Airbrush kits can enhance crafts, clothing, shoes and more. Their three main components are the feed, mix and trigger. Feeds control how paint disperses into the airbrush. You can choose a gravity, siphon or side feed. Gravity feeds are best to cover small areas, while siphon and side feeds help create detailed work. The mix refers to how the paint and compressed air release. An internal mix allows these components to mix inside the airbrush for more control. With external mix devices, they’re released through separate chambers and combine outside of the airbrush. Airbrush triggers determine how the air and paint release. Single action triggers are easier to use, while dual-action choices let you control the air and paint simultaneously for more precision. Here are some of the best kits we’ve found.
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1. Master Airbrush Cool Runner II System
This set comes with a large, single-piston compressor featuring two cooling fans, which allows the machine to run longer without overheating. It can hold two airbrushes at a time.
Pros: It offers three types of airbrushes with different sized feeds cups, so you can cover large areas or focus more on artful details. You get two dual-action models with 0.2 mm and 0.3 mm tips, as well as a single-action siphon feed model with a 0.8 mm tip. The set also includes 2 to 3/4-ounce siphon bottles, six colors a mixing chart and cleaners.
Cons: If you’re a beginner, look up some YouTube videos for guidance.
2. Gocheer Mini Feed Airbrush Kit
Best suited for detail work, this lightweight option is easy to maneuver for beginners and those with more advanced skills.
Pros: It includes a dual-action airbrush, so you can change the width of the line or opacity of the paint without stopping. The airbrush features a 7 cc gravity feeder cup and 0.3 mm nozzle for precision. You also get a compact compressor, cleaning brushes and an air filter that helps isolate moisture in the air for better results upon ejection.
Cons: The set is fairly small.
3. Cosscci Portable Airbrush Kit
This portable option can be recharged using your computer or a power bank, and is a versatile choice to use for precise artwork like cake decorating.
Pros: Uniquely, this set offers an auto-control design, so you can simply press the airbrush trigger and let it work its magic. The kit comes with an airbrush pen featuring a 0.5 mm nozzle and a dual-action trigger, plus 9 cc and 20 cc gravity feed cups. It also comes with a replacement feed cup. The unit is rechargeable via an included USB cord.
Cons: It’s not efficient for large surfaces.
4. Vivohome Professional Airbrushing System
This large set includes a compressor with an adjustable pressure knob. It can also hold two airbrushes at a time, and for safety, will turn off automatically when the motor gets too hot.
Pros: The machine is low-noise and features a non-slip base to promote stability while in use. With your purchase, you also get two gravity feed airbrushes, one siphon feed airbrush and three interchangeable airbrush tips for performing detail work and covering large surface areas.
Cons: You might need to purchase an extra adapter to use the siphon-feed.
5. Ylingsu Cordless Airbrush Kit
A great option for airbrush artists of all levels, this lightweight and easy-to-use design is perfect to take with you on the go.
Pros: The mini air compressor features a single-action airbrush with a gravity feed cup and 0.4mm nozzle. The hand-held air pump design is ergonomically designed to increase comfort. The unit comes with a small screwdriver and USB charger. Its power should last for up to 50 minutes after each full charging session.
Cons: A few coats are needed for vibrant color or to cover a large surface area.
6. Latitop Auto Mini Airbrush Kit
This kit includes a dual-action airbrush with a 20 ml gravity-feed cup and a 0.4mm nozzle, plus a 9ml metal reservoir and charging port.
Pros: The airbrush features an adjustable spray volume for better paint and design control with a long battery life that can be recharged via a USB cord. For convenience, the mini compressor will continuously vibrate to alert you when the battery is low.
Cons: It should only be used with water-based, not oil-based formulas.