In this guide we’ll look at the best wet and dry vacuums.
We’ve compared power, performance, weight and cost
to give you our top recommendations.

What Are The Best Wet and Dry Vacuums?

  • Features
  • Powerful 1060 Watt motor
  • Powerful 1060 Watt motor
  • Suitable for carpets and hard floors
  • Cost
Rating
9.8/10
  • Features
  • Very effective in wet and dry mode
  • Sucks up everything from rubble to spills
  • Attachments can be stored inside the tank
  • Cost
Rating
9.6/10
  • Features
  • Good value wet and dry vac
  • Dry vacuums carpets and hard floor
  • Dry vacuums carpets and hard floor
  • Cost
Rating
9.5/10
  • Features
  • Great value
  • 1400 watts
  • Large capacity
  • Cost
Rating
9.3/10
  • Features
  • 1200 watt pure copper motor
  • Bagless design
  • 15-litre capacity
  • Cost
Rating
9.1/10
  • Features
  • 1250 watt motor
  • Includes power tool adaptor
  • Large 21-litre tank
  • Cost
Rating
9.0/10
  • Features
  • 1250 watt motor
  • Wet, dry and blower functions
  • Wet, dry and blower functions
  • Cost
Rating
8.8/10
  • Features
  • 1000 watt motor
  • Has a good range of attachments
  • Light and small
  • Cost
Rating
8.2/10

More Detailed Wet and Dry Vacuum Reviews

Henry George Wet and Dry Vacuum, 15 Litre, 1060 Watt

The Henry George Wet and Dry Vacuum is the best wet and dry vacuum cleaner if you are looking for powerful and effective cleaning and a versatile machine.

This wet and dry vacuum has a 1060 watt motor giving plenty of power to clean your home. It can be used to dry vacuum carpets and hard floors as well as to wet clean carpets and hard floors. The vacuum comes with a wide range of attachments, a 10-metre cable and a capacity of 15 litres of dry material and 9 litres of wet.

When used to shampoo carpets it does a wonderful job, sucking up dirt and bringing the pile up like new. In dry mode, it is also super powerful and almost lifts the carpets off the floor in full power mode.

As well as cleaning carpets and hard floors this vacuum can be used to suck up spills, valet the car and even unblock sinks!

The vacuum comes with a Crevice Tool Extension Tube, Lower Nozzle Extraction Tube, Trigger Bend Tube, Double Taper Hose Adapter, Soft Dusting Brush, Upholstery Nozzle, Slide on Brush for Upholstery Nozzle, Combination Floor Tool, Nuflex Baynet Hose, Cleantec Extraction Hose, Trigger Valve and Spray Tube, Upholstery Extraction Nozzle, Scrub/Wet Pick Up Nozzle, Fishtail Extraction Nozzle and a Tritex Filter.

This is a super powerful wet and dry vacuum that gets your home and car really clean and is easy to set up and use.

Kärcher WD4 Premium Wet and Dry Vacuum

The Kärcher WD4 Premium Wet and Dry Vacuum is the ideal wet and dry vacuum for cleaning up DIY mess as it can vacuum up rubble, sawdust, spills and sludge!

This wet and dry vacuum has a powerful 1000W motor that sucks up everything from rubble to spills with ease. The vacuum can also be used to unclog sinks.

The kit includes a 2.2m suction hose, 2 x suction tube, a wet/dry floor tool and a crevice tool. It also features a wet or dry cartridge filter and the tools can be stored inside the 20-litre stainless steel tank.

If you want to use this vacuum on carpets, you will need to purchase the Karcher carpeted floor attachment.

This heavy-duty wet and dry vacuum is the perfect tool if you are refurbishing your house, love DIY or want to keep your workshop clean and tidy. If you buy the additional carpet attachment, it also provides a powerful vacuum for use around the home.

Vax 3-in-1 Canister Vacuum Cleaner, 1300 W

The Vax 6131T 3-in-1 Canister Vacuum Cleaner provides powerful and effective cleaning at a reasonable cost.

