STAEDTLER is a large and well-known German company. It is a famous manufacturer of quality stationery goods. All of you have probably used their graphite pencils or other products at one time or another.
This time, WoWPencils is reviewing STAEDTLER colored pencils, which differ in brands and range from products for children up to artist-grade drawing instruments, including a wide selection in-between. Ready to start?
|Ergosoft® 157 12 pencils|
|Ergosoft® 157 12 pencils in box|
|Ergosoft® 157 24 pencils in box|
|Ergosoft® 157 36 pencils in metal case|
The Ergosoft pencils are fantastic mediums on many levels, but they are not artist-grade drawing tools because they show a low lightfast index. They have their name for a good reason. The pencils include a break-resistant 3 mm lead and feature an Ergosoft non-slip grip. The company uses its patented system that prevents the core from shattering and knocks inside a school bag. Between a wooden barrel and a wax-based pigment core, there is a white layer of a resin material that protects the lead from drops. This product is durable and can last through many use cycles.
The pencils have a triangular shape and are very comfortable to hold in hand. Many readers may doubt this, but this shape feels more natural than hexagonal. It forces your fingers to hold a drawing instrument in a correct way, which was taught at school. This form doesn’t hinder sharpening abilities.
The wooden barrel is made of FSC-certified, sustainably managed forests. It is the same shade as a color pigment. The mediums are labeled with a white stamp that displays the name of the brand. On the barrel, they have a designated spot where you can print any important information (for example, your child’s name).
The colors are very saturated and show good pigmentation. The pencils provide a smooth application and deep shades with minimal effort.
The Ergosoft line is available in a limited selection of colors. They come in the following sets:
- 12 colors in a standard cardboard box;
- 12 colors in a patented stand-up plastic case. The strong plastic is transformed into a functional display stand. Once opened, it offers effortless access to all drawing tools;
- 24 colors in a stand-up easel box as described above;
- 36 colors in a gift metal tin.
These pencils are not water-soluble, but they can be used for blending in combination with a more muted shade. They are best used for practice purposes and are also good at drawing, sketching, and coloring.
- The patented anti-break system, which reinforces the pencil core with a protective coating
- The triangular shape provides a comfortable grip
- Come in expressive colors
- Can be specially marked to identify a pencil user
- Soft at laying down colors
- Work great even on black paper
- Convenient packaging
- This brand is aimed to be used mainly in classroom settings
- Lack color options
- Overpriced compared to the other STAEDTLER pencils and similar brands
- Don’t include a color name on the barrel
- Small lead size
STAEDTLER Ergosoft Aquarell
|Ergosoft® aquarell 156 12 pencils|
|Ergosoft® aquarell 156 24 pencils|
|Ergosoft® aquarell 156 36 pencils|
Launched in the production under the same brand name “Ergosoft”, these watercolor pencils have common characteristics with Ergosoft colored pencils. They feature a non-slip grip and have a triangular shape, which ensures more comfort and control in the drawing process. This is especially useful during long writing sessions. This also prevents pencils from falling off the desk.
As opposed to colored pencils, these drawing tools have a blue wooden barrel and a colored end that is coated with the color of the pencil lead. A company name and a paintbrush icon run along the barrel. The blue-colored coating and the brush indicate that these pencils are water-soluble. They include a name field for easy user identification. The 3 mm lead is wax-based and very soft.
These pencils come in the following sets:
- 12 colors in a stand-up box;
- 24 colors in a plastic easel box;
- 36 colors in a metal tin.
These mediums feature the patented anti-break system – an internal layer of white resin, which protects the core. This prevents fragile pencil leads from breakage in the classroom, where they usually go through a lot of abuse.
The Ergosoft Aquarell pencils are recommended for any age group. They are good for shading and mixing.
When you add water to your drawing, the soft strokes will look uniform, while the harder ones will be visible in the final product.
- The foldable case is practical and durable, while the metal one is a good gift idea
- The triangular design makes the tools easy to hold
- Patented lead protection
- Can be used for both wet and dry coloring
- Bright and vivid colors
- The color selection is simple
- A little expensive
- Wear down fast because of a thin lead
- If any pencil is placed in the opposite direction in the case, the case doesn’t close
STAEDTLER Ergosoft Jumbo
The Ergosoft Jumbo series is specially designed for children. It features all characteristics typical for all Ergosoft drawing tools such as a 3-sided shape and a hardened lead, which doesn’t break. Thanks to their non-slip surface, they ensure a comfortable and fatigue-free drawing. The mediums come in 2 sets – 6 and 12 units packaged in a patented plastic case, which can also be used as a stand.
