11 different compressors in comparison – find your best compressor for the perfect pressure – our test resp. Advisor 2022

Daniel Wolf

Not only in car workshops they are part of the basic equipment, also from more and more private garages and hobby cellars they are hard to imagine without: Compressors produce compressed air for inflating tires or air mattresses, for the use of pneumatic tools, for cleaning dusty parts, workpieces or for painting. For the hobby area, the oil-free piston compressors have proven themselves, which are offered in great variety in hardware stores and on the Internet.

The comparison informs about the most important facts of 11 current compressors, their functions, equipment as well as the price. The subsequent guide clarifies the differences between the various devices on the market, the advantages and disadvantages of the compressors and gives valuable tips for the right purchase decision. The FAQ section answers the most frequently asked questions about compressors, and finally there is an overview of compressor tests by Stiftung Warentest or oko-Test.

11 oil-free compressors in comparison

Oil-free

Gude Airpower 190/08/6 50089 Compressor

30 liter boiler

Einhell TH-AC 200/30 OF compressor

Very quiet

Implotex Silent ZY-GHM-0916-2-192 compressor

Maintenance-free

Gude Airpower 180/08 50077 compressor

Transport wheels

Metabo Basic 250-24 W OF compressor

Large boiler

KnappWulf KW1050 compressor

Low vibration

Einhell TE-AC 270/50/10 compressor

Accessories compartment

Einhell TC-AC 190/8 OF compressor

Ergonomic

Einhell TC-AC 190/6/8 OF compressor

Powerful

Scheppach HC53DC compressor

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Powerful compressor for construction sites

Very quiet compressor

1. Gude Airpower 190/08/6 50089 Compressor with large scope of delivery

Gude Airpower 190/08/6 50089 Compressor

According to the manufacturer, the Gude Airpower 190/08/6 50089 compressor is suitable for workshops and individuals. It offers a maximum motor power of 1.100 watts, a boiler capacity of 6 liters and weighs in at only 8.5 kilograms. The compressor can suck up to 190 liters of air flow per minute. Despite the lack of transport wheels, the compressor should be easily transportable and flexible in use. The device generates a maximum pressure of 8 bar and, according to the manufacturer, is suitable, for example, to inflate car tires. The compressor operates at a volume of up to 97 decibels.

The engine is easy to maintain and, according to Gude, saves money by eliminating the need for expensive compressor oil. The Gude compressor comes with a tire inflator, a 5-meter spiral hose, a blow-out gun, a ball inflation needle and adapters for air mattresses and bicycle valves.

  • Ölfree application
  • Includes accessories for car tires, bicycle valves, balls and air mattresses
  • No transport wheels

2. Black+Decker ASI300-QS compressor for versatile use

According to the manufacturer, the Black+Decker ASI300-QS compressor is suitable for use with sports equipment or other recreational equipment, among other things. The mobile unit can be operated both from a 230-volt AC socket and from a 12-volt DC socket in the car. The compressor has an output of 115 watts and weighs 1.93 kilograms. Since the compressor does not have a boiler, it is light and compact compared to other models. However, inflating larger paddling pools with it can be a test of patience.

With a maximum pressure of 11 bar or 160 PSI, which can be individually adjusted, the small compressor is, according to Black+Decker, ideally suited to inflate the tires of cars, bicycles or lawn tractors or to fill air mattresses, small inflatable boats and balls with air. The compressor operates oil-free and is virtually maintenance-free. Its operating volume is said to be within limits at 84 decibels. It is available in an orange and black color design.

