Our pick for minimalists
MARK RYDEN is ultra-thin and weighs less than 1 oz (only 0.4 oz), which means you can carry it anywhere and don’t feel any burden. Even if you put it in the front pocket of those slim-fit jeans, you won’t complain about it at all. Unlike many other slim wallets, it does not compromise its function to its small size. And it has reasonable compartments for you to store what you need for everyday carry. Its minimalist contrasting color design will be stunning among a pile of mature slim wallets.
Our pick for businessmen
If you need to carry more cards, this Ehrenmann Genuine Leather Minimalist Slim Wallet is a more suitable choice for you. It’s an ultra-thin and solid built genuine leather slim wallet that is perfect for formal wear. By not increasing much of the size and thickness of the slim wallet, it smartly makes use of the space on the front side and back side to set more compartments. With the innovative cash slot design, it lets you store and access cash more easily through its bigger opening, rather than pulling out your cash from a narrow and tight mouth every time.
Our alternative to traditional wallets
I believe that many people are tired of carrying bulky wallets every day, yet they still need to carry more cash and cards when they’re out. So, normal slim wallets cannot fully meet their needs of capacity and portability. If you are facing this dilemma, TIDING RFID Blocking Minimalist Slim Wallet will be your best solution. What sets Tiding apart is that it really offers most functions. If not all, as traditional bi-fold wallets, it doesn’t add that much bulk. Also, it’s one of the slimmest bi-fold wallets we have ever seen. If you don’t take it out of your pants pocket, you might even forget it.
Who this is for
So far, most men have to stash a bulky wallet in their pockets to spend a long day. And the first thing many of them would do is to unload that burden whenever they sit down or arrive at the office. Because whether you put the wallet in the front pocket or back pocket of your pants, it will give you a strong discomfort feeling. This habit may lead you to misplace your wallet, or, it can even make you lose it in a public place. More seriously, if you sit on your wallet for a long time, it would be a huge health hazard to your back.
We didn’t do research in this health area, but we can clearly feel uncomfortable when sitting on a wallet. There is research indicating that, over time, sitting lopsided can cause sciatica, which is basically pain in your lower back. This means that thick, bulky wallets are literally a pain in the ass.
Traditional wallets cause strong discomfort feeling.
With the digitization of receipts, business cards and photos, as well as the increasing popularity of mobile wallets such as Apple Pay, you don’t need to carry that much cash and cards at all. Go check your wallet now and you can see how much useless junks in it, including all kinds of previous bills, expired gift cards, extra cash, and more. Reducing the amount of cash and cards you carry may help alleviate your burden, but carrying a lighter wallet is a better solution.
E-wallet: Apple Pay
The era is shifting to the “less is more” thinking, so should your wallet. For instance, there are few people use bulky desktop PCs now. Instead, more people will choose laptops which can be “packed in sleeves.” As for minimalist slim wallets, the sizes can be effectively minimized. They can not only help you avoid uncomfortable feelings, but they are also smaller, which can be easily put in your front pocket. Thus, you don’t need to worry that the bulbous wallet in your back pocket will be stolen. More importantly, minimalist slim wallets are now designed more reasonably. They’re capable of holding your everyday cards and cash while still being thin enough.
Comparison: a traditional wallet and a minimalist slim wallet
How we picked
Whether you search them on Google or on e-commerce platforms such as Amazon, Taobao, Alibaba, JD, AliExpress and Souq.com, you will find that minimalist slim wallets have a variety of designs with different shapes, especially on crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter, which has more and more different styles of minimalist slim wallets on it for crowdfunding. (This also shows that many sellers now realize that minimalist slim wallets will be a big market.) We tried our best to get to know what the detailed differences are among different styles. Finally, we narrowed down to 23 models that looked good and bought them back, then we picked the winners that meet our requirements based on the following criteria.
Minimalist slim wallets we tested.
Since we are going to pick minimalist slim wallets, they should be as small and thin as possible, so that you can easily put them in your shirt’s pocket or your pants’ front or back pocket. More than that, these wallets should not get very bulbous once they are stuffed with cards and cash.
