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The Best Pajamas for Men of 2022

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Editor's Choice Product image of L.L. Bean Men's Scotch Plaid Flannel Pajamas
Best Overall

L.L. Bean Men's Scotch Plaid Flannel Pajamas

L.L. Bean Scotch Plaid Flannel Pajamas are a no-fail classic set that’s as soft as it is cozy. They have a great fit and excellent construction. Read More

Pros

  • Awesome fit
  • High-quality construction
  • Very soft

Cons

  • Shrinks a little after wash
  • Color fades
Editor's Choice Product image of EverDream Sleepwear Mens Flannel Pajamas
Best Value

EverDream Sleepwear Mens Flannel Pajamas

The Everdream Sleepwear Flannel Pajamas may have average-quality construction, but its excellent fit and cozy cotton make it an awesome choice. Read More

Pros

  • Soft flannel
  • Loose fit
  • Cozy

Cons

  • No pant pockets
  • Average-quality construction
Editor's Choice Product image of David Archy Cotton Sleepwear Pajamas Set
Best Lightweight Pajamas

David Archy Cotton Sleepwear Pajamas Set

The David Archy Cotton Heather Sleepwear pajama set is a lightweight, silky-looking, cotton-spandex set that offers a sophisticated look. Read More

Pros

  • Supremely soft
  • Sophisticated look
  • Stretchy

Cons

  • No fly
Product image of Gap Adult Poplin Pajama Set

Gap Adult Poplin Pajama Set

These classic PJ set from Gap has a terrific design made of soft cotton. Although it pills quickly, you may agree this just adds to its vintage vibe. Read More

Pros

  • Classic style
  • Soft cotton
  • Awesome design

Cons

  • Too-long pants
  • Fabric pills quickly
Product image of J.Crew Pajama Set in Cotton Poplin

J.Crew Pajama Set in Cotton Poplin

J.Crew’s cotton poplin pajamas are a terrific pocket-heavy set that sport a classic look and an awesome fit, despite a lot of shrinkage. Read More

Pros

  • Great fit
  • Lot of pockets
  • Classic look

Cons

  • Slightly starchy

If there’s anything we can learn from dopamine dressing, it’s that setting the tone for tranquility can be as easy as slipping into easygoing, comfortable clothes—and nothing signifies relaxation quite like a set of pajamas. If you’re on the hunt for that perfect pair of PJs in men’s sizes to help free your mind after a long day’s work, we’ve got plenty of picks for you. (We’ve also reviewed the best women’s pajamas as well.)

Our testing found that the L.L. Bean Scotch Plaid Flannel Pajamas (available at L.L. Bean) is the best choice for most people with its blend of classic style, functionality, and true-to-size fit. Want flannel for less? The EverDream, Sleepwear Flannel PJs Shirt and Pants Set (available at Amazon) is a near-perfect replica of our best overall at a lower price. If you’re not a fan of flannel, the David Archy Cotton Heather Striped Sleepwear Set (available at Amazon) is a supremely soft and silky fit in a lighter weight cotton-spandex fabric.

Here are the best men’s pajamas we tested ranked, in order:

  1. L.L. Bean Scotch Plaid Flannel Pajamas
  2. David Archy Cotton Heather Striped Sleepwear Set
  3. EverDream Sleepwear Flannel PJs Shirt and Pants Set
  4. Gap Adult Poplin Pajama Set
  5. J.Crew Cotton Poplin Pajama Set
  6. Land's End Poplin Pajama Pant
  7. Land's End Poplin Pajama Shirt
  8. Hanes Woven Plain-Weave Pajama Set
  9. PajamaGram Classic Mens Pajamas Set
  10. Cherokee Long Sleeve Pants and Shirt Set
  11. SleepHero Henley & Plaid Sleep Pants Pajama Set

Man wearing set of flannel L.L. Bean pajamas
Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

These L.L. Bean flannel pajamas are super soft, roomy, and amazingly comfy.

