The 6 best paint sprayers for walls, fences furniture and more

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Best paint sprayers: Quick menu

The list in brief  
1. Best overall: Bosch PFS 3000-2 All Paint Spray System
2. Best for small projects: Wagner W100 Paint Sprayer
3. Best cordless sprayer: KATSU Cordless Paint Sprayer Gun
4. Best multi-use model: NEU MASTER Fence Paint Sprayer
5. Best premium model: Wagner Airless ControlPro 250M
6. Best budget sprayer: Cuprinol Spray and Brush Pump
7. FAQs
8. How we test

The best paint sprayers make it possible to achieve a speedy, ultra-smooth and highly professional finish on a whole host of DIY paint projects — whether you are painting a house, decorating an interior wall, protecting your new fence from the elements or even sprucing up items of furniture. 

While rollers and paint brushes have long been the standard and, it must be said, do a good job, a paint sprayer will do it faster, and help you achieve a finish you may well struggle to get with either tool. You can use your usual emulsions, gloss and varnishes, and you won’t see any stray hairs or specks of dirt spoiling your wall, fences, or furniture. 

The swap may seem challenging and a little daunting at first but most competent DIYers will be able to quickly pick up the techniques and tips needed. 

Ready to try something different for your next paint project? Check out the best paint sprayers available right now.

The Quick List

Not much time to spare to look for the best paint sprayers for you? Fear not — we've put together a speedy overview of all the sprayers on this list, along with handy quick links that allow to you skip down the page to get right into a more detailed review of the particular product that you like the look of. 

Best overall sprayer

Bosch PFS 3000 All Paint Spray System

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1. Bosch PFS 3000-2 All Paint Spray System

The best paint sprayer overall

Specifications

Motor: 650W
Capacity: 1000ml
Weight: 4.38kg
Type: Airless

Reasons to buy

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Easy to refill and clean
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Colour-coded interchangeable nozzles
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Shoulder strap to carry motor

Reasons to avoid

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Slightly weighty 

Versatile, easy to use, and ideal for most paint projects, this paint sprayer from big brand Bosch is a major all-rounder.

A set of colour-coded interchangeable nozzles allow you to switch from wall paint to thicker lacquers, and it glazes quickly and easily. The large 1000ml capacity paint container means that you can save time on refills, and when you have to refill, the Bosch SDS system makes it fast and simple. 

The 650W motor pumps through paint fast enough for you to cover around two square metres a minute, but this can leave a lot of spray in the air, especially indoors. It's best therefore to take the motor with you wherever you are spraying. 

It’s not lightweight at over 4kg, but a shoulder strap is included to make it easy to keep on the move. 


Best for small jobs

Wagner W100 Paint Sprayer

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2. Wagner W100 Paint Sprayer

The best spray solution for small projects

Specifications

Motor: 280W
Capacity: 800ml
Weight: 1.66kg
Type: HVLP

Reasons to buy

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Good for fences and furniture
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Ideal for first-timers

Reasons to avoid

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Not suitable good for gloss paint

Have you got a small project you want to spray paint but don’t want to break the bank? Then this budget paint sprayer could be just what you are looking for. 

The Wagner W100 is well-suited for windows, fences and furniture, and it can cope with low-viscosity (thin) water-based and solvent-based finishes, such as wood stains, varnishes, and oils. It isn’t suitable for paints such as gloss, however.

With an 800ml paint tank, 280W motor and 3-way adjustable paint jet you can achieve a fast, smooth finish in whatever direction you are working in, but you will need regular refills. 

There is the added bonus of an air jacket that encloses the spray jet so the paint doesn’t spread too far and means there is minimal masking work needed. 


Best cordless

KATSU Cordless Paint Sprayer Gun

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3. KATSU Cordless Paint Sprayer Gun

The best cordless paint sprayer

Specifications

Motor: Battery-powered
Capacity: 800ml
Weight: 1.1kg
Type: HVLP

Reasons to buy

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No wires
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Around 4 litres of spray for one charge
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Ideal for fences and furniture

Reasons to avoid

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Not suitable for gloss

If you don't have an electrical outlet nearby to power up your paint sprayer, then a cordless machine can be very handy. And they don't get much better than this sprayer gun from KATSU. 

Powered by a Lithium-ion battery you can take this paint sprayer anywhere - just remember to fully charge it before you start painting. 

With a paint cup capacity of 800ml, you can get an average of five cups of paint spraying before you need to recharge the battery. That’s around four litres of wood stain, varnish, or emulsion - more than enough to get a few fence panels or walls painted in one go. 

The KATSU sprayer also comes with two nozzles for different finishes, adjustable air and paint flow, and variable paint width to help make sure that you get the finish that you want.


Best multi-use model

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4. NEU MASTER Fence Paint Sprayer

The best sprayer for a range of paints

Specifications

Motor: 500W
Capacity: 1200ml
Weight: 1.88kg
Type: HVLP

Reasons to buy

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Large capacity
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Four nozzles for all types of finishes
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Reasonably priced

Reasons to avoid

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Confusing instructions

While the capacity of the EU MASTER Fence Paint Sprayer is a massive tick in the plus column, there's more to it than just that. It also comes with four different nozzles ranging from 1.0mm to 3.0mm, making it ideal for thin finishes such as varnish and wood stain, as well as emulsion and oil-based paints such as gloss and chalk-type paints.  