A full slim wallet
Quick card storage and access
We hope that minimalist slim wallets can not only accommodate your cards efficiently, but can also make it easy for you to insert your cards. This depends on each wallet’s card slot opening space and material. Small openings require you to take more efforts to get the cards in and out, while big openings usually cannot hold the cards firmly. Also, some slim wallets that are made of very rigid materials, such as metals, are often quite inconvenient and difficult for you to stash the cards in.
In addition, eligible minimalist slim wallets not only need to provide a space for you to store your cards, but most importantly, every time you can accurately and quickly take the cards out you need. Therefore, a reasonable card slot design and organization are particularly important. The best design would be that there are dedicated card slots for keeping your most used cards and separate card slots for keeping your less used ones.
The pull-up strap design
Every time you take out a wallet to pay, it’s a chance to show your charm. Therefore, an elegantly designed minimalist slim wallet can always help you leave a good impression to your loved girl. In addition, every lady has dozens of purses or handbags, while most men have only one wallet or card sleeve. Thus, this minimalist slim wallet should also match your different outfits.
The slim wallet matches your outfits.
Convenient cash storage
E-payments and credit cards are making people’s lives more convenient, but going out with some cash will always give you a sense of security. Thus, minimalist slim wallets need to be divided a place to house your cash. Besides, although some minimalist wallets can firmly grip your cash, they leave the cash exposed on the outer surface for being slim. In that way, we don’t think your cash can get the best protection. And what has to be mentioned is that, most minimalist slim wallets have small-enough sizes, so, generally, the banknotes need to be folded so that you can put them in the wallets. This is a compromise we can accept, as long as the wallets’ pockets are not too small to make the bills crumpled.
The slim wallet can hold your cash securely.
Minimalist slim wallets should remain solid, which means they won’t easily deform or fall apart. Although this seems basic, not every slim wallet can do it. And this happened to one model we tested. It consists of three parts: for cards, banknotes, and coins. Each part is connected to each other by magnets, which seems nice as you can combine the parts as you want. Sadly, the strength of the magnets is not strong enough to stably connect all the parts. In our testing, it couldn’t withstand even one slight shake and fell apart right away.
Weak magnetism couldn’t withstand even a light shake.
How we tested
After we got 23 testing models, we first eliminated those products that were large, rough in material, and obtrusively flawed. Then, we checked the structure stability of each wallet and gave up those fragile ones which would fall apart if you slightly shake them, or those couldn’t hold their shapes every time you take them out from a pocket.
A poorly built wallet.
We focus on the real-world experience of minimalist slim wallets, so we filled each wallet with our daily-used credit cards, membership cards, and cash. During our testing, although some minimalist slim wallets could accommodate an abundance of cards, when you insert or take cards out, it was really inconvenient. That took us longer every time we put cards in, or we couldn’t quickly get the cards we need. Obviously, those are not the minimalist slim wallets we want.
Also, we compared different card slot designs and found some slim wallets that feature easy card storage and access in real-world use. There is one thing that cannot be ignored is that minimalist slim wallets cannot become very thick when they’re filled up. So, the slim wallets we chose should still be able to hold their slim shapes even when they’re full of cards.
Inserting cards into the slim wallet.
Most minimalist slim wallets are made to be as small as possible. So, generally, you need to fold your bills so that they can be put in your wallet. This is a compromise we can accept, but in our testing, we still found some slim wallets with different designs that are more convenient to store more cash. By not increasing much of the size, they have more room to hold your cash. And some slim wallets even allow us to put cash in as we put into traditional bi-fold wallets.
Finally, after finding a few minimalist slim wallets which meet our requirements, we conducted a three-month test on them, so that we get to know how they perform in real-world use. More importantly, we could observe if each model would have quality problems, especially for some hardware parts after long-time use.
Through the above steps, we finally picked out three minimalist slim wallets that can meet different capacity needs. They are: a suitable option for minimalists that can hold 3-4 cards, a suitable option for businessmen that can keep 8 cards, and a traditional-wallet alternative option that is for easier cash storage and access.
Talk about RFID
We can see that, in product pages, many card sleeves or wallets are described to be equipped with the RFID blocking technology. So, what exactly is RFID? Is RFID blocking technology necessary for every minimalist slim wallet?
