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Gildan Hoodies: an in-depth product review

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Gildan Hoodies: an in-depth product review

Hoodies are a staple in almost every casual closet these days, worn by startup techies, hardworking tradies, and streetwear enthusiasts alike. According to The Market Journal, we can expect to see huge growth in hoodies sales over the next 6 years.

This growth is big news for any clothing store out there. Whether you run a print-on-demand store or are thinking about starting one, Gildan hoodies are a great opportunity.

Gildan Hoodies

Gildan is one of the largest wholesale apparel brands, generating almost $3 billion in worldwide revenue in 2018. They focus on selling blank apparel, which other companies can customize themselves.

Today we will do an in-depth review of both the Gildan 18500 and the Gildan 18600 hoodies. We will look at their features, material, size, price, and more to help you decide whether these are the best gildan hoodies for you.

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Gildan Hoodies, 18600 & 18600FL. Source: mygildan.com

Gildan hoodies are extremely popular among dropshipping e-commerce stores. By using a print-on-demand platform, like Printify, store owners are able to create their own designs to make custom Gildan hoodies for their website.

When a customer orders a hoodie, print providers will handle order fulfillment and shipping, letting store owners focus only on designing and advertising.

Gildan 18500 Hoodies: Hooded Sweatshirts

The Gildan 18500 hoodie is a pullover made of a polyester-cotton blend. The blend is made with air-jetted yarn, which gives the hoodie a softer feel. It also reduces pilling, those little balls of material you find after washing most cotton shirts.

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Unisex Heavy Blend™ Hooded Sweatshirt
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Unisex Heavy Blend™ Hooded Sweatshirt

At 8 ounces, it is a bit heavier than other Gildan hoodies, but means it is also warmer, what makes it great for cold-early morning workouts. It has a double-lined hood for added warmth with a matching drawstring as well as a pouch pocket to keep your hands warm and carry whatever you need. Finally, all the stitching is doubled up, making the hoodie much more durable.

At Printify we give you the option to have your designs printed on the front and the back of this hoodie using the DTG (direct to garment) method.

Gildan 18600 Zip Up Hoodies

The Gildan’s 18600 zip-up hoodie is extremely similar to the 18500, weighing the same and made of the same material. It has a similar, soft feel, the same double stitching for durability, and is air-jetted to reduced pilling.

The key differences are that it has a metal zipper, resulting in the pocket being split. Furthermore, the hood is unlined compared to the double-lined 18500. The drawstring still matches the color of the hoodie.

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Gildan 18600 Unisex Heavy Blend™ Full Zip Hooded Sweatshirt
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Gildan 18600 Unisex Heavy Blend™ Full Zip Hooded Sweatshirt with embroidery

At Printify, we offer two different ways to customize the Gildan zip-up hoodie. Firstly you can have designs printed on the front and back of the hoodie using the DTG method. The zip-up Gildan hoodies have fabric that overlaps the zip, so that there isn’t a break in your full front custom prints.

The second way is through embroidery, where you can have your logo sewn into the left chest as a stylish, nuanced addition to the hoodie, perfect as promotional material.

Gildan Hoodies Material: The Polyester-Cotton Blend

The material of a hoodie is extremely important, as it affects everything from the comfiness to the durability of your hoodie.

Gildan hoodies (18500 and 18600) are Heavy Blend™ and are made of a blend of 50% cotton and 50% polyester. This type of blend is extremely versatile and is used to make everything from hoodies and shirts to bedsheets and tablecloths. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of this material.

Why use a polyester-cotton blend?

The cotton-polyester blend combines the benefits of both materials, while generally covering the downsides of both. While cotton alone often shrinks after washing and drying, the polyester allows the blend to hold its shape. 100% polyester can be a little bit uncomfortable, however, cotton makes the blend more breathable, soft, and comfortable.

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Gildan Hoodies, 18500B & 18500. Source: mygildan.com

What to watch out for?

The biggest downside when using a polyester-cotton blend is caused by how the fabric is weaved. While pure materially can be weaved very tightly, blended fabrics are generally a bit looser.

