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UK’s best paint sprayers TESTED for walls, ceilings, kitchen cabinets, and furniture

This article was last updated on January 23rd, 2022 at 11:10 am

I just recently tested the best fence paint and shed paint so this follows on nicely from the best fence sprayers test. It got me thinking could we repurpose these sprayers around the home? A quick bit of testing showed me absolutely yes and in fact as I quickly learn’t some are branded as paint sprayers! Be it walls, ceilings, cabinets, or old furniture the tests came out well! In fact, they were so effective considering the low price, I decided to buy another Wagner (rather than the fence and decking sprayer version) that is specifically designed for paint spraying on a budget and test that too. Wagner have some superb mid range stuff but I’ve left most out due to the fact the budget sprayers do so well already!

Best paint sprayers for walls and cabinets on a budget – Wagner, Ginour, Vonhaus. I personally tested them all.

I have to say, whilst in a professional capacity I use paint sprayers that cost thousands of pounds with huge pressure and ultra fine spray, I compare them against these budget sprayers for the home and kitchen, and what they can produce. The results are pretty unexpected I have to tell you with some real stand out equipment on offer in this article for less than a family dinner out! Whilst yes, the kitchen cabinets I split test come out better on my workshop sprayer, you can replicate most of the effect with the best paint sprayers on a budget at home too! So from here’s there’s three choices, fast forward to my conclusions below and read the best paint sprayer, or take a look at the paint sprayer tests to see what we can actually get from them. Finally, if you would like to learn more, please feel free to take a look at my paint sprayer buyer guide.

Best paint sprayers in the UK – my top picks as a professional paint sprayer:

NoCry 1200ml/min Electric Paint Sprayer
Tacklife Paint Sprayer, SGP15AC Electric Paint Spray Gun
Wagner Fence & Decking Paint Sprayer
Terratek Paint Sprayer, 550W DIY Electric Spray Gun
Paint Sprayer,Meterk Electric Spray Gun
Best Paint Sprayers Buyer’s Guide

Paint sprayer tests – comparing home sprayers to professional setups I use daily

I decided I should take advantage of my inside knowledge with regards to paint spraying and finishes. In a professional capacity we finish kitchen cabinets down to 1600 grit sand paper. If you know what that is, you’ll know we fit out banks, coffee shops, and other high end contemporary units. So I’ve decided to finish a kitchen cabinet to the same standard we would for a customer who walks in with an old cupboard, then take it home, and compare it to what I can produce with the budget paint sprayers in this article.

After that, I take a look at the finish on walls and ceilings, using plasterboard as a guide so we can look really close up at the finish. From there, I have a go at revamping an old bit of furniture


Specification: Power: 600W, Flow: 1200 ml/min, Maximum viscosity: 100 DIN/s, Nozzle Sizes: 1.5 mm/1.8 mm/2.2 mm/2.6 mm, Container capacity: 1000 ml

In my opinion, this is one of, if not the best paint sprayer out there in its price range, combining sturdy build quality, great paint spraying performance and pretty much all the features you could possibly need when painting your walls, fence, or other surface.

Let’s start with how well the Nocry paint sprayer is put together. When held in the hand it just feels a lot more substantial than most other brands, with a thick, hard wearing plastic shell, and just enough weight (1.6kg) to give you confidence that it won’t fall apart on you while still remaining light enough to wield for a whole day.

Its performance is also excellent, and you can easily lower your work time to a fraction of what it would be if only using a roller and I did an entire fence on my own in just a couple of hours. This is thanks to the 600 watt electric motor that helps you airbrush a whole host of coating materials such as lacquer, oil, and paint, up to 100DIN/sec (viscosity) at flow rates up to 1200ml/min.

To help you check the viscosity of your chosen paint, Nocry has included a funnel flow cup with this paint sprayer and it is a very simple but handy way to know whether or not you have to water your material down before using it with the tool. Simply pour your material into the flow cup and time how long it takes to run through it. Anything less than 100 seconds and this paint sprayer will handle it.

There are also 4 different sized nozzle tips included with the Nocry paint sprayer- 1.5, 1.8, 2.2 and 2.6mm in diameter so that you can always get the right size to match the thickness of your paint. Further adjustments can be made to the material flow and air flow speed through easy to reach controls, and you can change the spray pattern from horizontal, to vertical, to circular, with a simple click of the nozzle.

