Last Updated: August 11, 2020
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 the pros and cons of 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.
|Best Overall||Graco Magnum X5||
|Graco Magnum X7||
|Best Value||HomeRight C800971||
|Fuji 2202 Semi-PRO 2||
|Wagner Control Spray Max||
The Graco Magnum X5 is a versatile airless paint sprayer that can be used for both furniture and general home use. The unit features a fully adjustable pressure nozzle that allows you to easily adjust the paint output, providing optimal control for any project.
The high-pressure system is powerful enough that you can use unthinned paints with ease, saving you time on prep work. It’s also optimized for ease of use, allowing you to pull directly from the can of paint. The flexible suction tube can be used with either one- or five-gallon containers.
With enough juice to support hoses of up to 75 feet in length, you’ll be able to paint anything from a three-story house to the walls in your bathroom.
Finally, with the garden hose port built into the sprayer, cleanup is a cinch. Simply hook it up to your hose at the end of the job and flush out all the leftover paint.
The tips do tend to get clogged up easily, though this is mitigated somewhat by the reversetip feature that allows you to continue working after a clog. Otherwise, it’s a solid paint sprayer that leaves little to complain about.
The Graco X7 model is our runner-up, and in many ways, it’s almost identical to our top pick. You get the same reversable tip, the same garden hose port, the same ability to pull directly from the can, and the same adjustable pressure capacity. You even get the same fatal flaw: frequent clogs.
There are only two major ways in which the X7 is different from the X5. The X7 includes a built-in pull cart that makes it easy to transport. If you take your sprayer to different job sites, this is an invaluable feature to have. It can also support hoses of up to 100 feet, as opposed to the 75 feet that the X5 is capable of. Naturally, for these upgrades, it is also more expensive.
The X5 is great for serious do-it-yourselfers or pros who are trying to stick to a budget. The X7, on the other hand, is much more oriented to professional use.
The HomeRight C800971 is a versatile and affordable HVLP paint sprayer that is good for detail work and general home use.
The unit comes with a comprehensive package that includes the spray gun and three tips, which will be enough to allow you to tackle a range of different jobs.
For a sprayer of its price, it’s also fairly powerful. The 450-watt motor allows you to paint with minimal filling, giving your work a robust, full look. This is the type of paint sprayer you might consider if you’re a do-it-yourselfer on a tighter budget with a moderate to small project.
You do need to be mindful of how you mix the paint with this sprayer. A poorly mixed batch will come out either very coarse or very runny, which might lead to an inconsistent final product.
It’s also very challenging to clean. You’ll need to dedicate significant time to a post-job cleanup if you want the sprayer to work properly the next time you need it.
The Fuji 2202 Semi-PRO 2 HVLP Spray System features a fully adjustable nozzle that allows you to optimize dispersal patterns to your exact specifications.
It’s a jobsite-quality product with a steel casing that makes it safe to transport. As an HVLP unit, it’s optimized for refined work, such as painting doors, furniture, and cabinets. Nevertheless, it’s still capable of operating with a 25-foot-long hose, giving you a generous amount of freedom to move around with it.
It does clog often, so you’ll sometimes need to stop mid-project to disassemble, clean, and reassemble the sprayer. To make matters worse, cleaning this unit is no easy task, so clogs will set you back significantly. It’s also worth keeping in mind that this is one of the most expensive sprayers on this list.
The Wagner Control Spray Max HVLP Paint Sprayer is a versatile unit with a spray pattern that can be adjusted from ½ of an inch to 12 inches.
It’s also very affordable and can be used with a twenty-foot hose, which gives you lots of room to move around your workpiece.
Professionals certainly won’t be looking to this sprayer. It clogs often and has a plastic build that feels flimsier than we’d care for. But if you’re a homeowner who wants to paint your own furniture, it’s a good, reasonably priced option.
The HomeRight Power Flo Pro Airless Paint Sprayer is made for high-volume projects: fences, walls, and home exteriors. If you need to lay out a lot of paint quickly, this might be the tool for your job.
It accomplishes this through use of its half horsepower motor. With this power source, it can be used in cooperation with a 25-foot-long hose, which allows enough reach to paint a one-story house. The fully adjustable nozzle lets you be extremely precise in your painting.
It does clog often, but the reversible tip helps with this somewhat, and when the job is done, it can be cleaned by simply running a special cleaning solution through the system.
Some owners also report experiencing leaks in the hose and even the gun itself. For these reasons, professional painters probably won’t be reaching for the HomeRight, but it may be a suitable option for homeowners with mid-sized projects.
