School uniforms from Aldi, Poundland, Sainsbury’s, M&S, Asda, Tesco, Lidl, Morrisons, Matalan and Next compared - Manchester Evening News

2022-08-14 13:17:09 By : Ms. Carrie Xu

Shoppers can pick up school uniform essentials from most major retailers - but which has the best and cheapest range?

The return to school is only three and a half weeks away, so if you’re in need of a new uniform for the Autumn term, now is your chance to pick up everything you need for September.

Supermarkets and retailers have been battling for the cheapest uniforms, from cut-price shirts to affordable trousers and skirts. Some are offering essentials for as little as £1, while others are asking up to £18 for must-have items for the academic year.

With the cost of living soaring, many parents are looking for budget-friendly options for their little ones this year, so Manchester Evening News have taken a look at the offerings from major brands to help you decide what will get you the most bang fro your buck.

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We’ve compared prices of shirts, skirts, trousers and more from Aldi, Poundland, Sainsbury’s, M&S, Asda, Tesco, Lidl, Morrisons, Matalan and Next so that you don’t have to do the internet trawling yourself. We know how stressful it can be.

Here’s everything you need to know about school uniform prices for 2022, including how to get some items for free.

Aldi's school uniform tends to be one of the lowest priced of the major retailers and 2022 is no different. Aldi's school event which covers all the essentials from uniforms to bags, lunchboxes and stationery.

Shoppers can pick up white polo shirts from £1.75 for a pack of two, working out at less than 60p each. Also available online are boys trousers for £1.75 which shoppers say are ‘excellent quality’ with mum Rebecca writing: “Good quality material long lasting for a typical boy.”

Skirts come in at £3.49 - and the best part? They have pockets! One shopper added: “This skirt has pockets which I didn't know about. My daughter has said that it's very comfortable. I sized up and it fits with growing room. Great skirt.”

Aldi uses water-repellent finishes on its school skirts, trousers and dresses to help stop the worst of the staining. A lot of their range is also tumble dryer safe and non-iron, which will make all parents rejoice on a Sunday night.

A pack of three shirts is priced at £3.99, with school socks also available from £2.49. Those looking for affordable school shoes can also find these at Aldi, with Frozen and Spiderman shoes to make sure they’re the coolest kid on the playground.

The uniforms are available online on the Aldi website, and have a 150-day money back guarantee. See the full list of items covered in the T&Cs here.

The latest store to reveal their school uniform collection while keeping costs low for parents is Poundland . The bargain chain is selling a full range of school clothing for kids, including polo shirts, sweatshirts, skirts and trousers - and prices start at £1.

The range is designed with Pep & Co, and sizes go from three to four years, to around 16 years in most of the items.

Polo shirts are priced at between £1 to £2, while sweatshirts range in price from £2 to £4, with sizes beginning at three to four years up to size 12/13. School skirts and trousers begin at £3, going up £5 - they come in sizes three to four years, up to 15/16 years.

The retailer has a 101 day guarantee on their school uniforms, but with such low prices, you almost don’t mind repurchasing, or getting in a few spares. The Pep&Co uniforms are only available to buy in store.

Sainsbury's school uniform range is both in stores and online now. Polo shirts start at £3 for a pair, jumpers from £4 for a two pack, trousers from £7 a pair while a two pack of dresses is from £8.

There are a whopping 550 products available from the TU school shop, including packs of shirts from £4, with the girls' fit coming with a lovely scalloped collar detail.

Tu also has a sensory-friendly Dressing With Ease range, where touch and close fasteners replace buttons and the softest material possible is used to maximise comfort and encourage independent dressing in littlies.

The trousers all have reinforced knees, which we all know is the first thing to wear out. More than 2,000 shoppers gave the Tu trousers five stars, with one saying they’re ‘everlasting’. Another shopper said: “Perfect for my fun-loving son who wears the knees out of most things. Easy clasp too.” The only issue is that they don’t seem to have functional pockets.

Money saving website Topcashback have launched a £10 offer at TU and we worked out that, for a £10 free spend you can pick up two polo shirts and two trousers completely free.

To claim the offer visit the Topcashback deal here where you are redirected to the TU website to claim your £10 worth of products. You just need to sign up. The £10 Cashback on a £10+ Spend at TU Clothing ends at 11.59pm on September 30.

Sainsbury is also offering a 150-day money back guarantee so long as you can prove the date of purchase. Read full T&Cs here.

M&S school uniform is beloved by many parents and has one of the widest ranges available. Some of the features include easy on styles, softer more sensory-friendly options, long and standard lengths, as well as a range of fits from skinny to more relaxed fit and a huge selection of different gingham colours and styles if you're looking to buy summer uniform alongside winter clothes in one go.

M&S clothes come out considerably more expensive than the supermarket options, however, a lot of the pack sizes are bigger, for example you can get five shirts for £14, which works out at £2.80 per shirt - and they’re ‘easy iron’ - winner!

Skirts at M&S are from £6 to £14, while trousers are available from £7 to £16, depending on age and style.

