8 Best Paint Rollers [2022 Updated]

At first glance, paint rollers can all look the same, so you always tend to buy the cheapest models, yet there is a big difference in yield between a low-cost roller and a quality, higher-priced roller.

In fact, the Tradelux Kit , characterized by a cost and a quality of medium-high level , ranks first among the models most appreciated by buyers ; in second place, on the other hand, is the Nespoli Kit consisting of a handle with two rollers, a little cheaper but always of average quality.

8 Best Paint Rollers [2022 Updated]

And here we are at the ranking of the paint rollers that have enjoyed the greatest success on the market; it is indicative that of the first three positions, two are occupied by kits intended for DIY enthusiasts.

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In first place among the best sellers is the DIY Kit by the Tradelux company which, although it does not fall within the range of products at low prices, is still considered one of the best paint rollers of 2021.

Technically speaking, in fact, in the kit there are only two paint rollers, one standard 23cm wide and one mini 10cm wide; in addition to the rollers, then, there is a brush, a stainless steel spatula, a painting scraper, a roll of adhesive gummed paper, a protective sheet of 360 x 140 cm and a tray with grid of the dimensions of 36 x 27 x 7 centimeters.

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Although intended for hobby use, the Tradelux painting kit is appreciated above all for the excellent quality of the materials; the rollers are recommended above all for water-based paints, while the brush is suitable for impregnating agents and solvent-based paints.

Pros

Complete kit: There is a large roller, a small roller, a wood brush, a scraper, a stainless steel spatula, a roll of adhesive gummed paper, a protective plastic sheet and a paint tray.

Quality: The manufacturing materials and the workmanship are of excellent quality, despite the purely hobby intended use.

Warranty: The Tradelux kit is also covered by a full product warranty, which provides a full refund within the first 30 days of purchase.

Cons

Only water-soluble paints: With the exception of the wood brush, suitable for impregnates, the rollers can only be used with water-soluble paints that are not too dense.

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Compared to the Hamilton mini kit examined previously, the 956296 kit produced by the Italian company Nespoli is even cheaper; according to the opinions of the buyers, however, the performances offered by this roller are ideal for DIY painting of walls and ceilings.

It is in fact a roller designed specifically for domestic use, the kit consists of an arm with an ergonomic plastic handle, equipped with an eyelet to hang it from the bucket and prepared for mounting on a rod extension, plus two 180 mm wide rollers. made of short fibers, with anti-drop system.

Obviously, being an inexpensive product, one should not expect excellent quality, but the Nespoli model has an excellent quality-price ratio and if used well it does not drip, as low-cost rollers tend to do; the only flaw is the predisposition for the auction, whose seal is not perfect.

Pros

Price: Among the various rollers examined, the Nespoli is the cheapest one, and is one of the most requested thanks to the excellent quality-price ratio that distinguishes it.

Walls and ceilings: Its width is 180 millimeters, and even if it is not quite the largest size it is still suitable for painting walls and ceilings; its best performance is obtained above all on smooth surfaces.

Practical: The rollers are easy to remove, which greatly facilitates cleaning and maintenance as it makes them more practical to wash.

Cons

Non-professional: Since these are low-end paint rollers, they are not suitable for professional use, and also do not perform well on rough surfaces.

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Among the various painting kits sold online, the one produced by the historic company KingOrigin, founded in 1878 and currently the largest Chinese manufacturer of brushes, rollers and articles for painting, stands out.

The Premium 92001M is a painting kit intended for hobby and amateur use only; it consists of twenty brushes, twenty rollers, an arm for the rollers, four spatulas, two pairs of blue painting gloves and a practical polypropylene container, for a total of fifty pieces.

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The brushes measure 12.7, 25, 38, 51 and 63 millimeters, and there are four of them for each size, while the rollers measure 102 millimeters; given its small size, therefore, the set is especially designed for painting furniture and surfaces of modest dimensions; it is not suitable for professional use but on the other hand it costs little and is ideal for DIY.

Pros

Well supplied: The set has fifty pieces, twenty of which are brushes of different sizes and another twenty are 102 mm wide rollers; Two pairs of gloves, roller arm and four spatulas are also included.

Container: All the material is supplied in a convenient container with top closing hooks; The container is made of polypropylene for food use, so it can also be used for other purposes.

