finding a subscription box that will meet your needs can be difficult.  According to a report from last year, there are over 2,000 subscription box service available!  Now, that’s a lot of boxes.  So where do you start? We’ve compiled a list of the best monthly subscription boxes for men that are sure to please every type of guy out there. So what are you waiting for? Read on, sign up and wait for your special package to arrive!

 

10 Best Monthly Subscription Boxes

 

Dollar Shave Club

Dollar Shave Club
Razors can be expensive, but an electric razor just doesn’t give that smooth close shave. So in comes Dollar Shave Club. No more spending insane amounts of money on disaposable razors from the drug store. This relatively new company started sending out its first boxes in March of 2012 with the sole purpose of providing high quality products at a fraction of the price as razors in stores. If you love getting fresh blades every month, along with some other top notch skin care, then Dollar Shave Club is for you.
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What You Get
Your first month you’ll start with the “Best F***ing Starter Set” which includes the 6-blade Executive razor and the Sh*t, Shower & Shave Kit, all for $5. The Sh*t, Shower & Shave Kit includes sample sizes of Dr. Carver's Easy Shave Butter, Wanderer Calming Body Cleanser and One Wipe Charlies.

Each month after that you will receive fresh blades (4 cartridges) for only $9. Did you love the Calming Cleanser or the Easy Shave Butter? Easily add a full size version to your next order.

Ordering/Cancelling
Dollar Shave Club makes it easy to subscribe, pause, cancel or skip a month. Don’t shave very often? You can choose to set up your delivery for every other month or pause your subscription up to 3 months.

Value
The first month, pay $5 for the Best F***ing Starter Set. Replacement blades are $9 after that.

How To Order
Visit the Dollar Shave Club website to get your starter kit!
Pros
  • Quality product
  • Very affordable
  • Easy to pause or cancel subscription
Cons
  • Some users thought the blades weren't quite as good as in-store name brand razors.

Bean Box Coffee Sampler

Bean Box Coffee Sampler
There's not too many things better in life than a good cup of coffee. If you are a coffee aficionado, then check out the Bean Box Coffee Sample. This company was created by two former software engineers and has been shipping premium coffee since 2014. In each monthly sampler, Bean Box features coffee from the best small batch roasters in Seattle.
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What You Get
Each box comes with 4 hand picked coffees from Seattle's best small batch roasters like Ladro, Zoka, Slate and more. You will receive a total of a half a pound of whole bean coffee that's been freshly roasted (shipped within 48 hours after roasting) and includes tasting notes, tips on brewing the coffee, roasters profiles and a special artisan treat to go with your coffee. Not into caffeine? Bean Box offers decaffeinated options as well.

Ordering/Canceling
Choose between one, three, six and twelve month delivery options. Shipping is free. Coffee is shipped out every Wednesday, so if you'd like to cancel, make sure to do so on Thursday by the end of the day the week before your next scheduled shipment.

Still not sure if you will like it? Try your first month FREE. Just pay for shipping.

Value
This is a sampler box, so don't expect to get 4 "normal" size bags of coffee. Depending on how much coffee you drink in a month, I'm going to guess you will need to buy more coffee. If you are looking for a monthly subscription to satisfy your daily coffee craving of local small batch crafted coffee, this would not be it. This is a treat, an experience and certainly some high quality coffee, and thus, worth the money.

How To Order
Sign up for your monthly coffee box here.
Pros
  • Local Seattle small batch roasters
  • Decaf available
  • Comes with an additional treat
Cons
  • Not enough coffee for those who wish to drink it every day.

StrengthCrate

StrengthCrate
Here at RunnerClick, we are all about fitness and keeping yourself healthy, so it is no surprise that we would love StrengthCrate! They don't leave anything out of this box. Simply fill out a profile and they will make a StrengthCrate specifically for you!
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What You Get
After you fill out your profile, you'll be sent one of two boxes (your choice). The first is the Game-Day Crate which includes 5-6 products such as supplements, apparel, workout gear, gym accessories and more. But if you are looking for a little more, check out the G.O.A.T Crate for some bigger, more pricier items. Some examples of items found in a StrengthCrate include Caveman Coffee MCT Oil, EXO knee sleeve, Virus’ Jade Technology Shorts and AI K-Tape.

Ordering/Cancelling
Choose from month to month, every 3 months and quarterly memberships. Cancel anytime, but make sure to cancel before the 22nd of the month or you will be charged for another box for the following month.

Value
The Game-Day Crate will run you $60 a month and the G.O.A.T. Crate is $80. You will be getting some substantial gear in this box, so the value might be worth it if you are looking for some great apparel, supplements and much more!

