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Wet-dry vacuum reviews

Consumer Reports is the only place to find unbiased, independent wet-dry vacuum reviews. A useful tool for homeowners, a wet-dry vacuum can handle clean-up of the worst messes from construction or mishaps. But what type of is best for your needs? Also sometimes called a wet-dry vacuum cleaner, a wet-dry vacuum can come with such features as dual swivel hose, extension wand, and tool storage.

Our experts at the Consumer Reports National Testing and Research Center have evaluated more than 20 different current wet-dry vacuum models at our on-site testing labs. Our reviews will provide you with Ratings, where you will find the exact numerical score our experts have assigned to each of the six tested criteria for wet-dry vacuum review: weight, capacity, dry, wet, emissions, and ease of use. We’ve tested such major brands as Craftsman, Ridgid, Emerson, Shop Vac, and others. Our wet-dry vacuum pages also include a product selector, where you can input brand, category, and price to narrow down the right wet-dry vacuum model for your needs.

After reading the wet-dry vacuum reviews, you can compare models, review our list of the features and specifications, read user reviews, and submit your own review.

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Also look at our wet-dry vacuum buying guide, which shows you which features are important and gives you the pros and cons of each model.

Read the wet-dry vacuum reviews below and compare the Ratings of each model before you shop.

Wet/dry vacuum reviews

DeWalt DC500

Type: Wet/dry vacuums
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Craftsman Clean N Carry 17713

Type: Wet/dry vacuums
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Shop-Vac Quiet Deluxe Series 586-20-00

Type: Wet/dry vacuums
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Ridgid WD0625 (Home Depot)

Type: Wet/dry vacuums
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Shop-Vac 584-04-27 (Wal-Mart)

Type: Wet/dry vacuums
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What's behind our wet/dry vacuum Ratings?

Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 23 models in wet/dry vacuums to see which ones perform best.
We look for:
  • Overall score
    Overall score mainly denotes dry and wet performance.
  • Weight
    The weight of the unit, in pounds.
  • Capacity
    Capacity is as claimed by manufacturers, and for usable, as measured by vacuuming water until models shut off automatically, in gallons.
  • 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.
  • Wet
    Wet reflects how thoroughly it removed a 1-gallon water spill and how long it took.
  • Emissions
    Emissions denotes wood flour released while vacuuming.
  • 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.

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