Hamilton Prestige Synthetic Paintbrush Review

Updated May 25, 2023 | Posted Jan 24, 2023 | Product Reviews, Tools | 1 comment

Hamilton make a wide range of decorating tools, and the brand is a staple amongst decorators in the UK. I’ve been using their brushes and rollers since I started in the trade around 20 years ago. I just wanted to take a little bit of time to review their Prestige Pure Synthetic Paintbrush.

You can buy this paintbrush online by clicking here, or from just about any decorating merchant in the UK. A box of 5 will cost you just north of £20, so they’re not exactly what you might call expensive. They consist of a wooden handle, stainless steal ferule, and tapered synthetic bristles.


My Hamilton Prestige Synthetic Paintbrush Review

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Right, let’s get down to my review. I spend a lot of money on brushes, and I use them almost every day. Most of the brushes I use are a lot more expensive than the Hamilton Prestige. That isn’t to say the Prestige is lower quality than the others.

The handle is very well made, and the brush feels balanced in your hand. The ferule is quite crude and clunky to look at, but it does its job. The bristles are soft but springy. The Hamilton Prestige Synthetic Paintbrush holds a good amount of paint and distributes it evenly. It’s also fine enough to cut sharp lines without issue while you’re working. As a decorator, I only tend to get a couple of months of life out of them, but that’s with semi-constant use.

All said and done, these are great paintbrushes for the money you spend. They’re fantastic in different types of emulsion, as well as oil-based satinwood and eggshell.

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 Other Hamilton Products


I thought I’d touch on some of the other products that Hamilton makes as a few of them set the bar. For example, their Perfection Pure Bristle Brush is easily the best paintbrush for oil-based gloss and sold at a reasonable price. The bristles are made from hog hair, which are too soft to properly control emulsion and other water-based products, but copes well with sticky paint. The Hamilton Perfection Pure Bristle Brush lasts for years too and seems to get better with age. Click here to see latest prices.

The Hamilton 9-ring wallpaper hanging brush is another tool that’s widely regarded as the best of its type. The bristles are springy, which allows you to apply just the right amount of pressure on your wallpaper. Click here for more info.

Paint rollers are another strength of Hamilton’s, especially the Hammy green, which I love. It’s a medium pile sleeve which holds loads of paint and achieves a flat finish every time. What’s not to love?? Click here for more info.

Hamilton Prestige Synthetic Paintbrush Review – by Mike Gregory


What do Other Decorators Think of the Hamilton Prestige Synthetic Paintbrush?

The Hamilton Prestige Pure Synthetic is a great DIY brush.

The amount of time washing required to get them cleaned and back to soft v the cost price of @ £1 an inch purchase price.

Unfortunately, these start life on 1 project & put in the bin bag when that 1 project is complete.

Kenny Smith

Awful paintbrushes, purchased this exact pack a while ago. They last one job. Unless you like picking bristles off the surface, buy a Purdy or even better, buy a Graco 👌

Kevin Cleghorn

Great brushes

Tony Kinchlea

No I don’t like these Hamilton brushes Mike, plus they shed a lot.

Malcolm Salter

Are people getting these mixed up with the cheaper version or the Harris? I have never had a problem with losing the brush hairs. It’s a good paintbrush.

Neil Belsom

Everyone who’s saying that they lose the bushels; I haven’t seen that at all. I use them all the time. They’re great value for the money as well. I only use them for water-based paint though, as that’s what they made for.

Joe P Bonnici


The Hamilton Prestige is not a bad brush but didn’t last long for me. They wore down too quickly. So, I haven’t bought anymore.

Mathew Twig Williams

Great for the money to be honest. I like Hamilton Prestige for oil-based paint and they’re ok in Johnstone’s Aqua Satin.

Paul Klak

I love all the Hamilton brushes, definitely my ‘go to’ brushes for oil and water-based paint.

Paul Bishop

I’ve seen people complain about the Hamilton Prestige Synthetic Paintbrushes a few times, but I’ve never had any issue using them. At first use they do lose the odd bristle, but I’ve had that using Ice fusion brushes too!

Are they the best brushes out there? No, they’re not but they are far from the worst! The brush holds a decent amount of paint and when cutting in your able to achieve nice sharp lines. I’ve had some lovely results using these for oil-based paints and no issues at all using with emulsions.

At £17 for 5 brushes ( 1/2”, 1”, 1.5”, 2×2”), in my opinion these are good value for money.

Phil Adams

I’ve used Hamilton Prestige brushes for a few years ears never had a problem with them. They do wear down but value for money, they are worth it.

Liam Yogi Hughes


Hamilton Prestige Synthetic Paintbrushes are rubbish compared to what you can get, but if you want a cheap brush will do the job.

Steve Moss

Updated May 25, 2023 | Posted Jan 24, 2023 | 1 comment

About the Author

About the Author

Mike Cupit has been in the decorating industry since 2002 and has mostly worked as a Trade Decorator in the domestic sector (peoples’ homes). Self-proclaimed “product geek”, Mike has a passion for paint and decorating tools. Mike now spends most of his time testing paint products and tools, comparing them to similar products on the market, and blogging about the industry in general.

1 Comment

  1. Richard

    Pound for pound great value for money Hamilton range, these brushes are a cut above other cheaper brushes.

    The Hamilton orange made for the trade range also great quality very similar they cheap on Amazon a
    5 pack for £12 inc vat.

    The Hamilton 9inch blue roller sleeve set on amzon /ebay for under £20 great it comes with a superb long premium 2inch angle Hamilton brush ideal for cutting in.

    A Hamilton rep told me at a trade show they very strong in the North and Scotland its what painters used when taught and its passed down over the years, their sales start to flatten out Midlands down he says.


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