Whiteboards really are great tools to have, whether for at home use, in the classroom, or in the office.
With that being said, when you go to buy a reversible whiteboard, what are some of the features and factors that you should look for? These are important to keep in mind.
Probably the most important thing to look for when buying a reversible whiteboard is how it locks into place.
A reversible whiteboard is going to have hinges which allow it to spin from one side to the other, which makes it quite convenient. You also want to pay attention to the hinges and locks – or how it spins and how it will stay in place.
For example, the cheapest whiteboards will use basic spinning hinges or pivot points to allow them to reverse. This is perfectly fine, but remember that getting them to stay in place can be hard.
They usually use some kind of clasp at the bottom to hold them in place once you have chosen the side. These usually work quite well, but make sure that the clasp or clip is of a high quality, because if it breaks, it is going to make it really hard for you to write due to a constantly moving surface.
We would recommend whiteboards with knobs on the side that can be loosened or tightened as you see fit. These work with dual knobs that you can loosen to move the position or flip the whiteboard around, and then just tighten it once you have achieved the position of your choosing.
The benefit with these is that you can actually tighten the whiteboard in any position you see fit. This is important to note because a whiteboard that is perfectly vertical is not ergonomically friendly or comfortable to write on, whereas one that can be placed at an angle of your choosing is going to make life much more comfortable for you.
On a side note, the durability of the hinges is important to look at as well. You don’t want hinges that are going to break after a couple of spins, because that is going to totally defeat the purpose of the whiteboard being reversible.
Something else to look for is what material the whiteboard itself is made out of. Generally speaking, there are 3 materials which can be used for this.
These include melamine, porcelain, and glass. Melamine boards are the cheapest to buy, the most lightweight, and they work well for smaller purposes.
However, they are not overly durable and they are very porous, thus they will absorb marker and stain easily. They need a lot of maintenance and don’t last very long.
Porcelain whiteboards are much better than melamine whiteboards, but they are also much more expensive. With that being said, they tend to be worth the investment as they are much more durable, plus they tend to be magnetic, which melamine boards are not.
Finally, you have the glass option. Glass whiteboards are the most durable of all, but they are also the most expensive.
Another thing to look for when buying a reversible whiteboard is how large it is. This may seem obvious, but it is something which many people forget to take into account.
For instance, if you are just brainstorming business ideas with a couple of colleagues, a smaller one, maybe 3 by 3 feet might do just fine.
However, if you need more room, such as if you are teaching a lesson to students, or are trying to figure out that massively complex math equation, you might want to go for something a bit bigger.
Remember, these things can be as large as 6 by 14 feet, or even bigger in some cases.
If you have a large classroom with students sitting far away, you will want to get something larger so you can write your words big enough so that everyone can see, even those at the back.
Keep in mind that the larger they are, the less portable they become, so you do need to find a balance, at least if moving it around is a concern for you.
Another very important thing to look out for when buying any reversible whiteboard is the stand or base that it comes with. The larger and heavier the whiteboard in question, the bigger, more durable, and more stable the stand needs to be.
All too often you will find heavy whiteboards with pencil leg stands that just can’t keep them upright and aren’t very stable. It can be a pretty big problem, especially if your whiteboard crashes to the ground and breaks.
U-shaped or easel-style stands are fine, but only for smaller whiteboards. Their legs tend to be close together, not too thick, and just not that stable, which is fine for something small and lightweight. However, the larger the whiteboard, the bigger the stand needs to be.
We prefer whiteboards that have rolling stands. Nobody wants to pick up and move a whiteboard by hand if it could just be rolled from one room to another.
With that being said, if you want to get a rolling whiteboard, make sure that the casters or wheels are of a high quality, as a wheel that breaks is not going to be useful, plus it could make the whole thing crooked.
On that same note, having casters that lock into place is essential; you need the wheels or casters to have a locking mechanism, as you do not want the whiteboard moving all over the place as you try to write on it.
When you are buying a reversible whiteboard, the above considerations are by far the most important to look out for.