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When it comes to t-shirt shopping there are a variety of fabrics to choose from. One unwaveringly-popular option is cotton. But, even cotton has a handful of variations to be aware of.
With that in mind, we're going to cover the difference between ringspun cotton and regular cotton. The short of it is that ringspun cotton is softer, higher-quality, and more durable, but we're here to tell you why.
The process of making regular cotton consists of twisting together soft vegetable fibers into yarn. The yarn is then woven together to create regular cotton material. This type of cotton is the most widely used, though ringspun is becoming increasingly popular. Manufacturing regular cotton is less expensive than ringspun, and while it offers breathability, the softness pales in comparison to ringspun cotton. Even still, regular cotton continues to be an industry staple and is widely sold in both the wholesale and retail markets.
The term ringspun was coined because of the process used manufacture this type of cotton. The yarn that is created for ringspun cotton is spun in a way that produces stronger, longer strands that are soft, extremely durable and free from the rough texture of standard raw cotton. The process of continuously spinning, twisting, and thinning the cotton strands is what yields long, soft strands. Additionally, during this process, the threads are compacted in a way that produces a very strong and durable material.
Which is Best?
When the time comes to determine which type of cotton is the “best”, it depends entirely on what you'll be using it for. Both types of cotton are wildly popular for very good reasons. If you’re looking for a new favorite tee that’s fashionable and soft, or an option for your new clothing line, ringspun cotton tees are your best bet. But, if you’re looking for a quality t-shirt for a fundraiser, donation, or simply want a standard t-shirt to withstand the wear-and-tear of lots of use, you can’t go wrong with regular cotton.
As with any purchase, you must determine what’s most important to you, what you’ll be using your shirts for, and how much you want to spend. Though ringspun cotton is generally a bit more expensive, the added cost is minimal and will not break the bank. As the old adage goes, buy nice or buy twice.