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Best 3-Hole Punchers

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A hole punch is a handy tool to have in your office. The majority of punchers are 3-hole punch machines so paper and folders can fit into 3-ringed binders. We’ve gathered the best from basic designs to heavy-duty machines and even an electric option. Each one is easy to use and looks right at home on your desk. 

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Bostitch Office HP12 3-Hole Punch

 Best Overall 

This 3-hole punch handles 12 sheets of paper at once. Its simple design fits nicely into any office setting with a rubber base to keep it stable while working. The waste tray is covered to keep small paper pieces from getting everywhere, though it is easy to open and dump when needed. This hole punch isn’t adjustable, but the three holes are positioned to handle most jobs and line up with ringed binders. 

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Swingline Preciosn Pro Desktop Puncher

 Another Good Option 

The Swingline desktop hole puncher can adjust from a 2-hole to a 3-hole punch and isn’t locked into the traditional 3-ring binder dimensions. The lever runs the length of the puncher and has a comfortable rubber grip to help you keep a firm hold on it while punching paper. It can punch up to 10 sheets of paper at a time while the scraps are captured underneath. The capture tray slides out when you’re ready to dump it, which cuts down on the mess. 

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Swingline LightTouch Hole Punch

 Best Adjustable Puncher 

This high capacity hole puncher cuts through 20 sheets of paper at once. It’s adjustable so if you have a project that needs more holes – up to seven – this hole punch can handle it. The tray underneath the holes collects excess paper and is emptied by sliding the tray out. The lever of this punch doesn’t spread across the device. Instead, it has a handle that depresses the entire puncher without a lot of pressure. 

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Swingline SmartTouch Hole Puncher

 Best Heavy Duty Puncher 

This 3-hole puncher has a wide, comfortable handle with a soft grip to make it easy to punch through 45 sheets of paper at a time without a lot of force or strain on your hands and wrists. The handle locks into place for easy storage, and the base has rubber grips to keep it in place. There is an edge guide to help keep paper straight and scraps are captured underneath in a tray that slides out when it is time to dump it. 

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WorkLion Binder Hole Punch

 Best Portable Puncher 

For punching on the go, the WorkLion hole punch is lightweight and compact. The three holes are not adjustable but are perfectly spaced to ensure punched paper fits into traditional 3-ringed binders. It can punch through five pieces of paper at a time. There is a 10-inch measuring ruler attached to help guide you where to punch your holes. The top part of this puncher pops off to expose the catch tray underneath that can then be cleaned out. 

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AFMAT Electric Hole Punch

 Best Electric Hole Punch 

The AFMAT hole puncher is powered with both an AC adapter or six AA batteries. It can punch through 20 sheets of paper at once and only requires you to push a small button when ready. There is a guide on the side of this puncher that slides in and out depending on the size of your paper. This helps keeps paper straight while being punched. The scrap paper is collected underneath and is easy to empty when full. 

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PaperPro inPress Hole Punch

 A Splash of Color

For a splash of color on your desk, the PaperPro inPress is a perfect choice. This 3-hole puncher has a fun, purple finish that helps it stand out while also looking professional. It includes an integrated ruler and an adjustable guide to keep paper straight while punching through it. It doesn’t jam as you punch through 12 sheets of paper and the waste compartment is concealed with a door that’s easy to open to dispose of the scrapes. 

 Our Puncher Picks 


The best for most people is the Bostitch Office HP12 3-hole puncher. Though the holes are not adjustable, they are spaced far enough to ensure your punched paper will fit in traditional binders. The level runs the length of the machine so holes are punched at the same time and the leftover pieces of paper are captured underneath.

If you travel a lot for your job, the WorkLion hole puncher is a good choice. It is lightweight and more compact, but will still punch paper easily while fitting snuggly in your bag, purse or briefcase.