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The Best Colored Pencils on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)

And while we’ve written about lots of pens and pencils — including the 100 best pens, the best pencils for students, and even the status chalk used by mathematicians — here, we’ve rounded up the best colored pencils, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.

Best-rated colored pencils

Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Soft Core, 72-Count
$40 for 72

“My world is now colorful,” declares one reviewer, who called the colors in this set of Prismacolor colored pencils “rich, gorgeous, and exciting to behold.” Another reviewer, delighted by these pencils, says, “I did not expect that it would be such a big difference between Prismacolor and other brands. They are very smooth and the quality is just amazing!” And a reviewer who has been using Prismacolor colored pencils since the l