Gel pens are a fantastic addition to anybody’s stationary repertoire. Remember back in the day when you would be the coolest kid in the class if you ever went into school with a pencil case full of new colored and scented gel pens?!
Wow, those were the days!
Of course, gel pens did not just stop existing in the early noughties though, and they still remain a staple of pencils cases all around the world. Given the recent boom in adult coloring books gel pens have started to have their heyday again!
We’ve decided to do some searching for you and find the best gel pens for coloring. We’ve listed the top choices along with their pros and cons for you to peruse.
As if that wasn’t enough, we have also supplied you with a handy Buyers’ Guide so you know exactly what to look for when you are buying your gel pens.
In a rush?
Do you have a big coloring project coming up and you need your gel pens as soon as possible? Look no further because we have picked out our absolute favorite gel pens for coloring here so you don’t have to read through the whole article.
We absolutely loved Aen Glitter Gel Pens as they ticked all of our boxes when we came to consider what we should look for in gel pens for coloring
OUR TOP PICK
The first gel pens on our list just had to be the Glitter Gel Pens Set from brand Aen. They have had rave reviews on their product and it has proven to be a favorite of many.
The set comes with 100 pens, none of which are duplicated. The color range is truly huge, and at first glance, you would be forgiven for thinking that there are lots of duplicates.
However, on closer inspection, you will see that actually there are different shades of similar colors that differ sometimes subtly. Although all of the pens have specks of glitter, the set does also feature neon, pastel, and metallic colors too. This makes for a very versatile kit that can be used for all sorts of drawing and coloring.
One of the standout features of this set is that each pen has now had its ink cartridge expanded compared to previous models so it can fit in 30% more ink. Talking of ink, the ink flow from these gel pens is great.
Other reviewers have also stated this saying that ink flows freely without the need to stop and shake the pen to get the ink flowing. The pen lids fit tightly, too, to ensure the ink does not dry up when not in use.
In terms of comfort, each of the 100 pens comes with a soft rubber grip on there. This means your hand will be comfortable and relaxed even after an intense coloring session.
The pen specifications may not be important to everyone but we know some pen aficionados will want to know that the tip size is a very fine point at 0.8 to 1.0 mm, making it perfect for producing fine lines.
The ink is also non-toxic and acid-free, as well as being quick drying to prevent smudges! There’ll be smiles all round with this set!
- There is a large variety of colors in this set - 100 to be exact, none of which are duplicated!
- The tip size is 0.8mm to 1.0m making it perfect for those detailed designs in your coloring book
- There is a soft Comfort Grip on each pen ensuring that your hand will not cramp up after a long time coloring
- The ink is non-toxic and free of acid too
- The ink flows freely and dries quickly to ensure ease of use as well as making sure there are no unsightly smudges!
- There is 30% more ink in the chambers meaning they last longer
- The pens have a tight-fitting lid so they do not dry out
- Something that may put off some users is the fact that all of the inks have glitter in them.
This set is yet another by the brand Aen. This time we have their Art Gel Pens Set which is a slightly smaller set of 30.
We love this set because each pen has 40% more ink than their old model and so you are getting more bang for your buck! The colors in this set are super vivid and high quality making them perfect for fancy writing as well as coloring.
In terms of coloring, these would be perfect for tiny, intricate details. They write super smoothly as the ink flows freely from them. Talking of writing smoothly, you don’t need to worry about the pen becoming difficult to hold, because the smooth grip on each pen allows for ease of use and comfort with each stroke.
Within the 30 pens, there are subcategories dedicated to classic gel, fluorescent, pastel, glitter, and metal. This means you will find something for all of the coloring needs you may have! They are all totally unique and distinctive colors too, so there is no need to fret about having duplicates.
The tips are strong and durable, being between 0.8 and 1.0mm. This makes them perfect for fine lines, should you wish to use them in that way. The ink itself is non-toxic and fast-drying, meaning you don’t need to worry about smudges and smears after all of your hard work.
The caps ensure the pens don’t easily dry out, too.
- Each pen has a whopping 40% more ink in the chamber than other models
- There is a choice between classic, fluorescent, pastel, glitter, and metal gel inks.
