In choosing the best lanyard, ask yourself first what would be its function for you. Afterwards, consider the quality of the lanyard material and the imprinted or sewn design. Which is more important for you, the durability or the appearance? Think about that question as you discover the different classes of lanyards.
1. Polyester Lanyards
Made from excellent quality polyester materials, Polyester lanyards are durable and yet cheap compared to the other classification of ID Lanyards. They are mostly used in marketing campaigns or events of various companies as souvenirs.
These lanyards are flat and soft. It is easy to apply any printed design in them with the use of a process called silk screen printing. Unlike regular printing processes, silk screen enables any printed object, symbol, or text to appear glossy in the material. Silk screen printing is also used in customizing t-shirts and mugs.
2. Tubular Lanyards
Tubular lanyards, also called Tube lanyards, are cottony soft and very comfortable to wear. They are made of stitched polyester materials.
These lanyards work quite similarly as the Polyester lanyards. Tube lanyards are, however, cheaper and also less durable. They are the best lanyard choice for short-term purposes.
Another type of printing process, Foam Printing, can be applied to Tube lanyard if the user wished to highlight the design to be imprinted in its surface. Foam printing is more expensive than silk screen printing as it also provides a better result—crisp and clear prints.
3. Nylon Lanyards
These are probably the best type of ID Lanyards. Nylon lanyards are year-lasting lanyards. They are of high quality and aesthetic value. Nylon lanyards are more expensive than Tube and Polyester lanyards but they are thicker. It is also smoother than Polyester lanyards.
Aside from ID badges, usually they also hold whistles referees and lifeguards use for their job.
Nylon lanyard, itself, is already glossy so when combined with silk screen printing, the designs to be imprinted in its surface will surely shine and stand out. This is why Nylon lanyards are used by staffs in car shows and other exhibits. They wanted to highlight their product brand through their lanyards and with imprinted Nylon lanyards, they were able to.
4. Woven Lanyards
Woven lanyards are an elegant type of lanyards that are also made of excellent quality polyester materials. They are generally soft and comfortable to wear.
Woven lanyards have different kinds and most of them have design restriction. If you are to customize your lanyards with complicated designs, you should not choose these lanyards. Because they are woven, the designs to be attached on the lanyard’s surface will not be printed but sewn.
There is, however, certain Woven lanyards type that enable digital printing which uses heat and pressure to apply the design customers wanted for their lanyards.
5. Dye Sublimation Full Color Lanyards
This is another type great for ID Lanyards. Since most schools allow their students to customize their lanyards and not only have a standard lanyard all throughout the campus, students use their creativity to come up with great looking lanyards.
The creative students tend to use lots of colors to make sure that their lanyards stand out among the others. Dye Sublimation Lanyard is best for the multi-colored designs.
Digital printing is also done for this type. The best feature of this process is that it allows the logo, texts, or objects to be clearly viewed back and forth the lanyards’ surface.
Dye Sublimation lanyards may be more expensive than the other types or classifications of lanyards but with its quality, durability, and aesthetic attributes, it is definitely worth it. Students can use them for the entire school year without the lanyards wearing off.
6. PET Lanyards
These are special eco-friendly lanyards for the ID Lanyards of employees and staffs working in organizations promoting green living. The lanyards are made of the material called Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET).
There are also eco-friendly lanyards which are made of bamboo fibers and ingeo fibers.