Consumer Reports Picks for Best Interior Paints: 2013

Consumer Reports Picks for Best Interior Paints: 2013

Each year Consumer Reports comes out with their latest pick for best interior paints. Judged on performance, value, washability and durability, this year a new brand emerged with the highest scores of 65 paints tested. Find out who, after the jump.

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This year's Consumer Reports winner for best interior paint is Clark + Kensington, a new line from Ace Hardware. Consumer Reports noted that it was "superb at hiding, leaving a smooth finish that resisted stains and scrubbing."

Previous winners, such as Behr, Valspar and Benjamin Moore, continued to maintain a presence in the top three brands for each paint finish:

Satin & Eggshell
  1. Clark + Kensington - Satin Enamel, $32/gallon


  2. Benjamin Moore - Aura Satin, $68/gallon
  3. Kilz - Casual Colors Satin, $30/gallon
Flat & Matte
  1. Valspar - Signature Matte, $32/gallon


  2. Behr - Premium Plus Ultra Flat, $32/gallong
  3. Benjamin Moore - Aura Matte, $68/gallon
Semi-Gloss
  1. Clark + Kensington - Semi-Gloss, $33/gallon
  2. Behr - Premium Plus Ultra Semi-Gloss Enamel, $34/gallon
  3. Valspar - Signature Semi-Gloss, $35/gallon

Read more for the full ratings and great tips on how to choose paints: Consumer Reports, "Lab Tests - Interior Paints," March 2013

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