Wet dry vacuums, also known as shop vacs, are excellent for a cleaning up a wide variety of messes. Whether you plan on using it for your car, cleaning up after your pets, or have a large do-it-yourself workshop contingency, these vacuums are versatile enough to handle it all. You can even use it to suction water from a flooded basement.
There are several factors to consider when shopping for a wet and dry vacuum. The most important features is its capacity and suction power. 14 to 18 gallons with 6+ horsepower is considered heavy duty, while 8 to 14 gallons with 5 to 6 HP is considered medium duty. Anything with 2 to 6 gallon capacity and 1 to 4.5 HP is lightweight. Depending on the size of your tasks, picking the right vacuum will be key. Quiet motors are a nice feature to have, and overall lighter weight models are easier to carry around. Also, you should keep in mind what type of filters the vacuum contains, if you want to have additional health benefits.
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- 10. Armor All 2.5 Gallon, 2 Peak HP, Utility Wet/Dry Vacuum, AA255
- 9. Vacmaster VJ507 Wet/Dry Vacuum, 5 gallon, 3 Peak HP Motor
- 8. PowerSmith PAVC101 10 Amp Ash Vacuum
- 7. DEWALT DCV581H 18/20-Volt MAX Cordless/Corded Wet Dry Vacuums
- 6. Craftsman 12004 6 Gallon 3 Peak HP Wet/Dry Vac
- 5. Vacmaster 12 Gallon, 5 Peak HP, Wet/Dry Vacuum with Detachable Blower, VBV1210
- 4. Vacmaster 6 Gallon, 3 Peak HP, Stainless Steel Wet/Dry Vacuum, VQ607SFD
- 3. Shop-Vac 9650600 3.0-Peak HP Pro Series Wet or Dry Vacuum, 6-Gallon
- 2. DEWALT Bare-Tool DC515B 18-Volt Cordless 1/2 Gallon Wet/Dry Portable Vacuum
- 1. Vacmaster 4 Gallon, 5 Peak HP with 2-Stage Industrial Motor Wet/Dry Floor Vacuum, VF408
10. Armor All 2.5 Gallon, 2 Peak HP, Utility Wet/Dry Vacuum, AA255
Perfect for car maintenance, this wet and dry vac features a powerful 2 horsepower motor. It has a compact design with its 2.5 gallon polpropylene tank. It can handle any wet or dry cleanups around the house, garage, workshop, and even cleaning vehicles. Overall, it has a perfect balance of raw suction power and convenient size. The nozzle can be converted to a blower function for versatile use, while the built-in noise diffuser minimizes the volume. It comes with an onboard accessory storage as well as a 10 foot cord.
9. Vacmaster VJ507 Wet/Dry Vacuum, 5 gallon, 3 Peak HP Motor
With its durable 5 gallon tank and 3 horsepower motor, this is a solid pickup for those looking for a small vac with a medium strength suction power. The tank is made from a rugged polypropylene that can hold both liquid and dry materials. The onboard storage features easy-roll casters and an intuitive on/off switch, making it easy to use and transport around effectively. It comes with a 1-1/4″ diameter hose that is 6′ in length, so you can be sure to reach any area without hassle. The 8′ power cord also has a cord wrap for simpler storage.
8. PowerSmith PAVC101 10 Amp Ash Vacuum
Built specifically for cleaning up ashes from fireplaces, grills, and wood stoves, this vacuum is an excellent choice. It features a washable fire-resistant filter system that keeps out the finest dust and ash. The best feature of this vac is its efficiency. Where most wet/dry vacuums fail with cleaning fine ashes is in its exhaust; most of it often shoots back out. That is not the case with this model. All of the dry particles that are sucked in, stays in. This comes with a powerful 10 amp motor that is also quiet during operation.
