Airbrush compressors Comparison Chart

Airbrush compressors comparison chart

In this post I will try to give you a comparison chart of the airbrush compressors that you can find out there.

I classified them by types, (diaphragm and piston compressors), and then for the piston compressors by brands so that it is easier for you to compare their key features.

What you need to make sure as I mentioned in my compressor buying Guide  is that you buy a compressor that suits your application. So many artists complain about such or such compressor because not powerful enough (psi) ,  or because of the lack of constant air flow. But if you choose carefully, then you won’t have any surprise.

 

Best Diaphragm Compressors:

Those diaphragm compressors are small,  light and  therefore very portable. They are often quiet cheap to buy. The motor will run continuously as there is no tank.

Even though they are called “beginner” compressors, I would not recommend those if what you are looking for is a constant air flow for a long period of time. They will be fine for small jobs  only, and occasional use.

I want to point out one exception with Badger D200R compressor, a powerful diaphragm compressor that would match the performance of many piston compressors.

Diaphragm compressors are good for applications that require small  amount of PSI like airbrush make-up, airbrush nail art or food coloring\bakery.

PicturesMODELApplicationHorsepowerWorking PressureFlow Air ControlFilterairbrush holderWeightAuto Shut-Off
SPARMAX
AC-27
Make-up,
Nail art
1/8HP1-18 psi.45 cfmYesNo16.4 lbs (2.9 kg)No
TEMPTU
S-ONE
Make-up1/12HP1-18 psiYesNo15 lbs
TEMPTU
AIR
Make-up1/16HP1-15 psiYesNo11.7 lbs
MASTER
C16-B
Nail art, Bakery-1-25 psi0.4 cfmNo11.6 lbsYes
AZTEK
50204A - Blue Mini
Nail art, Bakery-1-40 psiNoNoNo4.6 llbsNo
BADGER
Co. 80-3N Breeze
Bakery-1-23 psi.37 cfmYesNo12.1lbsYes
BADGER
Co. 80-8N
Bakery-1-30 psi.37 cfmYesNo14.2 lbsYes

PASSCHE
D220R
T-Shirt artists, hobbyists, fine art,
Tanning,
1/6HP 1-50 psi 1.2 cfm YesYesNo9.6 lbs

Best Piston Compressors:

Piston compressors will give you  a steady air pressure. They often have a filter and a pressure regulator with a gauge. This is the type of compressor that a mostly used in the airbrushing market. See my Compressor buyer’s guide if you want to know more about compressors.

IWATA compressors key features:

PicturesMODELTypeHorsepowerWorking PressureFlowTank Size Air ControlFilterairbrush holderWeightAuto Shut-OffNoise
IWATA
IS-30 Neo Air
1 piston1/16HP1-15 psi.37 cfmN/ANoNo1.95 lbsNoLow
IWATA
IS-35 Ninja Jet
1 piston1/12HP1-18 psi.30 cfmN/AKnobNo15.9 lbsNo56 db
IWATAIS-35 Silver Jet1 piston1/10HP1-18 psi.33 cfmN/AKnobNo16.3 lbs (2.9 kg)No56 db
IWATA
IS-800 Sprint Jet
1 piston1/8HP1-35 psi0.64 cfmN/AYesYesNo8 lbs (4 kg)No50 db
IWATA
IS-850 Smart Jet
1 piston1/8HP1-35 psi0.64 cfmN/AYesYesNo8 lbsYes56 db
IWATA
IS-875 Smart Jet Pro
1 piston1/8HP1-35 psi0.64 cfmN/AYesYes114 lbsYes50 db
IWATA
IS-925 Power Jet Lite
2 piston1/6HP1-60 psi1.2 cfmN/AYesYes217.5 lbsYes52 db
IWATA
IS-875HT Smart Jet Plus
2 piston1/6HP1-60 psi0.81 cfm0.45 literYesYes113 lbsYes54 db
IWATA
IS-925HT Power Jet Plus
2 piston1/4HP1-60 psi1.4 cfm.5 literYesYes117 lbsYes56 db
IWATA
IS-975 Power Jet Pro
2 piston1/6HP1-60 psi1.2 cfm2 literYesYes226.5 lbsYes56 db
IWATA
IS-900 Power Jet
2 piston1/6HP1-60 psi1.2 cfm3.5 literYesYes228 lbsYes56 db

BADGER compressors key features:

PicturesMODEL  HorsepowerWorking PressureFlowTank Size Air ControlFilterairbrush holderWeightAuto Shut-Off
BADGER
TC908 Aspire
1/6HP1-40 psi0.81 cfmN/AYesYes18 lbs (4 kg)Yes
BADGER
TC909 Aspire Elite
1/6HP1-40 psi0.81 cfmN/AYesYes211 lbs (5kg)Yes
BADGER
TC910 Aspire Pro
1/6HP1-40 psi0.81 cfm1 GallonYesYes218 lbs (8kg) YesYes

MASTER compressors key features:

PicturesMODELillustration,
hobbies, models,
T-shirts
TypeHorsepowerWorking PressureFlowTank Size Air ControlFilterairbrush holderWeightAuto Shut-OffNoise
MASTER
TC40T
illustration,
hobbies, models,
T-shirts
1 piston1/6HP1-43 psi0.8 cfm1 gallon (3.8 liters)yesyes27.8 lbs (3.5kg)yes47 db
MASTER
TC-20-H6-B
illustration,
hobbies, models,
T-shirts
1 piston1/6HP1-43 psi0.8 cfmN/AyesyesNo8 lbsyes59 db
MASTER
TC-20T
illustration,
hobbies, models,
T-shirts
1 piston1/5HP1-43 psi0.8 cfm0.92 gallon (3.5 liters)yesyesNo11.5 lbs (5.2kg)yes59 db
MASTER
TC-848
illustration,
hobbies, models,
T-shirts, auto-graphics,
tanning
4 piston1/4HP5-57 psi2.75 cfm1 gallon (3.8 liters)yesyesNo19.0 lbs (8.4kg)Yes62 db
MASTER
TC-828
illustration,
hobbies, models,
T-shirts, auto-graphics,
tanning
2 piston1/6HP5-57 ps1.6 cfm0.80 gallon (3.0 liters)yesyes13.0 lbs (5.9kg)Yes62 db

PAASCHE compressors key features:

PicturesMODEL ManualTypeHorsepowerWorking PressureFlowTank Size Air ControlFilterairbrush holderWeightAuto Shut-OffNoise
PAASCHE
D500SR
hobbies,
illustration,
nail painting,
makeup,
temporary tattoo
Download Manual1 piston1/8HP1-35 psi.5 cfmN/AYesYesNo47 dbsYes47 dbs
PASSCHE
D3000R
llustration,
hobbies, models,
make-up
Download Manual1 piston1/8HP1-30 psi0.5 cfm3/4 GallonYesYes212.2 lbs (5.6kg)Yes47 dbs
PASSCHE
DA400R
illustration,
hobbies, models,
T-shirts, auto-graphics,
tanning
Download manual1 piston1/6HP40-80 psi1.2 cfmN/AYesYesNo12.1 lbsYes50 dbs
PAASCHE dc600rPAASCHE
DC600R
illustration,
hobbies, models,
T-shirts, auto-graphics,
tanning
Download manual1/6HP1-55 psi1.2 cfm1 Gallon (3.5 l)YesYes224.6 lbsYes47 dbs

 

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