- T-shirts are one of the cornerstones of a wardrobe, no matter how fancy or basic they may be.
- There are many options to choose from, so we’ve narrowed it down to the best in every category.
- Everlane’s Organic Cotton Crew is the best overall because it’s affordable and backed by a warranty.
If you take a look at anyone’s wardrobe, you’re almost guaranteed to find a few T-shirts. As a quintessential item for all, T-shirts are readily available from just about every clothing company. With a countless number of tees readily available, you might be wondering why you’d need a guide to make a decision, but that’s exactly why. We decided to cut through the seemingly endless options to narrow it down to the absolute best ones.
Whether you’re searching for a stretchy moisture-wicking T-shirt to work out in, a comfort T-shirt for working from home and lounging, or low-cost T-shirts to stock up on, you’ll find it here. I’ve selected five of the best T-shirts based on the many brands I’ve personally tested or bought over the years. You’ll find picks for comfort, affordability, undershirts, working out, and the best overall.
It’s also worth noting that while all the T-shirts listed below are in men’s sizing, anyone can wear them. If you’re unsure of which size fits you best, check each brand’s size chart for more details. Speaking of fit, the styles below are what the industry calls “men’s t-shirts.” What qualifies as a “men’s t-shirt” has everything to do with sizing and fit. These tend to be boxier, broader, and longer than tees that were made for women. If you’re looking for something shorter and more fitted, check out our guide to the best women’s T-shirts.
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As part of the Everlane Uniform collection, the Organic Cotton Crew Tee is backed by a one-year warranty and comes in a handful of colors.
Sizing options: XS-XXL, runs true to size
The T-shirt is quintessential to casual style, so there’s a good chance you already wear one on a regular basis — sort of like a uniform.
Everlane created the Uniform Collection to make getting dressed feel more effortless. Among those styles is the Organic Cotton Crew Tee, which is easily the best T-shirt on the market.
During the design process, Everlane put the Organic Cotton Crew Tee through 25 wash cycles, three tests for fading and pilling, and six measurements for shrinking to make sure it can withstand constant wear.
To fully stand behind the quality, the Organic Cotton Crew and everything else in the Uniform collection is backed by a 365-day guarantee. If it shrinks, rips, fades, or does anything else that compromises the original quality, Everlane will replace it for free.
Aside from the quality, the variety makes these tees good for any wardrobe. There are more than 10 colors to choose from, and you can also choose from styles that have a pocket or a V-neck. They’re fairly inexpensive at $18 for one, or $45 for three ($15 each), so it’s easy to stock up on multiple of your favorite or most-worn colors.
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Built for performance, the Rhone Reign T-shirt will keep you cool, dry, and comfortable during your workouts.
Sizing options: S-XXL, runs true to size
Rhone is one of the leading startups in the athleisure menswear space, so it’s no surprise they’ve figured out how to make a really good T-shirt. The brand offers a decent selection of performance T-shirts, some specifically for sports like running, but the Reign T-shirt is its best for all-around performance.
The brand doesn’t make mention of the T-shirts being stretchy (I guess at this point, it’s pretty much expected from any performance gear), but its blend of nylon, polyester, and spandex material does have an impressive amount of stretch. The material is also moisture-wicking and features GoldFusion technology to fight body odor.
I use my Rhone T-shirts exclusively for the gym, and I’ve found the GoldFusion technology to be effective. This is an important feature for me because washing my gym clothes after one wear is simply unrealistic. The shirt also has built-in UPF 50+, so you’re getting extra sun protection for your outdoor workouts and activities too.
When I do wash my Rhone shirts, they come out of the washer and dryer in perfect condition. At this point, Rhone shirts have been in my gym rotation for about two years, and I’ve yet to experience fading or shrinking — and at $68 each, that type of quality is expected.
Aside from the stellar quality and fit, I really appreciate the quotes that Rhone incorporates into its shirts. The bottom of the hem on the Reign T-shirt reads, “While living I want to live well.” It’s a nice touch for people who are working to reach their goals and could use some extra inspiration.
Again, at $68, this shirt is expensive, so I’d suggest going with a cheaper option if you only need something to wear casually or to lounge in.
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The Brooklinen Prospect Tee is so soft and comfortable, you won’t want to take it off.
Sizing options: XS-XXL, runs true to size
Before testing the Brooklinen Prospect Tee, I wasn’t expecting to have such a positive experience with it. Just about any T-shirt can be considered comfortable to some degree, so I figured Brooklinen’s wouldn’t be much different. After all, it is just a T-shirt.
But as soon as I put it on, I was proven wrong. The Prospect Tee is super soft and has a slightly relaxed fit that makes it especially comfortable to wear. I originally wore it around the house and then to bed since Brooklinen technically considers it loungewear, but I’ve also worn it quite a few times outside. Don’t let the word “loungewear” trick you into thinking you can’t wear this T-shirt in the real world, because you absolutely can.
Brooklinen says that each piece undergoes five separate quality-control checks to ensure it won’t warp, shrink, stretch, sag, or pill, and so far I’ve found that to be true. My Prospect Tee, as well as the Bergen Joggers (a pair of lounge pants I’ve also tested from Brooklinen), have held up amazingly in the wash. Both pieces are just as soft as the first time I wore them.
