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If you want the most professional results possible when tackling a DIY paint job, you’ll need more than just a paintbrush or paint roller. You’ll also want a paint edger, which allows you to create precise, clean lines along the edges of trim, doors, ceilings, and baseboards without having to use painter’s tape or a cutting-in technique, which can be challenging for many beginning painters. But while these devices are simple, there are a lot of choices on the market, so we did the heavy work for you by sorting through the best paint edgers available today.
Here are the best paint edgers for a wide variety of needs.
One of the biggest annoyances when using a paint edger is dipping the pad into the paint tray and getting paint onto the edger’s wheels, which then track paint onto the wall and spoil your perfect edge. To the rescue: The ingenious and yet simple design of the Shur-Line Paint Edger Pro, which lets you flip the wheels up and out of the way when it’s time to reload the 4-3/4 x 3-3/4 inch replaceable pad with paint. Add to that the smoothly rolling wheels, the single-touch pad ejection feature–no more paint on your fingers–the swiveling handle that attaches to any standard paint extension pole, the ergonomic design that’s easy on your hands, and the soft pad that lays down paint without lint or brushstrokes, and you have a paint edger that helps even a beginner paint around trim, baseboards, and other obstacles like a pro.
If your ceilings are exceptionally high, you’ll still need to use a stepladder, but with the Mr. LongArm Trim Smart Edger and your choice of paint extension pole, even high ceilings get the perfectly edged lines they deserve. Unlike most edgers, which only have two horizontally aligned wheels, this edger has an additional wheel placed vertically, so you can change directions without having to lift the edger off the painted surface–a major plus when working on a ceiling high above your head. The flocked foam 4-3/4 x 3-1/2 inch pads glide over smooth or lightly textured surfaces and are easy to replace once your project is finished.
Painting the ceiling can be challenging, but with the Shur-Line Edger Plus Premium and your favorite sturdy paint extension pole, you can quickly and easily get perfectly cut lines around the edges; no more frustrating spots of paint on the walls. The smoothly rolling wheels won’t catch or skip, and the woven pad applies paint evenly on smooth or lightly textured ceilings. Once attached to your extension pole, the edger easily pivots or swivels as needed, making it a breeze to work your way around air vents or lighting fixtures. The 6-1/2 x 5-3/4 inch replaceable pad is large enough to get the job done quickly, which means a lot less strain on your arms, neck, and shoulders from working overhead.
Painting high walls presents a predicament: You either need to balance your paint pan on your ladder, or you need to step down to reload the roller or brush with paint every time it runs dry. However, the Wagner Smart Edge Roller eliminates both scenarios, and instead, holds up to six ounces of paint right in the handle, letting you cover up to 96 feet before needing a refill. That means you can work with fewer interruptions, all while creating smooth, perfect lines along the tops of walls, over windows, around trim, or even in hard-to-reach spots over doorways with the 3 x 3/8 inch roller’s built-in edging guides. And once you finish the project, the roller is washable and reusable, so it will be ready the next time you need to paint.
It can be tough getting a clean, straight line on a textured wall. Some foam pad edgers don’t glide smoothly over heavy texture, leaving bare spots that mar your project’s appearance. But missed spots and skips won’t be a problem when you use the Emery Edger Paint Brush Edging Tool, even on heavily textured surfaces. Unlike most paint edgers, this one isn’t a wheeled pad or roller. Instead, it’s a traditional 1-1/5 inch nylon-bristle paintbrush with an attached plastic two-piece edge guard that creates precise lines around doors, windows, trim, and other obstacles. A foam pad between the two halves of the plastic guard keeps paint flowing smoothly over the brush bristles, even on rough surfaces, textured walls, or popcorn ceilings. While you’ll need to replace the pad, you can easily clean the paintbrush and plastic guard for use on future projects.
Sometimes, all you need is an inexpensive paint edger for a small painting project or to touch up scuffs or other damage on an already painted wall. For those times, the Whizz Painter Edger is inexpensive enough to toss without regrets once the job is finished–although the pads are replaceable if you want to keep the edger for future use–yet it still applies paint smoothly and quickly, leaving no lint or track marks behind. At 3-1/2 x 7-5/8 inches, this edger is larger than most, so you can cover a lot of wall without spending a lot of time. On the downside, you cannot attach an extension pole to the edger, and the small handle is not as easily or comfortably grasped as the handle of other paint edgers featured here.
If you’ve ever painted a room, you know one of the biggest challenges is getting full, even coverage in the corners. Regular paintbrushes and rollers tend to either miss spots or deposit paint unevenly in a corner’s tight confines, which leaves your paint job looking sloppy and unprofessional. Luckily, there’s a solution: The Shur-Line Premium Corner Painter. Instead of the usual rectangle, this ingenious device has a V-shaped head with just enough swivel to easily reach into corners and lay a smooth, neat application of paint without seamlines, gaps, or drips. Attach an extension pole to reach corners way up high or grasp the ergonomic handle when working down low. The edger takes regular 4-3/4 x 3-3/4 inch Shur-Line refill pads, so you can use it over and over again.
Most paint edgers are flat rectangular pads, which do a fine job, but require slow and careful work. Some painters, however, are in a hurry. If you are one of them, it’s hard to beat the Accubrush MX for creating perfect edges while still keeping up a quick pace. This handy device has a 4 x 2 inch poly-blend roller with a 3/8-inch nap that evenly covers both flat and textured surfaces. But the real secret is in the combination of the plastic side guard and tiny underlying brush that lets the roller glide right along the edges of corners, ceilings, baseboards, and trim without the need for protective painter’s tape, and without smudging paint where you don’t want it to go. Instead, you’ll get a perfect line of paint that would make even a professional proud. The rollers are washable and reusable.