The best sweatshirts are both comfortable and durable. It’s a balance not every brand gets right. Thankfully, there are plenty that do make a good sweatshirt — enough to make a list out of it, anyway. We’re focusing on our favorite crewneck sweatshirts, the ones we’ve been living in. Options you can wear with every outfit, whether it’s jeans and a T-shirt or atop draw-string pants in your home office. (Kudos to you for kind of dressing up.)

Your favorite sweatshirt doesn't have to be expensive, but it also doesn’t have to be cheap. Simply good, and sometimes even that can be a tall order. Trust this list, though. We've vetted every option for you and also have a guide on the best hoodies and the best zip-up hoodies.

How We Tested

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Our tester put several crewneck sweatshirts to good use, wearing them as top layers when the weather peaked and as mid layers when it was, well, not so nice. They, a true size large, assessed how each fit and how they differed, but also what about each stood out most, whether it was the raglan sleeves, hefty cuffs or hidden hip pockets.

To learn more about our testing methodology and how we evaluate products, head here.

Best Overall Crewneck Sweatshirt

Best Overall Crewneck Sweatshirt

Outerknown Sur Sweatshirt

  • Raglan sleeves offer freedom of motion
  • Lightweight and made with an ultra-comfy blend of organic cotton and hemp

  • Runs slim, so not roomy enough for those who enjoy a relaxed feel
  • One user says the dye is sensitive and spotty
  • Country of Manufacture: U.S.A.
  • Fit: Slim
  • Material(s): 55% hemp and 45% organic cotton
  • Colors: Faded black, admiral blue

    Outerknown’s Sur Sweatshirt sticks out for good reason. The hemp and organic blend terry fabric make it a hefty-yet-soft option, not to mention one of the most eco-friendly on the market. It's also one of the most comfortable, our tester found. The raglan sleeves offer a full range of motion, while the collar is neither too wide nor tight. It wraps comfortably around the neck, leaving little room for a T-shirt underneath to show through, all while avoiding being tight enough to have to stretch when pulling it over your head.

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    It does run slightly slim through the body, though, our tester found. So if you like your hoodies hefty and oversized, you should size up with this crewneck to stay comfy.

    Best Upgrade Crewneck Sweatshirt


    Adsum Logo Crewneck

    • Very flattering slightly oversized fit and coloring
    • Pre-shrunk to ensure size stays the same

    • Lengthy, causing the bottom hem to hit below the waist
    • Front logo a turnoff for those wanting a blank crewneck
    • Country of Manufacture: Canada
    • Fit: Classic
    • Material(s): 100% cotton
    • Colors: Green, black, navy, gray

      Adsum's simple Logo Crewneck is just how a sweatshirt should be: slightly oversized, soft and super-minimal — small chest text logo aside. It's preshrunk, so it won't seize up on that first wash, and it comes in four colors, each made from 400 GSM combed cotton heavyweight Canadian fleece. The fabric itself is the star of the show, but the fit proves nice, too, our tester found.

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      It does run slightly long, though, not in the sleeves but in the body, which means the bottom hem hits well below the waist, a style some might find a little bit off, especially if they constantly layer their crewnecks under shorter trucker jackets, for example.

      Best Affordable Crewneck Sweatshirt


      Quince Organic Heavyweight Fleece Crew

      • Slightly oversized for a roomy fit
      • Despite its affordability, made with high-quality, plush organic cotton

      • Somewhat short in length
      • Not much color variety
      • Country of Manufacture: China
      • Fit: Relaxed
      • Material(s): 100% organic cotton
      • Colors: Black, gray

        Quince’s Organic Heavyweight Fleece Crew is the best deal on this list, if not for its price, then for its generous free shipping and return policies. This sweater has roughly 13 ounces of heft and a slightly oversized fit, though many users say it’s short in length. Its raglan sleeves also allow for a wider range of motion. For quality, heavyweight organic cotton, sub-$50 is a steal.

        Best Crewneck Sweatshirt with Tall Sizes

        Best Affordable Crewneck Sweatshirt

        L.L. Bean Classic Crewneck Sweatshirt

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        • Slightly oversized with extra room through the sleeves
        • Solid price for a blank basic from a heritage brand

        • Users say the elasticized cuffs and waistband wear out too quickly
        • Sizing is hard to nail down as the crewneck fits roomy
        • Country of Manufacture: Vietnam
        • Fit: Relaxed
        • Material(s): 91% cotton, 9% polyester
        • Colors: Heather gray, black, navy, green

          L.L. Bean doesn't just make Boat and Totes. But you knew that, right? The brand's classic crewneck sweatshirt isn't anything to scoff at. It's a comfortable, 91 percent cotton, 9 percent polyester option that clocks in under $60. That's rare for a sweatshirt, especially considering most on this list cost upwards of $100. It’s also one of the only crewnecks available in tall sizes, plus up to 3XL.

