Best Portable Air Compressors

Best-Selling & Top-Rated Portable Compressors

By  | Air Compressor Product Expert

You want the best portable air compressor money can buy.

So, we put together the Top-10 best-selling, top-rated and expert recommended portable air compressors.

The lists aren't identical, but they feature some of the same models. Usually, consumers gravitate toward our expert recommendations.

Top 10 Selling Portable Air Compressors

Top 10 Rated Portable Air Compressors

Recommended Portable Air Compressors

Top Vertical Portable Air Compressor
Chicago Pneumatic 2-HP 26-Gallon (Belt Drive) Dual-Voltage Cast-Iron Air Compressor
4.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 5
This Chicago Pneumatic air compressor has everything that you would want in a portable air compressor. First, its quality design and outstanding air delivery make it ideal for professionals and home renovators. Secondly, it features a dual volt...
Ingersoll Rand Garage Mate 2-HP 20-Gallon (Belt Drive) Cast-Iron Air Compressor
3.8 out of 53.8 out of 53.8 out of 53.8 out of 53.8 out of 5
This is an awesome unit from US manufacturer Ingersoll Rand. It is portable, but you'll need some muscle to get the 200 pounds moving in the right direction. That weight translates into durability, so it's a good thing. The cast iron pump is desig...
Puma 2-HP 20-Gallon (Belt Drive) Dual-Voltage Cast-Iron Air Compressor
4.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 5
This unit from Puma earned our Good slot with its sturdy construction and value. It has several features found on more expensive air compressors, like an oil sight glass, Swedish steel valves, and a cast iron pump. We also like that it can be p...
Top Horizontal Gas-Powered Compressors
EMAX 8-HP 17-Gallon (Belt Drive) Cast-Iron Air Compressor w/ Honda Engine
It's the engineering that earned this unit our Best rating. It begins with a commercial grade, Honda GX engine that saves your knuckles with its electric starter. EMAX Cool-Tek technology lets the compressor run cooler than other compressors- and ...
Iron Horse 9-HP 25-Gallon (Belt Drive) Cast-Iron Air Compressor
Our Better pick is large and in-charge. It has a 25 gallon tank for steadier pressure on big jobs, but still can be loaded into your truck with the help of the front & back handles. Large doesn't stop with the tank; we also like the robust 9 HP Ro...
DeWalt 5.5-HP 8-Gallon (Belt Drive) Gas Wheelbarrow Air Compressor
5.0 out of 55.0 out of 55.0 out of 55.0 out of 55.0 out of 5
This compressor is hardworking and sturdy, with two 1/4" outlets. It allows 2 people to work at once, or lets you mount 2 tools so you can switch between them quickly. The low profile frame makes it easy to load and transport, and keeps it stable...
Top Horizontal Electric Oil Free
California Air Tools SP Ultra Quiet & Oil-Free 1-HP 5.5-Gallon Steel Tank Air Compressor
4.9 out of 54.9 out of 54.9 out of 54.9 out of 54.9 out of 5
This model is great for DIY or jobsite uses. The low 1680 RPM operation creates less noise & wear than 3450 RPM consumer grade compressors. And it boasts a 3000+ hour life cycle before wear while comparable units are 500 hours or less. The ...
Campbell Hausfeld Quiet 1-HP 8-Gallon Portable Air Compressor
Having a portable air compressor around comes in handy for a multitude of chores: small repairs, power caulking, or keeping your tires at their proper inflation to maximize mileage are good examples. This unit earned the Better slot with it's larg...
Pro-Force 1.5-HP 7-Gallon (Direct Drive) Hot Dog Air Compressor
This unit earned the Good slot with it's useful size and Pro-Force's reputation for affordable quality. The size is perfect for the average homeowner- strong enough to run smaller air tools like staplers, caulk guns, and brad nailers; and just the...
Top Horizontal Electric Oil Lubricated
Quincy 2-HP 20-Gallon (Belt Drive) Cast-Iron Portable Air Compressor
4.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 5
There are a lot of portable, single stage air compressors out there; we've tried to round up the cream of the crop for you. Quincy has been around for a very long time, and this compressor has a cast iron cylinder, crankshaft & valve plate for stu...
Campbell Hausfeld 2-HP 20-Gallon (Belt Drive) Dual-Voltage Cast-Iron Air Compressor
Our choice for the "Better" slot is a step up in power. Heavy Duty 2.0 HP, Dual Voltage, Solid Cast Iron Pump to help run your power with 120 volts set up or convert to 240. The larger, 20 gallon air tank are built to last and ship right out the...
Rolair 2.5-HP 5.3-Gallon (Direct Drive) Cast-Iron Air Compressor
This unit from Rolair has a smaller tank than our other picks, but that doesn't make it the runt of the litter- it's earned it's "Good" spot on our list. It has a 115V industrial-grade electric motor S-1 rated for a 100% duty cycle- it will work a...

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