Ridgid WD1450
Ridgid WD1450

Best wet dry vac for home and garage

For general cleanup of dry debris and liquids, this is the most frequently recommended wet dry vac. Reviews say the 14-gallon size hits the sweet spot -- it's large enough for big jobs, yet small enough to store easily. The hose locks on, making it easy to tug around, and the filter is washable. Ridgid sells dust bags too, and a drain makes emptying liquids easy. Although there are several well reviewed, and cheaper, Shop-Vac and Craftsman wet dry vacs in this size class, only Ridgid offers a lifetime warranty.
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Bosch Airsweep 3931A
Bosch Airsweep 3931A

Best workshop vacuum

The Bosch Airsweep 3931A is a pro-level tool-triggered shop vacuum, so it's ideal for woodworkers who need to control dust. Features include a soft-start motor with bypass protection and auto shut-off when vacuuming liquids; the twin filters automatically clean themselves, and HEPA filters are also available. Dust bags make emptying the Bosch Airsweep wet dry vac easier and cleaner. As with other pro-grade shop vacuums, the Airsweep's attachment wands and nozzles cost extra (*Est. $40). The Bosch Airsweep 3931A offers more convenience features than basic models, but it's probably overkill for those who have no intention of using it with power tools.
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Ridgid Pro Pack WD4522
Ridgid Pro Pack WD4522

Portable wet dry vac

Experts and consumers say they appreciate the 4.5-gallon Ridgid Pro Pack WD4522. The wet dry vac's toolbox design allows for easy transport and under-bench storage, and its lid opens to reveal onboard housing for the hose, cord and three cleaning tools. Two extension wands also come with the Pro Pack for cleaning high and hard-to-reach spots. The Pro Pack does not accommodate dust bags, but most reviewers overlook this inconvenience in light of the Ridgid wet dry vac's suction power and lifetime warranty.
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