School uniforms - the best and cheapest for 2014

School uniforms have cheaper than ever, but who's offering what and which ones are best - we investigate...

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  • Tesco

    Average prices for standard colours, age 5 years
    Boys trousers - £3.50
    V-neck jumper - £3
    Polo shirt - £2.50 for 2 (£1.25 for 1)
    Girls' skirt - £3
    Total for 1 of each: £10.75

    Special offers
    Packs of 2 polo shirts for £2 and 2 pairs of boys trousers for £6 is great value for money. Their website offers free UK delivery on orders over £50, free UK returns or if you order before 3pm, you should be able to collect your order from the nearest Tesco the next day.

    Special features
    The pinafores, trousers and skirts all feature Dupont Teflon fabric protector to keep clothes stain-free and trousers feature knee reinforcements, to cut down on ripping. Items with As New technology ensure that colour doesn't fade in the wash and shoes by F&F are scuff resistant. Most items are easy to iron and trousers and skirts with pleats shouldn't require ironing at all. Tesco also offers parents with children at participating schools an embroidery service, where they'll sew on the school logo for you. 

    Customer reviews
    Reviewers say that Tesco's uniforms are well made, good value for money and easy to wash. The majority of Tesco uniforms score 4.5/5 or higher in the customer reviews. Generally, anywhere between 92% and 98% of reviewers say they would recommend these products to a friend. 

    Range of styles
    Tesco offers a cheap and cheerful range of uniforms in a variety of basic colours alongside more unusual uniform options, such as light yellow, maroon and purple. They definitely have the most colour options for polo shirts and jumpers currently on the market. They offer longer and shorter lengths on trousers, adjustable waists with some products and 

    Visit the Tesco school uniforms website

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  • ASDA

    Average prices for standard colours, age 5 years
    Boys trousers - £3
    V-neck jumper - £3
    Polo shirt - £2.50 for a 2 pack (£1.25 for 1)
    Girls skirt - £2.50
    Total for 1 of each: £9.75

    Special offers
    ASDA is offering parents a 'no quibble' 100-day guarantee. On its website, it states: "If for any reason you are not satisfied with your George school wear purchase, simply return it within 100 days with proof of purchase for an exchange or a refund." The offer excludes hair accessories and jewellery, but does include all items of clothing.

    Special features
    Asda uniforms boast colour-staying technology and 'reduced bobbling effect' on knitwear.

    Customer reviews
    The majority of ASDA school clothing (except for a pair of black girls trousers) has received 4.5/5 or higher in customer reviews, with many of the comments talking about the "good quality" of George's clothing.

    Range of styles
    George's school uniform range covers the classic uniform colours. It has a variety of skirt shapes and styles, with several pinafore designs. George@ASDA has introduced slim and plus fit on boys trousers, girls pinafores and skirts alongside the usual age sizing system.

    Visit the ASDA school uniform website

  • Sainsbury's

    Average prices for standard colours, age 5 years
    Boys trousers - £6 for 2 (£3 for 1)
    V-neck jumper - £6 for 2 (£3 for 1)
    Polo shirt - £5.50 for 5 (£1.10 for 1)
    Girls' skirt - £2.50
    Total for 1 of each: £9.60

    Special offers
    Sainsbury's big winner is the 5-pack of white polo shirts which leaves each individual shirt priced at £1.10, compared with its 3-pack that costs £7. Sainsbury's uniforms aren't sold online, but are on sale at your nearest Sainsbury's store. 

    Special features
    The uniforms have been tested in a 'kids lab'. Sainsbury's promises that each item has passed the test of grubby hands, messy playtimes and multiple washes. Plus there's lots of technology: Perfect Colour keeps colours bright after repeated washes, buttons have been pull-tested (so they're much less likely to fall off), there's an advanced technology cardigan (to reduce bobbling and shrinkage), breathable leather shoes and our favourite, a bionic shirt. Need we say more. 

    Customer reviews
    As uniforms aren't available online, there are no customer reviews.

    Range of styles
    Tu Clothing's range offer jumper colours dark green, navy, blue, grey, black and red. Polo shirts come in red, light blue, white and yellow. Other items are navy, black, grey or white. 

    Visit the Sainsbury's school uniforms website

  • Aldi

    Average prices for standard colours, age 5 years
    Boys trousers - £1.50
    V-neck jumper - no V-necks, but £1.25 for a round neck jumper
    Polo shirt - £1.25 for 2  (around 62p per shirt)
    Girls' skirt - £1.50
    Total for 1 of each: £4.87

    Special offers
    It's seriously cheap. Aldi's special buy back to school offer (in over 500 of it's UK stores) means you can buy 4 items of primary school uniform (a whole uniform's worth) for around £4. Aldi operates an 'all sizes at one price' policy for primary school children between the ages of 4 - 11. This offer is available while stocks last and operates on a first come, first served basis. The range launched on 24th July 2014, therefore stock may be limited so close to the beginning of term. It's not available online, so you'll have to drop by your nearest Aldi to try and get in on the action.

    Special features
    The remarkably low price recently hit the headlines and has been the topic of much debate amongst parents - how is it produced so cheaply, and is it ethical? Is the quality still there? Despite the cost, Aldi says its uniforms have been rigorously tested to ensure that hems don't drop, knees don't rip and colours don't fade.

    Customer reviews
    The 2014 range isn’t available online, so there are no customer reviews.

    Range of styles
    The styles are not available to be previewed online, but from what we can tell, Aldi's line contains white shirts and polos, jumpers and bottoms in black, navy and grey - with red being another option for the round neck jumper.