The feature that distinguishes these pencils in the Ergosoft line is a thicker wooden body with a 4 mm core. This shape feels more natural in young hands. The wooden barrel of these mediums features the same color as the color pigment.
- The lead is soft and highly pigmented
- Thicker pencil diameter for a more comfortable grip
- Protective coating for lead reinforcement
- Selection of expressive colors
- The triangular shape prevents the tools from rolling off a flat surface
- Useful stand-up case, which keeps mediums organized
- More expensive than other brands
- Need regular sharpening because they wear down quickly
STAEDTLER Karat Aquarell
|Karat® aquarell 125 12 pencils|
|Karat® aquarell 125 24 pencils|
|Karat® aquarell 125 36 pencils|
|Karat® aquarell 125 48 pencils|
|Karat® aquarell 125 60 pencils|
As the name suggests, Karat Aquarell is a brand for artist-grade watercolor pencils. They have a hexagonal barrel, which is silver-colored and features a company name and a paintbrush icon. This form is rather typical and feels natural in hand. The pencils sharpen well in any sharpener. Thanks to this shape, they won’t roll on the floor. The color of the cap indicates the lead shade. In addition, the mediums have an imprinted color number according to a booklet’s scale, which is included in each box.
Their pigments dissolve easily in water and produce amazing watercolor effects. You can make color charts to display all shades with and without water. In wet sketches, you can use both dry and wet techniques to reach unique results.
The 3 mm core is rather hard and enables the point to stay sharp, which is helpful for drawing details. The mediums are good at sketching, drawing, shading, and blending.
The pencils are available in the sets of 12, 24, 36, 48, and 60 colors. All collections are packaged in beautiful tins, which can be a brilliant gift idea. They have a professional and luxury look.
- Buttery and smooth application
- Deep and rich hues
- Work great in both wet and dry cycles
- Comfortable hexagonal shape
- The nice metal tin protects the pencils if you draw on the go
- Come pre-sharpened
- The lead may break during sharpening
|Noris® 144 12 pencils|
|Noris® 144 12 half-length pencils|
|Noris® 145 12 pencils in metal tin|
|Noris® 144 12 pencils in metal case|
|Noris® 145 24 pencils in metal tin|
|Noris® 144 24 pencils|
|Noris® 144 50 24 pencils|
|Noris® 145 36 pencils in metal tin|
The Noris and Noris Club pencils are inexpensive colored mediums manufactured by STAEDTLER. They are available in various sets and packaging:
- 12 hexagonal pencils in a cardboard case;
- 12 half-length hexagonal pencils in a cardboard package (mini tools for kids);
- 12 hexagonal pencils in a metal tin;
- 12 hexagonal pencils in a metal tube;
- 24 hexagonal pencils in a metal tin;
- 24 hexagonal pencils in a cardboard case;
- 24 triangular pencils in a cardboard box;
- 24 hexagonal pencils with an eraser tip in a cardboard box;
- 36 hexagonal pencils in a metal tube;
- 36 hexagonal pencils in a metal tin;
- Pack of 12 hexagonal colored pencils x 12 sets (144 items).
You can choose any set and packaging up to your preference and comfort. The mediums in all sets (except one of a triangular shape) have a classic hexagonal wooden barrel with all sides colored as the pencil lead. The 3 mm pigment core is covered by an anti-break white coating, which protects the entire length of lead. Thanks to this shape, the mediums provide a comfortable grip and are not slippery.
The pencils arrive pre-sharpened. They all (except the set with erasers) have flattened ends, which show a centered core, and one collection of pencils features a latex-free eraser on the end. The color pigment erases very well.
The mediums have hard leads. They can be used for blending if you use light layers. These pencils are not quite suitable for elderly users or people with hand issues, because they should be pressed down too hard to get a bright shade. On the other hand, a hard tip doesn’t wear off frequently and keeps a sharp point. This is good for durable detailed drawing.
- Budget drawing option
- Good at sharpening and don’t crumble
- The assortment of various sets and types of packaging
- Break-resistant thanks to a protective coating
- Comfortable grip
- The traditional hexagonal shape prevents the mediums from rolling off desks
- The metal tins are a bit flimsy
- The leads are very hard
|Noris® 127 24 pencils|
|Noris® 144 36 pencils in metal case|
|Noris® colour 187 12x12 assorted colours pencils|
STAEDTLER Noris Aquarell
This set of Noris Aquarell consists of 24 watercolor pencils. The mediums have a classic hexagonal shape, which is rather helpful. They feature the anti-break system typical for most STAEDTLER pencils. Their core is protected by a white resin layer that reinforces the lead and makes the pencils more durable.
