12 Best Paint Brushes (2018)

We’ve rated the best paint brushes a contractor can use, based on price, quality and actual customer reviews.

1. Purdy 144153320 XL Series Cub Angular Trim Paint Brush, 2 inch

Purdy is one of the most popular paint brush brands to date. The brand has always created quality handcrafted brushes that provide a great amount of control and guarantee a quality paint job. When looking for a versatile and widely used brush, the 2 inch XL Series Cub Angular Trim Paint Brush is Read More…

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2. Purdy 144080225 Nylox Series Dale Angular Trim Paint Brush, 2-1/2 inch

Purdy’s new Angular brush is perfect for those jobs that need detail and require more finesse. This brush is a 2-1/2 inch brush, so it is large enough to cover wide trim, but small enough to do a finer job. Since it is designed as a trim only brush, it can handle only latex based paint. The taper ratio provides Read More…

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3. Bates - Paint Brushes, 2 Pieces (3-Inch and 2.5-Inch)

Bates is a lesser-known paint brush brand that offers quality products at a fair price. The company has a 100% satisfaction guarantee that the brushes will last. Bates strives on creating long-lasting brushes that will not be thrown away, but used for multiple jobs. These brushes are easier to clean with the nylon dipping, which also helps the product to last longer. The handles are Read More…

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4. Wooster Brush Q3211-2 Shortcut Angle Sash Paintbrush, 2-Inch

Wooster has been around since 1851 and has always improved their paintbrushes throughout the years. The company originally made the nylon shortcut, which was a smaller hand brush that provided more comfort and control. It was the perfect brush for latex, acrylic, and water-based stains.  Years later, Wooster continues to redesign and improve the quality of its brushes. The Wooster Shortcut Angle Brush is Read More…

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Total Score

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5. STANLEY Soft Grip Polyester Brush Set – 3 Pieces

Stanley offers a very affordable paint brush that you can use for almost any coating. The versatility and comfort of the anti-fatigue grip allows you to keep painting. It doesn’t matter if it’s a piece of furniture or your bathroom walls, you can confidently apply an even coat with the polyester filaments. Polyester is Read More…

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6. KingOrigin Premium 10 piece, paint brushes

Quality, quantity, and value are what comes to mind with these blue-handled brushes. KingOrigin brushes are 100% polyester and can handle multiple tasks. With 5 different brush types and two of each type, this pack of ten offers bang for buck. The set can handle almost any paint type, from acrylic to a variety of stains. The polyester bristles make it ideal for holding paint and allows the brush to be cleaned with ease. We found that polyester based brushes Read More…

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7. Purdy 144152130 Clearcut Series Glide Angular Trim Paint Brush, 3 inch

The Purdy Clearcut is another one of the best paint brushes to have. It has a 3″ clear-cut glider trim paint brush. This brush is made for the purpose of painting trim with ease and provides a quaintly paint job. The brush has a thinner tip at the top to paint finer areas and is made of nylon polyester. The nylon/polyester helps keep paint on the brush during painting to avoid drips. In addition, the nylon/polyester combination Read More…

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8. Purdy 144324335 XL Series Pip Enamel/Wall Paint Brush, 3-1/2 inch

The most popular of the Purdy brand brushes is the Xl Series Wall Paint Brush. This brush is made for all jobs types, interior or exterior. It can handle all paint types, which makes this an extremely useful brush to have on hand. It has a length of 3-1/2 inches, so it can cover larger areas with ease. The bristles are very stiff, but this feature is part of the great design of this brush. The stiff bristles help with heavier outdoor projects and can prevent messes from hot temperatures and high humidity. This particular brush is Read More…

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Total Score

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9. Presa Premium Paint Brushes Set, 5 Piece

Presa is relatively new online tool company that makes various paint products and handyman tools. The company has only been around since 2016 and has made only a few paint brushes. The Premium pack of five is one of the options offered by Presa for a versatile set of brushes. These machine-made brushes are not as high quality as brushes from other brands, such as Purdy or Wooster, but they are a budget-friendly product. These brushes are made with professionals in mind and are not bad for their price. The filaments Read More…

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10. Hiltex 00308 Brush Paint Stain Varnish Set with Wood Handles, 5-Piece

Hiltex brushes are made with price in mind. This is a decent brush set that provides value and will last for a few jobs. The brushes can be reused but are mainly made for water-based paints. These are not the best brushes in regards to durability, but averaging around $7.00 for a set of five, these brushes are a steal. They can handle around 1-2 simple jobs, but we found that they tend to become damaged very easily. The package includes Read More…

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11. Wooster Brush 4153-2 Ultra/Pro Extra-Firm Lindbeck Angle Sash Paintbrush, 2-Inch

One of Wooster’s more popular brushes is the Ultra/Pro Lindbeck Angle Paint Brush. This particular brush is made with an extra firm Nylon blend to help paint apply smoothly. We have noticed a difference with this model versus other standard brushes for applying thicker coats and painting trim. For any job that needs a stronger brush, this is the toughest one out there.  It is ideal for Read More…

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Customer Reviews

97%

Total Score

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12. Purdy 144152725 Pro-Extra Glide Angular Paint Brush, 2-1/2 inch

We are big fans of Purdy paint brushes and recommend almost any of its brushes to professional painters. The Pro-Extra Glide is no exception. The Pro-Extra Glide is a smooth brush that can handle all types of paints. Whether it is used for trimming, wall painting, or staining, this brush can handle it. It has longer filaments than other Purdy brushes, so it was made to take more wear and tear. The bristles are Read More…

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Price

86%

Quality

99%

Customer Reviews

92%

Total Score

93%