Most print-on-demand methods are designed to work best on tightly woven cotton. Blended materials are looser, meaning that prints can be a bit faded. This is barely noticeable on the polyester-cotton blend but is very noticeable on other blends, such as the tri-blend.

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Gildan Hoodies Colors

The Gildan hoodies come in a wide range of colors. Our suppliers offer the pullover in 25+ different colors, and the zip-up hoodie in 15+ colors. The colors are vibrant and will match the color and quality of your prints.

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Gildan USA Swatchcard, Source: mygildan.com

Pro-Tip: Don’t offer too many colors

It can be extremely tempting to add every single color of the hoodie to your store so that your customers can choose whatever color they want and be as happy with their purchase as possible. However, counter-intuitively, offering too many colors can actually decrease sales, as well as customer happiness.

A popular study conducted in 2000 showed that people are more likely to buy when offered a limited number of 6 choices rather than 24 or 30 choices. Additionally, participants were also reported being happier when their original set of options had been limited.

Keep this study in mind, and think about offering a limited array of Gildan hoodies colors.

Gildan Hoodie Sizes and Charts

It sucks when you go online and buy a hoodie, or any apparel for that matter, only for it to turn up on your doorstep and it doesn’t fit. To make sure that doesn’t happen to you, check the sizing for anything you buy or offer to your customers.

There are two major things to keep in mind about the Gildan hoodie size.  Firstly, the Gildan hoodies can be a bit too short at the waist for some, meaning it rides up if you reach up too much, depending on the person. Secondly, Gildan hoodies generally run smaller, so it could be wise to err on the side of larger size when choosing between two.

Gildan hoodies – size charts

Better than just reading anecdotes about the fit of a hoodie is actually measuring yourself and taking a look at the size charts of hoodies. To make this simple for you, here are the size charts for both the 18500 and the 18600.

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Gildan 18500 size chart, imperial
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Gildan 18600 size chart, imperial

To make sure that your customers are happy with their purchase, you should add a size chart to your store, and potentially warn them that the hoodies are a bit small. That way they won’t get any nasty surprises and receive a hoodie that doesn’t fit.

Gildan Hoodie Price

Gildan hoodies are one of the cheapest you will find on the market, especially if you plan to use it for your print-on-demand store. Gildan has huge economies of scale, they can produce a lot of product for a fraction of the cost. Secondly, Gildan offers hoodies at low prices to stay competitive in their price-sensitive market.

On the Printify platform, we allow you to choose between a number of different providers, each with their own price and color selection.

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Gildan 18500, Print Providers

Remember, you get to choose how much to sell your Gildan hoodies for. Although you can charge whatever you want, we recommend to have a profit margin of around 30%. That way, you can attract many customers, while still making money on each sale.

If you want even better margins, we offer an extra 20% discount for all Printify premium members.

After analyzing the features and quality, it is clear that Gildan hoodies are great value for money, especially when compared to other blank hoodies on the market. 

Overall, Gildan hoodies are great value for money

The Gildan 18500 hoodie and the 18600 zip-up are great quality, especially at Gildan’s low price point. The quality of the material and features combined with the low cost make Gildan hoodies a perfect addition to your print-on-demand store.

Top-rated blank hoodies

It doesn’t just matter what we think of the Gildan hoodies. It also matters what other people, the general public think of the hoodie. It seems that people generally agree with us, as the Gildan 18500 hoodie has a rating of 4.5/5 on Amazon with over 5000 reviews.

It’s no surprise that Gildan’s products consistently make the bestsellers list for our customers. If you’re looking for other products to add to your print-on-demand store, try these clothes out.

Create and sell custom Gildan hoodies online

It is obvious that there is a clear demand for custom hoodie in today’s marketplace. However, despite these large sales numbers, many online apparel stores focus on t-shirts. The appeal of t-shirts is overshadowing hoodies, even though they have similar design rules, and that hoodies generally have a larger profit margin.

Therefore, Gildan hoodies make a great addition to any online print-on-demand or apparel store, letting customers rep your merch during the colder winter months.

At Printify, we try to give you the best information, products, and platform for your e-commerce journey. Take a look at our product news to learn about other items you can add to your store, design and trends for design ideas, and marketing tips to get better at selling. Best of luck on your journey!

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