New Report: Best Interior and Exterior House Paints

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It’s home improvement season and that means it may be time to add a fresh coat of paint to your home. But which brand of paint will you go with this time?

The J.D. Power 2024 Paint Satisfaction Study has the latest information on which types of paints and stains customers favored over the last year as well as rankings for the stores that sell these products.

Customers Love These Paints and Stains

The study, conducted from January through February 2024, is based on responses from 6,892 customers, many of whom bought paint and tackled home improvement projects over the past year.

Some key findings from the report include:

  • When it comes to interior paint, Sherwin-Williams tops the list with a score of 726.
  • For the top retailer category, Sherwin-Williams bested the rest with a 720 score. Ace Hardware was second with a 717.
  • With a score of 739, Benjamin Moore was tops in the exterior paint segment followed by BEHR (725).
  • In the exterior stain segment, Cabot and Rust-Oleum tied for first with a score of 716.

Table of Contents: Best Paints

Let’s take a look at the rankings for the interior paints first, then we’ll consider the others.

Best Interior Paints for Your Home

Benjamin Moore717
Dutch Boy700
Segment Average712

When it comes to painting the rooms inside your home, many interior designers are favoring both warm and cool tones this season. And those shades might even help you sell your home faster.

Now let’s look at what customers liked in exterior paints, according to the J.D. Power study.

Best Exterior Paints for Your Home

Benjamin Moore739
Dutch Boy695
Segment Average713

Of course, there’s much more to choosing the right house paint than the color or brand.


If you’re staining your home’s exterior, one of the key questions you’ll want to consider is whether the finish will last a while without fading. Let’s look at the rankings for exterior stains.

Best Exterior Stains for Your Home

Benjamin Moore710
Thompson's Waterseal707
Dutch Boy705
Segment Average705

You may be also wondering which stores customers prefer when buying house paints and stains. Here are the retailers that scored the best in the J.D. Power report.

Best Paint Retailers

Ace Hardware717
Benjamin Moore715
The Home Depot701
Segment Average704

Check out the complete report from J.D. Power.

Final Thoughts

Fresh paint can do wonders for a home, including boosting its curb appeal — but you don’t have to break the bank to improve your home.

To stay up to date on the latest deals on paint and other home improvement products, check out Aside from painting, you may be interested in other DIY projects around the home. Read our DIY guide on home security systems.