Best Overall
L.L. Bean Men's Scotch Plaid Flannel Pajamas

The Scotch Plaid Flannel set from L.L. Bean is the gold standard of classic cotton flannel PJs—soft, easygoing, well-constructed, and roomy without being sloppy. With their traditional plaid style, fuzzy feel, and fantastic fit, these cozy garbs hit high marks across all major categories. They’re great for sleeping or all-day lounging (or both!) and they offer enough slack to either welcome in a breeze, or add an undershirt to layer up for additional warmth. It has a fly, pant pockets, a drawstring, and an elasticized waistband.

The fit is where these PJs really shine—on my 5-foot-11-inch-frame, the sleeves of the size L hit just below my wrist, and the pant legs flow straight down with little stacking on my feet. While the construction and stitching are superb, the only potential downside to this set is all-too-common for its material: The cotton fabric shrank slightly after five warm wash cycles in our labs, and the plaid mix of purple, blue, and burgundy colors we tested also faded. Still, despite my typical size being an XL, the size L set fit just fine after shrinkage, which only aided in the fit—if you get these, and especially if you’re between sizes, you may consider sizing down for a less baggy fit.

The L.L. Bean Scotch Plaid Flannel Pajamas are available in regular, tall, and short lengths in sizes S to XXXL. The regular-sized PJs come in eight variations of plaid, while short and tall lengths come in four.

Pros

  • Awesome fit

  • High-quality construction

  • Very soft

Cons

  • Shrinks a little after wash

  • Color fades

Everdream pjs set worn by man.
Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

This men's pajama set from EverDream offers some positives from L.L. Bean's flannel set at half the price.

Best Value
EverDream Sleepwear Mens Flannel Pajamas

Our Best Value pick mimics the flannel style of the L.L. Bean set fairly well, but at half the price. EverDream’s sleepwear set sports an awesome fit, with fabric that is slightly thinner than Bean’s, as well as lower-quality construction. But don’t let that dissuade you from grabbing a pair for yourself—these PJs are super cozy, soft, and roomy and offer a great value for their price. The top features three large buttons, and a small one located at the collar to close up on cold days. The pants have a single snap-button fly that may reveal a little too much at times—a risk if you dash out to grab the mail.

While the pants don’t have a drawstring, they have two buttons to cinch your elastic waist closed. As the fabric is flannel, the pair faded the most out of any other set we tested and also slightly shrank after five warm-water washes. But the set, which I tested in a size large, still manages to give off a loose, casual vibe that’s great for sleeping, lounging at home, and lazy weekends.

The biggest bummer comes from a trait (unfortunately often) found in women’s clothing: No pant pockets. If you’ve got a habit of holding your smartphone on you, make sure to keep it packed in your top’s chest pocket.

Grab a set in sizes S to XXL and in four variations of plaid.

Pros

  • Soft flannel

  • Loose fit

  • Cozy

Cons

  • No pant pockets

  • Average-quality construction

Man wearing blue David Archy pajamas set.
Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

These roomy pajamas from David Archy are silky soft and super attractive.

Best Lightweight Pajamas
David Archy Cotton Sleepwear Pajamas Set

If you’re not a fan of flannel, let us turn your attention to the David Archy Cotton Heather Striped Sleepwear Set. A fabric blend of cotton and spandex makes this set stretchy and soft, while its accented satin-trimmed sleeves and pant cuffs show off a sleek, sophisticated look. While testing, I thought these were breezy enough to wear all day without breaking a sweat, despite my living in Florida, and the overall looseness in the sleeves and pants provide plenty of room for airflow.

The bottoms have, thankfully, two pant pockets, an elasticized waistband, and a drawstring to help adjust fit—the size large fit my frame nicely. The top also sports a chest pocket, and a spare button sewn on the inside seam, should you lose one of the four that keep the front closed. The fabric’s lack of shrinkage and zero color loss means the set will look great for the long term.

The only downside I can think of with this two-piece is that the pants don’t have a fly, which makes a quick trip to the bathroom less convenient.

