Best 30-Gallon Air Compressors

We’ve broken down 5 of the most popular 30-Gallon Air Compressors so you can have a detailed comprehensive look at each one to determine if a 30-Gallon Air Compressor is suitable for you.

When you’re shopping for a Portable Air Compressor you want something:

  • Small
  • Quiet
  • Lightweight

Normally you’d just head out and purchase a small 1 – 4 Gallon Air Compressor, but when it comes to paint spraying and using heavy-duty air tools a small compressor just isn’t going to cut it.

A 30-Gallon Air Compressor has the best of both worlds when it comes to Air Compressors. They have enough power that they can power most common pneumatic air tools and multiple nail guns yet are light enough that they are mobile. Something you won’t find with most larger 60-Gallon + Air Compressors. A full chart of all the different air tool CFM requirements is available here.

Having a 30-Gallon Air Compressor in any shop can be a great benefit.

If you don’t see your favorite model or brand of Air Compressor in our guide below take a look at this full list containing all the 30-Gallon Air Compressors available.

5 Best 30-Gallon Air Compressor Reviews

Industrial Air ILA1883054 30-Gallon Belt Driven Air Compressor

The Industrial Air ILA1883054 30-Gallon Belt Driven Air Compressor is a great addition to any shop. The vertical design sits on wheels allowing it to be easily wheeled about, despite its weight of 190 pounds it wheels around quite easily. 

Coming equipped with a 1 HP motor to power the cast iron, twin cylinder oil lubricated pump that’s pre-installed to run on 120V with the ability to be converted to 240V. Designed with a 1-piece crankcase and thermally stable cast iron cylinder with an oil level sight glass taking the guesswork out of maintenance.

The Industrial Air ILA 30 Gallon Air Compressor has a maximum operating pressure of 155 PSI that’s capable of running at a low 40PSI as well for a wide range of uses. Pushing out 5.7CFM @ 90 PSI and 7.0CFM @ 40 PSI you can be sure it will power just about any pneumatic tool you have in your shop.

Ingersoll-Rand SS3F2-GM Garage Mate 30 Gallon Compressor

If you’ve read our other review guide on 60-Gallon air compressors you’ll know we’re fans of Ingersoll Rand, they make all around great machines suitable for commercial and residential use and have been around for over 100 years continually innovating industrial equipment. 

The SS3F2-GM 30-Gallon Air Compressor is no exception, powered by a 2 HP electric motor that plugs into a standard household 120V plugin. The oil lube belt driven design that Ingersoll utilizes allows for a quiet operation running at only 80 decibels (very good for an air compressor this size).

Totally enclosed belt guard protects against injuries while operating. Seeing it is low to the ground, it’s a nice added safety feature. The wheelbarrow design makes wheeling around a breeze and its durable design makes it perfect for the job site or serious DIY’ers shop.

Capable of powering most Pneumatic Tools including Nail Guns, Paint Sprayers and, Sanders. The SS3F2-GM runs at 135 max PSI and pushes out 5.7 CFM of air @ 90 PSI. This 30-Gallon compressor also has an automatic start/stop control switch with an added option of a manual on/off lever for easy use.

Included in the package is (1) Discharge Mounted Check Valve, (1) Service Valve, (1) Relief Valve and (1) Pressure Gauge with easily accessible side drain valves. Ingersoll includes a 1 Year warranty from date of purchase.

Porter Cable PXCMLC1683066 30-Gallon Single Stage Portable Air Compressor

The Porter Cable PXCMLC1683066 30-Gallon Single-Stage Portable Air Compressor is a practical and lightweight 30 Gallon Air Compressor with more than enough bells and whistles to satisfy even the best journeyman mechanic. 

Running a heavy duty 1.6 HP induction motor that’s able to run on either a household 120V or a beefier 240V plug. More than enough to power the V-twin cylinder oil lubricated pump that sits on top.

Porter Cable includes a metal belt guard to keep kids and nosy fingers out of harm while operating. Comes equipped with a quick set regulator, regulator gauges and, tank, eliminating some annoying upfront costs that you usually have with other models.

Weighing in at only 154 lbs makes wheeling this 30-Gallon ASME certified compressor around a breeze. Built with durable stainless steel reed valves, 10’’ solid cast iron balanced flywheel and an integrated oil level sight glass easy to use with the oil fill reservoir.

The Porter cable PXCMLC 30 gallon is capable of operating at 135 MAX PSI and 6.2 CFM at 40 PSI and 5.3 CFM at 90 PSI. Enough to power all your standard pneumatic tools. Porter Cable includes a standard 1-Year Warranty when purchased.

Campbell Hausfeld VT6271 Horizontal 30-Gallon Portable Air Compressor

The Campbell Hausfeld VT6271 30 Gallon Air Compressor is a force to be reckoned with, pumping out a massive 11.5 CFM @ 40 PSI and 10.2 CFM @ 90 PSI. That power comes from the superior 3.7 HP single stage motor attached to an efficient cast iron pump.

With max operating pressure at 135 PSI you can be rest assured this Air Compressor will live up to the test. The efficient cast Iron pump allows you to run your tools longer and refills that tank quicker then a lot of other brands out there claim to do.

The extra large air powered wheels make moving this guy around a 1 man job even though it weighs 182 lbs. It’s not the quietest 30 Gallon that we reviewed as it runs at 87 DB’s.

Campbell Hausfeld backs this Air Compressor with a 1 Year Limited warranty and they also claim to be “The Airpower Experts” something we can attest to after using multiple Hausfeld compressors.

DeWalt DXCMLA1983054 30-Gallon Portable Air Compressor

The DEWALT DXCMLA1983054 is a very popular 30 Gallon Air Compressor with good ratings likely due to the great features included and because it’s backed by one of the largest names in tool equipment. 

Capable of running at 155 max PSI and pushing out 7.0 CFM @ 90 PSI and 5.7 CFM PSI means this Air Compressor is guaranteed to be able to power just about any pneumatic tool you have in your toolbox.

The DEWALT DXCMLA1983054 is equipped with a 1.9 HP motor powering the twin cylinder cast iron oil lubricated pump. Premium features include Automotive Ball Bearings, a complete Belt Guard and an extremely durable 12’’ Flywheel for increased balance and quieter performance.

The dual voltage 1.9 HP motor is wired for standard 120V household outlets and can also be easily converted to 240V for a heavy duty outlets. Weighing in at 190lbs it’s one of the heavier 30 Gallon Air Compressors featured but to counter the weight DeWalt has installed pneumatic tires to assist.

DEWALT includes a 2-Year Warranty for the pump and a 1-Year Warranty for all other parts.