  • Can be operated with 12 volts
  • Lightweight and compact
  • Illuminated digital display
  • Comparatively quiet at 84 decibels
  • Without a boiler to store the air

3. Einhell TH-AC 200/30 OF compressor with maximum safety

Einhell TH-AC 200/30 OF compressor

According to the manufacturer, the Einhell TH-AC 200/30 OF compressor is a versatile compressor with an oil-free motor with 15.000 revolutions per minute, which does not require lubrication and therefore requires very little maintenance. With a tank capacity of 30 liters, it provides a sufficient air reserve for smaller compressed air jobs. It has a high weight of 18.09 kilograms compared to other devices, but is equipped with a handle and two large wheels for transportation. The working pressure shall be adjustable up to 8 bar via a pressure reducer. Thus, the compressor is suitable for various tasks:

  • Inflation of tires, balls, paddling pools or air mattresses
  • Blow-out work
  • Sandblasting work
  • Application of varnishes and paints

According to the manufacturer, the condensate from the boiler can be conveniently drained through a drainage tap. Vibration-damping feet are designed to soften vibrations and reduce noise levels. The compressor operates with a maximum suction capacity of 200 liters per minute and has a pump speed of 3.550 revolutions per minute. Einhell specifies the working volume at 77 decibels. According to its own statement, the manufacturer provides a warranty of 10 years against rusting through.

  • With check and safety valve
  • 10-year warranty against rusting through
  • Volume only 77 decibels
  • Comparatively heavy at over 18 kilograms

4. Implotex Silent compressor with whisper technology

Implotex Silent ZY-GHM-0916-2-192 compressor

Thanks to whisper technology, the Implotex Silent compressor operates at a maximum noise level of only 48 decibels- which is less than the 55 decibels of a normal conversation and is well below comparable models on the market. The whispering compressor produces a maximum pressure of 8 bar and is equipped with a 9-liter vessel, which is powder-coated inside and out. With a power of 480 watts and a suction capacity of 89 liters per minute, the compressor is suitable for inflating tires, air mattresses or balls, as well as for painting, airbrushing or body painting.

In addition to the above-mentioned applications, the whisper compressor is also suitable for use with silicone guns, grease guns or staplers. The air compressor is oil-free, requires little maintenance, and features motor protection and start-up relief. The whisper compressor weighs 15 kilograms, but thanks to an anti-slip handle on the compressor and rubber feet, it is still easy to transport. The rubber feet are also designed to ensure that no damage occurs to the floor during stationary use.

  • Volume only 48 decibels
  • Anti-slip handle
  • Rubber feet prevent damage to the floor
  • No disadvantages discernible

5. Gude Airpower 180/08 50077 compressor with high mobility

Gude Airpower 180/08 50077 compressor

The Gude Airpower 180/08 50077 compressor is a compact and portable compressor, equipped with a transport handle for mobile use. Despite its low weight of 5.4 kilograms compared to other models, it has an output of 1.100 watts. The suction capacity is 180 liters per minute and the effective delivery rate is 140 liters per minute. With a maximum pressure of 8 bar, the air compressor is good for filling tires, blowing out air, airbrushing and many other applications, according to the manufacturer.

The compressor does not have a boiler, but it does have a safety valve and a condensate drain plug. It is oil-free and therefore maintenance-free. It achieves a maximum noise emission of 97 decibels and is operated by cable via a conventional 230-volt power socket. Dimensions of the air compressor are 30.5 centimeters (length) x 15.5 centimeters (width) x 33.5 centimeters (height).

  • Portable and compact
  • Supplied with many accessories
  • Maintenance-free
  • No boiler to store the air

6. Metabo Basic 250-24 W OF compressor with pressure reducer

Metabo Basic 250-24 W OF compressor

The Metabo Basic 250-24 W OF compressor has an output of 1.500 watts and a maximum pressure of 8 bar. The unit has a suction capacity of 220 liters per minute and an effective air volume at 80 percent pressure of 100 liters per minute. According to the manufacturer, the compressor is suitable for all compressed air work in the hobby and leisure sectors. It weighs 24 kilograms, but is equipped with rubberized wheels and a rubberized handle for easy transport and flexible use. According to the manufacturer, it comes with a 10-year warranty against rust.

An overload protection is designed to ensure that the motor is protected from overheating and thus can be expected to have a long service life. The compressor from Metabo is operated without oil and is maintenance-free. It has a maximum noise emission of 82 decibels. The compressor is equipped with a 1.5 meter long cable and requires a mains voltage of 230 volts. The scope of delivery also includes a pressure gauge and a universal quick coupling.

