The Best Satin Paint Brands

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The Best Satin Paint Brands
Choose a quality satin paint to ensure a professional look for your walls. (Gary Houlder/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Painting your home can be a daunting chore, especially when you're deciding on which type and brand of paint to use. With so many options, researching the best satin paint brands ahead of time can help you to save time and stick to your budget before you start your project.

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Benjamin Moore Aura

Priced close to £35 per gallon, Benjamin Moore Aura is ConsumerSearch's best pick for a satin paint. Marketing for this brand boasts of its one-coat quality colour, but some professional painters have reported using two coats. Scrubbable and mildew-resistant, Benjamin Moore Aura paint dries within an hour of painting the final brushstroke.

Benjamin Moore Regal

Benjamin Moore also sells a Regal satin-finish paint that ConsumerSearch ranks highly. At £26 a gallon, its price is lower than Aura and its finish has been noted as "especially fade-resistant." Unlike the Aura, Regal won't dry in an hour and it will take two coats to create a rich colour.

Ace Royal

Ace Royal is priced modestly, at around £13 a gallon. Ace Royal is the store brand for Ace Hardware and has received rave reviews from novice and professional painters. It has been compared with pricier paints, like Benjamin Moore Aura, but you should note that Ace Royal does not have a rich finish and has a tendency to fade.

Benjamin Moore Natura

Volatile organic compounds (or VOCs) are chemicals in paint fumes that can cause health problems. Benjamin Moore's Natura paint has zero VOCs, comes in 3,000 colours and has been compared in quality to the Benjamin Moore Aura paint line. Priced at £32 a gallon, it is as expensive as the Aura but is better for your home environment.

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