1. Gildan – Heavy Blend Hoodie
With a super soft and comfy inside, the Gildan Heavy Blend 18500 is a warm and thick hoodie. At 8 ounces the Gildan Heavy cotton is the 2nd heaviest hoodie out of the 4 hoodies listed, with the Independent Hoodie coming in at 8.5 ounces.
The Gildan Heavy Cotton Blend is perfect for those cold early morning workouts where a long sleeve shirt just won’t cut it. The hood of the Gildan 18500 is the thickest in terms of the feel of the material, out of all these hoodies.
This makes the Gildan the perfect hoodie for keeping your head and ears warm when pulled over your head on extremely cold days.
My only complaint about the Gildan 18500 is that it’s too short for me and rides up on to my waist area, which is not bad but I don’t like my clothes to sit above my front jean pockets or to show my full belt.
After The Wash Update.
The Gildan 18500 is the hoodie that most pleasantly surprised me after the wash. First thing is that it’s soft and comfortable even more so after the wash.
The length remained practically the same even though the Gildan 18500 was the shortest length out of all the hoodies I would say its a great hoodie for the quality and price.
I prefer my hoodies a bit longer than the Gildan at about an inch or two below the top parts of my jean pockets. However, I understand that people have different taste and might not like a longer hoodie, if this describes you then the Gildan 18500 might be the right fit for you.
Aside from having what seems the shortest length out of the other 4 hoodies, the Gildan Heavy Blend 18500 is a great quality hoodie at a good price. With over 25 different Colors to choose from the Gildan Heavy Blend Hoodie can accommodate any print color combination for your brand and logo design.
We would recommend this hoodie for sports teams, schools and corporate clients that are looking for a thick yet comfortable gift for employees or promotional and marketing use when branding.
2. JERZEES – NuBlend Hoodie
The Jerzees Nu Blend 996MR Hoodie is the middle of the road hoodie meaning it’s a safe bet when you buy the Jerzees Nublend.
The length in both sleeves and torso is the best fitting for my medium size frame out of all 4 hoodies.
This Hoodie wears comfortably at around 2 inches below the top part of your pants pockets just right to make the human frame look proportionate.
With a Seamless body and set-in sleeves you are able to print along the side of the hoodie for a custom side print, the Jerzees NuBlend is also has a high stitch density that makes for a smooth screen print.
The size is a Standard American Athletic fit, with the sleeves at a perfect length for my Medium size.
The material feels good to the touch, a bit more texture on the body compared to the Gildan but I would say on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the best the Jerzees Nublend gets a 7.5 on the soft scale.
After The Wash Update.
The Jerzees 996MR remained pretty much the same as far as the sleeve and body length, however, the only complaint is the pilling that happens on the sleeves and on the front pouch area.
Aside from pilling the quality remained the same, no extreme shrinking or color fading.
The Nublend is a 50/50 cotton, polyester blend Hoodie. The Jerzees Nublend Hoodie weighs around 8.0 oz, depending on the size of the hoodie, larger sizes use more material and come in a bit heavier than average sizes. As a Preshrunk Cotton Hoodie, you don’t have to worry about shrinkage when you wash it.
With over 30 different colors to choose from the Jerzees Nublend has the most amounts of colors from all 4 hoodies mentioned in this post. We recommend the Jerzees Nublend if you’re looking for a basic good quality hoodie to print on.
3. Independent – Midweight Hoodie
If your main concern is finding a quality hoodie with a modern swaggy look, the Independent Mid weight SS4500 will be the one to look at.
The Independent Midweight Hoodie’s exterior material is very soft cotton. The mid-weight is perfect for those cool nights out on the town.
The Length of the Independent mid weight SS4500 was by far my personal favorite because when it’s new it was the longest in the sleeves and torso.
But after I washed it shrunk a bit too much for my personal comfort.
It felt and fit more like a sports hoodie after the wash which was fine, I would of liked this hoodie more if it held its original length. Not too thin and not too thick, a true midweight hoodie that you can wear for more style and fashion points.