It can hold up to 1.2 litres and comes with a viscosity measuring cup, cleaning brush and needle. In addition, it has an adjustable flow control knob and a 6.65ft cord, plus the 10 strainers that come with it help to filter the impurities of diluted paint.


Best premium

Wagner Airless ControlPro 250M

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5. Wagner Airless ControlPro 250M Paint Sprayer

The best premium paint sprayer

Specifications

Motor: 550W
Capacity: n/a
Weight: 7.6kg
Type: Airless

Reasons to buy

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For all paints
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Rapid coverage
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Professional finish
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No need for refills

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive

If you fancy going all out on your latest DIY paint project then this powerful airless paint sprayer could just be what you're looking for. 

It's great for painting walls and ceilings quickly – it has the potential to cover 15 square metres in less than five minutes. Just think, you could have your whole house done in a day. But be warned, it isn’t cheap. 

The Wagner is a compact stand-mounted unit that weighs in at a hefty 7.6kg. But it’s not meant to be a mobile unit, it stays stationary and pulls paint directly from the can – so there's no annoying refills. 

When you do need to move it, a useful integrated carrying handle makes it easy to move to a new location. A 9-metre hose means you can reach around standard sized rooms with no trouble at all. 

It's compatible with water and solvent-based finishes such as emulsions, gloss, varnishes, acrylic paints, wood stains and primers, and the lightweight spray head and reduced spraying pressure gives greater control when finishing on metal, wood, brick and plaster.   


Best budget

Cuprinol Spray and Brush Pump

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6. Cuprinol Spray and Brush Pump

The best budget paint sprayer

Specifications

Motor: n/a
Capacity: 4000ml
Weight: 1.7kg
Type: Hand pump

Reasons to buy

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Inexpensive 
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Easy to use
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Portable

Reasons to avoid

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Only good for fences and sheds
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Hand pump

This Cuprinol paint sprayer is well worth a look if you are looking to cover your fence panels and shed without paying much more than you would for a set of decent brushes.

A 2-in-1 tool, it combines a sprayer for speed and ease with a brush to give control over the finish. Compatible with Cuprinol One Coat Sprayable Fluid and Garden Shades, the unit is hand powered and needs a little effort to get the pressure up. If the spray splutters you need to keep pumping. 

But when ready, you can paint a fence panel in less than five minutes and thanks to its 4L capacity you won’t be refilling too often. 


FAQs

What are the different types of paint sprayer?

Picking the best paint sprayer for your latest paint project depends very much on the task at hand. Are you painting walls and ceilings? Are you looking to spruce up your kitchen cabinets? Or giving your garden fence a fresh coat of paint? Consider these factors when choosing your machine.

There are three main types of paint sprayers: airless, HVLP (High Volume Low Pressure), and compressed. 

For most DIY jobs, airless and HVLP are the best choices. The low pressure on HVLP is good for indoor jobs as they produce less mess and they don’t waste as much paint. They're also great for those new to paint spraying. 

Airless sprayers are better for larger areas such as walls, but the higher pressure can create more mess and you will need a little more skill to get a good finish.

Are paint sprayers better than brushes and rollers?

One question all DIYers will be asking about paint sprayers is ‘Are they better than rollers and brushes?’ The answer is both ‘yes’ and ‘no’. A paint sprayer will help create a smoother more professional-looking finish and is quicker to apply. But there is an art to paint spraying, so you might need a few practice runs before you start. 

You will definitely need more prep time, especially if painting indoors. Windows, doors, and furniture will need to be covered as the spray can travel in the air. If you are using water-based paint, warm water does the job. 

Remove nozzles, hoses, and paint containers and rinse until the water is clear. For nozzles use a pipe cleaner or stiff brush to make sure it’s clean. The same principle applies to oil-based paints, but you will need a solvent/brush cleaner and plenty of it to clean your equipment. Then you will need to rinse. with warm water. This can be messy and time-consuming, but it needs to be done properly.

Is it worth investing in a paint sprayer?

Yes, if you want the finish it offers, but you will need to make sure you look after your equipment.

How we review the best paint sprayers

Here at Homebuilding.co.uk we like to get our hands dirty and trial as many products as possible, but in the instances where we aren’t able to, such as with the best paint sprayers, we leave no stone unturned to provide you with the crucial information you need to know before buying. Our team is passionate about DIY and home improvement (which probably won’t be a surprise) so we already have knowledge about the brands that make these sprayers. Moreover, we have taken into account user reviews when compiling this buying guide. There's a lot to consider to ensure you buy the best paint sprayer, and we’ve scanned the pros and cons of each model in this buying guide to ensure you feel confident in choosing the right product for your home. 

Steve Jenkins

Steve is Homebuilding & Renovating's DIY content editor, and has been a writer and editor for two decades. He is an avid DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating homes. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has strong all-round building skills, having previously worked in the industry for 10 years.