          It comes without super-noticeable logos or graphics, which is good, and mirrors the fit of more famous styles, which means it's slightly oversized with plenty of room in the armpits and through the arms. Some users say the elasticized cuffs and waistband wear out quickly, though the overall construction is just fine. Others say it’s too roomy and that they had to size down for a better fit.

          Best French Terry Crewneck Sweatshirt

          Buck Mason

          Buck Mason Interloop Crew Sweatshirt


          • Amazing fit, heft and weight
          • Cotton French terry keeps moisture at bay and adds insulation

          • Sizing is inconsistent, so double check charts for the best fit
          • Although vintage in appearance, its dense fabric will take time to break-in
          • Country of Manufacture: Vietnam
          • Fit: Classic
          • Material(s): 100% cotton
          • Colors: Green, black, faded black, white, navy, gray, cream, birch

            Buck Mason's dense, midweight fleece sweatshirt eschews modern flair in favor of a more timeless look. It's tailored, the right tone and the cotton was cut on the cross-grain to prevent shrinkage. (Plus, it looks pretty damn good with the sleeves rolled up.) Similar to a towel, its French terry cotton wicks moisture away and adds some extra warmth and comfort for the wearer.

            Best Bargain Crewneck Sweatshirt

            Gildan Heavy Blend Crewneck Sweatshirt


            • Extremely cheap
            • Available in whopping 20+ colors

            • Thin fabric won’t keep you warm
            • Sizes skew on the smaller side and users advise ordering a size up
            • Country of Manufacture: Imported
            • Fit: Classic
            • Material(s): 50% cotton, 50% polyster
            • Colors: 20+

              The basics brand makes sweatshirts in several different weights — this one is dubbed the Heavy Blend — and 26 colors. Sure, the sweatshirt will feel a little thin, and wear significantly less warm than most others on this list, but that's to be expected for a sub-$30 sweatshirt. If you’re buying crewnecks for the least amount of money possible, your best bet is Gildan.

              Best Slim Fit Crewneck Sweatshirt

              Reigning Champ

              Midweight Terry Crewneck


              • Flatlock stitching and semi-raglan sleeves add comfort in the torso and arms
              • Very flattering form-fitting crewneck for those with athletic and slim builds

              • Patch logo is distracting and attracts attention on darker colors
              • Sizing skews on the smaller side
              • Country of Manufacture: Canada
              • Fit: Slim
              • Material(s): 100% cotton
              • Colors: 10+

                Reigning Champ’s Midweight Terry Sweatshirt is what the company was built upon. It’s made in Canada — where some of the best sweats are made; see: Adsum — and designed with quality details like inset-raglan sleeves and flatlock stitching for seams flush against the skin. It also has ribbed side panels for added stretch.

                The style does run slim, though, our tester found, both in the arms and through the body. That's not a bad thing for folks who wish to pair their favorite crewneck with form-fitting trousers, but for others who prefer to work in theirs or wear them with baggy sweat bottoms, this is going to be an issue.

                Best Crewneck Sweatshirt for Layering

                Richer Poorer Recycled Fleece Sweatshirt


                • Works well as a top layer or tucked underneath an overshirt or jacket
                • Very soft interior fleece

                • Users say shoulders are weirdly pointy and unflattering
                • Not as relaxed as dropped shoulders would indicate
                • Country of Manufacture: Vietnam
                • Fit: Classic
                • Material(s): 60% cotton, 40% recycled polyester
                • Colors: Heather gray, dark oak, black

                  This eco-conscious sweatshirt comes by way of California clothing company Richer Poorer. Constructed from a near-even mix of cotton and recycled polyester, this option prevents roughly 40 water bottles from reaching landfills. Righteousness aside, it's a solid sweatshirt with an added incentive.

                  This one works well as a top layer or something tucked underneath a jacket, thanks to its relatively straight fit. It does have slightly dropped shoulders, though, a feature often saved for graphic streetwear iterations, like options from Supreme or Off-White. It's not all that noticeable, but it'll be different from true-blue vintage designs.

