A shop vac is a remarkable invention. Not only will it pick up dry messes like a vacuum but it can also be used to pick up wet messes as well. And many people turn to one of these devices when they’re looking to blow up their favorite pool toy or air mattress, so it goes without saying that they are quite versatile machines.
Of course, as amazing as these cleaning tools are, some models are better than others. Some of them are durable and come packed with features and others aren’t quite as good. Which is why it’s important to choose the best shop vac possible. With that in mind, I’ve selected ten models which I think are some of the best ones available.
10. Micro Wet/Dry Vacuum (2021000)
This wet & dry vacuum may be small but it’s durable and gets the job done. It has a 1-gallon capacity and can pick up a variety of wet or dry messes quickly and efficiently. This lightweight vac is lightweight and portable, so it can easily be carried directly to the mess it needs to clean. It also comes with a wall bracket that allows it to be stored in a convenient location. Other features found on this unit include a fold-down carry handle, a 6-foot long power cord, a 4-foot long 1-1/4-inch hose and a tool bag to keep everything together.
9. ShopVac 8-Gallon Vacuum (5989400)
With an ample 8-gallon size, this vacuum is ideal for most uses around the home. It has a stainless steel tank with a positive lid latch system that keeps it secure while in use and also has a rear blower port. It has a handy drain port that prevents the whole unit from having to be tipped to be emptied out and has top and side carry handles that make it easy to transport. This model has on-board tool storage to keep its accessories close at hand, accessories which include 3-extension wands, a crevice tool, floor and gulper nozzles, and a 7-foot long 1-1/4-inch hose.
8. All Around Plus 4-Gallon Wet/Dry Vacuum (5870400)
This vacuum is a great compromise between size and convenience and has a number of features which make it ideal for home use. It features an ultra-quiet 9-amp motor that provides the unit with more than enough suction power to tackle both wet and dry messes. This unit also has an 18-foot power cord, an easy-to-reach on/off button and an 8-foot lock-on hose. It has a 4-gallon size and is easy to carry around the house. It comes with two 1-1/4 inch extension wands, a wet/dry nozzle, dual service selector nozzle, a round brush and a crevice tool.
7. ShopVac Wall-Mount 3.5 Gallon Vacuum (3940100)
This 3.5-gallon wet/dry vacuum has a 3-peak horsepower motor that can deliver more than enough power to pick up most household messes. This vac has a 6-foot power cord and an 18-foot by 1.25-inch diameter hose, so it can reach even the hardest to reach locations. This unit can also be mounted on the wall using the tool storage bag and wall hooks that come with it. It also comes with an assortment of tools which include a crevice tool, round brush, a gulper nozzle and a 10-inch wet/dry nozzle. A nice assortment of accessories to go along with a well-designed wet/dry vac.
6. ShopVac Wall Mount 5-Gallon Wet/Dry Vac (3942300)
Easily wall mountable, this wet/dry vacuum is ideal for anyone who wants the convenience and power of one of the vacuums close at hand. It features an 18-foot long hose which has a 1.25-inch diameter and comes with a variety of accessories which include a 12-inch nozzle with brush, a crevice tool, squeegee inserts, a round brush, a tool bag and a gulper nozzle. This unit also has a top carry handle which makes it easy to transport to and from the scene of the mess. All things considered, this 5-gallon unit is ready to prove itself useful and to provide many years of service.
5. Armor All 2.5-Gallon Utility Vacuum (AA225)
This 2.5-gallon utility vacuum is designed for light household chores and can easily pick up light messes around the home thanks to its 2-peak HP motor. Although it isn’t very big, it has one big thing going for it and that’s the fact that it’s lightweight and portable. This model comes with a 10-foot power cord and a 6-foot hose, so it can be used on even hard-to-reach areas and operates quietly and efficiently. Other features which can be found on this vacuum include an auto-shutoff feature which prevents it from becoming overfilled and on-board accessory storage.
4. All Around EZ 2.5-Gallon Wet/Dry Vac (5895200)
Although this vac only has a capacity of 2.5-gallons, it packs more than enough power to handle most household chores. It’s equipped with a 2.5-peak HP motor that can pick up both wet and dry messes and comes with a number of accessories which include two extension wands, a crevice tool, a round brush and a gulper nozzle. This vac also comes with a wall mount bracket, so it can be attached to a wall and kept out of the way. Other features found on this model include a 7-foot by 1-1/4 inch hose, easy-roll casters, and a top carry handle.
3. Craftsman 6-Gallon 3-Peak HP Vac (12004)
This wet and dry vacuum not only has enough power to motor through most household chores but it also has an impressive cleaning reach. It features a 3-peak HP motor that can pick up wet and dry messes with ease and a 10-foot power cord and 7-foot secure fit hose that allows it to reach into tight corners. It also comes with two extension wands, a dust-sealed on/off switch and a durable 6-gallon collection tank. All of these features combine to give the user an impressive vac that will help them get their work done without a whole lot of hassle.
2. ShopVac Wall-Mount 5-Gallon Vacuum (3942000)
This 5-gallon vac has the power and the features needed to power through even tough household jobs. It features a 4-peak HP motor that can pick up both wet and dry messes and has an 18-foot by 1.25-inch lock-on hose that comes with a number of accessories including three extension wands, a 12-inch nozzle, a gulper nozzle, round brush, and crevice tool. It also comes with a wall mount bracket so the vacuum can be mounted up and out of the way. Another key feature of this unit is that it is very portable and easy to carry from one end of the home to the other.
1. Vacmaster 5-Gallon Vacuum With 2-Stage Motor
A key area that many wet/dry vacuums fail is motor power, fortunately, this one excels in that particular area of operation. It features a 5-peak HP 2-stage motor that delivers all the power a person needs during their cleaning chores. This 5-gallon vacuum also comes with a wide array of accessories which allow it to tackle several different types of jobs. These accessories include a 10-foot flex hose, an 11-foot standard hose, 2 extension wands, a combo floor nozzle, crevice tool, car nozzle and a round dust brush. This vac also features super-quiet operation, a remote control on/off switch and a wall mount so it can be stored out of the way. Features which make it one of the best shop vac models available.