  • 10-year warranty against rust
  • Üoverload and overheating protection
  • Rubberized transport wheels
  • Very heavy at 24 kilograms

7. KnappWulf KW1050 compressor with large boiler

KnappWulf KW1050 Compressor

The KnappWulf KW1050 compressor is equipped with a boiler with a volume of 50 liters. The power is 750 watts, the pressure output is 8 bar. It is suitable for hobby and recreational use as well as professional use, according to the manufacturer. Its high weight of 30 kilograms is compensated by a robust handle and two sturdy wheels, which should enable mobile and flexible use. The compressor has a delivery rate of 140 liters per minute and requires a mains voltage of 230 volts from a conventional power socket.

The unit operates oil-free and can be used with a variety of air tools such as impact wrenches or paint guns. The compressor has two quick couplings, so according to the manufacturer, the connection of up to two devices is possible. The compressor comes with two pressure gauges for tank and working pressure, as well as a pressure reducer.

  • Stable transport wheels
  • Two units can be connected
  • Very heavy

8. Einhell TE-AC 270/50/10 compressor with durable motor

Einhell TE-AC 270/50/10 compressor

The Einhell TE-AC 270/50/10 compressor has a compressed air tank with a volume of 50 liters and a capacity of 1.800 watts. The maximum pressure is 10 bar. With its 33.5 kilograms, it weighs comparatively much, but thanks to two vibration-damped rubber wheels, it can still be used flexibly and transported well. According to the manufacturer, the compressor is suitable for use in smaller workshops or in the hobby and leisure sector. The device has a pressure switch, a safety valve and a check valve, all of which are designed to increase safety.

The unit has two large pressure gauges equipped with quick couplings. They indicate the regulated and the unregulated boiler pressure. The compressor is equipped with a drain cock for draining condensed liquid from the boiler. Einhell specifies the maximum operating volume at 94 decibels. In terms of air output, the manufacturer gives the following values:

  • Suction capacity: 270 liters per minute
  • Output at 0 bar: 140 liters per minute
  • Output at 4 bar: 127 liters per minute
  • Output at 7 bar: 100 liters per minute
  • Vibration damped rubber wheels
  • Integrated safety technology
  • High output
  • Regular oil changes required
  • Not suitable for painting work

9. Einhell TC-AC 190/8 OF compressor with blow-out gun and tire inflation gauge

Einhell TC-AC 190/8 OF compressor

The Einhell TC-AC 190/8 OF compressor has an output of 1.100 watts and operates at a maximum motor speed of 15.000 revolutions per minute. With a suction capacity of 190 liters per minute and a maximum pressure of 8 bar, the air compressor is said to be suitable for hobby and leisure use. According to the manufacturer, it is well suited for blowing out air or for inflating tires, air mattresses or paddling pools. Regarding the output power, the manufacturer makes the following statements on its website:

  • Output at 0 bar: 165 liters per minute
  • Output at 4 bar: 83 liters per minute
  • Output at 7 bar: 55 liters per minute

The compressor has a sound power level of 97 decibels. Since the device works without a boiler, it has no compressed air reserve and must remain constantly switched on, so that it can come to a noise pollution during prolonged work. According to the manufacturer, the air compressor is operated without oil and requires very little maintenance. It weighs 5.29 kilograms and has a maximum pump speed of 3.450 revolutions per minute.

  • Mobile use
  • With storage compartment for accessories
  • Without boiler

10. Einhell TC-AC 190/6/8 OF compressor with ergonomic design

The Einhell TC-AC 190/6/8 OF compressor has an output of 1.100 watts, a maximum pressure of 8 bar and a suction capacity of 185 liters per minute. A boiler volume of 6 liters should ensure that a compressed air reserve is always available during smaller jobs. Only when the reserve is used up does the unit start up again with a maximum operating volume of 97 decibels. The compressor weighs 9.05 kilograms and, according to the manufacturer, is suitable for smaller jobs around the home, hobby and leisure- for example blowing out work or inflating balls and air mattresses.

