Pin or Magnetic Name Tag Backings – Which is the best investment?

Name tags are more than just wearable pieces of plastic or metal. They are more like a symbol. It can instantly convey an important message to strangers like, “I can help,” “I belong here”, “I can answer your questions”, or “I have authority.” For new employees, the act of putting on a company name badge helps them begin to feel like a contributing member of the team. No other part of a uniform identifies them as a person. People immediately know who they are. Name badges are also your brand statement. It’s important to choose the best design so it will perform well for your business. At Name Tag Pros, we get asked about the backing more than any other item. Most want to know which is better, a pin backing or a magnetic one.

Which is better, name tags with a pin backing or a magnetic backing?

If you only consider the pricing of the backings, pin name tags may win. Magnetic name tags may cost a bit more per tag than those with pin backings. But there are other factors to consider as well such as the quality, usability, durability, and protective features.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Pin Backings

While magnetic name tag backings are becoming a popular choice, some enjoy the advantages of pin backings. You can choose from a metal locking pin design or push-and-click clutch pins. However, durability is often an issue with pin backings and many companies find they have to order more frequently as the pins can get bent or damaged eventually. Since employees repeatedly attach and remove their work name badges, the pins become more fragile and tend to become damaged. The other disadvantage to pin backings is that they poke holes in clothing. Some fabrics like silk that are thin and soft, may not support the weight of some types of name tags. This causes the name badge to tilt forward awkwardly. 

Advantages and Disadvantages of Magnetic Name Tag Backings

For most business owners, the only disadvantage of purchasing magnetic name badges is the higher cost. There are several advantages they offer over pin backings. They are more durable, so they don’t need to be replaced often. The magnetic backing doesn’t damage material so it can be used on finer fabrics. Since the name tag fist more snugly due to the magnetic backing, they offer a sleeker, more refined look. They sit perfectly aligned without leaning forward even on the softest materials. Please note that name tags with magnetic backings shouldn’t be worn by individuals who have a pacemaker.

Which backing is the right choice for you?

If you need short-term name badges for a specific project or need to make the most economical choice, pin backings are a great option. They cost less but certainly do the job of identifying your employees. Depending on use, they will last a good while. If you want the flush look and name tags that won’t damage sensitive clothing, magnetic name badges are a great option for most business settings.

Still not sure? Let Name Tag Pros Help!

If you are still unsure of which type of name badge is the better option for your business or organization, give us a call at 888-754-8337. We have decades of industry experience and will be glad to discuss which backing with be most suitable for your business, event, or gathering. We want to make sure you get the high-quality name badges you need. 

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