Best Wet Dry Vacuum Cleaner Reviews of 2017

Finding the best wet dry vacuum is not an easy task and I found that out first hand. After I found the ones that I thought would be really good to use around my home, I then had to try them out for myself. Fortunately, that task was made a whole lot enjoyable thanks to the Vacmaster 12-Gallon Wet/Dry Vac (VBV1210).

And to be honest, it was a wet/dry vac that my husband really loved. He loved it so much because it could not only be used for its primary purpose as a vacuum but also because it also doubles as a leaf blower. Just one press of the release button and he was able to blow the leaves that had gathered in our driveway. It is able to replace two different pieces of equipment – a wet/dry vac and a leaf blower – really helps justify the cost of it. A cost which was a little bit higher than other units on the market today.

Its leaf blower could blow at about 240 miles per hour. That’s more than powerful enough for its leaf blowing capability to come out as a winner. Of course,  it’s limited by a cord and really can’t compete with gas or cordless leaf blowers but I still think it does its job fairly well.

This machine came with a number of accessories which really made it useful around the house. It came with a 7-foot hose that was 2.5-inches in diameter. It also came with a blower nozzle, a crevice tool, two extension wands, 8-inch utility nozzle and a cartridge filter with a foam sleeve. Right out of the box, it looked like it was made to handle any chore I could hope to use it for.

As far as performance goes, I think that this unit is on top of its game. It not only did an excellent job at picking up dry messes such as cereal, sawdust and even the sticky balls from my sweet gum tree. It also did a flawless job of picking up spilled liquids. In essence, this machine performed really well. It’s 5 horsepower engine was strong enough to do all of the tasks I asked it to do.

Another thing that I liked about the Vacmaster is that it came with an extremely large drain port. This allowed me to easily and effortlessly let out the water it had sucked up during my cleaning test. I didn’t have to fumble with trying to tip it over, I just had to undo the plug and drain it.

Now that I’ve spent quite a bit of time with this wet/dry vac – both in my garage, in my yard and around my house – I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s one of the best wet-dry vacuums I’ve used so far. It’s sturdy, well-built and just gets the job done. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who was looking for a good vacuum that could be used for wet and dry applications.

9.4 Total Score
Bottom Line

Quality
9.5
Ease of Use
9.0
Performance
10.0
Features
9.5
Value
9.0
PROS
  • Large Capacity
  • 7-foot hose
  • 12-foot cord
  • Cleans well
CONS
  • Higher priced than other brands
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The first time that I saw the Shop-Vac All Around EZ 2.5-Gallon Wet/Dry Vacuum, I thought that it was one of the cutest wet/dry vacs I’ve ever seen. It was only about 12x11x17-inches and weighed around 12-pounds or so. It’s also designed to be wall mountable for easy storage. Before I tested it, I really did think that it could compete for a spot on this list as the best wet dry vac and I really have to say that it came close to hitting the top of my list in the end.

The first thing that I noticed about this product was that it seemed like it was built by someone who was not only familiar with wet/dry vacuums but also used them. It just seemed like they built this unit with an eye on its design and how it was going to be used. It had an 18-foot power cord, easy-roll casters, side tank handles and a top carry handle. And that’s not even mentioning the fact that it comes with a wall mount bracket so you can just hang it on your wall. It really shows an eye to detail, in my opinion.

Its accessories are another area in which it looked like the engineers really paid attention to detail. It came with a 7-foot hose with a 1.25-inch hose diameter, two 1.25-inch extension wands, a round brush, crevice tool, dual surface nozzle and a gulper nozzle. It also came with a foam filter sleeve and a collection filter bag. Just about everything you would need to get the job done.

As I used it around my home, I really began to appreciate this unit. Even though it was only 2.5-horsepower, it had great suction and really picked up messes around my home. If there was one complaint I had with the unit it was its size. It’s only 2.5-gallons, so it has to be frequently emptied while handling big messes. And while this vac wasn’t the loudest I’ve ever heard, it also isn’t whisper quiet. It’s not a big deal but certainly something that needs to be mentioned.

Using this unit around my home was really kind of a pleasure. Sure, it’s not the biggest or most powerful vac out there but it does fit in its own niche very well. It’s portable, convenient to use, easy to store and does a good job of picking up messes. If you’re not looking for an industrial wet/dry vac and are instead looking for something that’s good around the home, then I don’t think you can do much better than this unit. It seems to be custom made for use around the home and I’d definitely recommend it for that purpose. I was very pleased with it.

