We went to both places and i would give the following advice if you are only in new york for short stay and want to decide between the two. If you are shopping for children Jersey Gardens is so much better choice wise and prize wise. Overall the bargains are better in Jersey Gardens. Its a 12 mins journey vs an hour journey to Woodbury. Jersey Gardens is all indoors , Woodbury Common is all outdoors. Price wise its only $12 return to Jersey Gardens and approx $40 for Woodbury And it tends to rain alot out there!
On the whole I preferred Jersey Gardens. The bargains, promotion and even selection on sizes was better. You can get a trolley for $5 dollars and bring it around with you. Jersey is quieter too, no queues. Staff are nicer. We had one single friend with us who had no children and she felt Tommy hilfiger in Woodbury had more choice. However Tommy in Woodbury is much more expensive. Give you an example: I brought a jacket in Jersey and with my discount coupon and 60% off it was $68 dollars. Same Jacket in woodbury RRP $150 and there was 30% off and you paid tax on it so the 10% coupon only covered the tax. So the same jacket was $120. I asked the staff why the difference in price and she told me that they had more footfall and didn't need to reduce down the price!! I actually regretted paying the money to go to Woodbury this time. I did enjoy the disney outlet shop and got great deals there but the disney outlet shop is now in Jersey Gardens. The NIKE shop in Jersey is far better than Woodbury. Actually alot of the shops were far better in Jersey.
Overall i really think Woodbury compared to previous years is not offering the same value. Most of the coupons are 10% or 15% off. Compared to 25% off in Jersey. In woodbury alot of the items had no discount on it. Four of us travelled and out of the four only one would return to Woodbury. For the past 6 years we ve arranged a shopping trip every second year and this was our third time at Woodbury and Jersey.. On all three occasions we got saturated in Woodbury. Jersey Gardens is for more pleasureable to shop. Food court is far better. Journey is shorter. On this occasion we went back out to Jersey Gardens the day after woodbury and got the items we had missed far cheaper than woodbury. Enjoy your trip!