The amount of options for an air compressor are endless. When looking for the best options for your needs I would recommend doing a little research.
Consider the need for mobility or the place where it will be stored while not in use. Also, you should look at if it will be used for commercial purposes or for in home purposes.
Gas powered vs. Electrical
Electric compressors are great for people who only need an air compressor for jobs that will be done in a garage. The reason for this is because it is not as portable as a gas powered air compressors. Gas powered compressors would be best for those who are in construction or fields like it. Something to consider with gas powered air compressors is the size of it or the weight.
Pancake or Hot dog vs. wheelbarrow air compressors.
Pancake or hot dog air compressors are the lightest air compressors there are. They are usually used for things like inflating balls and putting air into tires. Wheelbarrow air compressors have wheels and a handle (similar to a wheelbarrow) to make transportation easier. It is, in my opinion easier to transport your portable air compressor a wheelbarrow air compressor.
It is essential to look at the PSI requirements for your machine. Before purchasing an air compressor, you should look at all of your tools PSI ratings and compare it to the PSI rating for the air compressor you are looking at. This is a good way to figure out which air compressor would be the best for you.
Another thing to think about, is if you are planning to use more than one tool at a time, if so it is required to get an air compressor with a larger PSI rating.
Electrical compressors are great for household chores, DIY projects, or any other type of projects. This can be used for task such as painting a car or using a nail gun. It is strongly advised not to use a gas powered compressor in an inclosed space, because it gives off gas fumes and can be hazardous if inhaled.
When researching which compressor you want, beware of home centers because they may not know the best air compressor for you. You should not only read air compressor reviews online, but go out to a local hardware store like Lowes and inquire about which air compressor may be the best for you.