Best Scrubs for Men (Top Picks for 2020)

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A comfortable set of scrubs is a must for medical professionals. However, choosing the right style, color and fit can be an issue, especially when purchasing online.

The good news is, it doesn’t have to be that difficult. These days using Amazon.com you have access to a range of scrub options, all supported with accurate size-guides and previous customer reviews.

However, this can cause another problem: choice overload. Determining which are the best scrubs for you can be a headache. And that’s where this review roundup comes in…

When buying a new set of scrubs, comfort, fit and function are the most important factors. Style and color are up there too.

Below you will find my picks for the best scrub tops and pants currently available for men. The selection is based on my discussion with male colleagues, as well as in-depth research of verified customer reviews.

These are the results…

Best Scrubs for Men: The Reviews

1. BEST SCRUB TOP: Dickies Men’s Signature V-Neck Scrubs Shirt

My top choice men’s scrub top for 2020 is the Dickie’s Signature V-Neck. It not only looks good but according to colleagues that I’ve asked and the many positive reviews online, the top is very comfortable too.

Made from 55% cotton and 45% polyester the top is stitched together with side vents that help ease of movement.

It is slightly thicker than some other men’s scrub tops on the market, which could be a hindrance if you’re prone to sweating or work without good air-conditioning.

It is easy to clean and machine washable of course. And those that wear the top have stated that the color stays true for a long time with multiple washing.

What I do like (as it’s always good to see some color on the ward) is the wide range of color options available.

There is a Dickies logo twill tape at the back neck and exterior logo on the left sleeve. The pocket is placed on the left chest.

Pros of the Dickies Men's Signature V-Neck Scrubs Shirt
  • Very budget-friendly
  • Comfortable and stylish
  • Wide range of colors
  • Machine washable and easy to clean
The Cons
  • Thicker fabric than competing brands

Bottom Line

Overall the Dickies V-Neck scrubs shirt is both very affordable, comfortable and stylish. Male colleagues that wear the top have no complaints, and the online reviews speak for themselves.

An easy pick for the best men’s scrub top available right now.

2. Cherokee Originals Unisex V-Neck Scrubs Shirt

The Cherokee unisex v-neck scrubs top is another great option that I highly recommend. This one has a slightly different fabric mix than my top pick from Dickies, with 65% polyester and 35% cotton.

This makes it thinner and looser than the Dickies but I put that down to the unisex nature of the top. The blend also makes for a wrinkle-free top after you’ve pulled it out of the dryer, which is good. (Needless to say, it is machine washable.)

Cherokee has put one chest pocket and two patch pockets on this top. Like the Dickies it also has side vents for better movement.

Some customers have talked of how good the stitching is on this top, which in turn has helped the overall longevity of it.

Again a wide range of colors is available, which means most aesthetic preferences are catered for.

Pros of the Cherokee Originals Unisex V-Neck Scrubs Shirt
  • Good blend making for a comfortable, wrinkle-free unisex top
  • Chest pocket and two patch pockets
  • Machine washable
  • V-neck styling with a range of colors
The Cons
  • Runs large so pay attention to the size chart

Bottom Line

A very good bet if the top from Dickies doesn’t take your fancy, this option from Cherokee is both comfortable, practical (with the 3 pockets) and stylish.

With the range of colors and easy clean fabric, this is a scrub top that will keep both men and women happy.

3. BEST SCRUB PANTS: CHEROKEE Men’s Originals Cargo Scrubs Pant

My top pick men’s scrub pant is the Cherokee Original Cargo. Following the same blend of the Cherokee top reviewed above, the pants have 65% polyester and 35% cotton. (In fact, if you are looking for a good scrub set, these two compliment themselves wonderfully).

Designed with a men’s natural rise, the pants have an elastic waist with reinforced drawstring making them comfortable and stylish in that they sit very well.

Functionality is great with the four-sided cargo pockets as well as two slash pockets and a back patch pocket.

Customer feedback on Amazon.com is extremely good with many of those buying the pants appreciating the many pockets in the cargo style.

The inseam on the average pant is 31”, however, if you go for the small it is a 28 ½” inseam.

