Sherwin Williams Paint Vs. Benjamin Moore – Which One Is Better?
Both Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore sell quality paints, but a common question is whether one is better than the other. I use Sherwin Williams paints for my painting business, and occasionally Benjamin Moore. I like both, but I’m in favor of Sherwin paints, mostly because the paint is a little cheaper for my customers after our store discounts. There are also quite a few SW stores in my area, which is convenient. I’m also a little more familiar with their products.
As far as the price per gallon goes, Sherwin Williams might be a bit cheaper, but both paints are pretty expensive, unless you’re getting a discount through a painting service or buying a low grade paint. In terms of quality, both paints are comparable, depending on the line of paint you choose. Generally though, you do get what you pay for.
I have a crossover pamphlet from a Sherwin Williams store, which lists the equivalent products between the different SW and Benjamin Moore paint lines. So basically if you prefer a particular line of paint from BM (Super Spec, Regal ect), but you’re unable to get that paint for whatever reason, the pamphlet shows the equivalent SW product. It’s a marketing tool, but it is accurate.
Below I have listed several premium interior paints from the crossover pamphlet. I have used most of the paints from both companies, and I find it to be pretty accurate.
BM Aura is equal to SW Duration Home
BM Impervo latex is equal to SW ProClassic latex
BM Regal Classic is equal to SW Cashmere
BM Super Spec is equal to SW ProMar 400
BM Ben latex paint is equal to SW Classic 99 latex
BM Muresco ceiling paint is equal to SW CHB
BM Natura is equal to SW ProMar 200 Zero VOC paint
Premium paints from Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore can get pretty expensive without a sale or discount through a painting contractor. A gallon of SuperPaint from Sherwin Williams is well over $40 per gallon, and a gallon of Duration Home costs over $50. Prices between both companies are similar, and you will usually pay more money for paints with primer in it.
If you haven’t decided which brand you’re going to use for your painting project, I recommend comparing the available colors between both brands because one might have a particular color you like more than the other. It is also possible to have colors from either brand matched in almost any product. But as far as quality, you will get comparable quality if you buy the equivalent products noted in the crossover list I provided above. You can also visit your local SW or BM store and ask for a copy of the complete list.