In the present work, the microstructure, phase composition and microhardness of Cr3C2-NiCr, WCCo, and powdered composite NiCrSiBCr10%,Fe2.5%,Si3.1%,Bi2.1%C; NiCrSiBFe5; NiCrSiBCr5; NiCrSiBFe2.5Cr2.5; HVOF coatings applied on the Al-Si substrate have been compared. The coating cross-sections were examined by optical microscopy (OM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and electron transmission microscopy (TEM). For hard Cr3C2-NiCr and WC-Co coatings, a total microhardness level of about 860 and 1240 HV, respectively, was obtained. The microhardness of composite coatings was essentially lower and comprised in the range of values between 420 and 540 HV. The lowest level of microhardness showed the NiCrSiBFe2.5Cr2.5 coating. The most refined microstructure was found in Cr3C2 and WC coatings. The mean size of splat granules obtained in Cr3C2-NiCr had the value of about 2.7 m and of 0.5 m in WC-Co. For comparison, the granules obtained in composite coatings had the dimensions of about 30 μm. An Xray diffraction (XRD) revealed the presence of Cr3C2 and WC carbides in Cr3C2-CrNi and WC-Co coatings. In composite coatings, the phases of Cr3Ni5Si2, Ni3Si, FeSi, Fe2B, Cr3Si, BCr as well as other phases were found. The existence of the analyzed phases was additionally confirmed by the selective etching of coating microstructure. The annealing of coatings at 823K resulted in pore disappearance and increased the coating microhardness.