Quiet Shop Vacs You Can Count On! [#1 Shop Vacuum Revealed]
Vacuuming isn’t fun no matter what way you look at it. Perhaps the only upside of this somewhat tedious job is the sense of satisfaction you get when the space looks sparkling clean afterwards. Apart from having to meticulously cover the space inch by inch, squeeze past various objects, and get under and behind an array of obstacles, you also have to put up with the deafening noise. We wanted to determine once and for all what is the quietest shop vac, so we went and did a bit of research.
FEIN 9-20-27 Turbo Set I
Measured at Noise Levels of only 66 Decibels!
In an effort to deliver a comprehensive review, we also used performance, durability, and ease-of-use as criteria, but our emphasis was on noise levels, as we wanted to find a quiet, top-performing vacuum cleaner.
Vacuum cleaner noise levels
Noise levels are measured in decibels. So what measurement can you expect from an average vacuum? Well, let’s look at the different measurements first:
- Less than 70 decibels: Quiet operation during which you can still have a conversation.
- 70-85 decibels: You need to raise your voice when speaking to someone.
- 85 decibels and above: You need to shout.
Most domestic vacuum cleaners fall into the 70-85 decibels group, while many commercial vacs are very noisy at 85 decibels and above.
Because low noise levels were our top priority, we went on a search for a vacuum cleaner with a decibel rating below 70. We also wanted a vacuum capable of delivering top cleaning performance, as well as all the functions you expect from a vacuum.
To make this task even harder, we decided to try and find a quiet shop vacuum cleaner with lots of extra functions and still operating at below-average noise levels.
Our extensive search brought us to the Fein 9-20-27 TURBO I SET Turbo Set, a German-manufactured commercial vacuum cleaner. You’ll be glad to hear that this shop vac comes at a noise level of just 66 decibels.
Fein has been operating in Germany since 1867 and is known for manufacturing a wide range of quality power tools and vacuum cleaners. The Fein 9-20-27 I Turbo Set is suitable for use in retail spaces and commercial units and is tough enough to handle heavy dirt and large amounts of dust. Let’s look at the main specs:
Size, design, and accessories
Like all commercial vacuums, this one is rather heavy at 29 pounds and large at 15.5” x 15” x 18.5”. Still, it maneuvers quite easily thanks to the 360° swivel wheels. The design isn’t much to write home about, but you wouldn’t buy a shop vac for its aesthetics, would you?
The hose is 13’ long and the cord 18’, providing plenty of scope to vacuum a large retail space without having to change electric outlets every few minutes. The maximum capacity is a 5.8 gallons.
On purchase, this shop vac comes with two metal extension tubes, a combination tool with interchangeable inserts, a dusting tool, a crevice tool, a filter bag, filer, tool coupling, and the hose.
Looking for something cheaper?
Without sacrificing much quality the Ridgid WD 1450 can provide a nice alternative for about half the price. We measured this shop vac at 90 decibels which is still quieter than most shop vacs out there. Ridgid also offers a muffler which can bring noise levels down to the 78 decibel level!
Need More Capacity?
The FEIN 9-20-28 TURBO II offers 8.4 gallons vs the 5.8 gallons of storage the TURBO I model can hold. The TURBO II is slightly heavier but just as quiet. Other than size the models are identical and if you need more capacity it may be worth the slightly higher price tag.
FEIN 9-20-28 Turbo Set II
Noise Levels of only 66 Decibels & 8.4 Gallons of Storage
This is a wet and dry vacuum cleaner, while it also provides a dust extraction function.
This vacuum boasts plenty of suction power, in fact, it performs at a 151-cfm flow rate which is more than adequate for lifting dust and heavy dirt.
Thanks to the four swivel wheels and its compact shape, reaching tight spaces and getting around is easy. Regardless of the surface, be it carpet, hard flooring, or concrete floors, this vac performs well.
With the help of the crevice tool, hard-to-reach places are easy to tackle. The operation is quiet, which is precisely what we had hoped for. The combined length of the hose and cord make it possible to vacuum an entire shop floor without having to change the electric outlets in use.
We were also impressed with the filtration system. Unlike most vacs, this one doesn’t emit unpleasant smells or allow dust particles to escape, instead, leaves a fresh clean smell in the air.
