Top 3 Highest Quality T Shirts for Fit, Comfort and Durability

Tshirt2One of the hardest things about ordering custom shirts is deciding which blanks to use for your needs. With literally hundreds of options available, sorting through, and narrowing down the choices to a short list and comparing them to find which one best suits your design is a daunting task. Fear Not! Quartz Merchandizing has done all the research for you and we’ve come up with Top 3 shirts to make the decision a snap!
Here we give you the low down on three of the best selling shirts in the world and list four categories and details on which our decisions were made. These categories are Quality, Fit, Sizing, and pricing*.
*Pricing does not include design, printing, or screen setup fees, all of which are included in the final price quote

Next Level 3600

next level 3600The NL3600 is one of the softest, most comfortable shirts on the high end market.  While more expensive than the other two styles, when you wear it, you will know where that extra money went.

The 3600 is a premium quality, 100% ring spun combed cotton (Heather Gray is 90/10 cotton/poly), 32 singles (singles is the thread count – higher singles means softer, tighter knit cloth) , 4.3 ounce jersey cloth shirt. These are the softest shirts we carry, and preshrunk, laundered cloth and 1 inch baby rib knit collars means maximum durability and reduced shrinkage are virtually guaranteed.

These are fitted, crew neck, short sleeve shirts and are cut for a flattering fit. With a slightly longer length than the others, these shirts are long enough to hang below the waist to avoid the dread plumber’s crack, or can be tucked in and stay tucked, even in active applications. 29-3/4 inches in length, 20-1/2 inch waist diameter, and 6-3/4 inch neck and sleeve diameters. For ladies cut, the 3900 style has the same attributes, but is cut to accentuate a woman’s curves.

Available in sizes from XS to 3XL, and with 22 exotic color choices, means this shirt can be used in almost any application.
XS-3XL: White, Banana Cream, Black, Cardinal, Cream, Dark Chocolate, Heather Gray (90/10), Heavy Metal, Indigo, Kelly Green, Light Blue, Light Gray, Light Olive, Midnight Navy, Military Green, Natural, Purple Rush, Red, Royal, Tahiti Blue, Turquoise, Warm Gray.

These are our most expensive blanks, but with the high quality, dense jersey fabric, they are also our softest and most comfortable. This style could be considered our luxury shirt, and are a must for anyone looking to provide a high-end shirt.
Quantity            Price*
1 – 11                $6.43 ea
12 – 35              $6.23 ea
36 – 71              $6.02 ea
72+                $5.82 ea
For 2XL +$2.00 ea, For 3XL +$2.50 ea.
*Price does not include design, printing, screen setup fee, or tax (if applicable) which will be included in your personalized quote.


Anvil 980

anvil 980The Anvil 980 is an industry standard, and many shirt printers use this as their top of the line blank and charge what we charge for the Next Level Blanks. These are super-comfy, and very stylish – a favorite in many wardrobes.

The 980 (and Ladies’ 880) is a premium quality, preshrunk 100% combed ring-spun cotton (blended preshrunk combed ring-spun cotton/polyester in heather and neon colors) 30 singles, 4.5 oz tubular construction T. Shoulder-to-shoulder taping, seamed collar, and preshrunk cloth guarantee a stable, strong shirt that won’t stretch in the shoulders, or shrink with repeated wear and washing.

Anvils are semi-fitted, crew neck, short sleeve shirts that are less form fitting than the Next Level shirts, but not as boxy as the Bella & Canvas style.  29 inch length, 21-3/4 inch diameter waist, 7-1/2 inch neck and sleeve diameters.

Available in 30 colors and sizes ranging from S to 2XL.
Anvil shirts vary in price based on color and material – Please note the additional cost as noted below.

Priced at $3.90 ($4.80 for 3XL and 4XL) each (plus design and printing fees). The Anvil is our middle option shirt, not only price wise, but fit and quality as well.

Bella & Canvas 3001

bella cavas 3001Similar to Next Level 3600, this garment is super soft with a boxier cut, a bigger neck opening, and is a side-seamed, unisex style, so you don’t have to order separate shirts for men and ladies.

