Paint rollers have a fascinating backstory with a man named David Welt was sent on a basic errand to go and retrieve
business cards for his father’s painting service way back in 1938. It was within the confines of that shop that he saw the metal printing press rolling ink on the cards and had the ingenious idea that if a machine can do it then his father should be able to roll paint in the same way in order to facilitate a smoother and quicker job for his customers. It was back at their home that a makeshift conglomeration of a bent piece of steel, wooden dowel, and carpet were combined in order to create the first paint roller of its kind.
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Wagner SMART Power RollerWagner paint rollers are now a top name in the business and they have quite a few models that exceed the competition. This model makes it easy to cover large areas such as family rooms, hallways and ceilings in very little time at all with all of the convenience from a power roller. As with most Wagner products, there is also a wide range of available accessories for putting the perfect touch on painting job.
-No paint tray needed as it pulls directly from an attached paint can
-3-inch Smart Edge roller eliminates the necessity of tape for painting clean edges
-Smooth or rough options through the incorporation of two special rollers
-Variable speed so that the paint flow can be adjusted on a level of 1 – 9
– Good price for the product
One drawback is that it only works well with the included 18 inch extension such that tasks like painting a ceiling from a position on the floor can be quite an issue. However, overall this is one of the better rollers on the market. Just like Wagner paint sprayers, the Wagner power roller is a quality product backed by great customer service that Wagner always offers to it’s customers.
AdirPro Electric Power Roller
AdirPro is a growing name across the spectrum of home improvement tools and devices, and they have added their name to the top of the painting business as well. An even and consistent coat is easily applied with the paint issuing from the long supply hose that assists with mobility and getting into a variety of places without having to worry about setting up again. The entire system is drip-less and can be cleaned up in less than ten minutes so that more work time is spent on the actual job rather than the post-game show that is the cleanup.
-9″ inch soft paint roller brush with a 16′ paint tube
-a flow rate of 450ml per minute at 45 watts power
-pulls directly from the paint can source
-near perfect reviews from it’s customers
-Use with water based paints only
-Very affordable with prices under $75
One of the only drawbacks of the AdirPro Electric Power Roller is that it can only be used with water based paints. Since the Wagner model listed above can handle both oil and latex (water based) coatings this may be a deciding factor for those needing to work with a variety of paints. For those looking to save money and using water based paint only, this can be an affordable power roller and also high quality.
Black & Decker Pro Electric Power Paint Roller
This Black & Decker provides many of the same advantages that the other power rollers deliver such as mobility with the 20-ft hose which allows for a 40-ft work area. It also incorporates an innovative design feature which is termed paint saver since unused paint is easily pumped back into the attached can at the end of a job. Cleanup is a cinch and will allow for large areas to be covered with the convenience and professionalism that customers have come to expect from their painters.
-16-inch extension handle for reaching those out of way areas
-Spatter shield which prevents a mess on the floor and walls while painting
-Includes a roller keeper for convenient storage of a wet roller
-Great customer service and warranty from Black & Decker
While we feel that the Black & Decker is a quality product, many professional painters avoid using anything Black & Decker. This product is very useful for “weekend warriors” or those just painting a small area as it will get the job done as a fraction of the price of a paint sprayer.
Wagner Smart Side Kick Power Roller
This Wagner model is another one from the smart line of products which is also at the top of the game when it comes to replace manual rollers with something with a little more power. There is a direct feed from the paint can with a quick attach arm which is able to mount on the top of anything from a 1 gallon can to a 5 gallon container.
Auto-feed control means that the system does most of the work in keeping a consistent stream for even coverage and the most minimal amount of mess. Cleaning up is also a breeze with the entire disassembly and washing able to be done in about 10 minutes time.
-Easy clean up
– Very affordable for a Wagner product (under $100)
-included 9 inch x 3 / 8 inch nap for best use on smooth surfaces
-direct feed systems eliminates any need for a tray
The primary drawback of this unit is that it might not be able to fit other roller sizes as well as some customers reporting some leaking issues. Besides that the Wagner is one of the best cheap paint rollers on the market with good functionality and positive reviews in general.
Wrap Up on Power Roller Reviews
The general consensus from this reviewer as well as a host of customer reviews is that the first one mentioned above (the Wagner Smart Roller) is the paragon of power roller performance and convenience. Hours of labor and painting hassle can be saved with this model and the variable speed is perfect for preventing drips and providing the right finish no matter with what speed the user is capable of applying the coating.
Some of the units that do not have such a variable adjustment will have rely on the user to paint with a concentrated and steady rate of application to avoid such issues. Rough and smooth textures can both be achieved with the Wagner Smart Roller so that it is an excellent way to provide a great touch to the area which will leave customers impressed and happy with the results.
Overall, power rollers are the ideal investment to mostly eliminate the use for brushes in so many of the conditions that painters encounter nowadays. There are other rollers which can hold paint within the handle, but without the power aspect they are not going to be as good of a choice for someone needing to deliver a heavy duty paint job. They still require an amount of manual refilling which can be a hassle in itself and add to both the cleanup and labor expenditures.