The best colored pencils can be found in this collection! Whether you are a beginner or a professional artist searching for the boldest pencils, we’ve got you covered. Art is in the eye of the beholder, but quality colored pencils must reach the standards of our reviewers to be included here. We’ve researched to find the very best. Now: Before you check out the reviews below, here’s what you need to know in order to shop wisely.
Count - Some of the items we’ve chosen include over 100 colored pencils. Other sets are a little more minimal. You’re going to want to know how many pencils you’re getting with your purchase, so we have that information available here.
Pack - The right colored pencils can bring your creations alive. Check here to see if the set you’ve picked comes with just 1 set, or more, of the colors you love. Knowing the number of packs included will help you to be prepared.
Pre-Sharpened - The amount a pencil is sharpened can entirely change its saturation and the mark it makes on the page. If the set you prefer does not come pre-sharpened, you may also want to invest in a quality sharpener.
Pencil Length - Pencil length is marked in our easy-to-read guide so that you know the pencil size you’ll be working with. Some pencils are designed for adults, and others are meant for children. This category will give you a clearer picture.
Case - Certain colored pencil sets come in handy carrying cases for transportation. That allows you to take your work on the go, to the park, while traveling, and more. Check here and see if your pencils come with a case.
Certification - It may surprise you, but there are a number of certifications available for colored pencils, ranging from ASTM certification to the PMA Certification Seal. We’ll tell you if they’re included on the pencils you’re eyeing, and what they mean!
Now that you have a better idea of what to look for when shopping for colored pencils, it’s officially time to begin. Here’s the deal: if you don’t have a lot of time to shop, look at our top pick and our budget pick. Both are excellent choices for the eager artist. Below those, you’ll find the remaining 8 top contenders selected by our reviewers. We can help you find the best colored pencils for you – let’s get started!
Article last updated on:
June 4, 2019