100% combed and ring-spun cotton,  jersey knit fabric (Athletic Heather is 90% combed and ring-spun cotton/10% poly. Heather Colors are 52% combed and ring-spun cotton/48% poly.) 30 single 4.2 oz relaxed fit shirt. Shoulder-to-shoulder taping, side-seamed construction makes for a sturdy shirt. These are not preshrunk, so keep that in mind when choosing sizes, as there will be some shrinkage if these shirts are machine dried.

The unisex relaxed fit makes this shirt boxier than the other two, but still very stylish, and a popular choice. 29 inch length, 21-3/4 waist diameter, 7 inch sleeve diameter, and 7-1/8 inch neck diameter.

Extra small up to 4 extra large available in 50 colors.
XS-4XL: Aqua, Ash, Asphalt, Athletic Heather (90/10), Berry, Black, Brown, Burnt Orange, Canvas Red, Dark Grey, Dark Grey Heather (52/48), Deep Heather (52/48), Deep Teal, Evergreen, Gold, Heather Blue (52/48), Heather Brown (52/48), Heather Green (52/48), Heather Kelly, Heather Navy (52/48), Heather Orange, Heather Red, Heather Slate (52/48), Heather Tan (52/48), Heather Team Purple, Heather True Royal, Kelly, Leaf, Light Blue, Maize Yellow, Maroon, Navy, Ocean Blue, Olive, Orange, Pebble, Red, Silver, Soft Cream, Soft Pink, Solid Black Blend (52/ 48), Solid White Blend (52/ 48), Steel Blue, Teal, Team Purple, True Royal, Vintage Black, White, Yellow.

At $3.75 ($4.75 3XL and 4XL), this is our most economical shirt, but the quality and softness is on par with the other two options. Factor in the convenience of only printing one shirt for both men and women, and the wide variety of color options, you can see why this is our number one selling shirt.

As informative and helpful as this guide is to coming to a decision on the shirt you choose to use, some people really need to touch the cloth and hold the shirt in their hands before they can be sure they have the style that suits them best. If this is you, we encourage you to stop by our store and check out all of our shirts before you place your order. If you are geographically challenged, and ordering online, most major department and big box stores carry these same shirts and sell them as solid color Tees. Generally they retail at these types of stores like the smiley face store, and the red and white concentric circle store for around $12 to $17 (and that should give you a bit of an idea of just how great a deal we’re passing along to You, our valued customer!)

Got a question about these shirts or want more options such as our economy line of shirt styles in the 20 singles, 3.5 oz range? Drop us a line, give us a call, or stop by today!


Published by: QuartzMerchandizing

Quartz Merchandizing is your one stop shop for promotional products such as screen printed T shirts, drink coozies, hats, embroidered patches, die stamped enamel hat/lapel pins, vinyl decals, and anything else upon which you need your logo printed. Founded by a husband and wife team of artist/graphic designers, Quartz Merchandizing has the ability to do it all; From concept to final product, we can do everything in house, including all design work. With the highest quality substrates at competitive pricing, you can be sure that you're getting the best quality for your money, often at a lower cost than our competitors charge for inferior products. We cater to music related businesses and bands, and we can drop ship your merch order to a venue and/or hotel while you're out on tour. If you are not a band, don't worry! We've got you covered too! For more information and a quote, contact us via email, comment on a blog post, find us on Facebook and Twitter, or just pick up the phone and give us a call!

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2 thoughts on “Top 3 Highest Quality T Shirts for Fit, Comfort and Durability”

  1. Hi Quartz Merchandizing! This is a great and informative post for people looking into printing personalized gear! As a new company myself, I’ve been looking into local screen printers around Austin and very few give this kind of detailed information! I’m interested to hear what other blank products these brands offer?


    1. We also offer drink Koozies, hoodies, panties, flags/banners/backdrops, hats, beanies/skull caps, as well as die stamped lapel pins, vinyl stickers, magnetic signs… and if we don’t have it on hand and you need it, we can order them especially for you!


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