Economical: The Premium 92001M set offers a fair amount of rollers and brushes at a very affordable price, perfectly proportioned to the quality of the materials it is made of.

Cons

Non-professional: Also in this case we are faced with a non-professional quality product, intended exclusively for hobbyists and DIY enthusiasts.

Wooster Brush BR006-9 Acme Roller Frame 5-Wire, 9-Inch

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The roller belonging to the 192 Series is produced by the award-winning Italian firm Pennelli Cinghiale, specialized in the production of building materials; this brand is one of the best known in Italy (thanks also to a historic television advertisement), and is highly appreciated for the quality of its professional products.

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Series 192 consists of four rollers available in different sizes from 15 to 25 centimeters in width, all made of wool fabric mixed with polyamide fiber; what we have examined is the most requested: the 20 cm wide version equipped with handle with ergonomic grip and non-slip rubber insert, designed for mounting on a rod.

Despite the noble brand, however, this brush is in any case an economical product and, even if of a professional type, it is of average quality; the yield, therefore, is optimized for domestic use only. In fact, if used intensively, it tends to leave lines and lose fibers.

Pros

Versatile: Can be used with siloxane paint, breathable anti-mold water-based paints, breathable water-based paints, water-washable paints, tempera paints and silicate paints, on plastered, rough or concrete walls.

Different sizes: The 192 Series is available in four sizes: 15, 20, 23 and 25 centimeters in width, but the most popular roller is the 20 centimeter wide one, thanks to its ease of use.

Slightly dirty: The roller is smooth and the corded wool holds the paint well, which helps to significantly limit dripping and, consequently, to little dirt.

Cons

Average quality: The cost is proportional to the quality, so if used too intensively it tends to lose cords; the weight, moreover, turns out to be a little excessive.

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The one produced for the Keller brand is another professional type kit, but relatively cheap and therefore of medium quality, mainly intended for home use and DIY enthusiasts.

The kit, in fact, consists of a tray and two handles for 220 and 110 mm wide rollers, two pairs of rollers for the relative handles, a small brush and a 45-meter roll of 25-inch adhesive tape for painting. millimeters thick, that is all that is needed in case of home maintenance interventions on walls, ceilings, furniture, doors and windows.

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For the Keller kit, therefore, the same discourse made previously for the Cinghiale roller applies, that is, it is a professional product but of an economic range, therefore of medium quality and intended mainly for domestic and amateur use; the rollers, in fact, tend to drip too much and leave lines.

Pros

Kit: the Keller kit is decidedly varied, even if the number of pieces is not comparable to the KingOrigin set. The package includes the tray, two handles of different sizes, two pairs of rollers for the respective handles, a small brush and the adhesive tape for painting.

Accessible: The cost of the kit is contained and within the reach of all budgets, but obviously it is proportionate to the quality of the product; this, despite being professional, is not suitable for intensive use.

Versatile: The rollers included in the kit have the measures of 22 and 11 centimeters, so they are suitable both for painting walls and for painting small surfaces and furniture. The handles are also designed for mounting on a pole.

Cons

Yield: The yield is not homogeneous and you have to pay close attention to the pressure applied to the rollers, otherwise they tend to drip too much and leave lines.

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If you are wondering where to buy a new paint roller with refillable tank, we suggest you take a look at the professional Paint Roller Pro kit produced in Italy for the Amqit brand.

Unlike other similar models but in the economic range, which are made of synthetic sponge, the Amqit rollers are made with polyester fibers and offer a decidedly superior quality; the handles are covered with a layer of soft non-slip rubber and are designed for attachment to any Italian-style broomstick and pole.

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The tank, on the other hand, has a capacity of 600 ml, just enough to paint a surface of 7 square meters with a “full”. The kit consists of a 21 cm wide roller with its handle, a second 10 cm wide roller with its handle, an adapter for mounting on a pole, a long brush, a mixing tool and a jug.

Pros

Quality: One of the distinctive qualities of Amqit rollers is the quality of the material, which despite being synthetic is composed of fibers and not spongy material; its yield, consequently, is above average.

Handles: The mini roller is equipped with a comfortable ergonomic handle, while the large one has a handle covered with soft non-slip rubber and is designed for mounting on broom sticks and Italian poles.

