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When it comes to heat pressing, the most popular item to heat press is a shirt. It has no obstruction and popular and easy to sell. With that in mind, it got me wondering, what was is the best shirts to heat press? 

This list was made under the follow criteria: 

  1. Shrinkage: Shrinkage can impact your heat pressed image. It can lead to distortion, peeling, and overall ruining the quality of your image. So it is important to find shirts that have the minimal amount of shrinkage. 
  2. Fabric quality, color quality: The quality of the shirt will determine shrinkage. For a quality shirt, we want something that will keep its color after multiple washes. No one wants to wear a faded shirt! 
  3. Variety in sizes and colors 
  4. Fit and Style: The fit and the style will determine whether or not your customers will buy the shirts. If you are selling direct to customers one shirt at a time it is best to figure out what fits and styles are most popular with your customers. Now if it is a bulk order for an event variety in size and colors maybe more important. 
  5. Shirt weight: the heavier the shirt generally the thicker the shirt and it is less see through. So a lot of white shirts can often look see through because it is too light weight. If that's something you want to avoid look at the shirt weight. A 5.5oz or 6oz tee is ideal for lighter shirts that are less see through.  


So with that in mind let's check out which shirts are the best for heat pressing! 

1. Gildan Shirts:

They are the best shirts per price with lot of colors. The Gildan shirts have minimal shrinkage, a lot of color variety and the heat press colors stay true after washes on these. They are affordable online or even at Michael's (which when on sale combined with coupons you can get it for $2 a shirt)  

Recommended models: Ringspun soft style 64000, Hammer H000, 5000, G640 unisex 

  • Great promo or large group shirts 
  • Has one of the darkest black shirts 
  • 100 % cotton 
  • Widest variety of colors 
  • Minimal shrinkage after wash
  • Colors stay true after wash 
  • Better fit for men
  • Fuller cut 
  • Better fitting for men
  • Not very stretchy 





    2. Bella and Canvas:

    If you are making shirts for yourself and for friend and you value quality of your shirts over savings, this is the shirt to go with. Extremely popular with female customers, Bella and Canvas offers a modern and younger styles and fittings that other brands don't. 

    Recommended models: 3001 (crew) , 3001c, 6400, 3005 (v neck)


    • Tear away labels: great option so you can add custom labels on your shirts
    • Better fitting cuts 
    • Popular choice with female customers 
    • More modern styles 
    • Offers good women's plus sizes and women's petite options
    • Soft


    • More expensive per unit  
    • Thinner Material
    • Smaller fit 






        3. Next Level:

        This is the best mid tier priced shirts. They have rinspun cotton and the shirts are preshurnk for more accurate fits. 

        Recommended models: Next Level 6010, 6200,Triblend 6210, 3600 for white shirts

        • Best mid tier level shirt
        • Slimmer nicer fit 
        • Tear away label 
        • High performance shirts 
        • Good fit 
        • comfy
        • Run tad smaller





        4. Anvil 

        Another popular model of shirt. Anvil is great for movement and expression. A lot of their T shirts are longer and fuller fit which makes it great for layering. They are consistently adding new colors to their units on an annual basis. 

        Recommended Models: Women's crew 880,  Women's v neck 6750vl, 980 crew 


        • Modern styles
        • Environmentally and socially responsible practices 
        • Wide range of colors and sizes
        • Affordable 
        • Budget friendly 
        • High quality cotton blend
        • Combed and ring spun cotton


        • Thinner
        • Light weight






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