There is no doubt that chalkboards are a thing of the past. After all, they are heavy and cumbersome, hard to mount, and cleaning them is a whole different story. Chalkboards just are not that great, and it is why they are quickly going out of fashion. The most popular option right now for business meeting and classrooms alike is the whiteboard.
Seriously, white boards are much easier to clean, they are lightweight, easy to mount, and can be portable too. In our opinion, and in the opinion of many others, the whiteboard is by far the better option to go with. Now, with that being said, a whiteboard does need to have certain features that make it a useful, effective, and user friendly learning and communication tooljust like this one. Let’s talk about 3 great features you want in your next whiteboard.
A Durable Build: The Material
One of the most important features that you want in your next whiteboard is that it has a very durable surface that won’t get damaged, scratched, dented, or stained very easily. This might seem obvious, but there are a few different materials that can be used to make the surfaces of a whiteboard, and they are not equal, not by a long shot.
One of the most common materials to use for the construction of whiteboards is melamine. Melamine is useful and it does make for a decent choice for various reasons. For one, it is the least expensive option, something which many people will appreciate. It is also very lightweight and easy to work with. On the other hand, melamine whiteboards tend to stain fairly easily, and it’s also not difficult to scratch or dent them.
Therefore, when it comes down to it, we think that a porcelain or glass surface whiteboard is the best option to go with. They may be a bit heavier and more expensive, but they are also more durable. It is quite hard to scratch, dent, or stain a whiteboard made with a porcelain surface.
Ease of Erasing
This point is related to the previous one which we talked about, or in other words, the material which has been used in the construction. However, the difference here is that the previous point was all about pure durability, whereas this point has to do with how easy it is to erase the marker and clean the whiteboard. Maintenance of the whiteboard is important, so this is fairly important to keep in mind.
Think of it this way. There are some whiteboards out there which stain very easily, or in other words, getting that marker to come off can be really hard. It might require a lot of good erasing with good dry marker erasers, and even some regular cleaning with cleaning products. This tends to be the case with melamine whiteboards that requite regular cleaning with cleaning liquids. Melamine is fine for light and moderate use, but not for heavy use. In this case, you are better off going with a porcelain whiteboard, as marker will not stain it as easily. Also, it takes a lot less effort to wipe away marker, and to clean a porcelain whiteboard. For heavy use, a low-maintenance porcelain whiteboard is the way to go.
Size, Weight, and Portability
One of the things people look for in a good whiteboard has to do with portability. There are some large and heavy whiteboards that need to be firmly mounted on a wall. This is fine if you plan on having a dedicated meeting room, or for classrooms as well. If you don’t need the whiteboard to move around from one place to another, then one that is big, heavy, and does not require mounting is fine.
However, in many cases, people do want their whiteboards to be portable which means that it should be fairly small, or at least moderately sized, and be lightweight too. Perhaps the most important feature in relation to portability is that the whiteboard has a solid stand with rolling wheels or casters. Nobody wants to lug a whiteboard around by hand, especially not a large one. Having a whiteboard with a stand that can roll on wheels is definitely a big bonus.
When all is said and done, these are some of the most important whiteboard features to look for. Besides these, you also want to look at the price, the brand name, the warranty, and for any special features.