If you prefer a V-neck, the York Tee has all the same great features.
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Tommy John is unlike any other undershirt on the market — in a good way. The collar stays flat, it fits closely to your body, and never comes untucked.
Sizing options: S-XXL, fits snug, but as an undershirt, that’s how you want it to fit.
Tommy John started with the mission to bring men’s undergarments into the 21st century and its undershirts are, in my opinion, the best example of how it’s doing that.
To be completely honest, I gave up on T-shirt-style undershirts a long time ago because they’re almost always ill-fitting at the collar, the sleeves become loose, and they rarely stay tucked in. To put it plainly, they look sloppy.
Tommy John’s undershirts are the complete opposite. They’re close-fitting, but not tight, long enough to stay comfortably tucked into your pants, and they almost disappear underneath your top layer of clothes.
While browsing, you’ll find that Tommy John undershirts are available in two materials — Second Skin and Cool Cotton. I’ve tried both and I can’t say one is better than the other; it really depends on what you look for most in an undershirt, whether that’s softness or breathability.
I especially like Tommy John’s undershirts instead of basic tank tops when I’m wearing dress shirts. They’re more comfortable (which is important when you’re already wearing not-so-comfortable dress clothes), they help prevent sweat stains on the armpits, and they’re a lot less visible if you’re wearing a white or light-colored shirt.
If you simply need a good T-shirt without spending a lot of money, Uniqlo’s Dry Crew Neck T-shirts are the way to go.
Sizing options: XXS-3XL. Fits true to size. Size up for a more relaxed fit.
Uniqlo’s Dry T-shirts are far from the brand’s best-made T-shirts (check out the Uniqlo U Collection if you want higher quality), but they’re still essentials in my wardrobe.
I love them because they’re affordable enough that you can stock up on a bunch of colors. You never know when you’re going to need a T-shirt in a specific color, so you can buy all of your favorites and have them on deck.
Something to note is that they come folded and packaged (hence the name), so you’ll want to quickly hit them with a steamer to get rid of the creases.
In my experience with Uniqlo Dry Packaged T-shirts over the years, I have seen fading, shrinking, and pilling after a decent amount of wears, washes, and dry cycles, but I didn’t mind. By the time they were worn out, I felt like I had gotten my money’s worth.
If you like to buy a T-shirt and wear it repeatedly — not sparingly — then I’d recommend a higher quality pick, but these will certainly get the job done.
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The T-shirts from Cuts Clothing are soft, fitted in the right places, and come in a variety of fashionable hem styles and colors.
Sizing options: S-XXL. Shirts have a close-to-body fit, but they are true to size.
As the self-proclaimed makers of “the only T-shirt worth wearing,” I had pretty high expectations before trying the shirts from Cuts Clothing. But, they ultimately lived up to the hype.
Founded in 2016, Cuts Clothing was created for men looking for high-quality clothing that could be worn anywhere. Most T-shirts are more or less the same, but Cuts Clothing’s T-shirts have notable differences that give them a unique and elevated feel.
The shirts use the brand’s proprietary custom-engineered material, which is just as soft and stretchy as some of the best performance gear I’ve worn. What makes the shirts special is the contemporary cuts and colors available.
You can choose between fitted or regular; crewneck, V-neck or henley; regular, split, rounded or elongated hems. I had the opportunity to try the crewneck with every hem style and I enjoyed being able to create different looks.
In addition to the great assortment of shirt styles, Cuts is also known for its contemporary colors. You’ll always find basic colors like black, white, and grey, but the brand also offers out-of-the-norm colors like Red Rum and Laurel Oak.
If you like to get dressed with a bit more consideration than whether your T-shirt is clean and if it matches, then Cuts Clothing is a great option.
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Designed as workwear, Carhartt T-shirts are roomy and extremely durable.
Sizing options: Standard sizes are S-2XL, Big and Tall sizes are 3XL-5XL and Large Tall-4XL Tall
Carhartt is one of the most popular outdoor workwear brands and its T-shirts are a brand staple. They’re designed to be durable enough to withstand the rigors of hard work, but they’re also more than capable of being a long-lasting casual piece.
Whether you decide to wear it for hard labor or casually, you’ll get far more wears and washes out of any Carhartt T-shirt compared to other options.
The brand has one of the most inclusive size ranges and the shirts are designed to be roomy for a comfortable fit. If you prefer a more fitted T-shirt, it’s recommended to go down a size or pick a slimmer T-shirt altogether.
Most of Carhartt’s T-shirts feature a left chest pocket, which is equally good for utility and style. You’ll also find plenty of color options.
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Tomorrow’s Laundry is a subscription box that will fill your closet with high-quality T-shirts in both staple and unique colors.
Sizing options: S-2XL. Runs true to size.
Tomorrow’s Laundry is a new subscription box that helps people fill their closets with stylish T-shirts that are built to last.
For $68 per month, you’ll receive one or two items, but you can also shop a la carte with T-shirts starting at $60. The subscription is definitely the more valuable option between the two, but being able to pick specific styles makes shopping outside of the subscription a good choice in some cases.
Although there are more affordable options on the market, the quality doesn’t disappoint. I’ve washed and worn all of my shirts from Tomorrow’s Laundry multiple times and they all look just as they did when they were new. I haven’t experienced color fade, shrinking, or pilling.
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