AmazonBasics Classic Black Dry Erase Markers, 12-Count

Last updated date: January 18, 2022

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AmazonBasics Classic Black Dry Erase Markers, 12-Count

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We looked at the top Dry Erase Markers and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Dry Erase Marker you should buy.

Update as January 27, 2022:
Checkout The Best Dry Erase Marker for a detailed review of all the top dry erase markers.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 34 expert reviews, the AmazonBasics Classic Black Dry Erase Markers, 12-Count placed 14th when we looked at the top 15 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

AmazonBasics Low-Odor Dry Erase Markers Designed for use with whiteboards, this 12-pack of AmazonBasics dry-erase markers works great for everything from household schedules and chore lists to home-office messages, classroom learning, or business presentations. Each marker provides a slim barrel for a comfortable grip when writing, and the cap attaches conveniently to the end during use for easy access when finished. Details 12-pack of black dry-erase markers Low-odor DryGuard ink erases cleanly Won’t dry out if left uncapped for 2 days Versatile chisel tip for writing thick or thin lines For use in offices, classrooms, or home Black DryGuard Ink Black DryGuard Ink The dry-erase markers feature DryGuard ink that’s specially formulated to be low odor. The smooth-writing black ink makes a bold statement that’s easy to see. Even more, the markers won’t dry out if left uncapped for two days, and the ink erases quickly and cleanly using a dry cloth. Versatile Chisel Tip Versatile Chisel Tip Create thick bold lines or thin marks and smaller print with the AmazonBasics dry-erase marker. Its versatile chisel tip allows for writing multiple line widths, all with a simple change of the angle—no need for multiple markers. AmazonBasics Low-Odor Dry Erase Markers – Chisel Tip – 12 Pack (Black) In The Box – AmazonBasics Low-Odor Dry Erase Markers – Chisel Tip – 12 Pack (Black)

Expert Reviews

User Summarized Score

1,116 user reviews

What experts liked

The drying effect is quick, and the caps are contoured for easy storage. You can remove the ink from the dry boards with a dry cloth.
- Products Browser
August 6, 2019 | Full review
The best part is that the low-odor DryGuard ink used, wipes away effortlessly. However, what makes them popular, is the fact that they don’t dry easily. If you were to leave them uncapped for 2 days, they would still work perfectly!
- The Z8
August 9, 2019 | Full review
We think the standout feature is that they don’t just dry out if you accidentally leave them uncapped. You can do this up to 2 days.
- The Review Gurus
The pen designed with flexible body and cap. You can ask the kids attach the cap on the end while using the marker to write on the board. It allows for more ease access after use while preventing they forget and lose the cap easily.
- Joy Of All Crafts

What experts didn't like

It’s not working for other surfaces such as glass or laminate paper.
- Joy Of All Crafts

Our Expert Consultant

Amy Markham   
Artist and art educator

Artist and educator Amy Markham is the creator of Starling, a podcast dedicated to helping artists develop depth in their creative practice. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, Amy has been an art educator since 2001. Today, she teaches middle school art at a school outside of Memphis, Tennessee. Her personal artwork explores myth-making and symbolic understandings. Through her brand, Starling Creative Living, she leads others to explore art production as a method for enriching their life experience.

An Overview On Dry Erase Markers

While whiteboards are most commonly used in classrooms and in business offices to give important presentations, they can be used just about anywhere. You can place them in the kitchen to keep track of grocery items that need to be restocked or in the garage to keep your spouse apprised of the current to-do list. Of course, you’ll need a quality set of dry erase markers to go with your whiteboard.

Amy Markham, an artist, middle school art teacher and the host of a creativity podcast, says: “I recently replaced the chalkboard in my classroom with a whiteboard and love not having to use chalk anymore, although finding the best dry erase markers has been a challenge. Some are streaky, some are too transparent and some dry out too quickly.” It helps to know exactly what you’re looking for before you make a purchase.

Start off by verifying that the dry erase markers are non-toxic. One way to know for sure is to spot the Art & Creative Materials Institute, Inc.’s certification label. It will say “AP Certified.” You definitely don’t want to take a chance using markers that may contain toxic chemicals when working with children.

Next, examine the marker’s tip. You may want to go with a model that has a fine tip. Fine tips are a better choice if you need to be precise. There are also models that have a thick tip for wider coverage, as well as versions that allow you to write and draw with both a fine tip and a broad stroke.

Don’t forget to keep colors in mind when shopping for dry erase markers. “You can purchase these in color sets or individually. Most people want to have multiple colors so that they can differentiate points or color code ideas,” says Markham.

Finally, determine what extra features you’d like the dry erase markers to have. For example, some models have a handy visibility window that reveals when your ink is getting close to running out. Markham points out that “some brands have an eraser on the end of the marker.” She does go on to warn that the erasers “tend to fall off and are often more trouble than they are worth.”

The Dry Erase Marker Buying Guide

  • When it comes to price, keep in mind that you tend to get what you pay for. “The inexpensive dry erase markers tend to use cheap materials for the tips, which results in fraying that makes the marker less effective.  It is worth it to spend more for a stronger tip that will withstand repeated use,” says Markham.
  • It is important to be careful while using dry erase markers, as the pigment in the ink will stain clothing.
  • You can use dry erase markers on glass, plastic storage food containers, metal file drawers, plastic sheet covers and even the windshield of your automobile.
  • If the tip of your dry erase marker dries out, you can revive it, so don’t toss it just yet. First, try turning the marker upside down with the cap on for a 24-hour period. If that doesn’t work, remove the felt tip and re-insert it with the moist side facing out.
  • Never use a dry erase marker on a surface like paper or cardboard. This will damage the tip of the marker, resulting in the need for a replacement much sooner than if you stuck to using the marker on its intended surfaces.
  • Use care when storing your dry erase markers. According to Markham, “Most brands will tell you to store them horizontally, although a few will tell you to store them vertically with the tip down. So, make sure to check what the brand of your choice suggests for storage. And, of course, make sure you hear the snap when you put the cap back on the marker. Keeping the cap on when not in use always adds to the lifespan of a marker.”
  • When comparing prices, you must first divide the cost of the dry erase marker set by the number of markers in the set. Even though sets with 52 markers appears to cost more than models with less markers, their cost per marker may actually much cheaper. Don’t forget to take into consideration any special features. For example, some models command a higher price, thanks to their contoured shape that keeps them from rolling off your table.