Painting with watercolors is one of the most flexible painting mediums there is. Watercolor brushes come in a wide range of sizes, hair types, and shapes. When shopping for watercolor brushes you look for a combination of durability, performance, and price.

Finding the right watercolor brush set will save you a lot of money on your art supplies. Regardless of the kind of art you are interested in, is it figurines, watercolor landscapes or model-decorating watercolor brushes come in all shapes and sizes and you will find a brush you can use. 

Brush hair 

These are the materials used in making the watercolor brush tufts. The tufts are definitely the most important parts of the brush as they are responsible for picking and spreading the paint. They come in two varieties, natural and synthetic and each of them has advantages and disadvantages.

Synthetic hair

This material is man-made using nylon or polyester. They are either tipped, tapered, abraded or chipped to enable them to pick up color, they are also dyed and baked in order to turn them into a filament known as Taklon.

Natural hair

This is animal hair, it has a better ability to hold color because of the natural scales it possesses on its shaft. Shorthaired brushes are more available than the longer ones making the latter more costly. 

They are categorized in grades according to the availability of the animals they are taken from. Natural hair may also be combined with synthetic ones to create more kinds of brushes.

Types of watercolor brushes

There are many different types of watercolor brushes found in a set for example:

  • Flat brush
  • Round brush
  • Filbert brush
  • Egbert brush
  • Fan brush
  • Bright brush
  • Pointed round
  • Script/liner brush
  • Wash/mop brush
  • Detail round brush
  • Full bellied round brush

Virtuoso 15 piece fine arts paintbrushes

These brushes are made of superfine point faux bristles. They are excellent for fine and delicate painting. They are made with virtuosos anti shredding bristle technology. These watercolor brushes can also be used with other mediums like acrylics, enamel paint, and oil.


  • Ergonomic handles both long and short.
  • Best for intricate and delicate work.
  • Best for arts and crafts


  • Not good for thick brush strokes
  • Bristles can fray easily

Inspired art paintbrushes 15 piece set

This set contains 15 brushes comprising of, filbert brushes, round brushes flat brushes, rigger brushes and fan brushes all in different sizes. These brushes have been handcrafted and are made with bristles of natural hair. The hairs are a combination of hog, goat, and sable hairs.


  • Double crimped ferrules
  • Money-back guarantee
  • It can be used for gouache, acrylics, watercolor, and oil painting.
  • Ergonomic long handles.


  • They are Delicate and if not treated carefully the ferrules can come off.

Zen Art Turner 14 Piece collection set

JMW Turner the British watercolor artist inspires this set. They are created from Japanese synthetic fibers and black squirrel contains many brush types that can be used for different painting styles.


  • Wet tested to reduce shedding.
  • 1-year warranty
  • Secured ferrules that are rust-resistant and nickel-plated.
  • Beautiful satin-smooth carrying  case


  • They are expensive.

Mont marte 15 piece art paintbrushes set

In the Australian art and craft business, it is a market leader. Their brushes are Taklon and are handmade to the finest quality. These premium watercolor brushes have an aluminum ferrule that keeps the bristles in mint condition. They are a good choice for all artist levels, kids, teens, students you name it.


  • Durable
  • Bristles maintain their shape
  • Good for beginners, kids, teens, students
  • Easy to clean


  • Bristles can be too soft for art applications.

Magic touches Red sable (weasel hair) 6 pack brush set

It is a six-piece Filbert brush set. it ranges from sizes 2, 4, 6,8,10 and 12, which are ideal for watercolor, gouache, acrylic, and oil painting. These brushes are a blend of weasel hair and red sable. The ferrules are made of copper and they hold the bristles in shape. This set comes with the following digital eBooks,

  • Canvas painting 101
  • Introduction to oil painting
  • Pencil drawing- a beginners guide


  • Good for all types of mediums
  • Bonus digital eBooks
  • High-quality painting performance.


  • Expensive
  • No carrying case


whether you are a professional artist or your journey with watercolors has just begun, Purchasing watercolor paintbrushes will depend entirely on your personal choice. Your watercolor painting style and the amount of money you have budgeted for will definitely play a role in the choice that you make.

As an artist, the tools you use determine the quality of workmanship that you produce. The above brush sets are five of the best in the market.