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Paint reviews

Consumer Reports is the only place to find unbiased, independent paint reviews. We have buying advice and Ratings for both interior paint and exterior paint. Should you select paint strictly by brand name? Do different types of paint finishes, like eggshell, flat, and gloss, perform differently in different brands? What about mildew-resistance in exterior paint?

Our paint experts at the Consumer Reports National Testing and Research Center have evaluated more than 50 different paints at our on-site paint-testing labs. Our reviews will provide you with Ratings, where you will find the exact numerical score our experts have assigned to each of the 10 tested review criteria that make up our reviews: hiding, staining, gloss change, scrubbing, surface-smoothness, mildew-resistance, sticking-resistance, fade-resistance, self-priming, and zero-VOC claims. We review such paint brands as Benjamin Moore, Valspar, Behr, Clark & Kensington, Olympic, Farrow & Ball, Glidden, and many others. Our paint review Ratings chart makes it easy to compare different paint types and brands so you can find the right interior paint or exterior paint for your needs.

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Read the paint reviews below and compare the Ratings of each paint before you shop for interior paint or exterior paint.

Paint reviews

Behr Premium Plus Ultra (Home Depot)

Type: Interior paints
Summary: This is the premium mid-priced paint sold at Home Depot. It is self-priming and environmentally friendly (low VOCs).
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Clark + Kensington Exterior (Ace)

Type: Exterior paints
Summary: This model has been tested by our experts.
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Olympic ICON (Lowe's)

Type: Interior paints
Summary: This budget priced paint is sold at Lowe's. It is self-priming and very environmentally friendly (Zero VOCs).
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True Value EasyCare Platinum Enamel

Type: Interior paints
Summary: This premium mid-priced paint is sold at some True Value retailers. It is self-priming and very environmentally friendly (Zero VOCs).
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Glidden Duo (Home Depot)

Type: Interior paints
Summary: This budget priced paint is sold at Home Depot. It is self-priming and environmentally friendly (low VOCs).
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What's behind our paint Ratings?

Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 36 models in paints to see which ones perform best.
We look for:
  • Overall score
    Overall score includes primarily a paint's hiding performance, and resistance to staining, gloss change , scrubbing, sticking, mildew, and fading, along with surface smoothness,. VOC level does not factor into the overall score. Most results were developed from tests of white, pastel, and medium-tint bases in the flat/matte, eggshell/satin and semi-gloss finishes.
  • Hiding
    Hiding reflects how well a paint covers dark colors mainly with one-coat.
  • Staining
    Staining shows how well a paint resists tough oil and water based stains.
  • Gloss change
    Gloss change notes the change in appearance when a paint is cleaned aggresively.
  • Scrubbing
    Scrubbing shows how a paint holds up to many abrasive cleanings.
  • Surface smoothness
    Surface smoothness indicates an absence of roller, brush or run marks when the paint is dry.
  • Resists mildew
    Best at resisting mildew growth. Best for bathrooms, laundry rooms and other damp places.
  • Resists sticking
    Best at not remaining tacky when dry. Best for windows, doors and shelves.
  • Resists fading
    Best at maintaining its color in strong sunlight. Best for very sunny spaces.
  • 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.
  • Claims zero VOCs
    Paint contains no VOCs (volatile organic compounds).

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