Airless paint sprayer reviews 2017

We analyzed reviews for the most popular airless paint sprayers available on the market(read about our accurate unbiased method).

We compared them side-by-side, and scored them according to a range of factors including ease of use, ease of cleaning, even spraying and durability.

Below you will find top ranked sprayers(click on the product name to read the full review).

Top ranked Airless paint sprayers How We Test
Our Ranking #1 #2 #3
Product Name
Graco Magnum X5
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Wagner Flexio 590
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Graco Magnum X7
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Editors’ Awards editors choice
Price $249
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$148
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$399
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Date Reviewed Feb 15, 2015 Feb 15, 2015 Feb 15, 2015
Scores Graco Magnum X5 Wagner Flexio 590 Graco Magnum X7
Ease of use
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8
Even spraying
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Ease of cleaning
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Durability
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Often we hear that you need the right man for the right job; well, that right man needs the right tools, right? The goal of this article is to describe and present airless paint sprayers with the emphasis on home use. First, we will go through the value section, where we’ll discuss the technology, advantages, and disadvantages of the airless paint sprayers (read more on Wikihow).

Then we will go through the particular products on our top ten list. We hope the article will provide you with valuable and exciting data regarding airless paint sprayer, and help you pick the one that will suit you the best.

A Few Things To Keep In Mind

Before you decide on the particular airless paint sprayer, keep these questions in mind; they should help you narrow down your choices.

  • How much do you hate paint brushes and rollers?
  • Do you need paint indoor or an outdoor surface?
  • How big is your budget?
  • Do you seek compactness and convenience, or power and efficiency?
  • Are you new to the world of airless sprayers?

Best Products

Wagner 0518050 Double Duty Paint Sprayer – Small Project Finisher

Wagner 0518050 features HVLP technology, having three spray patterns, and control mechanism that range from 1 inch to 10 inches in width.

This sprayer has Lock-n-Go function, allowing you to switch between materials and outdoor/indoor spraying quickly. Wagner 0518050 delivers professional finish, the best fit for painting light material, such as urethane, lacquer, stains and so forth.

Air cap is adjustable, having three pattern options: vertical, horizontal and circular (round) pattern. Upon purchase, you receive two cans, of which one is 1/4 quart, fit for indoor work, and one 1/2 quart for outdoor use.

This product is fit for home use, weekend warriors and DIY enthusiasts, excellent for spraying fence, furniture, decks and so forth. This sprayer’s most emphasized feature is the trigger control, which grants you the option to adjust the sprayer based on the material you are painting.

The downside of this product is the motor’s durability, which won’t endure heavy jobs, i.e., use it for light paint jobs only. If you do use it for small projects, the machine will serve you for a long time.

Pros:

  • three pattern options
  • excellent trigger adjustability
  • light and compact
  • a solid choice for beginners

Cons:

  • not fit for large projects

HomeRight Power Flo Pro 2800 – Excellent Big Project Sprayer

Unlike our previous product, the Power Flo Pro 2800 is fit for big home projects. This highly durable, chrome plated sprayer is easy to use, maintain and unclog, having a reversible tip which helps with potential unclogging.

Furthermore, the knob concerning pressure control is highly adjustable, allowing you to adjust the flow according to your preferences. It doesn’t have a built-in canister but has a draining hose with which it drains the paint out of the canister of your choice.

This makes it fit for finishing larger projects (like painting your house), but it also makes it less compact and less portable, since you’ll have to drag both the machine and the can. The good news is that the hose is 25 feet (roughly 7.5 meters) long, which will make the spraying more convenient.

We recommend using this sprayer for spraying home exteriors, sheds, decks, fences and similar. You might have some troubles assembling it, since the manual doesn’t portray every detail, but the friendly customer service will help you out.

Pros:

  • chrome plated, sturdy and durable
  • 25 feet long hose
  • excellent for big home projects
  • reversible spray tip (easy to clean)
  • friendly and helpful customer service

Cons:

  • not so portable
  • the manual lacks in detail instructions

Graco Ultra Corded Paint Sprayer – The Most Durable Sprayer

Graco Ultra Corded body is made of quality stainless steel and carbide parts, all connected with the stable polymer. It is the most robust and durable sprayer, but also the most expensive airless sprayer on our list.

Much like the HomeRight Power Flo Pro 2800, the Graco Ultra Corded features reversible tips, which makes spraying and painting enjoyable and convenient. Interestingly, the tip is compatible with all Greco sprayers (call it American efficiency).

