Painting with Dulux PaintPod PaintPod features explained
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Painting without the hassle
The main unit, about the size of a cylinder vacuum cleaner and powered by a 12V transformer, has four control buttons – paint, pause, drain and clean.
Simply insert the tub of specially-formulated paint (a choice of 33 colours of matt emulsion in 5-litre tubs – brilliant white is £19.99, colours are £29.99), and it will be pumped to the roller via a tube when you press the trigger.
Then roll as normal, but without the hassle of refilling the roller tray, and with fewer drips and splashes.
Cleaning the Dulux PaintPod
Even better, its 10-minute self-cleaning function sucks paint back through the tube, and then pumps 5 litres of warm water through the roller head, before you give it a final rinse by hand.
We found it left the tube with some paint residue, but was good enough, and we enjoyed having a cuppa and a rest while it whirred away.
There's clever technology involved too – the battery-powered roller communicates wirelessly with the Pod.
If you’ve got more than one PaintPod, there’s a chance they might get confused by being used in the same room together, but if you turn them on one at a time, there shouldn’t be any problem.
Dulux has thought of most things – there's even a handy triangular edging brush provided, and an optional extra-long handle for ceilings.
Drawbacks to the Dulux PaintPod
It can be heavy to carry (up to 12.5kg when full), the pump is quite noisy, and the tube needs replacing after every 50 litres of paint.
Check out our home improvement guides for more advice on DIY, including the Best Buy gloss paints we recommend, dealing with planning permission and regulations and how to make sure you don't get ripped of by a tradesperson. Plus don't miss our first look review of the Dulux PaintPod Compact.