Top 10 Custom T-Shirt Printing Companies of 2018

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UPDATED 07/23/2018 Best Reviews: Top 10 Custom T-Shirt Printing Companies of 2018

You’ve come to the right place to find the best custom t-shirt printing company for your needs.

I update this blog regularly to ensure that this list of top custom T-shirt printing companies remains accurate. As someone who has worked in the custom apparel business for more than a decade, I’ve done a lot of research on custom T-shirt printing.

To help you choose the best company for your particular custom apparel needs, I compiled this list of our favorite custom T-shirt printing companies. Who better to compile a list than someone who knows the ins and outs and ups and downs of the wearables industry?

Custom T-shirt printing is a complex industry with thousands of businesses. A quick Google search of custom T-shirt printing nets over 5 million results alone. How the heck can you ever find the right T-shirt decorating company for you?

Use this quick reference guide for my personal top-ten rating of screen-printing or T-shirt printing companies in the United States. No two custom apparel companies are alike and each company has its own set of pros and cons. Find the one that best matches each of your needs, and you will find the best T-shirt printing company for you.

1. Broken Arrow Custom T-Shirt Printing
Web Address: https://www.brokenarrowwear.com
Standard Turnaround Time: Delivered 6 business days after order placement

100 Gildan Black T-Shirts with a three-color print will cost you approximately $7.62 each.

Pros of Broken Arrow T-Shirt Printing and Embroidery

  • Fast turnaround—to your door 6 business days after order placement
  • Free delivery
  • Excellent quality
  • Cheap prices
  • Huge online catalog
  • Easy online designer
  • Experienced on-staff artists can create custom designs for you free of charge if you prefer
  • 24/7 website access and order placement

Cons of Broken Arrow

  • Weekend and late night orders are through website only

The Scoop:

In business for more than 28 years, Broken Arrow Wear offers a lot more than just basic custom T-shirt printing services. Broken Arrow’s online design tool has over 13,000 pieces of clipart and hundreds of design ideas. It is quick and easy to use, but their true specialty is custom artwork, which is free with your order. If you need a custom T-shirt design or want your logo revised or if you prefer not to use a clip art design, Broken Arrow is the place to get your custom tees. Broken Arrow Wear has a staff of artists that will be happy to tweak your logo, design a totally new logo for you, or even have your logo turned into an allover T-shirt print.  In addition to screen-printing, Broken Arrow Wear offers direct-to-garment digital printing, all over printing, rhinestones, sublimation (a form of heat transfer explained below). All production is done in house from a central United States location, which allows for some of the quickest free standard delivery times and more affordable rush order deliveries. Broken Arrow Wear is a one-stop-shop for your custom T-shirt printing and apparel needs. All-inclusive pricing is provided on each and every quote, so no other fees apply. You can order directly from Broken Arrow 24 hours a day seven days a week. Live chat and live customer support agents are on staff to answer your phones calls from 8am to 6pm central time Monday through Friday.

2. Custom Ink
Web Address: http://www.customink.com

Standard Turnaround Time: 2 weeks

100 Gildan Black T-Shirts with a three-color print will cost you approximately $8.65 each.

Pros of Custom Ink

  • Free delivery
  • Excellent quality
  • Huge online catalog
  • Easy online designer
  • 24/7 website access and order placement
  • Open late nights and weekends

Cons of Custom Ink

  • Prices are quite a bit higher than Broken Arrow
  • Slower turnaround—from order placement to your door expect at least 2 weeks
  • You must use the online designer

The Scoop:

Custom ink is without a doubt the largest online custom T-shirt retail printer in the nation. They have grown to be an industry leader due to their high-dollar, expansive marketing and advertising campaigns and their do-it-yourself online T-shirt designer. They pioneered what they refer to as “the T-shirt design lab” and they offer lots of clip art designs for you to choose from. Custom Ink also offers live chat, long business hours, and a friendly staff. Their prices tend to be on the higher end of T-shirt printers, and considering you must do all the work to design your own tee, that leaves a little to be desired for some customers. Like Broken Arrow, they offer all-inclusive pricing.

