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Comparing Bella + Canvas 3001 vs. Next Level 3600: Which T-Shirt Is Better for Printing?

Comparing Bella + Canvas 3001 vs. Next Level 3600: Which T-Shirt Is Better for Printing?
Paula Scerbinina

By Paula Scerbinina

6 min read

With so many t-shirt options out there, finding the right one for t-shirt printing might seem daunting. But it doesn’t have to be! 

In this article, we’ll compare two of the most popular t-shirt options for printing—Bella Canvas 3001 vs. Next Level 3600. We’ll look at fabric composition, price, and available colors to help you choose the one that fits your printing needs best.

Bella + Canvas 3001

The Bella + Canvas brand has gained a significant following in the apparel industry over the last two decades. 

It’s well-known for its modern design and sustainable materials—and all of this you can find in t-shirts like the Bella + Canvas 3001. 

Made with attention to detail for the feel and look it creates, this slim-yet-comfy fit t-shirt has a classic crew neck and short sleeves. With a blend of top-quality cotton, Bella + Canvas 3001 provides a soft, enjoyable feel on the skin and gives a stylish look. 

Available in many colors and with a range of sizes to choose from, this t-shirt will suit any taste. The Bella + Canvas 3001 t-shirt is the perfect canvas for a custom tee that will preserve its shape even after multiple washes.

Next Level 3600

A pioneer in blank apparel, the Next Level brand is another highly regarded brand for t-shirt printing. Next Level Apparel offers a variety of modern apparel options with superior fabric quality, including the Next Level 3600 t-shirt.

Specifically designed for men’s closets, the Next Level 3600 is a soft-to-the-touch cotton blend that’s pleasant to wear and doesn’t lose shape or fade over time.

Its fabric composition allows breathability and comfort, making this t-shirt suitable for all-day wear. 

The classic, fitted crew neck complements different body shapes, allows unrestricted movement, and easily adjusts to the body.

These qualities make the Next Level 3600 a popular choice for wearers and store owners alike. Want to start a custom shirts business? This form-fitting tee suits a variety of t-shirt design ideas.

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Bella + Canvas 3001 vs. Next Level 3600: a comparison

Let’s individually compare the Bella + Canvas 3001 vs. the Next Level 3600 tee, point by point. We’ll cover style, fabric composition, weight, color options, prices, available sizes, and custom print options.

Style

While Bella + Canvas 3001 is a unisex t-shirt suitable for both men and women, the Next Level 3600 is classic men’s wear. 

Thanks to side seams, both t-shirts create a more fitted look that works for just about every body type in the available size range.

However, there are some style differences. 

The Next Level 3600 creates a more tailored fit with its shorter and slimmer sleeves, making it an excellent choice for those who want a more streamlined look.

The Bella + Canvas 3001, on the other hand, has a more relaxed fit and wider sleeves.

Fabric composition and weight

Both shirts are made from top-quality materials and have the same fabric composition. 

The Next Level 3600 consists of 100% ring-spun combed cotton (and a cotton-polyester blend for the Heather Grey color), making it extra comfy with a soft, pleasant texture. The Bella + Canvas 3001 is also crafted from a mix of 100% combed and ring-spun cotton or, for some colors, a cotton-polyester combo. 

Bringing together cotton and polyester gives the fabric a smooth, great-looking texture that’s unlikely to shrink or be impacted by the wash. 

The Bella + Canvas 3001 has a fabric weight of 4.2 oz/yd² (142 g/m²), which provides a slightly more lightweight feel than the Next Level 3600 with a weight of 4.3 oz/y² (145.8 g/m²).

While the difference between fabric weights isn’t substantial, it all comes down to personal preference. 

Colors

The Bella Canvas tee comes in an impressive palette of 54 colors. The options incorporate both regular colors and heather options (softer, more muted colors).

There are also heather prism colors, which bring a one-of-a-kind style, giving the fabric a vintage, garment-dyed look.

Bella Canvas Colors

At Printful, the Next Level is available in a range of 8 color options. These colors include black, midnight navy, royal blue, red, heather grey, desert pink, light blue, and white. Note that some colors might be unavailable for specific sizes. 

Next Level Colors

Sizes

The Bella + Canvas 3001 is available in size XS to size 5XL (with a slight exception in some colors). The Next Level, however, comes in sizes XS to 3XL. To make sure you get the perfect fit, remember to use our handy size guide manual when choosing a product at Printful.

Size Guide

Embroidery and print placements

These tees are very similar when it comes to fulfillment options. Both the Bella + Canvas 3001 and the Next Level 3600 are suited for embroidery and print placements. However, the printable surface area differs. 

The Bella + Canvas 3001 allows for a wider range of embroidery placement—on the front, back, and sleeves. You can also choose either a standard embroidery option or unlimited color embroidery. The latter is best suited for multicolor designs with shading. 

For the Next Level 3600, you can choose from left, center, or large center design placements.

With DTG printing, available design placement areas are similar for both shirts—that is, you can print on the front, back, and sleeves, as well as inside and outside.

Tear-away labels

The tear-away label is a feature for both t-shirts. The tear-away label is the tag you can remove from the fabric without ripping it to ensure a smooth back surface of the garment. 

If you’re starting a clothing line and planning to rely on a print-on-demand provider to produce your own custom t-shirts, this area is a perfect opportunity for branding. With Printful’s inside label printing feature, you can make it happen. For an additional $2.49, your branding will appear on the heat-sealed label. 

Custom label

Source: Customer review

Price

Pricing for these t-shirts and the different fulfillment options goes as follows: 

DTG printing (1 printing area included)

  • Bella + Canvas 3001: $11.50

  • Next Level 3600: $16.25

Embroidery (1 embroidery area)

  • Bella + Canvas 3001: $14.25 (standard color embroidery)  +  $6.50 (embroidery file digitization)

  • Next Level 3600: $19.25 + $6.50 (embroidery file digitization)

Unlimited color embroidery (1 embroidery area)

  • Bella + Canvas 3001: $18 + $6.50 (embroidery file digitization)

Printful product pricing includes the t-shirt itself and the customization option you choose, but taxes and shipping are not included. 

That said, you can get bulk order discounts starting at 25+ units, as well as monthly discounts, which can be earned based on your sales. 

Customer reviews

One of the most important considerations when choosing the best t-shirts for printing are customer reviews. After all, you want a tee that people are loving, right? 

Both of these t-shirts are rated 4.5 out of 5 by thousands of satisfied Printful customers, but there are a couple of points people highlight about one shirt or the other.

Our customers consistently say that the Next Level 3600 is the softest true-to-size tee you can get. They praise its great fit, minimal shrinkage, and longevity after many washes. 
 

For the Bella + Canvas 3001, customers describe it as super comfortable to wear, with a soft feel that retains its shape. They mention excellent print quality with sharp details and a vibrant look. 

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Which t-shirt to choose for printing?

Now it’s your turn! In the end, both of these t-shirts are great for designing your own tee or starting your custom t-shirt business. Consider your budget, color options, and fit preference to choose between the Bella + Canvas 3001 and the Next Level 3600. And let us know if you have any other questions in the comments.

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By Paula Scerbinina on Aug 16, 2023

Paula Scerbinina

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A free-spirited creative with a psychology and marketing background, Paula spends her days creating stories for brands and individuals. Her heart belongs to writing, mental health advocacy, and beach volleyball.

A free-spirited creative with a psychology and marketing background, Paula spends her days creating stories for brands and individuals. Her heart belongs to writing, mental health advocacy, and beach volleyball.