Choosing the Right Consumer Grade Air Compressor

Consumer Grade Air Compressors are primarily designed for small tasks around the house, such inflating tires, sporting goods and other items. However, most consumer grade air compressors can run small power tools as well, including brad guns and staplers. For the most part, a consumer grade compressor should be more than enough for those who do small tasks around the house. On the other hand, one who needs to run large or multiple power tools will need to step it up a notch.


Inflators are mainly used to inflate tires and other inflatable devices. Since inflated tires help gas mileage, it’s always a good idea to have one of these lying around. Overall, these air compressors are inexpensive and very portable. The only downside is that they’re relatively weak and take a while to do the job.

Pancake Air Compressors

Pancake air compressors typically come with a one-gallon tank and are relatively light, weighting at around 16 pounds, making it rather easy to carry around. Due to their higher power level, they are generally more expensive than their inflator counterparts. They’re oil free and don’t have any belts, allowing the machine to run practically maintenance free.

Hot Dog Air Compressors

Hot Dog Air Compressors are commonly used by many hobbyists, due to their ability to run small air tools, such as air brushes and staple guns. Compared to pancake air compressors, these have slightly larger air tanks. Although they are a little heavier, they have a carry handle to compensate for the added weight. Much like pancake air compressors, they are oil free and have no belts. (more…)