Complete kit: In addition to the two rollers, the kit also includes the jug for pouring the paint into the tank, an adapter for mounting on sticks, a tool for mixing the paint and a long brush.

Cons

Weight: The only flaw of the Amqit roller is given by the weight, which increases further with the full tank and makes it impractical to use for painting ceilings.

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The Liwein kit is especially recommended for DIY enthusiasts, it consists of a mini roller complete with twenty spare mini brushes. The handle has an ergonomic grip, in order to increase the comfort of use, and the spare rollers are divided into two distinct groups: ten are made with synthetic greasy wool and ten in synthetic acrylic cotton, so that they can be used with different types of water-soluble paint.

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Since the dimensions of the rollers are mini, of course, their width is just 10 centimeters, so they are intended for small paint jobs. Furthermore, since it is an economic product, one should not expect excellent quality; the rollers are to be considered disposable and are recommended above all for tempera and light, low density water-based paints; consequently they are more suitable for artistic applications than for actual painting work.

Pros

Cost: To say negligible is an understatement, especially considering that the kit consists of twenty pieces plus the handle needed to use them.

For decorations: The characteristics of the rollers make them especially suitable for use in the artistic field, for decorations and painting with “light” tempera and varnishes, preferably water-soluble.

Mini: Even the small size underlines the vocation of these rollers to work on small areas, such as furniture surfaces and canvases.

Cons

Disposable: The synthetic materials are of low quality so the rollers have a very low percentage of reuse, especially if used with too dense paints.

8. Wagner HandiRoll 550 roller with reservoir for painting walls and ceilings

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The roller produced by the German company Wagner, on the other hand, is as beautiful and functional as it is controversial, and for this reason it ranks last in our ranking. The HandiRoll 550, in fact, is a paint roller that integrates the tank directly into the rod, thus solving the problem of weight balance when it is necessary to paint ceilings and the upper part of the walls.

The tank has a capacity of 550ml and can be filled with ease using the Power-Trigger pumping system. The roller is 23 cm wide and with 550 ml of paint it is able to paint 15 square meters in just 12 minutes.

Apart from the high cost and the good quality of the roller, however, the pumping system has the major limitation of not having a non-return valve, furthermore if it is not washed with extreme care after use, the paint residues compromise it. operation.

Pros

Practical: Despite its limitations, the HandiRoll 550 is an extremely practical and easy to use solution for DIY painting of walls and ceilings.

Quality: Both the roller and the manufacturing materials are of good quality; if well maintained, therefore, the HandiRoll offers a good yield and also a remarkable durability.

Power-Trigger: The tank integrated into the rod and its pumping system make it extremely easy to use and minimize the risk of soiling and waste of paint.

Cons

Maintenance: In order not to get clogged immediately, unfortunately, it requires considerable maintenance; after each use it must be completely disassembled and carefully cleaned with hot water.

How to choose the best paint rollers

The time has now come, you have to repaint the walls of the house and you have decided to take care of it yourself; Before deciding which paint roller to buy, however, it is better to know which are the most important requirements to which you must pay attention.

The cost and intended use

It is not easy to understand how to choose a good paint roller, especially when it seems that the products on the market are all the same and have more or less the same price. In the case of this useful tool, in fact, the problem is not so much of an economic nature, but is related to yield and quality.

Poor quality rollers, in addition to not guaranteeing an adequate yield in terms of finish, also prove to be of poor duration and if the overall area of ​​the surfaces to be painted is large enough, one may not be enough to complete the job.

The choice of dimensions depends on the type of work to be performed, of course, so this particular aspect easily takes a back seat; consequently the most important requirements to be taken care of are reduced to only two: the type and quality of the material with which the rollers are manufactured, and the compatibility or otherwise of the same with the paints to be used.

The material and the structure

All paint rollers, unlike brushes, are made entirely of synthetic materials; the primary difference, in this case, lies in the structure with which they present themselves. Those in high-density foam, for example, tend to cost less, but their yield is also limited; First of all, they are only suitable for smooth surfaces, and they also tend to dent or deform if excessive pressure is applied during use.

Those made of corded fiber, on the other hand, despite being synthetic in any case, have a much better yield; moreover they are also suitable for relatively rough surfaces and do not deform under pressure.

