ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Every Kind of Highlighter Tested and Reviewed: The Best and Top Highlighters For The School, Office and Home

Updated on August 17, 2013

Highlighter: An Essential in School and Office

For most students and business people, a handy highlighter is essential. You'll never know when you need a highlighter whether it is for school notes, marking random words, totals in budgets or statistics for a business. They play an important role in a students or business persons life. Student use them every day during lectures, summaries and notes.

When you go to buy highlighters in the shop or on Amazon, you are faced with hundreds of brands all claiming that they are going to do the best job. Whilst they probably will be good highlighters, it is always worth knowing which highlighter is suited best for you. You are also faced with so many colours: pink, green, yellow, orange, blue or purple. Aargh? Which one do you choose? Well, that's what I am here for. I have tried and tested many brands and I will be picking out the best brands of highlighter that you will most definitely like. All highlighters mentioned can be easily bought on Amazon.


Stabilo Boss

I think everyone has heard of this one. It is the more traditional kind, suited to every person or aspect. They are chunky so if you are a student and you have a small pencil case, don't buy a 5 pack of these as they will not fit! Even one or two highlighters should fit OK. The ink is shiny, extra fluorescent and lasts very long. These highlighters are suited to everybody, home, business, student or office, these are perfect. You can also buy these in a variety of colours.

In addition to the regular sized Stabilo Boss highlighters there are 'mini' Boss highlighters too. These highlighters have the same characteristics of the regular Boss series but are smaller with a mini size. They would be the size of your thumb, if that would put it in simple context. These highlighters would be suited to a student with a smaller pencil case and want to have a variety of colours.

Staedtler TextSurfer

Perhaps the second most common highlighter to the Boss series, this highlighter is one of the most famous highlighters on this planet to date. It has the same size as Boss. The cap is hard to pull off, if you don't know how, you have to twist it. Not exactly handy if you want to speed write and highlight during a lecture! The highlighter has a very yellow colour, and is not fluorescent at all. That means it is more of a yellow marker than a highlighter! Other than that, it lasts very long, over a year or so, depending on how long you use it and if you mind it well, it will produce good quality results every time. Great value for money, too. This highlighter would be more suited towards the home and business.


Stabilo Swing Cool

This highlighter is much more different towards the more traditional highlighter. It is much slimmer in design and has a metallic finish and gleam. The great thing about this highlighter is that you can many various colours of this highlighter in the same pencil case or pencil pot without it getting too crammed. The pack you can buy on Amazon comes in a variety of colours. Regarding ink flow, it is quite good, shiny and extra-fluorescent but leaves a little residue at the end. Also, this highlighter has a clip at the end so you can clip this onto your coat, folder, pencil case or zip. Special edition packs can also be bought including a special edition pack with tropical designs on the cover. A great buy.

Star Buy: Pentel Handyline

The most unheard about of all, but definitely the best highlighter made. Slim, compact in design and engineered to accuracy, these highlighters are in a word, amazing. None of the other highlighters above impressed me enough. Whilst they were good, I wanted something better. I tried a sample of the Pentel Handyline and I was hooked. I found a pack of five on Amazon ad Ebay, a six pack is also available. When they arrived, they were exactly how I expected them to be. They are super slim and you can easily fit five of them in a pencil pot or pencil case. Another great feature is that they have a click mechanism at the end. Click the pen, the nib comes out, click it again it goes back in! The ink is superb. It is super vivid, super fluorescent and shiny and lasts very long. This is a must-have for any person looking for a highlighter.

Which highlighter would you like to try or is your favourite?

See results


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • susi10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan W 

      6 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi Crafty!

      Thanks so much for giving your thoughts on this hub, hi-five, I get excited going into a stationery shop too, I thought I was the only one! I just love anything 'stationery' and I'm probably a stationery geek. The problem with the streaks coming across a freshly printed page when highlighting text is very annoying. Hmm... I recommend the brands above or if you want to be more specialised I recommend buying any of the Sharpie highlighters, most of them leave no smudges or stains when highlighting fresh ink or text. It usually says on the box if it is smudge-free or not.

    • CraftytotheCore profile image


      6 years ago

      I love office supplies. I'm one of those people who gets excited walking in to a Staples or Office Max! LOL The cheap highlighters always leave black streaks across the paper. Whenever I print something and have to highlight notes, it leaves streaks which is most annoying. I'll have to check out some of these brands you recommend.

    • susi10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan W 

      6 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Thanks sparkleyfinger, I am a complete stationary geek too, I love highlighters, pens and anything stationary! Thanks for the vote up, and I hope this review was useful to you.

    • sparkleyfinger profile image

      Lynsey Hart 

      6 years ago from Lanarkshire

      As a stationary geek, this hub was for me! I heart Highlighters! lollol voted up!

    • susi10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan W 

      6 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Thanks for reading, Bryan and I'm glad that this review helped you.

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      Thanks for the recommendation, just bought the Pentels.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)