The best USB flash drives are the fastest flash drives and the flash drives with more flexible functionality.
The best USB flash drive is split into multiple use use cases.
Best USB Flash drive in 2022 list for various users and needs.
SanDisk Extreme Pro Flash Drive 256 GB
The best heavy-duty fast and rugged file transfer drive.
The SanDisk Extreme PRO Solid State USB Flash Drive USB 3.1 comes in capacity sizes of 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB.
With read speeds up to 420 MB/s and the password protection of the USB drive uses 128-bit AES encryption.
The SanDisk Extreme Pro Flash Drive USB stick comes in a robust aluminium housing.
The Extreme Pro USB drive is backwards compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0.
- 1TB Capacity version
- Fast enogh for most users
- USB 3.2 Gen 1
- No USB-C dual option or version
- The price
Kingston DataTraveler Max USB 1TB Flash Drive
Kingston DT Max is the best and fastest USB Flash Drive.
Kingston DataTraveler Max USB 3.2 Gen 2 Series Flash Drive is the fastest USB flash drive we looked at so far.
With transfer speed for read up to 1000MB/s and write speed up to 900MB/s, you get NVMe performance in a small USB flash drive form factor.
The Kingston DataTraveler Max comes in multiple capacity options with the best price point relative to capacity being set at 256GB now and highest capacity is 1TB for the Kingston Max USB flash drive.
- Fastest USB Flash drive so far
- USB-A and USB-C versions available
- USB 3.2 Gen 2
- Can be easily attached to your keyring
- No dual USB Type-A and USB Type-C option
- Plastic case
Samsung DUO Plus USB Type-C Flash Drive
The best dual connection USB flash drive.
The Samsung DUO Plus USB Type-C flash drive comes with dual USB connectors, USB-C and USB-A full sized USB connector.
Storage size from 32GB up to 256GB.
Read speed up to 400MB/s using USB 3.1
Write speed is lower and it can be as low as 50MB/s.
SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive USB-C flash drive
SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive USB-C flash drive os the best affordable USB-C and USB-A drive that can be attached to a keychain.
Small and smart slider function to switch connectors.
SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive USB-C flash drive tested read speed reaches 150MB/s while write speed is much lower at around 40MB/s.
Tests with the Sandisk Ultra Dual flash drive reveal the read speed is great while the write speed is on the slow side but this is expected.