The compressor is equipped with a cable rewind, a pressure gauge with a quick coupling and a drain valve for condensed liquid. The device is operated oil-free and is therefore maintenance-free. The pressure of the compressor can be regulated by means of a pressure reducer. The device has dimensions of 35 centimeters in length x 31.5 centimeters in width x 37.4 centimeters in height and requires a voltage of 230 volts from a standard outlet.

  • Ergonomic shape for easy transport
  • Ideal for small jobs
  • Delivery without accessories

11. Scheppach HC53DC compressor for workshops and construction sites

Scheppach HC53DC compressor

The Scheppach HC53DC compressor is suitable with a power of 2.200 watts and a boiler volume of 50 liters for professional use in smaller workshops or on construction sites and for do-it-yourselfers and hobbyists who work a lot with compressed air. It weighs 42.6 kilograms, but thanks to two sturdy wheels and a handle, it should be easy to move and flexible to use. At a maximum pressure of 10 bar, the compressor has a suction capacity of 412 liters per minute and a delivery capacity of up to 272 liters per minute.

The compressor has a sound power level of 97 decibels. The scope of delivery includes the 50 liter tank, a pressure gauge, two quick couplings and a pressure reducer. For a safe stand during operation the model is equipped with two rubber feet. According to the manufacturer, the compressor achieves its high performance by means of a double cylinder with two pistons, with which the air is sucked in, compressed and passed on to the boiler.

  • For two devices
  • 50 liters of boiler volume
  • 272 liters per minute output
  • Very heavy and large
  • Operation is not possible without oil

What is a compressor?

Basically, a compressor compresses gases. This increases the density of the gas and creates overpressure (as well as heat). In the case of an air compressor for hobby use, the air pressure is usually generated by a piston driven by a 230-volt electric motor.

Compressors for domestic use, unlike professional devices, are usually handy and suitable for the following purposes:

  • Inflating car, bicycle or other vehicle tires
  • Inflates air mattresses, balls and other recreational paraphernalia
  • Operation of pneumatic tools, for example impact wrenches or staplers
  • Painting, varnishing and sandblasting work
  • blowing out and cleaning furniture or technical equipment
  • Airbrush, i.e. the technique of painting with an airbrush gun

Although balls or air mattresses can also be inflated with your own breathing air or a bicycle tire can be filled with a conventional air pump, a compressor can make the job immensely easier. Once you have the compressor at home, you will quickly find countless uses for which the device is a great help.

How does a compressor work?

The first compressors came on the market in the 1830s, since then various modes of operation have been established. The main component for driving is the drive motor, usually an electric motor, less often an internal combustion engine. The motor drives a piston in a cylinder, which sucks in air and presses it into a boiler. The longer the engine runs, the higher the pressure in the vessel becomes. At a certain overpressure, the motor shuts off.

The boiler is the pressure accumulator. Now compressed air can be used for the purpose in question until the pressure in the cylinder drops to a certain level, at which point the motor starts up again to build up excess pressure once more.

From the boiler, the compressed air goes to the outlet, where there is a hose. The air pistol or the corresponding tool is fixed there. Near the outlet there is usually a pressure gauge, which indicates the pressure in the tank. Good compressors have a pressure reducer as an added extra, allowing DIYers to manually regulate the pressure in the vessel. The operation of a compressor basically follows two main principles:

Differences

The differences between piston compressor and screw compressor

The piston compressor

In the piston compressor (which is also available in more powerful, two-cylinder versions), an electric motor drives a piston in a cylinder that sucks in air and presses it into a vessel. Two valves play an important role: the intake valve on the suction side opens by negative pressure as soon as the piston moves downwards. How the air gets into the cylinder. When the piston has passed the so-called bottom dead center and moves up again, pressure is created which closes the inlet valve. Now the piston moves upwards and compresses the air in the cylinder. When the piston is just before top dead center, the high pressure causes the second valve to open, allowing the air to flow into the boiler. Then the process starts all over again. The cylinder of the compressor can get very hot become.

