Pallets are essential when it comes to haulage and handling. They are used for storage and transporting goods, and can be made from different materials such as wood or plastic, each coming with its own advantages and disadvantages. Consider this comparison when choosing the right pallet for you and your pallet shipping needs.

Wooden Pallets or Plastic Pallets

Wooden Pallets:


  • Wooden pallets are less expensive.

  • Easy to repair. They are made with different boards and can be replaced or removed when necessary.

  • Materials can be recycled.

  • Easy to construct.

  • Have a high friction compared to plastic and metal pallets.


  • Heavier than other materials.

  • Wooden pallets are difficult to clean and if they become wet, they can grow fungus and bacteria.

  • There are constant issues of splinters, nails, warping and shrinking.

Plastic Pallets:


  • No interruption in delivery due to timber regulations.

  • Recyclable.

  • Plastic pallets are resistant to chemicals.

  • Safe to handle; no screws, nails or splinters.

  • Easier for forklifts to lift and handle.

  • They save space by sliding together to stack.

  • Can be easily cleaned and sanitised to remove bacteria.

  • About 30% lighter than wood pallets, which reduces the cost of shipping.


  • If a plastic pallet cracks or breaks, repairs are not as easy because the material would have to be melted down and reconstructed.

  • Plastic pallets are more expensive than wood.

When it comes to your pallet pickup and delivery, choosing the right pallet is essential – so review this comparison between wooden and plastic materials to see which works best for you.