Zip vs. Hook & Loop: Best Cable Tie?

The argument is never-ending, as some installation professionals will place hook & loop ties ahead of zip ties in the best cable tie debate, while others will do the opposite. Each can bundle and organize cable without hindering performance, so is there a clear winner between the two? In this post, we break down the pros and cons of each tie and let you determine the champion.


XACCM-03850 Pros
+ Quick, durable, easy to use, and available in large quantities at low costs
+ Able to fit through the smallest of holes and an excellent choice for conserving space

- Non-reusable and, if pulled too tightly, can damage cabling over time
Multiple needed to accommodate large bundles and runs




+ Able to reuse and softness makes them unlikely to damage cabling
+ Adjustable and great for bundles that regularly change size or need continuous access
- Can experience fraying and deterioration over time
More costly compared to zip ties and not as easy to apply in tight spaces



There's no "one-size-fits-all" answer to this question. The cable tie you should pick is the one that suits your personal preference and the requirements of your installation.

Zip ties have the advantage if you are on a budget, need lots of cable ties, and know your cabling structure will be permanent or will not change for a while.

On the flip side, hook & loop ties can be pulled apart and refastened, making them easy to adjust. They are also reusable, unlike zip ties that become unusable after being snipped loose.

At the end of the day, both ties are excellent for bundling and supporting cable to keep it organized and secure. When deciding which one to pick, review the pros and cons listed above, and determine which are most important to you.


Cable ties are crucial to have on hand in locations where cables need to be bundled, organized, and protected from damage. They are, without a doubt, the most effective way to manage cables without hindering performance. Whether you stand firm with Team Zip Ties or your allegiance lies with Team Hook & Loop Ties, we have both in-stock and available at highly competitive pricing to support all of your cabling projects.