RFID, the abbreviation of Radio Frequency Identification, is a communication technology. This technology helps track livestock and inventories. Also, it enables automatic payments on tollways and allows faster passport scanning. Since around 2004, we have been able to make contactless payments with certain credit cards. Simply put, the principle of contactless payments is that some credit cards, passports, and driver licenses feature an embedded RFID chip. When an RFID reader is activated, these chips can transmit some types of information wirelessly. The recipient can verify your information in that way, even if you don’t tap your card to pay.
From Peppol Basics Post: What is RFID?
So, some people would concern that, if anyone who has an RFID reader, he or she can activate the chips and get the information of the cards, even without your awareness. This means that hackers can easily receive the data from each RFID card that passes by, and they just need to sit on a street corner. Thus, this security issue has driven the multi-billion dollars accessory industry that is specifically designed for RFID blocking technology, which the minimalist slim wallets are included.
Although a large number of videos and media are hyping RFID as a serious security issue, in fact, there have been few reports of actual crimes involving RFID skimming. Not only there’s not an exact RFID crime occurs, but many authoritative experts believe that this is unlikely. The reasons are as follows:
1. For thieves, this is a high-cost criminal method. They need to sit on a street full of cameras for a long time to collect credit card information, but they can’t make sure that everyone who passes has an RFID credit card. For the thieves, they have an easier and more efficient way to steal people’s data. They can get more useful information through the skimmers installed on ATM machines or stores’ POS machines. Unlike RFID skimming, ATM skimming is a real and common problem in a lot of places.
2. While the earlier versions of RFID credit cards may transmit sensitive data such as unencrypted card numbers, a new generation of RFID credit cards can encrypt and protect the information they transmit. Plus, the credit cards’ RFID chips now only send a one-time code for every transaction. So, even if a strong-willed thief can record and copy a credit card’s signal, the credit card can only make one purchase. Also, according to the policies of most credit card companies, cardholders are not responsible for this fraudulent purchase (of course, you need to get to know the policies of your credit card company). So, for the thieves, this is not a “profitable” thing at all.
If you want to keep your information and money safe, there are many things you can do to minimize the possibility of identity theft and fraud. Here, we’ve got two simplest and most effective ways. First, you need to make sure that all your bank cards and online accounts are protected with a strong password, not the simple “123456” numbers or the date of birth. Second, you need to check your credit card spending report regularly and check if there are any suspicious consumer activities in it. If there is any, you need to consult your credit card company as soon as possible. Therefore, we think that when you buy card sleeves, wallets or other stuff, you don’t need to consider too much about whether they support RFID blocking technology or not. Instead, just think more about their essential function.
From the balance Post: How to Check Your Credit Card Statement Online?
Our pick for minimalists
Our pick: MARK RYDEN Minimalist Slim Wallet
Before I found a suitable slim wallet, what worried me the most every morning was that I needed to stash my bulky wallet very hard into my tiny front pocket. Until I found MARK RYDEN Minimalist Slim Wallet, I threw away that bulky one, which my girlfriend gave me as a gift, into a drawer.
MARK RYDEN Minimalist Slim Wallet
You would love to take it out with you every day.
MARK RYDEN is ultra-thin and weighs less than 1 oz (only 0.4 oz), which means you can carry it anywhere and don’t feel any burden. Even if you put it in the front pocket of those slim-fit jeans, you won’t complain about it at all. Unlike some slim wallets, they get bulbous when full of items, while MARK RYDEN still keeps slim.
You can store your items reasonably.
It has reasonable compartments for you to easily store what you need for everyday carry, including two quick access card slots, an ID card internal pocket, and a cash pocket. Therefore, it allows you to carry credit cards, gym membership cards, ID cards and some cash you need every day. For a huge fan of minimalists like me, I carry it with me every day without worries because I know that everything I need is inside.
It’s still slim even full of cards and cash.
Many thin and light minimalist slim wallets sacrifice their functions for small-enough sizes. They either don’t have a dedicated card slot design, which makes you inconvenient to get your cards out every time, or leave the cash slot on the exterior of the wallets, which makes your cash could not get full protection. Luckily, MARK RYDEN does not compromise its function to its small size. When you need to get your card out of it, you can quickly find and easily take out the piece you need. Also, it has a dedicated cash slot to store a small amount of cash.
