The contrast between nylon and polyester lanyards


Polyester is the most common material used for lanyards. It is durable and easy to maintain whilst being inexpensive, which makes it a cost-effective choice for both personal use and business uses. This is the most popular material we use here at Only Lanyards. We use a “flat weave” polyester to give this style of lanyard a matt finish.

Although remarkably similar to polyester in that nylon is both durable and washable, there are some slight differences. Nylon lanyards have a smooth ribbed appearance with a silky, lustre finish. Slightly higher in price than their polyester counterparts but still being fully customisable, nylon lanyards are an excellent choice if you are wanting a glossier appearance.

If you’re looking to purchase lanyards but aren’t sure which material to choose, or what would work best for the purpose your lanyard(s) are going to be used for, then we have put together this blog for a deeper dive into the contrast between nylon and polyester lanyards, so you can make an informed decision when choosing your lanyard style, material and design.

Nylon lanyards

If you are looking to stand out from the crown, nylon lanyards are an excellent choice. The glossy, silky-smooth finish compared to the matt style of polyester ensures you get a bright, vibrant finish to your design and any branding, colours, or logo you choose to personalise your lanyards will be displayed to its full effect.

These durable and top-quality lanyards are made with strong "flat weave" nylon that has a smooth ribbed appearance. The finish of the material is gloss and the print method is generally silk screen or lithographic printed to allow for multiple colour transfers and can be pantone colour matched to your requirements.

Nylon lanyards are available in a variety of sizes, from 10mm width up to 25mm width, which ensures you can choose the style that would work best for you. If you are a business looking to improve your brand visibility, we would recommend the 20mm option as the best value for your brand representation.

What does a nylon lanyard offer?

  • Glossy nylon with a smooth ribbed texture
  • Stand out from the crowd
  • Bright vibrant colour reproduction
  • Printed both sides
  • Durable
  • Washable

If you’re looking to purchase lanyards for business purposes, such as marketing, brand identity or as a promotional tool, then nylon lanyards are the ideal solution. They can have designs printed on both sides, ensuring maximum visibility. Although they are more expensive than purchasing polyester lanyards, they are still excellent value for money if you’re looking for exposure.

Polyester lanyards

Flat polyester lanyards are a highly recommended choice for custom lanyards thanks to their durability; the matt finish with a silk screen or lithographic printed method allows for multiple colour transfers with no risk of the design fading or rubbing off.

They are the most cost-effective choice if you are on a budget, yet still provide comfort for the wearer and an excellent reproduction of your design. We would advise choosing this lanyard material for ID card holders and carrying practical items as they can be fitted with all styles of clips and accessories.

What does a polyester lanyard offer?

  • Flat polyester with a ribbed texture
  • Best for spot colour printing
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Durable
  • Washable

Although polyester lanyards can only have a print or design on one side, they are a great option if you’re looking to purchase them in bulk, but with a personalised design. They are manufactured to last a long time, so provide excellent value for money without sacrificing any customisation you require.

Polyester and Nylon lanyards from Only Lanyards 

There is a reason our screen-printed polyester and nylon lanyards in the UK are amongst the best; it is all thanks to our excellent quality products which stand up to huge levels of wear and tear, including the washing machine!

If you are purchasing lanyards for branding and marketing purposes, then your design needs to be of high quality, clear and visible, whilst being affordable to purchase. Here at Only Lanyards, we have a team of passionate experts who take pride in ensuring your design is reproduced perfectly and our vibrant logo reproduction ensures brand recognition at a price you will not find cheaper elsewhere.

We are so confident in our products and prices that we will beat any like-for-like quotation, with our price match guarantee. If you find the same product cheaper elsewhere, contact us with your quote and one of our amazing team will get back to you with our price!

All our screen-printed lanyards, regardless of material, are comfortable to wear, with an available range of widths, Pantone colour match and personalisation options. Each flat polyester or nylon lanyard is fitted with your choice of lanyard clips and accessories including safety breakaways and sturdy metal clips, meaning your identification or access cards are always safe and secure. We have an easy pricing list available on our website and a free visual of how your design will look before being sent to print, so we know you are fully happy with your purchase.

At Only lanyards we pride ourselves on client satisfaction and as we have such faith in our price and our suppliers if you are not completely satisfied with your product, we will give you a 100% refund.

If you want to get a price quote quickly and easily, just use our quote feature on the website, it is designed to make the process smoother for our customers. If you would prefer to discuss your lanyard needs or design in person, then please do not hesitate to give us a call and we can talk through your specific requirements.

If you are interested in purchasing lanyards for your business or organisation, then we would love to hear from you. Even if you are unsure of what it is you would need, we can guide you through the process. Feel free to contact us directly by phone on 01765 233 144 or by email at