9.3 Total Score
Bottom Line

Quality
9.0
Ease of Use
9.5
Ease of Use
9.0
Features
9.5
Value
9.5
PROS
  • Easy-to-use
  • Portable
  • Compact
  • Wall mountable
  • Inexpensive
CONS
  • Small
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In the past, I’ve had pretty good experiences with Craftsman equipment. I can’t think of many of their products that didn’t work the way they were intended to work. Which is why I was more than happy to give this Craftsman 6-Gallon Wet/Dry Vacuum. I wasn’t sure if it was going to be the best wet dry vac I’ve tested but I was pretty confident that it wouldn’t be the worst.

The first thing that I caught my attention when I received this vacuum was that it was kind of small. It isn’t tiny by any stretch of the imagination, mind you,  but it did seem smaller than I thought it would be. It was only about 21-inches high, 15.5-inches wide and about 15.75-inches deep. Not the smallest unit I’ve used but not the largest either.

This model had a 6-gallon capacity and had a 3-HP motor. It has a 7-foot long hose that’s about 1-7/8-inches in diameter, a 10-foot power cord and comes with 8 accessories. The accessories that come with this vac include 2 extension wands, a hose bracket set, a floor/squeegee nozzle, a cartridge filter, a utility nozzle and a wet pickup foam filter. Other features of this vacuum is a dust-sealed on/off switch and casters that not only roll smoothly but also can roll 360-degrees.

One of the reasons I wanted to try out this wet/dry vac was that it was supposed to be a 2-in-1—meaning that it was supposed to not only be a vac but also a leaf blower. So I was a little disappointed that it didn’t have a leaf blower attachment so it could be used for that purpose. Yes, technically if you plug the hose into the blower port you can blow leaves but I was kind of expecting to have an attachment that would facilitate that job.

Another thing that disappointed me about this unit was its power. I kind of expected it to be more powerful. Sure, it did a fine job at cleaning but it didn’t do an “industrial” level of clean. What I mean by that is that it didn’t pick up heavier items like an industrial vac would. It seems to be in the netherworld between a home vac and an industrial vac.

Overall, I think that this is a decent wet/dry vac. It’s certainly disappointed me on a couple of points but in the end, it did what it was designed to do. Besides, it’s usually reasonably priced and it seems very durable. Let’s just call it a wet/dry vac and leave it at that. You can decide if its imperfections are enough to keep you from purchasing it.

9.3 Total Score
Bottom Line

Quality
9.0
Ease of Use
9.5
Performanc
9.0
Features
9.5
Value
9.5
PROS
  • Good quality
  • Works Well
  • 6-gallon capacity
  • Inexpensive
CONS
  • Could've been more powerful
  • No blower attachment
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When I did this review of the Vacmaster 4-Gallon Industrial Wet/Dry Vacuum I was already familiar with several other Vacmaster wet/dry vacs. In fact, one of them is my pick for best wet dry vacuum. Needless to say, I was quite excited to review this vac and see if it too could make it to the top of my list. Unfortunately, it just didn’t make it.

This vac had two plastic casters in the front and two big plastic wheels in the back. This gave it the mobility it needed to get around my home. It also had a 5-HP engine and a 4-gallon tank. It had a dust sealed on/off switch, a 15-foot power cord with automatic rewind and an accessory caddy that carries all of the accessories that came with it. Speaking of the accessories, the model I received came with 3 extension wands, a crevice tool, dust brush, 2-in-1 utility brush and a floor nozzle. This unit also had a 7-foot hose that had a 1.25-inch hose diameter.

Using it around the house was pretty easy. It seemed to have quite a bit of power and I had no problems cleaning up a variety of messes with it. While its capacity is a little smaller than what I would have liked, it’s certainly not the smallest unit I’ve used. However, I do have to say that it is probably one of the quietest. Sure, it’s not whisper quiet or anything like that but it certainly isn’t like the vacs I have used that sounded like jet engines.

The one thing that I didn’t like about this vac was that it was priced higher than many other models that were in its category. Not really high priced but not as inexpensive as I think it could’ve been. If I could have caught this unit on a sale or something, then I would have been really pleased. After all, it works well, it’s just the price point I don’t agree with.

All things considered, I think this is a good wet/dry vac. It’s high quality, has pretty good power and is easy to use. If you can catch it on sale, then it’s probably a model you’ll want to check out. At its regular price, however, I would recommend another product.

9.2 Total Score
Bottom Line

Quality
9.0
Ease of Use
9.5
Performance
9.0
Features
9.5
Value
9.0
PROS
  • Good quality
  • Works Well
CONS
  • Priced higher than comparable models
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When I got the  Armor All 2.5-Gallon Utility Wet/Dry Vacuum, I didn’t know what to think about it at first. The unit I received was a small black and orange vac that I knew wasn’t going to be powerful enough for the home. Which also meant that it probably wasn’t going to make the top of the best wet dry vac list. However, what I didn’t anticipate was how great of a unit it would be for my vehicles.

