A wet dry vacuum cleaner is a must-have handy tool for every house. Mops and household vacuums can take care of small cleaning jobs. However, when it comes to large disasters, you have to bring out the big guns. A wet dry vacuum cleaner, also known as a shop vac, can deal with a host of cleaning jobs ranging from sawdust from a woodworking project to a flooded basement. Below is a review of the top 5 portable baby wet dry vacuums of 2019.
#1. Shop-Vac 5989300 5-Gallon 4.5 Peak HP Stainless Steel Wet Dry Vacuum
This shop vac has a stainless steel tank and a sizeable hose with a diameter of 1.25 inches. It has a capacity of 5 gallons and comes stock with 3 extension wands, a foam sleeve, a gulper nozzle, a floor nozzle, a crevice tool, a cartridge filter and a filter bag.
It is built for maximum airflow and allows up to 175 cubic feet per minute (CFM). As you can already tell from its CFM, it is compact and powerful. It has a full circumference dolly that prevents it from tipping over while in use.
Its only downside is the fact that it has a short cord (7 foot) which limits its mobility during use. However, it makes up for this through its powerful cleaning action powered by a 4.5 horsepower motor.
#2. Armor All Utility Wet/Dry Vacuum AA255
This shop vac is built to handle both wet and dry debris. Its Polypropylene tank holds up to 2.5 gallons of dirt and waste. It has an automatic shut-off which prevents it from overflowing at the top handle.
It comes with a 10-foot cord and a 6-foot hose (1.25-inch in diameter) which allows for plenty of mobility during cleaning. As such, it is the shop vac of choice for cars and other small cleaning jobs. It comes stacked with a blower nozzle, a crevice tool, a detail brush, a reusable foam sleeve and a reusable cloth filter.
Due to the limited capacity of its tank, this shop vac cannot be used for large cleaning jobs. It makes up for this by being well adept for small cleaning jobs with an easy to use blower function and lightweight portability.
#3. Vacmaster 12 Gallon, 5 Peak HP, Wet/Dry Vacuum with Detachable Blower, VBV1210
This shop vac has a quick release detachable blower. The detachable design means you can perform one-handed conversion during use. Its top handle design is balanced with an on/off switch that is properly sealed to prevent intrusion by dust.
It comes equipped with a sizeable 12-gallon Polypropylene tank, a 5 peak Hp powered motor and a 7-feet long hose with a diameter of 2.5 inches. It has a blowing speed of 210 MPH and an industrial two-stage motor both of which equip this shop vac for heavy duty use. This together with its 8-inch utility nozzle enable it to have multi-use capabilities from small cleaning jobs to large ones.
This shop vac has an extra-large drain port which makes emptying the tank as easy as can be. It is also easily maneuverable as it is built largely for mobility.
#4. WORKSHOP Wet Dry Vac WS1600VA High Capacity Wet Dry Vacuum Cleaner, 16-Gallon Shop Vacuum Cleaner, 6.5 Peak HP Wet And Dry Vacuum
This shop vac has accessory storage on the feet. Its top storage is designed to keep vacuum attachments both and safe and within reach. It is equipped with a Qwik lock filter fastening mechanism which allows dry vacuum filter changes.
This shop vac is quite integrated with a blowing port that provides added versatility. Its versatility coupled together with its powerful 6.5 peak HP motor allows users to blow debris off of driveways and out of both job sites and garages.
Wet masses can be easily removed via its drain port. It has a 7-foot hose (with a diameter of 2.5 inches) and a 20-foot power cord that make it easy to use on the go. The only downside to this shop vac is that it is quite noisy.
#5. Ridgid WD1450 14-Gallon 6-Horsepower Wet/Dry Vacuum
Unlike the Workshop Wet Dry Vac WS1600VA which is annoyingly loud, this shop vac is equipped with noise reduction mechanism. As such, though it is quite powerful, it makes for reasonably quiet cleaning experience.
It has a 20-foot long cord which makes up well for mobility. It comes equipped with a powerful 6 HP motor which serves for powerful suction, enough so it can handle a wide range of cleaning jobs: blowing away debris from the driveway to tough-job site clean up.
It has a 3 layer dust filer which serves to extend this shop vac’s vacuum life. Its only downside is the fact that it is bulky and heavy to carry.