                  Best Oversized Fit Crewneck Sweatshirt

                  Snow Peak

                  Recycled Cotton Sweat Crewneck

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                  • Solid thickness and weight, made better with worn-in cotton
                  • Hidden side seam pockets offer elegant storage

                  • May be too loose for some and require sizing down
                  • Added insulation, while a good thing, makes it too warm to wear on mildly cool days
                  • Country of Manufacture: Japan
                  • Fit: Oversized
                  • Material(s): 100% recycled cotton
                  • Colors: Gray, black, sand

                    Japanese minimal outdoor brand Snow Peak excels in understated apparel, and its Recycled Cotton Sweat Crewneck is no exception. Available in black, gray and sand, this crewneck is made with recycled cotton, resulting in a worn-in feel that doesn’t require multiple wash cycles to find. In true outdoor nature, this crewneck is also well-insulated and extremely thick, so it’s best for cold days of fall and the harsh winter ahead.

                    Our tester loves the thickness of this crewneck and how oversized and roomy it is, which provides ample space for layering and a streetwear-forward look. It’s very flattering on the body and super soft, plus it has side pockets that add to its practicalness. A downfall of its functionality, however, is its insulation –– because it’s super warm, it’s too hot for milder cool days and best reserved for harsher temps.

                    Best Lightweight Crewneck Sweatshirt

                    Sunspel Loopback Sweatshirt


                    • Lightweight and slim for casual cool days
                    • Excellent fit in the torso and sleeves

                    • Very expensive given its modest design
                    • Too thin for a practical sweatshirt
                    • Country of Manufacture: Portugal
                    • Fit: Classic
                    • Material(s): 100% cotton
                    • Colors: 15+

                      Sunspel's lightweight Loopback Sweatshirt is luxe. It fits well in the sleeves and the torso while breaking in nicely with routine wear. It stands up to the wash, too, our tester says, though it’s also thin, which is a bummer considering its price–– almost double (or triple) that of options from Buck Mason or Champion. It's a great sweatshirt, they say — don't get them wrong — but there are better options at better prices.

                      Best Tailored Fit Crewneck Sweatshirt


                      American Giant Lightweight Cotton Crew Sweatshirt


                      • Great form-fitting crewneck for the modest menswear crowd
                      • Excellent fabric and build quality

                      • Sizing is inconsistent between colors
                      • Length is too long and extends past the waist
                      • Country of Manufacture: U.S.A.
                      • Fit: Slim
                      • Material(s): 100% cotton
                      • Colors: Black, gray, navy, oak, sage, green

                        Basic, at least according to the Internet, is not a complimentary adjective. But there's no better way to describe American Giant's classic crewneck. It comes in one signature color, black, but a few limited edition iterations, too. It wears well, is 99 percent cotton and is handmade in LA.

                        The fit is fairly standard — tight but not too tight, our tester says, flattering without feeling overly tailored. It's still a sweatshirt after all, but it's better fitting than the voluminous ones you wore in high school. Users say sizing varies between colors, so be wary of buying your true size.

                        Best Color Variety Crewneck Sweatshirt


                        Pangaia 365 Midweight Sweatshirt


                        • Excellent selection of color options, including vivid pastels and seasonals
                        • Treated with proprietary peppermint oil to minimize washing

                        • Front logo text is distracting for those who want a basic blank
                        • Sustainable messaging is overbearing
                        • Country of Manufacture:
                        • Fit: Unisex Relaxed
                        • Material(s): 100% organic cotton
                        • Colors: 10+

                          Available in over two dozen colors, Pangaia's 365 Sweatshirt is a piece I could wear every single day — hence the name. There's a small text logo printed onto the chest that reads: "This sweatshirt is colored with an environmentally friendly dye, created using a recycled water system. The fabric is made from organic cotton."

                          The tagline might read a little too cliche for some folks, who prefer their sweatshirts to say nothing at all, but reviewers found the sweatshirt to be soft and the perfect size almost every time. It also boasts PPRMINT, a proprietary oil treatment that helps keep fabrics fresh to minimize washing, thus, saving water.

