Wet/Dry Vacuum Reviews


Welcome to the wet/dry vacuum reviews page. On this page you will find a review of the five leading wet/dry vacuums. On the right, you will find stores where you can purchase a wet/dry vacuum and a store where you will find accessories for them as well.
Wet/Dry Stores

1. Vacuum Store
2. Accessory Store


Wet Dry Vacuum Reviews

Many families experience spills in their homes. Some spills are more challenging than others. When you have your sump pump to quit during a major rain or thunderstorm, this can be serious. You need a vacuum that can pick-up water or any other material such as dust after a remodeling project. This is where you will need a wet/dry vacuum which can help when these situations arise.

A major question is which wet/dry vacuum should I buy? This is where the wet/dry vacuum reviews come into play. You will find reviews of the major selling most powerful wet/dry vacuums from six manufacturers. You can compare horse power, cord length, warranty, accessories, and customer reviews to aid you in determining which one is best for you. Hopefully, by comparing the reviews of each vacuum should make your decision much easier.

The five manufacturers that will be examined are:  Shop Vac, Craftsman, Ridgid, Stanley, and Vacmaster wet/dry vacuums.  The table below shows the manufacturer and model being examined.

Item

Craftsman 17761

Ridgid WD1851

Shop Vac 9551600

Stanley SL18130

Vacmaster VJ1412P

Power Cord

20'

20'

18'

10'

18'

Horse Power

6

6.5

6.5

6.5

4.5

Capacity (Gallons)

16

16

16

5

14

Warranty

90 Days

Lifetime

4 Years

1 Year

3 Years

Each of these vacuums will vary in price. You will have to determine if the price of the vacuum is worth what you are getting in return. Each of the vacuums examined were the top of the line non-professional models by manufacture. You can spend additional money on the professional models.  Each of these manufactures make other models of wet/dry vacuums than those that are examined here.

Accessories

Craftsman Model 17761

  • 2-1/2" x 7' Hose
  • 2 Extension Wands
  • Utility Nozzle
  • Car Nozzle
  • Wet Nozzle
  • #17816 Standard pleated paper filter
  • 16 Gallon Container

Ridgid Model WD1851

  • 2 Extension wands
  • 2-1/2" x 7' Locking Hose
  • 3-Layer Fine Dust Filter
  • Crevice Tool
  • Car Nozzle
  • Owner's Manual
  • Utility Nozzle
  • Wet Nozzle
  • Muffler/Diffuser
  • 16 Gallon Container

Shop Vac Model 9551600

  • 2-1/2" x 8' Lock-on hose
  • 2 Extension Wands
  • 14" Floor Nozzle
  • 8" Utility Nozzle
  • Crevice Tool
  • Elbow Grip
  • Tool Storage Bag
  • Cartridge Filter
  • Disposable Filter Bag
  • 16 Gallon Container

Stanley Model SL18130

  • Flexible hose
  • 2 Extension Wands
  • Crevice Nozzle
  • Utility Nozzle
  • Floor Brush
  • Dust Bag
  • Foam Filter
  • Dust Filter
  • 5 Gallon Stainless Steel Container

Vacmaster Model VJ1412P

  • 10' Flexible hose 2-1/2"
  • 2 Extension Wands
  • Accessory Bag
  • 14" Squeegee Nozzle
  • 14" Floor Brush
  • Crevice Tool
  • 8" Utility Nozzle
  • Washable Fine Dust Cartridge Filter
  • 14 Gallon Container

Conclusion

Now you have to make your decision on which of these powerful vacuums is the best one for you. You need to base your decision on the warranty and accessories that each one offers potential buyers. The bottom line here is how often you are going to use your vacuum.

Do you have times when your sump pump fails and it floods your basement? Are you planning any big remodeling projects in which dust will be created? The more powerful the vacuum (horsepower) the longer it will be able to handle and do big jobs. Vacuums with less horsepower will burn out the motor on continued heavy use. I have burned out two shop vac motors myself using ones with less horsepower. Be sure to determine the use of your vacuum and then proceed to purchase the one that fits your use. There are many models to select from and various prices as well to fit anyone's budget.

Product Links

I have provided two wet/dry stores for you. One is the wet/dry vacuum store and the other is the wet/dry vacuum accessory store. In the wet/dry vacuum store you will find over 125 different types of vacuums that should cover any hard job for wet or dry vacuuming. Prices vary from under $20 to over $1,000.