The performance when wet vacuuming is just as satisfactory. This wet vacuum has a 98.4" of static water lift capacity. Using the appropriate attachment, puddles vanish and wet surfaces quickly dry once you progress across them.
Power tool dust extraction function
With the Fein 9-20-27 TURBO I SET, you can also remove dust from power tools. Once the power tool is connected to the vacuum, it automatically switches on and begins extracting the dust from the tool. As soon as the tool is turned off, the vacuum shuts down within 5 seconds.
This shop vac delivers on all fronts and does so without producing the annoying humming noise associated with most vacuum cleaners. This means you can vacuum without disturbing anyone in your vicinity.
There’s no doubt about the power of the 1,100-watt motor in this vacuum cleaner. It boasts an air flow rate of 71 liters per second or 151 cubic feet per minute. As a result, this vac cleans with lots of suction and does so at considerable speed. The filtration system is impressive because no dusty air ever gets into the motor.
You won’t require top-level suction all the time, so the suction power adjustment button is very convenient indeed.
Even though this shop vac runs much more quietly than most, it delivers a top performance when dry or wet vacuuming or when extracting dust from power tools.
On occasion, you will need to change the filter, and you can do so by tapping it out of the filter cassette. This cassette removes the need to change the filter when wet vacuuming. Beyond that, this shop vac requires no maintenance.
Storing it is easy, as some accessories can be stashed away in the built-in compartment, while the cord, as well as the extension tubes, attach to the body of the vac.
Unfortunately, the cord doesn’t disappear into the body of the vac at the press of a button like we are accustomed to with domestic vacuum cleaners. Instead, you wind it up and hang it on the hook you’ll find on the body of the vac.
Pros and cons
This is a solid performing shop vacuum that runs much more quietly than most commercial vacs. Let’s look at the main advantages and disadvantages.
- Super-quiet operation at just 66 decibels
- Dry, wet, and dust extraction functions
- Easy to maneuver thanks to 360° swivel wheels
- Adjustable suction power
- Comes with lots of useful accessories
- Large capacity 5.8-gallon tank
- Excellent filtration stops dusty air from escaping into the environment or into the motor
- Long cord and hose facilitate easy cleaning of large retail or industrial spaces
- Heavy and a bit bulky
- The power tool dust extraction is not universal. Not all tools can be connected.
- No cord retraction function
Shop Vac Buyer’s Guide
Importance of Shop Vac Power
When choosing a shop vac, there are a couple of different measures that manufacturers use to identify and differentiate their power levels. That said, the use of the different ratings is far from definitive or truly standardized, so it can be a bit difficult figuring out which shop vac is actually more powerful than another model. One thing to keep in mind is that the power rating of a shop vac is not really that great of a measure of figuring out how well it will perform in different types of vacuuming scenarios as the pump, hose build, and various other qualities will have as large or larger of an impact. Still, the power of the shop vac will have a fairly big impact on the durability of the product as a more efficient and powerful motor will be able to run for extended periods of time longer than weaker motors.
Depending on the manufacturer, the motor of the shop vac will either be rated in horsepower or amperages--though amperages is a more appropriate rating considering that the quietest shop vacs are also electrically powered. Granted, all shop vacs are electric powered, but there are some commercial and industrial shop vacs which will rely on pneumatics and even rare gas powered shop vacs. That said, it is important to note that one rating does not necessarily correlate directly with the other rating. Due to the way that you convert different power ratings for an electric motor, it is quite possible that two shop vacs with the same horsepower rating actually have different amperage ratings and thus produce different amounts of power.
When it comes to the power rating, different grade of shop vac will generally fall within different power rating ranges--though it is worth noting that this is simply a general guideline as the primary qualities which identify the different grades of shop vacs. For instance, the build materials and the different suction qualities of a shop vac will be a bit more indicative of the shop vac’s grade. Still, a shop vac that hovers between 7 to 8 amps will skirt the line of the different grades as the shop vacs that are 6 amps and below are generally relegated to the consumer grade market whereas all of the shop vacs that are 9 amps or more are generally considered a professional grade.
