Do you need to print a bound booklet for a project? If you are, you’ve come to the right place! We offer several different methods, but we frequently get asked by customers what the difference between coil and comb binding is? Hopefully, this blog will help you decide which binding is better for your project.

Coil and Comb Binding Similarities

Coil (spiral binding) and comb binding are very similar. They both are punched with holes and bound together with a piece of material, making them secure.

There is no glue used in the manufacturing process, which allows you to open and lay it flat or put the pages all on one side. They come in a variety of colors and can be used to bind books with different dimensions.

Most importantly, they can both bind paper that has already been printed on, which is not the case with many other binding methods.

So what’s the difference?

Making Changes

With comb binding, you can easily open your booklet and remove or add pages without destroying the binding. On the other hand, with coil binding, it’s not as simple. Although you can still make changes to the book, you’d have to cut and destroy the coil in order to replace pages. You can then rebound it; however, you might spend more than you would with comb binding.


Another major difference is that coil binding is much more durable than a comb binding is. Coil is made of a thicker and stronger material and can also go through smaller holes. Since coil binding doesn’t have any moving parts, where the binding can open, there is less wear and tear on the book’s edge. So if you’re looking for a durable, long-lasting book, a coil binding is the better choice.


Lastly, there is a price difference. Depending on how much you want to spend, this may sway your decision. A coil binding is slightly more expensive than a comb, especially depending on the book’s thickness.

We hope this blog helped inform you of the difference between coil and comb binding. For all your printing needs, contact Fotex Print at 858-228-7697.