One of the most popular and best reviewed items M&S sells are their skinny fit boys' trousers. One parent said: "These fit very well indeed. The adjustable waist is fantastic as my son is skinny. The trousers wash very well and I don’t normally need to iron them which is even better."

The supermarket’s school uniform is available in stores and online here. Their Click and Collect offering is free on all orders while home delivery is free for orders over £50.

Marks and Spencer does a 35 money back guarantee on unworn items however, no school uniform-specific policy. Find their usual refunds and returns T&Cs.

George at Asda have almost as many different fits as M&S for considerably lower prices, with long length, plus fit and slim options all available as well as soft jersey girls' playsuit.

The Easy On Easy Wear school uniform is particularly great for children with specific or sensory-sensitive needs, encouraging independent dressing and comfort with soft materials and threads, elasticated waistbands an non-bulky seams as standard.

Prices start from £6 for a two pack of shirts or trousers, £9 for two pinafore dresses, £4 for two sweatshirts or £3 for two shirts. There are some single skirts and trousers available, although they tend to be at a slightly higher price point.

The girls' drop waist pleated pinafore dress is one of the most popular items in the range, with hundreds of positive reviews. One shopper said: "Great quality pinafores at a bargain price for my little girl starting school. They are soft and easy for her to dress herself."

Asda's school uniform comes with a 150-day guarantee. Full details on the terms and conditions are here.

New customers can get up to 7 per cent cashback on any purchase you make via TopCashback which would help offset the costs slightly. You can sign up here and then click the link through to the Asda website and you will get your cashback credited to your account.

Whether starting school for the first time or joining a new year, Tesco stocks a full range of uniform options across a variety of sizes, fits and colours suitable for all ages. Some features include ‘Grow with me hems’ and Teflon Eco Elite stain repellent technology in many products helps reduce the need for mid-year replacements.

The retailer has tops in five different colour options as well as the usual polo and long and short sleeve shirts. For tops, prices start at £6 for a two pack of V-neck jumpers, £8 for a two pack of cardigans and £4 for a two pack of crew neck sweatshirts. Meanwhile, two long sleeve shirts start at £3.50, two skirts from £6 and two pinafores from £10.

Unfortunately, Tesco’s school uniform is only available in store, and not for purchasing conveniently online. That said, you can still bag your Clubcard points and take advantage of any Clubcard prices in store too.

Tesco's F&F range of school uniforms come with a 100-day money back guarantee with the firm saying 'if it wears out quicker than you expected, we'll exchange it.' - but remember to keep hold of your receipt.

Lidl launched their school uniforms on July 28, with sizes from aged four to 12 years. However, parents are urged to be quick if they want to buy any of these products as they are only available until stock lasts.

The uniform includes Smart Start Kids’ Sweatshirts for £1.50 each, Smart Start Kids’ Polo Shirt two pack for £1.75, and trousers, skirts or shorts priced at £1.75 each.

Parents can pick up cardigans for £2.99 each, with dresses being the most expensive, costing £6.99 for a pack of two, however, the some of these only go up to the age of nine.

Morrisons has a smaller selection of school uniform in their Nutmeg range, in comparison to some of the other supermarkets, however, it’s equally as affordable.

Prices start from £2 for essentials like socks and vests, going up to £25 for a warm winter coat - don’t be fooled by the weather, it’ll soon come round.

Shoppers can get a two pack of polo shirts for £4, shirts from £5 for a multi pack and £5 for a pair of trousers which have functional pockets.

Other stand out features for Morrisons school uniform include easy iron, tumble dry friendly and elasticated waistband.

School uniform shopping just got a whole lot easier thanks to Matalan’s convenient uniform range, from school skirts and school trousers to shirts, shoes and socks.

The brand says both the boys school uniform and girls school uniform are designed to be ‘comfortable, durable, and stain resistant’, so you can rest assured it’ll be smart enough for the classroom and strong enough for the playground.

Matalan’s girls cardigans cost between £8 and £12, with a pack of polo shirts costing £3 to £5 for two.

Trousers are between £10 and £18 made with recycled polyester, they offer an adjustable waist, secure hem and smart crease front detail.

From £11.50 shoppers can pick up five white shirts that are easy-iron. The regular fit shirts have a classic collar and a riptape front fastening on sizes 4-8 years, whilst the bigger sizes fasten with buttons.

You can shop Matalan’s school uniform essentials online here.

Next is the champion of multipacks, which is ideal if you need a shirt for every day of the week, as many come in packs of five. The retailer offers a multitude of styles, with a variety of fits, with stain resistant technology.

To make life even easier, they have a school uniform builder where you input your child’s age and gender, and it will draw up suitable results from specific categories, like trousers, skirts, shoes and dresses.

Reviewing the uniform, one shopper said: “Very useful pull up trousers for my 7 year old child who struggles with buttons and zips.”

Another added: “Have bought them before and they last really well and fit nicely. A nice shade of grey too they look smart.”

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