Redbubble Essential T-Shirt Review (A Look at Reviews About the Essential Shirt’s Quality)

If you’re looking for unique, quality t-shirts designed by independent artists, then your hunt is over!

Since Redbubble’s essential t-shirts are getting increasingly popular every year, I thought I would write a post summarizing what 150 Redbubble customers had to say them (plus I have 2 essential t-shirts of my own).

From the quality of the print to the feel of the fabric, everything you need to know about essential t-shirts is right here!

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Fabric Quality

Reviewers seemed to agree that Redbubble’s essential t-shirts are very comfortable. The fabric is soft and has a little bit of a stretch to it, which probably helps with the comfort.

Please Note: Different colored essential t-shirts are made from different fabric blends. Solid color t-shirts are 100% cotton, heather grey t-shirts are 90% cotton/10% polyester, and charcoal heather t-shirts are 52% cotton/48% polyester.

There weren’t too many complaints about this style of shirt except that some reviewers weren’t a fan of the thinness of the fabric.

Shirt is kind thin and feels cheap. Especially when I paid a premium for it! Sorry but it’s true – Steven on Feb 4, 2021,

Meanwhile, other reviewers seem to enjoy the thinner fabric. So, I guess it’s a matter of personal preference. (I love the thinness because I need shirts to wear in the summer heat).

This was a great product and I especially like the blend of the fabric. Softer & thinner material than the traditional cotton. Will be back to buy another for sure! – Jenna on Jul 22, 2021,

Very nice fabric. Soft and somewhat stretchy. Fits well and the size is perfect. I ordered the wrong size and was sent the correct size for no charge. I was blown away by that type of service! I would buy again from redbubble in a heartbeat! – Cale B. on Jan 30, 2021,

Fit / Sizing

Reviewers seemed to agree that Redbubble’s essential t-shirts have a nice length and a comfortable fit.

For men, you might want to go a size up because it’s technically a slim fit and some said the shirt was too small (or buy one of Redbubble’s classic shirts).

Great quality but a little on the small size, would order next size up next time! – Merrin R. on Feb 2, 2021,

However, some people (mostly women) contradicted this and said the sizing was accurate or ran big. So you’ll definitely need to click on the view size guide link available on each shirt’s product description page before buying this shirt. You can also check out how I take my measurements to get the perfect-sized shirt.

For women, size runs big so I got a small instead of a medium and it fit great. And of course, an incredible addition to any wardrobe, fashion wise. – Socrates B. on Mar 11, 2021,

Even though this shirt is considered a slim fit, customers said that the neckline isn’t too high or tight.

Very nice fabric. Soft and somewhat stretchy. Fits well and the size is perfect. I ordered the wrong size and was sent the correct size for no charge. I was blown away by that type of service! I would buy again from redbubble in a heartbeat! – Cale B. on Jan 30, 2021,

I’ve successfully ordered perfectly sized t-shirts on Redbubble many times. Here are the simple steps I take to figure out the perfect size for my Redbubble shirts and tops:

  1. I take my favorite shirt and I lay it flat.
  2. I measure the distance between the armpits and multiply that number by two. That’s my chest measurement.
  3. To measure the length of the shirt, I measure the distance between the top of the shoulder, right next to the collar, to the bottom of the shirt.

Then, with these measurements, I go to the product description page of the shirt I want to buy, and I click on the “view size guide” link.

All the T-shirts I have ordered have been great quality and fit. No complaints from me. – John on Dec 22, 2020,

Print Quality

Overall, from the customer reviews I read, people raved about how Redbubble’s essential shirts had sharp, colorful prints. I actually found that the essential shirts I bought looked as good or better than the product images on the website.

Love it. The art was well done, applied well and the shirt fits nicely. I’ll order again. – Jeremy on Jul 29, 2021,

Great quality tshirt. Fits really well. The design is great, and has not faded with washing. – Laura on Jul 22, 2021,

Soft and comfortable! Definitely follow the wash and dry instructions if you want the colors to stay vibrant. – Laurel M. on Apr 25, 2021,

However, although rare, there are some instances where you might get a shirt with an image that isn’t as sharp as it should be. This is probably because an artist uploaded a small or subpar image to This can make the print on the shirt look a bit blurry or pixelated.

If this problem happens to you, don’t panic!

Redbubble is well known for making sure its customers are 100% happy with their shopping experience. Just let them know about any issue you have and I know, from experience, that they’ll make it right (hassle-free).

Another issue you might come across is when an artist puts a description that includes things like “iridescent” or “gold”. All t-shirts and tops have colors that are matte and have no glitter or iridescence to them.

Overview: Are Redbubble Essential Shirts Worth It?

Yes! Redbubble essential t-shirts are not only good quality. They’re high-quality!

My friends and I have ordered so many shirts from Redbubble for 14 years, including their essential t-shirts, and we love them.

It’s worth noting that, while reading all of the customer reviews[RES], I noticed that a lot of people were repeat customers. To me, that’s proof enough that people love and trust Redbubble.

And what happens if you’re not 100% in love with your new shirt?

Worse comes to worst if your essential t-shirt doesn’t fit just right or you’re just not impressed with the fabric or print of your shirt, it’s easy (and free) to return a Redbubble shirt within 90 days.

The people at this site are wonderful…..when my shirt didn’t fit, they just sent another one without even a return of the first order!! What a treat to have such service! – Margy B. on Mar 3, 2016,

The shirts are of fantastic quality, as have been all the shirts I have purchased from Redbubble, and the fact that if a mistake is made when filling my order, you all bend over backwards to make it right, has made me a fan and a lifetime customer! Thank you! – Brenda E. on Mar 28, 2021,