The Best Entry Level Airbrush: Our Top 3

Picking the right airbrush to start can be tricky. That’s why we made this guide for the best entry level airbrush you can get!

Whether you’re a seasoned artist looking to explore a new medium or a beginner eager to dive into the world of airbrushing, choosing the right entry-level airbrush can make a world of difference.

In this guide, we’ll be focusing on three top-notch entry-level airbrush models from the thousands available.  All three options are staples  in the game, and are dual action and gravity-fed.

1. Iwata Eclipse HP-CS

Main reason we like it:

Sturdy build and pieces.  Learning the dos and don’t will put your airbrush pieces to the test.  Iwatas are built to last and will withstand a rougher use than most other airbrushes.

Key Features:

  • 0.35mm needle and drop-in self-centering nozzle.
  • Generous 1/3 oz sized cup is designed with a new funnel shape, which makes for easy clean up and more efficient paint flow
  • Single cut-away handle
  • Spray pattern – hairline to 2″ (50-mm) round

The Iwata Eclipse HP-CS is often hailed as a versatile workhorse, suitable for both beginners and experienced artists.  It is on the higher end of the pricing spectrum, but will last you a long time, both because the pieces are durable, but also because it is a great airbrush to use even past your first steps.

2. Badger Patriot 105

Main reason we like it:

Affordable and easily available.  Not only does Badger offer a great warranty, all the pieces you might need to replace are easily accessible and won’t break the bank.

Key Features:

  • Single (.5) needle/nozzle for spraying all paint, inks and primers.
  • Acute tapered color well for faster cleaning
  • Easy maintenance self- centering nozzle design
  • Patented easy access needle removal system

The Badger Patriot 105 is a budget-friendly option that doesn’t compromise on quality.  The larger spray pattern is great for covering larger areas efficiently, making it suitable for base coats and base highlights, which is essential for beginners who are still getting the hang of airbrushing.

3. TimberTech Airbrush

Key Features:

  • Basic Gravity feed Double-Action airbrush
  • 0.30mm mounted nozzle & Needle
  • Cup Capacity 1/4 oz

The Timbertech Airbrush is the best option to airbrush on a budget.  You can get three or more of this model for the price of the Patriot or Eclipse.  This takes away a lot of the fright of breaking your airbrush when you are still learning and trying new things.  In the long run, it is also a perfect airbrush for varnish and primer, which are harder on airbrushes.

Choosing the Best Entry Level Airbrush for You

With a plethora of entry-level airbrushes available, finding the right one for your artistic endeavors can be an exciting yet daunting task.

The Iwata Eclipse HP-CS, Badger Patriot 105, and TimberTech Airbrush each bring their unique strengths to the table.  Make sure you determine what you are looking for, and pick accordingly!

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