May 2021

Paint Sprayers: Aggregated Ranking Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of Paint Sprayer rankings posted by key online experts, as of May 2021.

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 May 2021 ranking

At a glance - May 2021 Ranking

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Rank Price Paint Sprayer
The Spruce
Bob Vila
Popular Mechanics
ToolNerds
Better Home Guides
Homedit
ToolzPick
PaintersCare
Indoor To Outdoor
Habitat DIY
#1
$302 Graco Magnum X5
5
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6
2
1
1
1
5
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1
#2
$109 Wagner Control Max HVLP
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1
3
1
2
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4
2
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#3
$401 Graco Magnum X7 HiBoy
3
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5
3
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7
1
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3
#4
Check price Graco Project Painter Plus
1
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8
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1
2
#5
$60 HomeRight Finish Max
2
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4
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5
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5
#6
$459 Fuji Semi-Pro 2
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3
4
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5
7
#7
$159 Wagner FLEXio 590
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8
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4
6
#8
$99 Wagner Control Double Duty
4
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3
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#9
$50 HomeRight Quick Finish
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2
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4
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#10
$606 Graco Magnum ProX19 Cart
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3
5
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#11
$469 Graco Ultra Corded
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6
3
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#12
$230 Wagner Flexio 890
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10
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2
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#13
$249 HomeRight Power Flo Pro 2800
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2
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4

We ranked Graco Magnum X5 #1 in May 2021 because:

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

Compact yet powerful

Pros
Can spray straight from 1- or 5-gallon buckets
.27 flow rate
75-foot hose

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ToolNerds

Pros
✓ Fully adjustable pressure to give you ultimate control of paint flow for any project size
✓ Stainless Steel Piston Pump allows you to spray paint unthinned at high pressure
✓ Flexible suction tube allows you to spray directly from a 1 or 5 gallon paint bucket

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Better Home Guides

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Homedit

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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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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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We ranked Wagner Control Max HVLP #2 in May 2021 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Paint Sprayers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Wagner Control Max HVLP as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Bob Vila

Best Overall

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Popular Mechanics

Budget-friendly

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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ToolNerds

Pros
✓ Variable air pressure control
✓ 3 spray patterns, adjustable flow control
✓ Powerful Two Stage Turbine sprays latex, as well as thinner materials such as lacquers and stains

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Better Home Guides

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PaintersCare

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Indoor To Outdoor

Pros
Lightweight
Easy to use, even for beginners
Versatility
Customizable paint flow
Affordable price

Cons
Noisy
The cord could be a bit longer

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We ranked Graco Magnum X7 HiBoy #3 in May 2021 because:

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

Best Carted

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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ToolNerds

Pros
Fully adjustable pressure to give you ultimate control of paint flow for any project size
Stainless Steel Piston Pump allows you to spray paint unthinned at high pressure
Flexible suction tube allows you to spray directly from a 1 or 5 gallon paint bucket

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Better Home Guides

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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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PaintersCare

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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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We ranked Graco Project Painter Plus #4 in May 2021 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Paint Sprayers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Graco Project Painter Plus as #1.
Critic endorsements:
The Spruce

Best Overall

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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Better Home Guides

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Indoor To Outdoor

Best Paint Sprayer For Cabinets And Furniture In 2021

Pros
Can tackle large surfaces
High-quality spray gun
Powerful pump
Easy to clean

Cons
Prone to overspray
Occasional clogging

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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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We ranked HomeRight Finish Max #5 in May 2021 because:

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

Pros
✓ Easy-to-use electric paint sprayer
✓ Brass spray tip is 0.08 inches and adjust the trigger control knob to change spray pattern from 1 inch to 6 inch wide
✓ Perfect for spray painting and staining a smooth finish on furniture, cabinets, crafts, or dressers

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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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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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We ranked Fuji Semi-Pro 2 #6 in May 2021 because:

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

Pros
✓ Professional non-bleed Spray Gun with Adjustable Pattern Fan Control
✓ 1.3mm Air cap set installed
✓ 25ft Hose includes air control valve to reduce overspray and bounce back

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Better Home Guides

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Indoor To Outdoor

Pros
Plenty of power
Sturdy and resilient
Convenient flow control

Cons
Small container
Cumbersome
Expensive

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Habitat DIY

Pros
Great for all types of paint and stains.
Compare to using a paint roller
More powerful than HVLP

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We ranked Wagner FLEXio 590 #7 in May 2021 because:

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

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Indoor To Outdoor

Pros
Versatility
Two nozzles
Low noise
Super-easy cleanup
Low price

Cons
Prone to clogging

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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 Wagner Control Double Duty #8 in May 2021 because:

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

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We ranked HomeRight Quick Finish #9 in May 2021 because:

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

Best for Light Duty

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Homedit

Easy to use

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We ranked Graco Magnum ProX19 Cart #10 in May 2021 because:

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

Best for Heavy duty

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Popular Mechanics

Editor's Choice

Pros
Connects to garden hose for easy cleanup
Quick startup

Cons
Relatively expensive

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We ranked Graco Ultra Corded #11 in May 2021 because:

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

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Homedit

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We ranked Wagner Flexio 890 #12 in May 2021 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 HomeRight Power Flo Pro 2800 #13 in May 2021 because:

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

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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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