Top 8 Best Portable Shop Vac Review

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Best Portable Shop Vac Review

Shop Vacs have been popular for a while, but recently have become a major hit because of lower prices.

Below are my picks for best portable shop vacs.

#1.) Shop Vac 14G Wet-Dry Vacuum
#2.) Stanley 12-Gallon Wet Vacuum
#3.) Craftsman XSP Wet-Dry Vac
#4.) Shop Vac Ultra Pro Wet-Dry Vacuum
#5.) Shop Vac Professional 12G Vacuum
#6.) Shop Vac 20G Wet-Dry Vac
#7.) Shop Vac Performance Dry Vacuum
#8.) Coming soon!

** FYI  shop vac links go to Amazon (which typically has the best prices)

 Top #1 Pick: Shop Vac 14-Gallon, Wet/Dry Vacuum

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Shop-Vac Peak Vacuum is equipped w/ a variety of accessories and features.

Comes w/ large capacity of 14 gallons — letting you clean for a longer or multiple periods.

Thanks to the 12 ft. cord, you can clean every part of your house. And, w/ the 8 ft. hose, you can reach even the tightest spots in the house or car.

⭐⭐ Best Portable Shop Vac w/ Carriage ⭐⭐

You also get a 2.5″ storage area at the back of the vacuum. Small bin is big enough to hold all the extensions: hose, cable, claw, and bags.

This specific Shop Vac model is a true wet and dry vacuum.

120 volts easily gives it enough power to vacuum liquids, small shards of glass, and deep-clean carpets.

What I really love is that it comes on a metal carriage with large rear wheels.

Vacuum itself is heavier than you’d think at 30.6 pounds, but comes w/ a metal carriage and wheels making it portable.

Highlights

  • Weight: 30.6 pounds
  • Power: 120 volts (6.5 horsepower)
  • Hose length: 8 ft.
  • Inside Capacity: 14 gallons
  • Cord length: 12 ft.
  • Quieter than other shop vacs
  • Comes w/ metal carriage for easy mobility
  • 3 nozzle accessories

Potential Flaws

  • Must be cleaned fairly often for best suction

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#2.) Stanley 12-Gallon Wet Vacuum

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What separates this vacuum from all the others is that it can operate not only as a vacuum, but also a blower. You just need to switch between the modes, and the unit will convert the vacuum power to blowing power. This way, you can use it to clear the entire house – both inside and out.

Comes w/ 12 gallon capacity isn’t huge, but what makes it stand out is the weight – only 20.4 pounds!

Similar wet/dry vacuums are 25+ pounds. Being lightweight makes it very easy to wheel outside to clean your car and move room-to-room in your house.

Highlights

  • Weight: 20.4 pounds
  • Power: 120 volts (5.5 horsepower)
  • Hose length: 6 ft.
  • Inside Capacity: 12 gallons
  • Cord length: 10 ft.
  • ** Very lightweight compared to others
  • Rear blower w/ 85 CFM capacity
  • 2 extension wands + 3 nozzle 
  • Dust bag included

Potential Flaws

  • Smaller holding capacity than others (but helps keep it lightweight)

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#3.) Craftsman XSP, 12 Gallon Wet/Dry Vac

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Craftsman XSP has one of the longest extension cord lengths of 20 ft. — hose length of 7 ft.. and 2 extension wands.

Although it has lower 5.5 HP (horsepower) than other wet/dry vacs it’s compensated with radius length – has overall reach of 27 ft.

⭐⭐ Best Portable Shop Vac for Reach ⭐⭐

Craftsman 12 gallon XSP has just dozens of reviews with strong ratings.

What I learned by reading buyer reviews is that people are purchasing the XSP as a replacement to an old dry vac. They also mention how very quiet it is compared to their older one.