Pros of the CHEROKEE Men's Originals Cargo Scrubs Pant
  • Good overall styling
  • Comfortable fit with elasticated waist
  • Lots of pockets
  • Great customer feedback
The Cons
  • Some customers have complained about the length being too tall (pay attention to the size chart)
  • If you do order the wrong size, you’ll be expected to cover the return postage

Bottom Line

Whether you’re looking for a single pant or looking for a scrubs set (where I recommend you check out the Cherokee V-neck reviewed above), these cargo pants are a great option.

Stylish, comfortable and with lots of pockets they have everything you could want in a good, quality pair of scrub pants.

4. Dickies Men’s GenFlex Utility Drawstring Cargo Scrubs Pant

The Dickies Men’s Genflex Utility Cargo scrubs pants are another option that I highly recommend.

This is another natural rise pant that has a bit more stretch than my top pick from Cherokee. Here the blend is 52% cotton 45% poly 3% spandex.

The pants also feature an elastic waist for added comfort and flexibility. This is threaded with a web drawstring.

The contemporary styling extends to the multi-needle top-stitching, as well as some nifty snap details.

There’s a good range of colors too, which as I’ve said before, it’s nice to see something other than blue or green on the ward.

Pockets are in abundance of course. Here, Dickies has added the standard two front pockets, the right contains an exterior triple pen holder with bungee loop, while there left as an additional sleeve for your mobile phone.

There are also two cargo pockets and back pockets.

On the sales page, Dickies states that the men’s small size measures 27-29” at the waist and 36-38” at the hip. The regular size has a 32” inseam, while tall sizes are stitched with a 35” inseam.

Pros of the Dickies Men's GenFlex Utility Drawstring Cargo Scrubs Pant
  • A great blend for comfort
  • Stylish cargo, natural rise pant
  • Elasticated waist with drawstring
  • Lots of useful pockets with pen holders and phone sleeves
The Cons
  • The bottoms are quite large so you need to buy the right length
  • If you don’t need the pocket space, it can feel like overkill

Bottom Line

Dickies Men’s GenFlex Utility Drawstring Cargo Scrubs Pant is another great choice and a worthy addition to my top 5.

Borderline bestseller status on Amazon.com (it could well be, by the time you are reading this), and low budget to boot, there is nothing stopping you from picking some of these up along with the Cherokees I have reviewed above.

Bottom line is, that they are both great scrub pants for men. You won’t be disappointed.

5. BEST SCRUB SET: Cherokee Workwear Professionals Men’s Scrub Set, V-Neck Top & Drawstring Cargo Pant

The final entry in my top 5 best scrubs for men, is actually a full scrub set.

While the above items are purchased separately and can be mixed and matched should you want to buy both top and bottoms, here you buy the full set all in one.

The pros to this, of course, are uniform color and the manufacturer’s intended combined styling.

So is this the way to go? Let’s take a closer look.

The Cherokee scrub top as part of the set is very similar to the V-Neck reviewed above. It’s a 1 pocket v-neck, and much what was said there, applies here.

The top incorporates side vents and a back yoke to aid movement and comfort.

Likewise, the pants are similar to my top pick from Cherokee above. They follow the cargo styling with the 2 cargo pockets and tapered leg design

For extra storage options, the pants have the standard front pockets and a single back pocket too.

The blend across both top and pants is great with 63% polyester, 34% cotton, and 3% spandex poplin. It’s lightweight and stretchy and offers the comfort you need for a long and hard-working day.

Both items are also machine washable and there are a range of colors to choose from.

Pros of the Cherokee Workwear Professionals Men's Scrub Set V-Neck Top & Drawstring Cargo Pant
  • Full set in one purchase
  • Stylish v-neck with front pocket and side vents for flow and comfort
  • Versatile cargo pants with lots of pockets
  • Range of colors and sizes to choose from
The Cons
  • Metal zipper can be a problem if you work in MRI

Bottom Line

Basically, if you are after a full scrubs set, I would recommend this one. You have a good quality top and pant all in one purchase. It just makes things easier.

For those that prefer to mix and match or pick and choose (or essentially just want either a top or bottom but not both), should check out the options reviewed above.

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About Hannah Drake

Hannah Drake, RN, CSP is a registered nurse and owner and founder of Nurse Focus. Her nursing career spans almost two decades, and in that time she has developed her skill base across a variety of settings, including med surg nursing, clinical informatics system administration and implementation, and healthcare community management. Contact Hannah.

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