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Best Bubble Wrap 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]

Last Updated December 1, 2018
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Billy JacobsHi! My name is Billy Jacobs. After putting in 34+ hours of research and testing, I made a list of the best bubble wrap of 2018 and explained their differences and advantages.

In fact, it was the first time I had been in this situation and what I thought was going to be a very quick and easy task turned out to be a good many weeks of research. I hope that my Top 3 list will provide you great options in buying the right fit for you.

Let’s get to it!

Best Bubble Wrap of 2018

The above tidbits will bring you closer to selecting bubble wrap that best serves your needs and as per your budget. You must have heard that the best bubble wrap should allow you to save money, right? Sure, but that’s not the only reason you should consider getting one.

I have taken the initiative to educate you on the top three best bubble wrap that you can buy this year. Following is the list of top three bubble wrap of 2018.

Test Results and Ratings

Rank №1 №2 №3
Product
Total 4.8 4.5 4.3
Style
5 points
4 points
5 points
Size
4 points
5 points
4 points
Durability
5 points
5 points
4 points
Price
5 points
4 points
4 points
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№1 – UBOXES Bubble Cushioning Wrap Small 3/16″ Thick air Bubbles Easy Tears every 12″

 
UBOXES Bubble Cushioning Wrap Small 3/16

Pros
Small Bubble Cushioning 3/16″ Thick bubbles
Perforated every 12″ for easy tearing
High Quality Durable, Water and Dirt Resistant, Tear and Puncture Resistant
Cons
Absolutely no frills
 
Total:
4.8

Why did this bubble wrap win the first place?

I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. The material is stylish, but it smells for the first couple of days. I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing!

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Style
5

5star

Size
4

4star

Durability
5

5star

Price
5

5star

 

 

№2 – Duck Brand Bubble Wrap Roll

 
Duck Brand Bubble Wrap Roll

Pros
Original Bubble Wrap cushioning roll features 3/16 inch height small size bubbles
Conforms easily around delicate and valuable items during moving, mailing and storage
Features Air Lock Technology nylon barrier seal to hold air longer and protect items better
Cons
Inconsistent results.
Expensive more then others and featured a bit less then other in our high-end picks.
 
Total:
4.5

Why did this bubble wrap come in second place?

I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price. The design quality is top notch and the color is nice. The material is pretty strong and easy to wash if needed. I recommend you to consider buying this model, it definitely worth its money.

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Style
4

4star

Size
5

5star

Durability
5

5star

Price
4

4star

 

 

№3 – peng 175′ Small Bubble Cushioning Wrap 3/16

 
peng 175' Small Bubble Cushioning Wrap 3/16

Pros
Small-size bubbles 3/16″ perforated every 12″, protect fragile items from damage while moving
One roll 175′
Made in USA
Cons
It is huge and heavy weight.
High cost.
 
Total:
4.3

Why did this bubble wrap take third place?

This price is appropriate since the product is very well built. We are very pleased with the purchase — the product is great! It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment.

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Style
5

5star

Size
4

4star

Durability
4

4star

Price
4

4star

 

 

Bubble Wrap Buyer’s Guide

If you keep the before points in mind, you can easily go out to the market and buy bubble wrap, right? No!

Roll width

Bubble wrap comes in rolls, usually 12”, 24”, and 48” widths. We need to decide how wide you want the roll to be, which depends on how you’ll be using it. Are you wrapping large framed artwork or office supplies? To minimize using excess wrap, we recommend you get the widest roll needed and you can cut it down for smaller items.

All the bubble wrap we stock is perforated every 12” to make your life easier. Have you ever tried cutting bubble with a knife or scissors? Not efficient, and not nearly as fun as popping bubble in your spare time. Luckily, the perforations are durable and won’t just break without human force. You can truly customize each item you pack by ripping at the “perf” (packaging lingo, now go impress someone else).

Roll length

Last but not least, how much bubble wrap do you need? We have rolls as small as 100’ long (if you were to unroll it), which come in a nice corrugated dispenser box, perfect for the small business or moving customer. Since All Packaging has a significant following of industrial and business customers, we also stock 250’ (large bubbles) and 750’ rolls (small bubbles). Incidentally, both rolls are about the same overall size!

We hate to burst your bubble…

Sealed Air claims the new version is more compact, and easier to ship and store than the old one as it is delivered without the air inside. Companies hoping to try it will have to use a pump supplied by Sealed Air to inflate sheets themselves.

