Best shop vac TechnoBuffalo 2021
Whether your "shop" is an actual workshop, or your garage, having a good shop vac makes keeping everything clean and tidy much easier. If your workshop creates a lot of dust — a wood shop, for instance — or just a little dust from DIY, you will be sure to find the right shop vac for your needs here.
- Best overall: Vacmaster Stainless-Steel Wet/Dry Shop Vacuum
- Best budget: Stanley 6 Gallon Wet/Dry Vacuum
- Best handheld: DEWALT 18/20V Max Vacuum
- Best budget handheld: Armor All Wet/Dry
- Best for capacity: Vacmaster VBV1210, 12-Gallon Wet/Dry Shop Vacuum
- Best wall-mounted vac: VacuMaid GV50PRO Wall-Mounted Garage
Best overall: Vacmaster Stainless-Steel Wet/Dry Shop VacuumStaff Pick
I love the Vacmaster for its stunning stainless look and its balance of cost and functionality. While 6 gallons is not the biggest capacity, it is perfect for most garages and small workshops. Because it is a wet and dry vacuum, it can become full of liquid. Thankfully, the Vacmaster has a large plug at the bottom to help drain those liquids away.
Best budget: Stanley 6 Gallon Wet/Dry Vacuum
While the Stanley looks cheaper than the vacuum above, it is still the same six-gallon size and can be used as a vacuum and a blower. The blower part can be especially helpful to clear debris from surfaces before sucking them up with the vac.
Best handheld: DEWALT 18/20V Max Vacuum
DeWalt makes fantastic tools, and its cordless shop vac is no exception. It uses the same battery system as all the DeWalt tools and can be transported easily in one hand. Even though it is only a two-gallon capacity, it is still wet/dry, so it's good for any small job you might have.
Best budget handheld: Armor All Wet/Dry
If you don't need a cordless option, then the Armor All handheld is a great budget option. It has an extra-long cable to make moving around your workshop easy and has the same capacity as the DeWalt.
Best for capacity: Vacmaster VBV1210, 12-Gallon Wet/Dry Shop Vacuum
If you are lucky enough to have a large garage or workshop, you may need a larger capacity than the previous shop vacs. We recommend the Vacmaster 12 gallon behemoth for those with bigger spaces, as it is powerful enough and big enough to really get the job done.
Best wall-mounted vac: VacuMaid GV50PRO Wall-Mounted Garage
Many workshops have a vacuum system that can be accessed from different ports in the walls. If you are looking to make something similar, then a wall-mounted shop vac is perfect for the job. This VacuMaid comes with a 50-foot hose to make setting it up and using it around the shop a breeze.
Suck it up!
My shop vac is something of a hero in my workshop/garage. Because I have delicate machinery, I need to make sure they stay as clean as much as possible. The Vacmaster VQ607SFD — catchy name — is perfect for keeping your entire shop clean while looking great to boot. If you are looking for a permanent solution, then a wall-mounted system like the VacuMaid is an excellent choice and can be fitted to create a vac system for the whole workshop.
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