The 10 Best Photo Albums

Updated June 15, 2017 by Melissa Harr

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Sure, digital is now and the future, but these delightful photo albums aren’t relics of a forgotten past. Use one as a keepsake gift for family members, a display for your precious wedding shots, or a coffee-table topper for guests to peruse. In fact, you’ll find that there’s one on this list to suit nearly every occasion or personality. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best photo album on Amazon.

10. Rogue Journals No. 96

Full of country charm, the Rogue Journals No. 96 is crafted from hard-wearing leather and hand stitched, ensuring that each one is a rugged, statement-making piece. It could be an excellent gift, or keep it for preserving memories from a special trip.
  • strap keeps it closed securely
  • inserts are bound to spine
  • more expensive than comparable items
Brand Rogue Journals
Model AB96
Weight 1.2 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

9. Profolio Sewn Leatherette

The Profolio Sewn Leatherette’s embossed cover is embellished with low-key stitching, making it elegant and understated. The slip-in pockets are a breeze to use, and at 9 inches square, it’s made to be comfortable to hold and flip through.
  • wallet-sized cover slot
  • cleans easily with a damp cloth
  • lay-flat binding for simple viewing
Brand Profolio
Model SB46
Weight 1.8 pounds
Rating 3.5 / 5.0

8. Cottage Garden Memories

The Cottage Garden Memories is an album and frame all in one. Prop it up with the included easel that’s attached to the back, and it will display any 4-inch by 6-inch photo you place in the front cover. The classic wood finish is a nice touch, as well.
  • holds up to 50 photos
  • makes a lovely family keepsake
  • too thick to be wall-mounted
Brand Cottage Garden
Model AT9WG
Weight 16 ounces
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

7. Pioneer Jumbo X-Pando

Whether you have a lot of pictures or pictures that are oddly sized, the Pioneer Jumbo X-Pando has got your back. Its pages are large, at 12 inches by 16 inches, and perfect for storing panoramas and enlargements. The screw-post binding allows the spine to expand.
  • padded cover with gold tooling
  • available in five vibrant colors
  • refill sheets are costly
Brand Pioneer Photo Albums
Weight 4.8 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

6. MCS MBI 3-D Image

The MCS MBI 3-D Image is a wonderful choice for children's photos. You can select from among five playful 3-D cover designs -- a butterfly, a flower, a frog, a hippo, and a monkey -- and there is space in the margins for writing next to each picture.
  • great gift for grandparents
  • bright vinyl stands out
  • plastic dust jacket is flimsy
Model 823345
Weight 1.7 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

5. Xtech Limited Creat-a-Memory

The Xtech Limited Creat-a-Memory can be personalized with its record-and-play function that lets you add speech, sounds, or music to each individual page. It’s available in two sizes and several different colors in either satin or bonded leather.
  • total recording time of 10 minutes
  • pages are archival quality
  • included instructions are sparse
Brand Xtech (HK) Limited
Model CAM200RD
Weight 2.7 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

4. Sprite Science Mini

If you’ve got a Fujifilm Instax 7s or 8, you may just need the Sprite Science Mini. It’s got 64 pockets and comes in a variety of fun and funky colors, including mint, red, and purple, that each have contrasting interiors. Made from PVC, it’s pretty tough, too.
  • budget-friendly choice
  • lightweight and compact
  • front cover has an odd inscription
Brand Sprite Science
Model TALT-PN-734651717
Weight 5.6 ounces
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

3. Beachcombers Mermaid

Unique and rustic, the Beachcombers Mermaid is part album, part keepsake, and part scrapbook. The cover, which features the titular mermaid crafted in resin, is weighty, and the inner pages accommodate up to 40 cherished photos.
  • smells lightly of natural fibers
  • good for commemorating beach trips
  • fine quality for the price
Brand Beachcombers
Model 89-3962
Weight 2.3 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

2. Pioneer Embroidered Live, Laugh, Love

Stay trendy with the Pioneer Embroidered Live, Laugh, Love. It features a stylish and smart black leatherette cover with contrasting white stitching that’s sure to turn heads, and it provides enough space for 200 4-inch by 6-inch pictures.
  • free of acid and lignin
  • sufficient memo-writing area
  • mesh pocket backgrounds
Brand Pioneer
Model DA200LLL
Weight 1.8 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

1. Pioneer Bi-Directional

The Pioneer Bi-Directional is like a little black dress, in that you can use it for a variety of occasions or moods and customize it to suit your personal tastes. It’s got ample room for notes next to each photo, so you’ll be able to record your memories easily.
  • use vertically or horizontally
  • book bound for durability
  • sewn leather cover
Brand Pioneer Photo Albums
Model CLB-346/BK
Weight 3.3 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

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Last updated on June 15, 2017 by Melissa Harr

Melissa is a writer, editor, and EFL educator from the U.S. She's worked in the field since earning her B.A. in 2012, during which time she's judged fiction contests, taught English in Asia, and authored e-courses about arts and crafts. In her free time, she likes to make stuff out of sticks and string.

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