Top 10 Best USB Flash Drive Brands

Think about how lost you'd feel without those handy little gadgets. They let you save important files, transport projects, and share your favorite photos and videos with ease.

We want to know what YOU think are the best USB flash drive brands on the market. Do you swear by a certain brand for its speed? Love another for its sleek design? Or maybe there's one that's ultra-durable and survived way more tumbles out of your pocket than it should have.
The Top Ten
1 SanDisk

It's really good. I have two SanDisks and two other brands. SanDisk seems to be on top. It has traveled with me for a very long time, and I really like it. I recommend it to all you folks out there who really appreciate top-performing and well-built products.

I use SanDisk every day. SanDisk is the leading global computer accessory manufacturer in the world. They produce licensed USB flash drives ranging from Roxy, a popular girls' clothing brand, to Family Guy.

It has gone through my washing machine more than five times and still works perfectly! I've been using the same pen drive for the last two years.

2 Kingston

I had two Kingston DataTraveler pen drives, and they both survived seven years of use and abuse. They took all kinds of beating and misuse since they were the flash drives I let my friends borrow a lot. At one point, one of the USB ports on my flash drive was bent slightly to the left because it was hit abruptly while still being plugged in. Thank God it still worked fine like nothing had happened, and this was the older of the two.

These experiences really showed me that these flash drives are incredibly robust and can take a beating. At the same time, they offer great read and write speeds, with no errors occurring while transferring and copying all kinds of files - big and small, compressed and uncompressed.

3 Transcend

I've been using my Transcend 2GB flash drive for about 4 years now, since I graduated high school. I've tried many other USB brands, even the well-known ones, but I quickly encountered problems with them, such as write-protected issues and file corruption. Only Transcend has delivered excellent performance. It's safe and very reliable. I'm even planning to buy new ones soon!

I am a 14-year-old boy who bought a Transcend pen drive with 2 GB of storage. It's very durable, strong, and also runs at a good speed. Once, I forgot my pen drive in my pocket, and it was washed by my mother. As soon as I realized, I started panicking. However, when my mother handed it to me, it was dripping wet. After drying it, I put it in my PC, and incredibly, it was still working.

4 Crucial

The external SSD has an anodized aluminum unibody core that not only looks and feels beautiful but also effectively dissipates heat for optimal performance. The design is also long-lasting, tough, and small.

The Crucial external SSDs enable you to create, edit, and share your best shots and clips in real-time, straight from the drive.

5 HP The Hewlett-Packard Company was an American multinational information technology company headquartered in Palo Alto, California.

My HP V210 is waterproof, shock-resistant, and durable. It's also very stylish. According to me, HP is the best pen drive and PC brand in the world.

HP provides the best experience. It works excellently both in computers and tablets. Without a doubt, HP is number one in flash drives. My 16 GB HP pen drive has great speed. It's not just great, it's awesome.

It's really fast at writing and reading files. However, SanDisk, Kingston, and Transcend are also really good flash drives. So, HP should be in third or fourth place.

6 Sony Sony Group Corporation, commonly known as Sony and stylized as SONY, is a Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in K┼Źnan, Minato, Tokyo, Japan... read more

I used to buy SanDisk and HP mostly, but when I tried Sony, it really worked out well. The model, the capacity, the rate - all are exactly what I wanted. Imagine getting 16 GB for only 400, with the best quality and design, whereas an 8 GB HP costs 550 for a simple silver model.

I've had my pen drive for 4 years now, with daily use, and it always works perfectly. I do daily backups of my work, storing everything from large Photoshop files to smaller ones. Everything fits perfectly.

Transferring and backing up data have never been simpler. Each series in our diverse range of USB storage media has unique features suited for different needs. I like Sony a lot.

7 A-Data

New in the competition, this brand will soon be at number one because of its quality and innovation. Just use them. You'll love it. Really.

Well, I love this brand of USB. It offers me a lot of benefits, such as protecting my files from being lost.

It is high-performance and performs better than advertised.

8 Moser Baer

I had a superb Moser Baer pen drive, and it was great for four years. I'm disappointed that I have to stop using it now.

It's a very good pen drive. I have been using it for 4.5 years, and it still looks like new.

