How Do I Choose the Best Bubble Wrap?

So you found a new home! It's all nice and exciting. And now you have to figure out how you’re going to transport all your possessions safely and in the most economical way. You can find some with large or small bubbles, and others that are self-adhesive making them easy to use. For larger items, you might want to consider getting large air bubbles for the perfect fit and protection, and smaller air bubbles if you’re planning to ship delicate items. A perforated bubble roll makes it hassle-free to measure and cut the needed size, while storing the remaining bubble wrap in an efficient manner. Allow us to shed some light on the crucial factors to consider when buying the best bubble wrap to help you make the right call!

1 Price

Packaging can be expensive. But with the right packaging material, you can significantly cut down on your shipping and packaging expenses. A bubble wrap is one of the most preferred packaging materials for its efficiency and affordability. So, how much can you spend on bubble wrap? You can get a quality wrap for a retail price of between $8 and $20. The difference in pricing is mainly brought about by the type, bubble size, and features included. You’ll have to spend more on models that are biodegradable, perforated, and are of superior quality. Such premium models aren’t only eco-friendly, but also help you save incredibly as you can reuse them multiple times.

2 Features

Before you rush into buying the first bubble wrap you come across, understanding the different features is essential to getting the most useful and effective wrap. Here are some of the features to look out for when purchasing the best bubble wrap in the market:

Type - From biodegradable or whole roll, to blue bubble wraps, each type is designed for different purposes, so you should choose the ones that best suit your needs.

Length - Total length of roll or lengths available are important to consider, depending on the size of your project.

Width - How wide do you want the roll to be? The width will mainly depend on the type and size of your items. Getting the widest roll and later cutting it down into the required size can help you minimize.

Bubble Size - Choose the right size of bubbles based on how heavy your item is.

Perforation - Do you want a perforated bubble wrap or not? If yes, how often do you want your perforations to be?

Now that you know what things to take note of while buying bubble wrap, how about we find out how these factors influence your rolls’ quality and level of performance?

3 Construction and Design

Bubble wrap is constructed by sealing two polyethylene sheets together with a layer of air trapped in the middle to create a pattern of bubbles. The sealed air pockets offer excellent cushioning against undesirable shocks and vibrations, and also prevent an item from breaking if it’s dropped on a hard surface. Wrapping your items with this material ensures that they’re well-protected from scratches and scuffs as well as any dirt and dust. Bubble wraps are designed in different forms such as sheets or bags, and sizes of bubbles with perforations every 12 inches having standard sizes of 3/16-inch, 5/16-inch, and ½-inch. Thus, you should easily select the wrap with the ideal bubble size for your moving and storage needs. Large bubble sizes offer unmatched protection for heavier items and vice-versa. No matter the size of bubble you choose, make sure that your wrap can withstand the shock or vibration placed on it by your goods during transportation. Bubble wraps also come in varying widths, which allows you to wrap your items conveniently. Go for one with a 12-inch width if you want to wrap small or medium-sized goods, and a 24-inch width for large item packaging. Moreover, bubble wraps are lightweight, ensuring your shipping costs are kept at a minimum.

4 Performance and Ease of Use

Bubble wraps offer great ease-of-use – all that’s required of you is to wrap your item and seal it securely with packing tape. The best thing about bubble wrap is that it easily conforms to an object’s shape for a snug fit, enabling you to wrap virtually any item irrespective of the shape or size. Those that are perforated make it easy for you to customize your wrap by cutting it to the appropriate size for the item you intend to pack. Bio-degradable bubble wraps are eco-friendly and can be easily disposed – they degrade without causing any harm to nature. These packaging materials provide perfect cushioning, eliminating the need for additional packing supplies for guaranteed safety of your items. This, in turn, reduces the total cost of your moving. Some are also reusable, meaning you don’t have to spend again on new wrap during your next move.

-By Acolades
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