In any case, proper maintenance must be carried out, washing them carefully and carefully after each use; because even the best paint roller on the market, if neglected, would end up ruining very quickly.

The different types

Another feature of the paint rollers is that they come in various types; the classic models are represented by the simple kit that contains the tray and at least a couple of rollers to be mounted on the relative handle.

On the market, however, there are also rollers equipped with an internal tank, with a capacity from 500 to 600 ml depending on the type; these are heavier to use, of course, but they help to dirty much less.

Some integrate the tank directly inside the roller, others are equipped with an extended handle which, at the same time, performs the double function of extension and tank for painting. In this case, however, you must pay close attention to the reviews of the chosen product, because not all of them turn out to be perfectly functional.

How to dilute roller paint

General indications

Painters and professional painters all agree that paints must be diluted in a balanced way, so that they are neither too thick nor too liquid. In general, therefore, the recommended dilution percentage varies from 30% to 40%; this indication, however, is relative and depends above all on the type of paint used and the substance required to dilute it.

The different types of painting

Paints that are diluted in water, such as tempera or those based on acrylic resins, are generally defined as water-based paints, but there are also paints on the market that must be diluted with suitable chemical solvents. The latter are usually those used to paint furniture, wooden or metal surfaces.

For the correct percentage of dilution, as mentioned above, it is preferable to rely on the manufacturer’s specifications and use the proportions indicated, which can vary from 15% to 25% or even more, depending on the case.

How to perform the dilution

The dilution percentage indicates the quantity of water, or solvent, to add in proportion to the quantity of paint to be used. Just to give a practical example, therefore, to dilute a water-based paint to 25% you need to add a liter of water to four liters of paint; if the dilution percentage is higher or lower, just calculate the amount of water to add accordingly.

Once the water has been added to the paint, mix well; the best method, faster and more efficient, is to use an electric mixer or a specific mixing tip to be grafted onto a drill, if instead you use a simple piece of wood you will have to be careful to mix well and for as long as possible.

Frequent questions

How much does a paint roller cost?

The cost of a paint roller can vary based on several factors; obviously the most expensive are those intended for professional use, but usually these are not easily available. Often and gladly, in fact, these equipments are included in the promotions that the manufacturing companies implement for businesses and professionals who buy large quantities of paint.

Most of the rollers that are on the market, therefore, are intended for amateur use, in the field of do-it-yourself, or for hobby and semi-professional use. Prices, in these specific market segments, vary from 10 to about 50 euros; in this case, however, the price is absolutely not indicative of the quality, which is standard for all products.

The only differences are in the type of packaging and in the manufacturing material; as for the package, this can include the single roller with one or two spare parts or come in the form of a set, therefore with rollers of different sizes and other accessories, such as spatulas, brushes, gloves and so on.

The manufacturing material, on the other hand, is the one that has the greatest impact on yield and performance; in the case of rollers, all the materials used are synthetic. Terry ones tend to be cheaper, but they are also the ones that have a lower yield in terms of both performance and durability. Those made of corded fiber, on the other hand, are better.

Is it better to use the paint brush or roller?

The paint roller contributes enormously to facilitating work and reducing time, but its use is not always recommended; the main problem posed by the rollers, in fact, especially by the cheaper ones, consists in the uniformity with which they are able to spread the paint.

Both the roller and the brush have their advantages and disadvantages, of course, so let’s try to understand what they are and in what circumstances it is preferable to use one rather than the other.

The advantages of the brush are that the latter can be used with all types of paint and that it makes it much easier to paint in the corners, moreover it allows you to spread the paint without difficulty even on rough surfaces; the disadvantages, on the other hand, are represented by the fact that it tends to lose bristles more easily, and that to paint it requires proximity to the walls, therefore the use of the ladder if you need to paint the upper parts and ceilings.

The roller offers a good yield especially on smooth or slightly rough walls, covers a greater surface with each pass and therefore helps to shorten working times and requires less effort, as it can be painted without having to move a lot, and with the aid telescopic rods allow you to work without using the ladder.

The disadvantages, on the other hand, apart from the limited yield only on more regular surfaces, consists in the difficulty of painting in the corners and in the limited compatibility with certain types of paint.

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