Top Five Wet/Dry Vacuums – Top Picks & Reviews

Wet/dry vacuums are very useful for shop owners. These multi-purpose vacuums are built with an all-purpose set up in mind. They can not only let you suck up water where needed but can also help you gather dust. To top that off, they also allow us to collect fallen pieces like that of machine parts as well as steel, because they use bins instead of dust bags. That means that you can now safely vacuum any surface, be it wet or dry, and pick up anything from dust to metal. To top that off, some vacuums double as a blow dryer as well! Let’s see some of the best vacuums that are on offer in the market.

Vacmaster VBV1210

If you want a machine that has the power to clean through it all, all the extensions that you necessarily need, and does not cost too much more than the normal models, then we can suggest nothing more than the Vacmaster VBV1210. The people behind this assumedly genius vacuum somehow manage to provide us with an all-you-need machine at a fraction of what most high-end models cost, and they do it with style! Let’s dig in and find out what this machine is made of.

Quality

If you buy a machine that is meant to be your all-purpose vacuum, you are bound to require a good quality built, since you would be depending on it. With a polypropylene tank and a body that does not break easy, quality is of no concern with this model and you would be glad that you opted for it.

Storage

If you buy a vacuum you would want to know how much it can store. You would be surprised to know that this vacuum can take up to 12 gallons, which is frankly more than enough unless you plan on vacuuming an entire factory in one go.

Vacuuming power

Vacuuming power is an important factor to consider when opting for a vacuum given how that is what dictates what the vacuum actually takes up and what it doesn’t. In the case of this particular model, 5 horsepower of suction power is delivered, which is frankly more than enough for anyone’s needs. That power can be noisy though and stood at 94 decibels, which we would like to see reduced.

Portability

If you wish to carry a vacuum around with you, it must be portable. Portability seems to be something that a lot of machines slack at, but this machine despite the number of features that it carries manages to make it seem easy. At under 25 pounds, this is one of the lightest machines that you will encounter. It also has wheels to make portability easier.

Additional features

Additional features are the shine in Vacmaster’s crown. Not only can this vacuum turn into a leaf blower with an easy transformation, but it also holds eight specific extensions, including a storage rack, an extension wand, a floor nozzle, a crevice tool, a concentrator nozzle, a car nozzle, and a blower nozzle. Clean filters of four types, namely, foam sleeve filters, cartridge filter, and filter retainer are also provided!

Hose length and capacity

The hose has a 2.5 diameter, which is larger than what we see in most models. The hose length is a remarkable seven feet, with a cord length of 13 feet. All of these together mean that the hose length and capacity or fairly competitive and hard to top.

Price

Priced at just over a hundred dollars, this machine is definitely not the cheapest that you can get a hold of. However, considering what it packs, we can without a doubt say that it offers a great value for money!

Pros
  • Great value for money
  • High quality
  • High storage
  • High vacuuming power
  • Very portable
  • Many attachments and filters
  • Ideal hose length and capacity
Cons
  • A little pricey
  • Noisy

Rigid WD 1450

If raw power is what you require, and a premium to get that does not bother you, the Rigid WD 1450 offers you features that you would fail to find in most models. The vacuum is built to serve the best, and although pricey, it does its job well. For the most part, we would have been willing to pay this premium had Vacmaster not shown us that something similar to this can be achieved at a lower rate as well.

Quality

There have been no complaints of the body being bad in any way and although the built might look feeble, it holds pretty well and would not let you down when it comes to quality. Get ready for a power-filled experience with the best quality!

Storage

With a storage capacity of 14 gallons, this machine outdoes our top pick. The storage should be enough for your every need and it barely gets better than this unless you pay high premiums for specialized vacuums!

Vacuuming power

At 6 horsepower, this machine is to put it lightly, a beast when it comes to suction power. With this immense power, you should never have to worry about anything being left on the ground after vacuuming again since it will suck it all up with its high sucking capabilities. Noise levels are reduced using patented technology, but still linger at a high 90 decibels.

Portability

At 25 pounds and having wheels, portability would never really be concerning when it comes to this machine. They somehow actually manage to fit in more power, capacity, and whatnot, at the same weight as our top pick, which is surprising!

Additional features

In terms of additional features, this vacuum follows suit and can turn into a leaf blower. It also holds the same four filters as the top pick but falls a little short when it comes to the extensions, having no blower or car nozzles, and having five of the eight that our top pick had.

Hose length and capacity

The vacuum has the exact same hose diameter and length ie. 2.5 inches and 7 feet respectively, like our top pick. The cord length comes at a surprising 20 feet, which is the longest that we have seen and can allow you to reach extreme spaces away from a power outlet. That is a nice touch given the rarity of power plugs in workspaces!