    Visit the Aldi website for more info

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  • Marks & Spencer

    Average prices for standard colours, age 5 years
    Boys trousers - £9
    V-neck jumper - £8
    Polo shirt - £8 for 2 (£4 for 1)
    Girls' skirt - £8
    Total for 1 of each: £29

    Special offers
    M&S offers free Click & Collect (from its food stores as well as full stores) so you can save on delivery costs. The store also offers personalised uniforms for children at participating schools.  

    Special features
    Skirts and trousers are crease-resistant with permanent pleats, so you don't have to iron them. Trousers also come with adjustable hems. Some shirts feature rip top openings instead of a top button and come with elasticated cuffs to make getting ready (and changed for PE) a lot easier. The uniforms have colour stay technology and are scuff resistant. Many items including blazers and bags feature Stormwear and/or Stainaway technology, which aims to give resistance to oil, mud and water.

    Customer reviews
    Lots of 4.5 and 5 star ratings - 92% of 458 V-neck jumper reviewers would recommend to a friend.

    Range of styles
    M&S school uniforms are available in classic white, grey, black and navy varieties. Some jumpers are offered in other colour varieties. M&S has 29 girls skirts (from long to short, pleated to non-pleated), so you get to pick the exact type of skirt your child wears to school and all skirt-length regulations can be adhered to. Slim, plus, tall and short fits are available on selected items.

    Visit the Marks & Spencer school uniform website

  • John Lewis

    Average prices for standard colours, age 5 years
    Boys trousers - £9
    V-neck jumper - £9
    Polo shirt - £3
    Girls' skirt - £8
    Total for 1 of each: £29

    Special offers
    The best offers at John Lewis are its basics range, which sees polo shirts starting at just £3 for new school starters, shirts at £5 and skirts at £7. You can buy online and collect from your nearest John Lewis or Waitrose store for free. There's free delivery straight to your home if you spend more than £50. 

    Special features
    Non-iron shirts blouses plus trousers can come with an adjustable waist.

    Customer reviews
    In previous years, customers have praised the quality of the uniforms for being much better than the supermarket uniforms. However, reviews have been much more mixed for 2014. While there are still lots of 4.5 and 5 stars, there are a few items that haven't fared so well, such as basic trousers, one of the pinafores and a girls' stretch school blouse. 

    Range of styles
    Its collection features shirts, jumpers, trousers, dresses, blazers and skirts. The colours are basic black, grey, white, navy and blue. John Lewis also offers a varied range of summer dresses for little girls.

    Visit the John Lewis school uniform website

  • Debenhams

    Average Prices for standard colours, age 5 years
    Boys trousers - £7.20 for 2 (£3.60 for 1)
    V-neck jumper - £4
    Polo shirt - £4 for 2 (£2 for 1)
    Girls' skirt - £6.40
    Total for 1 of each: £16

    Special offers
    Debenhams is currently offering up to 20% off on a large selection of its school uniforms online. Its website offers free click & collect services and free standard delivery on orders over £30. You can also purchase in store (but you won't get the 20% off). 

    Special features
    Polo shirts are made of pure cotton. Reviewers called the 2-pack school trousers 'good value for money', noting how they were easy to move in, easy to wash, had an adjustable waist and retained their colour after several washes. 

    Customer reviews
    Lots of 4 and 5 star reviews, but a few 2-3 star ratings for shirts. 

    Range of styles
    Colours include black, navy and grey, with white shirts. Blue shirts, maroon, dark green and red jumpers/cardigans are available. Debenhams does 'generous fit' trousers for children who are in between sizes. 

    Visit the Debenhams school uniform website

  • Next

    Average prices for standard colours, age 5 years
    Boys trousers - £7
    V-neck jumper - £7
    Polo shirt - £9 for 3 (£3 for 1)
    Girls' skirt - £5
    Total for 1 of each: £22

    Special offers
    You can buy 2, 3, 4 and 5 packs on t-shirts, polo shirts and shirts in a range of colours. Buy online before 10pm, you can have next day delivery for just £3.99 or have it delivered to your nearest Next store for free.

    Special features
    Smarter shirts are 'easy to iron', trousers and skirts have adjustable waists and all of the clothes are protected with Teflon to keep them clean for longer.

    Customer reviews
    Mostly 4 and 5 star ratings. The highest rated products are cargidans, knitwear and skirts for girls. For boys, the highest-rated schoolwear products are PE kits and boys black trousers.

    Range of styles
    This is where Next scores highly. It offers a wide range of styles. Skirts and pinafores come in three fits and girls trousers are available in four fits. Boys trousers also come in four fits, and shorts and shirts also have three styles. Jumpers come in chunky and lighter knit. Cardigans come in three fits (boyfriend, A-line and v-neck) and a variety of colours including black, grey, dark green and red. Some items have up to seven colour options. 

    Visit the Next school uniform website

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  • BHS

    Average prices for standard colours, age 5 years
    Boys trousers - £7 for 2 (£3.50 for 1)
    V-neck jumper - £3.50
    Polo shirt - £6 for 2 (£3 for 1)
    Girls' skirt - £7 for 2 (£3.50 for 1)
    Total for 1 of each: £13.50

    Special offers
    Up to 50% off selected school uniform basics (white shirts, blouses and polo shirts, junior blazers and black trousers) is currently available online.

    Special features
    Polo shirts are 100% cotton. Trousers and skirts come with an adjustable waist and each item has Duplont Teflon fabric protector to help keep stains away, give long-lasting colour finish and the best bit require no ironing after washing. 

    Customer reviews
    Mix of mostly 4 and 5 star reviews. Generally, reviewers mention the good quality of the clothing and how easy it is to wash. A collection of shirts, polo shirts and blazers received 5 star user reviews. 

    Range of styles
    BHS' uniforms follow a basic style and offer the standard black, white, blue and grey colour options.

    Visit the BHS school uniform website

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