3. UberPrints
Web Address: http://www.uberprints.com
Standard Turnaround Time: Ships in 5 to 10 business days

100 Gildan Black T-Shirts with a three-color print will cost you approximately $8.03 each.

Pros of Uberprints

  • Good turnaround—items arrive at your door approximately 8 business days after order placement
  • Excellent quality
  • Nice size online catalog, including pet apparel
  • Easy online designer

Cons of Uberprints

  • Standard delivery is $5.99 plus .50 per item for orders that cost less than $100
  • Prices are quite a bit higher than Broken Arrow, but still less than Custom Ink
  • You must use the online designer

The Scoop:

Uberprints is another good T-shirt printer if you are looking to design a shirt yourself. T-shirts are typically shipped out seven days after the day your order is placed, although some orders can take twice that long. (As a fun aside, if you want to print a matching T-shirt for you and your dog, you can do it at Uberprints). Their website is designed around creating a shirt yourself, so if you want design help, I suggest going to Broken Arrow. Shipping at Uberprints is only free on orders costing more than $100.

4. Café Press
Web Address: www.cafepress.com
Standard Turnaround Time: Arrives at your door in 5 to 7 business days

100 Gildan Black T-Shirts with a three-color print will cost you approximately $14.34 each

Pros of Café Press

  • Excellent quality
  • Nice size online catalog
  • Good for orders or one or two T-shirts
  • Nice selection of pre-designed T-shirts
  • Fast turnaround—to your door approximately 6 day after order placement

Cons of Café Press

  • Prices are high
  • Shipping is never free
  • You gotta have everything in the shopping cart before you can get much help

The Scoop:

Café express really prefers that you use their website and never call them. Their phone number is not even on their main website page. Café express, however, is excellent at small orders and they dominate the print on demand market. If you want to have your catalog of garments online and then have customers buy them with a profit going back to you, this service is worth checking out. As a customer, you can choose from a catalog of pre-designed tees from freelance creative artists, or you can design your own. If you don’t have a creative bone in your body but want to find a cool holiday tee, Café Press is a great site to visit. Each artist that sells their design on the site receives a small royalty, so you will also be supporting a starving artist. You are definitely going to pay a lot for bulk orders, so look elsewhere for large quantity T-shirt orders. If pre-designed tees are your thing, you really cannot beat the Café Press selection.

5. Discount Mugs
Web Address: www.discountmugs.com
Standard Turnaround Time: Delivered in about 2 weeks
100 Gildan Black T-Shirts with a three-color print will cost you approximately $7.62 each

Pros of Discount Mugs

  • Excellent quality
  • Cheap Prices
  • Nice size online catalog, especially if you want things like mugs and pens
  • Easy online pricing grid

Cons of Discount Mugs

  • Slower turnaround—from order placement to your door expect at least 2 weeks
  • Shipping is only free on orders over $75.

The Scoop:

The thing I like the most about Discount Mugs is that they offer so much more than printed T-shirts. They offer mugs (shocking right?!), pens, toys, and other typical promotional products. Their online pricing grid makes it easy to see their scaled-quantity pricing and the difference in cost between each printing method. Their quote system is easy and the ordering process is simple. Their D-lab design software lets you put your uploaded design on almost any of their product choices. Discount Mugs does not appear to offer any sort of custom artwork services, so if your design or file is not ready to go, you’ll have to choose another printer or hire a graphic designer to create your artwork.

6. Spreadshirt
Web Address: www.spreadshirt.com
Standard Turnaround Time: varies greatly, usually 2 weeks
100 Fruit-of-the-Loom black T-Shirts with a three-color print will cost you approximately $10.50 each

Pros of Spreadshirt

  • Good quality
  • Nice size online catalog; they also carry phone cases

Cons of Spreadshirt

  • Turnaround varies greatly depending on what you order, usually two weeks.
  • Shipping costs $5.99 for 1 or 2 items and goes up as you buy more.

