The 20-gallon Craftsman 17762 wet dry vac impresses experts and users with its power, sucking up liquids and dry debris with equal success. Many users report using their Craftsman shop vacuum for more than 10 years with nary a problem. In addition its durability and power, users say they appreciate the Craftsman 17762's included seven nozzles, tools and wands and the onboard attachment holders. While a few users report a possible motor cooling problem, the main complaints relate to the one-year warranty, shorter-than-desired hose length and bulky size. Consider the Ridgid 1450Craftsman 17066 (*Est. $135) for a slightly smaller wet dry vac.
ConsumerReports.org includes the 20-gallon Craftsman 17762 in its thorough comparison tests of 23 consumer-grade wet dry vacs. Also, quite a few owners posting at Sears.com say they've tested the Craftsman 17762 for a wide range of uses over a long period of time.
ConsumerReports.org includes the Craftsman 17762 in its 2007 review of 23 consumer-grade wet dry vacs, comparing it mostly with four other 16-to-20-gallon consumer shop vacuums. Each shop vacuum is tested, then assigned a total score, plus separate ratings for wet and dry pickup performance, emissions and ease of use.
Review: Wet/Dry Vacuums, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, March 2007
Sears is the only vendor of Craftsman wet dry vacuums made by Ridgid. The Craftsman 17762 is one of the most reviewed shop vacuums on the Sears.com website. Based on about 70 Sears.com reviews, the Craftsman 17762 has an average overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewers say they like the Craftsman 17762's "awesome suction" and assortment of attachments. Some owners, however, voice concern that the motor has a cooling problem.
Review: Craftsman 20 Gal. Wet Dry Vac, 6.5 Peak hp, Contributors to Sears.com