- All colors are unique so you will not have duplicates
- The ink is super fast drying so you do not need to worry about smudging and smearing
- The caps fit on tightly to ensure that there will be no spillages, nor will the ink dry out
- Each pen has a smooth, comfortable plastic grip
- This set has the smallest color selection by far with just 30 colors so may not be best if you want variety.
- Some customers said in reviews that the pens took a little time to start flowing on the first use
Next on our list is Shuttle Art’s Unique Colors Gel Pens Set. there are 120 colors in this set making it one of the fullest sets on the list.
Each color is unique too, there are no repeats or duplicates, so once your favorite has run out, that’s it! Don’t let that put you off though, by any means, because this set is so jam packed with wonderful colors that we are sure you will have many favorites!
Something we like about this set is that they have the innovative addition of ‘swirl’ gel pens which are essentially pens with three different colors of ink inside to give you an effect of the colors swirling together.
As well as these swirl colors there are also neon glitter inks, metallic, plain glitter, fluorescent, pastel, and of course classic/standard gel ink. This means you will find a pen for everything!
The set is split into wallets, each wallet containing 30 pens so you can store them neatly for your convenience. You can switch wallets around, putting all your favorites in one wallet, and keeping it with you on journeys.
The tips on these gel pens are between 0.8mm and 1.0mm making them perfect for tiny details and fine lines in your coloring. The tips are super durable too and allow for ink to flow without interruption (except some of the pastels which some customers have said take a little longer to flow).
The ink itself is non-toxic and acid-free, ensuring you have peace of mind that your safety is paramount when using these pens. They do not tend to smudge easily, either! Keep the lids on to ensure they don’t dry out. This should not be an issue given that the caps fit tightly.
One consideration to keep in mind with these pens is that they don’t have plastic or rubber grips on them. This means they may slide out of your hands when using them or that they might be uncomfortable after some time.
However, this will only affect customers who deem comfort as key, for example, those who will be using the pens over a prolonged period.
- This set has an excellent selection of colors including the innovative ‘swirl’ pen which has three colors in one
- There are no duplicates, each color is unique
- The pens are split into 4 wallets, each with 30 pens, for easy transportation
- 0.8-1.0mm tips for fine line and intricate details
- The ink is non-toxic and acid-free
- Caps fit tightly
- The ink can be a little tougher to flow out of some of the colors in this set, particularly the pastel colors
- They do not have comfortable grips
Next up we have the 96 piece Color Artist Gel Pen Set by DasKid. This set consists of 48 pens and 48 refills.
The fact that it has refills included makes it one of our favorite sets as it encourages reuse of your existing product instead of going ahead and purchasing a whole other set when your current pens are run out.
Just replace the ink cartridge when it empties and you will be helping to cut down plastic usage overall. The colors included can be grouped into 4 sets - glitter gel, metallic gel, neon gel, and pastel gel. This means you have a wealth of color and style choices at your disposal in this set.
All of the inks are super vibrant, and all are unique so you will not get any duplicates (except of course the refills). This set is also the only one on this list to include a carrying case.
The black, portable case makes it easy to take with you when you travel around, slot it into your backpack, or carry it in your tote, you can take it to school or college too! They store very easily, too making it convenient to keep near your desk just to pull out exactly when you need it.
The gel pens have a comfortable grip, ensuring your hands won’t feel strained after using them for a long time. The ink also flows with ease, due to ballpoint technology. The ink is of good consistency and flows well, coming out precisely from the 0.8mm-1.0mm tip.
These will be great for detailed coloring and even for writing fancy fonts for invitations and scrapbooks. The caps fit on tightly, too. This ensures that each pen will be kept secure after each use and will not be exposed to air which may dry them out.
Simply replace each cap after use and you can rest assured that they will last a long time! In terms of drying time, many customers have reviewed these gel pens and said that there was little to no smudging.
We think some colors in this set are more susceptible to smudging than others, but the dry time is relatively quick so just take care when using it!
