This edger from Shur-Line has the moniker “Edge Like a Pro” which is fairly accurate; other than the fact that a pro would use a paint brush to edge. Of all the pad type edgers around, I’d say that this one will provide the best possible results, if you use it right. Shur-Line’s website has a nice introductory video, which shows you how to load and use the edger properly. If those directions are followed, you’ll get great results. The thing that makes this edger special is that it uses retractable edge guides, rather than wheels, to set the pad’s distance from the adjacent surface. While that may leave a bit of a line, it will be less of a line than wheels do. The handle swivels 180 degrees as well, making it much easier to find a comfortable position for the edger, where you can retain excellent control.
This is a fairly conventional pad edger, with wheels to set the distance from the adjacent surface. However, it has rollers for both horizontal and vertical use, rather than just horizontal use like most edgers. That makes it possible to do door casings and corners, without having to turn the pad sideways. The extra-long handle is easy to hold, plus provides convenient connection for an extension pole. The one problem with the edger is the difficulty in finding replacement pads. While the pads are washable, if you are planning on painting multiple colors, you’ll have to wait for the pad to dry after cleaning it.
This is another conventional pad-type paint edger. It comes with two guide wheel, not the three that the Mr. Long Arm does. The two are located for horizontal edging, meaning that you have to turn the tool 90 degrees to edge around door frames. Pads for this product are more readily available than those for Mr. Long Arm, although you might want to buy them when you buy the tool, just to be sure. The combination handle/pole adapter adjusts about 90 degrees to allow you to find a comfortable position for the work you are doing.
First of all, let me say that this is one of those famous “As seen on TV” products that you find being bragged about in infomercials. So, if you've ever seen that infomercial, try and forget it. They make brags about the products that are totally unrealistic. That doesn't mean that it’s a piece of junk though. The main difference between this pad painter and others is its shape. This one is shaped much like a clothes iron, making it easy to control for a wide variety of shapes and places. The extension pole socket is under the handle, requiring removal of the handle to access it. While it looks a bit flimsy, it should do the job. There are no guide wheels, although the hard plastic backer seems to stick out a bit farther than the paint pad, providing a guide. The really nice thing about this one is the shape. While it takes some getting used to, the iron shape is actually rather natural to work with, and allows getting into corners extremely well. The kit comes with its own paint tray, which is part gimmick and part functional. It has a roller, which allows for an easy way to apply paint to the pad, without having to dip it. This prevents overloading the roller, but doesn't provide an easy way to remove excess paint. The other problem with the paint tray is that the bottom of the roller is about an inch above the bottom of the tray, so you have to keep a fair amount of paint in it. That could cause waste, if you’re not real careful about clean-up.