Price

At a little over 150 dollars, price isn’t what this model is the best at. It does, however, manage to maintain it to a reasonable amount given the amount of pure power and capacity it packs. It would still have been nice to see it a little lesser though.

Pros
  • High quality
  • High storage
  • High power
  • Portable
  • A lot of filters
  • A lot of attachments
  • High hose length and capacity
  • Noise reduction
Cons
  • Very pricey
  • Still very noisy

Stanley SL18129

Till now we have only been through some of the more hardcore machines. But those might not be the right fit for you if you wish to vacuum smaller areas. If that is your case, you would be better off with machines that do not possess the same storage and suction power, and can ultimately save you a lot of dollars. For the cheaper machines with somewhat lower capacities, Stanley can not be ignored. We have reviewed this fine machine for you!

Quality

The exterior of the machine is as perfect as with most of them and will not be easy to damage. As far as the quality goes otherwise, it is well enough for you to use without much trouble, but you can ultimately damage it if you carelessly vacuum everything up (a little bit of common sense should help you avoid that). All in all, the quality is pretty decent. A steel tank is offered.

Storage

Offering storage of 4 gallons in the model that we recommend, this machine should be enough for anything that you throw at it unless you are at an extended workspace, in which case you can save up a few bucks and go Vacmaster. The storage is average at best though.

Vacuuming power

The vacuuming power has a 4 horsepower rating, which is surprisingly high when we consider that this machine is not really built for power. You will find the suction speeds to be high and should be getting through the process in no time! The noise level is a high 94, sadly.

Portability

At a baffling 8 pounds, this machine should be no stress to lift at all. Portability can hardly be easier than this, and it still comes with wheels to aid in it as well! You should be going around with this with ease.

Additional features

Offering three distinct filters and six attachments including a car nozzle, this machine has managed to pack almost all that it can in the minimal weight and price. It can not, however, turn into a leaf blower, which we were kind of looking forward to.

Hose length and capacity

At a hose diameter of 1.25, this is not the widest hose that we come across but should be enough for any needs you should have with this machine. The hose length is somewhat small at 5 feet, but the cord length of 10 feet covers up for that, so it works like a charm.

Price

At a price of just under 60 dollars, this product is very affordable given that it still manages to pack a high number of features. You get a great value for money, and it is rare to see many offering anything better than this!

Pros
  • High quality
  • Steel-made
  • High power
  • Very portable
  • High value for money
  • Long cord
  • Multiple attachments
Cons
  • Low storage capacity
  • Hose length is far from ideal

ArmorAll AA255

If you seek a small vacuum cleaner for your household needs and also wish for it to double as a blower, something that the Stanley model lacks, ArmorAll is your best bet. This small vacuum is not the epitome of power or capacity, but it can do what you want it to do in a household and do it neatly. It is highly rated and will be very light on your pockets as well, saving you many a dollar when compared to the high-end models.

Quality

Made of plastic, the material used in this built is far from ideal. All the same, the quality is pretty decent for those of you who would not be seeking to smash their vacuum cleaners around. All in all, we don’t see any issues with the quality given that vacuums are meant to be taken care of and not thrown around.

Storage

If you have a house full of loose things that you need to gather, you might need a few rounds before you can completely clean it off. At just 2.5 gallons of storage, the capacity of this vacuum’s tank is not ideal and would not be enough for anyone requiring extensive works.

Vacuuming power

The vacuuming power of this machine is nothing too fancy, and only 2 horsepowers are provided. That being said, it should be enough for you for the most part, and you will not find any trouble sucking up things that fit through the pipe. Noise levels go in the higher 90s.

Portability

At just 8.4 pounds, this vacuum will barely be an issue when it comes to portability. However, for some reason that is beyond us, it lacks the all-essential which could prove to make it harder for you to work with this vacuum.

Additional features

This vacuum is stellar when it comes to additional features, minus the filters. It can double as a blower and has five different attachments that can be put into it. Sadly, only one filter is offered with this machine, which might not be enough to ensure a clean tank.

Hose length and capacity

With a hose diameter of 1.25, you should be able to take up anything that you can find on the usual house-hold to be cleaned. A relatively long hose length of 6 and a cord length of 10 feet are offered, which are nice to see.

Price

This is where this vacuum leaves the competition far behind. Charged at under 40 dollars, you get both a blower and a vacuum with enough capacity to clean up your home. What more can you ask for!

Pros
  • Very cheap
  • Okayish quality
  • Very portable
  • Many additional features
  • Doubles as a blower
  • Long hose and cord
Cons
  • No wheels
  • Very noisy
  • Not a lot of storage
  • Not a very strong suction

Shopvac 2911-6845

If you seek a relatively larger model for your household needs that can also double as a blower and provide you with a higher capacity than those provided by the previous two models, this Shopvac may be the perfect one for you. Offering a higher capacity alongside with the power of a household vac, this is made for those who wish to clean their vacuums out lesser but also gain a cheaper deal.