The Wagner Control Spray Double Duty HVLP Paint Sprayer packs a lot of features into an affordable package. The two-stage turbine fan that powers the gun has different settings for indoor/outdoor use.
It also has three distinct spray patterns (round, horizontal, and vertical) and two different cup sizes (1-quart and 1.5-quart) for a variety of jobs both big and small.
The Wagner serves as a good option for budget buyers to get a decent product for their furniture painting needs. However, it is hard to get the professional look that you hope for from a paint sprayer with this unit. It tends to overspray, which will leave runny blotches all over your workpiece. It also clogs often and has a distinctly cheap feel.
The Wagner Flexio 890 is a portable paint system with a convenient built-in handle for easy transportation. The nice thing about this system is that it gives you the best of both worlds. With the main nozzle, you can apply lots of paint quickly. This will be good for walls and fences.
It also has a “fine finish” nozzle that can be used for detail-driven work, like furniture painting.
Pros will probably prefer to invest in both an HVLP and an airless system, but for the amateur who wants a little of everything, this is a good opportunity.
Range is very limited with the Flexio. It can only use a twelve-foot-long hose, which will make painting exterior walls of your home a real challenge. Like most lower-end units, it also clogs often and is very hard to clean.
It helps to go into the buying process with a literacy in the product you are considering. That in mind, we will now take a look at some important buying considerations to be mindful of.
High volume low-pressure (HVLP) sprayers specialize in up-close work. The paint is released slowly with these sprayers, but they are also very precise.
They are usually used for specialty tasks like painting a door or cabinet, though they can be used successfully on any detail-driven project. HVLP units are also usually more expensive than other options, and for that reason, they are mostly owned by professionals.
Compressed air sprayers are what come to mind for most people when they think about paint guns. These tools are able to rapidly spray atomized paint particles using compressed air.
Compressed air systems are simple to get started with (though not to master), so amateurs can use them with minimal preparation. They can substantially cut down the time you spend on large-scale painting tasks. For example, it might take you two working days to paint a large room by hand, or several hours to do it with a compressed air sprayer.
However, compressed air sprayers are usually hard to control. As a result, you might sometimes experience runny, globby paint jobs unless you are very careful.
Because the paint is atomized, these sprayers can also be hard to use outdoors. When it gets windy outside, a compressed air spray system is not just useless, but also hazardous to use.
Airless spray systems are run by pumps, which are pressurized by either electricity or gas. They can be used similarly to the compressed air system for high-volume work. In some cases, you can also use specialty tips for detail-driven work.
Cleaning your paint sprayer properly is important. If you don’t, it’ll get clogged up fast. Unfortunately, though, this is often no easy task. The tubes, gun, and tips all need to be flushed out with water, which can take a substantial amount of time.
Some sprayers mitigate this problem with unique cleaning features, like a hose port. The hose port allows you to connect your spray system to the garden hose to quickly flush any residual paint out of the tool. You usually only see this feature on more expensive options, but it is well worth the money.
With airless spray systems, you’ll need to choose between an electric or gas-powered pump. There are pros and cons to both.
Electric sprayers have fewer emissions, making them more environmentally friendly. They’re also more affordable to run than gas units, and they will run forever if you have access to an outlet.
Gas units are usually more powerful than electric ones, and they’re easier to use in a variety of settings because they don’t require access to an outlet.
The horsepower of the sprayer’s motor will determine how much power it has. Power, with paint sprayers, isn’t necessarily about how rapidly they spray the paint. It does, however, have a significant effect on what reach the sprayer will have.
For example, if you’re painting a three-story home, you will need a hose length of 50-75 feet. It takes a lot of power to push paint from a jar and through a 75-foot hose.
More power generally means more expense, but it also means more versatility. If you may eventually need to take your sprayer to high places, getting something with some juice is a good idea.
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.
Throughout the course of our eight paint sprayer reviews, we saw many great products. However, you can’t take all of them home, which means it’s time to decide. Which of these products is going to be right for you?
Our favorite product was the Graco Magnum X5 Airless Paint Sprayer. It’s a versatile spray system for both general home use and furniture painting.
However, if you’re on a restrictive budget, the Graco Magnum X5 might be a little bit too expensive for you. In that case, give some thought to our best for the money pick, the HomeRight C800971 HVLP Paint Sprayer.
Now that you are an expert on paint sprayers, you shouldn’t have any problem finding the right paint sprayer for you!
David Janus is the founder and CEO of Paint Sprayer Magazine. He has over two decades of experience in the spray paint industry and still enjoys writing about new products and technologies.
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