If you’re thinking this all sounds a helluva lot like, say, a classic Moleskine, you’re not wrong. However, after testing the Leuchtturm against other hardcover notebooks from the likes of Moleskine, Best Made, and Sigel, we can attest to its superiority. But don’t just take our word for it. A survey of notebook obsessives on Reddit provides all of the answers: Time and again, Leuchtturm was voted tops. Users noted that Leuchtturm serves up “better paper quality, lots of little extras (e.g., numbered pages, index, sticker labels),” and doesn’t suffer some of the manufacturing consistency issues of its competitors. The Leuchtturm repeatedly got high marks for having the best paper quality in the category, though some users complained that fountain pens regularly bled through.
Leuchtturm1917’s notebook is an absolute unit of a pocket notebook, however, which may be too bulky for some occasions — so if you want a notebook that’s an easier carry, we recommend the Rhodia Unlimited. While the notebooks are available in far fewer options (just black and orange cardstock covers and dot or lined pages), Rhodia’s elegant, versatile books were a standout at this price point. The books have a glued spine, and each of their 80 pages are perforated for clean tears. Measuring 3.5” x 5.5”, the Rhodia is slightly smaller than the Leuchtturm, and definitely not as durable as a hardcover book, but for $10, it’ll get the job done.