An upright or indoor vacuum cleaner is a fantastic piece of equipment to have around the house. Want to remove dirt and dust from the floor? Your vacuum cleaner can do that. Tired of seeing your nice carpet littered with pet hair? Then whip out your vacuum cleaner. You can even clean your kitchen appliances, recover tiny items, get rid of allergens at home, and more when you have this home equipment

But a conventional vacuum cleaner simply won’t do if you’re a woodworker or a contractor. The types of projects you take on require something as heavy-duty and as versatile as a shop vac.

In this article, we’re going to learn what a shop vac is and how you can make your workshop or job site cleaner and safer with this piece of equipment.

We’re also going to review some of the best shop vacs available online and in your favorite local hardware store. Feel free to use our buying guide below to help you choose the right shop vac for your workshop, business, or home.

WORKSHOP Wet Dry Vac WS1600VA High Capacity Wet Dry Vacuum Cleaner, 16-Gallon Shop Vacuum Cleaner, 6.5 Peak HP Wet And Dry Vacuum
  • 2-1/2-inch x 7-foot dual-flex locking Hose offers 180 degree flexibility at both hose ends. Locking tab keeps hose connected to the wet dry vacuum cleaner during use
  • Qwik Lock filter fastening system allows quick and easy wet dry vacuum filter changes and contains an auto shut-off float mechanism that helps prevent overflow during wet pickups.
  • Accessory storage on the feet and top keeps vacuum attachments secure and within reach
  • This shop vacuum cleaner has a tough copolymer drum to resist dents and cracks, It will not rust and has a large drain for easy liquid disposal. Not compatible with dust collection bags.
  • Integrated blowing port provides added versatility to this powerful wet dry vacuum cleaner, allowing a user to blow unwanted debris out of garages, jobsites, and driveways.
CRAFTSMAN CMXEVBE17595 16 Gallon 6.5 Peak HP Wet/Dry Vac, Heavy-Duty Shop Vacuum with Attachments
  • HEAVY-DUTY: Powerful 6.5 peak HP provides extra power for large projects in the garage, shop and on the jobsite
  • BUILT-IN BLOWER PORT: Rear blowing port on this wet dry vac allows for quick cleaning of leaves and grass clippings in your garage and outdoors
  • OVERSIZED DRAIN: Built-in oversized drain on the wet/dry vac allows for convenient emptying of liquids
  • DUAL-FLEX TECHNOLOGY: 2-1/2 in. diameter shop vacuum hose features Dual-Flex technology for 180-degree mobility at each end to resist kinking
  • ACCESSORIES INCLUDED: 2-1/2 in. x 7 ft. Pos-I-Lock Dual-Flex Hose, 2 Extension Wands, Utility Nozzle, Car Nozzle, Wet Nozzle, Qwik Lock Filter and Dust Collection Bag
Stanley 6 Gallon Wet Dry Vacuum , 4 Peak HP Poly 3 in 1 Shop Vac Blower with Powerful Suction, Multifunctional Shop Vacuum W/ 4 Horsepower Motor for Job Site,Garage,Basement,Van,Workshop,Vehicle
  • ♥♥♥We are the official seller of wet and dry vacuum cleaners, 100% of the products in our shop are genuine.Stanley is a well-known company that focuses on R & D, production and sales of vacuum cleaners. In addition, stanley is the recognized world leader in wet/dry vacuum cleaners. Since 1843, we have produced innovative, high quality vacuum cleaners, hose, filters, bags, & other accessories
  • ♥♥♥ Advantages: ♥1. Large capacity. ---- 6 gallons of capacity can satisfy normal daily using for you, you can use it for a long time without frequent cleaning of the trash inside. ♥2.Easy to use.---You just need to close the cover, connect the hose, and plug in the power so that you can use it. ♥3.Powerful vacuuming ability.----The 4.0 horsepower makes it easy to suck all kinds of debris, garbage, dirty water into tank. ♥4.Weight 13.8 pounds, with wheels, lightweight, portable, movable
  • ♥♥♥Applications Target: Benefit from its powerful vacuuming function, it is very useful for household, upholster, garage, workshop, hotel, car wash, laundry, shop, jobsite, bedroom, kitchen etc
