4 of The Best Quality Blank T- Shirts for Printing .

Quality blank t-shirts

When starting a t-shirt line consider these top 5 quality blank t-shirts for printing for durability, comfort, softness and fit. Keeping these important elements in mind can create a clothing line that people trust and provides your buyers/ customers / fans with quality apparel that’s worth buying and sharing.

We’ve done the research for you and gone through thousands of quality blank t-shirts that we’ve for our clients and have come up with the top 5 blank t-shirts that best fit the quality profile. The shirts are judged based on softness, comfort, fit, elasticity, stitching and price this way you save yourself some time and money in ordering test samples to find the best one for your clothing line.

#5. American Apparel

American Apparel is a popular brand that is well-known in Los Angeles and across the world for its progressive American made business model, pro gay rights, pro immigration reform and highly sexualized marketing, however being the most popular doesn’t always guarantee the best customer fit.

Lets get to it.. The Fine Jersey crew neck tee is 100% cotton and is the standard American Apparel shirt printed in most print shops in the U.S, although American Apparel carries a wide choice of 50/50 blends, Tri blends and Poly Cottons, we will use and focus on the 100% cotton Fine Jersey Crew as our main example. The Fine Jersey crew is used as merchandise by bands like Van Halen, Vampire Weekend, Death Cab for Cutie and online companies like Threadless and Teespring.

The quality of this blank t-shirt is durable and the softness is definitely felt, the stitching is well done and the variety of colors is enough to get your clothing brand started. However some of the reasons why the American Apparel brand shirt is at #5 is because of our clients feedback when printing on and using American Apparel shirts.

The first major concern when looking to buy American Apparel shirt is the high cost per shirt, since it’s made in the U.S expect to pay premium prices, depending of dark or light-colored garments at wholesale you’re looking at around $6.50 to $9.50 per shirt for small orders of 50 or less, with any shirt brand the higher amount of shirts you buy the better your price will be.

Another common complaint is that the shirt tends to be a bit on the thin and slouchy side, in my personal experience wearing American Apparel I feel that I find the material a bit too thin for my preference, unless you or your buyers prefer a thinner sheer material shirt that’s relaxed fitting, American Apparel could be right choice for you.

However there is always different taste in what we wear and how it fits on us and how it makes us feel. If this shirt was music I’d classify it under rock n roll & grunge for cool laid back hipsters that want aesthetics played down for a natural relaxed feel.

Main Takeaways • Lightweight / Sheer / Relaxed / Loose Fit / Soft Touch

American Apparel Product Specs.

•100% Fine Jersey cotton construction (Heather Grey has 10% Polyester)

•Durable rib neckband

View a woman in this unisex style.

•Fabric weight 4.3 oz/yd² (146 g/m²)

•Superior screen printing results

•Made of 100% fine ring-spun combed cotton, this lightweight fine jersey is exceptionally

smooth and tight-knit, making it a perfect surface for screen printing.

#4. Anvil Lightweight Fashion Tee

Anvil’s Lightweight Fashion Short sleeve t-shirt is 100% pre-shrunk ringspun cotton, this is a great shirt for a fitted athletic brand or great for an MMA and fitness apparel type t-shirt line.

With easy tear away labels this feature helps in the printing of custom size tags without leaving tiny cotton pieces behind where the non tear away tag was sewn into the shirt. Having non tear away tags is a pain and tends to slow the printing process down for your printer.

The reason for this in most cases the collar can come undone since the 100% cotton or polyester tag is sewn directly onto the shirt and is stronger in weaving than the threads holding it in place, this means the printer has to cut the threads that hold the tag in place.

The good thing about this is that most blank shirts are now beginning to offer tear away labels for easy size relabelling so that you can fully brand your clothing line from inside out.

The Anvil Lightweight is a soft ringspun cotton that is tightly woven together and long-lasting, this shirt is nicely stitched and looks well on an athletic body type.

Fitted but not too tight this shirt is a comfortable blend between relaxed and form-fitting on athletic body types, a bit denser feeling in the weaving compared to the American Apparel shirt, Anvil is perfect for spot color inks.

Anvil also carries a fashionable line for men and women in a variety of bright colors and heathers as well as tank top cuts that keep up with today’s trends and fashion.

Main Takeaways • Lightweight / Soft Touch / Relaxed / Fitted

Anvil Product Specs.

  • 4.5 oz., pre-shrunk 100% combed ringspun cotton, 30 singles
  • Heather Grey is 90/10 cotton/polyester alternate Heather colors are 40/60 cotton/polyester
  • Neons are 65/35 polyester/combed ringspun cotton
  • Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
  • Double-needle stitched sleeves and bottom hem
  • TearAway™ label for easy relabelling

#3 Next Level Premium Fitted Sueded

This shirt by far is a personal favorite, if you like super soft shirts this one is for you! This is the shirt your girlfriend will want you to wear all the time so she can rest her head on your chest and snuggle close to you, it’s that soft and comforting.

