Having an air compressor on hand around the house helps you take care of emergencies in seconds. The right compressor can help you fill and inflate your tires to the right level to prevent blowouts on the highway without requiring that you take time out of your busy schedule to stop by the gas station in the morning. These tools can help you accomplish other jobs around the house, including sandblasting brick or stone surfaces, spray painting objects and pressure washing your home. The top 10 best compressors for 2017 include those from top brands that are great for all types of projects.
1. Kensun AC/DC Rapid Performance Portable Air Compressor
As a portable air compressor, this model from Kensun is small enough for storing in the trunk or backseat of your car. It comes with an AC adapter for plugging the compressor into a wall outlet, but you can also use an adapter to plug it into the DC cigarette lighter in your car. Capable of forcing air out at a rate of five liters per minute, this compressor comes with a digital display that helps you see the pressure produced.
2. Bostitch BTFP02012 6 Gallon 150 PSI Oil-Free Compressor
Oil-free compressors often last longer than those that require oil, which is why you might like the Bostitch BTFP02012 air compressor. The six-gallon tank has a maximum PSI of 160 and lets you adjust the pressure down to 90 PSI too. It comes with a high-flow regulator that forces more air out as needed and a pump that requires no maintenance. This compressor weighs just 29 pounds, which makes it easy to carry, and runs quietly during all types of jobs.
3. PORTER-CABLE C2002-WK Oil-Free UMC Pancake Compressor
Pancake compressors like this one from PORTER-CABLE have a rounded shape that provides a better flow of air, and this compressor comes with short metal legs that keep the tool from sitting directly on the ground too. Capable of using at a PSI of between 90 and 150, it recovers quickly between uses to reduce your wait time. This compressor also comes with a bonus kit that includes 13 accessories like extra hoses and knobs that screw onto the valve.
4. DEWALT DWFP55126 6-Gallon 165 PSI Pancake Compressor
Another solid pancake compressor is the DWFP55126, which comes with a lasting warranty from DEWALT. It comes with a six-gallon tank that lets you switch the PSI from a minimum of 90 to a maximum of 165, and the compressor features a high-efficiency motor that is suitable for use on colder or warmer days. That motor will turn on almost instantly on even the coldest of mornings. With a 75.5 dBA rating, this compressor runs pretty quietly too.
5. Hausbell Portable Air Compressor
If you want an air compressor that you can store in your car for emergencies that happen on the road, this portable air compressor from Hausbell is a good choice. It comes with alligator clips that connect right to the socket in your car and a power cord that lets you use it up to nine feet away from that socket. The compressor also comes with adapters for different jobs.
6. California Air Tools 5510SE Ultra Quiet and Oil-Free 1.0-HP 5.5-Gallon Steel Tank Air Compressor
For a compressor that has a professional look but runs so quietly that no one will hear you, you need this compressor from California Air Tools. The 5510SE has an oil-free pump that cuts down on both repair and maintenance costs and a motor that produces just 60 decibels when turned to its highest setting. Large wheels on the base and a simple handle let you easily move this air compressor too.
7. Campbell Hausfeld 3-Gallon Air Compressor
With a three-gallon tank and a maximum PSI of 110, this Campbell Hausfeld air compressor is suitable for most jobs around the house as well as DIY projects. It features gauges in a convenient location on the top of the compressor that help you keep track of the air pressure and an oil-free motor that requires almost no maintenance. The manufacturer also gives you a bonus kit that comes with 10 great accessories too.
8. PORTER-CABLE C2002 Oil-Free UMC Pancake Compressor
Another great pancake compressor with an oil-free design is this compressor from PORTER-CABLE. It features a maximum PSI rating of 150 that allows the compressor to store more air in its tank, which gives you enough pressure and air for longer jobs and reduces your wait time. The compressor also has a knob that you can turn to adjust the air pressure as well as gauges right on the front.
9. DEWALT DWFP55130 Heavy Duty 200 PSI Quiet Trim Compressor
At just 36 pounds, this DEWALT air compressor is one that you can carry all around your lawn or home as well as take with you. The compact design of this compressor puts everything you need right within your fingertips, including gauges and valves that you can connect to different attachments. A low 71.5 decibel rating ensures that it runs just as quietly as you need, and it has a maximum PSI of 200.
10. Senco PC1010 1-Horsepower Peak, 1/2 hp running 1-Gallon Compressor
Sturdy legs on the bottom keep this compressor from moving and ensures that it stands upright to provide you with all the air pressure that you need. As it can release up to 44 bursts of air in 60 seconds, it can help you paint your home or fill your tires faster than ever before. This air compressor has a 0.5-horsepower motor, a one-gallon tank and a convenient carrying handle on top.