If you’ve ever stopped by our catalogue, then you probably found yourself staring at pages and pages of T-shirts and other blank garments. This is not exclusive to Printsome, though, as any business in the printing industry offers – what seems like – an infinity of options.
Nowadays there are all kinds of brands for all kinds of needs and every day, they seem to create new ones. This is great for business because it fosters not only competition but also more possibilities for the customer. On the other hand, one can become easily overwhelmed with everything that’s being offered – especially if we’re not familiar with the sector.
So how do we make a choice? What are the best brands for T-shirt printing? Does the material really matter? And how do we choose among all the different kinds of fabrics, fits, and price tags?
This is why we decided to make a list of the best brands for T-shirt printing. With over five years of experience, we can say with confidence that these are the greatest. But before that, we’ll cover the characteristics that make a good blank garment.
What to consider when looking for brands for T-shirt Printing
It doesn’t matter if we have the best quality ink, top-notch machinery and an amazing designer if the garment it’s not suitable for printing, then the end result it’s not going to be crisp. Then, which is the right T-shirt? It’s the one that meets the following number of criteria:
1 – Fabric
The most popular material for printing is 100% cotton – it’s awesome for screen printers as it guarantees spectacular colouring. Some people opt for 100% ringspun cotton, which is softer, feels nicer, and prints a bit better.
The second most popular option is the 50/50 cotton and polyester combination. It is also a great option for print. This material is also soft and the colour can be heathered with drops of grey or black due to the unique blend.
The third most popular fabric for printing is the so-called Tri-Blend. Popularized by American Apparel, this textile is made up of 50% Polyester, 25% Cotton, and 25% Rayon.
2- Shrinking Factor
Garments made of unshrinking materials are definitely a better pick for personalization. Such fabrics feature added texture, which helps them keep their shape and size – even after washing. This means the picture will remain vivid and bright for longer.
3- Seams and Construction
Nowadays we can choose between seamless T-shirts or the classic stitched version. Each come with their own benefits. Seamless tees are more versatile as they are compatible with any design. Also, these are always ready-to-go because there’s no need to press the seams. On the other hand, T-shirts with seams offer a more fitted construction and personalized fit.
Top brands for T-shirt printing
Among a huge variety of modern brands, we’ve selected the six most popular for T-shirt printing. Basically, this means they’re the standard for most screen printers. Budget-friendly, made of 100% cotton and offer a classic fit.
Note: Brands are listed in alphabetical order.
American Apparel is the most expensive brand on our list as their products are the only ones that are manufactured in the US. The stylish 50/50 Crew Neck T-shirts are known for their good quality so the price is absolutely reasonable. These super lightweight, soft, and fitting garments come in lots of colours for all tastes.
Features: slim fit, unisex sizes, ultra-soft fabric, premium quality.
Fabric: 50% Polyester, 50% Cotton.
Size: all sizes from XS to 2XL are available.
Anvil Classic Fits are often considered as one of the closest budget alternatives to the popular American Apparel T-shirts. Aside from being made of a soft and comfortable material, it also comes in a wide variety of sizes and colours. With these many options, you are bound to find the perfect one for you.
Features: Classic fit, thin collar rib, side seams.
Fabric: 100% combed ring-spun cotton.
Size: sizes from XS to 3XL are available.
This unisex-sized tee, featuring a crew neck, short sleeves and side seams, is made of superior Airlume combed and ring-spun cotton. Not only that but it also comes in a big variety of colours. For good reason, this is one of the best blank canvas for printing. Also, it’s very soft.
Features: Side seams, retail fit, shoulder taping.
Fabric: 100% Airlume combed and ring-spun cotton.
Size: Unisex sizes from XS to 4XL are available.
This T-shirt by B&C is made of the brand’s unchanged, high-quality fabric that has been succeeding for 20 years. This garment is available in 40 basic and vivid colours for both men and women.
Features: Tubular construction, thin collar rib, back neck tape, mainstream contemporary fit.
Fabric: 100% pre-shrunk ring-spun cotton.
Size: 9 sizes from XS to 5XL are available.
Fruit of The Loom
Fruit of the Loom is a world-known brand that offers a spectrum of budget-friendly clothes ready for print. All of the garments are available in numerous colour options for men, women and even kids. This company stands out because of its fine knit gauge for enhanced printability.
Features: Crew neck, self-fabric back neck tape, fine knit gauge.
Fabric: 100% cotton.
Size: all sizes from S to 5XL are available.
Gildan Softstyle is loved by many for its soft feel to the touch and semi-fitted silhouette that makes it look much more expensive than it actually is. This T-shirt is lightweight and it’s made of a preshrunk jersey knit. A wide colour palette allows for more unusual picks. Also, there are several little but significant details like a tear away label, double-needle sleeves, bottom hems and a seamless double-needle collar.
Features: Semi-fitted, preshrunk jersey knit, taped neck and shoulders, double-needle sleeve and bottom hems, rolled forward shoulder.
Fabric: 100% ring spun cotton.
Size: all sizes from XS to 3XL are available.
Text: Amanda Thompson
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T-shirt Printing for Designers
Thanks to our five years of experience in the apparel-printing industry, we are able to offer a service catered towards the needs of designers and creative directors. Printsome’s apparel-printing services are perfect for streetwear collections, T-shirt lines and merchandise, among many other possibilities.
From the moment you get in touch, one of our ‘printing experts’ will answer all of your questions and find efficient solutions to your needs. It is our mission to help your career flourish. Thanks to high-quality garments and cutting-edge printing techniques, we can produce almost any design. Printing T-shirts has never been this easy.
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