The 14-gallon Ridgid WD1450 wet dry vacuum is the top-rated consumer-grade shop vacuum in its size range. Experts say it is large enough for most general uses around the house and garage, and it scores well for low emissions, excellent suction and quiet performance. A drain makes it easy to empty liquids, and Ridgid offers a lifetime warranty once you register the wet dry vac. This consumer-grade vac isn't especially convenient for collecting dust from power tools because it lacks the desired auto-start feature, but reviews recommend it for general wet and dry pickup around a workshop or home. If you need a tool-triggered shop vacuum, reviews recommend the more expensive Bosch Airsweep 3931A (*Est. $535), which features dual self-cleaning filters.
ConsumerReports.org tests the Ridgid WD1450 wet dry vac along with more than 20 other models, running them through objective tests before rating and ranking their performance. The more recent comparison tests at Popular Mechanics also include the Ridgid WD1450. Additionally, we found reviews for the WD1450 at Bestcovery.com, ConsumerGuide.com and Squidoo. For a longer-term perspective, we found useful owner-written ratings and reviews of the Ridgid WD1450 shop vacuum at HomeDepot.com.
ConsumerReports.org includes the Ridgid WD1450 shop vacuum in its review of 23 consumer-brand wet dry vacuums, comparing it primarily with four other consumer models of similar size. Objective testing produces a total score for each vac, as well as separate ratings for wet and dry pickup, emissions and ease of use.
Review: Wet/Dry Vacuums, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, March 2007
2. Popular Mechanics
This review compares the Ridgid WD1450 shop vacuum with five other models ranging from 4.5 to 16 gallons. Although the Ridgid WD1450 isn't the biggest or fastest shop vacuum tested here, it's the editors' favorite because it's so easy to use, with no drawbacks.
Review: Wet/Dry Vacuum Showdown: We Test 6 New Clean Machines, Tom Klenck, Sept. 1, 2007
In this relatively recent review, home improvement writer L.D. Ray offers her five picks for best wet dry vacuums. The Ridgid WD1450 edges out the competition for the top spot. Ray acknowledges that in terms of usage, the Ridgid WD1450 is "not the wet dry vacuum for picking up nuts, bolts, or screws" but she finds the shop vacuum to be "a great buy" for all other purposes. It's not clear whether she tested the vac, however.
Review: Best Wet Dry Vac, L.D. Ray, June 1, 2011
About 125 owners weigh in on the Ridgid WD1450, bestowing an impressive overall rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars. A few owners express frustration that the lid does not lock tight, allowing dirt to escape, but overall, owners are impressed with the WD1450's power and reasonably quiet operation.
Review: Ridgid 14 Gallon Pro Vac WD1450, Contributors to HomeDepot.com
ConsumerGuide.com selects the Ridgid WD1450 as a best buy. The only criticism noted is that it's relatively heavy. The site reviews this shop vacuum in the context of seven 2007 single-product reviews of consumer-grade wet dry vacuums.
Review: Expert Review RIDGID 1450 Wet Dry Vacuum, Editors of ConsumerGuide.com
This review discusses attributes of the "best wet/dry vacuums on the market today," including the Ridgid WD1450. The author lists the WD1450's powerful suction, abundance of attachments and blower function as pros. One of the cons listed is the small filter, which fills up quickly, necessitating frequent cleaning. It's not clear whether this vacuum was actually tested, however.
Review: Best Wet/Dry Vacs Reviews, UltraMilk
This shop vacuum comparison at a woodworking forum focuses more on the Fein Turbo II and the Festool CT 22 and CT 33 shop vacuums, but several contributors compare both with the Ridgid WD1450. Readers say the Ridgid has more power, and its filters and accessories cost less.
Review: Fein vs. Festool, Contributors to SawmillCreek.org