Regular Material design checkbox (see in action here): regular checkboxes

Checkbox button, seen this kind in few places (example): material button checkboxes

Which of these designs is more user friendly (and technically correct?)
Is Checkbox button even acceptable?
Is it trending nowadays?

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    Please think about visually impaired users - of all kinds - low vision, colour blind etc. Are we trying to make things difficult for people?
    – DaveP
    Commented Jun 1, 2017 at 9:14

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The regular material design checkbox works. Because the user will have a clear picture as to what is selected.

In button style using color as differentiator hardly matters.

If a question has too many options to chose from than regular material design works out because less space is occupied whereas in button lot amount of space gets occupied.

The regular checkbox is more user-friendly compared to button style.


The checkbox is fine to use and understood by users including screen readers. Material guidelines help improve the usability and visibility of said elements.

Never use colour alone to differentiate user options.

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