The best wet and dry vacuum should have a motor of over 1,000W to generate enough mains power and suction for general use such as vacuuming up dust, spills, cleaning carpets, tough dirt or even rubble and unblocking drains. However, the efficiency of the wet and dry vacuum also depends on important features such as hose diameter, whether the machine is bagged or bagless (bagless are obviously more convenient), and type of filter. Look for a suction hose length over 2 metres and a long power cable too so you don’t have to move the machine around too much.
Wet and dry capacity can vary quite a lot between machines – a wet capacity of 10 litres and dry capacity of 15-30 litres is typical. Look out for other handy features such as a blower function and what accessories come with the machine (e.g. a long wand if you have high ceilings).
The best wet and dry vacuums also come with an integrated socket for power tools, especially important if you are a regular power tool user and want to keep your workshop dust-free and protect your lungs from dust.
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