- Whether you need to carry a ton of cash or prefer mostly cards, Insider Reviews has you covered with our guide to the best men's and masculine-style wallets.
- While our favorite is the Bellroy Slim Sleeve, each wallet on this list is a solid option for holding onto your cards and cash.
A wallet is a must-have accessory; but unlike most other essentials in your wardrobe, a great wallet can last for many years.
Wallets come in many different sizes, colors, and configurations. But so long as you don't skimp on quality, picking the perfect wallet for yourself really comes down to your lifestyle and your personal preferences.
Whether you need a wallet for lots of cash or want the added security of RFID-blocking technology for your credit cards, we've rounded up all of the best wallets for whatever your needs may be.
Insider Reviews' choice for the number one wallet is the Bellroy Slim Sleeve. Of course, we realize that different people have different needs, so we've researched and tested plenty of other options. Below, take a look at the best men's and masculine-style wallets you can find.
Here are the best men's and masculine-style wallets you can buy:
- Best wallet overall: Bellroy Slim Sleeve
- Best RFID-blocking wallet: Bellroy Apex Sleeve
- Best minimalist wallet: Nomatic BASICS
- Best wallet for cash: Bellroy Note Sleeve
- Best wallet for a lot of cards: The Ridge Wallet
- Best money clip: M-Clip V Series Money Clip
Updated on 11/10/2020 by Amir Ismael: Added a best RFID-blocking option and new a pick for best for cash. Updated what else we've considered section. We are aware that Bellroy dominates this list in many categories. While they've rightfully earned their spots on this list, we are currently testing and researching other brands for potential new picks and overall brand variety.
The best wallet overall
The gorgeous Bellroy Slim Sleeve Wallet fits everything you need in a slim, efficient profile.
Pros: Slim, sleek, holds a lot, ethically sourced leather, simple design
Cons: You have to fold bills to fit them in
Bellroy is a relatively young company that released its first product in 2010. Founded by a few friends in Australia who set out to design optimal wallets in terms of size and card positioning, Bellroy has since released several different series of wallets for just about any use. You may remember seeing some of those wallets mentioned on Insider Reviews before.
The Slim Sleeve wallet is built using Bellroy's "nude" approach, focusing on eliminating as much excess material as possible to keep the profile slim. There are no buckles, trimmings, snaps, buttons, or fasteners. The only materials are leather and thread, with as little of each used as possible.
The bifold style can hold up to 12 cards plus cash. It has a total of four pockets: three for cards, one for bills. The two quick access card slots inside the wallet are perfect for your everyday credit card or commuter pass — I can pull my subway card out without having to take the wallet out of my pocket.
As far as materials go, the Slim Sleeve is excellent. Bellroy is a certified B Corp, a designation given to companies that meet rigorous standards for "social and environmental performance." What this means is that Bellroy sources its leather and materials ethically and sustainably. The leather is high-quality top grain, soft yet sturdy, and comes in several different colors. — David Slotnick
Read our full review on Bellroy wallets here.
The best RFID-blocking wallet
With RFID-blocking technology and a fully sealed magnetic perimeter, the Bellroy Apex Sleeve is just as secure physically as it is from electronic theft.
Pros: Durable, secure, RFID-blocking technology
Cons: Limited space for cash
Regardless of what type of wallet you prefer, choosing one that has RFID-blocking technology is always a good idea. RFID, which stands for radio frequency identification, refers to the information associated with your credit and debit cards. It is possible for tech-savvy thieves to nab your information without ever physically stealing your wallet, but RFID-blocking technology prevents it.
Many different wallets utilize RFID-blocking technology, but the Bellroy Apex Sleeve is our favorite choice because of the security it provides. The Apex Sleeve is made from molded leather, so it holds its shape. It also has a magnetic clasp, so the full perimeter of the wallet is sealed. The RFID-blocking technology makes this wallet secure, but the molded leather and strong magnetic clasp make it feel even more impenetrable. You won't ever have to worry about the contents of your wallet accidentally falling out.
There's room for 6-8 cards and a few folded bills. If you regularly carry a large number of bills, though, this might not be the best choice for you. — Amir Ismael
The best minimalist wallet
The Nomatic Slim Wallet uses a clever design to hold the basics, takes up as little space as possible, and keeps the essentials easy-to-reach.
Pros: Minimalist, holds a lot considering its size, fun colors, easy access with pull tab
Cons: Only holds a little bit of cash, which has to be folded twice
Nomatic got its start on Kickstarter when cousins Jon Richards and Jacob Durham designed their minimalist wallet and crowdfunded its production in 2014. The Kickstarter campaign was a runaway success, and they met their fundraising goal of $10,000 in just a few days. By the end of the 30 day pledge period, Richards and Durham had more than 6,100 backers pledging $171,315. Since then, Nomatic has evolved to offer a few different products, as well as expand production.
The Nomatic Slim Wallet has a little more going on than its name might suggest. Built from medical-grade elastic and canvas, it doesn't even look like it can hold a credit card until you stretch it to fit — but the key to this wallet is how you load it. Nomatic actually made a video showing you the most efficient way to use it. In each of the two card pockets, it's best to keep your most-used cards on the outside of the stack of cards. That way, you can get to them quickly. The wallet holds up to 15 cards, and Nomatic suggests putting at least four cards in it so that everything stays secure. — David Slotnick
The best wallet for cash
If you prefer cash over cards, the Bellroy Note Sleeve will quite literally fit the bill.
