AmazonBasics Chisel Tip Dry Erase White Board Markers

Last updated date: October 16, 2019

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 38 expert reviews, the AmazonBasics AmazonBasics Chisel Tip Dry Erase White Board Markers placed 9th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note February 27, 2020:
Checkout The Best Dry Erase Markers for a detailed review of all the top dry erase markers.

Expert Summarized Score
4 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
1,116 user reviews
Our Favorite Video 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

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)

Overall Product Rankings

1. Arteza Chisel Tip Dry Erase Markers, 52 ct
Overall Score: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 3
2. EXPO Chisel Tip Dry Erase Markers, 8 ct
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 10
3. BIC Intensity Fine Bullet Tip Dry Erase Marker, 12 ct
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 4
4. U Brands Magnetic Double Ended Dry Erase Markers, 6 ct
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 2
5. Artellius Dry Erase Markers, 40 ct
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 0
6. Madisi Dry Erase Markers, 48 ct
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 0
7. EXPO Chisel Tip Dry Erase Markers, 16 ct
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 4
8. June Gold Dry Erase Whiteboard Markers, 39 ct
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 5
9. AmazonBasics Chisel Tip Dry Erase White Board Markers
Overall Score: 7.6
Expert Reviews: 4
10. EXPO Fine Tip Dry Erase Markers, 8 ct
Overall Score: 7.6
Expert Reviews: 2

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.

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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.

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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. The Arteza Chisel Tip Dry Erase Markers, 52 ct is one of the brands that carry this seal.

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Next, examine the marker’s tip. The EXPO Fine Tip Dry Erase Markers, 8 ct come with 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, like the EXPO Chisel Tip Dry Erase Markers, 8 ct, that allow you to write and draw with both a fine tip and a broad stroke.

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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.

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Finally, determine what extra features you’d like the dry erase markers to have. For example, the BIC Intensity Fine Bullet Tip Dry Erase Marker, 12 ct has 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.”

DYWM Fun Fact

The first whiteboards were created by a photographer named Martin Heit back in the 1950s. Heit was marking his photo reel and noticed he had used a permanent marker. Immediately, he attempted to remove the marker from the negatives. To his surprise, the marker actually wiped right off. This gave him the idea that resulted in the creation of the whiteboards we use today.

While markers were able to be cleaned off a whiteboard with a damp cloth, it wasn’t until 1975 that Jerry Woolf invented special dry erase markers that disappeared with the wipe of a dry medium. These markers are made using an oily silicone polymer that causes the ink in the marker to dry quickly after landing on the surface of a whiteboard. Since the ink doesn’t penetrate beyond the top layer of the board, it doesn’t leave any stains behind once removed.

You may be surprised to discover that you can actually use dry erase markers for much more than just writing on a whiteboard. You can use them to help children practice their numbers and letters on a Styrofoam plate or use them to create a seasonal masterpiece on your windows and sliding glass doors. You can even leave yourself words of affirmation on your bathroom mirror.

The Dry Erase Marker Buying Guide

  • Look for a customer satisfaction guarantee. This way you can request a refund if the dry erase markers arrive damaged or don’t work properly.
  • 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 the Arteza Chisel Tip Dry Erase Markers, 52 ct appears to cost more than the EXPO Chisel Tip Dry Erase Markers, 8 ct and the EXPO Fine Tip Dry Erase Markers, 8 ct, the cost per marker is actually much cheaper. Don’t forget to take into consideration any special features. For example, the BIC Intensity Fine Bullet Tip Dry Erase Marker, 12 ct commands a higher price, thanks to its visible ink window.