Test Results for Popular Paints

Posted: September 1, 2020
Category: Uncategorized

Earlier this year, the Good Housekeeping Institute spent two weeks testing the most popular interior paints to determine which ones work best in different rooms. Here are a few of their expert recommendations and the reasons why they chose these specific brands.

Best Overall:

Regal Select by Benjamin Moore®— A good overall value

  • Nice thick paint goes on easily
  • Impressive coverage that lasts
  • Extremely durable, cleans easily
  • High marks for all areas of the home


Signature by Valspar®—Solid alternative to the top pick

  • Scored well in stain removal tests
  • Good coverage and finish quality
  • Low VOC paint plus primer looked good overall
  • Room for improvement with even coverage

Best Value:

Ben by Benjamin Moore®—Good value for the quality

  • Affordable paint with primer
  • Contains no VOC
  • Eggshell, flat, semi-gloss

Best for Kitchens and Bathrooms:

Interior Premium by Glidden®—smart pick for high moisture areas like kitchens and bathrooms.

  • Dries fast, unlikely to fade
  • Cleans easily, resists stains

Best for Bedrooms:

Natura by Benjamin Moore®— not much wrong with this paint

  • Zero VOC
  • Fade and stain resistant
  • Great coverage
  • Testers found it messy to apply

Best for Laundry Rooms:

Paint and Primer in One by Behr®—Everything you expect from a premium paint

  • Stain and UV resistant
  • Low VOC, resists mold and mildew
  • Suitable for laundry rooms, bathrooms, and other spaces that may be deep

Best for Beginners:

Accolade by Pratt and Lambert®— Great choice for kitchens and bathrooms

  • Great coverage
  • Easy to apply
  • Mold and mildew resistant
  • Great choice for kitchens and bathrooms
  • Slightly subpar in wear and tear for high-traffic areas like narrow hallways, stairwell walls, or garage