Best Interior Paints From Consumer Reports' Tests
We tested paints from notable brands and found that few excel across the board
When 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—and just as good after several years of wear and tear.
Making the wrong choice can prove to be costly. Top-performing paint can cost anywhere from $28 to $70 per can, and if you’re not happy after a few coats, you might not be able to get your money back: Home Depot will let you take a used paint can back within 30 days for exchange only, Benjamin Moore won’t let you return opened paint at all, and Lowe’s allows returns of unused paint up to 30 days.
Then there's your time and effort. Pick a poor performer and you’re stuck starting all over again.
You can’t shop by brand, either. In Consumer Reports’ lab tests, we found that paints from the same brand don’t deliver the same amount of coverage. Benjamin Moore, for example, has paints that perform well enough to score in the recommended range but also has paints that land 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, not in order of rank. For more information, see our paint buying guide or our full interior paint ratings for nearly two dozen lines of paint, including those below, along with more from Behr, Benjamin Moore, Kilz, PPG, Prestige Paints, Valspar, and others.