This unit only has a 2.5-gallon tank and only weighs around 7-pounds, so it’s easy to take it around. It had an easy-open canister lid that allowed its contents to be emptied rather easily and also had a 6-foot long hose that was about 1.25-inches in diameter. Its power cord was about 10-feet long and the unit came with several accessories. The accessories it came with included a blower nozzle, detail brush, crevice tool, car tool, 2-in-1 utility nozzle, a cloth filter and a foam sleeve.

As I guessed, it’s 2-horsepower motor just wasn’t powerful enough to tackle big indoor messes. Sure, it could pick up cereal, spilled oatmeal or milk but if the mess was bigger than that, then it just couldn’t cut it. However, I did eventually find out that where it really shines is the interior of my cars.

On car carpets and seats, this wet/dry vac really did a great job. I was able to clean every single square inch of my car – even the mess I made when I dumped juice on my floorboards while I was cleaning! It sucked up the fruit juice and I was able to use a damp rag to get the rest out before it stained. I was also able to use the brushes on the vents of my car, getting them clean as well.

What I really liked about this vac was that it had a blower feature as well. This allowed me to blow out the crumbs between my car seats and my door – you know, the ones that normally can’t be reached with a vacuum. This allowed me to get the inside of my car pretty clean.

It really escapes me why this vacuum isn’t marketed exclusively as a device for cleaning out the inside of cars because that’s really where it does its best work. I think it’s a great unit for those of you looking for something to vacuum out your vehicle. For heavier jobs, I would recommend finding something else.

9 Total Score
Bottom Line

Quality
9.0
Ease of Use
9.5
Performance
8.5
Features
8.5
Value
9.4
PROS
  • Good for car interiors
  • Blows and sucks
  • Lightweight
  • Inexpensive
CONS
  • Not enough power
  • Not enough capacity
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When I think of the Micro Shop-Vac Wet/Dry Vacuum, it’s as a unit that tries really hard in cleaning up the messes its presented with. I could almost call it the little engine that could. Of course, that would probably be insulting to the little engine that could because at least it made it up the hill. This vac just doesn’t have the will to get the job done sometimes.

Now, I don’t want you to get me wrong. I don’t think that this vac is worthless because it’s still a decent vacuum. You just have to use it on smaller messes. If you’re going to try to use it to clean up a large liquid spill or pick up nails in the garage, then this unit is going to disappoint you. However, if you keep your expectations lowered a bit and use this on lighter messes than you’ll probably concede that it has a few things going for it.

It’s lightweight, so it’s easy-to-use and to carry around. It has a 1-horsepower engine that really isn’t powerful enough for many jobs but does alright with smaller messes. It also has a somewhat small 1-gallon capacity. Which means that it fills up rather quickly.

Unfortunately, it only has a 6-foot power cord, so if you’re going to use it out in your garage or your car, then you are probably going to have to plug it into an extension cord. It also has a 4-foot hose which has a 1.25-inch diameter, a crevice tool, a gulper nozzle and a tool bag. It also comes with a foam sleeve filter and a collection filter bag.

While it did a less than stellar job in my home, it did a pretty decent job in my car. It was able to pick up the little messes I had around the car’s cabin. And I think the interior of cars is really where this unit does a decent job.

8.6 Total Score
Bottom Line

Quality
9.0
Ease of Use
9.0
Performance
8.0
Features
8.0
Value
8.8
PROS
  • Works well on car interiors
  • Inexpensive
  • Lightweight
CONS
  • Not powerful enough
  • Small capacity
  • Cord is short
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This Vacmaster 5-Gallon Wet/Dry Vacuum is honestly a wet/dry vacuum I had heard too much about it. Sure, I had reviewed a number of different vacs from this manufacturer but I wasn’t too familiar with this particular model so I ordered one and waited for it to arrive. When it did get to my home, I just couldn’t wait to see what it could do.

When I began to use it, I immediately noticed a few things I didn’t like about it. One, it had a rather short power cord – only about 8-feet long. The next thing that I noticed is that I really didn’t like its hose either. Its hose was only about 6-feet long and the diameter of the hose was only around an inch. And as if those two things weren’t bad enough, I then discovered that this unit was only 3-HP. I kind of hoped it would have had more power.

Of course, my entire experience with this wet/dry vac wasn’t bad. It did have a more than decent 5-gallon capacity and it came with a number of accessories which included 3 extension wands, a 10-inch floor squeegee/nozzle, a reusable foam sleeve and a reusable cloth filter. Unfortunately, it didn’t have any sort of detail brushes that would have extended its usefulness.

