10 Must Have Vinyl Record Accessories

10 Must Have Vinyl Record Accessories

Craig Walker |

If you're like me, you know that the joy of vinyl records extends far beyond the simple act of spinning a disc. It's a full-blown hobby, complete with its own set of tools and accessories.

So, without further ado, let's dive into the world of vinyl record accessories that every audiophile should have in their collection.

Vinyl Record Cleaning Kits

1. Record Cleaning Kit

First on our list is a good old-fashioned record cleaning kit.

Now, I know what you're thinking - "But my records sound fine!"

Trust me, a clean record is a happy record, and happy records make for happy ears.

Dust and grime can build up in the grooves of your records, affecting the sound quality and potentially damaging your stylus.

There are plenty of vinyl record cleaning kits available with options to suit every budget.

A basic kit will usually include a cleaning solution and a brush, while more advanced kits may also include a stylus cleaner and anti-static cloths.

Remember, cleanliness is next to godliness, especially when it comes to your vinyl!

Read More: How To Clean Vinyl Records

Vinyl Record Sleeves

2. Record Sleeves

Next up, we have vinyl record sleeves.

These handy little items are essential for protecting your precious vinyl from scratches, dust, and other forms of damage.

Plus, they make your collection look neat and tidy, which is always a bonus.

There are two main types of sleeves - inner sleeves, which protect the record itself, and outer sleeves, which protect the album cover.

Some sleeves are made from paper, while others are made from plastic or even anti-static materials.

It's worth investing in good quality sleeves - after all, your records deserve the best!

Vinyl Record Players

3. Record Player

Of course, no vinyl collection would be complete without a record player.

Whether you're a newbie to the vinyl scene or a seasoned pro, a good quality record player is a must-have.

When choosing a record player, there are a few things to consider.

Firstly, the type of drive - belt drive turntables are generally quieter, while direct drive turntables are more durable and have a more consistent speed.

Secondly, the type of cartridge - moving magnet cartridges are more common and easier to replace, while moving coil cartridges offer superior sound quality.

Lastly, consider the features you want.

Some record players come with built-in speakers, while others require external speakers. Some have USB ports for digital conversion, while others are purely analogue.

The choice is yours!

Vinyl Record Storage Crates

4. Record Storage

Now, where are you going to store all those records?

That's where vinyl record storage comes in.

From simple crates to stylish shelves, there's a storage solution to suit every style and budget.

When choosing your storage, consider the size of your collection and the space you have available.

Also, remember to store your records vertically to prevent warping.

Oh, and keep them out of direct sunlight - unless you want your records to look like a Dali painting, that is!

Read More: How To Store Vinyl Records

Turntable Slip mats

5. Record Mat

turntable mat is a thin piece of material that sits between your record and the turntable platter.

Not only does it look cool, but it also improves sound quality by reducing vibration and static.

There are several types of record mats available, including felt, cork, leather, and rubber.

Each has its own pros and cons, so it's worth doing a bit of research to find out which one is right for you.

Stylus Cleaning Kits

6. Stylus Cleaner

Just like your records, your stylus needs a bit of TLC every now and then.

A dirty stylus can result in poor sound quality and can even damage your records.

Stylus cleaners come in various forms, from simple brushes to fancy cleaning fluids.

Whatever you choose, make sure to clean your stylus regularly to keep it sounding its best.

Vinyl Record Clamps & Weights

7. Record Weights & Clamp

A record clamp or record weight is a device that holds your record firmly in place on the turntable, reducing vibration and improving sound quality.

It can also help to flatten warped records.

There are two main types of clamps - screw-on clamps, which attach to the spindle of your turntable, and weight clamps, which simply sit on top of the record.

Both types have their fans, so it's really a matter of personal preference.

Vinyl Record Anti Static Brushes

8. Anti-Static Brush

Static electricity is the enemy of vinyl records.

It attracts dust and can cause pops and clicks during playback.

An anti-static brush is a simple and effective way to remove static from your records.

Simply hold the brush over your spinning record for a few seconds, and voila - static be gone!

It's a small investment that can make a big difference to your listening experience.

Legend Vinyl Now Playing Stand

9. Record "Now Playing" Stand

A record stand is a handy accessory that holds your record cover while you're listening to your music.

Not only does it look great, but it also allows you to appreciate the artwork in all its glory.

There are plenty of designs to choose from, from minimalist metal stands to rustic wooden ones.

Choose one that matches your decor, and show off your records in style!

Vinyl Record 45 Adapter

10. Record Adapter

Last but not least, we have the humble record adapter.

This little gadget is essential for playing 7" singles that have a larger hole in the middle.

Record adapters come in various shapes and sizes, from simple plastic ones to fancy metal ones.

They're inexpensive, easy to use, and a must-have for any vinyl lover.


So there you have it, folks - ten must-have accessories for vinyl record enthusiasts.

Whether you're just starting out or have been collecting for years, these items will enhance your vinyl experience and help to keep your records sounding their best.

Happy spinning!