Best Air Compressors - A Buyer's Guide
This air compressor buying guide will give you all the information you need to know to choose the best air compressor for your needs. Here's a quick chart that allows you to visualize the main factors to consider.
What grade of air compressor do you need?
Is a portable or stationary air compressor best for you?
How much air flow or CFM do you need?
Here are some of our expert recommendations for common uses for portable compressors.
Best Pancake Compressor
This little workhorse is perfect for your garage or shop. It delivers 2.5 CFM at 90 PSI, has a 6 gallon tank, and a 2 horse power engine. You will be hard pressed to find another pancake compressor that can deliver these numbers and it is affordably priced at $199.
If you need to run several roofing or framing guns at the same time: Rolair 4090HK17
The Rolair 4090HK17 is the best air compressor for running several nail guns at the same time. It is a wheelbarrow style machine so you can easilyload it into the back of your truck, though it is heavy so you should have two guys to load and unloaded it, but it is highly portable and easy to get from job site to job site. This unit delivers 9.3 CFM at 90 PSI and can run 3-5 framing guns or 4-7 roofing guns at the same time. The 5.5 HP Honda engine that comes standard with automatic idle control meaning your fuel will go farther and your compressor will last longer. This is our top pick for framing and roofing contractors.
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If you need a super quiet air compressor to run your trim or finish guns: Rolair JC10
Sometimes you need a super quiet air compressor so you can carry on a conversation while you're working. The Rolair JC10 is only 39lbs and the quietest air compressor we've come across. It delivers 2.35 CFM at 90 PSI and is only 60 decibels loud, quieter than the average television or vacuum cleaner. This is an oil-less and compact compressor, meaning it's easy to carry, store, and maintain. This is a perfect little unit for running trim or finishing nail guns.
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CFM @ 90 PSI
|Jenny AM780-HC4V||Hand Carry||Electric||4.1 @ 100 PSI||4 Gallon||None||$636|
|Rolair 5715K17||Wheelbarrow||Electric||7.3||9 Gallon||12 Month||$899|
|Electric||7.3||20 Gallon||12 Month||$1,159|
|Gas||8.7||20 Gallon||12 Month||$1,099|
|Wheelbarrow||Gas||8.7||9 Gallon||12 Month||$1,035|
|Wheelbarrow||Gas||9.3||9 Gallon||12 Month||$1,099|
|Rolair 4090HK17/20||Wheelbarrow||Gas||9.3||20 Gallon||12 Month||$1,191|
|Rolair 6590HK18||Wheelbarrow||Gas||13.8||9 Gallon||12 Month||$1,199|
|Rolair 1040HK18||Wheelbarrow||Gas||14.3||9 Gallon||12 Month||$1,506|
|Rolair 7722HK28||Wheelbarrow||Gas||17.0||9 Gallon||12 Month||$1,635|
|Rolair 8422HK30||Wheelbarrow||Gas||20.1||9 Gallon||12 Month||$1,759|