Updated June 21st, 2023
Broken Arrow T-Shirt Printing and Embroidery has been making the best custom T-shirts for more than 30 years. The best T-shirts brands (our customer and staff favorites) for customization are listed below. These are the most popular T-shirts and best fitting t-shirts for the reasons listed. If you’d like, get a quick no-obligation quote while you browse.
Best Overall Favorite
Bella + Canvas 3413
This super-soft tri-blend fabric, unisex shirt is a customer and staff 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, lightweight, 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 T-shirt, 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.
|Material||3.8 oz 50/25/25 polyester/airlume combed and ringspun cotton/rayon|
Best Custom T-Shirts
Next Level N6210
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 staffers prefer to size up on the ladies cut as it’s more fitted and a little shorter than the unisex.
|Material||4.3oz 60/40 Cotton/Poly Premium Fitted CVC Crew|
Best Fitting T-Shirts
American Apparel 2001
The American Apparel 2001CVC is made from fine jersey cotton and creates superior screen-printing results. It is available in a wide range of colors and 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.
|Material||4.6 oz 60/40 Cotton/Recyled Polyester Unisex CVC Tshirt|
Best Valuable T-Shirts
The Glidan 67000 is a value priced soft T-shirt with a modern fit. Made from a cotton and polyester blend, the shirt is available in an array of colors. Gildan calls the fit modern-classic which means it’s slightly fitted—but not as loose as some styles. The fabric is snag and wrinkle resistant. The T-shirt makes an excellent choice for an event, work, sport, or business.
|Material||4.6oz Softstyle CVC Cotton/Recycled Polyester CVC T-Shirt|
Best Pigment Dyed T-Shirts
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.
|Material||6.1 oz., pre-shrunk 100% ringspun cotton|
Best Durable T-Shirts
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.
|Material||5.0 oz., pre-shrunk 100% cotton|
Best Budget-Friendly T-Shirts
Next Level 3600
This budget friendly T-shirt is made from 100-percent combed and ring spun cotton making it smoother and stronger than most other t-shirts. It’s available in 31 colors 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.
|Material||4.3 oz, 100% combed ringspun cotton|
Best Athleisure T-Shirts
This Nike performance t-shirt is made from 60/40 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.
|Material||4.7 oz, 60/40 cotton/poly Dri-FIT fabric|
Best Moisture-Wicking T-Shirts
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 due to its price point and quick dry technology.
|Material||3.8oz 100% Polyester PosiCharge Competitor Tee|
Best Popular T-Shirts
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.
|Material||6.0 oz., pre-shrunk 100% ultra cotton|