I have used more expensive primed cotton stretched canvases. The Simply Stretched canvases have performed equally as well, if not better, never letting me down. Their medium grain texture holds the Liquitex heavy body acrylics I use well. I appreciate that the texture, while holding paint well, is still smooth enough to allow painting of smaller details. So far I have used 24 Simply Stretched canvases of various sizes. Each has arrived quickly, in perfect condition, with the tightest stretch possible. The wooden frames, while light in weight, have always been flat and straight. In the six months that I have been using them, not a single one has loosened or become distorted in shape.