Also included in the packaging are a 1000ml paint container and a cleaning pin and brush. Cleaning is actually a piece of cake with this paint sprayer as the paint container and the spray attachment itself are removable.

Coming with some of the clearest instructions I’ve seen in a while, a 4 year warranty, and the Nocry guarantee that they will replace any product that doesn’t arrive as it should, you are on to a winner with this excellent paint sprayer. Highly recommended.

NoCry 1200ml/min Electric Paint Sprayer - 600W

Specification: Power: 400W, Flow: 800 ml/min, Maximum viscosity: 70 DIN/s, Nozzle Sizes: 2 mm/2.5 mm/3 mm, Container capacity: 900ml

Versatile and affordable are the words I think describe the Tacklife paint sprayer the best.
It doesn’t matter whether you are looking to give a wall a nice thick coating or if you are planning on tackling a job that needs a bit more precision and refinement, the Tacklife paint sprayer will see you through it.

Not only can you alter the spray pattern through 3 different settings, but also adjust the width of the overall spray. This gives you a lot of options once you start combining settings so you can cover large areas first, then just with the turn of a couple of switches you can have a spray that is perfect for finishing off the edges and hard to reach areas.

There are three nozzles that come with this Tacklife paint sprayer in 2.0mm/2.5mm/3.0mm sizes and they are also handily colour coded which makes choosing the right one in a hurry much easier. In our tests, I did find that the largest nozzle seemed to have a more focused and controlled spray than the others but that could have been through me tinkering with other settings as I got used to the paint sprayer’s controls.

Speaking of controls, the ones on this Tacklife tool are all easy to reach and simple in operation. There is an adjustable valve knob on the back of the trigger to control the flow of material, the spray pattern is changed by twisting the nozzle, and just behind that, on top of the spray attachment is a sliding switch to adjust the width of the spray.

This sprayer can be dismantled into three parts in much the same way as most products like this to make it easier to clean them and there are cleaning tools provided by Tacklife in the packaging for just that task.

The 400W electric motor actually performs much better than I expected and on maximum flow settings you can make this paint sprayer’s output reach 800ml/min. That’s crazily fast, and definitely enough to get any kind of painting job done in double quick time.

Priced 35 pounds, the Tacklife is a fair bit cheaper than Nocry’s paint sprayer and in many ways it is on par with it, however I did notice that there was a little more splash with this model when compared to the Nocry. It wasn’t anything bad per say, it’s just that the Nocry paint sprayer really impressed me in this regard and so it was hard for the Tacklife to live up to. I also put it down to Tacklife’s fast spray speed.

All said, this is a very good product for the price and does the job it sets out to do with good performance and some excellent spray control features.

Specification: Power: 460W, Flow: 150 ml/min, Maximum viscosity: 170 DIN/s, Nozzle Sizes: N/A, Container capacity: 1400 ml

There are more than a few things that Wagner got right with their fence and decking paint sprayer, but here are the ones that really stuck out for me.

Firstly, one of the drawbacks of using these types of paint sprayers for walls is that the paint container attachment usually has to be refilled quite often. Wagner have addressed this by making their container larger and giving it a capacity of 1400ml, around 50% extra over the Tacklife model.

The Wagner paint sprayer also has a much higher maximum viscosity at 170 Din/sec which means that you can use much thicker paint with no need to water it down and that results in a thicker coat on the surface. Of course, this means that you need to apply less coats overall and so it saves time.

With the ability to use normal fence paints and not just special spray able ones, as well as a long list of other coating materials, this Wagner paint sprayer offers you a lot of versatility when it comes to getting the colour and finish that you want. The paint flow is fully adjustable and this sprayer has the usual settings for a horizontal, vertical or circular spray pattern.

One thing some people might not like about this model is that the sprayer is attached to a turbine that also has to be carried around with you as you work. For me, it wasn’t a bother at all as it isn’t exactly heavy and you can use the shoulder strap to take most of what little weight there is anyway.

Just like our two previous reviews, this tool comes apart quickly and easily to stop cleaning being a chore and we got this sprayer fully washed up in about 5 minutes after a long session with thick paint.