Quality

The vacuum is certified frustration-free and provides a three-year warranty. The quality is generally high and you would not really need to avail the warranty that you are given. The vacuum runs smooth and does not cause much of a hassle.

Storage

Offering 6-gallon storage, this tank should be more than enough for any household needs. With this much storage at your disposal, you can vacuum your way through the house for multiple days without having to empty out the trash.

Vacuuming power

A more than ideal vacuuming horsepower of 3 is offered, which means that you do not need to worry about the suction. It would be able to lift up almost anything, and you can simply let it do the job for you!

Portability

At near 14 pounds, this machine is a lot lighter than most vacuums that have the same capacity. It also comes with wheels so you can drag it around anywhere, making it extremely portable.

Additional features

This vacuum slays when it comes to additional features, almost getting as near as our top pick. It can double as a blower, and it has three separate filter attachments. It also offers 6 other general attachments, allowing you the versatility that you require from a vacuum cleaner.

Hose length and capacity

The diameter remains consistent with other household models at 1.25. The vacuum does offer a lot higher hose lengths at 8 feet and cord length at 16 feet. This should allow you to reach any hidden corner of the house and vacuum it as you wish.

Price

Priced at around 85 dollars, this is not the cheapest model that you can buy. It might usually just be better to cough up a few more dollars and get yourself our top pick instead!

Pros
  • High quality
  • High storage
  • High horsepower
  • Very portable
  • Many additional features
  • Blower
  • Lengthy hose and cord
Cons
  • Noisey
  • Pricey

Buyer guide

If you wish to get the perfect vacuum for yourself and are unsure of how to find it, we will help you out with this buying guide!

Quality

Quality is usually not important as far as it is concerned with the exterior. A vacuum is not built to be thrashed around, and shouldn’t be. You should ensure that it is internally strong though so that no metal that manages to find its way into the tank would end up damaging it. Of course, if all you ever vacuum is dust, that is ignorable.

Storage

Storage is very important to consider when you have to vacuum up extensive areas. For most household uses though, it can be ignored. You can decide how much storage you actually need depending on how much of an area you need to vacuum.

Vacuuming power

Anything with power above or at 2 Horsepower should be enough to lift up most of the spare particles and smaller things. If you seek to lift up metal nails and the like as well though, ie. in a tools man workshop, you should ideally go for one that offers at least 5 horsepower to ensure that nothing is left behind.

Portability

With something that you have to move around to clean an area, portability is always important. A vacuum having wheels is much easier to operate and should ideally be your choice. A lighter model also makes the work a lot easier for you!

Additional features

Additional features are not necessary but they are nice to have. Additional features can make your work easier by separating items, and accessories can help you clean up other things such as the car and the like. A blower is also helpful for leaf blowing. You should consider what else you wish to use your vacuum for.

Hose length and capacity

A hose length and a cord length of over 10 feet combined should be enough for any household given that every room has a plug. For larger spaces, consider larger options. Similarly, the 1.25 offering of diameter should be enough for picking up most materials but if you pick up nails and the like in a professional space, go for the 2.5 diameter models!

Price

The cheaper the better, that’s no rocket science!

Why would I choose this over a normal vacuum?
It can vacuum liquids, as well as items like nails, unlike the conventional dust picking vacuums.
Why are there two storage bins?
One is for the solids and the other is for the liquids.
Why are the bags not cloth-made?
Materials such as nails are also lifted and can tear cloth-made bags
Are warranties provided?
It is rare to have warranties for more than a year-long in this industry.
Are there any noiseless vacuums?
Sadly, no model manages to go below 80 decibels. You’re stuck with the noise!
Is the build of high quality?
It is of a high enough quality to not break under normal usage.
What if my vacuum can not reach a corner?
Buy one with a longer cord, or get an extension.
How do I know what attachments I get?
Check the amazon page of the model, they have the exact attachments listed down!

Conclusion

Having scrolled through that extensive list of vacuums and cleaned it down significantly (no pun intended!) for you, we hope that you would be able to make the best-reasoned choice and buy a model that would fit your needs. A wet/dry vacuum is an innovation that should not be ignored and is going to help you a lot especially if you work in an industry where dropping things is normalcy. For a small price tag, you get high productivity, so stop waiting and go grab your perfect model now, using our extensive reviews! We hope that these nifty machines will help you keep your workplace and homes neat and tidy, and free from both solid and liquid pollutants (at the expense of noise pollution but not everything can be perfect, now can it?)

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