Spreadshirt Quality Review

Initially a company with a European focus, Spreadshirt now serves customers worldwide. In addition to DTG, Spreadshirt offers Flex and Flock printing options that can give your vector designs an extra-durable, shiny, glittery, or velvety feel.


Uploading designs is easy, and you have the option of adding your graphics to Spreadshirt’s marketplace in addition to creating products with them.

I sent two files for printing at Spreadshirt, one solid-colored illustration of a dinosaur skull and one full color photograph of leaves. Here’s what those files looked like on Spreadshirt’s site when ordering:

The order was placed on Monday night, and arrived the very next Saturday.

The plain white bag is boring, but serviceable.

Once the package is opened, though, there’s a bit more attention to detail. The shirts are sealed in a clear plastic bag to protect them from the elements and a postcard-sized insert tells you both who checked the quality on your order (Thanks, Emma!) and how to care for the shirts you’ve ordered (with instructions in English, French, and Spanish).

Spreadshirt’s print of the dinosaur illustration impressed me with its large size and comparatively light feeling ink. Placement, though, seems a bit sloppier- the print is slightly off center, and lower than ideal.

Spreadshirt did a very respectable job on the photographic print, nice size and pretty close to the intended colors. While it’s not quite as bright and detailed as the original, it’s well within the acceptable range.

SUMMARY
Spreadshirt does a very nice job overall, with only minor issues in their prints. Fair prices, ease of use, extensive options and customization should make them a serious contender for the best of the DTG sites.

Shirt options:
Men’s heavyweight t-shirt (18 colors) starting at $14.40
Men’s AA tee (17 colors) starting at $17.40
Men’s lightweight AA ringer tee (8 colors) starting at $17.40
Men’s melange t-shirt by American Apparel (2 colors) starting at $13.90
Men’s retro sport tee (6 colors) starting at $13.90
Men’s pocket t-shirt by American Apparel (3 colors) starting at $14.90
Men’s AA henley tee (2 colors) starting at $11.30
Unisex AA v-neck tee (6 colors) starting at $14.90
Men’s raglan short sleeve baseball tee (3 colors) starting at $11.90
Unisex tie dye t-shirt (5 colors) starting at $10.90
Men’s standard weight t-shirt (9 colors) starting at $5.90
Men’s 3XL t-shirt (8 colors) starting at $12.90
Men’s muscle tee (5 colors) starting at $10.90
Men’s tank (2 colors) starting at $4.64
Men’s 4XL t-shirt (5 colors) starting at $12.90
Unisex organic heather tee (6 colors) starting at $11.90
Men’s Earth positive t-shirt (3 colors) starting at $14.90
Men’s recycled t-shirt (5 colors) starting at $11.90
Men’s organic jersey tee (5 colors) starting at $14.90
Men’s Jonano jersey tee starting at $14.90
Men’s hemp tee (4 colors) starting at $9.77
Men’s polo heavyweight shirt (2 colors) starting at $11.90
Men’s polo lightweight t-shirt (6 colors) starting at $13.90
Men’s Dri-Release shirt (2 colors) starting at $12.26
Men’s bamboo performance tee (4 colors) starting at $24.90
Men’s performance tee starting at $22.90
Men’s barking irons jersey tee (4 colors) starting at $25.90
Women’s heather jersey tee (8 colors) starting at $9.90
Women’s heavyweight t-shirt (14 colors) starting at $9.90
Female AA slim fit tee (13 colors) starting at $12.90
Women’s standard weight t-shirt (6 colors) starting at $5.90
Women’s scoop neck tee (4 colors) starting at $12.90
Women’s v-neck t-shirt (3 colors) starting at $10.90
Women’s double v-neck tee (2 colors) starting at $13.90
Women’s deep v-neck shirt (3 colors) starting at $12.90
Women’s maternity top (3 colors) starting at $14.90
Female deep v-neck tunic tee (2 colors) starting at $13.90
Junior’s cap sleeve tee (8 colors) starting at $10.90
Junior’s ringer tee (4 colors) starting at $11.90
Junior’s semi-sheer tee starting at $9.55
Junior’s aerobic top (4 colors) starting at $7.26
Women’s plus size basic tee (5 colors) starting at $14.90
Women’s plus size v-neck tee (3 colors) starting at $15.90
Women’s plus size organic tee (4 colors) starting at $11.19
Organic female AA slim fit tee (4 colors) starting at $9.72
Women’s slim fit Earth Positive t-shirt (3 colors) starting at $13.90
Women’s bamboo performance tee (3 colors) starting at $22.90
Women’s Jonano fitted tee (3 shirts) starting at $18.92
Women’s organic cotton fitted tee (6 colors) starting at $13.90
Women’s fitted polo shirt (4 colors) starting at $15.90
Women’s performance tee (2 colors) starting at $11.45
Women’s Lilla P fitted crew tee starting at $27.90
Women’s barking irons v-neck (2 colors) starting at $25.90
Children’s t-shirt (11 colors) starting at $5.90
Children’s polo tee (3 colors) starting at $8.90
Girl’s ringer tee (3 colors) starting at $9.90
Boy’s ringer tee (2 colors) starting at $9.90
Children’s organic t-shirt (4 colors) starting at $8.90
Toddler t-shirt (3 colors) starting at $6.90
Baby’s lap shoulder tee (4 colors) starting at $7.90

Other product options:
Pants, hoodies, long sleeve shirts, underwear, skirts, onesies, aprons, blankets, bib, scarf, bags, bandanas, bathrobes, hats, buttons, pet apparel, mittens, and ties.

Customization:
Templates can be used and customized, but you can also edit the CSS to create something totally unique. Some of the most well-known partner shops like Amorphia Apparel, Glarkware, and Snorg Tees are customized to the point where they’re almost entirely independently branded.

Community:
Spreadshirt’s T-Shirt Designer allows you to use design elements from other people in the community (and add your own to the marketplace). It is unclear how often those designs are actually used by other members, but the opportunity exists.

Previously

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