Best Vinyl Record Inner Sleeves

Marc HenshallRecord Care, Record Storage13 Comments

To safely store your vinyl records, you need good-quality inner sleeves. We’re all familiar with the standard-issue paper sleeves supplied with most new record releases, but are these really up to the job?

Basic paper sleeves might be cheap to produce, but they’re not up to the job if you want your records to last a lifetime and beyond.

Paper sleeves do nothing to guard against static and very little to prevent dust build-up; worst still, you also run the risk of scuffing the record as you repeatedly draw the disk in and out. So which inners sleeves should you buy?

Here’s our pick of the best vinyl record inner sleeves available today:

Polyethylene Lined Paper Sleeves

At the most basic level, I recommend you at least replace all your basic paper sleeves with polyethylene-lined paper. Polyethylene is by far the best inner sleeve material, offering safe antistatic storage for your most precious records.

The combination of paper and polyethylene adds extra protection from scratches and dust while also helping the record glide in and out without scuffing the surface.


MoFi (Mobile Fidelity) Inner Sleeves

I’ve used the MoFi inner sleeves as my standard paper inner sleeve replacement for many years. The design is over 30 years old and they are considered by many to be the industry standard in archival quality record sleeves. 

They’re made from a paper layer sandwiched between two sheets of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) with a translucent HDPE front. The high-density poly of MoFi sleeves feels like a significant upgrade from basic poly-lined paper sleeves, helping to give the product a more luxurious quality while also keeping your record safer.


Invest In Vinyl – “Rice Paper” Sleeves

The MoFi design is so popular there are now many imitators on the market – some even providing the same basic product, but sometimes at a slightly lower price.

Check out the “Invest in Vinyl” alternative below as one example:


GrooveGuard Sleeves from GrooveWasher

Another contender in the “MoFi killer” category are the GrooveGuard sleeves from GrooveWasher. The record cleaning fluid specialists offer their own take on the “rice paper” style sleeves which I’ve used on countless records, but they also offer a poly-lined black paper record sleeve.

If you’re not a fan of the “rice-paper” style sleeves, you may want to consider poly-lined paper. They do have the advantage of not crumpling up like the MoFi-style sleeves can when placing your records back into the outer jacket.

Check my full video review of these sleeves below:

Vinyl Storage Solutions (VSS) Inner Sleeves

Canadian-based company “Vinyl Storage Solutions” (VSS for short) have become my go-to choice when it comes to inner record sleeves.

I particularly like their thicker 2mil and 3mil versions of the popular MoFi style record sleeve. Having tested these myself, I do find they offer a more premium feel and less tendency to crumple or fold.

VSS offer by far the best range when it comes to sleeve options. Also worth checking out are their crystal clear inner sleeves, which offer anti-static protection of your records but are completely clear (no cloudy appearance whatsoever. These are great for showcasing your picture disc and colored vinyl releases.

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Rounded Bottom Inner Sleeves

Here’s another option for you to consider: 

A year or so ago, when my usual sleeves were out of stock, I picked up a pack of rounded-bottom HDPE sleeves. These are designed to provide “the perfect fit”, meaning excess material is kept to an absolute minimum. In some cases, this can help reduce crumpling and bunching of the material when pulling the record in and out. 

Personally, though, I still prefer a full square sleeve, as I find the record sits more securely inside; but that’s just my personal preference.


The Bottom Line

I can personally vouch for each of the record sleeves listed in this article. All of them have pros and cons. The moral of the story is: if you want your record to last, you must store them correctly, and a huge part of that process is selecting the right inner sleeves. 

In addition to this, I also recommend investing in high-quality outer sleeves.

At the moment, I’m using VSS dual-pocket outer sleeves to fully seal and protect the album artwork while still allowing access to the record. Just be sure to turn the inner sleeve 90 degrees to fully guard against dust.

Once placed inside an outer record sleeve, place the record inside a record storage cabinet vertically (never stack them horizontally as the weight will warp the record). For more information on the best and safest way to store vinyl records, check out our full feature on the topic.

Last but not least, always keep the original inner sleeve if it contains original artwork or liner notes. This might sound obvious to most collectors, but you’d be surprised how many times these end up being tossed away, devaluing the record.


  • Marc Henshall

    Marc is the owner of Sound Matters and a musician with a BSc Honours Degree in Music Technology. His love for records grew in the fallout from digital downloads and a feeling that, somehow, without the physical medium, the magic was lost.

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I tried MoFi sleeves, they are fine and premium but what I didn’t like about them they were rectangular so usually you can insert them in the outer jacket by short side only and a record can slip out incidentally. So far the best ‘rice paper’ inner sleeves for me have been BAGS Unlimited. They are square 12 5/8″ x 12 5/8″. The point is I prefer square inner sleeves which are better for record protection.


I’m a big fan of the MoFi sleeves too, but will be sure to check some these options out too. Thanks for the great article!


I am a big user of those Spincare rounded bottom inners. Two use cases – picture discs in cut-away sleeves (like this reissue of Screamadelica) – the disc is protected but looks great.

Secondly – so many album now come with thick card inner sleeves, which are unlined. The Spincare sleeves fit inside them perfectly. Viola, lined sleeve.

Taylor Ramsey

I use the Disckeeper ultimate 5.0 from sleeve city. They are paper covering both sides and lines inside and out with the polyethylene on inside and out. They don’t bunch up and provide a thicker layer to protect the disc.


Experienced some “heavy marking” on the LP from poly-lined sleeves.


Square Deal 12IH03, 10IH03, and 7IH03. Maybe not the best, but they are affordable.
Probably also sold under other names, but I don’t know the equivalent(s).
Some Discwasher VRP’s, too, from when they were available.

David Adamson

I use the MoFi, sleeves I tried the sleeves from Big Fudge Vinyl and ended up throwing out so many that they cost me more than the MoFi sleeves. I am a fan of Vinyl Storage solutions and like the concept of their thicker sleeves but I am reluctant to try them after my Big Fudge experience.


I wash my vinyl using the Pro-Ject VC-S2 ALU and use Spincare audiophile inner sleeves which are very similar to MoFi sleeves being rice paper sandwiched between two layers of anti static HDPE. They work really well.


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