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Best Wet and Dry Vacuum Cleaners
No limit to what your vacuum can do

Best Wet and Dry Vacuums: Unlimited Wet/Dry Possibilities

If you want to clean your whole house effectively, you require a wet-dry vacuum cleaner. There are plenty of reasons why this is the most reliable partner in cleaning up mess. First, it has more suction power than your standard vacuum cleaner and it also offers a lot of versatility when it comes to cleaning. Aside from its ability to clean ground dirt, it can also sucks up liquid. Therefore, a wet-dry vacuum cleaner can be used in both indoor and outdoor cleaning.

A wet-dry vacuum cleaner is like your standard vacuum cleaner with canister, but it is made to clean liquid spills and dry dirt or dust. Most common uses of this vacuum cleaner are in heavy duty tasks, but the most recent releases are compact and made for home use.

The design of this vacuum cleaner is basic. The vacuum bag is replaced with two-bucket system which separates the solids from the liquids into two separate chambers. It also comes with different attachments including brush attachments to scrape off the dust particles before they are sucked up into the hose. There are also attachments with narrow endings to clean hard to reach areas and every nook and cranny of the house.

Shop-Vac 5989400 8 gallon Wet/Dry Vacuum

Consistent wet and dry performance with stainless steel tank

Stainless Steel beats plastic anyday.

John Jos. S.

The Shop-Vac 5989400 delivers a consistent performance when it comes to cleaning, and this model is no exception. It can take care of all the wet, and dry cleaning required. It has a string 6-HP motor to clean heavy dirt quickly and easily. The canister is dent-free, 5 gallons and made from stainless steel that can last longer. Another great feature is the sturdy dolly and the four smooth rolling casters that can provide the needed maneuverability. You can also carry the unit around when cleaning with the sturdy handles. It also has a 6 feet electric cord and three extension wands that can be extended reach to clean the hard to reach areas.

Another great feature is a filter made with foam and a reusable disc filter to trap dust and every debris with 1.25” wet and dry floor nozzle. It also has built-in storage for attachments and cords. Versatility is the name of the game for wet and dry vacuum, and Shop-Vac has a rear blower. You can blow away leaves from your yard and grass clippings just by connecting the hose to the back part. It also operates quietly.

Our Rating
  • PROS
  • CONS
  • Can be used for light and medium tasks
  • Affordable
  • Powerful motor
  • Good suction powerful suction
  • Easy to maneuver
  • Short hose
  • Short cord

Vacmaster VBV1210 Professional 12 Gallon Wet/Dry Vacuum

Lightweight wet/dry vacuum with lots of surprising features

Clearing Up Some 1 Star Reviews

Kimberly Lovato

This vacuum cleaner is lightweight and has many useful features in a single, compact unit. The motor is very powerful because it is a 2-stage five peak HP motor, industrial grade and can tackle both wet and dry cleaning tasks in one push of a button. The 4-gallon tank is made of polypropylene, big enough to handle plenty of liquid wastes. It also has a 7-ft hose with an 18 ft. wrapped cord for flexibility when cleaning. The vacuum cleaner has automatic rewind for the cord to make storage easy when the cleaning task is completed. It also offers a lot of cleaning options with an assortment of attachments. It has a floor combo nozzle, utility nozzle, a dust brush, and three extension wands.

Aside from handling all the cleaning jobs in and around your house, the Vacmaster has excellent suction and can be used as a blower for your leaves in the yard. You switch its mode easily, and it has a quiet operation, the noise level will not affect your neighbors. Carrying this vacuum cleaner is also comfortable with the front caster and rear wheels. It also has a HEPA filter that meets the standard EPA standards. A feature that is very useful to stop any dust from floating in the air.

Our Rating
  • PROS
  • CONS
  • Very powerful motor
  • Strong suction
  • Good wet and dry cleaning performance
  • Compact
  • Versatile
  • HEPA filter can filter allergens
  • Quiet operation
  • Not ideal for heavy duty vacuuming

Vacmaster Professional 12 Gallon Wet/Dry Vac (VJH1211PF0201)

Powerful with 5.5 high performance motor and biggest liquid storage tank

So far, so good!


This beast series from Vacmaster is aptly named for its powerful suction, durable components, and handy attachments. It has the most significant body among most of wet/dry vacuum cleaners, and this size compensates its performance. Also, it has many features that can help clean the inside and outside of your house more comfortable and faster, with the 12-gallon drum, it can take big cleaning jobs uninterrupted.

To support the enormous task, this vacuum cleaner has an excellent suction power with the 6.5 horsepower this produces 150CFM in airflow and 64-inch water lift that can suction any solid or liquid dirt. The 2.5-inch nozzle can take in any dirt, grime, and flooding. It also has a fine dust filter, and wet foam filter that ensures nothing escapes when you are cleaning up.

Even though it is enormous, the size does not compromise the way it moves, and with the heavy-duty 360-degrees swivel it can make vacuum cleaning an easy task.