What you’ll need

Begin filling your boxes with items you won’t be using before your move. Some suggestions include photos, books, out-of-season clothing, linens, fine china and board games.

Here are some packing suggestions gleaned from expert movers:

You’re now well on your way to your new home with all your belongings in the same condition as they were at your previous residence.

Shaq played it safe on Sunday.

Days after stumbling off of the “Inside the NBA” set on TNT, Shaquille O’Neal was back in his seat at the edge of the desk Sunday night, wrapped in bubble wrap just in case he took another tumble.

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While needling O’Neal about his spill, Ernie Johnson — ever the straight man on “Inside” — reported on how security footage from before the fall showed Kenny Smith tampering with O’Neal’s seat, wrapping the wire from his microphone around the base of the chair which supposedly caused the big man to go down.

TNT had the Clippers-Rockets game on Sunday, and Shaq did his analyst thing while his head and shoulders were enveloped in bubble wrap. Johnson acted as if nothing was unusual, even as Shaq tore off the packing materials and swatted away at a camera operator.

We’ll see what Shaq unpacks on Monday night — TNT has a doublheader with the Hawks and Wizards and Warriors and Grizzlies.

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Product details

This bubble wrap provides medium duty protection that is ideal for shipping items of lighter weight. It features bubble cushion which is lightweight, ensuring minimal shipping cost. The bubble wrap comes in a roll and is perforated every 1inches to facilitate easy and straight tearing.

Durably constructed to retain air.

You can rely on Sealed Air Wraps to protect important item. Thanks to superior construction, Sealed Air bubbles retain air longer. You get cushioning protection you can trust from a leading packaging and shipping supplies manufacturer.

Insulation

Senior editor Martin Holladay was next, picking up the “snake oil” theme and going on to say any claim that bubble wrap is the equivalent of R-duct insulation is a “scam and a fraud.” He specifically cited a company called Reflectix, which makes a 5/16-inch thick material consisting of bubble-wrap plastic between layers of reflective material. “According to ASTM

American Society for Testing and Materials. Not-for-profit international standards organization that provides a forum for the development and publication of voluntary technical standards for materials, products, systems, and services. Originally the American Society for Testing and Materials.

C51tests commissioned by Reflectix, the product has an R-value

Measure of resistance to heat flow; the higher the R-value, the lower the heat loss. The inverse of U-factor. of 1.04,” Holladay wrote. “(Reflectix does not mention this R-value of 1.0on its Web site; however, it can be found in a laboratory report available from the company on request.)”

Installation is the key to performance

As Holladay points out, the R-insulating value is based on the complete assembly, not the material alone. In tests conducted by the ICC Evaluation Service, the bubble wrap was installed over a continuous 3/4-inch air space around the duct. “In fact,” he added, “the reported R-derives to a large extent from the air space, not the Reflectix.”

An installer would have to apply 3/4-inch spacers every two feet along the ducts to get the intended performance. “Most HVAC contractors are likely to consider the construction of a three-dimensional site-built air space around installed ductwork to be labor-intensive and awkward, especially considering the difficulties of working around hanger straps,” Holladay wrote. “Moreover, the R-value of the assembly depends on the long-term maintenance of the 3/4-inch air space; if the Reflectix ever sags, the R-value of the assembly will drop.”

Maintaining an air space on one side of a reflective barrier is essential to performance, Robert Riversong added. “Reflective ‘insulations’ work best with downward-flowing heat, such as from roofs to attics or from floor to cellar,” he said. “It’s possible to get as much as R-or R-in a floor with one foil surface enclosing a 4″ air space. As soon as you tilt the air space above 45° toward vertical, internal convection undermines the radiant benefit.”

Although the physics of radiant barriers is relatively simple, he added, “much of the manufacturer promotion is hype.”

How to pack your road bike

To pack your bike, you’ll need the relevant bike breaking-down tools, pipe lagging/bubble wrap, zipties/toe straps, a rag, some spare cardboard and duct tape. If you can get those plastic fork/rear end spacers from the local bike shop then all the better. It’s worth mentioning though that many of the latest bike bags and boxes include many of these packing accessories as standard, so check the spec before you buy.

It’s also worth mentioning that the process for packing your bike varies from bike bag or box: for example, Scicon AeroComfort bags don’t need you to remove handlebars, saddle or seatpost. So read the manual it came with first.

