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The Truth About Cheap Scrubs: How to Spot Low-Quality Uniforms and Avoid Them

The Best 5 Fashion Trends in Nurse Scrub and Medical Uniforms

Hey there! At Medical Uniforms NZ, we've seen it all when it comes to scrubs. From the good, the bad, and the downright ugly, we know that not all uniforms are created equal.

We're here to share our expertise and help you avoid the dreaded mistake of buying scrubs that are cheap, low-quality, and just plain uncomfortable. Trust us, your wallet and your comfort level will thank you in the long run.

So, join us as we dive into the truth about cheap scrubs and uncover how to spot those not-so-great uniforms. Whether you're a nurse, doctor, or any other healthcare professional, we've got you covered (literally). Let's get started!

#1: Materials

Listen up! The material quality of your medical uniform is no joke. If you go for cheap scrubs, you might be disappointed to find that they're made of low-quality materials, or materials not suitable for the job, that'll fade, shrink, or lose their shape after just a few washes. And let's be real, nobody wants to be caught wearing a faded, misshapen uniform on the job! Take printed cotton scrubs, for example. Sure, they're fun and funky, but because of the printing and the cotton material, they're likely to fade fast, shrink in the wash, and lose their shape over time.  And we haven't even mentioned all the ironing you'd have to do. Ugh. Cotton naturally creases.

 On the other hand, if you invest in high-quality scrubs made from durable materials like polyester blends or breathable cottons, you'll be getting your money's worth. These materials can withstand the wear and tear of the job and won't leave you scrambling to find a replacement uniform after just a few weeks.  'Polyester' is not a dirty word.  It's a fibre which when mixed with other fibres help hold the garments colour and shape.  

So, when you're out there hunting for scrubs, remember to check the material composition and keep an eye out for high-quality blends that'll keep you comfortable and looking sharp for longer.

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#2: Construction Quality

Okay, folks, it's time to talk construction quality. This is where the rubber meets the road, and you don't want to skimp out on a good construction.

Cheap scrubs often have poor construction, which means they might fall apart faster than you can say "I need a new uniform."
So, what are the features that indicate good construction? Look for strong seams, reinforced stitching, and well-placed reinforcements. These are all signs that your scrubs are made to last. You don't want a weak seam that'll give out on you when you're bending over to help a patient, do you? No, thank you.

 One construction technique to look out for is bartacking. This is a series of stitches used to reinforce areas of a garment that may be subject to stress, like pocket corners or the v-neck of a neckline. Bartacking ensures that these high-stress areas don't rip or tear under pressure, so you can move around with confidence.

 Investing in high-quality scrubs with strong construction will save you time and money in the long run. Don't let a poorly constructed uniform hold you back on the job!


Nurse scrub top from the Infinity Cherokee range in Frosted Rose Heather. Round neck, rib-inset at front, shoulder yokes, front and back princess seams.

What we 💓 about the Infinity Scrubs

    Looks great on different body shapes.
  • It has FOUR POCKETS to hold all your essentials: two roomy front pockets, an interior pocket on the right, and a layered accessory pocket on the left. There’s an O-ring above the left pocket for an ID badge or other instruments.
  • ODOR FIGHTING, LONG WEARING – Certainty Antimicrobial Fabric Technology* reduces odor and fabric damage. Your scrubs smell fresher and last longer.
    The moisture wicking fabric is stretchy, soft, durable and machine washable making it comfortable and easy care.
Infinity Mid Rise Jogger Scrub Pants CK110A

Infinity Mock Wrap Scrub Top 2625A
Available in 19 colours

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What our customers say 👍

"I love it. We use it [infinity Tops] for our dental surgery they’re super comfy, easy to clean, dry quickly, good quality fabric and the look neat and tidy. Would definitely recommend." 
-  Meg

Infinity Mid Rise Jogger CK110A
Available in 19 colours

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#3: Proper Care and Maintenance

Alright scrubsters, we've talked about material and construction quality, but now it's time to focus on how to keep your scrubs looking fresh and clean. Proper care and maintenance can make all the difference in how long your scrubs last, and how they look on the job.

