So for us lucky Brits Next have started selling All in ones as well, note the term All in one as unlike Primark these pajamas do not have attached feet but weíll cover that later. Having noticed these in their latest catalogue I snapped up the opportunity to get a pair and am now putting my knowledge of footie pajames to good use as I review these for you. Iíll also throw in a comparison with the Primark sleepers as I feel it would be worthwhile.
So here is a quick look at the All in one in question for the purpose of this review it's worth mentioning that this is a size 16, girls All in one.
So first weíll look at the material, unlike other All in ones you may find both on the high street and online they are made from chenille rather than polar fleece (they do have cotton alternatives as well but my pair are chenille so this review will focus on that). As these are chenille rather than polar fleece they are much thicker than any other All in one on the high street right now, they are basically the same as the chenille pajamas that Jumpin Jammerz offer right down to the thickness. Also they come with cotton cuffs at both the wrists and ankle.
The chenille is of excellent quality, it is very soft and much more so than standard polar fleece sleepers and also much warmer as well which can be attributed to the increased thickness. The cotton is soft and performs well in that it prevents the arms and legs from covering your hands/feet when you donít want them to so in a way I find them more convenient than other pairs I have owned. Iím not constantly having to adjust both the arms and legs because they have slipped down, a small advantage but one that I like to see.
Overall I have absolutely no complaints about the material so far, obviously with these being brand new there is no way of knowing how well the material will hold up over time but judging by the quality of the material I have a feeling that it should hold up for a long time, whether it will shall be another story.
Rating: 9 out of 10 (If the material does hold up then it will go up to the full 10/10)
These days it seems that your standard footie pajamas are not enough for the average consumer so there are of course features found on these pajamas.
The pajamas that I own come with a hood (itís a snow leopard themed pair as seen in the photos), this is made up of the same material as the rest of the All in one and comes with attached ears (outer ears are chenille and inner ears are polar fleece). The hood is nice and is of the same quality as the rest of the All in one, I canít say that it adds much to the All in one beyond aesthetics but it does also keep your head warm so if you are wearing this in a tent or somewhere outside there is that bonus but beyond that it is just a hood so there really isnít much to say about it.
There are pockets as well, kangaroo style and as seen in the picture there is one each side of the zipper and they can just about fit a DS game case in them (that doesnít mean anything but I wanted to get a picture of them and they were handy and made the pockets easier to view). Chances are nothing bigger than your hands will go into those pockets so again there isnít much to say beyond that.
A small feature is a piece of fabric on the underside of the zipper meaning that the zipper does not rub against your skin, may not mean much to some but to those with sensitive skin itís a bonus. I suffer from Dermatographism and find that this feature is almost a necessity due to how annoying a zipper rubbing against my chest can be.
Not so much a feature but an absence of one is the lack of feet on these, Iíd say it is a neutral thing for me but some of you may be in the market for something with feet in which case I wouldnít recommend these as you may only be disappointed but for those of you not bothered it shouldnít deter you from buying a pair.
Rating: 6/10, itís mostly a case of the features are nice but hardly necessary so while I seem a bit apathetic towards them it is because I donít mind them being there but wouldnít necessarily complain if they werenít there. Again itís more of a personal thing than anything else.
Images to highlight features
The hood in question
The pockets with DS game cases inside
Fit is paramount to an item of clothing, if it doesnít fit then why wear it? While there are no adult options in Next these do go up to size 16 for both boys and girls so will fit most people, those who are tall may struggle to find a pair that fit but certainly most people are catered for. Yes I went for a girls pair but as Iím only 5í6 a size 16 fits me very well, there is enough leg left for someone who is a bit taller (5í9+ might find them a bit short) but there is little arm length left (about 1 or 2 inches) so it may be a case of try before you buy for those at the extreme end of the size chart. Having much smaller chest and hips than women means there is plenty of room in this All in one but at the same time it doesnít feel that baggy, it is by no means a tight fit but it doesnít feel like Iím wearing a giant bean bag so to speak.
