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Best Wet/dry vacuums

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Wet/dry vacuums

Best Wet/dry vacuums

We tested 23 wet/dry vacuums to determine the best-performing models. Our expert lab technicians tested each Wet/dry vacuum based on the following criteria:

  • Weight (lbs.)
  • Ease of use
  • Capacity (claimed/usable, gals.)
  • Emissions
  • Wet
  • Dry

Below lists the Wet/dry vacuums that rated best in each of the tests our experts looked for. Learn about how these tests were performed and find out which Wet/dry vacuum is rated best when you subscribe.

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Wet/dry vacuums

Best Wet/dry vacuum for Weight (lbs.)

The weight of the unit, in pounds.


This Wet/dry vacuum which tested best for Weight (lbs.) has the following features: Accepts dust bag and Cleanup tools.

Best Wet/dry vacuum for Ease of use

Ease of use includes changing the filter and using the hose, wands, nozzles, handles, lid latches, and other features, as well as tip resistance when empty.


This Wet/dry vacuum which tested best for Ease of use has the following features: Accepts dust bag and Cleanup tools.

Best Wet/dry vacuum for Capacity (claimed/usable, gals.)

Capacity is as claimed by manufacturers, and for usable, as measured by vacuuming water until models shut off automatically, in gallons.


This Wet/dry vacuum which tested best for Capacity (claimed/usable, gals.) has the following features: Cleanup tools.

Best Wet/dry vacuum for Emissions

Emissions denotes wood flour released while vacuuming.


This Wet/dry vacuum which tested best for Emissions has the following features: Accepts dust bag and Cleanup tools.

Best Wet/dry vacuum for Wet

Wet reflects how thoroughly it removed a 1-gallon water spill and how long it took.


This Wet/dry vacuum which tested best for Wet has the following features: Accepts dust bag and Cleanup tools.

Best Wet/dry vacuum for Dry

Dry denotes the amount of airflow maintained after vacs picked up 1,000 grams of dust-simulating wood flour, along with the ability to pick up screws, wood pieces, and other heavier debris.


This Wet/dry vacuum which tested best for Dry has the following features: Accepts dust bag and Cleanup tools.