Best Photo Albums in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 27, 2020
Photography speaks. With these photo albums, you can let it speak without deteriorating with time. The best photo albums will not just protect photographs but also enable comfortable viewing. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Design
Number of Sheets and Pockets
Capacity
Dimensions
Warranty
 
PROS

Featuring 3 horizontal and 2 vertical photograph slots on each page, the album lets you arrange different photos in multiple ways. The leather cover is elegant-looking and quite pleasant to the touch.

CONS

The pockets are pretty tight.

OUR VERDICT

Benjia 500 will accommodate 500 photos, which means that this one album will be able to hold photos from your graduation, wedding, anniversary, and a few extra events. Looking elegant, the album will also keep the photographs acid-free, air-free, and dustproof. 

detailed parameters
Design

Leather, available in 8 colours

Number of Sheets and Pockets

50 sheets with 10 pockets (5 on each side)

Capacity

500 photos (10 x 15 cm)

Dimensions

33.5 x 33 cm

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

The black slip-in pages contrast the photos so that you can flip through hundreds without making the eyes feel fatigued. The floral arrangement on the smooth cover gives the model a modern feel and a fairly charming appearance.

CONS

The photo inserts are not always 100% the same size. 

OUR VERDICT

Walther design EA-201-B can keep 400 photographs, protecting them from the elements. Apart from that, the album also has an archive that will let you store CDs or negatives. The slip-in pages can accept vertical photographs as well as horizontal ones. 

detailed parameters
Design

Smooth cover with floral design, available in 2 colours

Number of Sheets and Pockets

40 sheets with 10 pockets (5 on each side)

Capacity

400 photos (10 x 15 cm) + additional CD or negative archive 

Dimensions

33 x 31 cm

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

The hot pressing technique makes the album more durable. Crafted from hard-wearing cardboard, the cover should last a decade without deforming. There's an additional CD/DVD pocket in the back.

CONS

Some pages will be stuck. 

OUR VERDICT

ARPAN Plain Photo Album looks like a book, making the model's design classy and timeless. Plus, you can select between 3 colours: black, blue, and burgundy, with the latter giving the album a more experience appearance than the price tag would suggest. 

detailed parameters
Design

Plain padded album with square gold stamping at front, available in 3 colours

Number of Sheets and Pockets

50 sheets with 4 pockets (2 on each side)

Capacity

200 photos (10 x 15 cm) + CD/DVD pocket in the back

Dimensions

23 x 18 cm

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

The personal information page will let you write down the people's names, phone numbers, addresses, etc. The index page will enable you to structure the album. The sheets are wire-bound, so flipping through pages is always easy. 

CONS

Not always easy to get the film completely flat once the photo is removed. 

OUR VERDICT

ARPAN Large Self-Adhesive Photo Album will let you unleash your creative side. With this album, you can organise photographs however you see fit, arranging them in different ways and switching between standard photos and A4 pictures. 

detailed parameters
Design

Hard cardboard, PVC dust protection jacket with personalised messages

Number of Sheets and Pockets

20 sheets with 2 pockets on each side

Capacity

40 photos (A4) + CD/DVD slot

Dimensions

33.5 x 28 cm

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

The river reinforcement will keep the cover intact even during transportation. The watercolour pen that comes with the album will let you add text on and between photographs. The pan also makes this product a pretty appealing gift idea. 

CONS

The protective cover loses its attractive appearance over time. 

OUR VERDICT

QC Life Magnetic Scrapbook Album will make sure your photographs are protected from harm. The sheets are completely acid-free and have no corner paste. Instead, the album uses high-quality film, protecting photos and ensuring that they don't fade.

detailed parameters
Design

Flannel hardcover with plastic protective cover, available in 6 colours

Number of Sheets and Pockets

20 sheets with 2 pockets on each side

Capacity

120 photos (10 x 15 cm)

Dimensions

28 x 27 cm

Warranty

Lifetime

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Benjia 500 6x4"

Holding Precious Memories

Benjia 500 is a photo album with 500 pockets, hence the name. Between 50 sheets with 10 pockets (5 on each side), the model will have no trouble accommodating 500 photographs. With each page holding 3 horizontal and 2 vertical photos, you can arrange the photographs in a way that makes more chronological or aesthetical sense.

But, as impressive as its capacity is, the more attractive part is the elegant leather cover, making the album look like something that holds treasured memories and not just random pictures. The leather is gorgeous. You can choose between 8 different colours but we would recommend sticking with brown or black as those look a little more classy than the rest. Besides being easy on the eyes, the high-quality cover's also pleasant to the touch.

Despite accommodating 500 photos, the album measures just 33.5 x 33 centimetres, which is not much more than albums that cap at 300-400 photographs. The only weak link here is that the pockets are pretty tight, so inserting and removing photos is not quite as easy as you'd expect.

In short, Benjia 500 will store more treasured memories than most photo albums, from weddings and anniversaries to random baby/family photographs.

Review of Benjia 500 6x4" Photo Albums
Last updated price £19.99
Stock In stock
ASIN B07H2T6XLL

 

Walther design EA-201-B 400 photos 4 x 6

Also Holding CDs or Negatives

Walther design EA-201-B understands that albums nowadays should be able to do a little more than hold photos. Whilst the model is pretty good at that as well, accommodating 400 standard 10- x 15-centimetre photographs, the album can also store CDs and negatives. What's more, the album is a little more practical than its competition.