Even though it wasn’t as powerful as I would have liked, I did manage to get it to pick up a variety of different messes. I used it to pick up baby powder, cereal, dirt from a spilled planter, gravel that my husband had tracked in and some spilled soda. For all of those tasks, it did a pretty good job. For bigger tasks, it just couldn’t cut the mustard, however.

Overall, I think this is a decent wet/dry vacuum. Sure, it’s not powerful enough and its hose and power cord was kind of short, but it did do a decent job on small to mid-sized messes. As long as you don’t use it on a mess too big, I think that it would do its job.

8.3 Total Score
Bottom Line

Quality
8.5
Ease of Use
8.5
Performance
8.0
Features
8.0
Value
8.5
PROS
  • Decent quality
  • Good capacity
CONS
  • Hose is a little short
  • Power cord is a little short
  • Small hose diameter
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The RIDGID 12-Gallon Wet/Dry Vac (VAC1200) is obviously a wet/dry vacuum that’s meant for industrial use – or at least, heavy-duty use. While I knew that it was more expensive than comparable models, I had also heard great things about its power and capacity, so I decided to test it out and see what it could accomplish around my home. Here is what I discovered.

This vac weighed about 22-pounds and was about 18.4×23.5-inches. A little bulky for my smaller frame, but I decided to go ahead and test it out anyway. I noticed that not only did it have a 5-horsepower motor but it also had a 12-gallon tank. I thought that not having to empty it out as much would balance out its bulk but it didn’t quite work out that way.

Every time I used this vac I seemed to have problems with its hose. I would have problems with it popping out at inconvenient times. I soon realized that I hadn’t put the hose in the way it was supposed to, so I fixed it and didn’t have problems with it popping out anymore. However, when I did eventually have to remove the hose to clean it out, I had a bit of difficulty not only removing it but also putting it back on. It was a bit of a frustrating experience for me.

Although I had my difficulties with this product, there were also some things that I liked. For instance, I liked the 20-foot power cord and the length of the 8-foot hose. I also liked the fact that the top popped off and became an actual leaf blower. And a pretty powerful one at that.

All things considered, I don’t think that this is a bad vacuum. In fact, I do think that it does a pretty good job. Sure, I had some issues with the hose attachment that I still think was more of a design flaw than user error on my part, but overall I think it was a good heavy-duty vac. With that being said, however, I don’t think that the price for this unit is justified. There are other wet/dry vacuums that have close to the same capabilities as this one and are not priced as high. If it was a little cheaper, it would be a whole lot higher on my list – believe me.

8.1 Total Score
Bottom Line

Quality
8.5
Ease of Use
8.0
Performance
8.5
Features
8.0
Value
7.5
PROS
  • 2-in-1 capability
  • Cleans well
  • Heavy duty
  • High capacity
CONS
  • Frustrating to use
  • Kind of expensive
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When I began reviewing the Vacmaster 2.5-Gallon Portable Wet/Dry Vac (VP205), I thought that it was somewhat of an enigma. It seemed to have some features that I liked but these features seemed to be balanced out by other things that I really didn’t like. It was a bit perplexing at first but then I put on my “reviewer” cap and began to take notes on the good and bad things about this vac.

Let me begin by telling you some of the things about this product. For instance, it’s a 2.5-gallon unit that has a 2-HP motor. Looking at the motor power, I could tell right away that it wasn’t going to be all that powerful, but I gave it a shot anywhere to see just how powerful it was.

It’s only about 8-pounds and that makes it pretty portable. And as far as cleaning up messes was concerned, I was right. It couldn’t handle too much work at one time. It just wasn’t powerful enough. However, if you needed it to clean up cereal or dust, then it did its job just fine.

I really didn’t like the fact that it only came with a 4-foot hose. I would have liked to see a little more length on it to give me a little more reach. It also would’ve been nice if the power cord was a little longer as well – 8-feet is just a little bit short for me. I did like the fact that it also had a blower feature but was kind of disappointed it didn’t have a leaf blower attachment. It would’ve been nice to have.

As you can see, this vac was sort of an enigma. It was lightweight and portable, but it’s hose and power cord was short. It had a 2-in-1 capability, but it didn’t have a leaf blower attachment and didn’t have a whole lot of power. If these are things you don’t mind, then you’ll probably be pleased with this product. I, on the other hand, will probably look for something a little bit better and a lot less perplexing.

8 Total Score
Bottom Line

Quality
8.5
Ease of Use
8.0
Performance
7.5
Features
8.0
Value
8.0
PROS
  • Inexpensive
  • Lightweight
  • Portable
CONS
  • Short power cord
  • Short hose
  • Not enough power
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