Best T-Shirt Brands for Custom T-Shirts


Broken Arrow T-Shirt Printing and Embroidery has been making some of the best custom t-shirts for more than 30 years. The best T-shirts brands (our customer favs) are listed below. These are the most popular T-shirts and best fitting t-shirts for the reasons listed.

1. Bella+Canvas 3413

This super-soft unisex shirt is a customer favorite and one of Bella+Canvas all-time best sellers. Made from a blend of three fabrics; polyester, cotton, and rayon (referred to as a tri-blend) this most popular t-shirt is breathable, light-weight, super comfortable, drapes nicely, and is well made. Customers rank it as one the best fitting t-shirts as it drapes well over straight and curvy frames. Even though it is lightweight, it is not see-through and retains its shape wash after wash. Companion ladies cut and youth size tees are also available in this best-selling t-shirt brand. Tri-blend T-shirts, like the 3414, have a vintage look and feel right out of the box. Once you order this tri-blend, it will likely become your go-to shirt. Often sold by retailers, we sell this shirt custom decorated at a price typically lower than the plain shirts you’ll find in department stores.

2. Next Level 6210

Made from a poly/cotton fabric blend, the unisex Next Level 6210 serves as a great middle of the road tee that falls between budget-friendly and higher-end retail. Customers rank it as one of the best custom t-shirts, as it is nearly as soft as a tri-blend and features a sleek, modern fit. Unlike heavier solid cotton shirts, this t-shirt gives easily as your body moves while maintaining its shape wear after wear. The Next level 6210 dries quickly and has a slightly heathered look on all colors except solid black and white. It is number 2 in the ranking of the most popular T-shirts we sell. There is a companion ladies’ tee that is equally as appealing but note that many of our customers prefer to size up on the ladies cut as it’s more fitted and a little shorter than the unisex.

3. American Apparel 2001US

Made in the U.S., the American Apparel 2001US is made from 100 percent fine jersey cotton with a slim fit. It is available in 47 colors and a wide range of sizes. Fine jersey is a medium-weight, soft cotton fabric that, when washed in cold water and tumbled dry on low heat, won’t shrink. It is seamless on the sides for a super comfortable fit and does give more than heavy cotton and drapes well. This T-shirt looks awesome custom-screen printed wash after wash. It is ranked number 3 by our customers in terms of best fitting t-shirts, best t-shirt brands, and best custom t-shirts.

4. Gildan 46000

The Glidan 4600 is a value priced performance t-shirt. Made from 100 percent polyester, the shirt is moisture wicking and both ladies and youth companion shirts are available in 22 different colors. Gildan calls the fit “active,” which means it’s semi-fitted—cut somewhere between fitted and loose. The fabric is snag and wrinkle resistant as well as moisture wicking. If you are looking for an affordable moisture wicking t-shirt for an event, work, sport, or business, consider the Gildan 4600 as your go-to shirt.

5. Comfort Colors 1717

This heavy-weight 100-percent-cotton pigment-dyed T-shirt is available in 81 different colors (that’s not a typo). Pigment dyed is a fiber coloring process that continues to soften and age with washing. The shirt is washed multiple times before it is custom decorated, so it will have a fashionably worn heathered appearance upon arrival. Because of the dying process, don’t wash it with other colors, at least for the first few times. The fit is casual, not too tight, and most Broken Arrow customers really appreciate the way it looks and feels. It is ranked number 5 as our most popular t-shirts.

6. Fruit of the Loom 3930R

If the cheapest price is what matters the most to you, this shirt is the way to go. Available in 55 colors, it’s made from high-density 5-ounce jersey cotton, which means the clarity of your screen printed design will be exceptional. The shirt is pre-shrunk, and features a standard cut, not fitted. Fruit of the Loom is still one of the best T-shirt brands year after year due to its affordability and durability.

7. Next Level 3600

This budget friendly T-shirt is made from 100-percent combed and ringspun cotton making it smoother and stronger than most other t-shirts. It’s available in 31colors and both youth and ladies companion t-shirts are available. It’s lightweight, soft, and comfortable and comes in at number 7 in terms of best T-shirt brands.

8. Nike NKBQ5231

This Nike performance t-shirt is made from 65/35 cotton/poly Dri-FIT fabric to help keep you dry and comfortable. Available in 9 colors, the Nike swoosh is located on the left sleeve so there is plenty of room for your logo or design on the front and back. If you love a swoosh, this shirt is for you.

9. Sport-Tek ST350

The Sport-Tek ST350 is a budget-friendly performance T-shirt that will help keep you dry and comfortable. Made from 100-percent-polyester, the shirt is also available in youth, ladies, tall, and long sleeve companions. You’ll find 25 different color options, too. Sport-Tek is one of our most popular t-shirt brands do to its price point and quick dry technology.

10. Gildan 2000

This heavy weight cotton t-shirt is likely already in a closet near you. Budget friendly, the t-shirt comes in 51 colors and has companion, youth, ladies and long sleeve options. The Gildan 2000 has been one of the best custom t-shirt brands for decades and will likely remain popular for those that love a heavy, dependable workhorse of a shirt.

Still not sure which T-shirt is best for you? Check out our entire T-shirt catalog or take our T-shirt quiz to determine which shirt is best for your needs.

Author: Amber Barz

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