Nobody yearns to spend hours scrolling through datasheets for the best hook and loop adhesives.
So, for your reference, we've compiled a list with 5 of our best-in-class hook and loop tapes.
Our Hook and Loop Tape Picks
Before we dive into the actual ranking, let's talk about what classifies a good hook and loop tape.
Manufacturers consider the following:
- Shear strength
- Temperature resistance
Hook and loop tapes that exceed these categories will better suit your purposes, so we ranked them higher. However, only so many can be considered the best.
And if you're wondering what hook and loop means, we've got resources to read more about it.
Now, without further ado, here is Strouse's choice for the 5 Best in Class hook and loop tapes.
3M™ HOOK SJ3506 AND LOOP SJ3507
If you're looking for an alternative to zippers and snaps, this acrylic adhesive may work for you.
3M's Hook SJ3506 and Loop SJ3507 adhesives can be resealed with pressure sensitive adhesives, meaning they can have multiple uses. Also, thanks to their thinness, they're considered low-profile tapes.
This hook and loop tape is suitable for either indoor or outdoor use and has a temperature resistance of 158oF (70oC). When used correctly, it offers immediate product assembly and excellent design flexibility.
Primarily, 3M Hook SJ3506 and Loop SJ3507 are used for display and signage, replacing other closers like screws by not altering the object's surface and leaving a smooth, clean exterior.
VELCRO® BRAND HOOK 88 AND LOOP 1000
Velcro brand Hook 88 and Loop 1000 tape has many properties you would expect from a high-performance, ultra-durable adhesive.
And get this: it's the cheapest hook and loop tape on this list!
Yep, you heard right. This acrylic PSA has the lowest MSI of all our top picks.
This Velcro brand adhesive also has impressive shear strength and high heat resistance, with short-term heat resistance of up to 225oF (107oC).
The base material of this hook fastener is nylon, and its main applications are in apparel, cable management, furnishing, and much more.
3M™ HOOK SJ3572 AND LOOP SJ3571
3 M's Hook SJ3572 is another low-profile, acrylic-based adhesive with a polykraft liner.
This tape is strong in all it does, so why aren't 3M Hook SJ3572 and Loop SJ3571 higher on our list?
If you guessed the price, congratulations! You're correct.
Unfortunately, these adhesives cost around 3x more than the cheapest tape on this list (Velcro® brand Hook 88 and Loop 1000).
So, while Hook Fastener SJ3572 could be the tape to perfectly suit your indoor or outdoor needs, if the price is a make-or-break for you, you'll want to rethink your choice of hook and loop adhesive.
VELCRO® BRAND HOOK 889 WITH LOOP 3610
This Velcro brand Hook and Loop tape is part of their ONE-WRAP® line, meaning it's wrapped around objects and used on itself as a fastener.
You can compare Velcro brand Hook 889 with Loop 3610 can be compared to a reusable zip-tie. This product binds together wires, tubes, and fiber optic cables for ease of organization.
Suggested applications are:
- Control systems
- PRO AV
These two materials fix cables into airflow spaces and keep your wires bundled and organized.
3M™ HOOK SJ3530 AND LOOP SJ3531
These tapes are a part of 3 M's line of "Good Value" adhesives.
3M Hook Fastener SJ3530 is a rubber-based hook fastener with a clear liner and woven backing. Its material is high-tack rubber and nylon, and it's considered a high-performance PSA.
Although its suggested partner is Loop Fastener SJ3531, Hook Fastener SJ3530 can also merge with other 3M loop fasteners.
In addition, this hook and loop can bond to various substrates, including plastics like polyethylene or polypropylene.
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