November 2022

Paint Sprayers: Meta Ranking Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of Paint Sprayer rankings posted by key online experts, as of November 2022.

Summary

As of 5 Nov 2022, Graco Magnum X5 takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed paint sprayer with 7 expert endorsements. 4 experts out of 7 recommended it as the '#1 paint sprayer' this month. It is followed by Graco Magnum X7 HiBoy and Wagner Control Max HVLP , with 5 and 5 expert endorsements respectively.

At a glance - November 2022 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Paint Sprayer
Bob Vila
Homedit
Popular Mechanics
PaintersCare
Habitat DIY
Better Home Guides
The Spruce
Good Housekeeping
ToolNerds
ToolzPick
1
- $283
Graco Magnum X5
-
1
4
5
1
1
3
-
-
1
2
- $431
Graco Magnum X7 HiBoy
-
-
-
1
3
3
1
-
-
7
3
- $125
Wagner Control Max HVLP
1
-
5
4
-
2
-
2
-
-
4
- $124
HomeRight Finish Max
-
-
-
-
5
-
5
-
1
5
5
- $176
Graco TrueCoat 360DS
2
-
2
-
-
-
-
1
-
-
6
- $705
Graco Magnum ProX19 Cart
5
-
1
-
-
-
-
4
-
-
7
- $234
Graco Project Painter Plus
-
-
-
-
2
8
2
-
-
-
8
- $60
HomeRight Quick Finish
4
4
-
-
-
-
-
5
-
-
9
- $440
HomeRight Power Flo Pro 2800
-
-
-
2
4
-
-
-
-
-
10
- $585
Graco Ultra Corded
-
3
-
-
-
6
-
-
-
-
11
+1 $85
Wagner Control Double Duty
-
-
-
3
-
-
7
-
-
-
12
-1 $657
Graco Ultra Cordless Airless
7
-
-
-
-
-
-
3
-
-
13
- $328
Wagner Flexio 890
-
-
-
-
-
10
-
-
-
2
14
- $1149
Graco 390 PC
-
-
-
6
-
-
-
-
4
-
15
- $486
Fuji Semi-Pro 2
-
-
-
-
7
4
-
-
-
-
16
- $119
Neu Master NSG0060
-
8
-
-
-
-
-
-
5
-
17
- $141
Wagner FLEXio 590
-
7
-
-
6
-
-
-
-
-
18
- $1031
Graco Pro210ES
-
-
9
-
-
5
-
-
-
-
19
- $263
Titan ControlMax 1700
8
-
7
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
20
- $135
Wagner Flexio 570
-
5
-
-
-
11
-
-
-
-

We ranked Graco Magnum X5 #1 in November 2022 because:

  • 7 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Paint Sprayers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 4 experts ranked Graco Magnum X5 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Homedit

Pros
Easy to clean
Good for larger projects
Supports 75-foot paint hose

Cons
Some feel the price is too high

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Popular Mechanics

Compact yet powerful

Pros
Can spray straight from 1- or 5-gallon buckets
0.27 GPM flow rate
Compatible with a 75-foot hose

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PaintersCare

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Habitat DIY

Pros
Good value for the money
Durable and sturdy – made from metal, so it can easily withstand regular use from contractors
Clear directions with easy-to-understand features
Extremely lightweight and easy to hold making spray finishing a breeze
Excellent results with minimal effort – looks like a professional job
Applies a smooth and even coat with a consistent output (crucial when spray finishing)
A job goes quite quickly with this spray finisher
Quality build – most parts are made from metal and not cheap plastic
Works perfectly right out of the box on products right out of the can (without straining or thinning)

Cons
You can’t just pick up the gun and start spraying (you need to cover everything around the surface you’re spraying – as you would with any system)
It uses more finish material (paint) than you may be used to
Sprayer loses suction when there are about 2 inches left in the bottom of the can or pail (so you need to proactively manage your paint supply) Tip, place remaining paint into a smaller container to use more up.
Setup and cleanup takes longer than using a paintbrush or roller
May clog a lot depending on the finish you’re using (more likely with un-thinned and unfiltered finishes)