7. DEWALT DCV581H 18/20-Volt MAX Cordless/Corded Wet Dry Vacuums
Weighing only 11.1 lbs, this is a powerful yet convenient to use vacuum that gets the job done right. It can be powered either through AC outlet, or via 18 volt or 20 volt MAX battery. The heavy-duty hose is durable and flexible, measuring 1-1/4″ in diameter, and 5 feet in length. This gives you enough leeway for tricky jobs, as well as ruggedness for tough jobs. The onboard hose and accessory storage makes carrying and transporting a breeze. It even comes with a crevice and wide nozzle tool for additional versatility.
6. Craftsman 12004 6 Gallon 3 Peak HP Wet/Dry Vac
If you’re looking for an efficient wet/dry vac that is best suited for small to medium sized jobs, check out this one by Craftsman. It features a powerful 3 horsepower motor that can blast through any mess, and the 6 gallon collection tank can hold all types of wet/dry materials efficiently. This tool is versatile too, as you can convert it into a blower clearing your workshop floor of dust, or blowing leaves in your yard or patio. The top carry handle is well-balanced and makes it convenient to carry around, while the large on/off button makes it easy to operate.
5. Vacmaster 12 Gallon, 5 Peak HP, Wet/Dry Vacuum with Detachable Blower, VBV1210
Whether you’re blowing leaves in your yard, cleaning up your workshop, draining sinks, or just using as a standard vacuum around the house, this model by Vacmaster is a great tool to have on hand. The powerful 5 HP motor is versatile as it can convert between a standard wet/dry vac and leaf blower all-in-one. There is a quick release button that lets you quickly detach the blower. The 12 gallon tank is large enough to handle any size mess and the large drain port makes emptying it simple and fast. The 12 foot cord gives you a ton of range and wraps around the base conveniently for storage.
4. Vacmaster 6 Gallon, 3 Peak HP, Stainless Steel Wet/Dry Vacuum, VQ607SFD
With its compact size and decent horsepower range, this is a great pickup for any consumer on a limited budget. It can effectively suck up both wet and dry debris with its powerful 3 horsepower motor. It features a 6 gallon storage tank that has a weather resistant design, making it ideal for garage and outdoor use. It 7 foot hose and 12 foot cord give it a massive combined range. It comes packed with 2 extension wands for hard to reach areas, 10 inch squeegee/brush nozzle, 2-in-1 utility nozzle, round dust brush, and a crevice tool for difficult edges and corners.
3. Shop-Vac 9650600 3.0-Peak HP Pro Series Wet or Dry Vacuum, 6-Gallon
If you’re concerned about your steel rusting with frequent wet vac usage, you can rest easy with this model by Shop-Vac. This model comes with a durable plastic 6 gallon storage tank that will never degrade over time, even with frequent use. The side and top carry handles gives you multiple ways to transport it, along with the rolling casters along the bottom. The 3 horsepower motor gives you plenty of power for most wet/dry debris, and the 6 foot power cord plus 8 foot hose gives it decent functional range.
2. DEWALT Bare-Tool DC515B 18-Volt Cordless 1/2 Gallon Wet/Dry Portable Vacuum
If portability is a big priority for you, checking out this shop vac from DEWALT. It features a convenient handle, 2-1/2 foot hose, this 18 volt cordless vacuum takes convenience to another level. It features a dual cleanup mode, that allows you to use either the extendable rubber hose, or the front utility nozzle. It comes with a 0.5 gallon tank for lightweight jobs, and has a latch that is simple to empty and clean. Its HEPA wet/dry filter will effectively trap 99.9% of dust.
1. Vacmaster 4 Gallon, 5 Peak HP with 2-Stage Industrial Motor Wet/Dry Floor Vacuum, VF408
With its compact size and medium duty 5 horsepower motor, this wet/dry vacuum combines the best of convenience and suction power. It features an onboard storage area for all of its included accessories, which include a utility nozzle, floor nozzle, dust brush, and crevice tool. The powerful 2-stage industrial motor runs surprisingly quiet. It comes with convenient features such as auto cord rewind and high-performance triple HEPA filtration system.