Amazon's bestselling swim trunks are backed by more than 6,000 reviews — and they're only $20

Kate Mendonca
Shopping Editor

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Scorching temperatures have arrived, and if you’re lucky enough to have access to a swimming pool, beach or lake this season, chances are you’ll also be on the lookout for some swimwear to enjoy it in. 

Often swim trunks and bathing suits can get expensive, so when you come across one that’s affordable and has earned a stamp of approval from thousands of other shoppers, you know it’s worth checking out. One Amazon men’s bestseller fits the bill, and starting at only $20 is an affordable pick to get you through the season. 

What is it?

The Kanu Surf Men's Barracuda Swim Trunk is a basic pair of swim trunks that’s available in a rainbow of colours and features side stripe details. The classic cargo short silhouette has an adjustable drawstring waistband and two pockets per side for your stowing all of your essentials on the go. 

Made from 100 per cent polyester, these durable shorts can stand up to salt from the ocean as well as chlorinated water, and are machine washable for easy care. As an added bonus, the shorts feature a UV-protective barrier with an SPF 50, so you can rest assured that your skin is safe even when in the sun for hours at a time.

Available in sizes S-XXL, the shorts are suitable for waist sizes 28 to 46. 

What shoppers are saying

Currently these swim trunks are sitting at the top of Amazon’s best-sellers, and with a 4.4 star rating on nearly 6,400 reviews it’s easy to see why it’s become such a fan favourite.

“My son loves the fit of these swim trunks,” said one reviewer. “Length is awesome as well since he doesn't like to show too much leg. He has a 32 inch waist, the medium was perfect as he doesn't like things tight. Great price, will definitely buy again.”

“Comfy, love all the pockets, and discreet enough that you can use them as shorts if you need to go into a restaurant, or somewhere else you might look out of place in blaze-orange board shorts,” added another. 

If you’re considering buying these swim trunks for yourself or a loved one, it’s important to note that they also feature an inner mesh lining, which some reviewers have noted that they cut out as a personal preference. They also do run a little large, so be sure to make your purchase based on the size chart rather than on your usual size.

“I have a 42" waist and I ordered the XXL, [but] I probably could have gotten away with the XL,” reads one review. “I always cut the inside bathing suit part out and wear them. These are swim trunks and I don't expect them to wear like everyday shorts but so far so good.” 

The verdict

Since this product listing isn’t the most detailed, some shoppers were surprised when the shorts they received were slightly different than anticipated. From the side stripes that are hidden in the photos and the mesh lining that isn’t mentioned in its description, along with the slightly larger fit, your best bet for accurate information about the Kanu Surf Men's Barracuda Swim Trunk are based on customer reviews. 

Luckily, the shorts come with a vast array of reviews that offer more details about the fit and style, meaning you’ll be able to find your perfect pair knowing exactly what you’re getting.

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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.