The sprayer gives you a lot of control since you can adjust the spraying volume. The sprayer will paint consistently, and its adjustability makes it fit for small to medium size projects.

It is compact, portable and easy to store, which makes it perfect for home use. Though this is a fairly expensive sprayer, it will serve you for a very long time. It delivers flawless finish and works best with latex.

Its main downsides are price and weight; it is a bit heavy once you fill the can with paint and connect it to the sprayer. Then again, this makes it very convenient to use.

Pros:

  • easy to adjust/ easy pump replacement
  • highly robust and durable
  • compact, easy to store
  • fit for small to medium projects
  • professional finish

Cons:

  • the most expensive sprayer on the list
  • somewhat heavy

Graco Magnum 262800 Stand Sprayer – Powerful And Durable

As the name suggests, Magnum 262800 is a standing airless sprayer, compact and incredibly durable, which is to be expected from Graco manufacturing.

The sprayer comes with a suction tube and works best with the 1 to 5-gallon paint cans, making this sprayer perfect for outdoor, big project jobs. The piston pump is made of stainless steel, prolonging the longevity of the sprayer.

The sprayer features adjustable pressure knob, giving you control over the spray flow. The product is very easy to clean since it connects straight to the garden hose. Moreover, the reverse a clean tip helps clean the tip’s plugs.

This is a value for money machine, sturdy and durable, easy to assemble and maintain. It is almost entirely made of metal, which prolongs the durability. This sprayer is for people who want excellent paint results, with little to no effort.

Perhaps the product would operate even more convenient if it had wheels because without them you have to carry the sprayer around. Also, it struggles with suction once the can is down to few inches of remaining paint.

(Note that this is the basic, DIY Graco Magnum Sprayer; there are also Project Graco sprayers (which come with wheels, Pro sprayers and Commercial Sprayers, all Magnum series).

Pros:

  • value for money, extended durability
  • sturdy but lightweight
  • excellent finish
  • perfect for big outdoor projects
  • easy to clean, connect directly to a garden hose

Cons:

  • clunky to move around while working

VonHaus Electric HVLP Spray Gun – Compact, Efficient and Inexpensive

VonHaus Electric HVLP gun is capable, light, compact and easy to use a spray gun, fit for spraying oils, paints, primers and other liquids. The sprayer features adjustable nozzle, having dense or gentle flows.

The sprayer features three flow patterns, allowing all direction usability. The product comes with 1 liter can, which is more than enough for finishing small to medium projects.

The product is straightforward to assemble and disassemble. Having that in mind, the sprayer is easy to clean and use, fit for amateurs and DIY enthusiasts. Note that you can use it to finish big projects (such as painting your fence), but you’ll have to refill it a couple of times.

VonHaus Electric HVLP Spray Gun is surprisingly inexpensive, an excellent alternative to more expensive airless sprayers. And even though it is made of plastic, it is well put together, sturdy and durable.

Its downside is the paint canister capacity, which is unfit for big projects. It is a bit noisy and heats up rather quickly, so wear a glove when you use it (more on that in the value section).

Pros:

  • value for money
  • very light and compact
  • simple to use and clean
  • straightforward and concise manual
  • excellent, near-professional finish

Cons:

  • requires refilling on big projects
  • heats up rather quickly

HomeRight C800971 HVLP Spray Gun – Perfect For Beginners

HomeRight C800971 is a hand-held sprayer, light, compact and fairly simple to use. It sets up rapidly, features multiple integrated spray settings, and cleans very easily.

It is lightweight, meaning that it won’t turn the paint job into a gym fitness session. It does require thinning, but a lot less than the other handheld sprayers do. This is a real home use sprayer, fit for finishing furniture, decks, fences, etc.

C800971 HVLP Spray Gun is durable and inexpensive, a solid pick for amateurs and weekend warriors. It is self-containing (doesn’t require air compressor) and comes with three tips, allowing you to paint a vast array of different surfaces and objects.

The 39 oz canister (roughly 1.1 liters) is sufficient for small to medium projects but will require refilling for bigger home projects. Most importantly, the product delivers excellent finish, near to professional level.

Refilling can be somewhat annoying, which is why we suggest you use it for small to medium-sized projects. Also, this product uses built-in air supply system and isn’t as powerful as those who use an air compressor.