How To Order
Get your own StrenghtCrate here.
Pros
  • Fill out profile to receive products that fit your needs
  • Includes high quality gear
Cons
  • Expensive for a subscription box

Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club

Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club
You've just finished your weekend long run. It's time to kick back, relax and grab a brew from your latest Beer of the Month box. This monthly subscription company has been sending out the best microbrewed craft beers since 1994.
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What You Get
The Micobrewed Beer of the Month Club offers 5 different packages! Choose from U.S. Microwbrewed Beer Club, Hops-Head Beer Club, the International Beer Club, the U.S. and International Variety Beer Club and the Rare Beer Club. Each shipment (with the exception of the Rare Beer Clubs) comes with twelve 12 oz beers and a monthly newsletter that goes over the beers tasting notes, brewery profiles, food pairings and more. How do they select the beers? The company has several brewmasters and beer judges that handpick the months selection so you know you'll be getting the best of the best. If you are looking for extra special beer such as limited release or imported craft beers, try out the Rare Beer Club which comes with either 2, 4 or 6 750ml bottles of two different featured beers.

Ordering/Cancelling
There is a minimum of a two month subscription sign up. You can sign up for an ongoing membership.

Value
Once you add in shipping, you are looking around $45 a month for their cheapest subscription. But this is after all, microbrewed craft beer. But after that long run, don't you deserve to treat yourself? Also, the company believes in their monthly selection so much that they offer a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee and will either replace or refund your purchase.

How To Order
Pick your Beer of the Month Club by visiting their website.
Pros
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
  • 5 different clubs to choose from
  • Comes with tasting notes and food pairing recommendations
Cons
  • Pricey

StrideBox

StrideBox
Well of course we were going to include a runner's box! (We are RunnerClick after all, right?) Started in 2012, StrideBox wants to help beginners to advanced runners find new fun and useful products that will enhance their running experience. If you are looking to try out the latest (and perhaps the tastiest) running related products, sign up for this monthly subscription. It may uncover a new running must have or a fun treat!
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What You Get
In each box, you will receive a 4-6 products from both big and small brands. This includes nutrition, running gear & accessories, body care and miscellaneous items such as recipes, stickers, and more.

Ordering/Cancelling
StrideBox is sent out once a month, before the 7th of every month. StrideBox is month to month or buy a gift subscription for 1, 3 or 6 months. Want to cancel? Simply email them and let them know you want to cancel. It's that simple.

Value
The StrideBox is a deal! Only $15 a month for a variety of runner goodies. Added bonus: shipping is free.

How To Order
Sign up for your monthly Stridebox here.
Pros
  • Inexpensive
  • Easy to cancel
  • Includes both well known name brands and smaller brands with innovative products
  • Value of products more than cost of box
Cons
  • Most of what comes in the box is nutrition products, so unless you are looking for more runner "stuff" this may not be the box for you.

BirchboxMan

BirchboxMan
No, this isn't your wife's or girlfriend's Birchbox monthly subscription filled with beauty products and accesories. This box is specifically designed for men. After the success of the Birchbox for women, founders Katia and Hayley decided to offer a Birchbox just for men. In 2012, Birchbox Man began shipping grooming and lifestyle products to men to help you find products you'll love!
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What You Get
Each month you'll receive 5 samples of grooming products. This could be beard care, face care, hair products and more. But before that, fill out a profile so that the products they select will work best for your skin type, hair type and style.

Looking for a little more? Sign up for the BichboxMan Plus. On top of the 5 grooming product samples, you'll get a "lifestyle" item such an accessory, tech gadget or the like.

Ordering/Cancelling
Choose from monthly or every 6 months. No longer want anymore a Birchbox? Cancel anytime.

Value
Another great value. Only $10 a month for the BirchboxMan and $20 for the BirchboxMan Plus!

How To Order
Get your box by visiting the BirchboxMan website.
Pros
  • Two different box subscriptions to choose from
  • Grooming profile allows for products to fit your specific skin type, hair type and style
  • Reasonably priced
Cons
  • Products are only sample size.

Spartan Carton

Spartan Carton
Are you training like a Spartan? Do you want to train like a Spartan? Well here's a little something to keep you on the Spartan Path. Each month the Spartan Carton offers a variety of snacks, supplements and gear tailored to your level. Find out if you are you a Citizen or a Warrior!
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What You Get
Choose between a Citizen box or the Warrior Box. The Citizen box comes with 3 supplements, 3 snacks and a piece of outdoor or workout gear. The Warrior Box is everything in the Citizen box plus higher end workout and outdoor gear as well as some occasional extras whether it be gear or consummables. Examples of workout and outdoor gear include fire starters, resistance bands, massage kits, EDC gear and more. Both boxes come with recipes and suggested workouts to help you change up your routine and can be done at home or while traveling.

