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Wet/dry vacuums are one product where bigger tends to deliver the best cleaning and the most capacity for the price. But you might want a smaller, lighter model for a multilevel home.
Whether it's sawdust in your basement or a spill in your kitchen, wet/dry vacuums are designed to handle the toughest household messes. Our dusty, watery tests show that some wet/dry vacuums shoulder their tasks with more finesse than others.
Major brands are pushing stackable and cordless wet/dry vacuums and other new designs as they try to get wet/dry vacuums out of the basement and into the kitchen and living room. But cleaning ability should be your primary concern. The largest models generally delivered the quickest, most thorough cleaning and the most capacity, and they tended to be the best equipped. But you may need a smaller, lighter vacuum--perhaps even a mini-sized model--if your home is shy on storage space or has more than one level.
We checked how well the vacuums picked up dust that simulates wood flour, and how much of that dust they leaked into the air. Screws, wood pieces, and other heavier debris were a more demanding test of suction, and a one-gallon spill tested wet-cleaning ability. Finally, we judged ease of use of each vacuum's features and accessories.