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Best Paints

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Paints

Best Paints

We tested 103 paints to determine the best-performing models. Our expert lab technicians tested each Paint based on the following criteria:

  • Resists sticking
  • Gloss change
  • Resists mildew
  • Scrubbing
  • Staining
  • Resists fading
  • Hiding
  • Claims zero VOCs
  • Self-priming
  • Surface smoothness

Below lists the Paints that rated best in each of the tests our experts looked for. Learn about how these tests were performed and find out which Paint is rated best when you subscribe.

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Paints

Best Paint for Resists sticking

Best at not remaining tacky when dry. Best for windows, doors and shelves.


This Paint which tested best for Resists sticking has the following features: .

Best Paint for Gloss change

Gloss change notes the change in appearance when a paint is cleaned aggresively.


This Paint which tested best for Gloss change has the following features: Resists cracking, Resists color change and VOCs (grams/liter).

Best Paint for Resists mildew

Best at resisting mildew growth. Best for bathrooms, laundry rooms and other damp places.


This Paint which tested best for Resists mildew has the following features: .

Best Paint for Scrubbing

Scrubbing shows how a paint holds up to many abrasive cleanings.


This Paint which tested best for Scrubbing has the following features: Resists cracking, Resists color change and VOCs (grams/liter).

Best Paint for Staining

Staining shows how well a paint resists tough oil and water based stains.


This Paint which tested best for Staining has the following features: .

Best Paint for Resists fading

Best at maintaining its color in strong sunlight. Best for very sunny spaces.


This Paint which tested best for Resists fading has the following features: .

Best Paint for Hiding

Hiding reflects how well a paint covers dark colors mainly with one-coat.


This Paint which tested best for Hiding has the following features: .

Best Paint for Claims zero VOCs

Paint contains no VOCs (volatile organic compounds).


This Paint which tested best for Claims zero VOCs has the following features: Resists cracking, Resists color change and VOCs (grams/liter).

Best Paint for Self-priming

Paint does not require use of a primer prior to painting bare walls or wood or walls previously painted with semi-gloss or high gloss finishes.


This Paint which tested best for Self-priming has the following features: Resists cracking, Resists color change and VOCs (grams/liter).

Best Paint for Surface smoothness

Surface smoothness indicates an absence of roller, brush or run marks when the paint is dry.


This Paint which tested best for Surface smoothness has the following features: .