  • ♥♥♥Features: ♥Reach far away --- Over 16 foot of cleaning reach (6 foot hose and 10 foot power cord) allows you to reach farther without unplugging the unit. ♥Long life cycle.--- It can work over 300 hours continuously. ♥Extra large drain port.--- Provides easy vacuuming & emptying.♥ Large transfer switch.--- make it convenient for using. ♥ Big handle,easy to carry
  • ♥♥♥WHAT YOU GET --- Stanley SL18116P Wet / Dry Vac x 1, 1-1/4"x6’ super flexible hose x 1,extension wands x 3, gulper nozzle, floor nozzle x 1,crevice nozzle x 1,foam filter x 1, dust bag x 1, reusable dry filter x 1, 12-month warranty
Porter-Cable 5 Gallon Wet Dry Vacuum, 4 Peak HP Stainless Steel 3 in 1 Shop Vac Blower with Powerful Suction, Multifunctional Shop Vacuum W/ 4 Horsepower Motor for Job Site,Garage,Basement,Workshop
  • ❤【LARGER CAPACITY】Porter-Cable PCX18406-5B Wet / Dry Vacuum has a 19 L large capacity, makes small clean-up jobs a breeze for you as you don’t have to empty the bucket frequently any more
  • ❤【VERSATILE & POWERFUL】Thanks to the 4 peak HP motor, this vac offers powerful enough suction needed to almost any cleanup jobs in vehicle, jobsite, workshop, garage, basement, van, house, etc
  • ❤【3 in 1 FUNCTION】With this versatile vac you can vacuum both wet liquid spills and dry debris, dust, saw, dirt or blow leaves away(use blower port), just organize the hose and power cord on top handle and side wraps after using, conveniently
  • ❤【FARTHER CLEANUP】With over 15 ft of cleaning reach(5 ft hose, 10 ft power cord and 3 pieces of extension wands) it’s easy to do a farther cleanup for you without unplugging the unit, while it has four swivel casters for convenient and easy manoeuvrability
  • ❤【WHAT YOU GET】PORTER-CABLE PCX18406-5B Wet / Dry Vac x 1, 1-1/4"x5’ super flexible hose x 1,extension wands x 3;floor nozzle x 1,crevice nozzle x 1,gulper nozzle x 1,foam filter x 1;dust bag x 1,storage bag x 1;reusable dry filter x 1;inflator kit, 36-Month Warranty.Note:All accessories are inside of the tank
Vacmaster VJC507P 5-Gallon 3 Peak HP Wet/Dry Shop Vacuum
  • Complete Vac Organization with On-Board Hose, Cord and Accessory Storage
  • 8-Foot Power Cord with Cord Wrap
  • 14-Foot Cleaning Reach with Hose and Power Cord
  • Easily Converts to Blower
  • INCLUDED ACCESSORIES: 6' x 1-1/4" Hose, (3) Extension Wands, 2-in-1 Utility Nozzle, Floor Brush/Squeegee Nozzle, Reusable Cloth Filter and Foam Wet Filter.
AUTLEAD Wet Dry Vacuum 5.5 HP 5.5 Gallon Pure Copper Motor Wet/Dry/Blow 3 in 1 Shop Vac, Stable Round Bucket Design with Pulley System and HEPA Filter
  • [SUPER PERFORMANCE SUCTION AND PURE COPPER MOTOR] The product's suction capacity is up to 5.5HP, which is higher than similar products on the market. It produces with pure copper wire motor, and also inside with the buoy technology double assure the operation safety
  • [HIGH CAPACITY FOR HOME/BUSINESS USE] 5.5 gallons of capacity makes it ideal for home and business. Its relatively small size makes it easy to store and move. It also has a good performance in collecting the dust on the carpet/floors/cars/garage or in shops. The easy open hook makes it more convenient to release the waste to the trash bin
  • [COMPLETE ACCESSORIES] Floor brush, T-brush, sofa brush , disposable dust bag, HEPA filter and extension wands all include this model, one stop solution, full sets of vacuum cleaning attachments provided, which brings a better experience for your home cleaning work
  • [3 IN 1 MULTI-FUNCTION & EASY USE] This vacuum can use in dry /wet vacuum also it can be used as the blower to clean the leaf/dust/chippings. You just need connect the wand and the brush, one start button can start your work
  • [WHAT YOU GET FROM US] 1 Vacuum cleaner, 3 extension wands, 1 hose (1.26 inches in diameter and 4.9 feet long), 1 floor brush,1 T-brush, 1 sofa brush, 1 HEPA filter, 1 disposable dust bag, 1 user manual ,1X 24 months service card.
Armor All AA255 2.5 Gallon 2 Peak HP Wet/Dry Utility Shop Vacuum
  • On-board Accessory & Hose Storage
  • 10 Ft. Cord With Cord Wrap
  • Blower Function – Easy Conversion
  • INCLUDED ACCESSORIES: 6 Ft. X 1-1/4 In. Hose, Reusable Cloth Filter, Foam Wet Filter, 2-in-1 Utility Nozzle w/ Brush, Crevice Tool, Deluxe Car Nozzle, Blower Nozzle / Adaptor and Detail Brush.