                          Best Reverse Weave Crewneck Sweatshirt

                          Champion Reverse Weave Sweatshirt


                          • Reverse weave prevents shrinkage after wash
                          • Affordable price

                          • Double logos are way too large and distracting
                          • Inconsistent sizing across colors, according to users

                          • Country of Manufacture: China
                          • Fit: Unisex Relaxed
                          • Material(s): 82% cotton, 18% polyester
                          • Colors: 8+

                            An icon. What more is there to say about Champion's category-defining crewneck? Sure, other brands have surpassed them stylistically, but the venerable Reverse Weave still does its job: It fits nicely and will never shrink. Plus, it's oversized enough to offer a space to escape, whether you're wearing matching sweatpants (and snacking on the couch) or trying it on with trousers and wearing it to work. Users say it’s inconsistent with sizing, depending on color, so beware.

                            Learn more about Champion sweatshirts.

                            Best Pocket Crewneck Sweatshirt

                            Todd Snyder x Champion Midweight Pocket Sweatshirt


                            • Exceptionally cozy and soft
                            • The addition of a chest pocket is a welcome upgrade

                            • Neckline is too wide and shows a lot of what’s underneath
                            • Short hem isn’t flattering
                            • Country of Manufacture: Vietnam
                            • Fit: Tailored
                            • Material(s): Garment-dyed 18-ounce french terry
                            • Colors: 10

                              This one is a modern-day classic. Todd Snyder’s Pocket Sweatshirt is one of the best designs to come out of his ongoing partnership with Champion, which is nearing its 10th anniversary. It’s substantial, it’s super cozy and it can hold your wallet, thanks to its single chest pocket.

                              The primary complaint comes at the neckline and waist, which are too wide and too short, respectively. That leaves a lot showing underneath at both ends, since the wider neck lets a T-shirt poke through, and the shorter hem rides up, revealing whatever you have on underneath.

                              Best Classic Fit Crewneck Sweatshirt

                              J. Crew Heritage Fleece Sweatshirt


                              • Excellent basic fit for everyday wear
                              • Users say this heritage crewneck feels like a return to form for J.Crew

                              • Some say the fabric is rough
                              • High collar borders mockneck height
                              • Country of Manufacture: China
                              • Fit: Classic
                              • Material(s): 84% cotton, 16% polyester.
                              • Colors: Black, navy, forest, gray

                                J.Crew's Heritage Fleece Sweatshirt weighs 14 ounces and is made from a cotton-polyester blend. The sleeves are nice and long; there's a V-insert at the neck and the cuffs can actually be, well, cuffed. And in true, J.Crew fashion, the cross-grain cut sweatshirt is neither too slim nor too oversized, leaving the style somewhere in the middle — a perfect fit from the first wear, reviewers say. Some say the cotton-poly blend is too rough, however, and the crewneck’s high collar is similar to that of a mockneck.

                                Best Vintage Inspired Crewneck Sweatshirt


                                Knickerbocker Crew Sweatshirt


                                • An amalgamation of some of the best crewnecks of the past
                                • Excellent colors and dye

                                • Sizing skews very large and loose
                                • Wide collar
                                • Country of Manufacture: Portugal
                                • Fit: Relaxed
                                • Material(s): 100% cotton
                                • Colors: Green, navy, black, brown, coal, milk

                                  These take after vintage sweatshirts of the midcentury, featuring a year-round fleece, a classic V insert and a mounted collar. They come in a handful of colors and graphics, and they’re made with premium fabrics that Knickerbocker is best known for, plus a brushed fleece interior for a soft, plush feel

                                  Most Durable Crewneck Sweatshirt


                                  Uniqlo Long-Sleeve Sweatshirt


                                  • Very affordable no-frills basic
                                  • Sturdy and holds up well over multiple years of wash

                                  • Some users say the collar is too high
                                  • Unisex sizing is hard to nail down
                                  • Country of Manufacture: China
                                  • Fit: Unisex Classic
                                  • Material(s): 100% cotton
                                  • Colors: 8+

                                    Better basics at a solid price Uniqlo's thing. So it's no surprise that its Long-Sleeve Sweatshirt made it to our list. It's inspired by vintage designs and features a sturdy but soft all-cotton fabric design.

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                                    Our tester found it fit well and survived the wash. It quickly became a staple in their closet, they say, despite being, now, several years old. As evidenced by how it's held up, Uniqlo is more than fast fashion, as similar options from Zara or H&M would've faltered long ago.

