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- Bellroy makes some of the best wallets and accessories the Insider Reviews team has ever tested.
- Because Bellroy was one of our earliest reviews, we decided to retest its products.
- We’re glad to report that we remain impressed with the quality and value of the products.
We’ve been obsessed with the brand for a while, to the point that we’ve written about them a number of times — we’ve lost count — and tested most of its products. Several Bellroy wallets have made their way into our guide for the best men’s wallets.
Given this expansion, the Insider Reviews team thought it was high time to make sure that Bellroy’s quality has held over the years. Some of us are still using our original wallets from earlier this decade, but are the company’s products still up to par?
In a word, yes. We’re still tremendously impressed by Bellroy’s designs, attention to detail, choice of material, and manufacturing quality. We took a look at a few of the brand’s products; keep reading to see exactly what we thought about each of them.
Check out a few of our favorites, below:
Designer’s Edition Slim Sleeve Wallet
I’ve used the Slim Sleeve ($79) as my primary wallet for a few years now, and it’s held up impressively well. Bellroy has since developed “Designer’s Editions” of a few of its products, so I figured it couldn’t hurt to compare the “DE” Slim Sleeve to the original.
Like the original Slim Sleeve, the Designer’s Edition is a well-designed, clever wallet, which makes the most of its small footprint to hold cash and 4–12 cards, but still fit comfortably in a front pocket. The leather is definitely an upgrade, with enhanced details. It would make a great gift for a guy’s birthday, or something like a graduation or Father’s Day. That said, the original edition is still excellent, and at $60 less expensive, it’s probably a better option for most people. — David Slotnick, senior transportation reporter
Slim Sleeve Wallet
This wallet is a workhorse that lasts a long time. I used the Slim Sleeve for four years, and after putting it through some extensive abuse, it was finally time to say goodbye and replace it with a new one. The wallet is the perfect size to fit in my front pocket and carry all the cards and cash I need. It accommodates pounds and Euros pretty well, too, so it’s also a great travel companion. I’m glad to see that Bellroy still has the same great leather and sturdy stitching. —Breton Fischetti, VP of Insider Reviews
Bellroy Apex Sleeve Wallet
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. —Amir Ismael, senior reporter, Insider Reviews
If I don’t have to carry a large bag with me, I try not to. There are only a few things I really need for events or nights out: ID, credit card, keys, cash, and small makeup items. This clutch is the slim, well-designed accessory to hold and organize it all.
I like the dedicated slots to keep my cards separated and ready to access in seconds, and my favorite feature is the floating central divider with a magnetic closure. You can store escape-prone essentials like your phone or coins here, but I personally use it only for my very important apartment key. Loop it around your wrist for extra security and comfort, and you’re on your way to a night that doesn’t end with a frantic game of lost-and-found. — Connie Chen, senior reporter, Insider Reviews
This tote bag feels virtually indestructible and has saved me on countless crappy-weather commutes. The laptop sleeve is a little tight with the case I have on my 13-inch laptop, but it still fits. There are clever internal and external pockets that make it easy to find and reach the little stuff that tends to float around my bag, including a pop-out pocket that I can put a water bottle or pair of flats into easily. But what I love most is that there’s a zippered top to protect my stuff from inclement weather, and the nylon outer doesn’t stay wet for long. —Sally Kaplan, executive editor, Insider Reviews
I was so confident that this wallet was all I needed when I traveled to Italy the last time that I left my day-to-day wallet at home. It fit two passports, two boarding passes, cash, four cards, hotel keys, and I still had room to keep the cute little notebook and pen it came with tucked in. It made getting through all the airport check-in and security processes easier and smoother since I could hold everything that my partner and I would need to hand over all in one place.
For what it’s worth, I had gotten a really beautiful (but minimal) passport and ticket holder during the holidays in anticipation of my trip to Italy, but I ended up liking the versatility of this Bellroy travel wallet so much that I don’t even know if I’ll ever use that passport holder. A small reminder that sometimes function outweighs fashion. — Sally Kaplan, executive editor, Insider Reviews
This wallet doesn’t fit my giant iPhone Plus, but I’d still give it the distinction of being the perfect size. It fits all my essential cards and cash, and could comfortably fit a passport if needed. It has two vertical slots for easy access to cards (I keep my credit and debit cards in one, and transportation and laundry cards in the other) and central “divider floats” that work like extra pockets when necessary and keep the rest of the wallet flexible.
There’s no separate pocket for change, but the slender shape is worth the chance of occasional inconvenience. All in all, it’s the perfect solution for someone like me who only wants to leave the house with the essentials — but may occasionally need more wiggle room than a card case. — Mara Leighton, senior reporter
Phone Case — 3 Cards
I treat my phone like a wallet; typically I use a folio-style case, but those can be bulky. Bellroy’s 3-card phone case is only slightly larger than a regular case, and I can easily fit a credit card, ID, and MetroCard in it, with room to spare. At first, I was nervous that the trap-door mechanism wasn’t as reliable as a folio case, but it’s held up great. And I appreciate the added benefit of being able to use it as a kickstand to prop my phone up when needed. — Lauren Lyons Cole, former Director of Personal Finance Insider
I got the Folio Wallet in a bright, burnt orange color called “Tangelo,” which was a bold move since I typically stick with neutrals. I wasn’t disappointed with my decision and was surprised to see that the bright color still looked sharp enough to take into professional environments. Though the outward appearance of the wallet was certainly a draw, the utility is the true star. The wallet holds up to 16 cards; even when I filled it to the brim, it held its shape and didn’t show any signs of bulging that you see in other overly stuffed accessories. The fact that I can carry it in my purse or as a clutch is another big selling point for me. — Megan Foster, former Insider Reviews intern
The Bellroy Sling is a unisex bag that can be worn across your chest, over your back, or conveniently over your shoulder. It has 7 liters of storage space and a compactible design for when you don’t need to use the full capacity. Other useful features include double-sided zippers so you can easily open it whether you’re a lefty or righty, a magnetic clasp on the strap for quick removal, a microfiber-lined pocket for sunglasses, and an interior key hook. Read our full review on the Bellroy Sling here. — Amir Ismael, senior reporter, Insider Reviews
Senior Reporter, Airlines
David is a Senior Transportation Reporter for Business Insider. He primarily covers airlines and air travel.
A native New Yorker and avid photographer, David previously covered travel, credit-card rewards, and frequent-flyer programs.