Pros

  • Supremely soft

  • Sophisticated look

  • Stretchy

Cons

  • No fly

How We Tested Men’s Pajamas

The Tester

I’m Kevin Cortez, style editor at Reviewed, and my life at home is much like living as The Dude from The Big Lebowski: loose, relaxed, and lounge-forward. As a lifelong Floridian who can’t ever escape the heat, I’ve been dressing for comfort all of my life. I typically prefer cool fabrics and roomy cuts, and like the true homebody I am, I’ve owned more than a few nice sets of pajamas (and a few that are subpar). To find the ideal pair, I searched for a classic silhouette that offered looseness without being oversized and soft flexible fabric for movement and comfortable curling up. Rest assured (pun intended): My picks will surely impress any fictional sitcom father—and plenty of real-life ones—you bring to mind.

The Tests

Before testing each set, I searched the internet, pored over message boards and Reddit threads, and compiled a list of top-rated pajamas from various brands and merchants. Although I found several styles of men’s pajamas, I specifically focused on sets—that’s any product sold as a two-piece top and bottom. I also focused on warmer garments for cooler climates, like flannels, long-sleeve henleys, and pants.

Then, I worked alongside Reviewed chief scientist Dave Ellerby to come up with a scoring rubric. We came up with a list of subjective and objective questions to judge each set of pajamas, grading them on comfort, fit, feel, and style, but also quality attributes like shrinkage, fading, pilling, and stitching. At our labs, we washed every set five times in warm water to measure colorfastness and shrinkage. At home, I wore each set for at least three days and washed in cold water to measure fastness and shrinkage again.

For every set I tested, I took note of how it felt on my body, how it fit, the comfort levels of wearing all day versus a small period of time, and how the fabric felt. I also took note of each set that pilled or came apart after wash cycles, and inspected the overall construction to determine quality and likelihood for long-term durability..

What You Should Know About Buying Men’s Pajamas

Man relaxing on bed in pajamas.
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Men's pajamas are typically made with cotton.

How Should Pajamas Fit?

The fit of men's pajamas largely depends on their style, with the most popular being "classic" or "traditional," which are roomy. Button-up tops should provide enough space for a base layer, while bottoms should fit loose throughout the legs. Ideally, pants should hit the ankles without a need for cuffing to prevent stepping on hems. Generally speaking, pajama henleys fit on the snug side, similar to undershirts.

Pajamas made of 100% cotton usually provide no give and should be accounted for post-wash shrinkage. Sets that are blended with spandex, offer additional stretch, while those blended with modal give fabric a cooling, silky sheen. A commonly used fabric in men's pajamas is flannel, typically made with cotton, and is designed to create warmth without overheating..

What is the Best Material for Pajamas?

The best material for pajamas is dependent on personal preference. Cotton pajamas feel similar to a basic T-shirt, but those that are cotton blend—mixed with fabrics like polyester and modal—provide some additional textural traits. Blends with synthetic fabrics like polyester and nylon are tougher, moisture-reistant, and add wrinkle resistance to garments. Cotton blends with modal, on the other hand, give a silky and cooling sensation on the skin, and is a fabric best for those in warmer climates. Cotton, cotton blends, and modal pajama sets are good choices for most people, as they are easy to care for, absorbent, and work well for most climates.

Fabrics Commonly Found in Pajamas

Some popular fabrics found in pajamas include:

Cotton: This basic fabric is the standard for most pajama sets. It's blended with polyester to provide some moisture resistance (and to cut production cost) and spandex to give the material the ability to give and stretch.

Flannel: Flannel is a hefty fabric usually made with 100% cotton or a blend of cotton and polyester. It has a fuzzy texture designed to provide warmth without overheating, but is prone to fading after wash. It can also be made of synthetic fibers or wool.

Modal: This is a semi-synthetic fabric that's often used in activewear and undergarments to provide a cool, silky texture to clothing. It's highly breathable and resistant to shrinkage and pilling.

Polyester: Polyester fabric is a synthetic woven material that stands the test of time, is cheap to produce, and is resistant to moisture. It also doesn't wrinkle easily, unlike some other fabrics.

