The 7 Best Easels to Buy in 2018

Find the perfect set up for creating one-of-a-kind masterpieces

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Every artist, no matter how young or old, needs an easel to accommodate and inspire their work. From finger painting to serious works in oil and other mediums, an easel offers the perfect set up for creativity.

Whether it's for a seasoned artist producing great works of art or for a kid who wants to begin exploring the art world, there are a variety of art easels out there to fit your needs. Here are the top easels for every kind of artist.

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    Best Overall: US Art Supply 72-Piece Deluxe Acrylic Painting Set

    For all of an artist’s painting needs, this easel set comes with a complete set of tools, including two easels. The aluminum tripod easel is more portable can hold canvases up to 32" tall. It folds up quickly and comes with a handy carrying bag. The wooden desk easel is better suited for the home and can hold a canvas up to 11" x 14" and come with a drawer to hold supplies.

    To get to work right away, this set also comes with 24 tubes of acrylic paint, a palette, a color mixing well, and paintbrushes in various sizes and lengths. There’s even a painting pad and two professional-quality stretched canvases. There are 72 pieces in total. It’s a great gift for budding artists or those who are more experienced who want to refresh some of their supplies.

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    Best Budget: The Original Overby Portable Compact Easy Carry Pocket Art Easel

    This pocket easel is simple, straightforward and gets the job done. And, at an affordable price it’s not a huge investment for someone just dipping their toes (or brush, as the case may be) into the artistic world.


    The easel consists of two 12-inch pieces of wood that each have a notch cut at an angle to hold a canvas. That means you can move them to accommodate a canvas of any width, and it will hold canvases up to 30 inches high. Rubber pads on the bottom of the wood keep them securely in place. Small and lightweight, you can place it anywhere you like and also easily take it with you and pull it out whenever you’re ready to create your next masterpiece. Once you’re done, you can use the easel to display your artwork too.

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    Best Portable: FineColour Portable Painting Easel

    Because you never know where inspiration may strike, a portable easel is a must for artists. This one is made of aluminum alloy and the tripod legs can be adjusted to raise the easel to heights anywhere between 21" and 65". It’s a great option whether you prefer to sit or stand and for children and adults alike. If you don’t extend the legs, it works as a tabletop easel as well. No matter how you like to create your masterpieces, this one can accommodate.

    It’s lightweight and comes with a carrying bag that has a shoulder strap, so you can easily throw it into your trunk and take it out whenever you’re moved to make something. It can hold canvases that weigh up to 15 pounds and are 32 inches high.

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    For Serious Artists: US Art Supply Malibu Extra Large H-Frame Deluxe Easel

    When you’re ready to get serious about your art, there’s this deluxe wooden easel. Customers rave about its sturdiness and functionality. Made of seasoned beechwood, it’s a lovely background for anything you wish to create, and it’s made to accommodate large works of art. The easel can be adjusted to 139 inches high and can hold canvases as tall as 90 inches. Four large knobs make it easy to adjust and tilt to any angle, all the way down to a flat surface for watercolors and the like.

    It measures 26"x 27.5"x 80" and while it’s heavy (more than 40 pounds), it does come with four rolling casters, so you can move it about easily. Don’t worry, the casters also lock in place when you find your preferred position, so you don’t have to worry about your easel rolling away mid-job. 

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    Best Outdoor: Double-Sided Indoor/Outdoor Plexiglass Art Easel

    This double-sided art easel is made to take the creativity outside. It comes with four stakes (two for each side) to keep the easel steady in the ground. Made of plexiglass, it not only lets two artists create at the same time with paints and markers right on the easel but when they’re finished, you can just hose it off and they can start all over again.

    It measures 38"x 37"x 51", so there’s plenty of space for an artist to create their masterpieces. There’s also a tray to hold supplies and even a hook included for the artist’s smock.

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    Best for Toddlers: Step2 Flip and Doodle Desk with Stool Easel

    Step2® - Flip & Doodle Easel Desk with Stool™

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    For the tiniest artists, this art easel offers an all-in-one stop to let their creativity loose. Recommended for ages 2 and up, it comes with a stool as well as four bins (two small and two large) for holding all of their paints, brushes, markers and other supplies. The easel is also equipped with a handy cup holder to hold water for washing out the brushes, and its surface is a dry erase board for creative fun without the need for paper. When folded down, the easel becomes a desk for all sorts of fun and educational activities like drawing, reading, crafts, and more.

    Made of plastic, this easel is toddler-tough and easy to clean up when the fun is done for the day. It measures 16.2" x 25" x 28.1,", with a large workspace that’s 13"x 20". There’s no telling what your tiny Picasso will create here.

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    Best for Kids: Melissa & Doug Deluxe Standing Easel

    This versatile standing easel is great for the preschool and grade school crowd. Designed for ages 3 through 7, it’s a bit more professional looking than plastic easels, and it can be used in multiple ways.

    One side of the easel is a chalkboard, and the other is a dry erase board. Both sides can be used as a traditional easel, so two children can create great things at once. It comes with clips to hold the papers and a dowel to hold a roll of paper (paper not included). There’s also a tray on each side to hold brushes, paints, markers and other tools of the trade.

    The height of the easel is adjustable, so it can grow with your child. When it’s not in use, the easel can be folded flat for easy storage. It’s also made for easy cleaning, as both the trays and the boards are removable so you can wash them in the sink or hose them off.