With a dab of water, these drawing tools will turn your drawing into an amazing watercolor painting, but they can also be used for dry drawing as well. Their pigment is easily erased by a regular eraser so you can make corrections in your drawing before adding water.
These watercolor pencils come with a paintbrush, which is a nice compliment to your purchase.
- Can be used in dry and wet formats
- Come with a bonus paintbrush
- The variety of saturated colors
- Ergonomically designed grip for more comfort
- Erasable lead
- They sharpen nicely
- Affordable price
- Poor pigmentation
STAEDTLER Noris Colour
This set of Noris Colour pencils includes 12 items and comes in a cardboard box. These drawing instruments are manufactured from an innovative WOPEX (Wood Pencil Extrusion) material.
The company is known for optimizing wood use and has invented this eco-friendly material. The PEFC-certified trees with branches and trunks are reduced to granules and mixed with polymer resin. These pencils are a little different to other mediums. Their cover is thick and soft to touch, and their lead is smooth, break-resistant, and hard-wearing. These mediums are easy to sharpen thanks to a special binding agent, which is added to the pigment.
Their barrel has several black sides along with the colored ones. One side features a company name, a name of the collection, and a country of the manufacturer.
The pencils are good at blending and shading, but they offer more pastel shades.
- Environmentally conscious
- Easy to sharpen
- Soft application
- Break-resistant lead
- Assorted bright colors
- Rubberized surface for a comfortable grip
- The drawing experience differs from that produced by regular graphite pencils
- Perform pale writing
STAEDTLER Noris People of the World
This set of colored pencils has an unusual name. It includes 12 mediums in assorted skin colors for coloring and drawing people of various nationalities. The pencils have an ordinary hexagonal shape preferred by most artists. Their core is hardened by a white resin layer that protects the lead from breakage.
The color of the barrel is similar to the pigment hue, which is helpful for color identification. A company name, its logo, and a name of the collection run along one side of the barrel.
The pencils arrive pre-sharpened and are packaged in a cardboard case.
- All skin tone colors in one box (including white)
- Convenient and soft grip
- Anti-break system (ABS) to protect the pencil core
- Made from PEFC-certified forests
- Not expensive
- Young artists may find this set useless because it is not multi-colored
- The pencils should be pressed down to produce bright colors
STAEDTLER Noris Erasable
This set of the Noris Erasable pencils consists of 24 vibrant colors including white. Their 3 mm lead is erasable that is a good option for kids who are prone to making mistakes. The items have a latex-free eraser, which is great at removing the wrong lines in colored drawings.
The mediums come in a traditional hexagonal shape with a barrel colored as the pigment core. This collection also features the ABS, which protects the lead from accidental breakage. The pencils are environmentally friendly and developed from sustainably managed forests.
- Convenient classic shape
- White resin layer to protect the lead
- Assorted color spectrum
- Include a PVC eraser
- Easy to sharpen
- Contain no information about lightfast abilities
STAEDTLER Noris Jumbo
|Noris® jumbo 128 6 pencils|
|Noris® super jumbo 129 6 pencils|
|Noris® jumbo 128 10 pencils|
|Noris® super jumbo 129 10 pencils|
The Noris Jumbo collection is sold in various sets:
- 6 triangular colored pencils in a cardboard case.
- 6 hexagonal colored pencils in a cardboard box (Super Jumbo).
- 10 triangular colored pencils in a cardboard case.
- 10 hexagonal colored pencils in a cardboard box (Super Jumbo).
These mediums are designated for kids’ activities. They are thicker than regular STAEDTLER colored pencils and have a 4 mm lead. The drawing tools from the Jumbo series feature a triangular shape, and those from the Super Jumbo line have a hexagonal shape. Both forms feel comfortable in small hands, and a bigger pencil diameter is perfect for first drawing and writing.
The pencils have a resin protection layer, which prevents lead breakage. Their barrel features an attractive star design and includes a name field.
The hexagonal pencils from the Super Jumbo collection include a bonus sharpener.
These mediums are good at blending and shading and don’t wear out fast. They can be used by adults despite the fact they are intended for children.
- Ergonomic shape for relaxed drawing
- Arrive pre-sharpened
- Name field for easy identification
- Extra thick lead
- The Super Jumbo sets come with a sharpener
- Limited color palette
The Lumocolor set of colored pencils contains only 6 items. These mediums are unique because they write on almost any surface. They work great on plastic, paper, wood, glass, metal, and stone. These instruments leave markings even on transparent and dark surfaces, and they are widely used in industry. Their color is intensive and lightfast; it includes non-corrosive pigments and has no odor.
