We’re guessing that saving time, effort and having a higher quality paint job is something that you’re interested in! For this reason, we tested, measured and painted with over 83 different paint sprayers. We then compared them and handpicked our top 5 favorite ones which we ranked from #1 to #5. We’ve also made sure to include pros and cons for each product and explicitly mentioned which type of person each paint sprayer is meant for. (professionals, home use etc.).
Afterward, you could read our buyer’s guide which goes in-depth about which features you should look for. We also give you tips on how to paint spray, which accessories you should consider and much more.
|Graco Magnum 262800 X5|
|Wagner 0529021 Flexio 890 HVLP||14 lbs||4.8/5|
|HomeRight C800766 Finish Max|
(Best for the Money)
|Graco Magnum 262805 X7||26 lbs||4.5/5|
|Wagner 0518080 Control Spray Max||11 lbs||4.1/5
An airless paint sprayer, the Graco Magnum 262800 X5 is our top pick for a number of reasons. This product is great for both DIY homeowners and professionals thanks to its cost-efficient and high-speed performance. This paint sprayer is our recommendation for home use because of its overall convenience. It features fully adjustable pressure with provides you with control over your project whether it’s indoor or outdoors. The piston pump is made of stainless steel and allows for high pressure spraying to get the job done faster. And if you need to clean up afterward, the adapter can be connected to your garden hose!
This is a great product for small to medium size projects and it comes with a few things to make these jobs easier. With it, you will find a spray gun, paint hose, storage fluid, adapter and start-up guide. It has a sturdy and durable metal construction which should see it through any light wear and tear without any problems. While it’s not as heavy as some other airless paint sprayers, the Graco Magnum 262800 x5 does weigh just under 20 lbs which makes the omission of wheels all the more puzzling. However, the handle on top of the unit does make it easy to move around. Overall, we feel that you can’t go wrong with this!
Our runner-up is a very different option to consider. It’s the Wagner 0529021 Flexio 80 HVLP. And while the name is lengthy, it’s about as complicated as it gets! This, in our eyes, is the best handheld paint sprayer and it’s simple to use. The whole unit weighs just 12.3 lbs which makes it ideal for both indoor and outdoor use since it can easily be transported around. In fact, it’s also very storable since this HVLP paint sprayer comes with integrated storage! With it, you can spray up to 8 gallons per hour which is far and away ahead of what you can do with a simple paintbrush!
Should you buy this product, you’ll receive two nozzles which allow for broad or fine coverage. The fact that it comes with an adjustable control means that you can complete a wide range of projects with ease. These nozzles and the 11.5-foot hose can simply be placed inside the storage box when not in use which we find very convenient. The construction of this product is plastic which may not help longevity but it is certainly not flimsy. Also, while minimal overspray is advertised, there is more overspray than higher-end products and, for this reason, a fair amount of cleaning may be necessary afterward! Otherwise, it’s a fine product for the price.
If you’re on a budget then you’ll want to check out the HomeRight C800766 Finish Max. At comfortably under $100, we can’t argue with the value this product offers. In particular, we appreciate the versatility that it offers. With adjustable spray control and three different spray patterns (horizontal, vertical and circular), you can find the right output for your project. As you’d expect from a cheaper paint sprayer, the construction is of plastic. However, the spray needle is made of brass for added durability. One of the advantages of the plastic build is the incredibly low weight of 3.4 lbs which makes it so comfortable to use.
This is a self-contained machine that makes things easy since it doesn’t require hoses, pumps or air compressors. Really, this is an HVLP paint sprayer that is ideal for DIY enthusiasts. As you’d expect from a product of this price, it’s not suited to more heavy-duty projects by professionals. In particular, we recommend it for use on second-hand furniture and crafts projects. If you’re in any way unsure about this product, it does at least come with a 2-year limited warranty which is the minimum we’d recommend when buying a paint sprayer. We recommend checking in advance what the warranty covers to avoid any potential issues. In summary, this is a low-risk option and is the best paint sprayer for the money.
While most of the products we’ve reviewed are best for smaller projects, you may require a paint sprayer for more heavy-duty work. In such cases, we recommend the Graco Magnum 262805 X7 which is the best paint sprayer for professional use. Naturally, such a product doesn’t come cheap and this is reflected in the quality of construction of stainless steel. As you’d perhaps expect from such a product, it’s quite heavy. Weighing 26 lbs, portability is offered with the cart, handle and wheels. This is particularly important when you’ve got a full container of paint to move!
There are a number of features that make this a top quality product. For example, the fully adjustable pressure gives you a great deal of control for different types of projects. We also like that it’s possible to connect the adapter to a garden hose for quicker and easier cleaning. Another cleaning feature is the ‘Reverse-A-Clean’ spray tip which helps clear blocked tips. Though this paint sprayer does come with a hose, it’s likely to be too short for some people’s needs. If the 25ft hose is too short then you can always upgrade. For such a high-quality product, we’d expect a good warranty to come with it. However, there’s only a 1-year warranty against manufacturer defects which is disappointing.
Last but not least, consider the Wagner 0518080 Control Spray Max. We feel that this HVLP paint sprayer offers a nice compromise between quality and budget. The unit itself weighs just 11.2 lbs which the spray gun itself is particularly lightweight and compact. This makes it very easy to access those hard-to-reach areas without suffering from hand fatigue! The variable flow trigger dials offer spray pattern width of anything from 1-10-inches which is very useful when you’ve got a wide range of projects on the go. Add to this the variable air pressure control and 3 different spray patterns and you’ve got plenty of options available!