The Scoop:

Spreadshirt reminds me of Café Press but with more customizable options. The Spreadshirt online design tool connects you to an online artist community to give you some very unique, yet customizable artwork. You’ll find fun, funky graphics that you won’t find anywhere else. The prices vary depending on the design and artist you choose but unlike Café Press, you can then customize your chosen design. Custom artwork (such as company and team logos) and bulk orders don’t appear to be their niche, but it is a fun spot to design a single custom tee.

7. Rush Order Tees
Web Address: www.rushordertees.com
Standard Turnaround Time: 8 days from order placement
100 Gildan Black T-Shirts with a three-color print will cost you approximately $7.34 each

Pros of Rush Order Tees

  • Good quality
  • Nice size online catalog
  • Free Shipping

Cons of Rush Order Tees

  • You must use the online designer

The Scoop:

Like Custom Ink, at RushOrderTees you will be uploading your own art or using clipart to create your T-shirt design. Located in Pennsylvania, they ship orders throughout the U.S. so west coast delivery can take a few days longer than when ordered from Broken Arrow. Their price quotes are all inclusive. They offer standard screen-printing, embroidery, and a sublimation heat transfer option, but not rhinestones.

8. Vistaprint
Web Address: www.vistaprint.com 
Standard Turnaround Time: varies depending on vender

100 Gildan Black T-Shirts with a three-color print will cost you approximately $7.99 each plus shipping.

Pros of Vistaprint

  • Good quality
  • Good online catalog, especially for paper products

Cons of Vista Print

  • So big you may have to wait forever for help
  • You must use the online designer
  • Difficult to get a quote

The Scoop:

The highest number of shirts I could put in online was 20, so I had to call for an updated quote. I was put in a hold queue and hung up after 10 minutes, so the price listed above is 6 months old. Vistaprint is a well-known online retailer that specializes in paper product printing. They make attractive, high quality business cards and stationary. I have ordered some of their paper products myself. When it comes to decorating T-shirts, they also provide a decent print quality and a decent selection of clipart, but if you are looking for truly custom T-shirt design, they are not your best bet. Uploading artwork files is easy and their online T-shirt design tool works OK, but it offers fewer bells and whistles compared to most of the other sites listed. When you check out, be prepared for annoying pages and pages of special offers (and long hold times), which makes placing an order a long and painful process.

9. Design A Shirt
Web Address: www.designashirt.com
Standard Turnaround Time: 10 days from order placement

100 Gildan Black T-Shirts with a three-color print will cost you approximately $8.54 each

Pros of Design A Shirt

  • Good quality
  • Good online catalog
  • Fairly easy to get an online quote
  • Free Shipping

Cons of Design A Shirt

  • You must use the online designer

The Scoop:

A unique element to Design A Shirt is that they offer their own “DAS Value” Tee. While I don’t know the quality of the DAS Value Tee, they get brownie points for creativity. The site provides clearly laid out delivery dates prior to placing your order, which makes it easy to know whether you are going to get the product soon enough and whether you might have to pay extra for faster delivery. Their higher quality shirts can be pricier than other printers though, so don’t expect to get the best deal here.

10. Tee Spring
Web Address: https://teespring.com
Standard Turnaround Time: varies depending on vender

Could not find a price for 100 Gildan Black T-Shirts with a three-color print.

Pros of Tee Spring

  • Good quality
  • Good online catalog that includes phone cases, socks, and mugs
  • Offers pre-made designs

Cons of Tee Spring

  • Shipping is $3.99 for first item and $2 more for each additional item.

The Scoop:

Similar to Café Press, if you want to have your catalog of garments online and then have customers buy them with a profit going back to you, this service is worth checking out. As a customer, you can choose from a catalog of pre-designed tees from freelance creative artists, or you can design your own. If you want to design your own stuff, they make you create an account, which is a bit of a pain and I had trouble finding an accurate price for 100 garments.

 

Kortni Remer, 

General Manager

Broken Arrow Custom T-Shirt Printing and Embroidery

 

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