Pros:

  • ergonomically designed, light and compact
  • excellent, near to professional finish
  • easy to clean and use
  • durable and inexpensive
  • perfect for beginners

Cons:

  • refiling might be frustrating (if working on big projects)
  • could have been a bit more powerful

Rexbeti HVLP Paint Sprayer – The Most Inexpensive Sprayer

Rexbeti HVLP Paint Sprayer features compact, easy to use and ergonomic design, fit for small, home painting projects. It has three flow patterns, backed with low overspray technology, which helps conserve paint and is environmentally friendly.

The machine comes with three nozzles, fit for spraying thin material like lacquers and furnishers, and comes with 1 L paint canister. It is needless to say that working on big projects would require a lot of refilling, which we don’t recommend.

The sprayer is reasonably easy to clean and use, and is highly portable and fit for every homeowner. The handle is very soft, making the sprayer comfortable to use.

However, compactness has its price: this sprayer isn’t powerful. You’ll have to thin the paint with water (will talk more in the buyer’s guide) since the sprayer has trouble with suction. It is compact, easy to clean and use, but doesn’t spray as good as other, more expensive and sophisticated sprayers do.

Pros:

  • beginner friendly, easy to use and clean
  • light and compact
  • ergonomically designed, comfortable grip
  • very inexpensive

Cons:

  • not powerful
  • doesn’t deliver a professional finish

Wagner 0518080 HVLP Sprayer – Professional and Cost-Effective Outdoor Sprayer

Wagner 0518080 is highly sophisticated, cost-effective HVLP sprayer, featuring a smart combination of pressure control and a two-level turbine, which helps you adjust the sprayer depending on the magnitude of the job.

The turbine allows you to use paints, primers, stains, and lacquers, which means that the sprayer is fit for finishing various home objects, from doors to furniture. You also have the control over the air pressure, which will make your job more efficient and professional,

The sprayer also features different spray patterns, fit for spraying various objects. The nozzle is simple to fine tune to your liking, making the whole process a lot more enjoyable and less stressful.

The finish will be smooth, even and professional. The sprayer comes with the 1-quart canister for small to medium size projects, and with a 1.5-quart cup for large projects. It is also worth mentioning that this sprayer features two air filters, which makes the finish even more professional and dust-free.

We recommend using it for outdoor projects because this sprayer does struggle with overspray. Other than that, we have no complaints regarding its functionality.

Pros:

  • very cost effective
  • durable and reliable
  • compact and easy to use/clean
  • delivers excellent finish

Cons:

  • tends to overspray

Tacklife SGP17AC – Portable, Adjustable, And Sophisticated Outdoor Sprayer

Tacklife SGP17AC is neatly designed and highly adjustable spray gun. It comes with three nozzles and features adjustable knobs for spray width, air pressure and adjustable valve knob (where adjust the nozzles).

Also, it comes with two spray tips that make the paint particles smaller and thinner; thus they bind with the surface firmly and neatly.

This is a very powerful sprayer, granting fantastic spraying distance (35-45 cm), making it perfect for home and car owners. The sprayer is easily detachable, parts removable, which makes the cleaning and maintenance a lot easier and convenient.

Canister feature 1200 ml capacity, feature easy open-close for adding extra paint. The sprayer 3.5-meter air hose, and is very portable and easy to move around (thanks to the supporting wheels).

Like the previous product, the Tacklife SGP17AC Spray Gun does struggle with overspray and is recommended that you use it for outdoor purposes. Other than that, we have no complaints regarding this time saving, highly adjustable and portable sprayer.

Pros:

  • three spray patterns and nozzles, highly adjustable
  • very powerful (uses 8.5 amp), 1100 ml per minute
  • decent canister capacity (1200 ml)
  • tips are copper covered, grant better paint dispersion
  • portable and very easy to use

Cons:

  • somewhat difficult to clean
  • overspray issues

Wagner Motocoat Spraytech 0529031 – Excellent Cary/Truck Sprayer

Wagner Motocoat Spraytech is painting sprayer made for painting cars and trucks explicitly. The sprayer features an iSpray nozzle with a protective coating that not only extends the product’s durability but also helps deliver a professional finish.

Product features strong X-Boost light and powerful motor, allowing you to carry it with you wherever you go. The hose is 39 feet long, which is more than enough to maneuver around your vehicle.

The sprayer is easy to disassemble, clean and maintain. The sprayer is made for car owners, used for applying the protective coating as well as customizing coat. It is safe and easy to use, with excellent overspray control, fit for delicate paint jobs.

The portable turbine features high and low-pressure options, allowing you switch between the two depending on your preferences and the material you are spraying.