MARK RYDEN (left): Easier cash storage & access
Minimalist contrasting color design
Although it does not use premium leather, the soft oxford fabric surprisingly makes the entire wallet lighter, softer and more durable. We also like its minimalist contrasting color design, which is stunning among a pile of mature slim wallets. All in all, this is a minimalist slim wallet that can go with your different outfits. Thus, whether you fly to New York for a business meeting or fly to Dubai to relax yourself, you will be happy to put it in your pocket
Flaws but not dealbreaker
Although MARK RYDEN has a dedicated pocket for you to store cash, unfortunately, you still need to fold your bills to put them in it. This is a feature we need to make a trade-off. If we want a small and thin enough minimalist slim wallet, we can’t require it to be as functional as a traditional bi-fold wallet which allows you to put your flat bills in. Therefore, we believe that this is a compromise we can accept. If you need to carry more cash on a daily basis, or, you can accept a larger size, the Tiding minimalist slim wallet (we will mention this below), which allows you to place more flat notes, is a better choice for you.
Our pick for businessmen
Our pick: Ehrenmann Genuine Leather Minimalist Slim Wallet
If you need to carry more cards, this Ehrenmann Genuine Leather Minimalist Slim Wallet is a more suitable choice for you. It’s an ultra-thin and solid built genuine leather slim wallet that is perfect for formal wear. We really like its design, because many of its details truly focus on users’ experiences.
Ehrenmann Genuine Leather Minimalist Slim Wallet
Wow! It can hold loads of cards.
By not increasing much of the size and thickness of the slim wallet, it smartly makes use of the space on the front side and back side to set more compartments – six quick access card slots, two internal ID card slots, and a cash slot. This means that it has sizable room for you to keep different cards and ID cards.
Reasonable compartments can hold different cards.
Easy to store & access cards
Many high-capacity slim wallets can accommodate an impressive number of cards, but they just allow you to stash all the cards in one big pocket. Thus, whenever you need to use a card, you have to pull all the cards out to find the one you need from them. Fortunately, Ehrenmann’s reasonable card slot design keeps these items neat and tidy to make sure that you always know where to find your needs.
Comparison: Pulling out the card you need.
Its card slot opening sizes are big enough, so you can easily insert your cards into the wallet. To be compared, a few minimalist slim wallets with a similar design we tested did not take this feature into account. Their card slot openings are so small that it is difficult for us to insert cards in them every time. This is especially important for such large-capacity slim wallets. Picture this, if you have to take great efforts to insert so many cards into a slim wallet every time, how inconvenient it would be.
Comparison: Inserting the card
The most convenient slim wallet to store cash
Generally, for such minimalist slim wallets, their cash slot spaces are limited, so you need to fold your bills to tiny sizes to stash the money into the pockets. Therefore, you never expect normal slim wallets can hold much cash. Luckily, there is another highlight of Ehrenmann, which is that its cash slots adopt an innovative opening design. Although the cash slot is not much larger than typical slim wallets’, it can make you more convenient to store and access cash through a larger opening, rather than having to “pull” all cash out of a narrow and tight mouth every time. In addition, it has one more clever design: it allows you to store larger ID cards, which is not possible for other slim wallets that share the same size.
Inserting the notes
Flaws but not dealbreaker
Although its innovative cash slot design has improved the problem of inconvenient cash storage and access to some level, you still need to fold your notes to put them into this minimalist slim wallet. As we mentioned earlier, this is a compromise we can accept. Moreover, in this type of minimalist slim wallets, it is already the most convenient one to keep your cash.
Our alternative to traditional wallets
Our pick: TIDING RFID Blocking Minimalist Slim Wallet
I believe that many people are tired of carrying a bulky wallet every day, yet they still need to carry more cash and cards when they’re out. So, normal slim wallets cannot fully meet their needs of capacity and portability. If you are facing this dilemma, TIDING RFID Blocking Minimalist Slim Wallet will be your best solution. What sets Tiding apart is that it really offers most functions. If not all, as traditional bi-fold wallets, it doesn’t add that much bulk. Also, it’s one of the slimmest bi-fold wallets we have ever seen. If you don’t take it out of your pants pocket, you might even forget it.