One thing I will mention is that you have to keep the nozzle wet/damp to stop it clogging up with paint if left for a little while, but that applies to most paint sprayers anyway. Apart from that, my only other gripe is that I wish the power cable was a little longer but, again, that is common on power tools these days and extension leads are easy to come by.

Another excellent paint sprayer for walls, decking and fences provided by Wagner. It’s not hard to see why they have such a good reputation.

Wagner Fence & Decking Paint Sprayer

Specification: Power: 550W, Flow: 130-150 ml/min, Maximum viscosity: N/A, Nozzle Sizes: N/A, Container capacity: 800 ml

One thing Terratek does well is make great looking products. Everything they design has a very modern, almost futuristic aesthetic, and this paint sprayer follows in that trend.

Measuring 26.4 x 21 x 17.4 cm and weighing 1.46kg, it is one of the most compact and lightweight of all of our reviewed products here today and would be ideal for jobs where mobility and ease of movement is a priority. It also makes it a great tool for getting in those spaces that wouldn’t be possible with a larger, bulkier paint sprayer.

Even though this is indeed a lighter tool, it certainly does not lack power and is fitted with a 550W electric motor. While this does make it a little louder than some weaker powered models, it does mean that you can get those walls nicely coated in no time at all.

This model is obviously aimed at getting first time users interested in using a paint sprayer rather than seasoned decorators. It has done away with all the extra nozzles of different sizes and some other features commonly found on these products and instead delivers a paint spraying tool that is accessible to complete beginners. The set-up, controls, and operation of this Terratek model have been made as simple and easy to use as possible.

There are some basics that this model is stuck with though, such as the 3 different spray modes and paint flow that you can tailor to your wants and needs. There is also a nice feature that automatically regulates the amount of paint that comes out so as to prevent wastage and dripping.

Build quality is much better than you would expect from something that costs around 35 pounds, with solid plastic and nice rubber covering for the handle for extra grip. The twisting action of the nozzle and smoothness of the trigger were all what they should be, but the cable felt a little stiff for me, although that could just because it was fresh out of the box and will probably loosen over time with more use.

Low cost, looks great, and easy to use. I wouldn’t say it was a world beater but definitely worth the price tag, especially if you are new to using one of these tools or you are looking for a compact paint sprayer.

Specification: Power: 400W, Flow: 800 ml/min, Maximum viscosity: 60 DIN/s, Nozzle Sizes: 1.3mm/1.8mm/2.6mm, Container capacity: 800 ml

Meterk’s electric spray gun sits in the exact price range that the Tacklife and Terratek paint sprayers also occupy, but still manages to hold its own with traits of both of its main competitors and features of its own on top.

It resembles the Terratek in its size and weight, even surpassing it in the compactness category but still being a tiny bit heavier. This makes it great for larger jobs when you’re going to be spending a lot of hours holding your paint sprayer as the hand and arm fatigue will be less of a problem.

Like the Tacklife model, this Meterk sprayer comes with a selection of nozzles, three to be exact, in 1.3mm, 1.8mm, and 2.6mm sizes. It also has the almost obligatory twistable nozzle to select from the three main spray patterns we have mentioned several times already.

What I did like about the design of the Meterk model was the placement of the adjustable valve dial. It sits right on the back of the trigger, which is nothing new, but for some reason it just felt better placed with this model and more natural to use with the thumb.

This is a high volume low pressure paint sprayer which means that there is less wasted paint and splatter, and also that less pollution going into the air, which is great but unfortunately the Meterk has a lower viscosity maximum than the other sprayers at only 60DIN/sec which means you are limited to what types of paints you can us, or you will have to heavily water them down and this will probably lead you to having to apply more coats to get the finish you are after.

Saying that, it does have a decent 400 watt electric motor and on max settings, the flow rate is very good. I certainly didn’t think it was noticeably slower than any of the others, really.
Where the Meterk’s strength lies is in its compact design and ergonomics. It sits so nicely in the hand and has great balance, something that isn’t always easy to achieve for something priced so low. It is also very portable and also easy to clean.

So, if you want the small size of the Terratek combined with the choice of nozzles that the Tacklife sprayer offers, the Meterk spray gun might be for you.

