Consumer Reports rates Behr paints as "Best Buys", which means they give
you better value for your dollar.
If I had only $18 to buy a gallon of paint, I would buy Behr too.
But I would object to having to use $18 paint on any painting project I
I've used both Behr Satin "Enamel" and Pratt & Lambert Accolade Satin,
and there is no comparison. The P&L paint virtually eliminates my
having to spread drop cloths because there is virtually no spatter.
Also, it doesn't soften up nearly as much when it gets wet, and that
makes it stand up better when removing marks from it.
I disagree with Mayayana on colour retention.
It's the pigments in a paint that give it it's colour, and certain
pigments retain their colour when exposed to UV light far better than
others. For example, the reason why the planet Mars is red is because
of all the iron oxide rich rocks at it's surface. We use exactly that
same iron oxide as the pigment "Red Oxide" in tinting paints. By using
inorganic pigments like yellow oxide, red oxide, brown oxide, raw umber,
titanium white and black, you can formulate colours that don't fade
whatsoever from exposure to the Sun. Mars is just as red as the rust on
my car, and it will be for another 5 billion years of direct exposure to
the Sun. So, if you take the rust on my car, pulverize it into a fine
powder and use that powder to tint your paint a reddish brown colour,
you'll have a paint that, barring other factors, will retain it's colour
perfectly for 5 billion years.
Also, my experience with interior paints is that walls will gradually
get dirty due to dust in the air settling on those walls. If there's a
smoker in the house, you'll see lines form over the studs on exterior
walls, and even black spots form over the drywall nails or screws in
those studs. This is the result of microscopic particles of soot
settling on the coldest portions of the wall, and will happen with any
paint. If you have to repair damage to a wall like that, you'll never
get the paint to match because the old paint is dirty whereas the new
So, colour retention isn't a good indication of paint quality because
the ability of the paint to retain it's colour is dependant on many
factors that paint quality plays no part in.