When you start your Bullet Journal, or even when you just think of moving to a new notebook, it’s important to find the right journal for yourself. Of course always remember, that for bullet journaling you can use any notebook you have lying around in your house. Yet, it’s always nice to have the best materials and tools for our hobbies and passions. So, I did my research to figure out what brands are on the market, which ones are popular and why people love them. So before you get your journal, take a look at these 9 dot grid journals to try out for your next bullet journal.

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These 9 notebooks are popular among the Bullet Journal community. I took a closer look on what specifics they have and why you might like them as your next journal. I arranged them from the most expensive ones to the most budget options, so I’m sure you’ll be able to find something fit for yourself. 

Before we dive in and talk about different notebooks, make sure you check out my post on How To Pick A Perfect Notebook For Your Bullet Journal to check what you should be on a lookout for.

Nuuna

Nuuna journals are among the most pricey ones on the market and my notebooks of choice for daily planning. I absolutely adore these notebooks for several reasons – their line has a size somewhere between A5 and B4, so it provides a lot of space for creativity. 

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The second reason is the paper – it’s pure quite and the dot grid is actually smaller than in any other notebook. White paper allows for much cleaner and brighter colors and smaller dot grid, well, is just my preference. That way I have better directions in writing and my letters don’t have to be too big. My usual handwriting is pretty microscopic.

Among the disadvantages are: the journal has a soft cover and no elastic band, the paper quality decreased with the latest issue and doesn’t hold that well some materials (Ecoline watercolor brush pens for example).

If you want to learn more, check my complete Nuuna journal review.

General notebook characteristics:

  • 176 pages (other amounts are available)
  • 0.3 cm dot grid
  • 120 GSM paper
  • Soft cover
  • Numbered pages

This notebook is for you if you’re looking for a stylish clean journal and have a more minimalist style. It might not be for you if you’re looking for something to be creative and to carry it with you (with the softcover you really need to get extra protection if you’re going to carry your journal around).

Price: 24-50 USD

Archer and Olive

Archer and Olive journals are on the expensive side, but you’ll be getting something really special for this price! I bought and was gifted quite a few Archer and Olive notebooks and I can absolutely vouch for them.

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The first thing that stands out in these notebooks is the paper. Archer and Olive notebooks have 160 GSM paint friendly paper, thickest that any other Bullet Journal notebook on the market. It’s also pure white, which is pretty rare on the market.

The second thing you notice are the fantastic designs of each notebook. The go in variety from minimalistic to super flowery. You can always find something fitting your own tastes.

Among the disadvantages are: the cover is really prone to collect all the dust and because of the thickness of the paper each notebook has less pages than the same sized notebook of any other brand.

General notebook characteristics:

  • 160 pages
  • 0.5 cm dot grid
  • 160 GSM paper
  • Hard cover
  • Back pocket
  • Elastic band
  • Two ribbons
  • Pen holder

This notebook is for you if you’re looking for a journal to withstand it all and explore your creativity with lots of different materials. This notebook might not be for you if you’re just starting, discovering your style and trying to figure out what exactly you need from your BuJo.

Price: 30-38 USD

Leuchtturm 1917 The Official Bullet Journal Notebook

This is the official notebook for Bullet Journaling, designed by Ryder Carroll, the Bullet Journal inventor himself. So you really can’t go wrong with this journal.

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This journal includes a preprinted index and key and is designed to help you get accustomed to a traditional bullet journal setup.

The notebook has a very classy look and it has everything you might expect from a BuJo notebook, like ribbon, elastic band, numbered pages and such. This is a great basic notebook. Unlike its counterparts, it’s actually more suited for Bullet Journaling and has three ribbons, that makes navigating in it much faster and more convenient.

There are however some issues I see a lot of people mentioning. The main disadvantage is the paper – it’s not pure white so all the colors will be a bit less bright, and it’s just 80 GSM. A lot of people who use this notebook said they are having lots of trouble with ghosting or even bleeding, so it’s something to consider.

General notebook characteristics:

  • 240 pages
  • 0.5 dot grid
  • 80 GSM paper
  • Hard cover
  • Back pocket
  • Elastic band
  • 3 ribbons
  • Numbered pages
  • Pre Made Pages

This notebook is for you if you’re starting and want to have an easier way to learn how to use your Bullet Journal. It’s also for you if you like minimal and classy look for your notebook and use a simple minimalist style in your note-taking. This notebook might not be for you if you like to be more in control and set up your own pages, or if you’re a bit more artistic and like to use a lot of paint and watercolor in your journal. 

Price: 25 USD

Leuchtturm 1917 Dot Grid Journal

If you want to try out Leuchtturm 1917 notebooks, but want more color options and a bit lower price – just try their usual dot grid journals. These have numbered pages and index for your Bullet Journal, and of course same paper quality as the official Bullet Journal notebook. But the best thing is all the colors you can choose from!

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Leuchtturm 1917 journals are very popular in the Bullet Journal community and were the first notebook for many Bullet Journalists. It’s a very good basic notebook to start with.

Just like with the official Bullet Journal Notebook, the paper quality is 80 GSM and here opini0ns divide between it being good or experiencing a lot of bleeding. Personally, I never used these notebooks myself, so I can’t let you know for sure, but I know Shelby from Little Coffee Fox loves these notebooks, so you can check her review.

General notebook characteristics:

  • 240 pages
  • 0.5 dot grid
  • 80 GSM paper
  • Hard cover
  • Back pocket
  • Elastic band
  • 2 ribbons
  • Numbered pages

This notebook is for you if you want high quality and cover color variety, It’s also a great notebook to start with while figuring out your style and Bullet Journal needs. This notebook might not be for you if you hate ghosting and don’t really have a budget for it. There are other notebooks below which are in a cheaper range but offer higher paper quality.

