If you frequently work on DIY projects that involve woodworking, drywall, or metal there is an extremely high chance you are making a big mess. Shop vacs are an easy way to clean up the mess you make when carving wood, metal, stone, tile, ceramic, or brick. Creating dust and debris is a normal part of most DIY projects. However, if you do not frequently clean up your workspace the dust and debris in the air can aggravate your lungs and eyes. Shop vacs are a great way to keep your workspace clean. For those unfamiliar shop vacs are essentially large vacuum cleaners with a hose at the end so it is easy to move around in small spaces.
Below we have reviewed the top 10 shop vacs available on the market. Our team evaluated over 50 shop vacs and rated them based on their airflow, voltage, filtration system, hose diameter, and attachments. Depending on your workshop setup you will need varying types of power levels and hose attachments to properly clean your workspace. Our top shop vac recommendation is the Stanley 6 gallon wet & dry vacuum. This shop vac is great for all types of messes and comes with multiple attachments for hard to clean nooks and crannies. If you are looking for a more robust, albeit slightly more expensive solution check out the Craftsmen 16 Gallon shop vac. This vacuum comes with more storage and a larger filtration system but will cost well over $100. If neither of these models suit your needs check out the other models our team has tested and reviewed below. If you purchase a shop vac based on this review let us know in the comments how you liked it. We love hearing from our community!