Bellroy Vs. Ikepod
[Which is Best?]
Bellroy has developed much competition over the years with many new brands hitting the scene offering similar style wallets at more affordable prices. One of these brands is Ikepod a small brand that offers a huge range of appeal offering – including wallets. Their most popular wallet is their Slim Carry Bi-fold a wallet that takes a similar design to the even more popular Bellroy Note Sleeve the flagship wallet of the Bellroy range. Today we’ll be putting these two wallets head to head and come with a verdict of which wallet is right for you.
Functionality & Usability
Both the Bellroy and the Ikepod wallet take similar style designs, both being bifolds, with a range of unique features including hidden card slots, and quick access pull tabs. In terms of capacity for credit/debit cards both are around the same range with around 6 – 11, with cash, both being stored in similar full-width note slots.
That being said, there are a few differences between each wallet, and these slight differences might play a part in the wallet you eventually choose. To start, the Bellroy Note Sleeve has a dedicated slot for storing coins or other small items. This is a fantastic addition for people who find themselves carrying coins and want a more efficient way of storing them – this is something that Ikepod doesn’t include.
One thing that Ikepod wallet has, that the Bellroy doesn’t, is the inclusion of an ID Card slot. Located directly on the inside right of the wallet, this card allows for any card to be shown through and provides easy access to an ID Card, or Driver Licence. If you find yourself often having to show proof of ID, for whatever reason, then the Ikepod excels that this.
Verdict: Both wallets boast a similar capacity for cash and cards. Differences are niche and down to your personal preference. I think having the ability to store coins puts Bellroy at a slight advantage.
Design & Quality
Although both wallet brands boast about the quality of their wallets, providing top quality leather, it’s clear, when both wallets are in front of you, which wallet is actually of better quality. The Bellroy is made from full-grain leather but can also be bought in an array of different materials including Bellroy’s sustainable ‘leather free’ option made from 100% recycled nylon. The craftsmanship of the Bellroy is fantastic with great stitching, and a durable feel that won’t degrade over time but develop a wonderful leather patina.
On the reverse side, The Ikepod also has similar specs, is said to be made from fine grain leather. But not all leathers are created equal, and I found in practice the Bellroy has the strongest feeling and more quality leather in terms of look and feel. It isn’t that the Ikepod was bad, not at all, but Bellroy simply was more enjoyable to use and handle on a daily basis. Craftsmanship is also better with the Bellroy. I found the Ikepod Wallet, to have a few misplaced or scuffed stitching that took away from its overall quality.
Verdict: Bellroy takes this round by a good margin. Keep in mind that the lesser quality of the Ikepod is reflected in its price.
The biggest selling point of the Ikepod Wallet is its affordability, or lower price tag, compared to the Bellroy Note Sleeve. The Ikepod can be purchased for as little as $38.89 which is almost half as much as the Bellroy coming in between $70.00 – $90.00, depending on the model you choose. If we’re solely going of price then obviously the Ikepod is cheaper. That being said, and as we’ve already discussed, I like to make my choice based on value for money, and in this regard, the two hold up great with prices to reflect their quality, durability, and functionality. I personally don’t think either wallet is over or undervalued but priced according to the benefits each brand has.
Verdict: This round is a draw. Each wallet is priced accordingly and fairly. It completely comes down to the unique aspects of each wallet and what is right for you.
Warranty & Returns
Ikepod doesn’t even have a page on their website that explains their shipping or delivery which stands out as a little bit dubious to me (and unprofessional). This is the same for trying to find any information regarding their warranty – I just don’t know.
As a much larger brand Bellroy (one of the most popular wallet brands in the world), Bellroy is positioned much better to provide a lucrative warranty and returns policy. If you’re unhappy with you can return your wallet, or exchange it, within 30 days of purchase (with mitigating circumstances), along with having a 3-year standard warranty for any manufacturing defects (does not include issues caused by wear or tear).
Shipping is also very fast and if you purchase through Amazon you’ll most likely get your wallet the next day. It’s no competition when it comes to the basic due-diligence business’ have to perform when it comes to things like returns, shipping, or warranty information. I don’t doubt Ikepod has these, but their lack of transparency on their website is worrying and makes you wonder what kind of business you’re purchasing from. Bellroy clearly wins this round.
Verdict: Clear winner is Bellroy. Ikepod doesn’t even provide information on their website regarding this sort of stuff.
Overall, it’s a close battle between Bellroy and Ikepod. I generally find the Ikepod’s quality to lack compared to the Bellroy and that’s an important factor to me. The Ikepod just feels quite cheap in quality, but that is reflected in the price tag. In terms of functionality, both wallets basically offer the same with the Ikepod also including that nice addition of an ID Card slot.
I personally prefer the Bellroy but this is a choice entirely down to budget. If you’re looking for more affordability then the Ikepod is a nice pick. That being said, if you want better quality and more durable wallet (plus the sustainability aspects of the Bellroy brand) and are willing to pay slightly more for it then definitely go with the Bellroy. Below you can find links to both brand’s websites.