Does a heavier t-shirt cost more?
A heavier t-shirt typically does cost more than the standard weight t-shirts. For example, the Hanes Beefy T weighs in at 6.1 oz and is considered one of the more premium standard t-shirts. It most certainly does cost more than their less expensive alternative, the Hanes ComfortSoft T which weighs in at 5.2 oz. The same can be said for the 6.1 oz Gildan Ultra Cotton versus its same brand alternative the 5.3 oz Gildan Heavyweight. However, there is more to it than just the heavier the weight the higher the cost.
This general rule does not ring true in every possible case. For instance, performance wicking tees weigh much less than standard t-shirts and cost a lot more. This is logical because of course they are designed to be a lightweight option that people can comfortably train and compete in. People want and expect these performance specialty tees to be lightweight.
Also, a premium brand like American Apparel may weigh less than a standard t-shirt, but cost just as much if not more than even a premium heavier t-shirt. The reason for this is that these types of t-shirts are designed to be ultra soft and comfortable. They are also a fashion fit style tee that are designed to fit a little bit more snugly than the average tee and to compliment the body more.
Thus what it really comes down to is that middleweight, average t-shirts like the Gildan Heavyweight - which despite being called a ‘heavyweight’ is actually a middleweight - and the Hanes ComfortSoft are going to be the least expensive options. Heavier weight, thicker t-shirts will generally cost more. However, so too will lighter weight speciality or fashion style t-shirts. If you are looking for a good, basic t-shirts at the most economical price possible then one of these middleweight t-shirts is probably your best bet. On the other hand if you have other uses and needs in mind then it is good to consider all of your other options and to perhaps choose one of the more expensive lightweight or heavyweight tees.
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