Our Rating
  • PROS
  • CONS
  • Enormous dirt tank
  • Can reach up to 28 feet from the socket
  • Powerful motor at 5 HP
  • Greater mobility with 360 degrees swivel
  • No handle for pushing and pulling

Bissell CrossWave 1785A Wet/Dry for Floor and Carpet

An all-in-one vacuum cleaner that delivers high power action, compact and handy to store

Review and tips included

Nicole Becerra

When you have the Bissell CrossWave 1785A Floor and Carpet Cleaner with wet and dry vacuuming features, you don’t have to look for anything else to clean your house.

It can clean different floor types with the brush roll design that has a dual-action performance of 3,500 RPM. The task is easy because your floors will be spotless with one single pass. The simple design has handle-mounted Smart Touch Controls for quick and easy operation. The machine’s two tank system allows having a cleaning solution and the dirty liquid wholly separated.

The ability of this vacuum cleaner to contain cleaning solution helps further in cleaning your floors. Other features that can help in tidying up your house with the brush window and brush roll, all removable and handy.  

Our Rating
  • PROS
  • CONS
  • Versatile
  • Outstanding cleaning performance
  • Powerful suction power
  • Excellent cleaning attachments
  • Leaves occasional streaks across floors

DEWALT DCV581H MAX Cordless/Corded Wet-Dry Vacuum

Corded or cordless operation, offering greater movement and powerful cleaning action

Powerful-NO Convenient-Yes


What makes this vacuum cleaner distinct is its industrial grade, versatile and high quality. You can use it either corded or cordless both with powerful suction and cleaning power. It also protects the air with a washable, HEPA filter.

Although, this vacuum cleaner has cordless operations, do not mistake it to be like any other cordless vacuum cleaner because it is not lightweight and when in use you can either hold it with one hand or leave it on the floor while your other hand is busy with the cleaning hose. The housing is durable too.

The HEPA filter traps about 99.97% of the small particles when cleaning keeping the air you breathe clean. This filter is not cheap, but they are washable. The bin capacity is 2 gallons.

Our Rating
  • PROS
  • CONS
  • Crush resistant and durable
  • Washable HEPA filter
  • Features corded and cordless options
  • It can operate as a blower
  • Heavy
  • Batteries not included in package

BISSELL Crosswave 2306A Pet Pro All in One Wet Dry Vac & Mop

Cleans air better, great for pet owners, wet and dry mess


David D Conner

This very versatile machine has many features to offer. It has a suction power of 100-150 AW, and the speed of the brush roll is at 3000 RPM. The device has a wider cleaning path at 12 inches and weighs only about 11 pounds. The cord length is longer at 25 feet in a wrap-up cord storage. It contains a thick pleated filter, and the tank has a capacity of 28 ounces of clean water and 14.5 ounces of filthy water.

In terms of performance, it can suck up more dirt and at the same time washes any surfaces. It can be a carpet cleaner and cleans hard floors too. The brush roll is designed for broad palette surfaces also. The motor that runs the unit has 4.4 amps and efficient enough to power the brush roll while suctioning. It has separate water tanks for more efficient mopping action. The filtration system is reliable too and is washable.

Our Rating
  • PROS
  • CONS
  • Thicker brush roll for pet hair
  • Small plastic strainer removes dirt from liquid
  • Powerful suctioning action
  • Mopping and sweeping action in one go
  • Louder at 62.68 decibels
  • Non-HEPA Filter

RIDGID 50323 1200RV Wet Dry Vacuum, 12-Gallon Shop Vacuum

Powerful 5 HP motor with 360 degrees mobility and caster storage

Does a decent job of keeping our deck and outdoor rugs clean

I Do The Speed Limit

The RIDGID 50323 Wet/Dry Vacuum Cleaner has a more reasonably sized tank at 12 gallons which we think is the most adequate size. Although it has a large capacity, the whole vacuum cleaner is compact and just the right size. It also has greater mobility with the 360 degrees caster wheels for more convenient cleaning. This vacuum cleaner also has a built-in storage system for added convenience. The space above the wheels is used as holsters for the various tools that you will use while cleaning.

Another great feature of this vacuum cleaner is its attachments that are not as big as other vacuum cleaners but can do the job just fine. It also has the cleaning attachments and two extension poles to reach the ceiling.

Our Rating
  • PROS
  • CONS
  • Powerful motor
  • Additional built-in storage
  • Ultra-flexible and long cleaning hose
  • Quick-lock filter to contain the dirt and dust inside the canister
  • Tiny on/off switch
  • Unbalanced canister

Our top pick for this review of wet-dry vacuum cleaner is the VacMaster 12 Gallon Wet and Dry Vacuum Cleaner. It can clean whatever type of mess you want to clean up around your home. It is also a perfect choice when you want to clean the carpet off dirt, debris and liquid spills. We love its versatility because we don’t need any other cleaning partner if we want to clean the spills in the kitchen and basement, to clean the car and to suck up liquid in the basement. All we need is one compact cleaning unit like Vacmaster. It is very affordable and can deliver a powerful cleaning performance.

Have you found your perfect wet/dry vacuum cleaner already?