The lead is waterproof and is encased in a black wooden barrel, and only the tip of the pencil is the same color as the core. A company name and a collection name run along the pencil body.
The mediums are suitable for drawing, writing, and painting. If you use them to reach a watercolor effect, they will not leak through the paper.
These drawing tools come packaged in a blister card.
- Work on a number of surfaces
- Waterproof and corrosion-resistant
- Meet eco standards
- Can be used in trade and for industrial purposes
- Don’t bleed through the paper
- The choice is restricted by only 6 colors
STAEDTLER Design Journey
|STAEDTLER® 14610C 24 pencils|
|STAEDTLER® 146C 24 pencils|
|STAEDTLER® 149C 24 pencils|
The Design Journey collection from STAEDTLER covers a number of pencil types:
- a set of 24 hexagonal watercolor pencils. They can be used for dry and wet techniques and are suitable for various creative activities, such as drawing, coloring, and watercolor painting. They feature a soft lead and produce bright watercolor effects. The barrel of these pencils is colored as the pigment core. There is a paintbrush icon on their body to differentiate them from regular colored mediums. They arrive in a cardboard box, but there is also an edition in a metal tin;
- a set of 24 hexagonal colored pencils, which comes in a cardboard case. These are highly pigmented coloring mediums. They have a classic barrel shape and a tempered head. The body is of the same color as the lead, which is very helpful for easy shade recognition. The drawing tools have a soft lead and are good for blending, shading, and mixing colors;
- a set of 24 hexagonal colored pencils that are super soft. This means they offer high coverage. These drawing instruments work on both white and black paper. They have a black barrel with a colored tempered end. The pencils are packaged in a cardboard box.
- Environmentally conscious
- Include various types of pencils for diverse coloring techniques
- Bright and intense shades
- Comfortable grip
- Highly pigmented
- Include soft leads
- The super soft pencils with their black barrel are difficult to identify colors
STAEDTLER Coloured Pencils
This collection of colored pencils from STAEDTLER includes 2 options – the sets of 36 and 72 hexagonal colored pencils.
The mediums are traditionally shaped and come pre-sharpened. The colors are easy to recognize because the barrel features the same color as the lead. They are good at blending, layering, and mixing colors.
Both sets arrive in a metal case. This is a perfect storage place that protects the mediums from breakage and keeps them in order.
- The drawing tools in attractive metal tins are a brilliant gift idea
- Easy to sharpen
- Include a plethora of vibrant shades
- Convenient grip
- Have break-resistant leads
- The tin comes wrapped in a protective plastic case
- The mediums are too hard
STAEDTLER Сolored Pencils vs Other Brands
STAEDTLER is known for quality and artist-grade drawing tools. Most hobbyists and artists adore its pencils. Let’s compare them with other famous brands, which produce high-grade stationery products. Each brand works great if you know how to make proper use of its drawing instruments, but WoWPencils is going to find differences between STAEDTLER vs Prismacolor and vs Faber-Castell.
STAEDTLER vs Prismacolor Colored Pencils
Prismacolor drawing tools are more pigmented than STAEDTLER’s. They are waxy and include more color pigment, which makes every stroke saturated and intense. They easily merge and create fantastic shading. Being softer than STAEDTLER’s mediums, they look more expressive on paper. With all their advantages, these instruments are more expensive.
STAEDTLER vs Faber-Castell Colored Pencils
The Faber-Castell pencils provide a smoother application and have a buttery base.
The STAEDTLER mediums are harder, but they are able to perform darker lines. They are good at layering and allow artists to put them light, making the shade darker and darker with each layer. You cannot do that with Faber-Castell. In fact, they are different pencils and act in their own way on different types of paper.
Where to Buy STAEDTLER Colored Pencils?
Visit the official website of STAEDTLER to buy any of the sets described in this review. Various online stores offer these mediums as well. Find them on the internet in shops specialized in art supplies, such as Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and at famous online retailers like Amazon and eBay. Making an e-purchase, you can check prices offered by various sellers and read customers’ comments.
STAEDTLER is a unique stationery company that cares about people and the environment. Its colored pencils are specially designed to please any customer, starting with a comfortable pencil grip, lead protection, and vibrant colors.
These guys have invented and financed an incredible technique of making environmentally friendly drawing tools. Buying these products, we support their “green program” directed to save nature. If some of their products are more expensive than standard colored pencils, this is understandable, because each medium is backed up by enormous work and energy invested in its production. These art supplies are meant to last, and they are worth buying.