The downside is the sprayer’s limited usability since it is a car and truck spray gun. It is also a bit expensive when you compare it to other products on the list.

Pros:

  • professional car/truck spray gun
  • fit for spraying protective and customizing coating
  • durable and sturdy
  • powerful X-Boost turbine
  • easy to clean and use

Cons:

  • recommended for car/truck use only
  • somewhat expensive

Buyer’s Guide

In this section, we will discuss the benefits of using airless spray guns and why are they an excellent tool for home use (both indoor and outdoor). We will also examine the factors you should consider if you decide to purchase the spray gun.

Indoor Or Outdoor?

Some of the products we reviewed are a better fit for indoor, and some are fit for outdoor use. Three things you should keep in mind: power, overspray, and canister capacity.

Generally, if you seek an outdoor sprayer (for spraying fences, walls, deck, etc.) go for the bigger, stronger versions. They have stronger turbines like the Wagner Motocoat Spraytech 0529031 Car Sprayer with X-Boost turbine.

Furthermore, consider overspray. Though overspray is a disadvantage, it is better if the outdoor sprayer oversprays, than the indoor spray gun, for obvious reasons. Indoor sprayers should be more accurate and have the ability to paint delicate objects.

Alas, consider the canister capacity. Admittedly, outdoor sprayers should have more capacity than the indoor spray guns. For instance, HomeRight Power Flo Pro 2800 doesn’t have a built-in the canister but a draining hose, strong enough to drain the paint out of the 1 to 5-gallon bucket.

Compactness

Since we are talking about the sprayers for home use, we have to think about the compactness. Indeed, the lighter and the smaller the spray gun is, the easier it will be to store it.

Moreover, small, compact sprayers are fit for indoor due to maneuverability. Consider the difference between the sprays that come with a built-in compressor or built-in canister. Furthermore, consider whether or not the sprayer comes with wheels, for it is easier to move the sprayer as you paint.

Spraying Tips And Adjustability

Consider the number of spraying tips you receive with each product. Why? Well, tip vary in sizes, that is, they have smaller or bigger openings. You would need smaller or bigger opening depending on the panting material you plan on using.

Do you need a sprayer for regular paint, oil, lacquer or some other material? You should also consider the sprayers adjustability, that is, if they allow you to control air pressure, spray flow (essentially liters per minute).

For instance, if you are covering some small object indoors, you don’t need a maximum pressure, tip with a large opening, and maximum spray flow. Instead, you should adjust it so that the spraying is aligned with your needs.

Value

Are you seeking a semi-professional sprayer that you plan to use a couple of times in your life or a professional, high-end sprayer that you plan to use regularly?

Consider the fact that regular use will wear the machine, and that, if you do paint regularly, you should always go for the durable, more robust spray gun. Note that you will probably have to pay more to obtain it.

Note that you shouldn’t only look at the objective value of the spray gun. Instead, consider how valuable it will be for you. If you plan on using the sprayer for a specific project, how important is the project for you?

Other Important Features

Naturally, considering the price. We can only say that, if you seek for a long-term solution, go for the more sophisticated machines because they’ll serve for a very long time.

Furthermore, if you are new to painting, we suggest going with the more uncomplicated, easy to use machines. Also, consider the maintaining and cleaning, since some sprayers are easier to clean than others. You should also consider product’s weight since heavy sprayers can make the job a bit more stressful.

Alas, consider the finish. We didn’t discuss the finish very much in our article because these are the best of the best products and all deliver excellent finish, some are still more professional than the others. If you truly seek professional coating, go for the most sophisticated sprayers.

Conclusion

The winner of our list is the Graco Magnum 262800 Stand Sprayer. Why? Well, the product we reviewed is the most basic among the Graco’s Magnum line. It is sturdy, durable, adjustable and delivers excellent finish.

It is a bit clunky to move around, since the version we reviewed doesn’t have wheels, but that is the only “issue with it.” The product will serve you for a very long time, and it is reasonably easy to clean (connects directly with the garden hose).

But, if you disagree with our choice, that’s perfectly reasonable, for it is hard to choose a single best product from this list: they are all valuable in their way. We suggest you listen to your gut and if you do decide to purchase one, go for the one that will serve you the best.

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I've been working in professional paint service in Hampton, VA for the last 15 years. So i know a lot about painting and spray painters. With my team we made this site with to help you to understand why some spray painters are better than others, and how to find the best one for your type of job.

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