How to Choose a Wet Dry Vacuum

A wet dry vacuum can pick up both solid and liquid particles simultaneously; the work load can depend on a number of mechanical features. Wet dry vacuum cleaner utility varies from industrial, construction uses to domestic uses and pool cleaning. An efficient good quality vacuum of this kind should be able to suck up debris particles of the smallest size to chunks. People using power tools can attach a wet dry vacuum cleaner to their tools to suck up all the particles. For domestic users, a wet dry vacuum cleaner is an ultimate solution for maintaining hard wood floors while also using it to clean out small fountains and big pools. Follow the simple steps described below in order to choose which wet dry vacuum will best suit your needs.


Many products might offer the same function. For this reason, it is important to know beforehand what company sells better and has higher consumer ratings. To find out, consult magazines, check online or simply ask the retailer.

Power Capacity

Vacuum cleaners come with a description which includes voltage (amperage) and horsepower. Many of us get confused and go for high horse power whereas while selecting a vacuum cleaner what is important is the amperage, higher the better but do not go beyond 12amps, otherwise your circuit breaker will fuse.  But if horsepower is the only description given go for anything between 1.5 to 2 horsepower.

Storage Capacity

Wet dry vacuum cleaners come in a wide variety of sizes, which vary from a hand held machine to a storage tank of 20 gallons. If you are going to be cleaning the pool with it you need a big storage vacuum.

Filter Types

Many companies offer a wide variety of filter systems for their vacuum cleaners; they often suggest buying special filters for an additional cost. Always buy that vacuum cleaner which comes with a multipurpose and durable filter. Some machines with smaller particulate rate come with two or more filters, that is fine but avoid spending on extra or specialized filters, research has shown that the originals tend to work just as well.


The diameter of the hose, extra attachments available and the length of the tube are all the things you need to keep in mind when buying a wet dry vacuum. If you are going to be attaching it to power machines such as a grinder than the vacuum you purchase should have the necessary attachments.

Noise of the Vacuum and Noise Filters

Wet dry vacuum cleaners are really loud. And as the size increases the louder they get, buy ear protection and attach a sound filter to the machine.

Water and Dry Debris Suction Capacity

The particulate rate will determine the smallest size of particle the machine can suck up, and the water suction will determine the amount of water it will suck up in a given time frame.

Miscellaneous Features

The length of the cord, body type (metallic or non metallic), upright position, presence of a drainage valve and warranty are all features which need to be kept in mind when buying a wet dry vacuum cleaner.