Ceramic vs Organic Brake Pads: Which is Better?

Brake Pads

Your brake pads are a key part of your braking system. And there are different kinds of brake pads. Here, we’ll talk about two: Ceramic and organic.

There’s still debate concerning this, but we’ll do our best to present the argument objectively. So again, in regard to ceramic or organic brake pads, which is better?


Organic brake pads are made of natural materials. Rubber, glass and even Kevlar have been used in them. The most noticeable – and most likeable – thing is that they engage the rotor quietly, due to their soft makeup.

Almost equally noticeable and likable is their price. Manufacturers can obtain the materials for this type of brake pad easily and affordably, all of which are passed on to car owners.

On the downside, they wear much easier than other pads, and dust buildup is significantly greater than other pads as well.

What kind of driver would benefit more from this type of pad? Obviously, these pads were not built for heavy duty conditions. So if you drive a smaller, lighter vehicle, and you’re not an aggressive driver, then you may like organic pads.

However, if you own a larger vehicle more prone to heavy duty operation, then ceramic brake pads could be the way to go. Let’s take a look at those now.


brake pads

Right off the bat, ceramic brake pads are built to last much longer than organic. They take longer to wear down, due to their less-than-abrasive nature. While they still produce dust, it’s much less, and as a bonus, you won’t find it all over your wheels, as it doesn’t stick to them.

Another factor that ceramic brake pads respond well to is variations in temperature. When brake pads are pushed against the rotors, the intense friction can produce extreme heat. So this can help protect your braking system, including the calipers, which can seize after being overexposed to this very heat.

While ceramic brake pads are designed to take the rigors better than organic, they have proved to be reliable for most vehicles.

With performance like that, you’d expect them to be more costly than organic – and they are. You can understand why. Back on the plus side, they are still less expensive than metallic brake pads, which you’d find on sport utility vehicles or trucks. In fact, ceramic brake pads are not recommended for these vehicles.


So let’s recap. If you have a light to mid size vehicle, and you want to have reliable brake pads, ceramic is the way to go. If you’re on a budget and you are not rough on your vehicle, organic can get you by pretty decent for a while.

So aside from a few personal preferences, ceramic brake pads seem to be the better option over organic. They are a bit more of an investment, but will last far longer than organic brake pads.

If you’re considering either one of these types of brake pads, we hope this article proved helpful to you.

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