PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A new coat of paint can really freshen up a room. But, painting takes time and money, especially if you hire a professional.

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 oversaw the paint tests, said, “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.

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

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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