Twin Tank Vs. Single Tank Air Compressor

By Mark Weil
Twin Tank, Single Tank Air Compressors
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Air compressors are used for many different jobs and hobbies. They are found anywhere from commercial shops to private households and are made in a variety of sizes. Depending on what you are using it for, you may need either a single or twin tank compressor.


Air compressors may be electric or gas powered. They also can be portable or fixed-position machines. Fixed-position machines generally offer more power and air storage capabilities. Portable machines are generally more expensive; the price tag increases even more with larger air storage capability.

Single Tank Compressors

Single-tank air compressors generally have smaller storage capacities then twin-tank compressors, which makes them a more sensible option for lower performance requirements and home use. Single tank compressors vary widely in price. Small, lower quality single tank compressors can be purchased for as little as $50. Generally, it's better to spend a little more money and get a better-performing machine. Top-quality single tank compressors can cost as much as $900.

Twin Tank Compressors

Twin tank compressors are a good choice for individuals who need a higher level of performance from their machine. Air storage capacity is usually considerably higher with two storage tanks. Twin tank compressors are generally more expensive than single tank compressors. Low-end twin tank compressors start as low as $60, but like single tank compressors, it is better to spend a little more money for a better machine. Twin tank compressors can cost as much as $1500.


When purchasing an air compressor, it is essential to thoroughly consider the job for which the machine is intended. Size and portability are two major considerations. Choosing the proper tank storage size is key when purchasing an air compressor. If the machine is primarily for home use, a fixed-position machine could be a viable option. If the compressor may be needed in more than one location, a portable machine is a better option.


When operating power tools it is essential to understand the proper way to use them. Take time to read the operation instructions manual prior to using an air compressor. Always wear proper safety gear to minimize chance of injury.