Other Pajamas for Men We Tested

Product image of Gap Adult Poplin Pajama Set
Gap Adult Poplin Pajama Set

Gap rules the mall brands with its cotton two-piece set. These pajamas are soft and have a worn-in, vintage feel to them, which will undoubtedly benefit over time from more washes. The set barely shrank during our wash and dry cycles and kept its fit, which is impressive for mall-brand quality cotton. These are classic lounging vibes I can get behind.

The fabric began to pill, however, so take note if that bothers you. The pants in size large are also pretty long for my 5-foot-11 frame, but nothing cuffing can’t fix. And as odd as it sounds, the pant’s drawstring is also extra stretchy making it have the best waistband comfort out of any set on this list.

Grab this Gap set of pajamas in sizes XS to XXL in blue stripes only.

Pros

  • Classic style

  • Soft cotton

  • Awesome design

Cons

  • Too-long pants

  • Fabric pills quickly

Product image of J.Crew Pajama Set in Cotton Poplin
J.Crew Pajama Set in Cotton Poplin

The PJ set from J.Crew is similar to Gap’s, except it has a better overall fit—when wearing the size large, I can lift my arms up without my top’s hem lifting with me, and the sleeves don’t catch if I move quickly. The pants are also loose all the way down and the right length for my 5-foot-11-inch height without catching underneath my feet as I walk. And for what it’s worth, these pants feature the most pockets out of any other set on this list—one on the shirt’s chest and three on the pants, in case you’re venturing into the outside world and need a place to tuck your wallet.

The cotton poplin fabric is soft, though it has a slight starchy feeling even after washing. The look of these also leans classically handsome, . They’re far from a terrible set, and despite a ton of shrinkage after five wash cycles, they still manage to fit relaxed. I’m a fan of these easygoing, pocket-heavy PJs, but unfortunately, not at their price.

Grab a set of J.Crew’s poplin pajamas in sizes XS to XXL in light blue.

Pros

  • Great fit

  • Lot of pockets

  • Classic look

Cons

  • Slightly starchy

Product image of Lands' End Adult Poplin Pajama Pants
Lands' End Adult Poplin Pajama Pants

Lands’ End’s poplin pajama pant has an excellent fit and quality stitching and reminds me of the old Taekwondo uniform I used to wear in middle school—crisp, starchy cotton that offers a lot of room for movement. It has an awesome looseness to it, despite shrinking a ton after five wash cycles, and the construction is top-notch. Unfortunately, the cotton feels very hot and doesn’t offer much breathability. I kept sweating around my house while testing these pants and I’m also not a fan of its heavy weight. And, like a Taekwondo uniform, moving around in them sounds a lot like flapping open a cotton bedsheet. I got mine in a dark navy blue with an overall print of bumblebees that I really dig, and while I’m not a fan of that noise and heft, you can certainly do worse.

The pant comes in sizes S to XXL in eight colors.

Pros

  • Great pattern

  • Awesome construction

  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • Stiff fabric

  • Runs hot

Product image of Lands' End Men's Poplin Pajama Shirt
Lands' End Men's Poplin Pajama Shirt

The matching Lands’ End poplin top is consistent with its bottom—stiff, crinkly cotton that runs hot, but with an excellent baggy fit and awesome construction. The bumblebee print navy top has an attractive yellow contrast lining that runs along the shirt opening and collar, a design touch that I think looks great. This roomy top in size large hits right at my wrist, and because you’re able to order its coordinating pants separately, you’re able to control for a better fit. The amount of loose and drape this top offers is a comfort while lounging at home. I just wish it wasn’t so hot and crinkly-sounding.

This top comes in sizes S to XXL in eight colors.

