2019 update: Iwata-Medea Studio Series Smart Jet Single Piston Air Compressor Review

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On June 27, 2014
Last modified:July 28, 2020


Powerful, compact, reliable and quiet. Includes a high-strength polyurethane air hose, auto shut-off.

One of the most trusted names in the professional world, there are almost unlimited reasons behind why so many experts, professional artists, business owners, and hobbyists alike choose the Iwata-Medea compressor options when they need a new piece of equipment. Considered by most to be the “Cadillac of the compressor industry”, you’ll be able to enjoy a high level of consistency and build quality with one of these compressors (regardless of the model you go with) that you won’t find anywhere else.

Iwata-Medea Studio Series Smart Jet
Iwata-Medea Studio Series Smart Jet Single Piston Air Compressor

Iwata-Medea Studio Series Smart Jet Single Piston Air Compressor

Professionals all over the planet choose to go with the Iwata-Medea lineup of compressors, but there’s one newer product from this company that has everyone excited – the Iwata-Medea Studio Series Smart Jet Single Piston air compressor. A new compressor designed from the ground up to be potent, powerful, reliable, and capable of running practically forever with zero letdown – all with a footprint and form factor that you’ll struggle to believe could be possible – this is the kind of tool you’ve been searching for.

As mentioned above, the engineers behind the Iwata-Medea Studio Series Smart Jet Single Piston stripped absolutely everything they thought they knew about air compressor technology away before they started designing the new Iwata-Medea airbrush compressor. What they discovered was that (with a couple of innovations here and there) they could produce a killer compressor setup that produced unbelievable power and consistent air pressure without having to go supersized on the components. This is one of the few professional pieces of equipment out there that is very, very compact with anything but compact performance!

What’s in the box

Included in the box for the Iwata-Medea Studio Series Smart Jet Single Piston air compressor is going to be literally everything you need to get started. You’ll find the Iwata-Medea Studio Series Smart Jet Single Piston compressor to be packed away securely but still easily accessible, as well as an owner’s manual and operations guide so that you can get up and running in no time at all. You’ll also find a new airbrush from this company in the box, as well as a high strength and high pressure poly air hose so that you get up and running in minutes after opening everything up!



he Iwata-Medea Studio Series Smart Jet Single Piston is feature rich, especially for a smaller form factor package that you just won’t find from too terribly many other options out there. We’re talking about:

  • The legendary Iwata-Medea build quality and durability that you’ve come to trust and respect
  • Standardized Iwata-Medea attachments that will fit the couplings provided right out of the box
  • The ability to go from zero pressure to full bore in record speed
  • A 1/8hp motor capable of producing up to 35PSI
  • Automatic shut off switch to conserve on energy when not in use
  • Bleed value system and air regulators to promote safety and efficiency

Coming in at just 6.2” x 8.6” x 2.2” inches and weighing just 8 pounds or so, you’d be hard pressed to find any air compressor out there that is quite as light and powerful as the Iwata-Medea Studio Series Smart Jet Single Piston compressor. This is a modern marvel in the industry if there ever was one, and you’re going to love it from the moment that you fire it up for the first time!

Type  oil-less piston compressor
Motor 1/8-hp
Pressure 1-35 PSI
Airflow  0.64 CFM
Weight 8 Pounds
Size 10 x 7 x 6 in. (25 x 18 x 16 cm)

My Experience (2019 update)

A few years back we tested this compressor and wrote a review. Now, I just wanted to refresh your memory about this great product so I borrow it from my sister’s husband and used it for a while. Here’s what I have to say about this Iwata Series Smart Jet air compressor.

My sister’s husband always says that buying this product was one of the smartest decisions he made in his life. He even compares it to asking my sister to marry him. She’s a catch, and this product is a catch!

The compressor hose-end uses the standard 1/8” connections, so beside the included Iwata, I also got adapters to connect it to a Badger, Paasche and Aztek airbrushes. I must say, I liked this versatility that the manufacturer offered. The hoses and fitting use O-rings and are sealed finger tight, but if you want to connect a non-Iwata product you will have to employ a few wraps of Teflon tape in order to get a good seal. So, if you have tape, this isn’t a problem.

For me, this unit is light weight and very compact so it is easy to carry it around when needed. While working I don’t need a lot of pressure, usually around 20 – 24 PSI, so it is perfect for me. If you need higher pressure, this isn’t for you. You can stop reading and move on to the next product. The compressor has an auto shut-off and an instant startup and does not take walks during the operation like my previous one.


Like every wife, this product has some flaws. I instantly noticed that the unit does not have a regulator, but solved this quickly by getting one. The unit is family and neighbor’s approved as it runs no louder than an electric toothbrush.

If your work requires the pressure range that this Iwata product offers, you don’t need to search anymore. Compact compressor, easy to use, made to last. Highly recommended.

User Reviews

Reviewers all over the net (and especially on Amazon) have been raving about how quiet and powerful this compressor is at the end of the day – something that most people struggle to reconcile until they use the technology for themselves. This is a professional setup for sure, and almost all customers that have left reviews are overwhelmingly happy with the product.


For a compact compressor, the Iwata-Medea Studio Series Smart Jet Single Piston setup certainly delivers larger than life performance. There are a lot of products out there on the market today, but you’d have to be at least a little bit crazy not to check out this compressor!

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