As a dry vacuum cleaner, this works well, picking up dirt from hard floors and carpets. It is easy to convert to a carpet cleaner and this tool again does a good job. The 2.5-metre hose is handy as you can get all around the room easily. The vacuum comes with two attachments for washing, one for carpets and one for upholstery. It also comes with four attachments for dry vacuuming. The vacuum can also be used for spot stain removal and sucking up spills and leaks.

The vacuum has a large water tank that holds up to 8 litres of dirty water. This wet and dry vacuum also comes with a 2-year guarantee.

This is a good value wet and dry vacuum that is suitable for hard floors and carpets and cleans carpets easily and thoroughly.

Nilfisk Multi ll 30T Wet and Dry Vacuum Cleaner, 1400W

The Nilfisk Multi ll 30T Wet and Dry Vacuum Cleaner is a powerful and versatile machine that offers excellent value for money.

This wet and dry vacuum has an input power of 1400 watts making it a powerful tool for deep down cleaning. In addition to vacuuming hard floors and carpets, it can be used to suck up spills, as a dust extractor on power tools and even to blow up air beds and other inflatables.

The vacuum can be used with or without bags and the bags are huge so last for ages. The vacuum does a good job on carpets but if you have a lot of carpet you might want to invest in the multi carpet head accessory that goes with this machine.

This vacuum has an attachment to allow it to be used as a dust extractor on power tools such as mitre saws and circular saws, which make it a real boon in the workshop.

Overall this is great wet and dry vacuum for the home and garden and is effective on carpets too, especially if you invest in the multi carpet head.

TACKLIFE 1200W Wet and Dry Vacuum Cleaner 15L

The TACKLIFE 1200W 15L Bagless Wet Dry Vac Cleaner is suitable for vacuuming up dry debris and liquids and also has a blowing function to dislodge dust and debris.

The vacuum has a 1200W pure copper motor which gives great performance. The cleaner can suck up dust, wood chippings and other workshop waste. It is also suitable for cleaning up spills and leaks. The blowing function allows you to dislodge dirt and debris from hard to reach places and vacuum it up with ease.

The vacuum features a 15-litre capacity and comes with a 5-foot hose, 10-foot power cord and a 3 piece extension wand. It also includes a sponge filter, dust filter, a couch nozzle, small flat nozzle and floor brush. The tools can be stored on the canister for convenient use.

Overall, this vacuum offers great performance and comes with a good range of accessories.

Vacmaster Wet and Dry Vacuum Cleaner Multi Purpose 20L

The Vacmaster Wet and Dry Vacuum Cleaner has a 1250W motor and can be used wet and dry as well as with a blower function.

This vacuum can be used either with a dust collection bag or without. It has a large 20-litre tank which means you don’t have to empty it very often. The machine has a cartridge filter for use when cleaning up dust and debris and a foam filter for use when vacuuming liquids. The vacuum also features a blower function.

The machine comes with a 10” universal floor head, a crevice tool, a round dusting brush, a 2.5-metre hose and 3 extension tubes.

This vacuum also features a power tool adaptor. Simply plug in your power tool and connect up the suction hose to start extracting dust.

This wet and dry vacuum is versatile and powerful and makes a great addition to the workshop.

VonHaus 3 in 1 Wet and Dry Bagless 30L Vacuum Cleaner

The VonHaus 3 in 1 Wet and Dry Bagless 30L Vacuum Cleaner has a 1250W motor, a huge capacity and can be used to vacuum dry debris and spills and leaks.

The vacuum comes with 2 plastic extension tubes, a crevice nozzle and a floor brush. I did find that at 1.5 metres the hose is a little on the short side. The vacuum also comes with a HEPA filter for dry vacuuming and a sponge filter for wet. It easily copes with debris such as dust, wood chippings, sand and plaster. It also features a blower function. The item also comes with a 2-year warranty.

This is a good wet and dry vac that has a huge capacity.

Draper 10L 1000W 230V Wet and Dry Vacuum Cleaner

The Draper 06489 10L Wet and Dry Vacuum Cleaner has a 1000 watt motor and comes with an excellent range of accessories.

The vacuum picks up both wet and dry material. It has a 3.5-metre cable, 1.5-metre hose and a 10-litre capacity.

