Resene: New Zealand’s Favourite House Paint

Resene is a hit inside and out of Kiwi homes, taking out Canstar Blue’s Most Satisfied Customers award for house paint.

One of the cheapest and easiest ways to update your home is with a fresh coat of house paint. Nothing revamps a living space like switching from Antique White to Whisper White. Or maybe Astor White would work better?

But beyond a large colour palette to choose from, you want a paint that provides quality to do the job. Inside or out. Because New Zealand’s just as famous for harsh UV rays as it is for The Lord of the Rings, any regular old house paint just isn’t enough.

So to help Kiwis narrow down their choices, we asked Kiwis to evaluate their past buying experiences, to find out which house paint is No.1.


Resene: New Zealand’s favourite house paint

For our 2022 awards, we surveyed 868 Kiwis who had purchased and used house paint or stain in the past three years. We asked them to evaluate their experiences across the following categories:

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Durability
  • Quality of Finish
  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Application
  • Range of Finishes

And, according to Kiwis, Resene is the way to go, and the winner of Canstar Blue’s Most Satisfied Customers | House Paint Award 2022.

MSC award logo 2022 house paint

Resene took out last year’s award in similar fashion, with overwhelmingly positive feedback. In this year’s survey, Resene earns 5 Stars in almost every category measured, for Overall Satisfaction, Durability, Quality of Finish, Ease of Application, and Range of Finishes.

It earns just a single 4-Star result, for Value for Money. While 4 Stars is quality score, it’s perhaps also a reflection of the fact exceptional quality doesn’t always come cheap.

New Zealand’s favourite house paints

Here are New Zealand’s favourite house paints, based on our survey results:

  1. Resene
  2. Valspar
  3. Wattyl
  4. Dulux
  5. British Paints

Despite Resene taking top spot, it’s not the only house paint brand to earn the admiration of its customers.  The only brand apart from our winner Resene to earn top ratings, Valspar earns 5-Stars for Range of Finishes and Value for Money, and 4 Stars across all other categories.

Like Valspar, Wattyl and Dulux also earn 4-Star Overall Satisfaction ratings. While British Paints earns 3 Stars for Overall Satisfaction.

Top providers: House paint

Resene house paint logo


Resene is a leader in providing professional advice, high-quality products and superb colours. It offers expert and local advice through its dedicated stores and innovative quality paints that cover virtually any colour, shade or tint you can imagine.

A great feature of its exterior house paints is CoolColour. The special pigment technology reflects heat, so it doesn’t get as hot as a regular coloured paint, meaning you can embrace darker tones without worry.

Resene is also dedicated to sustainable practices, offering a wide selection of Environmental Choice paints, non-VOC tinters and low- and non-VOC paints, as well as paint and paint packaging recycling, and other sustainability initiatives.

All this means that no matter whether you’ve applied a fresh coat inside your home or out, you’ll have peace of mind.

If you need advice, inspiration, or have any questions be sure to visit the Resene website for a heap of guides, articles, and expert painting tips. Or simply pop into a store to talk with a colour expert or arrange a free colour consultation.

As proved by Resene’s excellent 5-Star results across almost all of our award categories, Resene is a favourite amongst Kiwis and is this year’s Most Satisfied Customers | House Paint Award winner.


valspar house paint logo


Valspar is an American company that dates back to 1806. Though its roots here are much younger, being stocked exclusively at Mitre 10 since 2015.

Valspar is well-known for its HYDROCHROMA technology: a breakthrough, high-performance colour system using super strength pigments that’s 100% water-based. This technology provides a broader range of deeper, more vibrant colours, superior water-based paint compatibility and advanced fade resistance.

Valspar can also colour match a colour of your choice. So bring in a shoe, a chair, a favourite sweater, and Valspar can mix up a colour to match!

In this year’s award ratings, Valspar earns 5 Stars for Range of Finishes, which highlights its rich and vibrant colours. Importantly, Valspar is great value for money, too, and is the only paint brand to earn 5 Stars for Value for Money.

wattyl house paint logo


Wattyl’s products have been painted on and in Kiwi homes since 1915. For over a century, it’s been a trusted source of inspiration and reliability when improving and protecting our most valuable assets from the country’s diverse weather conditions.

Its Solargard Exterior paint range is well known for its long-lasting durability, and comes with a 15-year warranty. But some would say it’s what’s on the inside that counts. And Wattyl delivers there, too! Its interior paints offer a great finish, resist mould, bacteria and stains, are easy to clean and low VOC.

In this year’s award ratings, Wattyl earns an admirable 4-Star result for Overall Satisfaction, thanks to the excellent durability and value of its products.

Dulux house paint logo


Dulux opened its first New Zealand manufacturing plant in Gracefield, Lower Hutt, in 1939. Since then, hundreds of water-based paint and coating products have been produced and distributed throughout the country.

Dulux paints are designed for New Zealand’s harsh conditions and are built to last. Offering UV protection and resistance to mould, dirt and stains, Dulux exterior paints come with a guarantee to last as long as you live in your home. So if you’ve only just moved in, there’s plenty of life on that guarantee.

Moving inside, Dulux’s Wash&Wear interior paints create a hard-wearing finish that allows you to wipe away most common marks, scuffs and stains with a wet cloth. Perfect for Kiwi families.

Dulux earns 4 Stars for Overall Satisfaction, Durability, Quality of Finish, and Range of Finishes. It earns 3 Stars for both Value for Money and Ease of Application.

british paints house paint logo

British Paints

British Paints is well known to our neighbours across the ditch, having painted Aussie homes for the past 80 years. Offering excellent guides, articles and professional tips through its simple to use website, British Paints provides plenty of help to get you started on your DIY paint job.

In this year’s awards survey, British Paints earns 4 Stars for Durability, Value for Money, and Range of Finishes. It earns 3 Stars in all other categories.

author andrew broadley

About the author of this page

This report was written by Canstar Content Producer, Andrew Broadley. Andrew is an experienced writer with a wide range of industry experience. Starting out, he cut his teeth working as a writer for print and online magazines, and he has worked in both journalism and editorial roles. His content has covered lifestyle and culture, marketing and, more recently, finance for Canstar.

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