Work Better: Dry Erase Markers for Planning, Notes and Art

Write on, wipe off.

Woman writing on white board with dry erase marker.
A dry erase marker can meet all of your writing needs, whether business or personal.Unsplash

Dry erase markers are a great alternative to dusty, noisy chalkboards and make the most of a reusable resource. Unlike most writing utensils, dry erase markers are oil-based, which means the ink doesn’t stick to slippery surfaces like slick plastic, glass, smooth vinyl or dry erase boards. This allows you to draw and print without worrying about making a mistake like permanent markers, and they don’t leave behind airborne irritants like chalk does. But you might be surprised to know that dry erase markers come in a variety of tips, colors and options. Here’s what to look for in a great dry erase marker that meets all of your needs.

EXPO 1785294 Low-Odor Dry Erase Set, Chisel Tip, Assorted Colors, 5-Piece with Recycled Material Marker Caddy

Cleaning Tool Included

Variety of colors with holder that adheres to any surface for easy access storage.EXPO

Keeping track of your dry erase markers might be the toughest part of using them. Caps go missing, people walk off with your markers and they get mixed into the general marker population. When purchasing a set of dry erase markers, consider buying a set with a wall mount organizer so you can return them to their designated location when you’re done using them. You’ll never worry about grabbing a permanent marker by accident or losing your dry erase marker again.

EXPO 1884309 Low-Odor Dry Erase Markers, Ultra Fine Tip, Assorted Colors, 8-Count

Great for Classrooms and Homes

Great for detail drawing and crisp lines, thanks to the narrow point and vivid color.EXPO

Traditionally, dry erase markers have a sculpted, chisel tip. This allows the user to make thick or thin lines while drawing or writing. But if you need more precision, be sure to look for a marker with a fine tip. Fine tips offer more control with each stroke, producing crisper lines and clearer details—perfect for taking notes or drawing intricate details.

Arteza Dry Erase Markers, Bulk Pack of 52 (with Chisel Tip), 12 Assorted Colors with Low-Odor Ink, Whiteboard Pens for Back to School, Office, or Home

Rainbow of Hues

More than four dozen pieces in a variety of pigments. Non-toxic and mild scent.ARTEZA

When you’re choosing a set of dry erase markers, be certain to consider who will be using them and why. If you are in a corporate setting, sticking to basic colors is totally fine. However, if you’re using them for art or want to color code your notes, the more options the better. If you can dream up a color, chances are it comes in the form of a dry erase marker.