Pros

  • Great pattern

  • Awesome construction

  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • Stiff fabric

  • Runs hot

Product image of Hanes Men's Woven Plain-Weave Pajama Set
Hanes Men's Woven Plain-Weave Pajama Set

Having not been a fan of the company’s boxer briefs, I was pleasantly surprised to see that Hanes actually made a well-fitting set of pajamas. They’re loose without being overly baggy, and the cotton and polyester blend is thin and airy. The fabric and construction, however, is where this set suffers. After five wash and dry cycles, stitching along the seams began to unravel. The cotton is super breezy, which could be a plus for those in warm climates, but not recommended for those looking for a cozy set. The fabric feels slightly rough as well, which makes using softener a must. With a lack of drawstring, the pant may also be too loose for some—my size large barely stayed up. The biggest buzzkill, though? No pockets!

You can grab this Hanes set in sizes S to 5XL and in 14 colors.

Pros

  • Thin and airy material

Cons

  • Poor stitching

  • No pant pockets

  • Slightly scratchy fabric

Product image of PajamaGram Classic Stripe Men's Pajamas
PajamaGram Classic Stripe Men's Pajamas

The Pajamagrams are an okay set of pajamas caught up by lackluster design. Though I got both in size large, the top was too short on my frame, while the bottoms were too long and made irksome with bulky hems at the cuffs that feel uncomfortable when stepped on. The set that I tried had stripes on it, and the cotton here is just okay, but those vertical stripes, for some reason, caused the fabric to bunch up and pucker all over. Placing my hands in the pockets, I could feel that odd bunching up throughout the weird fabric stripes. These also shrunk the most out of any set other on this list, so keep that in mind if you’re still eyeing this wonky-sized set. But, for what it’s worth, the set’s style is pretty attractive: The top is a classic nighttime shirt that brings to mind a camp collar, while the pants offer a loose, roomy leg that has a heavy sway with movement.

These are available from S to 4XL, as well as tall sizes, in 16 colors.

Pros

  • Decent cotton

  • Looks great

Cons

  • Ill-fitting

  • Poor stripe design

  • Prone to shrinkage

Product image of Cherokee Men's Long Sleeve Pajama Shirt and Pants Set
Cherokee Men's Long Sleeve Pajama Shirt and Pants Set

The set that had the warmest pants in the bunch also includes the worst-fitting top I’ve tested. This cotton set mixes a henley shirt and flannel plaid pants and would be so much better if they weren’t made with a blend of cotton and polyester. The combination makes the set feel cheap, uncomfortable on the skin, and slightly scratchy. The henley, meanwhile, fit slim around the chest and stomach, and short on my waist, which totally negates that lounge-like, relaxed feeling. The tight-fitting top is made with a blend of cotton and polyester as well, and when paired with such a heavyweight bottom, it feels all sorts of lopsided. Also, no fly. No good.

Pros

  • Warm pants

Cons

  • No fly

  • Poor sizing

  • Cheap-feeling fabrics

Product image of Sleephero Henley & Plaid Pajama Pants Set
Sleephero Henley & Plaid Pajama Pants Set

Just like the Cherokee set, this Sleephero two-piece includes a henley and flannel pants, which I tested in size large. Although the top fits slightly better than the Cherokee set, the bottoms of these are just awful. They have an odd drop-crotch fit, similar to a pair of Dickies work pants, and don’t flex much around the hips and thighs whether sitting or standing. They also have a very skinny taper around the ankles despite such a wide top. The waistband has a drawstring, but the band itself doesn’t have a flat fit or an elastic, so the top half balloons out when tied up. Most annoyingly, they hems are just too long. I’m definitely not a fan of this set in fit or style, and the stitching and construction tell me it won’t last long, either.

Pros

  • Decent-fitting top

Cons

  • Poor sizing

  • Awful construction

  • Uncomfortable pants

Meet the tester

Kevin Cortez

Kevin Cortez

Style Editor

@kevvincortez

Kevin Cortez is the Style Editor at Reviewed. He's covered the worlds of pop culture, hip-hop, gaming, and streetwear since 2013. His words have been featured in The A.V. Club, Genius, EGM, Ambrosia For Heads, Vulture, Leafly, and Mass Appeal. He’s lived in Florida since birth and is still unsure if he enjoys it. Please bother him on Twitter.

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