The Best Shop Vacuums

Ah, the worst part of woodworking or any type of activity – the cleanup. The only thing I like about cleaning up after turning wood on my lathe or sanding drywall is sucking all the dirt and garbage into my trusty shop vac. A good shop vacuum will serve you well for many years. That’s why I don’t bother with other brands of vacuums and stick with the genuine article – Shop Vac.

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In this post, we share our favorite shop vacs that are simply the best on the market for your money. Let’s get right into our list of the best shop vacs.

Shop-Vac 5870400 4-Gallon Wet/Dry Vacuum

The shop-vac 5870400 4-gallon 4.5 peakhorsepower all around wet/dry vacuum includes LockOn, extension wands, brush, nozzles and other accessories. You will love the 18-foot power cord and the compact size of the vacuum so you can easily store it. The off/on switch is easy to reach and the vacuum is backed by a three-year warranty.

With the LockOn house, you can keep the hose from disengaging from the tank. The hose threads onto the inlet of the tank or the blower. You get a good amount of accessories including 8’ x 1 ¼ LockOn hose, 2 extension wands, bare and carpeted floor nozzle, 10” wet dry nozzle, gulper nozzle, crevice tool, round brush, tool basket, cartridge filter and high efficiency filter bag. Nothing is more annoying than trying to lug around a huge and heavy unit. This unit is light weight for portability so you can take it wherever you need it to go to clean up the mess. These vacuums are small but powerful whether you want it for wet or dry vacuuming.

Shop-Vac 5986000 5-Gallon 4.5 Peak HP Stainless Steel Wet Dry Vacuum

The Shop-Vac 5986000 5-Gallon 4.5 peak HP stainless steel wet dry vacuum has a stainless steel tank, positive latch system, rear blower port and on board cord and accessory storage. If you have ever dealt with a vacuum where the lid keeps coming off, you will appreciate the secure latch system that will help you keep the vacuum together. The rear blower port allows you to turn your vacuum into a powerful blower.

It’s easy to carry around this model since it has top and side carry handles for your convenience. The full circumference dolly makes sure your vacuum is not going to tip over while you are trying to clean up the mess that is already there. If you need a bigger vacuum to clean up your messes, there vacuums that are the same expect they hold more volume. You can look through any of the vacuums and feel confident that they are going to give you the best service.

Shop-Vac 2036000 2.5-Gallon 2.5 Peak HP Wet Dry Vacuum

The Shop-Vac 2036000 2.5 gallon 2.5 peak HP wet/dry vacuum is great for those of you that may have small messes you want to clean up with the ability to have maximum movement. The top handle of this vacuum is top carry and collapsible. Accessories include 4’ x 1.25” hose, gulper nozzle and crevice tool. The filters are reusable disc filter and foam sleeve. You can also mount this shop vac to the wall.

The 6 foot power cord and quiet operation housing allows you to easily operate the vacuum as well as keep the noise down in your workspace. The top carry handle allows you to carry the vacuum without hurting your hands or arms. The item is only about 8 pounds so carrying it or putting it on the wall are not going to be a problem for you.

Shop-Vac 2021000 Micro Wet/Dry Vac

The Shop-Vac 2021000 Micro Wet/Dry is lightweight and portable. It can be used when you need a quick wet or dry pick up whether it be in your home, garage, workshop or vehicle. The wall bracket makes it easy for you to store the vacuum out of the way and helps to keep your organized. The fold-down top carry handle makes it even more compact and the tool bag ensures that you keep the tools handy.

The 6 foot cord is best for people that do not have long distances to clean up messes. Since it is light weight and portable, you can move it around from outlet to outlet if needed. It is a 1 gallon unit so make sure to keep that in mind when you are tackling a mess.