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Better Home Guides

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The Spruce

Best Airless

Pros
Compatible with a variety of paints
Great for larger projects
Easy to use

Cons
Produces overspray

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ToolzPick

Best overall

Pros
Reverse-A-Clean spray tip feature
SG2 sprayer gun with a 515 RAC IV tip
Power flush for exceptional cleaning capabilities
Adjustable pressure knob

Cons
Difficult to clean

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We ranked Graco Magnum X7 HiBoy #2 in November 2022 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Paint Sprayers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Graco Magnum X7 HiBoy as #1.
Critic endorsements:
PaintersCare

Our Top Pick

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Habitat DIY

Pros
Gets a 4.5 / 5 star rating from other buyers
Stainless-steel piston pumps
Spray a wide variety of coating from stains to heavy latex
No need to thin latex paint
Garden hose adaptor for fast and easy cleaning and flushing
SwitchTip lets reverse the tip to clear when it gets clogged to keep you spraying

Cons
Supplied hose is only 25 ft

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Better Home Guides

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The Spruce

Best Overall

Pros
Great for larger projects
Can use with up to 100-foot hose
Easy to use and clean

Cons
May need to purchase mineral spirits separately

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ToolzPick

Premium Choice

Pros
Fully adjustable paint flow pressure
control
An airless sprayer that can paint
unthinned material at high pressure
Very easy to clean the inner parts
Good value for the money

Cons
Painting capacity is only 150 gallons a year

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Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

We identify key publishers and experts that consistently review and recommend Paint Sprayers.

Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of Paint Sprayers, it must be updated in the last 9 months.

Aggregate Rankings

We put all those lists together and aggregate them. The more frequently a product is recommended, the higher it is in our ranking

Experts chosen for November 2022 ranking

We ranked Wagner Control Max HVLP #3 in November 2022 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Paint Sprayers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Wagner Control Max HVLP as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Bob Vila

Best Overall

Pros
Adjustable air speed
Includes 1-quart aluminum and 1.5-quart nylon paint cups
Easy to assemble, disassemble, and clean up
Good choice for staining medium-size areas like furniture or decks

Cons
Lightweight plastic components
Not great for painting rooms or other large areas
Viscous paint must be thinned; not ideal for some applications

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Popular Mechanics

Best Low-Cost Option for Larger Jobs

Pros
Generates .5-inch to 12-inch spray patterns
Includes both plastic and stainless steel container cups

Cons
Plastic components are less durable than metal options

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PaintersCare

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Better Home Guides

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Good Housekeeping

Best Value Paint Sprayer

Pros
Excellent value
Adjustable controls
Lengthy hose

Cons
Paint needs to be thinned

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We ranked HomeRight Finish Max #4 in November 2022 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Paint Sprayers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked HomeRight Finish Max as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Habitat DIY

Pros
Provides a professional finish
Flows evenly and consistently
Low-cost spray system
Easy to use right out-of-the-box
Ergonomically comfortable and lightweight
Capable of spraying a variety of finish materials
Easy to use
Perfect for smaller jobs

Cons
Not a heavy-duty spray set up, entry-level quality.
Thinning the paint to get just the right viscosity can be time-consuming and frustrating when first using
Uses more paint than a roller or brush would
Does not come with a cap for a paint reservoir
You have to keep refilling it

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The Spruce

Best HVLP

Pros
Great for detailed-oriented projects
Reduces overspray and waste
Spray tip resists corrosion and wear
Easy to use

Cons
Time-consuming
Only for very small projects

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ToolNerds

Best handheld spray machine for painting

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ToolzPick

Pros
Easy to adjust the flow and spray pattern
Compatible with a wide variety of
materials
Precision brass spray nozzle and tip
Easy to clean and maintain

