A good, solid shop vac comes in handy when you need to clean up a workshop, a job site or a mess in your home. The type of shop vac you buy depends not only on its performance but also its portability and durability. There are a number of great products out there, but below are eight of the best small shop vacs on the market
8. RIDGID 50313 4000RV Portable Wet Dry Vacuum
This powerful portable shop vac has a 5.0 Peak Horsepower motor and an 8-foot hose that is both flexible and durable. The hose locks into place for best control. It also has a 20-foot power cord for ease of movement. The cord wraps easily for portability. Perfect for contractors as well as homeowners, this vac has the Qwik Lock Filter Fastening System, so you can clean and replace the filter without tools or fasteners. The blower is incredibly versatile so you can switch jobs from blowing debris from job sites to getting rid of leaves.
7. Shop-Vac 2036000 2.5-Gallon 2.5 Peak HP Wet Dry Vacuum
This multi-function shop vac can be used with wet and dry project. It’s lightweight and has a collapsible handle, so it travels easily. It has a wall bracket to save space in storage. It comes with a 2.5 peak horsepower motor, a 2.5-gallon tank, and a 6-foot power cord. Its accessories are what makes this vac different. It has a 4-foot hose and 1.25-inch diameter tools. It has a crevice tool, a gulper nozzle, tool holder, foam sleeve and a reusable disc filter. The best feature of this product is its rear blower port, allowing conversion from a vacuum into a blower.
6. Shop-Vac 5895200 2.5-Peak Horsepower AllAround EZ Series Wet/Dry Vacuum
This shop vac is perfect for both home and job site messes, which is why it is on the list for the best small shop vacs. It can handle both wet and dry cleanup as it has a 2.5 peak horsepower motor, a 2.5-gallon tank, and a rear blower port to convert it to a blower. It offers the power of a full-size vacuum with the versatility and ease of a hand-held machine. The compact machine has 1.25-inch diameter tools, a 7-foot hose, two extension wands, a dual surface nozzle, a gulper nozzle, a crevice tool, a round brush and a wall mount bracket.
5. Stanley Wet/Dry Vacuum
Stanley offers some of the best equipment on the market and this wet-dry vac is versatile, durable and convenient. This vac offers quality, high performance with maximum power because of its 4.0 horsepower motor. It is compact with a 4-gallon tank and is lightweight. The features in this machine are its stainless steel tank, a 10-foot power cord and four swivel casters that provide excellent maneuverability in every direction. Accessories include a 5-foot flexible hose, three extension wants, utility nose, crevice tool, floor brush, and both reusable dry and foam filters.
4. Vacmaster Wet/Dry Floor Vacuum
This shop vac is the right choice for heavy jobs or contracting work. It has a 5-peak horsepower motor, one of the strongest on the market, a 4-gallon tank, and a 15-foot cord. The cord has an automatic rewind. It also has onboard storage for all of its accessories, so it can move from various job sites without a problem. The feature that sets this machine apart is its secure fit hose and sealed power switch, both which keep dust inside the machine.
3. Vacmaster 12 Gallon Wet/Dry Vacuum
This shop vac is built for heavy-duty use and will work in virtually any job site situation. It comes with a 5-peak horsepower motor and a 12-gallon polypropylene tank, so it is durable and powerful. Its blower has a 240 MPH blowing speed and comes with a quick release. It also has a 12-foot cord that locks into place. A special feature of this product is it has an extra large drain port for efficient draining and cleaning.
2. Armor All Utility Wet/Dry Vacuum
This handy and convenient shop vac works well with both wet and dry debris. It has a 2.5-gallon polypropylene tank and a 2.0-peak horsepower motor. The suction on the vacuum is more than enough for most standard jobs and the machine easily converts to a blower. It comes with a 6-foot hose and a 10-foot power cord. The feature that puts this shop vac near the top of the list is its automatic shut-off. The shop vac shuts off when the tank is full to prevent overflows.
1. Shop-Vac 5989300 Stainless Steel Wet/Dry Vacuum
This heavy-duty shop vac is both durable and user-friendly. It has a stainless steel tank and a 4.5-peak horsepower motor. It is the solution for every mess from workshop to household and works well for both wet and dry debris. It has a full-circumference dolly that makes it fully maneuverable. It also is one of the most portable machines on the market with top and side carry handles and onboard storage for both the cord and accessories. This shop vac has a wide variety of adapters including 1.25-inch diameter accessories, a 7-foot hose, three extension cords, a crevice tool, a gulper nozzle, floor nozzle, cartridge filter, foam sleeve and a filter back. It also has a positive lid latch and a rear blower port.