This vacuum comes with a good selection of accessories including a crevice nozzle, wide angled crevice nozzle, upholstery attachments, utility nozzle, round brush and shoulder strap.

This wet and dry vacuum is small and neat making it ideal for small spaces.

Wet and Dry Vacuum Buyer’s Guide

The Wet and Dry Vacuum Cleaner is a great multi-purpose accessory tool to have around the house, workshop or work site, but before making a selection spend a little time to consider its main features that we list below.

Motor power

In general the higher the wattage of the motor the more power and suction you will get. Anything over 1000 watts is plenty for general use. For site work, such as vacuuming up rubble or unblocking drains , more power may be beneficial. However the efficiency of the machine also depends on other factors such as hose size, filters and whether the machine is bagged or bagless (see below).

Different Uses

Wet and dry vacuums are obviously designed to vacuum up wet and dry materials. But some are more suited for household dust, spills and cleaning carpets, while others are better at handling tough dirt and large volumes of water.

For cleaning carpets 3 in 1 machines have a mechanism that pumps clean soapy water into the carpet and sucks up the dirty water. These are ideal for domestic use and gets carpets clean and fresh. Some cleaners are also suitable for use on hard floors.

Some wet and dry vacuums can also be used to unclog drains or shift debris from awkward corners. Yet others can be used to blow up inflatables such as air beds.

A great feature of many wet and dry vacuums is their ability to be used in conjunction with power tools. This lets you maintain a dust-free workshop and protects your workspace and lungs from dust.

Bagged or bagless

Some vacuums require a bag, others are bagless and some can be used with or without. The bagless version is ideal in a workshop. It can cope with anything from rubble to metal shavings to messy spills. It can be emptied easily and you don’t have to worry about replacement bags.

Hose and cable lengths

A long hose and cable makes vacuuming quicker and easier as you don’t have to move the machine around so much or stop to reposition the plug. A nice long wand is also great, especially if you have high ceilings.

Accessories

Most wet and dry vacuums come with a range of accessories including floor brushes and crevice tools. Those for indoor use often come with upholstery tools too. Not all workshop vacuums come with a head suitable for carpets, but these can be purchased separately. Accessory ranges do differ so check your machine has the required tools before you purchase.

FAQs

 

What is a wet and dry vacuum cleaner used for?

A wet and dry vacuum cleaner can be used to clean up dry dirt such as dust, pet hair and general mess. It can also suck up spills and leaks. Many are suitable for use around the home, garden and workshop.

How does a wet and dry vacuum cleaner work?

The technology involved in wet and dry vacuums differs according to the model. Some have double tanks to separate wet and dry materials as they clean. Others can be used for dry vacuuming using certain accessories, but the accessories can be switched to allow wet vacuuming or carpet cleaning.

3 in 1 vacuums have a tank for clean water and you can add carpet shampoo to this tank too. The machine sprays this carpet cleaning solution evenly over the carpet and sucks up dirty water, leaving your carpet fresh, clean and hygienic.

What can a wet and dry vacuum cleaner be used for?

A wet and dry vacuum can be used for cleaning up dirt and debris, often including builder’s mess such as plaster and rubble. They can also be used to suck up spills or leaks. Some models also allow you to unclog drains and still others have blower functions and attachments for dust extraction.

How do I use a wet and dry vacuum cleaner?

A wet and dry vacuum cleaner can be used to vacuum dry dirt and liquids. However many wet and dry vacuums use different filters for the separate wet and dry functions. A paper filter is used for vacuuming dry materials and a foam filter is used when sucking up liquids. Some machines simply require a flick of a switch to change this filter.

Machines such as the Vax 3-in-1 make use of different accessories for carpet cleaning. These include a fresh water tank for holding liquid carpet cleaner and a tube for pumping cleaning solution to a spray head.

When vacuuming liquids, spills or unblocking drains it goes without saying to empty and clean the dirty water tank immediately after use. You don’t want to end up with a tank full of dirty, stagnant water that will soon being to smell.

Finally many wet and dry vacuum cleaners have a great feature that lets you blow air out of the hose. To do this all you have to do is attach the hose to the machine’s exhaust.