The screw compressor

Screw compressors are mainly used in the professional sector. You need to constantly provide large amounts of compressed air over a long period of time. The operating principle of a screw compressor has been known since 1878, but it was not until 1955 that the Swedish engineer Alfred Lysholm was able to solve the last technical problems. In a screw compressor, the motor turns two helical rotors that mesh with each other. When the gas enters, the rotors move it from the suction to the discharge side, thus providing a pressure increase.

The advantage of a screw compressor is its continuous pressure generation, which does not occur in two pulsating steps as in the piston compressor. Since such models are usually much more expensive than piston compressors, they are usually not considered for private users.

Buy a compressor With or without boiler?

The best compressor

Compressors on the market differ mainly in the number of motors and cylinders, which has a great influence on the performance. Most models have a boiler, but there are also compressors without a pressure vessel.

Compressor with boiler

Those who choose a compressor with a boiler must expect a comparatively high weight. In addition, the dimensions can be bulky, which makes transport difficult and limits flexible use. For this, DIYers have a large pressure accumulator, which is also suitable for more extended work:

  • Operating air pressure tools
  • Refilling even large vehicle tires
  • Renovation and refurbishment work
  • Daily use in the garage, basement and as a workshop compressor

An important role in compressors with boiler plays the boiler volume. With a 10-liter tank, the compressed air is quickly used up, more expensive models have a capacity of 50 to 100 liters. In principle, the smallest boiler should not necessarily be selected.

Compressor without boiler

Compressors without boilers are flexible and mobile in use. They usually weigh much less than models with a boiler. Some compressors without a boiler can be operated with a 12-volt plug through the car’s cigarette lighter, but most models require a 230-volt outlet. Boilerless compressors are suitable for smaller tasks such as:

  • Inflating balls or bicycle tires
  • Inflation of air mattresses or small pools
  • Blow out PC cases or other equipment

Boilerless compressors only ever provide the pressure that is being produced at any given time. The performance is thereforemanageable, the continuous operation is limited, because the unit heats up a lot. After a few minutes, therefore, a forced break usually has to be taken.

Advantages and disadvantages of an oil-free compressor

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Most compressors for hobby work without oil. Thus, the compressed air produced is oil-free and clean, making it suitable for all applications.

Particularly powerful compressors for professional use, on the other hand, require oil to lubricate the moving parts. Since the compressed air comes into contact with the lubricant, it contains oil and is therefore unsuitable for many purposes.

Ölfree compressors also have the advantage that they do not require oil changes. Unlike engine oil, special oil for compressors costs significantly more. Last but not least, oil-free compressors are more environmentally friendly.

However, commercial oil-free compressors have a lower output, and those buying air tools should make sure they are suitable for oil-free compressors. Some tools rely on lubricating oil.

  • No contamination of the compressed air
  • No need to change oil or replace the oil filter
  • Low environmental impact
  • Inexpensive to maintain
  • Lower operating pressure
  • Shorter service life
  • Not compatible with any air tool

Here is what you should look out for

Important criteria for buying a compressor

Not all air compressors are the same. There are many inexpensive models from unknown manufacturers, which cannot compete in quality with the renowned brands. A good air compressor must meet certain requirements:

  1. Performance: There are big differences in terms of compressor performance. Battery-powered compressors have the lowest power, followed by 12-volt compressors without a boiler. Such battery-powered models are more suitable for inflating bicycle tires or air mattresses. Larger, mobile air compressors are available from renowned brands such as Einhell or Metabo with an output of between 1.000 and 1.800 watts. They are suitable, for example, for air tools or for use as an airbrush compressor.
  2. Maximum suction capacity: Many manufacturers only quantify the suction capacity. It says little about the effective output, because the output value is always lower. Small compressors and battery-based compressors usually have a maximum suction output in the range of 20 to 40 liters per minute. The best compressors on the market from well-known manufacturers, on the other hand, achieve up to 200 liters per minute.
  3. Maximum output power: A greater significance than the suction power has the maximum output power of a compressor. It is also specified in the unit liters per minute. Which value is needed depends strongly on the planned use. If you only want to inflate balls or bicycle tires, you don’t need 200 liters per minute from the compressor. On the other hand, a certain amount of power is required for the operation of pneumatic tools. For the leisure sector, buyers can orient themselves to values between 50 and 100 liters per minute. For painting or professional use, 300 liters per minute is needed. If you want to work with a sandblaster, you need a delivery rate of 500 liters per minute.
  4. Maximum pressure: DIYers can usually disregard the maximum pressure, as they rarely need more than 8 bar. Very few car tires need a pressure higher than 3 bar, balls or air mattresses even much less. Between 6 and 8 bar maximum pressure is easily sufficient for private use. On the other hand, if you are planning professional use with air tools, you should choose a model with at least 10 bar. Some compressors can produce an even higher maximum pressure, but these models are very expensive.
  5. Boiler volume: The boiler always provides DIYers with a large volume of air. It can also switch off repeatedly in between continuous use of the engine, which extends the service life. However, the boiler increases the weight, which makes handling more difficult. It is true that the larger the tank, the longer the user can work with stable air pressure. A boiler with up to 10 liters is suitable for smaller jobs such as inflating balls. Boilers of up to 100 liters are ideal for do-it-yourselfers, while compressors with a tank between 100 and 500 liters are more for professional use.
  6. Volume: Compressors switch themselves on as soon as the pressure in the tank drops below a certain value, and switch off again when the upper limit is reached. Models without a tank, on the other hand, must run continuously during use. This often achieves a considerable volume of up to 100 decibels- Many compressors are louder than lawn mowers. This may require hearing protection in the home garage during continuous use. Some compressors with so-called whisper technology, on the other hand, operate at a noise level of only 40 to 60 decibels.
  7. Weight and dimensions: Compressors with a large boiler can reach a weight of 50 kilograms or more. In contrast, compressors without a boiler for mobile use often weigh less than 2 kilograms. The dimensions of a compressor are especially important if there is only limited space available or if the device is to be placed under a workbench in order to save space, for example.
  8. Power supply: Most compressors for the hobby sector are operated via a conventional 230-volt socket. Large compressors with a boiler volume of 100 liters and more, on the other hand, often need a power connection. If you want to be independent of mains power and take the device with you on trips to the swimming lake, for example, or be prepared for a flat tire, you should choose a device that can be operated with 12 volts via the car battery. Those who want to be completely independent can resort to a battery-powered compressor.

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Important: The right equipment

Compressors vary widely in features, depending on model and manufacturer. It’s important to know what features are needed for the intended use before you buy, so you don’t spend a lot of money unnecessarily on features that won’t be used:

  • Pressure gauge: A pressure gauge provides information about the current pressure in the boiler in bar and PSI. Some models show the pressure on a digital display. Some compressors have two pressure gauges.
  • pressure reducer: With the help of a pressure reducer, the maximum pressure in the boiler can be manually adjusted. How to save energy, which is easy on the engine and your wallet.
  • Rubber feet: Compressors vibrate more or less vigorously during operation. Rubber feet ensure a secure footing and dampen noise levels.
  • Handle and transport wheels: The heavier a compressor is, the more important a rubberized handle and wheels are for easy movement.

Features such as a water drain, safety valve and check valve are always present to ensure safety. ÖLubricated compressors have an opening for the oil and a sight glass to read the oil level.

Well-known manufacturers and brands at a glance

The best-known manufacturers and brands include:

