Best Dry Wet Vacuum

Best Dry Wet Vacuum – Workshop and DIY projects create piles of sawdust, sanding dust, and all sorts of tiny bits of debris that add to general clutter and chaos. Wet/dry vacuums, sometimes called “shop vacs” because they’re often found in construction and workshop settings, make quick work of cleaning up both liquid spills and dry messes.

Another variety of vacuum that cleans up both wet and dry messes is available for in-home use. These vacuum mops perform as traditional vacuums with the added ability to clean up liquid spills and wash flooring.



Pros & Cons

DeWalt wet/dry vacs come highly recommended by both Major and Calvin, whose company keeps them in its trucks for smaller jobs.

For the average homeowner, he says, this one’s a great choice. It’s got a five-gallon canister, and, at under 16 pounds, it’s light and easy to use. Its 4.0 peak horsepower engine sucks up liquids and solids and has a blowing function.


Pros & Cons

Our experts unanimously love Craftsman. “We have a Craftsman, and it works like a charm,” says Rogue, who suggests you choose a size that fits your needs from the wide variety the brand offers and get some extra filters, too. Another fan is former Special Forces captain, survival instructor, and author Mykel Hawke.

He has seen his share of natural disasters, and while he acknowledges that you can’t prepare for Mother Nature, “we can all do something more, so focus on that,” he says. He likes having a powerful little Craftsman like this around for small jobs.


Pros & Cons

With its 16-gallon tank, 150 cfm, and HEPA filter, this wet/dry vac by Vacmaster meets all of Calvin’s criteria. Plus, it has a blower function and a kink-free hose.

Enjoying the powerful suction of a wet/dry vacuum shouldn’t break the bank. The Vacmaster Shop Vacuum comes with a medium-capacity 12-gallon collection tank and features a respectable 5-horsepower motor. Best of all, it comes at an affordable price point. The Vacmaster stands 24.49 inches tall and is 20.52 inches in diameter. It comes with a 7-foot flexible hose and has a 12-foot power cord.

The vacuum does double duty as a blower by removing the powerhead from the canister and connecting it to one of the two included extension wands. The vacuum weighs in at 24.4 pounds, and buyers receive additional nozzles and a crevice tool for cleaning in tight spots.

4.RIDGID 62703

Pros & Cons

Small but mighty, the RIDGID Portable Wet Dry Vacuum features a compact 4-gallon tank. Surprisingly for its size, it also comes with a powerful 5-horsepower motor, making it a highly effective vacuum suitable for moving from room to room or transporting in a car trunk. It has a 20-foot power cord and a flexible 8-foot quick-release hose. It weighs in at 12 pounds and is 19 by 15 by 16.5 inches in size.

The RIDGID wet/dry vac does double duty as a blower by removing the powerhead from the canister. It comes with a car nozzle and a diffuser for use with the blower option, and it can be fitted with a filter bag (sold separately).


Pros & Cons

With durability, power, impressive storage collection capacity, and several attachments, the WORKSHOP Wet Dry Vacuum is for big-time cleanups. It boasts a large, 6.5-horsepower motor and a copolymer drum that resists the potential cracking of the standard plastic drum found in many wet/dry vacs.

This model has a built-in auto-shutoff float that senses when the liquid level in the drum gets too high and shuts off the vacuum to prevent overflow accidents. In addition to a blower connection, a drain spout, and a 7-foot hose, the attachments list runs long and includes all of the following: a wet nozzle, a utility nozzle, a car nozzle, and two extension wands.


Pros & Cons

If you have one particular area that gets dirty often, and it’s where you’ll need to do most of your cleaning, you may decide to opt for a wall-mount shop vac. While these models do limit you in terms of where you can ultimately use them, the convenience of being able to just grab the hose and switch it on without worrying about dragging a tank may win out.

When it comes to wall-mount shop vacs, the Bissell Garage Pro is the one to beat. It functions as a vacuum and a blower, comes with seven different attachments and — most importantly for a wall-mount unit — has a staggeringly long 32-foot hose. Throw in the reach extension tools, and you may actually be able to clean parts of your house with a Garage Pro mounted in your garage.

7.Armor All

Pros & Cons

If you’re going to be using your shop vacuum primarily for cleaning out your car, you’re going to be looking for something different than someone who needs to clean a garage. You can use a smaller vacuum, but you’ll need something cordless or with a long cord to make sure you can reach every part of your car. Finally, you’ll still need something that handles wet and dry messes, because cars experience both of those.

The answer (and the top-ranked model in our list of best car vacuums) is the Armor All AA255. With a 2-horsepower motor, 10-foot cord, a 6-foot hose and 2.5 gallons of waste storage, you can easily clean your entire car as often as you like. It’s also got a detail brush crevice tool for taking dust and other small particles off of your dashboard (or other sensitive areas). Finally, it converts to a blower if you want to get dirt off the exterior of your vehicle.


Best Dry Wet Vacuum – To help on your vacuum-shopping journey, we performed hands-on testing with some of the best wet/dry vacuums on the market.

We compared suction, accessories, and more to determine which vacuums are worth the investment. Ahead, learn about the features and options to look for in a top-quality shop-type model, and don’t miss the roundup of some of the best wet/dry vacuum options available.