Price: 20 USD

Dingbats Notebooks

This brand is famous for being eco-friendly and featuring different animals on their covers. I’ve had these on my wishlist for a while and was so happy when they offered to send me one.

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Dingbats notebooks have adorable cover designs and a pretty dense paper. I personally enjoy using mine and how smooth the paper is. Another special treat of these notebooks – the pages re perforated, so if needed it’s pretty simple to take a page out.

Moreover, the notebooks come is a slightly larger size than A5, which is always welcome – who doesn’t want to have just a little bit more space for their Bullet Journal setups?!

Dingbats actually have two lines of notebooks, Wildlife collection with basic journal functions (like the one I have) and Earth collection, which is tailored more to be a Bullet Journal.

General notebook characteristics – Wildlife Collection:

  • 192 pages
  • 0.5 mm dot grid
  • 100 GSM paper
  • Hard cover
  • Back pocket
  • Elastic band
  • 1 ribbon
  • Pen holder

If you want to learn more about notebook from this line, make sure to check out my detailed review with a YouTube video review as well.

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General notebook characteristics – Earth Collection:

  • 192 pages
  • 0.5 dot grid
  • 100 GSM paper
  • Hard cover
  • Back pocket
  • Elastic band
  • 2 ribbons
  • Numbered pages
  • Pre-made pages
  • Pen holder

This notebook is for you if you want something cute and a bit bigger than the standard A5. These notebooks might not be for you if a creamy colored paper is a deal-breaker.

Price: 20-23 USD

Scribbles That Matter Journal

Scribbles That Matter journal has been on my wishlist for a long while already. It’s famous for bright cover designs and the cute doodles. Apart from general dotted pages, these journals offer pre-made key and index and special pen test pages. Moreover, all pages are numbered.

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It’s a solid quality notebook, and if you don’t fancy their iconic designs, they lately released a series of notebooks without any doodles.

Scribbles That Matter is a wonderful company that keeps listening to their fan base and always tries t0o improve their product. I know for sure they are working now at creating a blackout journal and increasing their paper GSM to 160!

General notebook characteristics:

  • 201 pages
  • 0.5 cm dot grid
  • 100 GSM
  • Hard cover
  • Back pocket
  • Elastic band
  • 2 ribbons
  • Pen holder
  • Numbered pages

All you need in a Bullet Journal notebook and pretty affordable price – I think this notebook might be for anyone in BuJo world.

Price: 21 USD

Rhodium Mines

This brand has been releasing lined journals for a long while, but in 2018 they launched their first line of dot grid journals. I got a chance to give this journal a try and you can check my Rhodium Mines Dotted Journal review for more details.

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It’s a good journal with great paper and solid cover, I really enjoy using it. The paper is also not that creamy, which is a big plus for me.

Even though they are pretty new on the Dot Grid notebooks market, they keep improving. For example, in their newest notebook version, they added page numbers, which is quite a useful thing to have in your bujo.

General notebook characteristics:

  • 206 pages
  • 0.5 cm dot grid
  • 100 GSM
  • Hard cover
  • Back pocket
  • Elastic band
  • 2 ribbons
  • Separate pen test sheets
  • 4 Index pages
  • Numbered pages

From the way I see it, the only reason this notebook might not be a good fit for you is if you really need a pen holder. The only issue might be buying the notebook, since at the moment it’s only available on their website and they are UK based.

Price: 18 USD

Lemome Hardcover Dot Grid Notebook

These are good quality notebooks with an elegant design. Lemome journals have high-quality paper in ivory color. Even though you won’t find here any special features like pre-made key and index or numbered pages, it’s still a great notebook to use for your Bullet Journal.

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General notebook characteristics:

  • 180 pages
  • 0.5 cm dot grid
  • 120 GSM paper
  • Hard cover
  • Back pocket
  • Elastic band
  • 1 ribbon
  • Pen holder

This journal is definitely for you if you’re just starting your BuJo journey, for any other kind of journaling and actually if you use lots of wet pens, like fountain pens. This notebook might not be for you if you’re looking for a bit sleeker design and whiter paper.

Price: 15 USD

Bullet Journal by Poluma

Bullet Journal notebook by Poluma is one of the cheapest options you can get to start with your bujo, but it doesn’t mean it’s not a good notebook. It’s among Amazon’s picks in the Bullet Journal notebooks category and has a solid quality paper. 

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The only drawback could probably be the fact that they have only 1 ribbon and the pages aren’t numbered, which might be an issue for you if you’re planning to follow the original Bullet Journal system. But then again you might not need those – just check my Index post to check which option is best for you.

General notebook characteristics

  • 128 pages
  • 0.5 cm dot grid
  • 120 GSM paper
  • Hard cover
  • Back pocket
  • Elastic band
  • 1 ribbon

This notebook is definitely for you if you’re new to Bullet Journaling and want to experiment and try out the system before committing. This might not be a notebook for a more seasoned Bullet Journalist who is looking for something more.

Price: 8 USD

Picking The Perfect Journal

The important thing is really not to overthink it. If you want to start and excited for your first Bullet Journal, just go for it! Find the notebook that seems ok for you at the moment and get it.

In time and with more experience you’ll learn what exactly you need and what kind of notebook is a perfect fit for you. Meanwhile, just jump in and start exploring!

Did I miss your favorite notebook? What brands would you include in this list? Let me know in the comments section below, and I hope this post was helpful for you!

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