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.
In general the higher the wattage of the motor the more power and suction you will get. Anything over 1,000 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).
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 dry vacs 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 the 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 as a workshop vacuum. 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 make 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.
Most wet dry vacs 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.
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