Cons
You need to thin out the paint to right viscosity as instructed

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We ranked Graco TrueCoat 360DS #5 in November 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Paint Sprayers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Graco TrueCoat 360DS as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Bob Vila

Runner-Up

Pros
User can spray in any direction, including upside down
Dual speed control for small or large projects
Paint thinning is not necessary

Cons
Not suitable for large projects that require reloading
Best for outdoors or shop work to avoid overspray

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Popular Mechanics

Best Value

Pros
Low price
Easy to use
Two speeds

Cons
Paint cup has relatively limited capacity

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Good Housekeeping

Best Overall Paint Sprayer

Pros
Works on many surfaces
No paint thinning required
Sprays upside down

Cons
Noisy

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We ranked Graco Magnum ProX19 Cart #6 in November 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Paint Sprayers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Graco Magnum ProX19 Cart as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Bob Vila

Best for Heavy duty

Pros
Great for staining large areas like houses, fences, and decks
Paint does not need to be thinned
Swivel connectors on spray gun and hose offer freedom of movement
Changeable spray gun tips for different material applications

Cons
Complicated cleanup and storage procedures
Not a good choice for smaller projects
Requires a large storage area

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Popular Mechanics

Best Overall

Pros
Connects to garden hose for easy cleanup
Quick startup
Can support up to 150 feet of hose

Cons
Relatively expensive

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Good Housekeeping

Best Paint Sprayer for Large Projects

Pros
Easy to maneuver
Fast spraying
No paint thinning required

Cons
Pricey

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We ranked Graco Project Painter Plus #7 in November 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Paint Sprayers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Habitat DIY

Pros
You don’t have to fill a separate paint receptacle as you can simply connect the line directly to the pail
Nozzle can be set vertically or horizontally – depending on the project you’re spraying
Removing blockages is easy – just reverse the nozzle and pull the trigger to clear a blockage
Pump itself only operates when the trigger is pulled so it’s not very noisy at all (It’s also likely to prolong the life of the pump)
Comes apart easily for cleaning
Good coverage area with a consistent spray
Instructions are very detailed
The sprayer itself is a quality build

Cons
Can use considerably more paint or finish material than you’re used to with a roller
May need to buy a separate nozzle for the job depending on the application
Somewhat of a learning curve for someone who has never used a spray finisher before

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Better Home Guides

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The Spruce

Runner-Up, Best Overal

Pros
Compatible with a variety of paints
Easy to use
Especially great for house exteriors

Cons
Short hose, although you can upgrade to a 50-foot hose if desired

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We ranked HomeRight Quick Finish #8 in November 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Paint Sprayers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Bob Vila

Best for Light Duty

Pros
Excellent stain coverage
Convenient for medium-size projects like cabinetry and furniture
Lightweight and easy to maneuver

Cons
Air speed is not adjustable
Only works with thinned paint
Not great for painting large areas

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Homedit

Pros
Lightweight
Adjustable controls

Cons
Directions are hard to follow

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Good Housekeeping

Best Paint Sprayer for Furniture

Pros
Easy handling
Quick cleanup
Cordless operation

Cons
Limited capacity

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We ranked HomeRight Power Flo Pro 2800 #9 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Paint Sprayers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
PaintersCare

Best for Professional

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Habitat DIY

Pros
Performs as well as any other professional model spray guns used before
Much lighter and more mobile than a lot of spray finishing options
Reasonably priced sprayer
Easy to set up, use and clean afterward
Doesn’t require thinning (with some finishes)
Powerful spray finisher
Easier to move around than other paint sprayers

Cons
Can leak if you don’t tighten all the hose connections with a wrench
No variable spray pattern option available
Spray width is dependent on the distance between the spray gun and the item you’re spraying
Instructions lack clarity

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We ranked Graco Ultra Corded #10 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Paint Sprayers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Homedit

