The Best Pancake Compressors Today

The Best Pancake Compressors Today

Working a lot in your workshop and depend mostly on air tools to get things done? If yes, you should probably have the best air compressor for your shop needs by now. If not and still looking for the one that fits your needs, there are several air compressors you can choose from. But if you have a steady demand for portable air compressors, you might want to check out pancake compressors.


A pancake compressor is much like other compressors but only differs with tank size and shape. Pancake compressors are much convenient for portability and are used mostly for inflating, supply compressed air for a few air tools and just about anything that requires a minimal compressed air supply.


If you shop for pancake compressors, you might come across some of the units below.

Best Pancake Compressors

If you are looking for a quiet air compressor, you will probably like this filler. It has 50% lesser noise compared to other pancake compressors and has about 8 to 10 hours of continuous use. Based on customer reviews, the built and operation seems to last longer than other pancake compressors.


Here are the highlights of this product:


  • Non-oil lubed pancake compressor.
  • Holds air pressure steady for long periods.
  • Produces only 68dBA, does not create any noise disturbance making it perfect for indoor use too.
  • 4x Life, it lasts longer compared to other standard portable compressors.
  • Oil-free and maintenance-free pancake compressor.


As its tag line implies, “half the noise, all the power” has lived up to expectations of many air compressor experts. It provides a steady and low noise performance.

Best Pancake Compressors

This pancake compressor model is pretty much as powerful as the Campbell Hausfeld brand, but it is slightly noisy compared to the first one. However, there are also some exciting features to note that makes pancake compressor a right choice if you are looking for another brand:


  • Comes with a locking regulator that holds the knob.
  • Also comes in a 6-Gallon capacity that should be good enough to support your workshop needs.
  • Can push up to 150 PSI for tough jobs like sandblasting.
  • Comes with a quick drain system.
  • Has 80dBA noise level.


The downside for this product is only the noise level if you are looking for a portable compressor with the lowest noise. However, the features can get you through your jobs.

Best Pancake Compressors

If you are looking for a pancake compressor at a great price deal, you might be happy with this model from Bostitch. It is already an air compressor kit with an air tool and accessories. Here are some of the fantastic features you can enjoy if you decide to add this to your cart:


  • Includes a starter kit with the pancake compressor, rubber air hose, 10-pc inflator set, and an air blowgun.
  • Has 80dBA noise level as well.
  • Oil-free pancake compressor.
  • Works well with a finish nailer.
  • Comes with a high flow regulator and dual coupler.


This is not the lowest noise level pancake compressor, but if you are looking for a compressor set, this is perfect for its price

10 thoughts on “The Best Pancake Compressors Today”

  1. 4X Life, All the Power (Campbell Hausfeld DC060500)

    I’ve used this a lot for the last two years. Molding, tires, blowing out the shop a few times a week, and pneumatic tools. Today I took down a 25 year old bolted structure with an impact wrench and just thought I should give a shout out to the makers of this compressor. You can’t go zip-zip-zip-zip with 8 gallons undoing corroded bolts, instead having to give it a minute break to build pressure back up after a zip or two or three depending, but plenty of a initial reservoir I thought. Even had a friend comment on how surprisingly quiet it is a number of months ago. Seems to work as good now as it did originally.

    It did leak air around the pressure switch assembly in the beginning and I couldn’t just tighten it a little because the assembly would hit the tank. Had to take all that apart, teflon tape it, and put it back together. It’s been a couple years but I recall replacing a fitting.

    Two things I thought about improving on it and one is the gauge. I have some wagon wheels that say 15 lbs and it’s just a guess on the gauge included. Right now I set what appears to be about 15 lbs on that gauge… then tire gauge, add pressure, tire gauge, add pressure… etc until finally, close enough. The other, the drain cock. Thought about lifting the thing off the floor more with larger wheels and adding some to the front, then pointing the drain out the side with copper. Too many other things to do so I haven’t got to it but I think about it every time I open that drain. As it is, I’m feeling around underneath the thing to find the drain and have my ears right near the 100+ psi exhausting after I open it.