This is an HVLP paint sprayer that can be used on all sorts of furniture and woodworking projects. Whether you want to apply varnish or latex, for example, you’ll have no problem doing so since it is very easy to use. Where it could be improved is in the plastic construction which isn’t the most durable. What’s more, the included hose is only 20 ft long which may not be long enough depending on the project. Also, the hose is prone to disconnecting on occasion which is more annoying than problematic. Despite these minor problems, this is one paint sprayer that won’t disappoint.
Now that we’ve discovered the very best paint sprayers on the market in 2018, let’s take a look at the things that can help you choose the right product. There are plenty of different factors for you to consider so let’s get started!
The first thing you should think about when you’re choosing a paint sprayer is which type is best for you. There are 3 different types of paint sprayers available on the market and each has its own set of pros and cons.
1. Airless Paint Sprayer
Typically powered by a motor, airless paint sprayers are known to be a powerful option. They pump out paint at a very high pressure which creates a thick coating. The result is that you won’t need to apply as many coats of paint. This plus the fact that they spray paint at a rapid rate means that you can save a lot of time with them. Unlike with some other types of paint sprayers (such as HVLP sprayers), the paint flow of an airless paint sprayer is not adjustable. If you’re wanting to change the flow then you need to attach a different tip to the sprayer. They’re ideal for larger projects that require thick coatings of paint quickly and efficiently. We’ve written a guide specifically for airless paint sprayers which can be found here.
2. Compressed Air Sprayer
Arguably the most common type of paint sprayer, the compressed air sprayer uses an air compressor to which creates thin but smooth coatings. While they cost less than airless and HVLP paint sprayers, compressed air sprayers do use the most paint and emit more overspray. Compressed air sprayers offer a degree of versatility due to the adjustable controls. Being able to control the flow of the paint is very useful but this also makes compressed air sprayers a little more difficult to use. There is something of a learning curve with this type however they’re great for painting furniture and cabinets.
3. HVLP Sprayer
HVLP stands for High Volume Low Pressure. This is an alternative to the compressed air sprayer which tends to produce a lot more overspray. Less overspray in the case of the HVLP sprayer means less cleaning! Coatings provided are smooth and fine thanks to the high level of accuracy. In particular, this type is great for anyone who needs a high level of detail for their project. Despite the many advantages, one problem with HVLP sprayers for some people is that they’re quite slow. For this reason, we don’t recommend them for large projects such as for painting entire walls or ceilings. Much like the compressed air sprayer, this type has adjustable settings which allow for a degree of versatility. Our HVLP paint sprayer buying guide can be found here.
Paint sprayers aren’t known for having an abundance of features. However, there are some features to look out for that can make your paint spraying experience much more positive! Here are a few of our favorites:
While not available on airless paint sprayers (you have to use different sprayer tips), adjustable pressure is a very common feature found on both compressed air sprayers and HVLP paint sprayers. The ability to adjust not only the speed of the spray but also the thickness and pattern (such as vertical, horizontal and circular) provides a great deal of flexibility when you have a variety of projects to work on.
Garden Hose Connection
It may not be the most exciting feature but having the option to connect your paint sprayer to a garden hose is a real time-saver! Cleaning paint sprayers can be complicated business but this is made much easier with this particular feature. Thankfully, most paint sprayers have this feature so you shouldn’t have any trouble having a product with it.
Size and Weight / Portability
The size and weight of your paint sprayer may well dictate how you use it and for how long. For example, some products come with wheels and handles which add to the portability. In these cases, the unit is placed on the floor and you use a spray gun that is connected. Wheels and handles are particularly useful with heavier paint sprayers which can weigh as much as 30 lbs. Some paint sprayers weigh as little as 3-5 lbs and are much like cordless drills in that they’re not connected to anything. They may not sound heavy but having such a weight in your hand for hours can cause hand fatigue. Naturally the bigger the paint sprayer, the more powerful it usually is. So it’s important to think about whether power, portability or a mix of both is best for you.
As well as key features, we should also think about the various accessories that may or may not come with your paint sprayer. Such things can add value to the product you buy but are usually relatively cheap to buy separately. As such, you should keep an eye out for these things but don’t worry if your favorite paint sprayer doesn’t have all of them.
Filters prevent your paint sprayer from clogging. This is particularly important if you want to achieve a smooth finish. They may even ensure a longer life for your product which is always a good thing!
The length of the hose you use with certain paint sprayers really depends on the job that you’re doing. If you’re covering a large area then you probably want a longer hose and we recommend one that is at least 25 feet long.
Whether you’re spray painting high up or low down, an extension can make things a lot more comfortable. These come in all sorts of different sizes so you have plenty of choice for when you have different types of tasks to tackle.
Depending on the spray pattern you want, you can choose a particular tip to help with this. They can even be good for handling different paints such as those that are thin or thick. For this reason, we recommend that you get a variety of tips for different types of spraying tasks.
Because of the paint and fumes, it’s a very good idea to have the right protective equipment. This includes protective clothing, goggles, and a face mask. That way you can work comfortably without problems.
So there you have it! With different types of paint sprayers to consider and so many features and accessories, there’s plenty to think about before buying. Whether you’re on a budget or looking to splash out, there are lots of products available on the market. They’re improving year on year as technology advances so you can be sure of a product that does the job.
We hope that our reviews of paint sprayers and buying guide are of help when you’re making your decision. Remember to consider where you’ll be using your paint sprayer and what you’ll be using it on. By matching your needs with products, you’re more likely to find a paint sprayer that you can use for years to come. Happy hunting!