Painting is as DIY-friendly as it gets, but if you’re using a plain old paintbrush, projects can get messy and time-consuming. That’s why a paint sprayer is a favorite power tool at the Good Housekeeping Institute — especially with those of our experts who are known to change paint colors, from cabinets to accent walls, the way most people switch out throw pillows. Paint sprayers are also great for outdoor surfaces, like fences, decks or home exteriors, and for craft projects, like refinishing a picture frame or piece of furniture.
Intimidated by the thought of operating a paint sprayer? Don’t be. “I've taught hundreds of people to use sprayers,” says Nick Slavik, a professional painter based in New Prague, MN and host of the Ask a Painter Live broadcast. “Everyone is a bit intimidated at first, but remember this: Paint goes in one side and comes out the other. It’s not more complicated than that.” The only tricky part is finding the best model for your needs.
Painting is a topic Good Housekeeping knows well, whether it’s reviewing paint brands or sharing pro tips for a clean finish. When it comes to testing paint sprayers, “we look for the models that are the easiest to use and deliver the smoothest results,” says Rachel Rothman, Chief Technologist at the Good Housekeeping Institute. Read on for details on the best paint sprayers you can buy.