The material is a Fabric laundered 60/40 combed cotton/poly sueded jersey which means super soft touch, a fine velvet feel but sportier and way cooler looking. Next Level is known for producing and using high-end quality materials in their catalog along with trend setting fits and cuts for men and women.

Since Next Level is higher end in the T Shirt chain so is the price compared to an Anvil and Canvas Bella Tee they range from $6.25 and up, but your buyers and fans will surely love the way they feel and fit.

The print on theses shirts is also pretty cool looking if you do a single pass of ink on them, this gives you a vintage worn in type of look of an old shirt with all the comfort and style.

The fit on this shirt is athletic and tends to shrink just a bit after washing but nothing too drastic to where you have to toss it out and replace it with a larger size, they a true to their size.

Next Level carries a wide selection of solid colors, specialty burnout tank tops for women and modern cuts that are on the trendier side with a bigger selection for women but you have to try the Next Level Premium Fitted Suede shirt for a unique type of feel.

Main Takeaways • Super Soft Touch / Fitted / Comfort

Next Level Premium Fitted Sueded Product Specs.

  • Fabric laundered, 4.3 oz., 60/40 combed cotton/poly sueded jersey
  • 1×1 sueded baby rib set-in collar
  • Satin label

#2 Alternative Short Sleeve T-Shirt

Alternative is the Mercedes S500 of the blank shirt game, the look the feel and the quality is something else when you compare Alternative shirts to the rest of the aforementioned brands, not saying that the rest of the shirts are poor quality but Alternative is made differently and you can feel it when worn.

If you’re looking for weightier and softer shirt compared to American Apparel or Next Level shirt then Alternative might be for you. Alternative also has a large selection of shirts, tank tops, styles and cuts that are unique and fashionable however the less expensive mens blank t-shirt can range from $6.31 and up to $10 for larger sizes and colors.

You’ll mainly find this brand at high-end boutique stores like Rodeo Drive or Melrose Ave in Hollywood where a single shirt can go for $60 up to $200 if you have the customer base and the outlet to get to these buyers willing to pay these premium prices than you might want to check out the Alternative shirts.

Main Takeaways • Super Soft Touch / Fitted / Comfort / Relaxed Fit

Alternative Short Sleeve Product Specs.

  • 4.1 oz., 100% combed ringspun cotton, 30 singles
  • Heather Grey is 67/33 cotton/polyester
  • Piece dyed and washed

#1 Bella Canvas Unisex Jersey T-Shirt

So you have your designs ready for print and you’re looking to find the best shirt for your brand, you’ve looked at several shirts but you still haven’t come to a conclusion on which one to purchases.

The quality of shirts are good but the price and fit may not quite match what you’re looking for… well.. I believe Bella Canvas has found the right combination between quality, price, comfort and fit.

The Bella Canvas Unisex short sleeve jersey is 100% combed ringspun cotton, this soft shirt is a perfect blend between weight, softness and fit and with 57 different colors to choose from, you’ll have plenty of blank canvases to express your creativity and designs for two entire summer catalogs.

The unique custom tailored design is form-fitting and comfortable to wear anywhere with a nice sports coat or perfect for when you want to spend a day at the beach.

My suggestion when looking for quality shirts is to buy different brands to find the one that best fits your budget and most importantly the taste of your buyers because they will be the ones who will support and share your brand. Overall, all the shirts mentioned in this post are of the highest quality, it’s just a matter of what appeals the most to your target market and what type of shirt they’ll respond better with.

Main Takeaways • Soft Touch / Fitted / Comfort

Bella Canvas Unisex Jersey T-shirt Product Specs.

  • 4.2 oz., 100% combed ringspun cotton, 30 singles
  • Athletic Heather is 90/10 cotton/polyester alternate Heather colors are 52/48 cotton/polyester
  • Ash is 99/1 cotton/polyester
  • Shoulder to shoulder taping
  • Coverstitched collar and hemmed sleeves

Placing Your Order

If you would like to place an order, you can do so by clicking on the shirt links within the post and fill out the size, color and quantities you would like to test out.

Send us a message when you finish placing your order on checkout and don’t forget to provide your shipping address.

We’ll get back to you quickly and get your samples processed and shipped out to you.

Minimum shirt order is 24 . Standard delivery in the US is 2–4 business days / international 7–10 business days.


Originally published at www.laprintanddesign.com on April 29, 2015.