Best paint roller: 5 top picks for smooth and easy application

Why do you need the best paint roller (instead of any old roller)? Because it will give you a professional paint finish and make DIY a breeze. There are our top picks

The best paint rollers: 5 picks for smooth and easy application
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For any DIY project, the best paint roller is a must. Whether you're painting your whole house from top to bottom or are simply giving the odd wall a fresh lick of paint, you’re going to need the right tools for the job.

Paint brushes are great for smaller areas and getting that neat and tidy finish around the edges, but for the most part, using a good paint roller is the easiest way to get full and even coverage in the most efficient way. Our pick of the best paint rollers have been road-tested to ensure a smooth finish and easy application no matter what the DIY job in hand.

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Coral paint roller

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1. Coral Complete 12 piece Roller Set

A decent sized set of rollers that's perfect for large home renovations

Specifications
Pile length: Long, medium and short
Roller width: 9” and 4”
Paint tray: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Plenty of options to cover different types of jobs +Really good value 
Reasons to avoid
-No long handled rollers for painting ceilings 

If you’re planning on painting all the rooms in your home, then this Coral Complete 12 piece Roller Set is a great place to start: you’ll get three different pile lengths and two different sized rollers to allow you to achieve maximum coverage with a smooth finish. The set also comes with a paintbrush that very handily has tool for opening paint pots at the end of its handle 

  • Shop the Coral Complete 12 piece Roller Set here

Diall paint roller

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2. Diall 7" Polyamide Extendable Roller

A long pile roller that's ideal for rougher surfaces

Specifications
Pile length: Long
Roller width: 7"
Paint tray: No
Reasons to buy
+Affordable+Soft grip handle for comfort when painting+Extendable  
Reasons to avoid
-No paint try included 

This Diall 7" Polyamide Extendable Roller is good for more textured surfaces, to make sure no areas are missed and the colour goes on thick and smoothly. At seven inches, these rollers make it easy to make good coverage quickly across larger surface areas. It's got a soft grip handle that makes its comfier if you are working for hours and the sleeve can be removed too if you need to switch to a shorter handle.

  • Shop the Diall 7" Polyamide Extendable Roller here

Wagner TurboRoll 550

3. Wagner TurboRoll 550

The best extendable motorised paint roller for larger and higher areas

Specifications
Pile length: Long
Roller width: 9”
Paint tray: No
Reasons to buy
+Eight-foot extension range+Motorised so you don't have to constantly top it up with paint+Easy to use+Lightweight 
Reasons to avoid
-It's expensive for a roller

If you need to repaint your ceiling, then Wagner TurboRoll 550 the is the best paint roller for the job. With a 9 inch roller and long pile, it will certainly ensure even coverage on both smooth and textured ceilings, and it also has an extendable handle of up to 2.4 metres so you can reach higher areas with ease. It’s lightweight and easy to handle and has a battery operated turbo motor to help you get the job done with minimum effort. Simply push the button and away it goes.  

  • Shop the Wagner TurboRoll 550 here

Dulux Perfect Cover Roller and Paint Tray

4. Dulux Perfect Cover Roller and Paint Tray

A basic paint roller for quick and easy jobs

Specifications
Pile length: Medium
Roller width: 9”
Paint tray: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Soft grip handle  +Tray included +Built-in squeegee removes excess paint
Reasons to avoid
-Not great for textured surfaces 

If you just need a basic paint roller to do a small paint job, then this Dulux roller is light and easy to handle with a soft grip. Made from micro-pile fabric, this roller is said to be particularly good at applying a smooth, even layer of paint across both walls and ceilings. The tray has a deep well for filling with paint and the easy-clean squeegee allows you to remove excess paint so that you can have a mess-free painting session.  

  • Shop the Dulux Perfect Cover Roller and Paint Tray here

Harris Emulsion Mini Roller Set

5. Harris Emulsion Mini Roller Set

Get to those hard-to-reach areas with these mini rollers

Specifications
Pile length: Medium
Roller width: 4”
Paint tray: Yes
Reasons to buy
+ Five roller sleeves included +Ideal for smaller jobs 
Reasons to avoid
-The tray isn't the sturdiest

If you’re painting a much smaller area or perhaps an item of furniture, then these mini rollers could be a lot more suitable for helping you get a much more even coverage. They’re comfortable to hold and the five interchangeable rollers are great if you are creating a design with different colours as you can easily slip them on and off. The paint rollers also come with a paint tray.

  • Shop the Harris Emulsion Mini Roller Set here

How to buy the best paint roller

For painting interior walls, it’s best to opt for a set of rollers in different sizes as will allow for greater versatility and for a smooth finish, even in the tightest of corners. You'll find more advice on this in our guide to how to paint rooms and walls.

On the other hand, if you are painting furniture, then smaller rollers will allow you to get into the nooks and crannies while maintaining a smooth coat.

Most rollers will come with paint trays, but not all, so factor that in if you need one, and standard pile length is medium for most DIY jobs, but you may prefer to opt for a longer pile on textured or larger surface areas. 

For more advice and inspiration, make sure to take a look at our dedicated paint hub page. You may also benefit from browsing our buyer's guide to the best paint brushes too.

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