2022 Consumer Reports Deck Stain Ratings 4.6/5 (33)

This post was updated on January 19, 2022

Consumer Reports Deck Stain Ratings for 2022

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The Consumer Reports is the publication of the Consumer’s Union. Many consumers use the publication when making a buying decision. After all, it publishes the ratings of other consumers who have bought the same products. So it would seem a logical place to gather buying information right? Well maybe not. The Consumer Reports publication has long been accused of biased ratings.

This is especially true in the car industry. You can find countless articles of Consumer Reports being falsely suggestive in some of their ratings. Unfair testing and biased ratings seem to be common. More than a dozen large companies, from car manufacturers to electronic companies have sued Consumer Reports over the years. It almost seems like, for whatever reason, they tend to sway the results of tests and ratings.

The same can be said for deck stains. Most of the Consumer Reports claim Behr as the number one stain followed by Thompsons Water Seal. But ironically most any professional in the deck staining industry will tell you these stains are inferior and they do not use them. Behr has been in many lawsuits with homeowners over the premature failure of their deck stains. In fact, Consumers’ own “user ratings” show that homeowners who have used Behr Stains gave it a 1 Star out of 5!

Both of these deck stain brands are sold at the big box stores, which would suggest these are the most common brands of stain consumers buy. But this doesn’t necessarily mean these stains are the best. We have tested both of these brands and many other stains. Our results for Behr Deck Stain or Thompsons Water Seal are definitely not at the top of our list. We are happy to share those results with our readers. See our deck stain reviews for more information.

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Arthur
Arthur
2 years ago

I am about to stain 5000 sqft of 1×12 pine for use as board and batten siding on a shop building in southern Ontario Canada. I am looking for the best options for a solid or semi solid stain to use. The line is kiln dried and machine finished so it has some texture on the exposed face but less than rough cut lumber.

Jack Noble
Jack Noble
2 years ago

What is the top two solid stains? My decks are weathered & filled nail holes with Bondo & put one coat of kills primer on & need to know the 2 top latex solid color stain? Help!!

Roy
Roy
2 years ago

Is Cabot’s the best stain for a new pressure treated pine wood fence compared to seal once stain sealer

Ruth Mycko
Ruth Mycko
2 years ago

What are the ratings and reviews for SEAL ONCE
NANO POLY stain for decks?
It is advertised to last 6 years?
Any help is greatly appreciated.

Michael Pauly
Michael Pauly
2 years ago

What is the best finish for a covered porch cypress wood ceiling? Looking for a satin finish with mahogany transparent tint..

trudi sibbald
trudi sibbald
2 years ago

is rustoleum rock solid a good long lasting shovel friendly stain

Max
Max
2 years ago

I have sanded the old finish off my deck. Do I still need to pre treat before RE staining?

ed kawiecki
ed kawiecki
2 years ago

Brand new red cedar deck just installed . We have been using behr natural cedartone for years . Started with semi transparent then went to solid as i was replacing so many boards it looked horrible . Hated the solid. Stripped and sanded the deck again and went back to semi trans. Now we like the new board look , no more color. What do you recommend

David mueller
David mueller
3 years ago

I have a pressure treated stained wood deck and want to put a new coating on it. It is weathered and many boards have cracks. Do the newer deck coatings, such as anvil or rustoleum Rock Solid perform well? I want something tat will fill the imperfections and last many years.

ALAN W DAHL
ALAN W DAHL
4 years ago

I am prepping s 15-by-15 cedar deck in northwest (Calgary, Canada) in 50-70F temp. I start with Power Wash, and SuperDeck stain remover and brighten with Revive. I have not been diluting the stain remover, just putting it on with a stain brush and then after 15 minutes, scrubbing with bristle brush and then hosing and repeating the process. Takes 2 or 3 scrubbings and stain brushes curl up and become useless after single sessiion. The Revive looks yellow and powdery after ‘brightening’ and the deck doesn’t look anywhere as good as our fence which was built at same time, and treated only with power-washing each summer and a coat of SuperDeck stain. Both are 17-yr-old. Any insights?

Mark
Mark
4 years ago

What product do you recommend for a Florida 11 years old deck, pine, that was never stained or painted? The house is 20 feet from the ocean, there is black and green mold here in abundance, and of course, humidity.

Dale
Dale
4 years ago

Any recommendations for the wet pacific northwest.

ed gra
ed gra
5 years ago

DEFY HARDWOOD STAIN ON WHITE CEDAR DECK—-PEELED 50% in two yearsm, despite thorough preparation. Is this site owned by or connected to DEFY?

Andrew S.
Andrew S.
5 years ago

I live in the Midwest and used TWP semi transparent walnut after letting a new cedar deck age properly and following prep to a T two years ago. In the fall I removed deck furniture and the deck saw snow in a steady/even blanketing (as usual) that winter. In the spring the deck looked terrible. The TWP was flaking and chipping everywhere after just one season. I’m shocked at all the positive reviews based on my experiwnce and would NOT RECOMMEND TWP.

I sanded the entire deck and ended up re-doing it with semi transparent walnut color Ready Seal. 1 year later the deck still looks great. I had to touch a few areas from dog scratches but otherwise looks terrific and went on like butter. I highly recommend ready seal and would stay away from TWP based on my personal experiwnce. I am not affiliated with ready seal, nor did I get anything to leave a review. I was just so frustrated with my twp expeeeiwnce and was shocked by how well ready seal worked that I’m sharing my experience. I’ve used Cabot, Olympic, Pittsburgh, Wolmans etc and ready seal outdid them all. Just sharing because maintaining a deck can be one of the most frustrating homeowner experiences. Would be curious if anyone else has used RS and your experience.

ed gra
ed gra
5 years ago
Reply to  Andrew S.

Similarly, I can’t understand why DEFY gets such raves on this site.

deena
deena
6 years ago

need stain recommendation for decks ( used arbor coat last time and have peeling decks) decks face west- ultra sun, live on a lake. want shine to my decks as well. Any help is greatly appreciated!!!!

Kyle
Kyle
6 years ago

What would you suggest for northern Illinois full sun most of the day with pressure treated wood and no mold issues at all.

Shelley
Shelley
6 years ago

What are the best deck stains for my deck? 1. Ohio 2. Full sun after 11AM 3. Pressure Treated Wood. 4. Some mold and mildew. 5. Deck was never stained before and is 20 years old. We have pressure washed it, and need to know whst products to use.

Jeffrey Hamilton
Jeffrey Hamilton
6 years ago

By the way, for the best deck stain in the Minneapolis area, use Cabot Australian Timber Oil. I am re-staining my deck after this product (a very similar Cabot product) held up for nearly 7 years. The only drawback was the wood was a little moldy on areas of much shade.

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