 First of all, investing in high-quality scrubs made from better fabrics can help repel stains and keep them looking new. Plus many of these high-tech fabrics are crease resistance which means no ironing! But that doesn't mean you should slack off on the laundry front! Check out our other blog post, "Scrub-tastic: How to Keep Your Medical Scrubs Spotless," for some tips on how to keep your uniforms looking sharp.

A big thing to keep in mind is the quality of your laundry detergent. Not every laundry detergent is the same. For example, using a detergent that's formulated as a "black wash" can help protect dark colors from fading. On the other hand, you'll want to avoid detergents with "optical brighteners." That's just another word for bleach, folks, and it can cause your garments to fade faster than you can say "oops."

Most importantly, don't forget to follow the care instructions on your scrubs' label, too. Most high quality nursing scrubs are easy care, and fast to launder which means a straight forward wash and dry.  Generally they can handle a bunch of different laundering scenarios. However, cheaper scrubs can mean more time in handling and care in the wash cycle, including hanging or laying flat to dry to keep the garments shape.

Proper care and maintenance will ensure that your scrubs stay looking great for as long as possible.

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#4: Fit

You could have the most expensive and high-quality scrubs out there, but if they don't fit right, they're not going to do you any good. That's why it's crucial to make sure your scrubs fit you properly.

 We won't get into all the nitty-gritty details of fit here, but we highly recommend checking out our other blog post, "How Scrubs Should Fit: 10 Crucial Factors to Consider for the Perfect Fit." It goes into full detail on how to find the right size and fit for your body type, and it's definitely worth a read.

 One thing to keep in mind is that scrubs should fit comfortably but not be too loose or too tight. You want to be able to move around freely and comfortably while still looking professional. Don't forget to consider things like the length of the pants and sleeves, and the neckline of the top.

A well-fitting set of scrubs will not only look better, but it will also help you feel more confident and comfortable on the job.


Nurse scrub top Infinity by Cherokee style CK623A.  Has rib-knit waist insets stretchy rib-knit panels at the back for a slenderizing effect

What we 💓 about the WW Originals Scrubs

  • WW ORIGINALS - The very first Cherokee Workwear collection, trusted since 2004 and still going!
  • DURABLE - Made with a durable poplin fabric, a comfortable poly-cotton blend.
  • FABRIC - This material is color fade & wrinkle resistant, and will hold its shape after multiple wears & washes
  • EASY CARE - Built to last, with color retention and easy wash.
WW Men's Fly Front Cargo Scrub Pant 4000

WW Unisex V-Neck Scrub Top 4876
Available in 16 colours

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What our customers say 👍

"I love this style and make of scrub sets. I also purchased the matching bottoms, and have previously purchased this set for my new career. They've lasted since 2017, so they have some staying power. They do tend to wrinkle if left out of rotation for months or years (in some cases)"\ but not terribly so. There is more than enough pockets, which I'm team pocket, the more the merrier. Fits as expected, I'm fat and prefer not to have my shirts or scrubs skin tight so I size up. The arm length is good, it doesn't sit at my shoulder cap thankfully. Will be buying more." - Pim

WW Men's Fly Front Cargo Scrub Pant 4000
Available in 16 colours

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#5: Brands

When it comes to purchasing scrubs, brand reputation is a crucial factor to consider. While it may be tempting to try out a lesser-known brand or opt for the cheapest option available, there's a reason why some brands have built a solid reputation over time. If you haven't heard of a brand before, or if you can't find any solid reviews, it may be a red flag.

 At Medical Uniforms NZ, we use all our experience to make sure you get the right scrubs the first time. Our experienced team understands which brands, styles, and fits are suitable for different healthcare environments, and we stock only the best brands for the job. We have done the research for you and found that brands like Cherokee and Dickies consistently produce scrubs that are known for their quality and durability. These brands have built up a reputation for producing scrubs that last and have countless positive reviews from satisfied customers.