Suction Power is Critical
While the power that the shop vac uses is often a consumer shorthand for quality, anyone with experience using shop vacs knows that the suction power of a shop vac is far more important and will ultimately impact the experience of the shop vac’s performance in use. That said, suction power will be rated differently depending on what type of matter you are trying to suck up. The ratings used for water suction differ than those used for dry suction, and dry suction even has a sub-rating meant to identify how effective the shop vac is at vacuuming heavier solids. In this regard, while you might want to look for a shop vac that is simply the best at every type of suction, it might be a better idea to look for a shop vac that provides a superior performance with a specific type of vacuuming that you are more likely to do than otherwise.
Cubic feet per minute (CFM) - Essential for Dust Control
CFM is the measurement that shop vacs use to rate how well they are at vacuuming finer solids like dust or other particulate messes. On the flip side, this rating can also serve as an adequate way of determining how effective a shop vac is as a blower--if it has that function. In this regard, judging the CFM is fairly straightforward as a higher CFM directly correlates to a better particulate vacuuming function as well as a better blowing function. However, for the blowing function, it is important to remember not to compare whatever ancillary blowing function a shop vac might include as a way to provide value and versatility to an actual blowing tool--like a leaf blower. Whatever CFM a shop vac provides as a vac blower does not have the same kind of airspeeds generated that a professional blower does. To that end, if you do not get a shop vac that comes with a blower function, there is no necessary need to go all out of a shop vac with the highest CFM since most particulate matter is going to be light enough that a certain threshold is that is required to vacuum it up with more suction power simply making that a bit easier.
Sealed Pressure - Key for fluid suction
Sealed pressure, or SP, is the measurement that shop vac manufacturers use to rate how good a given product is at vacuuming fluids. Keep in mind, this will still be an important quality when determining how well a shop vac would be at picking up mixtures of solids and fluids too. Essentially, the sealed pressure rating tells you how much suction power the shop vac maintains when vacuuming a steady supply of fluids. Unlike the other ratings related to suction power, the SP is the only one that in no way has any relation to the potential blowing power of the shop vac as is reserved exclusively for the vacuuming of liquids. When it comes down to the value of a shop vac, the sealed pressure is generally considered the most important suction power rating and a good way to differentiate between seemingly similar shop vacs. This is largely due to the fact that it is fairly easy to find a solid quality shop vac that has a relatively high CFM with a substandard sp, but it is exceedingly uncommon to find a shop vac with a great SP and a substandard CFM. As such, the SP is generally seen as the feature to beat when it comes to judging between different shop vacs.
Air Power - Important for Sucking Larger Debris
Air power, or AP, also known as Air Watts is far more similar to CFM than it is SP as it relates to the vacuuming power that the shop vac can generate for solid matter. That said, the AP distinguishes itself from the CFM in that it is explicitly designed to judge the vacuuming power of larger pieces of solid matter--like pieces of leftover wood that is not even suitable for scrap after making cuts. This feature will also provide some insight into how well the shop vac will be able to vacuum a mixture of solids and liquids up. Beyond that, you can even get a shop vac that is designed to pick up loose pieces of hardware like nuts and bolts. That said, arguably the most important part of the shop vac that influences the AP is the size of the air port as that will ultimately determine the maximum size object that the shop vac can vacuum. Regardless, the AP is actually the least relevant rating for suction power when it comes to shop vacs since it is less common than both fine particulate solids vacuuming and liquid vacuuming.
What Material is your Shop Vac made of?
While the material composition of any product is important, for shop vacs it all really matters how you intend to use your shop vac. In fact, this is actually one of the few instances where the material composition of the product is not one of the top 2 most important qualities--especially in regards to the durability of the product as there are far fewer situations in which the shop vac would otherwise be exposed to a risk of physical damage. In fact, the only parts that matter in terms of their materials, as well as the ones most likely to fail, are the pump and the motor. Outside of that, so long as you do not put the shop vac in a circumstance where it could be physically damaged, the material will generally not matter for durability. This is not to suggest there are no other factors that the materials heavily influence nor any degree to which the relative durability might be tested. Still, there are not too terribly many different options when it comes to selecting the material and because vacuuming chemicals of various types might be one of the primary uses of your shop vac, it is important to make sure that the shop vac material is able to handle more substances than it is able to handle rough use.
