Are Gildan 18500 Hoodies High Quality? An Unbiased Review

Are Gildan 18500 Hoodies High Quality? An Unbiased Review

Let's Take a Closer Look

When evaluating the Gildan 18500 Heavy Knit Hoodie's quality in comparison to the competition, it's essential to take a closer look at its characteristics without bias. In this article, we'll objectively explore this hoodie's fit, fabric, care instructions, and manufacturing process, so you to form your own opinion on its quality. We use this pullover for our designs, but it is always important to approach your fashion, and commercial choices on facts, not opinions. So here it is, my comprehensive entry on the 18500 Heavy Knit Hoodie!

The Test Subject: My Favourite

We will be using our Sardine Can Hoodie for this review. It's an original design by Sydney, a simple and small design that has made huge waves! Click this link to check it out.

The Sardine Can Hoodie

Fit and Sizing: Balance 4/5

The Gildan 18500 Hoodie features a 'classic' fit, designed to offer a comfortable, yet roomy feel. It tends to run slightly smaller than expected, for example, I am a standard large size in most hoodies, the hoodie was just slightly undersized in comparison. When ordering the extra large, I found that shrinking it in the wash led to a perfect fit. I suppose what I am getting at here is to always measure before you order your premium hoodies!

Angled portrait image of the quality Sardine Can Hoodie

Medium-Heavy Fabric: Balancing Comfort and Durability 4/5

The hoodie is quite sofit inside, like fleece. Constructed from 8.0 oz/yd² (271 g/m²) fabric, this hoodie strikes a balance between warmth and comfort. It is composed of a blend of 50% cotton and 50% polyester, offering a soft and durable material that promises longevity. The black test hoodie for this blog has now surpassed five washes and has not faded or 'thinned'. Keep in mind that there may be slight variations in fiber content among different colors, for example, heather colours tend to have a higher polyester content. But the quality seems to remain consistent. As for the fabric, I would consider this hoodie to sit inside the range of medium-heavy, it is not as heavy as say the Champion Powerblend, but it is heavier than a standard or light athletic hoodie.

A black hoodie featuring a Sardine Can graphic.

Care Instructions: Easy Maintenance 5/5

Maintaining your Gildan 18500 Hoodie is straightforward. Follow these basic guidelines to keep it in excellent condition:

  • Machine wash: Use warm water (max 40°C or 105°F) to preserve the fabric's integrity.
  • Bleach as needed: While generally unnecessary, bleach can be used when required.
  • Tumble dry: Opt for medium heat to prevent any potential damage.
  • Iron, steam, or dry: Use low heat to avoid any heat-related issues.
  • Do not dry clean: The hoodie's easy-care fabric makes dry cleaning unnecessary.

Sustainability Through Manufacturing 5/5

An interesting aspect of the Gildan 18500 Hoodie's production is its innovative manufacturing process. It is knitted in one piece using a tubular knit method, reducing fabric waste and enhancing the hoodie's visual appeal. This approach contributes to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly production process. With that, I will have to lean in a little bit considering the obvious points given for being eco-friendly. They also use these efforts in their t-shirts, which you can read about here.


A person relaxing in a comfy hooded sweater.

In Conclusion

When it comes to evaluating the Gildan 18500 Hoodie's quality, the choice is ultimately yours. The classic fit, medium-heavy fabric, easy-care instructions, and sustainable manufacturing process all contribute to its overall appeal. Whether you are a an artist or simply appreciate a standard hoodie, this hoodie's features speak for themselves. It's an solid choice that can meet your needs, and we encourage you to explore this product further to form your own judgment of its quality. 

I would love your feedback and inquiries regarding this! Send a message at our contact page or simply post a comment below! 

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