  • Gude: Gude is a German manufacturer of machines for DIY and craftsmen, based in Wolpertshausen in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. Gude emerged almost 40 years ago from Stabilo Landtechnik GmbH; like this company, it was founded by Gunther Denner. Gude is known for its products in the field of compressed air technology, for example compressors, compressed air tools and cleaning equipment with compressed air.
  • Einhell: Einhell Germany AG is a German tool manufacturer headquartered in Landau an der Isar in Lower Bavaria, Germany. According to its own information, the Group employs 1.600 employees. In 2019, Einhell generated sales of 605 million euros. Einhell’s business segment is divided into the two areas of tools and garden and leisure. Einhell was founded in 1964 by Josef Thannhuber.
  • Metabo: Metabowerke GmbH, or Metabo, is headquartered in Nurtingen in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany, and is a well-known manufacturer of power tools. The company was founded back in the 1920s. The name of the company is an abbreviation of the term “metal drilling lathe”, of a hand drill. In 2019, Metabo said it employed 2.000 employees.
  • Black+Decker: Black+Decker is a U.S. manufacturer of power tools, do-it-yourself products, household appliances, fastening systems and hardware, headquartered in Towson, north of Baltimore in the U.S. state of Maryland. The company was founded in 1910 and generated sales of over 11 billion US dollars in 2016. According to its own information, Black+Decker employs almost 27.000 employees.
  • Scheppach: Scheppach Fabrikation von Holzbearbeitungsmaschinen, or Scheppach for short, is a German manufacturing and trading company based in Ichenhausen in the Swabian district of Gunzburg. The internationally active group of companies sells and produces, among other things, firewood machines, gardening equipment, compressed air equipment, compressors, generators and construction machinery. In 2020, Scheppach employed just under 300 people and generated sales of 250 million euros.

In addition, there are other manufacturers and brands such as Aerotec.

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FAQ: Frequently asked questions about compressors

Which is the best compressor?

There is no blanket answer to this question. A do-it-yourselfer who primarily wants to inflate bicycle tires or his air mattress with the compressor has different requirements than a craftsman who is looking for a powerful compressor for the job. Therefore, the personal purpose should be clarified before the purchase.

Where can I dispose of a compressor?

If a compressor is defective, do-it-yourselfers should first find out whether it is still under warranty. Otherwise, the statutory warranty of 24 months usually applies. Even with older devices, it is worth calling the manufacturer. Often he can repair the compressor or take it back for free, sometimes he also gives a discount on a new unit. Alternatively, the defective compressor can be disposed of at the recycling center.

How expensive are compressors?

The prices for compressors depend strongly on the manufacturer and the respective version. The engine, the number of pistons and the size of the boiler all play a major role. As a rule, compressors for hobby use are in the range of 100 to 250 Euro- These are only orientation values, which can be significantly higher depending on individual requirements.

Where to buy a compressor?

A compressor can be purchased either in a hardware store or on the Internet from an online retailer. Buying locally offers the advantage of personal advice from local staff. In addition, buyers can better estimate the dimensions and weight of the product. In almost all other areas, online purchasing is convincing: Internet dealers have a huge selection of compressors that can be easily compared. There is access to numerous customer reviews, and the purchase can be done at any time of the day or night from the comfort of your sofa at home.

Does a compressor need TuV?

Mobile compressors for hobby use do not require TuV testing. Stationary compressors in professional use, on the other hand, must undergo a technical inspection every 5 years and a pressure test every 10 years. The TuV usually also checks the safety and non-return valves.

Who invented the compressor?

The inventor is not known, but the first simple air compressors were used in refrigerators and coolers in the early 1830s. In today’s design, air compressors have been around since about the 1950s. Since then they have been continuously improved.

Is there a compressor test of the Stiftung Warentest?

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Stiftung Warentest has not yet conducted a compressor test with a test winner. Should this once be the case, this comparison will be updated to include the test.

For this purpose, the Belgian partner of Stiftung Warentest has “Test-Achats”, Several air compressors put under the microscope in April 2019. The focus was on lightweight models up to a weight of 8 kilograms. The test winner and the results of the other test products can be accessed by interested parties behind a paywall here.

Hasoko Test carried out a compressor test?

Öko Test has not yet put any compressors under the microscope and has not published a test with a test winner. Should this be the case in the future, this comparison will be updated accordingly.

Is there a compressor test with test winners from other magazines?

Yes, the do-it-yourself magazine “Selbst ist der Mann” regularly takes tools for home and garden under the microscope. On their website you can find many articles on the subject of compressors. While working with compressed air technology, the experts make it clear that the compressor must be the right size and give advice on the appropriate intake and discharge capacity of compressors.

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