Portable air compressors are medium-sized machines that have been designed for maximum versatility and to be useful in a wide variety of applications. In addition to being capable of running many types of tools you can expect larger than usual air storage tanks and higher-powered compressors that enable them to double as light duty shop compressors.
If you don’t run tools with high sustained airflow requirements like die grinders, hammers, sanders, and air chisels a portable compressor will be perfect for you, especially if you are working in a smaller space or have a low budget otherwise you’ll want a larger, more powerful shop compressor or portable contractor compressor to give you the best performance for your tools.
You can think of some portables small shop compressors with wheels, while you can think of some others as larger heavier trim compressors that can also work in the shop.
A lot has changed in the compressor market in the last 10 years, and there are a lot of light, portable, efficient, and even quiet portable compressors available.
Best Quiet Portable Compressors
In this group we have a couple fantastic units and you really can’t go wrong with either. It all depends on what your preferences are.