- This set has a very handy and convenient storage case making it ideal to carry around to school or college or when traveling
- The ballpoint technology means that the ink flows well
- The caps fit tightly to prevent the ink from drying out
- Excellent color choice with 48 colors to choose from.
- Refills are included
- Comfortable grips
- The inks in these pens are a little more susceptible to smudging than some other inks we have found
- The ink chamber in these pens are smaller than other pens and so they run out a little faster
Last on our list (but certainly not least) we have the Gel Pens Set by Tanmit. This excellent little set is yet another one with refills included, making it an excellent choice for someone who uses pens a lot and gets through them quickly.
There are 120 pens in total, with 120 refills included too. Each of the 120 pens is a unique color, meaning you will not have repeats or duplicates! You could color the rainbow and still have over a hundred colors left to choose from!
The choices in this set are wonderful, we think it has the largest variety of gel types to choose from - Glitter, Metallic, Neon, Pastel, Fluorescent, Dye Colors, Rainbow, and of course, Standard.
Your choices are endless! These are also an upgraded model compared to others by this brand and so you will benefit from 20% extra color, no smudges and smears, and the ability to draw fine lines with the 0.6-1.0mm tip.
The pens write smoothly with non-toxic and acid-free ink, and you can rest assured that your ink will not run dry with the tight cap that is included with each pen.
The pens do not feature a rubber or plastic grip, but the plastic of the pen does have grooved areas. They may be suitable for some but others may find it a little too uncomfortable.
- The 120 unique colors with 8 different gel styles set this apart from all the other sets in term of color choice
- Non-toxic and acid-free ink for safety
- The ink flows freely
- It has refills included
- These pens have the finest tips we have found which makes them great for tiny details
- There is no rubber or plastic grip on these pens which could make them uncomfortable
- Some customers report that the ink chamber rattles inside the pens and makes a noise. This may put off some buyers.
Best Gel Pens For Coloring Buying Guide
There are several factors that we recommend taking into consideration before you go ahead and buy your gel pens.
We used these factors when choosing our top five list above and thought that you may find it useful too.
First on our list of considerations is comfort. There is nothing worse than coloring for hours with an uncomfortable pen that you can’t grip properly. Look for gel pens that have comfortable soft rubber grips if you envision comfort being somewhat of a concern for you.
You may also want to consider purchasing your own pen grip if you have found the perfect gel pens but they don’t have a grip.
Comfort is key! However, this is of course a personal choice, and whether you want grips will depend on how long you anticipate using each pen. Longer periods using a gel pen warrant comfort, shorter periods don’t.
This may not seem super important at first, however, those of you who have had pens dry out in the past because the lids have slipped off will know just how key this factor is!
Ensure that you check the reviews to see what other customers have had to say about the lids on those particular pens! We have tried hard to find pens that all have this feature.
Given that you will be using your gel pens for coloring, we are guessing that the color choice is going to be a huge consideration for you. You don’t just want a packet of gel pens that only have four different colors, right?
Look for the most rainbow filled gel pen pack you can find! There are so many options for different colors and even styles. You can get bright neons, metallics, pastels, and glitters! Some gel pens even come with a mixture of all of these styles in every color you can imagine.
You want the ink to flow easily out of your gel pens, but not so easy that it leaks everywhere. That being said, there is nothing worse than a gel pen where the ink is so thick it seems to get stuck.
You can be there shaking your pen for ages and the ink still won’t flow. Avoid this by choosing gel pens with proven good-quality ink flow. Simply check the product specifications of your gel pens, and more importantly, the reviews!
Drying time and smudginess
This factor is especially important if you are working on a coloring that is very detailed and intricate. You don’t want to spend a long time perfecting it, only to accidentally brush it with your hand and smudge it over the whole piece!
Look for gel pens that have fast drying times to reduce the risk of smudging it. These days you can get gel pens that dry almost instantly.
...and there you have it! Finding the best gel pens for coloring does not need to be overwhelming. There is a lot of choice out there, but now you are armed with some of the best products around, as well as a handy Buyers’ Guide to enable you to make an informed choice when you choose your gel pens.
Whatever you choose, we are sure that you will be blown away by the choice of colors you can get, and will love getting creative with your gel pens!
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