10 Vinyl Record Accessories That Are Must Haves

Here are the best vinyl record accessories you can buy!

In the age of digital streaming and instant downloads, there’s something undeniably special about the crackle of vinyl records spinning on a turntable. 

Whether you’re a seasoned audiophile or just beginning to explore the world of vinyl, the right accessories can make all the difference in enhancing your listening experience. 

In this guide, we’ll walk you through some essential vinyl record accessories that every enthusiast should consider adding to their collection.

The Best Turntable Accessories That Are Essential

1) Turntable Mat

This often-overlooked accessory plays a crucial role in reducing vibrations and static, ensuring a smooth and consistent playback experience.  

Good turntable mats come in various materials, like cork, rubber, and acrlyic,

In fact, I discussed the best turntable mats in another article, and I found that cork mats, rubber mats, and acrylic platters (or mats) are the best you can buy.

Cork Mats – Affordable mat that’s natural and successfully dampens vibrations. 

Rubber Mats – Moderately affordable mats that are anti-static and incredibly durable.

Acrylic Platters – More expensive but are the best option.  Excellent vibration dampening, very durable, and will provide you with little to no audible static sound when playing your vinyl records.

2) Record Cleaning Kit

Let’s also talk about keeping your vinyl in pristine condition before it even touches a mat or platter. A quality record cleaning kit is an absolute must-have for any vinyl fan. 

I use a Record Rescue cleaning brush on my vinyl before I play every single album.

Trust me, there’s nothing worse than the sound of crackling and popping caused by dust and debris lodged in your grooves. So avoid that headache by investing in a quality cleaning kit. 

A good cleaning kit will come complete with a record cleaning brush, cleaning solution, and microfiber cloths to ensure your records stay clean and your music sounds pristine.

3) Record Cleaning Machine

If you don’t want to clean your records by hand, then you can certainly invest in an ultrasonic cleaning machine.  

Using an ultrasonic cleaning machine can be a great idea.

These machines, like the Pro-Ject VC-S2 ALU or Record Doctor, take a wet-dry vacuum approach to cleaning your vinyl.

While these machines can be quite expensive, and do require some maintenance, they pull dirt and debris out of the grooves of your record very effectively.  This leaves you with a shiny, clean vinyl record that sounds great to the ear.

Next up, don’t overlook the importance of a clean stylus. A stylus cleaner is a small but mighty tool for maintaining the quality of your records. 

Whether you prefer a brush, gel, or liquid solution, regularly cleaning your stylus will help preserve your precious vinyl and keep your tunes sounding crystal clear.

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4) Vinyl Record Sleeves

Of course, no vinyl collection is complete without protective vinyl sleeves.  I’ve previously shared my picks for the best inner record sleeves and best outer record sleeves on the market.  

Inner record sleeves for vinyl

For inner record sleeves, make sure to get ones that have a layer of rice paper in between the high-density polyethylene.  When produced this way, the sleeves reduce static and accidental record surface scratches that might occur with traditional paper sleeves.

For outer record sleeves, I recommend polypropylene sleeves with a mil thickness of at least 2.0.  I personally use 5.0 mil poly sleeves, which accommodate thick gatefold jackets and almost never rip or tear when stressed.

Outer record sleeves for vinyl

If you care about the integrity of your vinyl records or album covers, be sure to invest in record sleeves.

5) Vinyl Record Weight or Clamp

A record weight is another valuable accessory for stabilizing vinyl playback and minimizing vibrations. 

Whether you prefer a sleek metal weight or a vintage-inspired design, adding a record weight to your setup can make a noticeable difference in the sound quality of your records.

A record clamp, on the other hand, is a great choice to help reduce noticeable warps in your record. 

Vinyl record clamps allow you to adjust the pressure of the clamp, which results in the record coming into closer contact with the platter, and ultimately improving stylus tracking.

6) Turntable Isolation Feet

Don’t forget about upgrading the isolation feet of your turntable! These little wonders help isolate your turntable from external vibrations, resulting in a cleaner, more focused sound. 

Turntable Isolation Feet

Whether you opt for cork, rubber, or even sorbothane feet, investing in isolation can take your vinyl listening experience to the next level.

7) Record Storage Shelves

Proper storage is essential for preventing warping and damage to your vinyl collection. Consider investing in sturdy shelving units, record crates, or storage boxes to keep your records safe and organized.

My Ikea Kallax holding my records.

I use Ikea Kallax shelves (above) to store my vinyl records.  These shelves are sturdy and quite cheap (you do have to manually put them together, though).

I recently wrote an article on vinyl record stands and cabinets that are strongly worth considering, as well.

8) Record Dividers

Once you’ve settled on your record shelves, your next focus should be on getting vinyl record dividers. These handy tools make it easy to categorize and access your vinyl collection with ease. 

Vinyl record dividers

Record dividers allow you to categorize your collection in alphabetical order, by genre, numerically, or any other system you prefer. 

9) Dust Covers

Believe it or not, some turntables don’t come with a dust cover.  Ironically, it’s often the very expensive turntables that never have a dust cover.

Turntable Dust Cover

I’ve owned both the Marantz TT-15S1 and the Clearaudio Concept, and neither came with a dust cover despite being expensive products.

But a turntable dust cover is essential for protecting your equipment from dust and debris when not in use.  It’ll also save you time from manually wiping dust off your record player too.

If you can’t find a cover that fits your turntable, consider getting a custom dust cover made just for your turntable.

Enhancing the Listening Experience: Fine-Tuning Your Setup

Now that your collection is clean, organized, and safely stored, it’s time to focus on enhancing the listening experience.

Fine-Tuning Your Setup

Analog cleaning solutions like anti-static brushes and cloths can help reduce static and ensure clearer sound reproduction. 

Trust us, your ears will thank you.

10) Turntable Calibration Tools

Proper alignment and calibration of your turntable’s components are essential for optimal performance.

The Ortofon 2M red cartridge

You’ll want to invest in tools like a stylus protractor that will better help you calibrate tracking force, cartridge alignment and more. When I originally set up my Ortofon 2M Red and Ortofon 2M Blue cartridges, having a stylus protractor was very helpful!

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Final Thoughts on Vinyl Accessories 

The right accessories can make all the difference in enhancing your vinyl experience. 

From keeping your records clean and organized to fine-tuning your setup for optimal sound quality, investing in quality accessories is a worthwhile endeavor for any vinyl enthusiast.

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