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Published Oct. 15, 2021

Hook-and-loop fasteners, more popularly known as “Velcro” straps, come in a variety of designs to fit the wide range of objects that need binding. For example, the laptop, monitor, and printer cords around a desk require Velcro straps of a different length and width than straps strong enough to hold a set of wrenches. 

Some Velcro straps can secure large, bulky items like rugs or foam pads, creating easier storage. Other fasteners have water-resistant glue that holds up in the rain and snow for outdoor use. Velcro cable ties, cinch straps, and other design variations also come in handy for securing bags, hiding spare keys, leashing paddles to kayaks, and many other uses. Take a look at our favorites and get a few tips before deciding on the right strips.  

How We Picked These Products

Methodology

Velcro straps were evaluated based on the strength, adhesive strength, application options, and width and length. 

Strength: Velcro has a maximum weight capacity. Higher capacities offer a wider range of uses. 

Adhesive strength: Straps with an adhesive backing need to be able to hold objects that meet the strap’s maximum weight capacity. 

Application options: Pre-cut straps might be handy but continuous strips let you customize lengths for a wider range of applications.

Width and length: Different widths and lengths work better (or worse) for different uses. I wanted to include both on the list, but all needed strong Velcro.

The Best Velcro Straps: Reviews and Recommendations

Best Overall: VELCRO Brand Heavy Duty Tape with Adhesive

Strong and Versatile

A water-resistant sticky backing allows this strap to be used in a variety of ways, including in inclement weather conditions. Velcro

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Why It Made The Cut: This strap’s strong sticky backing and ten-pound weight limit provide a wide range of uses that make it a standout among straps. 

Specs:

  • Length: 15 feet
  • Width: 2 inches
  • Material: Nylon, thermoplastic elastomer

Pros: 

  • Water-resistant adhesive
  • Long roll
  • Works in temperatures up to 120°F

Cons: 

  • Doesn’t work well on textured surfaces

These Velcro strips’ wide two-inch width is enough for many uses around the home or office. Cut a short strip to secure rugs or a longer strip for holding tools in the garage. The industrial-strength adhesive backing holds tight even in inclement weather. That adhesive stays effective in temperatures up to 120°F. However, it requires a smooth surface, as the texture can cause it to lose its hold. 

Best Value: Strenco 1-Inch Self Adhesive Hook and Loop Strips

Affordable Convenience

This design’s thin profile and longer length allow for a variety of creative (and secure) uses. Strenco

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Why It Made The Cut: The long length of these rolls leaves room for versatile uses that, with the adhesive, creates a Velcro strip that’s great to have on hand. 

Specs:

  • Length: 15 feet
  • Width: 1 inch
  • Material: NA

Pros: 

  • Long length lets you cut custom straps
  • Velcro works well for light applications
  • Strong adhesive

Cons: 

  • Requires a smooth surface for adhesion

You never know what length of Velcro you’ll need, but a long 15-foot strap lets you cut custom lengths for all kinds of applications. These straps from Strenco work well for light objects like cords and securing storage supplies. An adhesive that’s stronger than the price suggests sticks well. However, it has trouble adhering to anything other than smooth surfaces.

Best for Electronics: VELCRO Brand ONE-WRAP Cable Ties

Secured Organization

This Velcro strap streamlines your setup and keeps electronic clutter under control.
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Why It Made The Cut: These thin straps won the runner-up for their versatile use in the home or office, where they can be reused to organize cords behind, in, or under a desk or other furniture. 

Specs:

  • Length: 8 inches
  • Width: ½ inch
  • Material: Nylon

Pros: 

  • Reusable design
  • Can be doubled for large application
  • Pre-cut

Cons: 

  • Lacking quality control with some only 6.5 inches long

These VELCRO Brand cable ties are pre-cut for quick application on wires and cords in the home or office. They function like a reusable zip tie (with Velcro). They’re designed for lightweight use, but many users have found that if they need more width, the ties are strong enough to double for a longer loop. The materials are strong enough for either indoor or outdoor use. 