TIDING RFID Blocking Minimalist Slim Wallet
Functional card slots
To let you better categorize your various types of cards, this minimalist slim wallet has many card slots with different functions. Whether the ID card or other cards you use most, or membership cards you use occasionally, you can find a good place for them to stay. There is an external front pocket for keeping your frequently used cards. With the help of the thumb opening design, you can easily and quickly pull the cards out as you needed. In addition, it has an ID window on the back for convenient checking at the stations. As soon as you open the wallet, you will see two internal slots for holding your credit cards. For other cards that you don’t often use, you can put them in another pocket with a smart pull-up strap. Whenever you use the cards, you just need to pull the strap and all the cards will be slid out.
The card slots
Inconvenient to store your cash? Not anymore.
Normal minimalist slim wallet users often complain about one problem: every time they have to fold their bills into small sizes to stash the money in their slim wallets. To solve this problem, Tiding applies a removable money clip to hold your unfolded bills better. You can store your flat bills in Tiding just like you put them into a traditional bi-fold wallet. This means that every time you can get the neat and clean cash, instead of a bunch of crumpled notes.
At first, we were worried that it would be inconvenient if we have to push the notes into the gap between the money clip and the wallet every time. However, we later found this money clip could be opened, which is very easy for cash storage and access. After three months of long-term use, this money clip doesn’t have any problems and still works great.
Inserting the notes
Unique vintage style
Unlike normal slim wallets, it uses crazy horse leather. We bought several products back with a similar design, and we found that it’s really hard to find such a minimalist slim wallet with solid quality. Also, we’re surprised that Tiding minimalist slim wallet can strike a perfect balance between leather texture and softness at this price. Over time, it takes on a vintage appearance that looks worn yet still expensive and classic.
Flaws but not dealbreaker
This material makes the entire slim wallet unique and retro. Some people like this vintage style a lot, while others think that it doesn’t look as formal as usual leather slim wallets. Good or bad? It’s hard to tell. It more depends on people’s different styles.
Products to avoid
As we mentioned above, there are various of minimalist slim wallets on the market, and we bought many different types back to test. During our testing, we found that you should avoid buying the following two types.
First, we think you should avoid buying those slim wallets with small card-slot openings. This is a tiny detail and also a point that many people tend to ignore. But, in fact, the opening design will greatly influence your real-world use. If a slim wallet makes you challenging to insert cards in it, what’s the point of its existence? This is especially important for large-capacity slim wallets. Picture this, when you need to insert your various cards into a slim wallet, there is always a small opening requires you to take great efforts. How inconvenient, isn’t it?
The small opening makes it tricky to insert cards.
Second, we think you should avoid buying metal minimalist slim wallets. We found that there are a lot of metal slim wallets that sell great on the market, and we bought several models back to test. There is no doubt that they all look cool, but that’s it. Actually, it’s very inconvenient for you to use. Metals can’t be stretched as leather and cloth, which takes our greatest strength to separate the metal wallets every time, so that we can get cards in or out of them.
If we say this problem can be solved by other different designs, the following problem which is way annoying is difficult to solve: it’s inevitable that metal slim wallets can be very rigid, so if you put them in your pocket, it will be quite painful. Plus, many metal-made slim wallets will attach a metal clip on the back in order to hold your cash. And it’s hard to avoid that this clip will press on your skin or hook your jeans.
Metal slim wallets make it difficult to store and access the card you need.
Minimalist slim wallets
Fifty minimalist slim wallet: It is the smallest minimalist slim wallet we tested, so it indeed saves some space for you. However, to make it small enough, the designer ignores its functionality, which causes two obvious problems in real-world use. First, we found that it would be difficult if we only insert 2-3 cards, and, if we insert a few more cards, it gets very thick. Second, compared to our pick, it has no different compartments to classify your cards reasonably. Thus, it takes a long time to find the card you need every time.
Ehrenmann 10058 minimalist slim wallet: This minimalist slim wallet is a failure, as it can’t even do well in holding cards, which is a wallet’s essential function. There is an external card slot for quick access, but your other cards have to go in another big pocket. However, this big pocket doesn’t protect your cards from dropping at all. So, when we slightly shook it or put it upside down, the cards in it fell out easily.
Injoylife minimalist slim wallet: It holds your cash by a giant magnet on the back, which works great. However, we think this is a redundant design, as the giant magnet makes the whole slim wallet way heavier even than many other slim wallets in the same type. Also, it sells for more than three times the price of MARK RYDEN.
