Which is better Derwent or Staedtler? The Staedtlers seem to run a couple of grades darker than Derwent. My Staedtler H pencil looks at least as dark as my Derwent HB. The difference in darkness from one grade to the next seems more linear in the Staedtlers. 2B is just a notch darker than B, and so on, very evenly.
Are Derwent pencils the best? Derwent Watercolour Pencils are considered professional quality. In general, Derwent is a trustworthy brand that makes reliable, high-quality art supplies. You said you normally use your Derwent Watercolour Pencils for coloring in, which is fine and many people use them that way, without adding water.
Which is better Derwent or Faber-Castell? Where the Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer is gummy, the Derwent watercolour pencil is chalky. The former reminds me of an oil pastel and the latter, a soft pastel, if that makes sense. I prefer the Derwent because it glides on more smoothly and colours like a dream. It really does work something like pastel pencil.
Is Staedtler a good brand? Staedtler colored pencils are a good brand. They can be considered as “Artist Grade” colored pencils, which means they are professional quality.