5 Best Wet Dry Vacs Under $100 [Top Picks for 2020]

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Some projects around the house suck but they suck less if you have the right tool for the job. This is one tool you want to suck so we found the five best wet dry vacs under $100 so you don't have to spend a lot to get the suction you deserve!

Top 5 Wet/Dry Vacs Under $100

1. Shop-Vac 4.5 HP EZ Series Wet/Dry Vacuum Cleaner

This 4 gallon wet/dry vacuum from Shop Vac is extremely portable thanks to its top carrying handle and its attached dolly that has easy roll casters so you can quickly and easily move the unit from jobsite to jobsite.

It is also wall mountable for extra flexibility of use.

Designed specifically for household use, this vacuum can handle both wet and dry clean up jobs and only weighs 14 pounds for reduced user fatigue and easy portability.

It comes complete with a number of handy accessories include a hose, two extension wands, a dual surface nozzle, crevice tool, gulper nozzle, wall mount bracket and round brush.

There are also filters included as well as an 18 foot power cord that is long enough to extend your reach significantly.

The motor operates quietly making it ideal for indoor use and as it is protected by a manufacturer’s three year warranty, it gives the purchaser complete peace of mind.

Pros

  • Lightweight and easy to move thanks to carrying handle and casters
  • Quiet operating motor
  • 18 foot power cord for extended reach

Cons

  • Hose does not connect firmly to canister and can easily be pulled out
  • The hose kinks occasionally

2. Porter-Cable 6 Gallon/4HP Wet-Dry Vac

Made by the popular and high quality Porter-Cable brand, this wet/dry vacuum has a 3 HP motor for powerful and impressive suction whether picking up wet or dry materials.

Its five foot long hose measures 1 1/4 inches and features an easy lock connection for convenient usage as well as a six foot power cable.

This model can also be used as a blower for leaves on the yard or patio for increased flexibility of use.

Thanks to its strong integrated handle, it is easy to carry this unit from job to job while the large on/off switch is water resistant for a longer lifespan and improved user safety.

The integrated casters make it is easy to transport this unit and the on board accessory storage means that none of the tools will get lost.

This model comes complete with a number of accessories including a flexible hose, utility nozzle, crevice nozzle, floor nozzle, extension wands, foam filter and reusable dry filter.

Pros

  • Large water-resistant on/off switch
  • Easy lock hose connection
  • 3 HP motor for powerful suction

Cons

  • The cord is quite short at just 10 feet
  • Vacuum is very lightweight and therefore sometimes tips over

3. Craftsman 6 Gallon - 3 Peak HP Wet Dry Vac

This wet/dry vacuum from Craftsman has a powerful 3HP motor which gets your cleaning task completed in no time.

Its 6 gallon polypropylene collection tank is large enough to reduce downtime for emptying and durable enough to ensure many years of use.

This model can also be used as a blower for the shop, patio or yard for extra flexibility of use.

The on/off switch is oversized and has been dust sealed for extra longevity, while the integrated top carrying handle improves the stability of the unit while make it simpler to carry from job to job.

This tool boasts a cleaning reach of over 17 feet for extra convenience and it is ideal for all kinds of tasks from draining flooded washing machines to cleaning your car or RV.

Thanks to its integrated power cord, hose and accessory organizers, it is easy to store everything you need on board so that nothing gets lost during transportation.

The swivel casters make this a very mobile unit, ensuring that it can easily be moved around the home or workshop.

This Craftsman wet/dry vac comes complete with a hose bracket set, wet pickup foam filter, a cartridge filter, a utility nozzle and floor/squeegee combo.

Pros

  • Cleaning reach of over 17 feet
  • Onboard accessory storage
  • 6 gallon durable polypropylene tank

Cons

  • Does not come with a crevice tool
  • Quite noisy to operate

4. Vacmaster 12 Gal. 5HP Wet/Dry Vacuum with Detachable Blower

This wet/dry vacuum from Vacmaster boasts an impressively large 12 gallon tank and comes complete with a 7 foot hose, 12 foot cord and cord wrap, two extension wands, a crevice tool, a car nozzle, 8 inch utility nozzle, a blower nozzle, a blower adapter, an air/noise diffuser, a reusable foam sleeve and a standard cartridge filter for extra value for money.

This model also features a detachable blower which has a handy quick release system and which has a blowing speed of 210 mph to get the job done quickly.

Its extra large drain port makes wet cleaning jobs a breeze while the integrated top handle makes the unit more balanced and stable while making it easier to carry around.

The on/off switch has been dust sealed to preserve its lifespan and as the unit is entirely covered by a 2 year manufacturer’s warranty, it gives the purchaser complete peace of mind.

Quick and easy to set up, this unit can be switched between modes with ease and is a reliable purchase.

Pros

  • Dust sealed on/off switch
  • Rapid switching between wet/dry modes
  • Integrated top handle for better stability and transportation

Cons

  • Blower is quite heavy when compared to rival models
  • The cord is quite short when compared to some others

5. RIDGID Portable Wet/Dry Vac

This portable wet/dry vacuum from Ridgid boasts an incredibly compact design that makes it simple to transport and to store between uses.

The VAC3000 is the ideal size to use cleaning out your vehicle as well. You can keep this vacuum handy in your garage or in just about any cabinet since it's only 20 inches tall.

Its 3.5 Peak HP motor guarantees impressive performance for the size while the Qwik-Lock filter makes it easy and rapid to change the filter.

The coolest feature is that you can even suck up dust while the hose and nozzle are in their stored position. Say goodbye to your old dust buster!

Obviously it is not as big as the others we reviewed but the Ridgid's size and versatility to use easily in-home and around the garage make it a no brainer.

Pros

  • Special car nozzle included with LED light
  • 7 ft. Clog-free hose
  • Qwik-Lock filter for rapid tool-free filter changes

Cons

  • Filter is large making a dust bag difficult to fit in properly
  • If you want extra attachments their fit may be an issue

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Growing up around the farmlands of the Midwest you learn at an early age getting your hands dirty is a way of life. Whether it was helping my Grandpa make cedar furniture, mowing neighborhood lawns or throwing bails of hay the do-it-yourself mentality runs strong in our family.

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