CAT-1P1060S Light & Quiet Air Compressor Review

If you're looking for an ultra-portable super quiet compressor, then the California Air Tools 1P1060S is a clear winner. This model is great for inflating tires and other items and powering finish and pin nailers or small airbrushes, However with only 1.2 CFM and a small 1-gallon capacity air tank don't expect this unit to power larger air tools other than nailers with small CFM consumption rates.

CAT-1P1060S Quick Specifications:

  • 56 dB Ultra-Quiet
  • New "1P" Oil-Free Pump
  • 120 Volts - 4.5 Amps
  • 120 PSI Max  Pressure
  • Light Weight only 29 LBS.
California Air Tools CAT-1P1060S Light & Quiet Portable Air Compressor

California Air Tools 1P1060S Air Compressor

ASIN B01LYHYHEA  -  UPC 743369710608

At a whisper quiet 56 dB, the California Air Tools 1P1060S is the one of the quietest air compressors in it's class.

CAT 1P1060S Product Video

Ultra-Quiet 1P Series Pump Motor

The 1P1060 features the new 1P series motor, with thermal overload protection to help prevent damage from overheating, and a large single piston pump which has a 3000 hour before service rating. The 1P is rated at .6 HP running and 1.2 HP peak.

1P Series Pump

It takes only 50 seconds to fill the 1-gallon air tank from empty to 120 PSI, then the recovery time from 90 PSI back to a full 120 PSI is a speedy 15 seconds. 

In addition to being ultra-quiet, this compressor is also ultra-light and portable, weighing just 29 pounds. The CAT-1P1060S operates on a mere 4.5 amps, enabling you to plug it in almost anywhere around the house, outside or in the garage.

If you don't mind paying a few dollars more and adding a couple of pounds to the overall weight, this compressor is also available with a full roll cage and steel front panel. We reviewed the California Air Tools 1P1060SP here. 

CAT-1P1060S Product Images

CAT-1P1060S Left View

CAT-1P1060S Left View

CAT-1P1060S Left View

CAT-1P1060S Right View

The compact roll cage design houses the 1 gallon steel air tank, 1P series pump and air controls. Heavy rubberized feet cut down on vibration and noise. There are two air gauges, an output pressure regulator and a quick-connect air coupling within easy reach. The CAT-1P1600P also has a nice sized silencing filter on the air intake to help reduce noise even further.

CAT-1P1060S Top View

CAT-1P1060S Top View

CAT-1P1060S Back View

CAT-1P1060S Back View

California Air Tools 1P1060S Air Compressor

ASIN B01LYHYHEA  -  UPC 743369710608

California Air Tools 1P1060S Specifications

  • 56 dB Quiet
  • 1.2 CFM @ 90 PSI
  • 1 Gallon Tank
  • 0.6 HP
  • 4.5 Amps
  • Oil-Free Pump
  • Dual PSI Gauges
  • 1680 RPM
  • Length 12.5"
  • Width 14.7"
  • Height 14.8"
  • 29 Lbs.

Our CAT-1P1060S Ratings


Emitting a mere 56 dB, the CAT-1P1060S is one of the quietest compact compressors we have reviewed.


California Air Tools is a leader in the quiet air compressor industry, and typically builds quality units for the price paid. 


The 1P1060S pricing is good for a super quiet small air compressor and usually sells for between $100 to $130.

Overall Rating :  4.5

If 1.2 CFM of airflow is sufficient for your needs, then this is one of the quietest air compressors you can buy. For small CFM requirements the 1P1060S is a clear winner. We gave the California Air Tools 1P1060S an overall rating of 4.5 stars.


  • Quietest - 56 dB
  • Light Only 29 LBS.
  • Small & Ultra -Portable 
  • Low 4.5 Amp Current


  • Only 1.2 CFM
  • Small 1 Gallon Tank

"Designed for the person looking for Power, Air Flow, Less Service and Maintenance with at Least 30% Less Noise!"

California Air Tools

The Bottom Line

The California Air Tools 1P1060S produces 1. 2 CFM @ 90 PSI. This is not the air compressor to use for large CFM requirements such as auto spray painting or air grinding. This is sufficient for operating small air tools such as, staple guns, brad nail guns, finish nail guns, small airbrushes, blow guns, etc. This is also a great portable compressor for tire inflation and maintaining the proper air pressure in your vehicle tires. It would be hard to find a quieter air compressor, at only 56 dB the 1P1060S is a great choice for quiet indoor air tool applications. 

California Air Tools 1P1060S Air Compressor

ASIN B01LYHYHEA  -  UPC 743369710608

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