The 10 Best Shop Vacs

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Best Shop Vac

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For this post, I have put together a collection of the best shop vacs currently available.

UPDATED: September 6, 2019.


MY TOP PICK:
If you are looking for the best overall, I recommend the Vacmaster VBV1210 because it offers wet/dry capabilities, a 5 peak horsepower motor, durable 12 gallon tank and a 7-foot long hose.


Make cleanup faster and easier in the garage, in the shop, or at the jobsite. An important specification to note is the tank material, typically polypropylene or stainless steel. Also, look at the capacity which is measured in gallons, in addition to the horsepower rating.

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The following vacuums use the latest innovative components to meet your needs and help to ensure you do your best work.

So here is my list of The 10 Best Shop Vacs.

Enjoy!


1. Vacmaster 12 Gallon Shop Vac

The Vacmaster is a versatile, powerful wet/dry vac that easily converts to a detachable blower.

  • Features 12 gallon polypropylene tank.

  • 5 peak hp, detachable blower function with 1 button easy release.

  • 210 mph blower speed.

  • 7 -Foot x 2-1/2 -Inch hose,

  • Cord wrap, extra large drain port.

  • On board accessory storage on caster and head.

  • Automatic shut off float valve.

  • Double insulated motor accessories: two extension wands, crevice took, utility nozzle, concentrator.


2. Shop-Vac 5989300 5-Gallon Shop Vac

The Shop-Vac 5989300 features a stainless steel tank.

  • Secure Latch System

  • Tank and lid are held together.

  • Rear blower port converts your vacuum into a powerful blower.

  • Use top and side carry handles for portability, take the vacuum to your mess.

  • On board tool storage keeps them where you need them.

  • Convenient easy to reach on off switch.

  • Accessories and filters included.

  • Full circumference dolly to prevent tip overs.


3. Armor All 2.5 Gallon Shop Vac

  • ArmorAll's Utility Wet/Dry Vacs have the ability to clean up both solids and liquids, offering seemingly unlimited uses.

  • 2.5 gallon polypropylene tank is small enough to carry around, but large enough for most jobs.

  • 2 horsepower motor provides ample suction power, as well as an easy conversion to a blower function.

  • Auto shut-off detects fill limit and prevents overflow. Top handle and onboard accessory storage make for easy carrying.

  • Built-in air and noise diffuser minimizes volume.

  • Other great features include a 10-foot cord with wrap, 6-foot, 1.25-inch hose, reusable cloth filter, reusable foam sleeve, 2-in-1 utility nozzle, crevice tool, deluxe car nozzle, blower nozzle, and detail brush.

  • No assembly required.


4. Vacmaster VFB511B 5 Gallon Shop Vac

  • The Vacmaster Professional Beast Series 5-Gallon 5.5 Peak HP Wet/Dry Vac is a powerful high-performance vac.

  • On-board hose, accessory, and power cord storage eliminates unneeded hassle and minimizes total storage space.

  • Over 25 ft. of cleaning reach (7’ hose and 18’ power cord) allows you to reach farther without unplugging the unit.

  • Quickly control the power with the large dust sealed on/off switch.

  • Includes 8 accessories for nearly any task: 7 ft. x 1-7/8 in. kink resistant premium hose, utility nozzle, crevice tool, car nozzle, (1) extension wand, fine dust cartridge filter, foam wet filter, and air & noise diffuser.


5. Craftsman XSP 16 Gallon Shop Vac

  • This Craftsman XSP 16 Gallon Wet/Dry Vac offers innovative cleaning power technology designed to tackle the toughest cleanup projects at the jobsite. shop, garage or home.

  • Innovative top-tray storage allows you to conveniently store items such as mechanics tools. power drills, screws or necessities on top of the vacuum so they are easily accessible when needed.

  • On-board hose, accessory and power cord organizers eliminates unneeded hassle and reduces overall storage space.

