Home Depot washouts
Brinkmann grills. Bargain grills tend not to make the cut in our Ratings, and that’s true with Home Depot’s economy line from Brinkmann. Take the Brinkmann Elite 810-3660-SB. Though it cost hundreds less than our best midsize grills, so-so high and low heat performance dropped it down in our Ratings. The $400 Brinkmann Medallion 810-4580-SB is our lowest-scoring large gas grill.
Home Legend flooring. We haven’t tested all the flooring materials sold at Home Depot, but we would advise you to think twice about several products from the exclusive Home Legend line. The Home Legend Lisbon Natural HL9311LN was one of our lowest-scoring engineered wood floors, due to its poor resistance to fading, denting, and scratching. The Home Legend Jatoba HL89 laminate and Home Legend Horizontal Solid Bamboo Toast BAFL24TO prefinished solid wood flooring also missed our winners’ podium by a wide margin.
HDX Paper towels. The best paper towels in our tests combine absorbency with strength. Home Depot’s exclusive HDX paper towels struggled with both, for an overall score of just 36. That’s a full 60 points below the top-rated Bounty DuraTowel, though to be fair the DuraTowel is head and shoulders above the competition, and the only paper towel judged excellent in every way.
Glidden paint. While Home Depot’s Behr line of paints aced most of our tests, many of its Glidden exclusives were middle-of-the-pack at best. In particular, the High Endurance and Duo lines each had significant flaws in all their satin, flat, and semigloss formulas. In some cases, they were susceptible to staining, while in others the paints didn’t go on smoothly. Some Gliddens did a bit better, but if you’re paint shopping at the Home Depot, your best bet is to stick with Behr.
Essick whole-house humidifier. Home Depot’s Essick EP9R 500 is one of our lowest scoring console humidifiers, because of its poor moisture output. Fortunately, Home Depot also carries our top-rated console humidifier, the Essick MA1201, which performed very well overall, and it costs about $50 less than its Home Depot-exclusive brand mate. Go figure.
—Daniel DiClerico (@dandiclerico)