9 Lexar

It's a good way to keep archived files safe when the computer or laptop is broken. My mom purchased an 8GB USB memory stick so I could get the video file that my coding camp made as a movie for an experiment in 2019. A year later, I decided to fill it with digital memories from January to the recent time (August). I updated it a little on September 5.

Then I received a 128GB Netac USB stick for Christmas. So, I am currently sorting through the files (from September 2020 to the present), which includes my personal stuff, items uploaded on the internet, and many more.

10 Imation

I bought this product eight years ago, and it's still working.

I like the "lock" function, which really helps to prevent viruses.

The Contenders
11 Corsair

It's really the fastest one for reading and writing data within seconds. It's for those who hate to wait. It may be a little expensive, but the search for speed ends here.

The Voyager GT is incredibly fast compared to other USB 2.0 flash drives. In reality, it can read up to 30 MB/s and write at about 20 MB/s. I've never had such a fast USB drive.

Reliable and fast, it offers consistent high-end performance. It may cost a little more, but the quality pays for itself.

12 PNY

Its data transfer rate is faster than both Kingston and SanDisk. The data transfer rate remains the same even after years of use.

This is the best drive because of its size (seriously, the 64 GB is smaller than the 8 GB, which is below an inch), storage, durability, etc.

I think PNY is much faster than Kingston's pen drive. The speed of data transfer for a PNY pen drive is 4 Mbps, whereas for Kingston it is only 3 Mbps. Moreover, with PNY, you don't need to click 'Safely Remove Hardware'. You can just remove it from the PC.

13 Apacer

This is one of the best companies that is going unnoticed. I used it for nearly 3 years and tortured it a lot, but it is still working the same as it was when I bought it.

I've had it for at least four years and use it quite frequently - several times a week on average. I also like its speed. It's faster than some newer ones.

The best USB flash drive. It has a special feature - it's waterproof. It performs great and beautifully.

14 Toshiba Toshiba Corporation is a Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

It's very nice to use, and the Toshiba design is good.

Love the design. Works well. Very sturdy. No problems!

I have not encountered a single problem while using Toshiba.

15 Silicon Power

Best pen drive. Special feature - waterproof.

The best designs and excellent quality. Waterproof pen drives.

Great design and one of the fastest drives ever. I recommend this to all of you.

16 LaCie

Awesome brand! I own a Rugged Key that is waterproof, has USB 3.0, 32 GB of storage, resists falls of up to 100 meters, and protects my data with a password. It also came with backup software that copies all the files from my pen drive every time I connect it to my Mac. It's great.

17 CD-R King

I've had two 8GB CD-R King USBs that just stopped working after a few months. The hardware is not durable at all, and the files easily get corrupted. In worse cases, like what happened to mine, they won't even be read on any computer device at all. I don't recommend this brand for people who are concerned about storing important files on their flash drive.

I've been using my CD-R King USB for almost 3 years. Love it.

18 PQI

My first-ever USB is already over 12 years old! Unlike other brands, which stop working when accidentally dropped, PQI still works fine.

I've had my 128MB flash drive for 12 years now, and it's still working after multiple washings and crashes.

It went through the washer and dryer and is STILL working perfectly.

19 OEM
20 TDK

I have had a TDK for almost three years. It mistakenly got in the laundry with my clothes, but I am still using it. It works great!

I recently broke two flash drives by turning off the computer suddenly in the wrong way due to a power loss. I was used to doing it this way with a TDK Trans-It and never had troubles. It's very old - I don't know how many years - and still alive.

21 Strontium

It's faster, lasts longer, and above all, has the best quality!

Strontium has the best quality above all.

Best quality and great design.

22 Verbatim

They are perfect for me, not for performance but not for a 10k file either. I'm using it for projects, and it works great. Highly recommended!

This is the cheapest USB drive on the market per GB. It comes with a two-year warranty as well as a capless or retractable cap design.

23 TwinMOS
24 Kingmax
25 Maxell

It has lasted for four years and has even survived a couple of trips through the washing machine with my clothes. It's so awesome.

Great experience with all Maxell flash drives.

It has never failed me. Great performance and style.

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