Investing in high-quality scrubs from a reputable brand can save you money in the long run. You won't have to replace your scrubs as often, and you'll be able to feel confident that your uniform is up to the task of handling the demands of your job. So, stick with brands that have a solid reputation and great reviews, and you'll be sure to find scrubs that are both durable and comfortable.


Nurse Scrub Top WW Core Stretch Mock Wrap Top in Forrest Green

What we 💓 about the WW Core Stretch Scrubs

  • EXTRA SOFT - Soft, durable poly blend
  • DURABLE - Wear after wear, wash after wash
  • FABRIC - This material is color fade & wrinkle resistant, and will hold its shape after multiple wears & washes
  • TWO WAY STRETCH - For all-day comfort and ease of movement
  • GREAT POCKETS - You can fit what you need without things falling out.
Nurse scrub pants in forest green.  Mid Rise Pull-On Cargo Pant in Hunter Green

WW Core Stretch Mock Wrap Top 4728
Available in 10 Colours

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What our customers say 👍

"The Cherokee core stretch line is by far my favorite line of scrubs. I have been wearing this particular top but in a different color for over a year and it's always the first scrub top I reach for during the week." - Sarah

WW Core Stretch Pants 4005
Available in 10 colours

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Brands We Recommend from our Experience

Cherokee Medical Uniforms Brand
Healing Hands Brand
Dickies Medical Uniforms Brand
HeartSoul Brand
Infinity by Cherokee Brand
Cherokee Revolution Brand
Cherokee Professionals Brand
Cherokee Core Stretch Brand
Cherokee Revolution Tech Brand
Cherokee Originals Brand
Euphoria Cherokee Brand
iFlex Brand
Project Lab Brand
EDS Signature Scrubs Brand
Dynamix Brand

In conclusion, the longevity of your medical nursing scrubs is determined by several factors, including material quality, construction quality, proper care and maintenance, fit, and brand reputation. By considering each of these factors carefully, you can make an informed decision when purchasing scrubs that will stand up to the demands of your job and provide comfort throughout your shifts.

 At Medical Uniforms NZ, we understand that not all scrubs are created equal. Our experienced team is here to help you navigate the world of medical scrubs and find the right ones for your specific needs. We can supply samples for our New Zealand customers, so you can feel the fabrics, see the styles and try things on before you make a purchase.

 Investing in high-quality scrubs from a reputable brand may cost a little more upfront, but it can save you money and hassle in the long run. You'll have a uniform that lasts longer, looks better, and feels more comfortable throughout the day. In summary, if you're looking for scrubs that last the longest, look for quality materials, construction, care, fit, and brand reputation. And if you need help finding the perfect scrubs for you, Medical Uniforms NZ is here to help. We're happy to provide samples so you can feel confident in your purchase decision.

FAQ on Buying and Maintaining Medical Scrubs

Are cheap scrubs always low-quality?

Not necessarily, but you do tend to get what you pay for. Lower-priced scrubs may not have the same durability, comfort, and construction quality as higher-priced options. That being said, there are some affordable options out there that are still well-made and reliable.

How do I know if a scrub top or pants will fit me properly?

Check the size chart for the brand you're interested in, and measure yourself to ensure you're getting the right size. It's also a good idea to read reviews from other customers to get a sense of how the sizing runs for that particular brand and style.

Can I use any laundry detergent to wash my scrubs?

It's best to use a laundry detergent that is gentle and formulated for use on delicate fabrics. Avoid using detergents with bleach or brighteners, as these can cause fading and damage to the fabric. If you're washing dark-colored scrubs, look for a detergent that is specifically formulated for use on dark clothing.

How can I make my scrubs last longer?

Proper care and maintenance is key. Follow the washing instructions on the label, use a gentle detergent, and avoid drying your scrubs on high heat. It's also a good idea to invest in high-quality scrubs made from durable, stain-resistant fabrics.

What if I'm not sure which brand or style of scrubs to buy?

If you're unsure which scrubs are right for you, reach out to the team at Medical Uniforms NZ. We can provide recommendations based on your needs and preferences, and even supply samples so you can try things on and feel the fabrics before you buy.