Pros: Lots of space for bills, fits taller bills from different countries, coin holder, quality leather
Cons: None to speak of
When searching for the best wallet for cash, not only did we take into consideration how many bills it can hold, but we also considered which types of bills it can hold. The aptly named Bellroy Note Sleeve fit checked off all of our boxes for bills.
With a 4.02 inch height, the Bellroy Note Wallet can hold US dollars, Australian dollars, and taller bills like British pounds and euros. If you frequently travel or simply live in a country that has taller bills, you'll appreciate it. Plus, it has a coin holder, for all of your non-paper currency.
Although I haven't done much traveling lately, I appreciated that my US dollars were completely out of sight when in the Bellroy Note Sleeve. Although low-profile wallets are designed to accommodate US dollar bills, I've found that they can still stick out of the top when you have a lot of bills. I was able to fit more than 10 bills in the Note Wallet without a problem.
You'll also find ample sleeves for your essential cards, and a coin pocket for all that change you'll be getting back from spending cash. — Amir Ismael
The best wallet for lots of cards
Designed to carry everything you need and nothing you don't, The Ridge Wallet features a durable aluminum body and elastic straps that expand to hold up to 12 cards.
Pros: Slim, incredibly durable, built to last
Cons: Only fits a small amount of cash
If you just want something simple, straightforward, and high quality, consider The Ridge Wallet. Rather than being made of leather, like most wallets, it's made of a durable aluminum material.
The slim design allows for up to 12 cards, which makes it the perfect wallet for getting rid of clutter while still carrying all of your essentials.
Your cards slide into the wallet at the top and can be accessed by pushing up on the cutout at the bottom. They'll come out in a fanning motion, and from there, you can easily grab whichever card you need.
The back of the wallet is where you'll find the cash strap or money clip. I personally prefer the cash strap because it seems a little more secure than the clip design. And, when you're not carrying any cash, it doubles as a good spot to keep things you'd want quicker access to, like a metro card or bus tickets.
Even at full capacity, the wallet is slim enough to comfortably fit in your front pocket. — Amir Ismael
Read our full review on The Ridge Wallet here.
The best money clip
More than just a folded piece of metal, the M-Clip V Series will last a long time and will never lose your cash or cards.
Pros: Minimalist, holds a lot, well-built, great customer service
Cons: Bulkier than some money clips
Money clips are so simple that you might not realize there is much difference between them. However, which clip you pick can mean the difference between having a money clip that bends or stretches after six months and starts dropping your cash, or one that lasts a lifetime.
The M-Clip V series falls into the latter category. More than just a simple folded piece of metal, the V series has an opening mechanism. To add or remove something, you just slide the lever bars back, making the clip look a bit like a clothespin. You pinch them to open the clip, and when you're done, slide them back down to close it.
The V Series money clip is a little bulkier than some flatter clips, but it makes up for that by using a lightweight aircraft-grade aluminum. The spring mechanism is made with precision-machined stainless steel and is heat tempered to add to durability.
The inside of the clip is padded with Neoprene rubber grips — between these and the opening mechanism, there's virtually no chance of anything falling out of the clip. M-Clip says you can hold six to eight cards and at least eight to ten bills, which should be plenty for most needs. — David Slotnick
What else we considered
Ledlenser Lite Wallet, $79.95
Ledlenser is known for its powerful LED flashlights, headlamps, and lanterns, but the brand also makes a wallet with a built-in flashlight. While I was very impressed with the flashlight and emergency lantern, the wallet ultimately fell short. I initially thought it would be a good alternative for people who don't have smartphones, but the battery takes up a majority of the space in the wallet. Once it's filled with cards and cash it becomes extremely bulky. Most people do have smartphones with a flashlight function, but if you don't, I think it's better to go without it than to have such limited space in your wallet. — Amir Ismael
Gucci Signature Wallet, $430
It feels a bit counterintuitive to recommend a wallet that's so expensive (after all, this is where you store your cash), but we realize that designer items have a special place in some people's hearts. Although I personally wouldn't have spent my own money on this wallet, my girlfriend gifted this Gucci wallet to me about two-and-a-half years ago and it's held up wonderfully.
The leather is high-quality and the Gucci print is understated, which can't be said of all designer wallets. I also like that the wallet is embossed, rather than a printed graphic that likely would have faded away by now.
Since this is the wallet I use most often, I've tested it against many of the others in this list, and the only reason I don't recommend it as a top pick is simply that the value doesn't compare to that of Bellroy or the others. — Amir Ismael
Polo Ralph Lauren Pebbled Leather Billfold, $100
Ralph Lauren is one of my favorite brands to shop for timeless clothing, and their small leather goods and accessories are just as reliable in terms of style and quality. I had a similar Ralph Lauren leather billfold to the one listed above and I used it daily for nearly 8 years before replacing it with the Gucci wallet.
To be completely honest, I'd probably still be using it if I was never gifted a new one. The leather and stitching has held up well, and it's not nearly as expensive as some other designer options. But even so, it's still not as great of a value as our best overall pick. — Amir Ismael
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