The slip-in pages accept both vertical and horizontal pictures, featuring 40 sheets with 10 pockets (5 on each side). Furthermore, they're black, contrasting the photos and letting you flip through hundreds of photos without tiring your eyes out. Generally speaking, we have no complaints about the pages themselves, but the photo inserts are not always 100% the same size, making the album a little confusing sometimes.

Looking at the cover, the smooth texture is accompanied by a floral arrangement, giving the album a modern feel and a charming presence. Size-wise, at 33 x 31 centimetres, the model is about as compact or bulky as you'd expect considering its 400-page capacity and the additional CD or negative archive.

Bottom line, Walther design EA-201-B can do a little more than 9/10 photo albums, so its place within this selection is earned and justified.

Review of Walther design EA-201-B 400 photos 4 x 6 Grindy laminated art paper slip-in album

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Last updated price £15.35
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ASIN B004TU7F8M

 

ARPAN 6x4 200 Pockets

Organising Memories

ARPAN Plain Photo Album is not quite as plain as the name suggests. Sure, there's nothing crazy about the square gold stamping on the cover. There's also nothing crazy about the padded pages or the 3 colours (black, blue, and burgundy) that the album is available in. But, where we come from, plain albums do not also include a CD/DVD pocket at back, which is not the most insane feature, admittedly, but also not the most basic one.

Setting aside this pocket, the model incorporates 50 sheets with 4 pockets (2 on each side), meaning that the album can keep 200 standard (10 x 15 centimetres or 6 x 4 inches) photographs. There's nothing necessarily wrong with the sheets but the album will sometimes arrive with multiple pages stuck with each other, which is a little annoying but not the worst thing that can happen.

Removing them from the equation, the aforementioned hardcover is made from high-strength cardboard, so it should easily last years, maybe even decades. And, measuring 23 x 18 centimetres, the album will also require very little storage space.

All things considered, ARPAN Plain Photo Album will allow you to capture and store memories in one place, keeping them organised and easily accessible.

Review of ARPAN 6x4 200 Pockets Plain Photo Album
Last updated price £7.00
Stock In stock
ASIN B01MAZJY59

 

ARPAN 40/Sides A4 Size

Unleash Your Creative Side

ARPAN Large Self-Adhesive Photo Album approaches the same task from a different angle. Whereas the previous albums can only keep 10- x 15-centimetre photos, this model can hold A4 photographs. Of course, with A4 photos, the capacity is reduced ~tenfold, meaning that the album cannot accommodate more than 40 photos, but that's to be expected. That said, the model comes without allocated photo slots, so you can use as much space as you like.

The pages are wire-bound and sealed, which also means that they lie flat, enabling easy viewing. As the 'self-adhesive' part of the name suggests, this album ditches traditional inserts, replacing them with sheets that have an adhesive surface, so, again, you can organise the photos however you see fit.

The one and, as far as we can tell, only downside to this approach is that it's not always easy to get the film completely flat once the photo is removed due to bubbles that form when you remove photographs. Other than that, this album is pretty great, including the PVC dust protection jacket with personalised messages. Plus, there's a personal information page that lets you write down names, numbers, emails, addresses, and more, making the album useful in more ways than one.

Review of ARPAN 40/Sides A4 Size Large Self Adhesive Photo Album
Last updated price £9.49
Stock In stock
ASIN B07K5RQP91

 

QC Life 11 x 10.6

Protecting Photos from Harm

QC Life Magnetic Scrapbook Album also reveals almost everything interesting about it with the name, but we'll continue nonetheless. With its self-adhesive design that's 100% acid-free and comes without corner paste, the album uses high-quality film that protects photos and text and makes sure they do not fade.

To add more, the scrapbook is shipped with a watercolour pen that sports an executive gold metal design, making this package an even more compelling gift. The same can be said about the flannel hardcover with a plastic protective cover. But we will not necessarily say that since, whilst the cover looks alright, the protective layer loses its attractive appearance with time, making the otherwise elegant album a little less presentable.

Where the model's capacity is concerned, the scrapbook can hold 120 regular (10 x 15 centimetres) photos. You can organise these photographs between 20 sheets with 2 pockets on each side. From a size perspective, the album measures 28 x 27 centimetres, which is a little more than you'd expect considering the capacity but nothing that will make a substantial difference. So, assuming you want to protect your photos from harm, the QC Life Magnetic Scrapbook Album is the way to go about it.

Review of QC Life 11 x 10.6 Magnetic Scrapbook Album 40 Pages Flannel Hardcover
Last updated price £14.99
Stock In stock
ASIN B07DC4H36M

 

What Is a Photo Album?

Photographs are not just pieces of paper with images on them. No, they're guardians of precious memories, memories that you want to revisit from time to time. But, as effective as these guardians are, they also require protection, hence these photo albums.

With these albums, you can protect photographs from the elements, preventing them from fading, ripping, or tearing up. Plus, using albums like these, you can also organise photos, keeping treasured memories from multiple events/occasions in a single place. More often than not, photograph albums adopt hardcovers that make them more presentable and also protect photos from folding.

Sometimes, these covers go the classy route, making the front timeless with a minimalist approach. Other times, these covers incorporate different messages or patterns, giving them a more modern profile. Besides holding photographs, some albums that we've gathered here can also accommodate CD/DVDs or negatives. Also, whilst most are designed for regular photographs measuring 10 x 15 centimetres, there are also albums that can work with A4 photos.

Of course, most people nowadays stick to digital photos. With this photo paper, you can turn digital photographs into physical ones. Or you can go the digital route and choose these digital photo frames.

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Publish Date: 2020-10-27 14:06:51