Glassboards or Whiteboards: Which Are Right for Hospitals?

Jul 26, 2017

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Classic whiteboards were once considered the standard in hospital setting, but over the years glass whiteboards have seen a huge increase in popularity. While both are capable of effectively displaying vital information to patients, the two types of whiteboards are not without their differences. Which is better for patients and hospitals? The answer is that both of them are incredible investments for hospitals to make. Some companies may push one over the other, but they usually have some type of motivation for doing so (i.e. they only sell glass or standard whiteboards).

As a company who specializes on both custom glass and standard whiteboards, we can say without any level of bias that both are great options. The most important aspect of hospital dry erase boards is the content you place on them and how they are used by your care team. However, there are some differences in each type of board that make for a different care experience.


In terms of functionality, our classic whiteboards and glass boards are very similar. Both display information that is bright and easy to read. Although the surfaces are made from different materials, they are both easy to clean and disinfect with hospital grade cleaners.

Our InHarmony Changeable Glass whiteboards offer the largest difference in functionality. These whiteboards features interchangeable inserts that slide in and out behind a glass surface and frame. They are ideal for hospitals because the two-sided cards can easily be swapped out to display information based on the type of patient (or even the language spoken). They are the most versatile whiteboards in terms of functionality.

Desired Location

Where you will be using your whiteboards is another thing to consider when choosing between glassboards and classic whiteboards. While both types of whiteboards work well in most situations, there are certain instances where one can be the better choice. For example, if you are looking to use whiteboards in behavioral health areas you will not want to use glass whiteboard. Instead ask us about our frameless classic whiteboard options for the safest solution.

With all the options we have to offer, you can always find the right whiteboard to fit your specific communication needs.

Design and Aesthetic

Classic whiteboards are popular because they fit in with most settings and offer an aesthetics that is timeless. They can be customized with a variety of frame types and come with a surface that is guaranteed for life.

Glass whiteboards are the more modern choice. Their minimalist design means that they are frameless, and their non-porous, antimicrobial glass is ideal for patient rooms.


There are different whiteboard solutions for every hospital budget. Whether you are only looking for glassboards or strictly like the timeless look of classic whiteboards, we can help you find a solution that fits within your budget. Best of all, you don't have to choose solely between glassboards and classic whiteboard styles. One of the benefits of working with VividBoard is we provide blended solutions. Want to outfit certain parts of your hospital with glassboards and others with classic whiteboards? We can customize a solution that fits your needs. Different situations call for different whiteboard solutions, and we are happy to work with you to help you get exactly what you need.

Still Not Sure What Board To Choose?

Both classic and glass whiteboards are great communication tools that will make your patients happier with the care that they receive. The choice isn’t always easy to make, which is why our team is here to help you find the right board for your facility. Contact us to learn more, or you can request a sample of our whiteboards to help you make the right decision.