Ordering/Cancelling
Choose from month to month subscription or three month prepay. Users can cancel or change the order as well as upgrade or downgrade their subscription as long as they do so before the 21st of the month. You can also choose to skip a month. Spartan Cartons are shipped by the on the 14th of every month.

Value
Spartan Carton guarantees that the products you receive will add up to (or be more than) what you paid for the box. Spartan Carton lists everything that was in the Spartan Carton Box and their MSRP so you know what type of deal you are getting.

Not sure if Spartan Carton is for you? Try the Citizen Box first, coming in at only $25. Love your Spartan Carton? Upgrade to the Warrior for $99.

How To Order
Want a Spartan Carton? Visit their website here.
Pros
  • Two box options
  • MSRP for products are guaranteed to add up to the value you paid or more
  • Easy to upgrade or downgrade
Cons
  • Warrior Box option is expensive

Grill Masters Club

Grill Masters Club
If you love BBQ than this is the box for you. Turn your boring burgers and steaks into something extra delicious with the best BBQ products delivered to your door every month. Grill Masters Club only sends the best of the best, ensuring you the perfect flavor for your dinner or next BBQ party!
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What You Get
Each box contains 4-5 BBQ products including marinades, rubs, sauces, recipes and more. Each product is reviewed and tested before going into the box, to make sure you get the best BBQ products out there. Some items found in previous boxes include Lower East Side Brisket Rub with kosher salt, black pepper,coriander and other spice; Big Bob Gibson Habenero BBQ Sauce as well as the Big Bob Gibson White Sauce; One Legged Chicken Buffalo sauce and Suckle Busters Texas Chili Seasoning.

Looking for something extra special? Start with either the BBQ Learner Bundle which includes Meathead's Award Winning Meat Temperature Guide, Steven Raichlen's Project Smoke and Aaron Franklin's A Meat Smoking Manifesto as well as a three month subscription to Grill Masters Club or try out the BBQ Booze Bundle which includes "Eat BBQ Drink Beer Repeat" beer mug, "Save Water Drink Whiskey" whiskey glass and Grill Masters Club koozie and bottle opener as well as a three month subscription to the club.

Ordering/Cancelling
Choose from 1, 3, 6 or 12 month memberships. Had your fill of BBQ? Cancel at anytime.

Value
Price starts at $33 for month to month, making it a pretty good value.

How To Order
Go to GrillMastersClub.com to sign up for your box!
Pros
  • Includes a variety of products 
  • Products in box are well tested before being chosen
Cons
  • Must love to BBQ a lot.  May be hard to get through all the products in a month if you don't use it consistently.

Trunk Club

Trunk Club
If only we could wear our running clothes all the time. Well, I guess you could if you really wanted to. But for all the guys out there who want to look as good at the office or around the city as they do running the streets without spending hours in the store, check out Trunk Club. Personalized apparel sent to your door monthly.
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What You Get
First, Trunk Club will have you fill out a "style profile" so they can get an idea of your likes and dislikes as well as your budget. Next, you'll speak to a stylist online who will find you clothes according to your profile. You'll receive an online preview which you will then approve or make changes to. Each box comes with 6-10 pieces. The clothes is shipped to you where you have 5 days to try on and choose which pieces you will keep and which you will send back.

Ordering/Cancelling
Unlike the other boxes on this list, you have control over what your order is. It is easy to fill out the profile and chat with your stylist in order to come up with a Trunk Club box you will love! Don't want a Trunk Club box every month? Sign up for Trunk Club when you need clothes be it monthly or seasonally. Bottom line: Use Trunk Club when you need it!

Value
Price varies from box to box as you get choose which pieces you'd like to keep and which to send back. Pricing for each piece starts at $25 and can go up to $300. Shipping and returns are free, but there is a $25 stylist charge. If you have a Nordstrom's credit card, the fee is waived.

How To Order
Visit the Trunk Club website to get started!
Pros
  • Style profile will customize pieces according to your style and budget.
  • Choose pieces before having them sent to you.
  • Send back items you do not want.
Cons
  • Can be expensive depending on what items you choose.
  • There is a stylist fee.

Try The World

Try The World
Runners love food. But are your taste buds looking for a little excitement? How about you explore the food of a new country every month without leaving home? Check out Try The World where you will receive delicious products from a new country every month!
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What You Get
Each month you will receive a box filled with a variety of items to snack on, cook with and drink! This month the box featured 8 products from Spain including Tumaca Sauce, Paprika, Cinnamon Cookies, Extra-Virgin Olive Oil and recipes from Chef Jamie Bissonnette.

Ordering/Cancelling
Subscribe monthly or every 3, 6 or 12 months. Free shipping is included. Cancel anytime. Just want to take a breather? Feel free to pause your subscription too.

