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A new coat of paint can really freshen up a room. But painting takes time, and if you hire a professional—money. So why buy paint that won’t last a long time? Consumer Reports recently tested paints from under $20 per gallon to more than $100.

Rico de Paz, who oversees the paint tests, says: “It’s important that you get the right paint for the right job. A kitchen would require a paint that’s stain resistant and scrub resistant, while mildew resistance would be great for a bathroom.” Consumer Reports tests for all of that. Paint2

The $17 Color Place Interior Paint from Walmart landed at the bottom of Consumer Reports’ ratings.


Behr Marquee is Consumer Reports top-rated paint.

But Consumer Reports did find a paint that would be a good choice for any room in your house. It’s the top-rated Behr Marquee from Home Depot for $43 per can. Home Depot sells another recommended paint that costs even less, Behr Premium Plus Ultra for $36 per gallon. Overall, it’s not as good as the Behr Marquee at resisting stains, but it’s still among the best in a satin or semigloss finish.

If you’re not a Home Depot shopper, Consumer Reports also recommends the Valspar Reserve at Lowe's for $44 per gallon, or the more economical Clark and Kensington for $32 per gallon at Ace Hardware.

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