Rating: 9/10, as said before it will vary from person to person but for me these are a good fit.
Image to show fit
Hopefully this shows off the size of the All in one (no this is not my room)
So now a quick Primark comparison, this wonít be in so much detail (mostly because my Primark pairs are not with me at this very second) but also because there isn't that much difference between the two beyond materials.
No chenille for Primark but standard polar fleece, itís not a bad thing because it will still keep you toasty on those cold nights even though they are much thinner and yes while the Next pair certainly is softer it doesnít mean that the Primark one is not because they certainly are. Itís like comparing the softness of a cat and a mink, yes one is softer than the other but theyíre both really soft. Though Primark is synonymous for cheap clothing the sleepers have held up very well, there is no wear and tear to report and while there is pilling of the material it is expected for a polar fleece product to pill over time. Comparing the two is like comparing an apple with a pear, sort of the same thing but not, there are differences but not in a way that one is ultimately better than the other (if that makes sense).
Rating: 7.5/10, theyíre good but the Next pair just have that little bit extra to consider.
Feet and non-slip soles, these are not super fancy sleepers but rather pretty basic. Feet are feet and thanks to the plastic blobs on the soles you donít slip and slide on hard wood floors, your inner child may be disappointed but it does what it says on the tin. There are some pairs that come with hoods and tails but since my pairs do not I canít comment on them but Iím guessing Iíd say what I said about the hood on the Next pair.
Rating: 9/10, since most of us are looking for footie pajamas with emphasis on the footie they can ultimately claim the prize. No they are not super fancy but they arenít supposed to be.
The one difference is that they come in adult sizes, unless youíre really short or a giant or have a third arm you will find a pair to fit you and they should fit well. Theyíll have extra room so they wonít feel tight and they seem to be generous in the sizing of the feet (at size 5.5 it isnít easy to tell for me so those of you with disproportionate feet may not find this the case). To be honest theyíre basically comparable to the Next pair again.
Rating: 9/10, basically the same as the Next pair. Same type of clothing so what do you expect?
The one thing left to look at is price, £26 (varies according to size of pair ordered) for Next compared to £12 (last year at least) for Primark. Yes one is over twice as expensive but with the quality I have seen here it is worth it, Primark do cheap clothing and we all know that so Iíd say that their sleepers are excellent value for money and probably a bit too cheap in a way. Primark does the business and if youíre a teen who doesnít have much money then go for the Primark ones, the Next pair could almost be seen as an indulgence due to the price tag but if you find that theyíre what youíre after then perhaps donít be afraid to splash out that little extra.
So ask any questions if you have them and I will update the review with pictures in a little bit.
Primark do cheap clothing and we all know that so Iíd say that their sleepers are excellent value for money and probably a bit too cheap in a way. Primark does the business and if youíre a teen who doesnít have much money then go for the Primark ones, the Next pair could almost be seen as an indulgence due to the price tag but if you find that theyíre what youíre after then perhaps donít be afraid to splash out that little extra.
...not to mentioin that Primark is pretty quick in putting them on sale. I remeber going to Primark in Manchester in mid-October last year and buying a camo sleeper for 6 GBP because they were on sale. Some other types were on sale too.
So if you can't afford even the 12 pounds, wait until the colder season has started (but not too late, or the sleepers will all be sold) and check if Primark has put them on sale, then you can sometimes get one for the price of a t-shirt. Not a bad deal really.
A lot of shops have been selling all-in-ones and sleepers since Primark first kicked off the trend here (for example, Topman and ASDA) but they've not had quite the same impact.
I think the key to the success of Primark sleepers amongst ABDLs is that they're very easy to get hold of, the shops are generally chaotic enough that no one will notice what you're buying and they're unbelievably cheap. Most of the 'baby blue' ones I bought from Primark were priced at £5 each. You'd struggle to buy socks for that price...
The Primark ones also have plausible deniability for ABDLs who live with family. It's easier to pass off a £5 sleeper from Primark as something you bought for a laugh than it is for one that might cost upwards of £25...