The Best Paintbrushes for Emulsion in the World

Simon Young


I’ve been a decorator for the best part of 30 years and I’m a real brush geek, trying loads of different brands from across the work. The Decorators Forum have asked me to name the very best paintbrushes for emulsion, these are my top 5. Most are available in the UK.




Richard is a Canadian paint brush manufacture. Currently they have a limited range available from Mypaintbrush just use discount code DF8 at the checkout. Or buy the full range from Canada and shipping over. They are what I’d call a premium brush. Very high-quality bristles & ergonomically designed. I love the sheer number of filaments in the brush and length of them. It holds loads of paint and lays of very well. What I don’t like is the density and length of the filaments when it’s wash out time! The amount of material it holds can make it a chore to wash out, taking significantly longer to clean. Also buying from the UK you only get access to a limited range. Price is in the £10-£15 area, so not cheap, but a very nice brush. A solid 8/10 for me.

the best paintbrushes in the world, Richard




Oldfields have been making paint brushes in Australia for over 100 years. They are master brush makers. I’ve been using Oldfields for over a year now. They have recently become exclusively available from Mypaintbrush. Again, discount code DF8 at the checkout. They are an extremely well made and designed brush. Available in beaver tail and long handled. Nice soft synthetic filaments, paint pickup and flow are also great. Long lasting and hold their shape incredibly well after washing out. What I don’t like; Not a lot honestly…Maybe a few more filaments in the oval brushes, but that’s just me being picky. Price wise I think they are bang on the money at 2 brushes for £15. I’d rate then easily at 9/10.



Zachary Royals

Another Canadian paint brush manufacture. Once again, I’ve been using them for over a year now. I was reluctant to put these forward initially due to the difficulties in obtaining them. As of writings they are only available from 1 UK Facebook seller, although you can buy them from Canada and have them sent over. Zachary Brushes have a super soft and thin filament blend very similar to a Proform Blaze but with zero twisting issues. They excel in cutting in too. They are easily one of the best cutting brushes I’ve ever used. They are a good brush in every way, but the cutting line the produce is very good indeed. I don’t like how hard they are to find/obtain in the UK. They need to try harder to secure a proper EU/UK distributor. Also, I find the filaments tend to hold on to the dry paint around the ferrule. Price wise it’s a bit all over the place. If you can get them UK supplied £12ish a brush, ordering from USA/Canada £35 for 3. I’d rate them a 8/10.

the best paintbrushes in the world, Zachary Royals




A massive USA brand, although better known for their rollers than brushes. They make rollers for a host of other brands; chances are high you’ve used their stuff and not known it. Premier have 3 main blends available. My preference is the Morton firm blend. It’s a great brush for your thicker paints like Dulux Dimond matt and Armstead Anti mould. Good pickup and laying off. Nice ergonomics and wash out very well. I don’t like the filming length, I feel it could be a touch longer. Currently only available from London Decorators’ Merchants, but I believe that’s going to improve soon. Price wise… £10 – £15 a brush depending on size. Solid 7.5/10

the best paintbrushes in the world, Premier




ProDec Ice Fusion

I couldn’t do a brush review without including the only DF endorsed brush. I got off to a rocky start with these. I was initially comparing them to the premium brushes I’ve talked about. I was left underwhelmed, an average brush. Not worth all the fan fair. Then I took a second look. I compared them to other brushes in their price range, Fox, Axus, Rolling Dog, Ciret etc… Now they make sense! Using them back to back with those the Ice Fusion blow the competition out the water. For me there isn’t another brush at this price point that comes close. £15 for a box of 3! They are a great everyday brush. Hold a fair amount of paint, lays it down well, washed out great and held there shape too. I love the move away from paper envelopes to the waterproof plastic… I don’t like the aluminium ferrule though. Price is great at £15 a box, solid 7/10.

the best paintbrushes in the world, ProDec Ice Fusion


And they are the 5 best paintbrushes for emulsion in the world as I see it. I hope you found it useful


Check out our other articles

Dulux Trade High Gloss Review - an oil-based glossy product to be used inside

Dulux Trade Gloss Review – all you need to know

Professional decorator Mike Gregory gives a full and honest Dulux Trade Gloss review. A product he thinks gives an awesome finish.

Jotun Demidekk Ultimate Review - an external long lasting paint

Jotun Demidekk Ultimate Review

Professional decorator Scott Murphy gives a full and honest Demidekk Ultimate Review. A product he has absolute faith will stand up to the British weather.

brush mate review - the best way to keep your paintbrushes fresh

Brush Mate Review by a professional decorator

Professional decorator Mike Gregory gives a full and honest brush mate review based on his own experience. Do they work? Are they worth their money?

Johnstone’s oil-based eggshell review, an interior low sheen woodwork product

Johnstone’s Oil-Based Eggshell Review

Professional decorator Scott Murphy gives his full and honest Johnstone’s oil-based eggshell review, but how does it compare with similar products?

Tikkurila Paint Review and guide- by Mike Gregory

Tikkurila Paint Review – by Mike Gregory

Professional decorator Mike Gregory gives a full and honest Tikkurila paint review. Other than the odd dodgy product, he is impressed

Tetrion All-Purpose Filler Review - interior and exterior filler

Tetrion All-Purpose Filler Review

Professional decorator Mike Cupit gives a full and honest Tetrion All-Purpose Filler Review, an all-round filler designed for a multitude of situations.

Best Oil Based Gloss – Review and Guide. Which gloss will stay white for longer?

Best Oil Based Gloss – Review and Guide

Professional decorator Mike Gregory talks oil-based gloss. What products are out there, and which is the best to use overall.

Dulux Weathershield Masonry Paint Review and guide for exterior decorating

Dulux Weathershield Masonry Paint Review

Professional decorator Mike Gregory gives a full and honest review of the Dulux Weathershield masonry paint range. Well worth a read

Macphersons Eclipse Vs Tikkurila Anti-Reflex, which is the best paint to use on a ceiling

Macphersons Eclipse Vs Tikkurila Anti-Reflex

Professional decorator Mike Gregory gives a full and honest comparison between Macphersons Eclipse Vs Tikkurila Anti-Reflex. Which is better?

Johnstone’s Aqua satin and gloss, water-based paint review

Johnstone’s Aqua Satin and Gloss

Professional decorator Mike Gregory gives a full review of the Johnstone’s Aqua satin and gloss, but is it even a water based paint?