Best D-Ring Binders in 2020



AmazonBasics Heavy-Duty D-Ring Binder - 4 Inch, Black, 2-Pack Review:


My kids use these binders to keep their school work and all papers for each term. They are always full by the end of the term, and often the clips no longer line up and make it hard to close the rings without moving each paper over by hand. The paper ends up catching. These binders are heavy duty but cost less then what I paid at an office supply store for their brand. Very pleased to have a two pack! Will continue to buy these from now on.



AmazonBasics Heavy-Duty D-Ring Binder - 3 Inch, Black, 2-Pack Review:


My kids use these binders to keep their school work and all papers for each term. They are always full by the end of the term, and often the clips no longer line up and make it hard to close the rings without moving each paper over by hand. The paper ends up catching. These binders are heavy duty but cost less then what I paid at an office supply store for their brand. Very pleased to have a two pack! Will continue to buy these from now on.



Cardinal 11-Inch x 17-Inch ClearVue Slant-D Ring Binder, 3-Inch, White (22142V3) Review:


I needed a large format binder to hold some oversized sketches. This binder is perfect. The rings open and close easily - there's no fight to open it. The rings also close completely so the items stored don't slip out of the rings. I store it horizontally, so I don't know if the pages warp when stored vertically or not - I just haven't tried.



Case-it Mighty Zip Tab 3-Inch Zipper Binder, Blue, D-146-BLU Review:


August 2013: I normally wouldn't write a review for a binder that has ~134 reviews, but this has gotten some negative reviews and I feel this is a good binder. I have 2 kids going into 7th and 9th grade and they need "giant" binders because every teacher wants them to have a tabbed section for their class. So, I have had experience looking for binders that are 3.5" wide at the spine, or larger, for 3 years. This is my 4th year. These types/styles binders are not always the most durable. Twice, I've had to purchase a new binder 1/2 way through the school year or sooner. My kids haven't used these yet, but just looking at this binder, it seems more durable than many I've seen and/or purchased. The 3 rings, and the "tabs" on the top and bottom for opening the rings, are metal. Last year, my sons' binders had metal rings but the tabs were plastic, so, of course, they broke. This shouldn't be a problem with the metal "tabs."

The hard cardboard or plastic (I don't know what it is) that makes the front and back covers stiff, and is covered with the "fabric" is quite stiff. I'd say stiffer than some past notebooks my son's have used. So I expect it to hold up better than some past binders.

This notebook also has a nice handle along the spine, as well as a long, adjustable strap, for carrying the binder, if you don't want to put it in your backpack.

As far as this binder not fitting into a backpack when several large textbooks are present (as another reviewer stated), the solution is to purchase a large backpack with a large base/bottom. For example, this binder fits just fine, with room for at least 3 text books in the Dakine 33-Litre Campus Pack Dakine 33-Litre Campus Pack and Dakine Campus Laptop Backpack whose base/bottom measures 9.5"X8" and widens to 13" in the middle. A school backpack's base size is important, not so much the volume. I know this because I've tried other packs that had the same, or larger, volume. But they didn't work as well for school packs because its the base/bottom size that is more important for carrying books (as opposed to camping, hiking, etc.) So get the right pack.

i do agree with a previous reviewer, that the accordion file section is a waste of space. But, it doesn't take up that much room and can easily be cut out with scissors.

UPDATE (October): 1 quarter down (and 3 to go) and these binders are still looking good and functioning as they are supposed to. No problems with the rings. No fraying or missing edging. No rips/tears/etc.

UPDATE (December): Well, the semester is almost over (1 week to go) and this binder has held up like a trooper. And boy do I mean that. My high school freshman has his jam packed. And, when I say "jam packed," I mean it is full to it's limits! Over Winter Break we will go through it and file away things he doesn't think he needs anymore in his desk, so he has room to "jam pack" it during the second semester. All bindings and everything are still intact. The 3 metal rings are still working.

UPDATE: May, 2014: School will be out in 3 weeks and this binder is still going strong! My kids might even be able to use it next school year. Great purchase and value!

UPDATE: January 2015: My younger son is using his same binder from last year and we are through the 1st semester and it's still going strong! My older son wanted a new binder (Actually 2 smaller ones because he has "A" and "B" days in high school and that way he only needs to carry 1 smaller binder, for 3-4 classes each day, rather than one large binder for 6 classes. I bought him 2 of the same brand, just smaller/thinner.) But "oooh" and "ahhh" to THIS binder. 1.5 years and still going strong!