  • Equipped with an extra-large drain, it quickly empties the tank of liquids. An over 27 Foot cleaning reach (7 Hose, 20 Power Cord Extension Wands) allows you to reach larger areas without unplugging the unit.

  • The 2-1/2 diameter secure fit hose system keeps the hose in place during use.

  • Heavy duty 360 swivel casters offer enhanced mobility on most surfaces, integrated ergonomic top handle provides comfort and easy transport.

  • Quickly control the power with the large dust sealed on/off switch.


6. Shop-Vac 5989400 8 Gallon Shop Vac

  • Stainless steel tank

  • Tank and lid are held together with secure latch system.

  • Top and Side carry handles.

  • On board tool storage keeps tools where you need them.

  • No more lifting heavy tanks to dump contents. Take vacuum outside or to a drain and remove cap.

  • Convenient and easy to reach On/Off switch.

  • Full circumference dolly to prevent tip overs.


7. Vacmaster 6 Gallon Shop Vac

  • The Vacmaster 6 Gallon Stainless Steel wet/dry vac is ultra-lightweight, powerful and portable.

  • The stainless steel tank offers a more professional look to the machine and is perfect for most jobs at home, in the garage or at the office.

  • Powerful 3 HP motor delivers the suction necessary for your household projects.

  • Includes: 7 ft. hose, 12 ft. Cord with Cord Wrap, Air Control Nozzle, 2 Extension Wands, Multi Surface Floor Nozzle, 2-in1 Utility Nozzle, Crevice Tool, Round Dust Brush, standard cartridge filter, dust bag and reusable foam sleeve


8. Shop-Vac 5895200 2.5 Gallon Shop Vac

  • Shop-Vac 2.5 Gallon 2.5 peak HP AllAround EZ(tm) Series Wet/Dry Vac comes with versatile accessory assortment.

  • Includes 7' x 1 1/4" Friction Fit Hose, 2 1 1/4" Extension wands, dual surface nozzle, gulper nozzle, crevice tool, round brush and wall mount bracket.

  • Filters included are the foam sleeve and collection filter bag.

  • Comes with a 18' power cord, side tank handles, dolly with easy roll casters and top carry handle.

  • Designed for house hold use with quiet operating motor and the power of a full sized vacuum with the convenience of a hand held model.

  • Comes with wall mount bracket for out of the way storage.


9. DEWALT DCV581H 2 Gallon Shop Vac

  • The DEWALT DCV581H 18/20v MAX* Cordless/Corded Wet-Dry Vacuum has the ability to provide cordless or corded operation powered by either an 18v or 20v MAX battery or an AC outlet.

  • It features a HEPA rated wet/dry filter that traps dust with 99.97% efficiency at 1 micron.

  • The filter is easily accessible, washable/reusable (use tap or water rinse to clean).

  • This unit has a heavy-duty crush-resistant fully integrated 5' (by 1-1/4" diameter) hose which provides durability, flexibility and ease of use.

  • The on-board hose and accessory storage makes the vacuum easy to carry and transport.

  • Also comes with a crevice tool attachment and a wide nozzle tool attachment. Battery and charger sold separately.


10. Shop-Vac 2021000 1 Gallon Shop Vac

  • The Shop-Vac 1 gallon, 1.0 peak HP Micro Wet/Dry Vac is the all-purpose vac with compact wet/dry cleaning power.

  • A portable and lightweight way to tackle any household debris.

  • Convenient and versatile, the Hang Up Mini is perfect for any quick clean-up job in your home, garage, workshop, or vehicle.

  • Backed by a 2 year warranty, it has a 6 foot power cord and comes with 1.25 inch accessories.

  • Includes: 4 foot x 1.25 inch hose, gulper nozzle, crevice tool, tool bag, wall mount bracket for tools, and wall bracket for tool bag.

  • Filters include foam sleeve and disposable collection filter bag.


I hope this list of the best shop vacs was helpful.

If you think I left out one that is important or have a suggestion for a future article, let me know in the comments below.

Brandon Hubbard, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C