Canstar Blue’s stationery review compares 15 brands including Artline, Pilot, Sharpie, Bic and kikki.K on quality and durability, effectiveness, design, value for money and overall satisfaction.
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Aussies rate Artline as ‘pen-tastic’ in stationery review
Calling all students, teachers, artists, office workers, and everyone in between! The rise of laptops and digital calendars hasn’t erased the need for a good ol’ pen and paper, especially with stationery brands constantly creating a huge variety of tools to help you make your mark… anywhere and anytime.
But what’s the best brand to add to your desk? In our first-ever stationery review, we asked almost 1,600 Australians for their feedback on the stationery items they bought and used in the last 12 months. Respondents scored brands on quality and durability, effectiveness, design, value for money and overall satisfaction. Those that received at least 30 responses are rated and compared in our ratings.
Our inaugural stationery ratings saw Artline noted as the number one brand among Aussies, earning a five-star review for overall satisfaction as well as quality & durability and effectiveness!
Best Stationery Brands
Here are the best stationery brands in Australia, as rated by consumers in Canstar Blue’s review:
Artline was rated to have the best stationery for quality and durability, effectiveness and overall satisfaction. Kmart’s Anko range was seen as the best value for money, while Typo and kikki.K attracted the highest scores when it came to design. The majority of brands drew four stars for overall satisfaction, except J.Burrows, Target, kikki.K, Marbig and Staedtler which ended on three stars each.
About the Winner ─ Artline
Artline has been drawing in fans with its wide collection of stationery for more than 50 years, expanding its range to include pens, fine liners, permanent markers, whiteboard markers and specialty markers such as industrial markers and colouring markers, as well as highlighters and correction tape. The brand has also sketched up several special ranges, including the Artline Signature, Artline Stix and Artline Supreme series.
For kids who love to connect the dots, you have to check out the Artline Stix line-up. This range lets you build your own creations by connecting the pens together, just like Lego! You can also buy special Artline Stix connectors to attach these markers to certain toys.
Artline was at the top of its class with five-star reviews for quality and durability, effectiveness and overall satisfaction. It got four stars for value for money and design.
This report was written by Canstar Blue’s home & lifestyle journalist, Tahnee-Jae Lopez-Vito. She’s an expert on household appliances, grooming products and all things grocery and shopping. In addition to translating our expert research into consumer-friendly ratings reports, Tahnee spends her time helping consumers make better-informed purchase decisions on all manner of consumer goods and services, while highlighting the best deals and anything you need to be aware of.
Canstar Blue surveyed more than 3,000 Australian adults across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction, via ISO 26362 accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have purchased and used stationery items (i.e. notebooks, pens, scissors, folders, etc.) in the last 12 months – in this case, 1,593 people.
Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then by mean overall satisfaction. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.
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