Final update: March 2016: I only buy this brand for my boys now. They are truly amazing. My younger son used his 1st one for 1.5 school years and then something happened to the rings (which might have been his fault - I'm still skeptical), so I bought him a new one. If I was in a financial "pinch" he would have kept using it, as it was more annoying that unusable. Since this initial purchase, I have bought this brand from Amazon in various sizes, depending on my kids' needs, and they are all equally durable.

Thank you Case It for finally making a durable binder in a variety of colors and sizes!



Cardinal 1.5" D-Ring Presentation View Binders, 3-Ring Binder, Holds 375 Sheets, Nonstick, PVC-Free, Assorted, Black, Red, Blue, Green, 4 Pack (29300) Review:


These are a little better than economy binders, have the nice D-rings, and clear sleeve covers. The downside for me was I received 2” binders instead. I’ll use them at some point but the inconvenience of having to reorder to get the right size after the semester started is frustrating.



Cardinal 1.5" D-Ring Presentation View Binders, 3-Ring Binders, Holds 375 Sheets, Nonstick Poly Material, PVC-Free, White, 4 Pack (29400) Review:


These are a little better than economy binders, have the nice D-rings, and clear sleeve covers. The downside for me was I received 2” binders instead. I’ll use them at some point but the inconvenience of having to reorder to get the right size after the semester started is frustrating.



Avery Heavy Duty View 3 Ring Binder, 4" One Touch Slant Ring, Holds 8.5" x 11" Paper, 1 White Binder (79704) Review:


These binders are perfect for my purposes. The sheet protectors I use for 8.5x11" pages are completely covered by the front and back binder panels. Those panels also completely cover the tabs on the page dividers that usually extend beyond the edges of the binder. This is a big deal. The surprising thing is that the front and back panels are the exact same size as other binders I've tried that are not wide enough to cover the same sheet protectors and same tabbed page dividers. Measuring from the crease (i.e., hinge) where the panels join the 3" wide spine to the opposite long edge is exactly 11.25". The trick is that the manufacturer (Avery) has redesigned the shape of the rings and mounted the ring mechanism on the back panel about a 1/2" closer to the spine. The result is that the tabs on the page dividers absolutely do not stick out! The reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is because the dimensions in the item description are not even close to reality -- so it's been hit or miss for me to get the proper binder that will completely cover the tabs. Even the video posted on Amazon of these binders show the page divider tabs STICKING OUT. Someone at Amazon or Avery should correct these errors.



Avery Heavy Duty View 3 Ring Binder, 3" One Touch Slant Ring, Holds 8.5" x 11" Paper, 1 White Binder (79793) Review:


These binders are perfect for my purposes. The sheet protectors I use for 8.5x11" pages are completely covered by the front and back binder panels. Those panels also completely cover the tabs on the page dividers that usually extend beyond the edges of the binder. This is a big deal. The surprising thing is that the front and back panels are the exact same size as other binders I've tried that are not wide enough to cover the same sheet protectors and same tabbed page dividers. Measuring from the crease (i.e., hinge) where the panels join the 3" wide spine to the opposite long edge is exactly 11.25". The trick is that the manufacturer (Avery) has redesigned the shape of the rings and mounted the ring mechanism on the back panel about a 1/2" closer to the spine. The result is that the tabs on the page dividers absolutely do not stick out! The reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is because the dimensions in the item description are not even close to reality -- so it's been hit or miss for me to get the proper binder that will completely cover the tabs. Even the video posted on Amazon of these binders show the page divider tabs STICKING OUT. Someone at Amazon or Avery should correct these errors.



Case-it Dual 2-in-1 Zipper D-Ring Binder, 2 Sets of 1.5-Inch Rings with Pencil Pouch, Mint, DUAL-101-MNT Review:


My (middle school) kids do not have lockers at their fine institution of learning and thus have to carry a ridiculous amount of stuff around from class to class. This thing definitely helps with the organization of things that they need to access more quickly and often than others and makes it really difficult to be slobby about it (because if you've seen my son's room, you would take every bit of help you could). I really like that there are D-rings on either side so as to not concentrate the mass of folders and papers as a single-ring binder would. This makes the flipping through of the suff a lot easier. The addition of the organizers on either side is also quite nice. The only gripe I have is regarding the inner space in relation to the pencil pouch: if you plan on putting the amount of items in this that a normal pencil pouch should reasonably hold, this binder won't close (and that was before the first day of school without papers in it). I am not trying to sneak an elephant in here, but a handful of pens, pencils, and highlighters would be nice.