The subscription service business has seen substantial growth in the last several years with everything from small necessity-based services to more luxury-type items. Food and beauty products account for a bit more than half of all subscription service purchases with apparel close behind in third place. When it comes to subscription services, you have your pick of a couple of different options in almost every category. I’ve taken the liberty to do some of the heavy lifting for you and compiled what I feel are the top 10 subscription services for men (and some for women as well).
Dollar Shave Club
One of the top suppliers in their category, Dollar Shave Club provides everything you need to “look, feel, and smell your best.” Dollar Shave Club offers products in the following areas:
- oral care
- hair products
There’s not much this company doesn’t provide as far as toiletry needs. They also offer travel tool kits consisting of nail trimmers and scissors to travel toiletry bags. You can also purchase the service as a gift!
The shaving plans start at $4.00 per month for a basic two-blade razor, and that gives you a handle with the first order. The five-pack blade refills come every month, or you can change the frequency if need be. The next level is $7.00 for a four-blade razor, and the top of the line is $10 for the Executive 6 blade razors. You really can’t beat the price and ease of Dollar Shave Club. I personally use the 4 Blade razor program and have done so for years.
Quip is an electric toothbrush company. I know what you’re thinking, who wants to order their toothbrush online. I’ll tell you millions of people. A few years ago my dentist suggested using an electric toothbrush because I needed to brush longer and it is better for your gums. So like most people, I went out to the local drug store and picked myself up a plug-in model.
This toothbrush works fine, but it is a continual problem to have to buy brush heads, and then I have to deal with wires running all over my bathroom vanity. I wish I had known about Quip at the time.
The Quip toothbrush runs on a single AAA battery that lasts up to 3 months. Battery power means you don’t have to deal with messy wires. Quip mounts right on your wall or mirror via suction. The Quip toothbrush alerts you when its time to stop brushing by a built-in two-minute timer providing the perfect brush each time.
You can also purchase a travel case so you can take your Quip with you when you leave home on vacation or business trips. The service begins at $25 for a brush, and the quarterly fee is $5. That provides you a replacement brush head and battery.
Hello Fresh is the leading global provider of fresh food at home. Their goal is to provide everything you need to make a great homemade meal right to your door, including the freshest ingredients and recipes to prepare each meal. Therefore eliminating the need to shop.
The process to sign up is thorough and helps ensure you are receiving foods you enjoy. You choose your preference (meat and veggies, veggies, family-friendly, or calorie smart). You then choose your plan based on how many people you’re feeding and how many recipes you’d like to receive.
The ingredients are shipped to you in insulated boxes with ice packs, so you’re guaranteed to receive fresh food for each meal. Cooking times for each recipe are typically between 30-40 minutes.
Pricing varies, but a “Family Plan” is enough for four people. Two meals per week will are $79.95, including shipping, while three meals per week cost $105. Fair priced considering you are not leaving the house and having everything delivered to your door.
Loot Crate specializes in fan subscription boxes and partners with industry leaders in entertainment, gaming, sports, and pop culture to deliver monthly themed crates, produce interactive experiences and digital content, and film original video productions. They are targeted mostly at gamers and “nerds,” but there is something for almost everyone here.
In its first five years, Loot Crate has delivered over 14 million crates to fans in 35 territories across the globe. Loot Crate starts at $24.99 per month, and prices increase from there based on the theme you choose.
Let’s face it; men are challenged when it comes to picking out clothes for ourselves. My method of shopping used to consist of purchasing what looked good and matched on the mannequins in the store. Stitch Fix takes the guesswork out by providing a personalized styling service to deliver top of the line clothing to your door monthly.
How it works is easy. The first step is filling out a style profile which determines your style, sizing, and price range that is comfortable for you. You then choose your delivery frequency.
It is $20 a month to have a stylist pick out clothes for you. Once they arrive, you purchase what you like and send back the rest. I’m not saying you have to ditch all your black concert t-shirts, but maybe it’s time for an upgrade.
If you’re a meat-lover then Butcher Box is perfect for you! ButcherBox delivers only 100% grass-fed beef, free-range organic chicken and heritage breed pork. You build your box (choosing your meats), and it will arrive straight to your door frozen inside an insulated box. You can change how often you’d like to receive shipments and can change the frequency or cancel at any time.
Butcher Box also includes recipes and tips for cooking the particular cut of meat. Prices start at $129.99 per month for 8-11 pounds, enough to feed individuals and small families. The next level up is $238, and that includes 16-22 pounds. This level is suitable for a mid-size family with a lot of freezer space.
Under Armour is one of the leading suppliers of performance athletic wear. It’s hard for a day to go by without seeing the recognizable Under Armour logo. I am not a paid spokesperson for the company (but I am open to the possibility), but I love their products. Their stuff lasts and is perfect for any active individual from young children to adults, both men, and women.
Armour Box provides athlete and gym-goers (both men and women) with the apparel and accessories they need to perform, look, and feel their best.
Here’s how Armour Box works. You pick your goals and an Under Armour outfitter handpicks 4-6 items of Under Armour gear that fit your goals and style. You have a week to try the clothes on and see how they fit. There is no fee to use the service. Pay only for the gear you keep and ship the rest back.
You can also define your schedule preferences for every 30, 60, or 90 days. They also offer you 20% off if you keep everything in the box! Under Armour stuff is not inexpensive and there’s a reason. It’s good quality, and you get what you pay for.
Bespoke has an interesting take on the subscription box business. Each month Bespoke will send a themed box including anything from shaving products to travel, coffee, food, or exploring to name a few. Bespoke is $45 a month for each box. In advance, you will receive an email outlining what’s inside this months box. You have five days to review the selections, change styles, colors or sizes or skip the box. You can cancel at any time.
Underwear by the mail for both men and women? Yes, that is what Me Undies is all about. Each month you will receive a fresh pair delivered right to your door. All you do in the beginning is to choose your cut and style, and Me Undies takes care of the rest. You can select basic patterns to some pretty crazy ones; it’s all up to you!
In between shipments you will receive discounted member pricing on other items such as socks, lounge-wear, and extra undies. After all, you can’t wear the same pair every day. You can change styles and colors at any time, skip a month, or cancel at any time. Though I am not a user of Me Undies (I’m a traditional black boxer brief kind of guy if you were wondering) I have heard great things about this company. The products are of high quality and soft.
Taster’s Club is an alcohol of the month subscription service catering to different types of liquor including Bourbon, Vodka, Scotch, Rum, Tequila, Whiskey, Gin and Wine. Join and individual club (Tequila for example) or stock the bar with a mix of spirits. Memberships start at around $50 a month, and you will receive a bottle a month. Each spirit “club” has its own starting price, so make sure you pick the one you want. There are also gift subscriptions available in 3, 6, or 12-month time frames. Who needs a fruit of the month club when you can have tequila! It’s the gift that keeps on giving!
Do yourself a favor and make your life easier by subscribing to any one of these helpful subscription services today! Have I missed any that you feel should have made the list? Let me know in the comments below.