Highlights

  • Weight: 24.6 pounds
  • Power: 120 volts (5.5 horsepower)
  • Hose length: 7 ft.
  • Inside Capacity: 12 gallons
  • Cord length: 20 ft.
  • Noise control = more quiet than similar dry vacs
  • 2 extension wands
  • 3 nozzle accessories

Potential Flaws

  • More noise than other vacs

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#4.) Shop Vac Ultra Pro, 12 Gallon Wet/Dry Vacuum

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Shop-Vac’s 6.5 horsepower is powerful enough to suck even the largest pieces of waste in your home.

With capacity of 12 gallons, it’s most suitable for middle-sized households. You will be able to clean the rooms efficiently without having to stop and clean the vacuum.

But what makes this vacuum so convenient is the detachable blower it comes with. You can attach the blowing tube and use the vacuum to blow out debris of hard surfaces

Highlights

  • Weight: 25.8 pounds
  • Power: 120 volts (5.5 horsepower)
  • Hose length: 8 ft.
  • Inside Capacity: 12 gallons
  • Cord length: 18 ft.
  • Detachable Blower
  • 2 extension wands + 2 nozzles

Potential Flaws

  • Some plastic parts

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#5.) Shop Vac Professional, 12-Gallon Vacuum

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Equipped w/ multiple features, Shop Vac Professional doesn’t have a ton of reviews, but strong ratings — It’s also very affordable compared to similar hp vacs.

⭐⭐ Best Portable Shop Vac Under $150 ⭐⭐

It comes w/ the full set of accessories: crevice tool, nozzle w/ squeegee and brush insert + claw nozzle (for carpeting)

In the image above you’ll see that there’s a little bin in back of the vacuum to store everything.

Includes 2 cartridge filters to help collect dust and dirt. 

Highlights

  • Weight: 26 pounds
  • Power: 116 volts (6.5 horsepower)
  • Inside Capacity: 12 gallons
  • Cord length: 20 ft.
  • 2 nozzle accessories
  • 2 cartridge filters
  • Includes dust bag

Potential Flaws

  • Comes w/ only 1 cartridge filter

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#6.) Shop Vac 20-Gallon Peak, Wet Dry Vacuum

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Pump Vac comes w/ 20 gallons capacity — one of the highest ones on my list.

You can clean your entire house without having to switch it off and empty it like you would with other units.

Equipped w/ 120 volt engine, the Shop Vac Peak is powerful enough to suck liquid from a variety of surfaces.

⭐⭐ Best Portable Shop Vac for Floods/Leaks ⭐⭐

There’s an upgraded, built-in pump system that lets you drain water and dispose of it faster — You can even attach it to your garden hose (so you won’t need to constantly empty)

Personally I think it’s the best portable shop vac for large amounts of liquid – flooded basements, driveway puddles, and home leaks.

4 different nozzle accessories allow you to switch between them to get the best cleaning results.

Highlights

  • Weight: 35.2 pounds
  • Power: 120 volts (6.5 horsepower)
  • Hose length: 8 ft.
  • Inside Capacity: 20 gallons
  • Cord length: 18 ft.
  • 2 extension wands
  • 4 nozzle accessories

Potential Flaws

  • Will shut off when full – can be annoying I guess

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#7.) Shop Vac Performance Series, 20-Gallon Wet Dry Vacuum

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Shop-Vac SCX2 motor technology is known to last longer making it very durable.

Capacity is a little lower than others at 20-gal, but the suction power is very strong for its price-range.

Another thing I like is that the top quick and easy to open — confirmed by reviews.

It’s super lightweight so anyone in the house can use it – seniors and children included.

Highlights

  • Weight: 22 pounds
  • Power: 120 volts (6.5 horsepower)
  • Hose length: 8 ft.
  • Inside Capacity: 20 gallons
  • Cord length: 12 ft.
  • Rear blower
  • Svx2 motor technology
  • 2 extension wands

Potential Flaws

  • Comes with only one nozzle

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** I’ll be adding #8 best portable shop vac review soon! Stay tuned!

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About the Author: Bethany Weiss

A 24-year old freelancer who loves to try out new things in life. As a recent college graduate, she loves to travel and discover something new every day and share that experience with everyone. Three things she loves: pizza, games and animals.

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