Which Scrub Fabric is Best For Me?

February 25, 2021

Which Scrub Fabric is Best For Me?

Scrub fabrics have come a very long way in the last decade—they've gotten a whole lot softer and comfier over the years, that's for sure!

Gone are the days of thick, scratchy fabrics that you can hear before you see. No more pants splitting when you squat, and no more discomfort. 

There are countless options out there these days—and while we welcome all of the innovation, it's also safe to say that all of the choices can feel pretty overwhelming!

But not anymore. Today, we're breaking down the benefits of the four families of fabric that you'll see at Hunter Scrubs, in the hope that it will make your decision a little bit easier.

Let's go!

Type 1: Rigid

type 1 rigid

When you picture what scrubs feel like in your head, this fabric is probably what you'll think of.

It's on the thicker side, fairly rigid, and super durable. Typically comprised of cotton (or a blend of polyester and cotton), it's definitely got a lot of structure.

type 1 rigid

Along with it's supreme durability, this fabric is also known for it's breathability, and the way that it sits on the body. If you're looking for something that doesn't cling, you'll love it!

If you're looking for something form fitting, stretchy, or lightweight, you probably won't enjoy it.

Type 1 Examples:

ScrubZone Unisex Basic Scrub Set - from $53.95

Landau Women's Multi-Pocket Scrub Set - from $80.90

Custom Made UNISEX Patterned Pocket Scrub Top - from $60.95

Type 2: Stretch Cargo

type 2 stretch cargo

Looking for something ultra-comfortable AND super durable? Type 2 is for you!

This family of fabric blends are made to stretch and move with you, while maintaining a classic, professional and structured look.

type 2 stretch cargoTypically made from a blend of polyester, a little rayon, and spandex—this fabric stretches like nothing else. And to top it off, it's super soft and smooth, has a slight sheen, and is usually pretty resistant to wrinkles and fading.

If you're looking for something lightweight, you may not enjoy these as much as option 3 and 4, but if you prefer a sturdier fabric, this is a real winner!

Type 2 Examples:

Landau Proflex Range - from $45

MedCouture Classic Women's Scrub Top - from $45.50

Type 3: Lightweight Stretch

type 3 lightweight stretch

The vast majority of our bestselling scrubs are made from this fabric—and we can totally see why everyone is loving it!

As the name would suggest, this fabric is ultra-lightweight and stretchy. It's ridiculously comfortable, but also super flattering in the way that it conforms to the body.

type 3 lightweight stretch

Made of a blend of polyester and spandex, it has a slight sheen and texture, wicks moisture, and is cool to the touch.

If you're looking for something that keeps you cool and hugs your body, this is the fabric for you! If you're not a fan of the cling, we'd recommend type 2 over this one.

Type 3 Examples:

MedCouture V-Neck Scrub Top - from $49.95

MedCouture Women's Transformer Yoga Scrub Pant - from $51.95

Maevn Printed Top Range - from $47.95

Type 4: Soft Stretch

type 4 soft stretch

Another fan favourite!

This fabric is buttery-soft, and drapes on the body like a dream. It's super flowy and stretchy, so it moves with you throughout the day and allows for total ease of movement.

Made up of mostly rayon and polyester, with a dash of spandex, it's silky soft and completely smooth, without compromising on durability.

type 4 soft stretch

If you aren't looking for the structured look and wouldn't mind feeling like you're wearing pyjamas at work, this fabric is exactly what you're looking for.

We'd recommend type 3 over this one if you're looking for something lightweight though.

Type 4 Examples:

Urbane "Alexis" Comfort Scrub Pants - from $46.50

MedCouture Shirttail Scrub Top - from $51.95

RothWear Men's Westcott Scrub Top - from $49.95




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