Comb Binding vs. Wire Binding – Which Binding Method Should I Use?

In the battle of the document binding styles, which one wins?

Well there is certainly no one size fits all – the right binding choice for your document depends on a host of factors.

Including the purpose of your document, page length, budget and more.

In this post, we’ve considered two popular binding methods – comb binding and wire binding.


Comb Binding

Comb Binding

Comb binding is a a popular method of office document binding.

A plastic comb is placed through square punched holes to hold the document together.

Why choose comb binding?

  • Lightweight
  • Easily add extra pages
  • Document lies flat
  • A5, A4 or A3 sized
  • Various comb sizes and colours available

Comb binding is ideal for:

  • Sales proposals
  • Reports
  • Manuals
  • Reference documents

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Wire Binding (aka Wiro Binding)

Wire Binding

Wire binding (also known as wiro binding) is a professional binding method which uses a circular wire to securely bind a document together.

Why choose wire binding?

  • Document lies flat
  • Pages can turn 360 degrees
  • Lightweight
  • Permanent and secure
  • A5, A4 or A3 sized
  • Various wire sizes and colours available

Wire binding is ideal for:

  • Sales proposals
  • Reports
  • Portfolios
  • Essays & assignments
  • Reference documents

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Comb Binding vs. Wire Binding

Comb Binding vs. Wire Binding Winner

Most Professional Appearance: Wire Binding
Most Durable: Wire Binding
Most Flexible When Reading: Wire Binding
Most Affordable: Comb Binding
Most Updatable: Comb Binding

Drum roll please, the verdict is in…

Wire Binding comes out trumps for it’s professional look, durability and flexibility when reading.

However comb binding is a more affordable option, with the added benefit of being updatable.

So if you are watching those purse strings, or you think you’ll need to update your document in future, opt for comb binding instead.


Example Spec: Comb Binding vs. Wire Binding

Please note: these prices are correct as of April 7th 2016.

No. of Copies: 20
No. of Pages: 50
Paper Size: A4
Paper Weight: 90gsm or 100gsm
Printed sides: Double Sided
Outer Front Cover: Clear Acetate
Front Cover: Colour On White Card
Back Cover: Plain White Card

In black and white:

Comb binding price per copy: £2.07
Wire binding price per copy: £2.29

In colour:

Comb binding price per copy: £7.11
Wire binding price per copy: £7.87


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