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Best Consumer Air Compressors

These are our picks for the best consumer air compressors available at AirCompressorsDirect.com. These picks are made by our in-house air compressor expert, Steve Robbins.

Ingersoll Rand 5-HP 60-Gallon Single-Stage Air Compressor. This Ingersoll Rand single-stage air compressor features an extremely powerful 5-HP electric motor capable of running high-demand air tools. If you want the most powerful single-stage air compressor, get this one. If you need more power, you'll need to step up into a more powerful and more expensive two-stage air compressor instead.

Ingersoll Rand 3-HP 60-Gallon Single-Stage Air Compressor. The cast iron cylinders and frame are built to be dependable and last a long time, even in high demand environments. Since this model is also meets OHSA standards, and is UL, CSA, and ASME approved it has earned it seat in our "Better" slot. If you need more "oomph" than a 3HP unit can deliver, please take a look at the 5HP that earned our "Best" ranking.

Chicago Pneumatic 3.5-HP 60-Gallon Single-Stage Air Compressor. We recommend this Chicago Pneumatic model because it is ideal for small business or residence. It includes a thermally protected 3.5 horsepower electric motor and easy to view sight glass; ASME/CRN certified tank & safety valves. Chicago Pneumatic is well known for quality and dependability that is backed by a 1 year warranty.

Ingersoll Rand 5-HP 60-Gallon Single-Stage Air Compressor. This Ingersoll Rand single-stage air compressor features an extremely powerful 5-HP electric motor capable of running high-demand air tools. If you want the most powerful single-stage air compressor, get this one. If you need more power, you'll need to step up into a more powerful and more expensive two-stage air compressor instead.

Eagle 5-HP 60-Gallon (18.5 CFM) Single-Stage Air Compressor. The metal air filters with "Auto Drop" extend the compressor's life, and make it easy to maintain. Having the oil drain right on the front of the unit is a nice touch, too. No magnetic starter is required for this unit, so all you have to do is make sure your electrician wires it properly into your 208-230 volt AC system.

Quincy Air Master 3.5-HP 60-Gallon Single Stage Air Compressor. If you're looking for a reliable air compressor for your home workshop or small business, this unit from Quincy is a good place to start. It has plenty of power to run a wide range of tools, and is made in the USA. It's quite possible your Grampa's air compressor was a Quincy. Quincy tests each unit at 100% pressure before it leaves the factory, so you can be sure your unit will last & last.

Ingersoll Rand Garage Mate 20-Gallon (Belt Drive) Cast-Iron Air Compressor. 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 designed for small shops and serious do-it-yourselfers who need a continuous-duty compressor that can still run on household current.

Quincy Air Master 2-HP 26-Gallon Portable Single Stage Air Compressor. Quincy put this unit together with a cast iron cylinder, crankshaft & valve plate for sturdy reliability that lasts and lasts.

Campbell Hausfeld 13-Gallon (Direct Drive) Air Compressor. Light weight and easy to transport, it's great for light stapling, brad driving, or small airbrush jobs. The folks at Campbell Hausfeld even included built-in tool storage so everything you need travels with the compressor instead of being left behind.

Slime COMP 07 - Cordless Rechargeable Inflator. Plug it into the wall, or your car's cigarette lighter socket- either way works to fill car tires, rafts, & sports equipment. Plus, it also has a DC output that can charge your cell phone or lap top- handy while on the road or during an outage. Add in the built-in gauge so you don't need a separate tire gauge, and you have a useful multi-tasker at a great price.

Slime COMP 03 - 12-Volt Inflator with Gauge and Light. This is a great unit to keep in the trunk of your kid's car, your spouse's car- or even your own! The safety light helps you see what you're doing in the dark- just plug the inflator into your cigarette lighter and top off that tire, or see what you're doing when you have to change a tire. It also helps other cars see you!

Campbell Hausfeld 12-Volt Tire Inflator. If you just want a basic inflator, this unit will serve you well. Just plug it into your cigarette lighter and blow up beach balls, floats, sports balls, etc. If you want more than just a simple inflator, keep shopping. ACD also offers other inflators with lights, power supplies, gauges, and jumpstarters.

Pro-Force 3-Gallon Hot Dog Air Compressor. It is still a light-duty unit, best at keeping the tires on your car, motorcycle, or ATV at the correct pressure for the best gas mileage. An inflation needle will keep your basketballs & volleyballs bouncing; and the rubber feet will cut down on noise & vibration.

Puma 1-Gallon Mini Hot Dog Air Compressor. The small size on this unit makes it easy to take from place to place, and it takes up very little room in your shed or garage. It is sturdily made, and will do a good job keeping your tires, sports balls, and rafts inflated.

Campbell Hausfeld 2-Gallon Hot Dog Air Compressor. This is a great entry-level air compressor for the occasional user. Light weight and portable, it will do a great job keeping your tires and sports balls inflated.

Campbell Hausfeld 2-Gallon Twin Stack Air Compressor w/ Combination Nailer/Stapler. It comes with a lightweight stapler/nailer for easy craft, air brush, and trim projects around the house as well as inflation needles and nozzles for tires, beach balls, and kiddie pools. It's a well-balanced unit so it can fix things all around the house, and travel easily for outside projects.

Powermate 2-Gallon Mini Twin Stack Air Compressor Combo Kit. This unit earned our Better slot because we like the "roll cage" effect of the handle protecting the air tanks. It's small enough to be handy, but large enough for lightweight tasks around the house. This unit from Powermate includes a brad nailer/stapler to take on upholstery & small furniture repairs.

Speedway 2-Gallon Twin Stack Portable Air Compressor. Looking for an affordable air compressor? This one fits the bill. Does a great job for a great price. It comes with a hose, a quick connector, and some inflator tips so it can start being useful right away.