Best Paint Sprayer Airless & Electric for Home and Pro: The Top 3

worker using paint sprayer on interior walls
No long reviews here: we cut to the chase. We feel there is only one best paint sprayer for walls in any price range worth your hard-earned money. After extensive research, these are the only quality interior paint sprayer we trust for the money.
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We have used a number of quality paint sprayers that use air compressors (a.k.a. electric paint sprayers), and many different airless paint sprayers: we’ve boiled it down to the best paint sprayer for each budget.

There are really two separate worlds of paint sprayers: airless and air. The low budget model is an electric paint sprayer (just pushes with an air pump), we recommend the Wagner Flexio 590. – it is a very good quality paint sprayer gun for the price.

The best airless paint sprayers simply pump liquids. We have broken this down into the best paint sprayer for 3 budgets. The Graco Magnum is the man: see this strong lifetime machine. For a medium budget, it is a high quality airless sprayer. Taken care of, this excellent paint sprayer will last a lifetime.

We list important paint sprayer tips and the supplies you’ll need at the bottom.


Low Budget: Best Paint Sprayer for Walls
Wagner FLEXiO Sprayer, 590
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The best paint sprayer maker of low-end sprayers today is Wagner (company website). If you have a low budget, you really don’t want to buy an airless paint sprayer: you will not get your money’s worth for your interior paint spraying.

The only reliable choice that is not an airless paint sprayer :

Low budget sprayer notes:

If you have only one project like interior paint spraying and you want to spray and then sell the machine (you only need it for a while), you can be sure the Wagner below will get you through.

  • These cannot be used with a power roller extension: you need a separate unit for that or the sprayers just below. We explain power rollers in a post just for them.
  • If you go low budget, you’ll eliminate a lot of painting hassles and save a lot of time, but you won’t have it for many years to come. For the money, they cannot go that distance.
Wagner FLEXiO Sprayer, 590
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Medium Budget: Graco Magnum
Graco Magnum X5 Stand Airless Paint Sprayer, 262800
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  • The big dog in the race, from Graco: the Graco Magnum 262800 X5 Stand Airless Paint Sprayer 
  • On sale for at time of publication: they seem to always be “on sale” if you know what I mean).
  • Classified as a “DIY”, but used by many professionals (but check the High-budget below)
    Graco Magnum X5 Stand Airless Paint Sprayer, 262800
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  • Can be paired with power roller extension (buy roller covers on this page too)
  • We have a post just on power rollers
  • Can be used an with extension wand (extra paint spraying speed is well worth the cost). We use the 30″.
    Graco Magnum X5 Stand Airless Paint Sprayer, 262800
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  • Unlike the low-budget models, airless paint sprayer tips can be reversed and cleaned on the fly if clogged

High Budget, Professional Grade: the King of Airless Paint Sprayers

There is nothing like the Graco Pro 210 ES. The pros in the chat rooms rave about this machine. Worth every one of the thousand dollars it costs. It is certainly the highest quality airless paint sprayer for ceilings and walls.

Graco Cart Pro Connect Paint Sprayer, 17C305 Pro210ES
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You can spend a lot more and you will not find a better machine. No, we receive no money from the maker for saying this.

We have stripped away all the many choices in the high-end market based on experience with interior paint spraying and many other painters’ paint sprayer reviews. Surprise: we pros don’t spend thousands. What you see below is a high-quality pump that you will put in your Last Will.

You will get a great price online, but be sure you know where you will take it for service as paint stores tend to only like machines they sold you.

Enjoy. Lucky you.


Accessory: tip extension for paint sprayer

The paint sprayer “wand” is very helpful tip extension. Our choice is the 30-inch wand, but you can have bigger or smaller: size matters!

Graco Tip Extension with Tip Guard, 30-Inch, 243043
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Worth the small amount of extra cash for control and speed (and less ladder work); excellent for indoor paint spraying. Other extensions at the Hyde tool website: we love Hyde tools and wish more stores would carry their items: they last.


Finally, to make this post complete, we recommend a garden sprayer for spraying stains (see one of our six posts on decks and staining).

Chapin 4Gal Backpack Sprayer, Translucent White, 61800
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Tip: Keep the paint sprayer tip (and interiors) clean and let the hose dry all winter and it will last and still be useful in the garden!


