Best Interior Paints From Consumer Reports' Tests
We tested paints from notable brands and found that few excel across the board
When you’re faced with rows of stacked cans at Home Depot, Lowe’s, or a specialty paint retailer, it’s impossible to know which paints will look good right after application—not to mention just as good after several years of wear and tear.
And choosing the wrong paint can be costly. Top-performing paint can cost $35 to $60 per gallon. And ultimately, if you’re not happy, you might not be able to get your money back: Home Depot and Lowe’s will let you exchange an opened can of paint within 30 days, while Benjamin Moore won’t let you return opened paint at all.
Then there’s your time and effort. Pick a poor performer and you’re stuck starting all over again.
You can’t necessarily shop by brand, either. In Consumer Reports’ lab tests, we’ve found that paints from the same brand don’t always deliver the same performance. Valspar, for example, has paint that performs well enough to score in the recommended range but also has paint that lands in mediocre territory. And HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams Showcase, at Lowe’s, outperformed other Sherwin-Williams paints.
Best Interior Paints From CR's Tests
Here are the six top paints from our tests, listed in alphabetical order. For more information, see our paint buying guide or our full interior paint ratings for almost two dozen lines of paint, including those below, along with more from Behr, Benjamin Moore, Kilz, PPG, Prestige Paints, Valspar, and others.