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The best minimalist wallets for 2020

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  • City: Burk
  • State: Wyoming
  • Country: Germany
  • Zip/Postal Code: 91596
  • Listed: Mart 29, 2020 12:08 pm
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id=”article-body” class=”row” section=”article-body”> In the immortal words of George Costanza, a wallet is “an organizer, a secretary and a friend.” But the traditional overstuffed leather clamshell can so easily turn into an oppressor. In addition to giving you a place to hide (and forget about) old receipts, ticket stubs and expired credit cards, a big, old-school wallet can weigh you down — both physically and emotionally. 

Enter the minimalist wallet — a diverse breed of super svelte containers designed to accommodate only your most critically important items: identification, a few credit cards and some cash. The best of them combine a stylish appearance, sturdy construction and — most importantly — a design that forces you to be ruthlessly economic in your choices about what to carry around every day.

Read more: I accidentally spent a day using my phone as my wallet. Here’s what I learned…

George Costanza’s wallet. 

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment The minimalist wallet category itself has, ironically, become jam-packed with thousands of designs being sold online and in stores by well-known brands, high-end boutiques and Chinese upstarts. Most of them cost between $10 and $40. But there are plenty of minimalist wallets that cost $100 or more — often built from heavy-duty materials or stocked with extra features, like a bottle opener or multitool.

Though there are plenty of bifold and trifold options, we’re focused on one-panel design wallets here. These usually hold between four and 10 cards, though some do it more artfully than others. Many come in a variety of fabrics and colors, and some are hybrids, which combine wallet and money clip or elastic band. Most offer some type of RFID blocking technology, which is advertised as a protective measure against scammers skimming data stored on your contactless credit cards. (That may be an overblown concern, however.)

Now playing: Watch this: The Apple Card is Apple’s new no-late fee credit card 1:52 We’ve put them through their paces, with an eye on quality, durability, style, functionality and price. Take a look at our recommendations below. And if you own any of these wallets, tell me about your experience with it in the comments below.

Minimalist wallets, compared

Most minimal Best $15 or less Best warranty Most extra features  Best luxury pick

Brand/model Flowfold RFID Blocking Minimalist Hammer Anvil RFID Blocking Minimalist Buffway Slim Minimalist  Dango T01 Tactical Wallet The Ridge Slim Minimalist 

Buying info See it at Amazon See it at Amazon See it at Amazon See it at Amazon See it at Amazon

Price $15 $10 $10 $89 $105

Weight (oz.) 0.28 1.27 0.88 3.35 2.65

Dimensions (L x W x H) 4.2 x 2.8 x 0.13 inches 4.0 x 3.3 x 0.25 inches 4.4 x 3.1 x 0.25 inches 4.38 x 2.5 x 0.38 inches 3.4 x 2.1 x 0.44 inches

Capacity 12 cards 6 cards plus cash 8-12 cards 12 cards 12 cards

RFID Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Best for under $15
Hammer Anvil Minimalist
Amazon Five of the 12 wallets we tested had essentially the same basic design, and there are dozens — if not hundreds — of nearly identical models, all made in China, listed on Amazon. They generally cost between $10 and $15, though some colors, patterns and fabrics are more expensive than others. They’re all about the size of a deck of playing cards, though they measure about 0.25 inch thick. The five we tested all have their (odd) brand names embossed on them:

Hammer Anvil RFID Blocking Minimalist Front Pocket Wallet

Kinzd Slim Wallet

Zitahli Slim & Minimalist Bifold Front Pocket Wallet

Buffway Slim Minimalist Front Pocket RFID Blocking Leather Wallet

Chelmon Slim Wallet RFID Front Pocket Wallet
Each has the same basic elements: two or three pockets on each side; a transparent window that lets you flash your ID without removing it; an inner pocket that can be used to stow a few more cards or some cash; RFID protection; and, in the case of the Zitahli, a magnetically attached money clip. (Though that company claims its clip can safely hold up to 25 bills, when I put just 10 bills into it, the magnets failed to connect.) But my top choice overall is the shorter, wider Hammer Anvil; I don’t mind that it lacks the ID window, which, for all of its practicality, I find tacky. 

I also really like the $12 Kinzd, which has a slightly broader design that separates it from the cookie-cutter field. It has a terrific inner pocket — which is closed on one side only, allowing you to open it up wide — that comes together firmly with a satisfying magnetic snap.

$10 at Amazon Best warranty
Buffway Slim
Amazon Continuing from above: The Zitahli Slim & Minimalist Bifold Front Pocket Wallet, Buffway Slim Minimalist Front Pocket RFID Blocking Leather Wallet and Chelmon Slim Wallet RFID Front Pocket Wallet are more or less identical, and if you’re looking for a cheap, nondescript minimalist wallet, honestly, any of them will do. But note that Buffwa

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