Value
A pretty good value for some high quality ingredients from around the world. Price starts at $39 a month, but drops to $29 a month if you sign up for the year.

How To Order
Feel like trying the world? Visit their website to sign up.
Pros
  • High quality ingredients from around the world
  • Ability to "pause" subscription
  • Boxes are themed by country
  • Can purchase products you love on website
Cons
  • Some customers had customer service issues, including shipping issues.  

 

So whether you are looking to find the latest and greatest products or reward yourself with a monthly treat to satisfy your passion, consider the above monthly subscription boxes!  Many of the above companies offer pre-paid monthly subscriptions if you are considering getting a men’s subscription box as a gift!  We made sure to do our research in order to find the best subscription boxes out their, specifically tailored for men!  Read on to find out how we came up with our list, factors to consider and frequently asked questions that many individuals have when signing up for a monthly subscription box.

The Criteria We Used to Find the Best Monthly Subscription Boxes for Men

No one wants to receive or even worse, spend a ton of money for products that aren’t worth it or won’t be used. Monthly boxes for men are a fun way to learn about new products that perhaps you might have not otherwise known. The following are the criteria we considered when choosing the subscription boxes for this list.

Price
One box might be a good deal, but a reoccurring monthly cost can get expensive. We considered not only the monthly cost of the box, but the value of everything that came in the box. Some of the pricier boxes on our list were added because although they are expensive, they come with high quality products that are worth what you spend and usually more.  However, most of the boxes on our list are relatively affordable and come with products that are at least worth the cost of the box, but in most cases, the products are worth more than your monthly payment.

Also, it’s worth mentioning that many of the companies above offer pre-paid monthly subscription gift boxes for men, so if you’d like to share a month (or 3) as a gift, be sure to check if the company offers that option!

Use
Finding boxes that come with products that you will actually use is crucial. No one wants a pile of unused products accumulating in the corner of a room! While some of the boxes on the list meet very specific interests, we made sure to include a variety of subscription boxes on this list that will hopefully have at least one (if not more) boxes that you will use and love!

Ease of Ordering/Cancelling
While most boxes are very easy to order, some companies make you jump through hoops in order to cancel your subscription. The list above includes boxes that not only are easy to order and cancel, but many also allow you to pre pay for a certain amount months or pause a month to month subscription.

Other Criteria We Considered When Choosing Our Top 10 List

The above were the primary factors we considered when making this list.  However, we did consider other variables in order to compile this list.  Keep reading to find out more!

Schedule/Timeliness
No one wants to receive their eagerly awaited box late!  We made sure to check when the company ships their boxes and how soon the customer receives the product once shipped.  Many companies also offer expedited shipping if you just can’t wait!  It’s also important that perishables are shipped in a timely manner, so we made sure that the company had a good track record of shipping products so they arrive fresh.

Customer Reviews
While we cannot predict what will be in each box, we can get a better idea of the overall satisfaction by accounting for trusted user reviews.  Many users will provide a list of what they received and their initial reaction.  If customers were consistently unsatisfied or disappointed with their box or ran into a lot of customer service or shipping issues, we made sure to not include these boxes on our list.  Only highly rated boxes were considered.

FAQs

Q: Am I locked into a certain amount of time when I sign up for a subscription box?

A: Many subscription box companies offer a variety of options.  The most common is the month to month option where you pay for each month and cancel when you no longer want to receive it.  Many companies also allow you to “pause” your monthly subscriptions for a certain period of time, if you need to take break.

Other options many companies offer are signing up for every 3, 6 or 12 months.  If you choose one of these options, you can usually expect a better deal, as the monthly payment will be less when you commit to a certain amount of time.

Q: I don’t like anything in the box.  Now what?

A: Some companies offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee, but make sure you read the fine print before signing up.  Half the fun of a subscription service is to be surprised and for the chance to learn about new products!  For more of a “guarantee” on products that work for you, look for monthly subscription services that have you fill out a profile prior to receiving your first box in order to provide a customized box made especially for you.  But as previously stated, if you are unsatisfied with your box, most companies make it easy to cancel the subscrption.

Q: Do I have to pay for shipping too?

A: Fortunately, many companies include free shipping.  Other companies will include the shipping cost in the monthly price.  However, if you are looking for expedited shipping or are looking to order a product that requires special care, extra shipping cost could apply.  Again, make sure you read the fine print before subscribing.

Q: I love something that I received in my box and want more.  What do I do?

A: Before you Google that product and purchase it online, many monthly subscription box companies make it easy for customers to purchase more of a product they received.  Check out the companies website first.  You may get a better deal purchasing through them!

Sources

  1. Polly Mosendz and Kim Bhasin, Source: Robb Vices STYLE Do We Really Need 2,000 Subscription Box Services?, Online Publication, Oct 06, 2016
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