Promotional t-shirts are generally of lesser quality and are not designed for long term use. Their purpose is to get your message across to your customers cost-effectively, and will not last anywhere near as long as the better quality garments used for workwear and rebranding. Whilst the better quality garments could be used for promotional work, we suggest you keep your budget low and use the cheap t-shirts unless quality is of paramount importance to you. Feel free to contact us with any queries, our team will be more than happy to help.
Fruit of the Loom’s cheapest T-shirt for promotional use is the Original T.
This T-shirt is made from 100% cotton, apart from heather grey, which is 97% cotton, 3% polyester. It has a rib crew neck and is available in twenty-four colours.
The Original T is one of the lighter weighted T-shirts (White 140gsm, Colours 145gsm), with a fine knit gauge and double stitching throughout, making it great for printing promotional branding.
Fruit of the Loom’s ValueWeight T is a mid-weight (White 160gsm, Colours 165gsm) t-shirt, made of 100% cotton, apart from Ash which is 99% cotton and 1% polyester, heather grey, which is 97% cotton and 3% polyester, and heathers which is 50% cotton and 50% polyester.
Next in-line for promotional printing from Fruit of the Loom is the Iconic T (61430). The Iconic t-shirt is the only 100% ringspun cotton t-shirt by Fruits of the Loom. It is a heavier garment than the Original and comes in a more tailored fit. Available in sizes from small to 5xl.
The more substantial cotton gives a better surface for printing on, leaving fewer fibres showing through the print. With a smooth finish, this 100% ringspun cotton shirt has a nice, soft feel to it and has a new tear-away back neck label for rebranding.
Again this is a 100% cotton garment, apart from the Ash which is 99% cotton and 1% polyester, and Heather Grey which is 97% cotton and 3% polyester. It is a heavier shirt than the first two (190 - 205gm/m) and has a beautiful, tightly woven finish, which is excellent for printing on to.
Available in sizes small to 5xl with only White, Black, Navy, and Heather available in 4xl and 5xl.
Gildan activewear is relatively new to the European imprint market and is the biggest selling t-shirt manufacturers in the USA. Gildan is a similar quality to Fruit of the Loom and is aimed, at the promotional market too.
This is a favorite of all of our customers, mainly due to the large colour range which has a total of 51 great colours.
It is made of 100% cotton apart from ash which is 99% cotton and 1% polyester, sport grey and antiques grey which are 90% cotton and 10% polyester, blackberry, graphite heather, lilac, midnight, russet, sunset and tweed which are 50% cotton, 50% polyester.
Although heavier than its rival, Fruit of the Loom’s Original T, it is the Original T that gets a better print finish because of its lighter weave.
This is probably the cheapest ringspun cotton t-shirt on the market. It has a soft feel and subtle print finish but is not very durable.
They are made of 100% ringspun cotton (White 144gsm, Colours 153gsm ), apart from the RS sport grey, which is 90% cotton and 10% polyester. All heathers which are 65% polyester and 35% cotton, antique cherry, antique heliconia, antique sapphire: 90% cotton and 10% polyester, blackberry which is 35% cotton and 65% polyester and graphite heather which is 50% cotton and 50% polyester. Coming in 53 different colours and with a decent fit, this is a great shirt for promotional use and smaller budgets.
This t-shirt (White 180gsm, Colours 185gsm) is more substantial than Gildan's other ring spun t-shirt the Soft Style 64000.
It is made from 100% ringspun cotton with a preshrunk jersey knit, apart from the RS Sport Grey which is 90% Ringspun Cotton and 10% Polyester.
Available in 21 bright colours and sizes small to 4xl, this t-shirt has a soft feel and slightly fitted cut, with a retail look to it, but comes with a promotional t-shirt price.
This t-shirt is perfect for promotional work, and it's heavier weight will carry a more substantial print without sagging.
The Heavyweight Ultra 2000 is similar to Fruit of the Looms Super Premium but with better colour options.
It is made from more substantial cotton (White 193gsm, Colours 203gsm ), and is more durable than the Heavy Cotton 5000.
Available in 55 different colours, this is an excellent shirt for promotional use.
These shirts, whilst still for promotional use, are of better quality and give a better print finish than Fruit of the Loom and Gildan.
B & C Collection E150 is made from a resistant fabric that offers a clean and even surface for a bright, crisp and clear print finish. It has short sleeves with a crew neck and is available in 51 colours.
This t-shirt has a much softer feel than the shirts we’ve already discussed and come in 100% organic and non-organic versions of combed ring-spun cotton (145 gsm), which makes this an excellent shirt for printing because the colours appear more vibrant, making the image stand out more.
The B & C Collection #E190 is made from 100% pre-shrunk ring-spun cotton, which makes for a smooth and even print finish.
It is the same as the #E150 but heavier (185gsm).
Made from 100% pre-shrunk ring-spun cotton with a smooth and even print finish, this garment, like the #E150 comes in 51 vibrant colours and is a slightly better option for the promotional market.
The Inspire T for men is made from 100% pre-shrunk ring-spun cotton, which allows a smooth and even print finish.
This t-shirt is a lighter style at 140gsm, making it an excellent option for the warmer months.
It is made from 100% pre-shrunk ring-spun cotton with a smooth and even print finish; this garment comes in the same colourways available across the B&C range so you can be consistent in your brand.
It’s hard to say which the best amongst these T-shirts is without knowing the customer’s exact requirements. No two jobs are ever the same, which is why companies come up with so many different varieties, to care for your every whim!
Some customers want the cheapest version, but many have specific requirements, whether that be the better colour range of Gildan or the better quality to print on of the B and C #E190.
That said, if we were to have to pick a great all-rounder for this category of t-shirt, we would have to go for the #E190 from B and C because it has a beautiful, pre-shrunk, cotton finish which makes for smooth print finishes and should last longer than other promotional t-shirts.