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The Best Duct Tape for Any Project

While many tapes have their place in a well-rounded toolkit, few are more versatile than a reliable roll of duct tape. It's strong, long-lasting, and impressively easy to rip.

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There’s a reason why nearly everyone, regardless of DIY or home repair experience, probably has a roll of duct tape somewhere in their house. This multifunctional tape combines strength and durability in ways that other tapes just aren’t designed to do. Few other tools can stack up when it comes to versatility and convenience for such a small price, which is why duct tape is just as commonly used by professional tradespeople as it is with amateur DIYers.

What to Consider

If you plan on using your duct tape outdoors, make sure to either choose a specific all-weather option, like our 3M All-Weather roll, or at least make sure outdoor use is stated in its description.

For labeling purposes, like moving or storage boxes, be sure to choose a color that will clearly show your marker or pen writing. Or, if you want to use a color-coding process, you can purchase a few different color options. These colored tapes are also great for crafting projects.

To use for actual ductwork, you’re probably going to want to go with a foil duct tape. These metal-backed rolls create the extra-tight seal around HVAC ducts, unlike typical cloth-based tapes that can deteriorate much quicker.

How We Selected

We’ve been using duct tape for years, and have experience with all of the types and brands listed here, which made it easy for us to create this list. We’ve made sure to exclude any options that we’ve found to be unreliable or have adhesive issues, like those extra-cheap options that can be tempting to purchase. Whether you need an all-weather option for outdoor use, foil-backed tape for ducts, or extra-wide rolls for large rips and tears, you should find an option that fits your specific needs.

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Best for Craft Projects
Craftzilla Rainbow

Key Specs

  • Length: 60 yards (six 10-yard rolls)
  • Cost per yard: $0.25
  • Color: Multicolored (Orange/Yellow/Pink/Green/Blue/Purple)

The durability and strength of duct tape is also what makes it such a versatile crafting material, and these six multicolored rolls are perfect for projects in the home or classroom. 

Plus, since it’s also designed to be easier to tear than traditional duct tape, these rolls are well-suited for both adults and kids to use. Its no-residue adhesive also means that cleanup should be relatively simple, and won’t leave you with sticky tabletops and fingers. 

If you’re not into crafting, these are also great for labeling and color-coding moving boxes, storage bins, or meal-prep containers.

  • Perfect for color-coding
  • Easy to tear

  • Not as strong as more heavy-duty options
Best for Maximum Strength
3M Extreme Hold Duct Tape

Key Specs

  • Length: 35 yards
  • Cost per yard: $.48
  • Color: Black

A double layer of adhesive gives this duct tape the strongest hold of all the options on our list, and makes it a great choice for those who prioritize a rock-solid hold, regardless of material. 

This strength is ideal for bundling loads—like lumber or piping—as well as patching and repair jobs on vehicles. Its woven constriction is also designed to rip both vertically and horizontally, allowing you to really customize the size and shape of the pieces being used. 

If you need duct tape that will hold up for a long time, through potentially wet conditions, this 3M option is a great choice.

  • Extra strong
  • Can rip vertically and horitzontally

  • Black color is more difficult to write on
Best for Outdoor Use
3M All-Weather Duct Tape

Key Specs

  • Length: 30 yards
  • Cost per yard: $.30
  • Color: Silver

If you’re going to be using your tape outdoors, like when patching tarps or reinforcing lawn tools, this 3M all-weather option would be a great fit. 

Its powerful adhesive gives it a strong hold and tight seal around whatever you’re using it on, which helps to resist rain or other moisture that could affect its grip. It tears vertically and horizontally, and the silver color is perfect for exterior or interior labelling projects, like camping gear, or beach coolers. 

This tape is also available in rolls of 20 to 45 yards, in 5 yard increments.

  • Affordable price
  • Ideal for long-lasting repair projects
Best Low Budget Option
Duck Max Duct Tape

Key Specs

  • Length: 45 yards
  • Cost per yard: $.1
  • Color: Gray 

If you need a reliable, strong duct tape, but want to keep the price low, this roll could be just what you’re looking for. Even though this roll comes out to about $.1 per yard, it still packs enough strength and long-lasting hold to be a worthy alternative to more expensive options. Its high tensile strength makes it great for applications that require maximum hold, and is designed to be used on a range of surfaces, like masonry, glass, and wood. 

This duct tape also features just enough stretch to create a tight, snug fit, while also remaining easy to rip by hand.

  • Low cost
  • Strong hold
  • Suitable for outdoor use
Best Clear Option
Gorilla Crystal

Key Specs

  • Length: 15 yards
  • Cost per yard: $1.06
  • Color: Clear

If you need to maintain visibility through patches or repairs in tents, tarps, or other materials, this clear duct tape is probably what you’re looking for. It’s also much wider than the other 1.88-inch rolls listed here—at 2.83 inches—and requires less strips for those large projects that need to cover a wider surface area.  

It’s worth noting that although the price of this tape is higher than most—about a dollar a yard—its extra width does mean you’re getting more bang fro your buck than you might first think. 

  • Transparent design creates a cleaner look than grey or black repairs
  • Works under water

  • Expensive
Best Extra-Wide Option
Nashua All-Weather Duct Tape

Key Specs

  • Length: 60 yards
  • Cost per yard: $.2
  • Color: Grey 

If you’re anticipating any large patching jobs in your future, you’d benefit from a roll wider than the normal 1.88 inches found on most other rolls, which is what makes this Nashua option a great choice. 

At 4 inches in width, this tape should efficiently handle large rips and tears, and will also cover smaller issues with a single strip, unlike thinner rolls that require multiple strips that are more likely to fail. 

Its aggressive adhesive also makes it suitable for use on rough surfaces, and it will hold up in a range of temperatures as well, from 40 to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Requires less strips for patching
  • Extra strong adhesive

  • Wide roll may not be convenient for smaller jobs
Best Overall Option
Nashua Professional Grade Duct Tape

Key Specs

  • Length: 60 yards
  • Cost per yard: $.3
  • Color: Grey 

Combining reliable strength and durability with a reasonable price per yard, this Nashua tape is our favorite overall duct tape. This superior strength is rated to support up to 26 pounds of weight per square inch, and the moisture-resistant design makes it more versatile than you might think, and can be used outdoors as well.

It’s also available in a wider range of colors than most other rolls—like yellow, green, and red—making it great color-coding and labeling projects. Its 1.5-inch width is slimmer than most options, although not by much.

  • Functions up to 200 degrees
  • Strong adhesive
Best for Duct Use
Nashua Multi-Purpose Duct Tape
Berry Global

Key Specs

  • Length: 50 yards 
  • Cost per yard: $.16
  • Color: Silver 

Despite the name, cloth-based tapes aren’t ideal for use on air ducts. Metal-based tapes like this one are much more effective, and should have a much longer lifespan than any other option on our list. 

The silver foil construction creates a strong, tight seal on surfaces, while also remaining easy to tear by hand. It’s also priced lower than most other tapes, making it a great choice for this with large-scale ductwork projects. 

This tape isn’t as versatile as common cloth-based tapes, but if you need to have your duct seals to hold up over a long period of time, this is probably your best bet.

  • Mildew-resistant
  • Low price

  • Not ideal for non-ductwork taping jobs
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