However, there seem to be some quality-control issues. Some packages arrive with 6.5-inch straps rather than the 8-inch straps advertised.

Best Extra Wide: Black Nylon Onewrap Velcro Strap

Versatile Applications

This strap’s wide width opens doors to different applications, like securing hoses and ropes. Black Nylon

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Why It Made The Cut: This strap strength and versatility put it at the top of the wide-width Velcro straps.

Specs:

  • Length: 10 feet
  • Width: 2 inches
  • Material: Nylon

Pros: 

  • No adhesive
  • Can be cut into sections
  • Wide width works for larger applications

Cons: 

  • A few units have weak hook and loop

This Velcro strap’s extra-wide, two-inch width works well for larger applications, like holding hoses and ropes. It does not have adhesive on one side, which changes how it can be applied. For some, that’s a big pro, but for others, that means this strip won’t necessarily work. The strip is designed to be cut into sections, expanding when and where you can use it. It’s great for an emergency kit in the home or car. 

However, despite all the good things, occasionally, a unit arrives that has weak hooks and loops. 

Best for Outdoor Storage: Heavy-Duty Wrap-It Storage Straps

Tough Storage

This fastener holds tight when the weather gets tough and provides versatile options for different applications. Wrap It

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Why It Made The Cut: This set of straps includes a heavy, 50-pound maximum weight limit and a hanging hook to keep your outdoor storage organized. 

Specs:  

  • Length: 10 to 17 inches
  • Width: 1.5 to 2 inches
  • Material: polypropylene

Pros: 

  • 50-pound weight limit
  • Heavy-duty metal grommet
  • Single pack comes with multiple sizes

Cons: 

  • Some quality control issues

These strong straps from Wrap-It hold an impressive 50 pounds. A heavy-duty metal grommet offers a hanging storage solution, too. This package comes with six straps in three different lengths. We love the versatility and the strength of these straps for the organization possibilities. However, there can be quality control issues. Occasionally, a strap arrives with the stitching off, which can make either the Velcro or the grommet less secure. 

Things to Consider Before Buying a Velcro Straps

 Strap Width and Length

The straps’ width and length determine what types of items they can secure. Shorter, thinner straps work well for cords and cables, offering a discrete way to organize the home. Long, thick Velcro straps can hold camping gear, rugs, and other bulky items. Heavy-duty Velcro, with its extra strength, can secure tools to a workstation or fasten a rug to the floor.

Design

Hook-and-loop fasteners come in many designs, some quite specialized and others that are more general in their use. Double-sided Velcro straps often come in rolls, so you can cut off customized lengths. These straps are usually narrower and meant for small items like cords and cables. Cinch strap designs feature a plastic loop through which you can tighten the strap. This design works well for larger items and those that compress for storage. Other straps are short and designed to hold items like extension cords, garden hoses, or tools.

Attachment Features

Adhesive, carrying handles, D-rings, and grommets are only a few of the attachment features that may be included on the Velcro strap. These features allow you to hang the strap from a hook, attach it to a desk, or use it to secure an item for carrying. If you’ve got a specific purpose in mind, a strap with an attachment feature provides organizational help.

FAQs

Q: What are Velcro straps called?

Velcro is actually a brand rather than the name of the specific product. The official, non-branded name is hook and loop fastener.

Q: Can Velcro wear out?

Velcro’s hooks and loops can wear out over time. Usually, the loops side of the strap begins to fray, so the hooks can no longer adhere.

Q: Does adhesive Velcro stick to fabric?

Adhesive Velcro will only stick to fabric if it’s designed to do so. Those not meant for fabric usually don’t stick to anything but smooth or nearly smooth surfaces.

Final thoughts

One of the best options for general use is the VELCRO Brand Heavy Duty Tape with Adhesive. It’s strong, versatile, and lets you cut custom lengths. However, for heavier duty applications, the Heavy-Duty Wrap-It Storage Straps have a higher maximum weight capacity and a grommet for hanging storage.

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