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Best Wood stains

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Wood stains

Best Wood stains

We tested 29 wood stains to determine the best-performing models. Our expert lab technicians tested each Wood stain based on the following criteria:

  • Appearance after 3 years
  • Appearance after 1 year
  • Appearance after 2 years

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

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Wood stains

Best Wood stain for Appearance after 3 years

Appearance after three years summarizes performance after three years of our accelerated weathering.


This Wood stain which tested best for Appearance after 3 years has the following features: Resists cracking, Resists color change, Resists dirt, Resists mildew and VOCs (grams/liter).

Best Wood stain for Appearance after 1 year

Appearance after one year summarizes performance after one year of our accelerated weathering.


This Wood stain which tested best for Appearance after 1 year has the following features: Resists cracking, Resists color change and VOCs (grams/liter).

Best Wood stain for Appearance after 2 years

Appearance after two years summarizes performance after two years of our accelerated weathering.


This Wood stain which tested best for Appearance after 2 years has the following features: Resists cracking, Resists color change, Resists dirt and VOCs (grams/liter).