Vacmaster 2.5-Gallon Portable Wet/Dry Vac (VP205)

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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