Just the tips on tips:

These come from my experience of 35 years as a professional painter. Plus,  a paint spraying tips from the maker: Graco website’s tip info chart.

  • Every time you stop for even a short break, soak the entire paint gun in a bucket (water for latex, thinner for oils) This keeps the tip from clogging
  • Strain every gallon of paint, even right out of the can (also prevents clogging)
  • Paint pressure near the spraying tip of the interior paint sprayer is enough to inject paint into your skin: be careful
  • Test the paint gun tip’s spray fan for density and width (test in the kid’s room!)
  • Always turn down the pressure as low as it can go (saves paint and wear on the tip)
  • Many paint sprayer tips can be reversed. When your tip seems to be clogged or is showing ‘fingers’ in the spray pattern, you simply reverse, spray into a bucket, and it is clean.
  • Suggested spraying distance of 12 inches to start, then you will adapt
  • More below images

paint sprayer diagram

Other important paint spraying tips:

  • Wear a particle respirator (read: we made your choice easy) and if spraying indoors, use a chemical filter cartridge as well.
  • Eye protection highly recommended.
  • We use a hand masker with special green painter's tape (does not pull off paint), and wide paper and sometimes we mask with plastic.
  • If you are new, learn how to spray paint on some cardboard: mask nearby items
  • Ventilate well inside, and be careful of wind outside (cars nearby will be damaged!)
  • Keep pressure low and you will reduce the overspray, saving paint and money!

High quality paint sprayer in action

Recommended Tip Sizes for Common Coating Materials

Lacquer or Stain .009 – .013
Oil based Paint .013 – .015
Latex Paint .015 – .019
Heavy Latex or Smooth Elastomeric .021 – .025
Elastomeric & Blockfiller .025 – .035+

Supplies needed for airless paint spraying:

In addition to the normal painting tools, you’ll need

You will need a few old empty paint buckets and lots of rags—whatever you have around the house.

This painter shows you how to use a paint sprayer: nice job buddy.

If you will probably only use an interior paint sprayer once or twice, I recommend you spend your money on an the low-budget electric paint sprayer: save money and save lots of time. The airless sprayers are better, but the electric paint sprayer will be enough (then you can sell it on eBay!)

There are many indoor paint sprayer reviews elsewhere, but we find that they are mostly sales articles. We hope this article helps.

Let us know if we forgot anything in the comments below. Thanks.

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4 thoughts on “Best Paint Sprayer Airless & Electric for Home and Pro: The Top 3”

  1. I read that airless is less desirable than HVLP for interior walls because the paint doesn’t go on as smoothly due to the higher pressure. Do you agree? I’ve never used a sprayer before, but plan to paint all the walls in our house so I think it is a worthwhile investment.

    • Yes, it is certainly worthwhile: and when done you can get most of your money back on ebay or local ad sale. The airless machines do have a pressure control knob, but there is a minimum. As you wrote, the HVLP has the ‘low pressure’ right in the name, LP (HV is high volume for other readers)… We think of them as more for furniture…like a spray can that you refill. From memory, the airless goes on just as smooth, but you are working with latex on walls usually, so your goal is not the same as furniture painting etc. Good luck!!

  2. Hello, great article and appreciate the insight. I have various painting and sealing projects in the short term prior to moving into a house. I really want a sprayer to make it less work but am divided on the low budget or mid budget sprayer which one would be better. I need to paint various rooms and also reseal some wood cabinets. I may use it again in the future but unsure which way to go. Is either one better as an “all around” sprayer for both sealers (varnish and similar) and paint (interior and maybe exterior projects).

    • Hi. No doubt you would want the airless. The Graco Magnum is the one priced for homeowners.. the other one is great, but built to really work day-in and day-out for years… Price reflects that. You can spray all that you listed: just do some practice and gather all the buckets, solvents and rags, not to mention masker/tape/plastic, drop cloths.
      For the amount of work you plan to do, the small budget (Wagner) will just fustrate you. It can spray a quart at a time, then you re-fill. A medium sized bedroom needs about 3/4 gallon per coat…just for walls. Go Graco is my view. The re-sale value will get you 1/2 of what you paid especially if it’s only a few months old…So you will be laughing. Good luck!

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