    I’d guess the weight empty is about 3-4 gallons of milk. Not that big of a deal. That’s my experience. I’d buy it again for sure as it fits my needs fine.

    • Good so far. Fine for tires, nail gun, dusting off things, etc. A little louder compared to what I remember of other pancake compressors I’ve used, but otherwise seems OSTITCH BTFP02012-WPK work very well.

  2. No problems whatsoever.

    Bought this Ridgid 6 Gallon 150 PSI from Home Depot last summer and used it on a house renovation project for several months; to power nailers and crown stapler for putting cedar shingle on a 4bdr house, also for finish trim, fence boards etc. Is great also to use as an air blaster for blowing dust out of tools, appliances, window frames etc.

  3. Quiet Air Compressor!

    After running an air compressor for 25 years I couldn’t take the noise any longer…it would run you out of the shop. Read the specs on the 8 gallon compressor and the first time I ran it I was in disbelief! This machine is quiet and puts out double the cfm… Outstanding.

  4. 6 Gallon Pancake,
    Great build quality and this compressor does not disappoint. Its whisper quiet! I was debating between this one and the 8 Gal but overall happy that I went with this 6 Gal model. Its small. Stores very compact and is fairly easy (though not effortless) to move around short distances. Handle is comfortable and the unit is fairly well balanced. I’ve used this with nailers and also with a Milton airgun. Recovery is quick and fairly painless. If your needs are modest and intend this for personal (non-automotive) use, look no further. This compressor delivers!

  5. Sand solidly built piece of equipment from an excellent tool company

    A light weight, portable, reliable, and solidly built piece of equipment from an excellent tool company. I have always been a fan of Rigid tools, and this compressor is no exception. The steel tank is solid, unlike the cast iron tank by Porter Cable (junk). This compressor is basically idiot proof. It’s simple and it works. If you take care of it, it will provide you with many years of maintenance free use.

  6. I’ve used my BOSTITCH compressor with a framing nailer and stapler and so far it has worked great. I’ve shot over 1,000 nails and everything has run smoothly. I like that it is light and easy to move around. Plenty of pressure to drive the tools I’ve tried. Ear protection is a good idea, particularly when you depressurize the tank as the escaping air is extremely loud and can do damage to your ears. I’m not crazy about all of the plastic and I am hoping everything holds out over the long term, but, so far so good.

  7. Just returned my new Porter Cable C2002-WK back to Home Depot.
    First of all the gauges vibrated violently and you couldn’t read them as the tank was filling.
    Don’t know if this was going to be a problem because my old compressor never did this.
    Then when I was researching this, I saw that it also had another problem with the air volume adjusting knob breaking.

    It only has a 1 year warranty and the Ridgid has 3, and I only paid $85 on a Labor Day Sale.
    Did the break in for 30 minutes and began to use it right away, it worked flawlessly for a few hours with no leaks.

    This unit will be used indoors mostly, I have allot of hobbies, and it’s loud, 80 dBA.
    And I know that the Dewalt is not as loud, I’ve heard it, 75 dBA. You would think that 5 dBA is not much, but it is.

    Having heard the Dewalt, I wish that the Ridgid was 75 or even 70 dBA for indoor use.

    • BOSTITCH BTFP02012-WPK 6-Gallon 150 PSI Oil-Free Compressor is great: no leaks even with hose attached over a weekend. Tank fills very fast and for how powerful the motor is I would rate it as quiet.
      Finish nailer: have shot over 1,000 nails through it with nary a glitch. BUT the pressure adjustment nob is slow to respond and sloppy. Trust me, set tank regulator to 75-80psi then adjust so nails are flush, then TAPE NOB IN PLACE and adjust the pressure regulator when needed for harder or softer wood.
      Brad nailer: have a few hundred Brads through itnow with no issues. Not adjustable, but that is easily solved via tank regulator.
      Stapler: haven’t used.

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