                                    Best Anti-Odor Crewneck Sweatshirt

                                    David Gandy

                                    David Gandy Wellwear Ultimate Sweatshirt


                                    • Extremely flattering silhouette with hidden side pockets
                                    • Anti-odor treatment actually works and wards off stench

                                    • Ribbed wrist cuffs may be too lengthy for some
                                    • Not enough color variety
                                    • Country of Manufacture: Portugal
                                    • Fit: Classic
                                    • Material(s): 100% cotton
                                    • Colors: Gray, black, navy

                                      With hidden pockets at both hips, David Gandy Wellwear's super-soft Ultimate Crewneck Sweatshirt runs slightly oversized, but in the right way — the way a sweatshirt should fit.

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                                      It has raglan sleeves so you can comfortably raise your arms above your head, our tester found, and two treatments (anti-microbial and anti-odor) help it stay fresh for longer. And it actually works, as our tester wore this one non-stop for a week without stench.

                                      Learn more about David Gandy Wellwear.

                                      Best Organic Cotton Crewneck Sweatshirt

                                      Le Strange

                                      Lestrange The Easy Zip Sweatshirt


                                      • Very cozy, comfy organic cotton
                                      • Generous sizing for a roomy fit

                                      • Not enough frills to justify cost
                                      • Lacks color variety
                                      • Country of Manufacture: Portugal
                                      • Fit: Classic
                                      • Material(s): 100% organic cotton
                                      • Colors: Black, navy

                                        The Sweatshirt is one of London company Lestrange’s best core basics, with a clean silhouette that smartens up any look, from chinos to jeans to shorts. It’s made with luxurious organic cotton and comes in black and navy. As simple and modern as this piece is, it may not be enough to warrant its cost — that absence of raglan sleeves or even pockets feels like it’d be more worth its price. Still, if you can swing it and consider yourself a uniform dresser, this is the smartest option on our list.

                                        Best Crewneck Sweatshirt for Milder Days


                                        Jungmaven Bonfire Raglan Sweatshirt


                                        • Available in over a dozen colors
                                        • Generous sizing and raglan sleeves for cozy fit

                                        • Cropped length isn’t for everyone
                                        • Fabric is comparatively not as soft as other Jungmaven clothes
                                        • Country of Manufacture: U.S.A.
                                        • Fit: Unisex Relaxed
                                        • Material(s): 55% hemp, 45% merino wool
                                        • Colors: 15+

                                          Jungmaven’s Bonfire Raglan Sweater is best for those days that call for less layering and more breeze. Made with a blend of hemp and merino wool, this sweatshirt has temperature-regulating properties and wicks moisture away as needed. It fits like a good crewneck should — very roomy — yet still has a slightly cropped length to prevent it from looking baggy. You can grab it in over a dozen colors. Although users love it, the fabric is reportedly not as soft as other Jungmaven pieces. Its short length may also not be for everyone.

                                          Sweatshirt Terms to Know

                                          French Terry

                                          Sometimes referred to as loopback cotton, this fabric is warp knitted with a flat face and loops on the underside, which serve the same purpose as the loops on a towel: to absorb moisture and sweat.


                                          To create fleece-back fabrics, the underside of a knitted fabric is brushed with sandpaper or wire brushes until the yarn becomes soft and fleecy.


                                          Loopback sweatshirts are flat on the front, while the loops are on the underside. This means the fabric won't pill or, if made well, shrink.


                                          This material is made up of two interlocking knitted fabrics. A double-knitted jersey, for example, comprises two single jerseys knitted together so that both the underside and outside of the fabric are flat.

                                          Learn more about terry, fleece-back, loopback and double-face in our guide to sweatshirt fabrics.


                                          Early sweatshirts saw the V-insert at both the front and the back of the collar, while others would just have one at the front. It was used to wick sweat and keep the neck from stretching. Eventually, the detail became merely decorative as companies began to stitch a V at the collar without the ribbed material.

                                          Learn more about this inconspicuous addition in our guide to V-inserts.

                                          How to Style a Crewneck Sweatshirt

                                          American Trench owner Jacob Hurwitz says he doesn't like wearing hoodies in formal settings, but a crewneck proves more versatile. That's because crewnecks should be both thinner and more form-fitting than hoodies, he says.

                                          "When I am going to a nice restaurant, I want to wear tailored clothing," he explains. "I want to wear a blazer. But that doesn't mean I have to abandon comfortable knits — [the] hoodie's cousin, the crewneck, can look great in a setting like that."

                                          It does well just about everywhere else, too — it's an easy match for blue jeans and basic chinos, whether the outfit is topped off with your trusty boots or brand-new sneakers.