NewBring KB02 minimalist slim wallet: Its entire design is similar to Ehrenmann 10058, but it smartly adds a magnet button on the upper side of the big card pocket, which prevents your cards from falling out easily. However, compared to our pick, it has no dedicated cash pocket. Instead, you will insert your cash in its external pocket.
HOUBU minimalist slim wallet: It uses solid leather, so this wallet will be very hard and heavy, which makes it difficult for us to insert cards in it and greatly increases our burden.
NewBring NBK1 minimalist slim wallet: We really like its appearance, but it doesn’t meet our need for functions. And it doesn’t have reasonable compartments to classify your cards, so it’s very inconvenient every time you pull your cards out.
Minimalist slim wallets for businessmen
MAG minimalist slim wallet: It consists of three parts: for cards, banknotes, and coins. Each part is connected by magnets, which seems nice as we can make our arrangement based on our needs. But the strength of the magnets is not strong enough, so they fell apart when we slightly shook the wallet.
DIDE minimalist slim wallet: It is a product that sells great on Taobao, but we don’t like its appearance as it looks too mature. Also, it holds your cash only by a small pocket just like most slim wallets, so it only accommodates a small amount of cash. However, Ehrenmann minimalist slim wallet we recommend uses an innovative design of cash slot, which makes it more convenient for you to store more cash.
Sharkborough minimalist slim wallet: It has multiple card slots, which are enough to hold a lot of cards. However, it has a fatal problem: the opening of each card slot is too small, which makes it difficult to insert cards in it every time.
NewBring NBK5 minimalist slim wallet: Unfortunately, it has the same problem as Sharkborough. For such high-capacity slim wallets, this greatly influences your daily using experience.
HOUBU 001 minimalist slim wallet: The slim wallets from this brand all use solid leather. So, it is difficult for us to insert cards in the wallet, and it obviously increases our burden.
BUBM minimalist slim wallet: For this slim wallet, you need to pull its strap to slide cards out. After we actually used it for a period, we found that this card-access design is quite convenient. We first thought it was a pretty good design, but if you’re going to get a middle card out of it, it would be difficult to insert the card back again.
DIDE DQ793 minimalist slim wallet: The products of this brand couldn’t attract us on both the appearance design and leather.
Alternatives to traditional wallets
Alternatives to traditional wallets
SHIPEISEN minimalist slim wallet: It uses very inferior leather. No wonder its price could be so low because you get what you pay for. What we want to look for is the best product at a reasonable price. And this wallet is obviously not the one worth our recommendation.
Modern minimalist slim wallet: It also allows us to put our flat bills in it, but it’s quite inconvenient. Its money clip can’t be opened, so we need to push our cash into the gap between the money clip and the wallet every time.
NiuMing minimalist slim wallet: It looks very similar to Tiding, but after our comparison, its leather is much worse than Tiding’s. It’s rigid, and its softness is not as good as Tiding. Thus, we’d be happier to put Tiding in our pockets.
Metal slim wallets
Metal slim wallets
NewBring QJ01 minimalist slim wallet: So far, we haven’t found a metal minimalist slim wallet that can satisfy us, and we think this is a category you need to avoid buying. In order to solve the inconvenient card-access problem, this slim wallet uses two rubber bands to help us open it. Sadly, the effect is not good as it’s quite inconvenient every time we open it.
NewBring NBkb minimalist slim wallet: Same problem — inconvenient card-access. Every time we need to take great efforts to get our cards out, which makes us don’t have the desire to use it anymore as time goes by. Also, to hold your cash well, it attaches a metal clip on the back, but it’s possible that this clip will press on your skin or hook your jeans.
TIANIU minimalist slim wallet: It’s sort of the most convenient one to access cards among metal slim wallets. However, compared to our pick, it’s still quite inconvenient to take cards out. It has no reasonable compartments to better classify our cards. If you need to carry many cards, every time you need to take a long time to find and take out the card you want. There is also a clip on the back that makes you desperate.
TIANIU 01 minimalist slim wallet: It has a versatile tool card, which can be used as a bottle opener, screwdriver, etc. However, as a minimalist slim wallet, it’s still very inconvenient to store and access cards.