Pros
Great for small DIY projects
Spray gun is easy to hold

Cons
Dripping issues

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Better Home Guides

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We ranked Wagner Control Double Duty #11 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Paint Sprayers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
PaintersCare

Best for Beginner

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The Spruce

Best for Decks

Pros
Great for thin formulas
Provides even application
Adjustable settings
Easy to use and clean

Cons
Not recommend for thick latex paint

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We ranked Graco Ultra Cordless Airless #12 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Paint Sprayers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Bob Vila

Best Portable

Pros
Rechargeable battery power, sprays up to 1 gallon of paint per charge
No thinning is necessary
Sprays at any angle, including upside down
Spray tips are interchangeable with other Graco airless spray guns

Cons
Battery life may not be adequate for large jobs
Gun stops working and needs repriming if air enters FlexLiner
More time-consuming to prep than other paint sprayers

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Good Housekeeping

Best Cordless Paint Sprayer

Pros
Cordless design
Works with DeWALT batteries
No paint thinning required

Cons
On the heavier side

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We ranked Wagner Flexio 890 #13 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Paint Sprayers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Better Home Guides

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ToolzPick

Pros
11-ft long hose for increased
maneuverability
Two nozzles to tackle a wide variety of projects
A powerful turbine
Easy to clean

Cons
You need to test the unit out first before you start painting

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We ranked Graco 390 PC #14 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Paint Sprayers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
PaintersCare

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ToolNerds

Best airless hydraulic paint pump sprayer

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We ranked Fuji Semi-Pro 2 #15 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Paint Sprayers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Habitat DIY

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Better Home Guides

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We ranked Neu Master NSG0060 #16 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Paint Sprayers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Homedit

Pros
Easy to refill paint
Good for indoor projects
Lightweight

Cons
Battery doesn’t last long

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ToolNerds

Best cordless paint gun

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We ranked Wagner FLEXio 590 #17 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Paint Sprayers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Homedit

Pros
2 nozzles included
Covers large areas

Cons
Paint drips when not in use

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Habitat DIY

Pros
Good value for the money (solid results at a budget price)
Produces a consistent stream of paint when strained and thinned correctly
Economical – paint seems to go a lot further than you might expect
Particularly effective when applying primer
Superfast way to stain a fence or deck
A simple and quick way to staining balusters and lattice
Can save you a ton of time
Delivers a consistent and even finish (once you master holding and using it)
Sooth and even coverage
Easy to set up right out of the box
Assembly is easy

Cons
Latex paint really needs to be strained (despite what the instructions recommend)
A full load of paint makes the gun heavy and more cumbersome
Good for spraying small objects and flat surfaces (but it can become awkward and cumbersome when you’re trying to do large projects)
Design lacks balance causing fatigue (Weight is in the front where the paint receptacle is)
Loosening the paint cup from the gun can be difficult once it’s caked in the paint (keep things tidy as you go)
Cleaning can take a while

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We ranked Graco Pro210ES #18 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Paint Sprayers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Popular Mechanics

Best Commercial-Style Option

Pros
Comfortable to wheel around
Durable construction
Instructional DVD
Can handle a variety of materials

Cons
Very expensive
Not practical for small jobs

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Better Home Guides

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We ranked Titan ControlMax 1700 #19 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Paint Sprayers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Bob Vila

Also Consider

Pros
Good results for a great price
Simple assembly, few intricate parts
Lightweight construction, easy to carry

Cons
Lack of swivel connectors make mobility difficult
Short power cord means that an extension cord is always necessary
Almost too low to the ground for use with 5-gallon paint buckets

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Popular Mechanics

Best for House Flippers

Pros
Good value for its size
Large carrying handle
Can handle up to 80 feet of hose

Cons
May be too bulky for those without much storage space

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We ranked Wagner Flexio 570 #20 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Paint Sprayers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Homedit

Pros
Easy to assemble
You don’t need to carry the paint
Ideal for mid-sized projects

Cons
Works for outdoor projects

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