Best Paint Sprayers Buyer’s Guide

Are your walls or fencing starting to look a bit weathered and beaten? Well, it’s probably time you gave them a fresh coating of paint. Now we all know how time consuming and tiring it can be to attack a large area armed with only a roller, or even worse- only a brush!

A lot of modern paint sprayers can seem very similar at first glance, and even after a closer look. However there are a few things that can separate the wheat from the chaff, and also a few bits of information that you could do with knowing if you are serious about buying a paint sprayer for walls.

This buyer’s guide has been put together for you to provide you with knowledge you need to make the right decision on your purchase.

Size and weight are important

Before you buy a paint sprayer, take into account how large and heavy the product is. Think about it, you are going to have to hold that thing in your hand for long periods of time and if it’s too heavy you are probably not going to be having a great time using it.

Sometimes though, a little bit of weight is a good sign that the tool is robust and made from durable materials, so there is that to consider.

Then there is the size of the paint sprayer, smaller models are great for getting into tighter spaces but they usually have smaller paint containers and so you have to refill much more often. It’s hard to find the right balance, and that is why there are so many different models out there of various sizes and weights. Only you can decide which is best for you.

Power and maximum viscosity

With electric paint sprayers, the higher the number of watts that the electric motor is, the more raw power it has. 400 watts should be about the lowest you go with and if you are planning to do a big job, you really should be going a fair bit higher with something like 600W.

You also need to be aware of the maximum viscosity that the paint sprayer can handle as this will have a big impact on what paints and materials you can use. Viscosity is measured in DIN/sec and the higher the number before that measurement the thicker the paint that the sprayer can handle. Models with low DIN/sec require you to water down the paint a lot more beforehand whereas a model like the Wagner we reviewed above can spray ordinary paint without any mixing.

Volume of the paint container

The maximum capacity of the paint container attachment is quite important. This is because the smaller the capacity, the more time you will be spending refilling it with paint.
Average sizes are around 1000ml but be on the lookout for models with larger containers that can hold 1400ml or more as it will save you time and hassle in the long run.

Then again, a much larger paint container will mean that the overall size of the paint sprayer will increase, so it all depends on what is more important to you personally- compactness or volume.


Nearly all decent paint sprayers will allow you to select from 3 spray patterns by twisting the end of the nozzle, but some models go a bit farther than that. It is always a good thing to have multiple different sized nozzles to choose from to suit various jobs, and adjustable air flow or paint flow is a must too. Some paint sprayers even allow you to adjust the width of the spray on top of all this. Incidentally, these are amazing if you want to restore garden furniture as well.

Basically, the more control you have over the spray, the better it is for you.

Types of paint sprayers

There are three main types of paint sprayers- airless, air powered, and pneumatic. Pneumatic sprayers are the most powerful but are also quite expensive and usually used by professionals.

Airless paint sprayers are also quite powerful but it is much more difficult to use them for more refined painting jobs as they pump out paint at high pressures.

Air powered paint sprayers are better for jobs that require a bit of finesse because they produce a less powerful spray and thinner layer of paint.

Finally, if you feel these are a little pricey, you can always go back to the good old paint roller.


Luckily, we have other options these days, and one of them is to invest in one of the best paint sprayers for walls. These machines can be bought for much less than you would think, they are usually easy to set up and operate, and will help you to get the job done in a fraction of the time, with a lot less physical effort. They can also be used to spray wood preserver or wood stain too but if you’re after fencing or specifically garden woodwork protection, I would probably look at the fence sprayer review and if you have the money, an electric fence sprayer. These things are incredible!

What’s more, you can configure these sprayers to your liking by altering the pressure or changing the nozzle.

So what traits do the best paint sprayers have in common? To find the answer to this question, plus a host of other useful information on these products, please skip to our buyer’s guide at the bottom of the page.

Or, you can read through our reviews of the paint sprayers that most DIY and gardening enthusiasts are buying in the UK to paint their walls and fences.

About Terry Smith

I’m Terry Smith from gardentoolbox.co.uk, a professional landscape designer, hobbyist gardener, and barbecue fanatic with 20 years experience building and restoring. So as you go through my site you'll watch me document some of the professional garden installs I make as well as the major projects I take on at home. While sharing those experiences and guiding you, I'll be recommending some great tools I use to enable this along the way so you can really buy in confidence. Always feel free to pop me a message: info@gardentoolbox.co.uk

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