Remove the wheels

Remove the wheels, deflate the tyres slightly as it’ll be going in the airplane’s hold (don’t deflate them too much as this can cause rim damage if the bag gets dropped). Take out the quick-release skewers and tape them to the spokes, or stash them safely in any bag pockets available. 

If you have plastic fork/rear triangle spacers (which come with new, boxed bikes and forks – your local bike shop might let you have some), put them in place.

Remove the rear derailleur

If you’re not taking off the rear mech, use a derailleur shield

Remove the rear hanger and derailleur, and then tighten the hanger bolt so as not to lose it in transit. Wrap the mech in bubble wrap or a rag and strap it between the rear stays, so that the hanger doesn’t get bent or the chain slap around against the frame.

Get the cranks and chainrings into position

Turn the cranks parallel and pad the bottom of the chainring. Add foam padding (pipe laggin g can be bought from your local DIY store) to the main tubes and anywhere else likely to get scratched in transit.

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Time Vs. Money

It is good to save money. In fact, it is better than good to save money. However, sometimes cost-saving efforts can take more time than they are worth.

For example, if you were selling small pocket mirrors and your procedure might be: organza gift bag, bubble wrap around mirror, ribbon and then envelope. Take a step back and try to think of any steps that could be combined or eliminated. Even better, find material that can multi-task. Cutting bubble wrap to size and taping takes more time than simply slipping the product into an envelope lined with thicker bubble wrap.

If you are frequently shipping art prints, it would be advisable to buy stay flat mailers and cardboard panels (to be sure the envelope will stay flat). This will save you hours of cutting out cardboard and taping.

Unfortunately I have seen some people using cut up pieces of cardboard and then wrapping with brown kraft paper. Knowing the volume of material that these people are sending out, they would save lot of time would be saved if they invested in packing materials. It is great if you can get these materials for free, but in the end you are paying more with your time.

Another time waster is writing out addresses by hand. If possible, weigh your item at home and print out a label with your printer. You can receive discounts printing your postage online, and tracking is free for priority mail packages.

If you are shipping internationally frequently, filling out customs forms by hand can get old pretty quick. You can print Priority Mail and Express Mail international postage from Paypal, but not for First Class Parcel International.

Expensive and High-Value Items

Always do your research and never rush to ship a high-value item. If you are shipping jewelry, be sure to get an appraisal so you have documentation of the value in case you need to file an insurance claim with your chosen service. Make sure you have proof of the cost of your item, i.e. a purchase receipt or appraisal from a qualified person.

One method of shipping high value items is using an option from the USPS called registered mail. Registered mail is an option which is added on either First Class or Priority Mail. Make sure to also add insurance and signature confirmation to your package. Signature confirmation is very important.

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How To Get Sellers to Mail Your Package Without Plastic

Make an Offer.

Since putting up the petition, I have received a few questions/critiques, which I will address here because I hope everyone will sign this petition and forward it to your contacts and friends.

Bubblewrap is necessary, because if the package is damaged then the seller is liable.  No one wants a damaged package, but there are plastic-free alternatives. Shipping insurance companies such as U-pic will not ask if you used bubble wrap. And USPS priority domestic boxes now come with insurance which is great for sellers and buyers. International non-flat rate priority boxes also include insurance.  Maybe there are some cases where bubble wrap is justified, such as with rare antiques, or you have a stockpile of bubble wrap to reuse.  And bubble wrap does not prevent all damage. One example is a box that was shipped to me with a glass bottle of liquid. The mailer received back a flattened box stained with elderberry tincture after the box was run over by a mail truck.

Two rail protection ideas.

For protecting your rails either buy an insulation foam tube or foam protection that carpenters use for protecting furniture edges during transport. The later can be put on the rails right away, some even have small sticky glue bubbles on the inside so they stick to the rail. If you use a foam tube buy one that is a few inches longer than your board. Then cut it in half lengthwise but leave the top joined. Stick your board into the split tube so the joined part sits on the nose and the cut tube runs down the rails.

 

 

 

 

How to save up to 86%? Here is little trick.

You must visit the page of sales. Here is the link. If you don’t care about which brand is better, then you can choose the Bubble Wrap by the price and buy from the one who will offer the greatest discount.

 

 

Final Word

First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.

Most important, have fun and choose your Bubble Wrap wisely! Good luck!

So, TOP3 of Bubble Wrap

 

 

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