Plastic - This is by far the most common material used for the majority of a shop vac and especially for the body of the shop vac. The reason that plastic is used as much as it is has more to do with overhead costs and a lack of need for better materials than anything else--in fact, plastic is by far the least expensive material used in the manufacturing of shop vacs. In terms of its function, plastic has a good mix of advantages and flaws which allow it to perform serviceably for the majority of general shop vac settings and needs. For instance, plastic is one of the lightest materials used in the construction of shop vacs which is generally important regardless of the setting but is especially important if you need to take the shop vac out to different job sites. On top of that, plastic is also a material that is incredibly resistant to a wide variety of different types of chemicals--especially those commonly found in workshops or garages. On the flip side, plastic is also one of the least durable materials used in the manufacturing of shop vacs, though this is not necessarily that much of an issue unless you use the shop in more controlled settings. That said, small points of attachment and nearly any part of the pump or the motor should not be made of plastic as these points are not only more structurally important than others but also smaller and more prone to breaking in the first place.
Stainless Steel - If the thick plastic used in the manufacturing of a majority of shop vacs is not suitable to your needs, then you can always go a step up and get a shop vac made of stainless steel. This material is suitable for most commercial settings and even many industrial ones--depending on the task. That said, stainless steel is a bit similar to plastic in that while it does present with some advantages, it does also have a few drawbacks to balance it out and force a self-analysis. For example, shop vacs made of stainless steel are going to be a bit heavier than those made of plastic. While this may not necessarily present too much of an issue in a controlled environment like a workshop, it does potentially present more conflict if you happen to be on a job site--especially if that job site is on uneven terrain. Still, stainless steel presents as by far the most durable material commonly used for shop vacs and is significantly more durable than plastic from an external force. On top of that, stainless steel also happens to be incredibly resistant to the same types of chemicals used in a workshop or other professional setting. Of course, the ability to actually perform a wider range of jobs is far more valuable than the convenience value of being lightweight, and as such, stainless steel is generally considered to be a better all-around material to be used in the manufacturing of shop vacs.
When it comes to shop vacs, the capacity may very well be one of the more important qualities, though it could just as easily be negligible depending on the setting. For instance, if all you have to worry about is a little bit of sawdust here and there, then there is no real reason to get a shop vac with a drum more than 10 gallons--which is an incredibly generous upper limit for that situation. Instead, 10 gallons or more is most appropriate for a professional setting or one where you expect to vacuum liquids--though keep in mind the larger the capacity the heavier a full bucket will be. It is also important to keep in mind that if you ever intend to vacuum up larger, solid pieces, then you are going to want to make sure that the drum can both accommodate the larger pieces as well as finer particulate and potentially liquid contents. Now, in regards to quieter shop vacs, larger capacity drums carry with it another potential concern: volume. Specifically, the larger capacity drums have a tendency to be attached to shop vacs with more powerful motors and better pumps, so shop vacs with larger capacity drums will also have a tendency to be louder than smaller shop vacs--and do not even think about getting a commercial shop vac for this purpose.
Shop Vac Filter
While the very act of vacuuming is designed to clean a given thing or area, the shop vac itself can get to a point where it creates as much mess as it picks up if you are not consistent with the maintenance. Essentially, the filter is used to prevent any of the vacuumed contents from getting into the smaller, mechanical components like the pump or the motor--something which can completely ruin the shop vac if it occurs. On top of that, the filter also ensures that the air exhaust from the shop vac comes out clean which is especially important if you have any allergies to dust. Of course, the type of filter used in the shop vac can also have a fairly big impact in terms of how well it responds to people with allergies to dust. If that is the situation with you, it might be a better idea to go ahead and pay for the more expensive models of shop vac that come with HEPA filters. The standard filter is more geared towards catching particulates with little care as to exceedingly tiny allergens, whereas HEPA filters use a unique mesh construction to ensure that as many of the finest particles are trapped as possible. One thing to keep in mind is that the filter choice for the shop vac will ultimately add to the overhead cost of the shop vac which can be a bigger expense for a commercial setting than the consumer one.
Hoses for your Shop Vacuum
The hose of the shop vac is often overlooked, but the shop vac is virtually worthless without a high-quality hose to accompany it. That said, making sure that the shop vac comes with a high-quality hose is necessarily the most important thing. This is primarily due to the fact that most manufacturers sell additional accessories--though this obviously increases the overall cost of the product. That said, the quality of the hose can be judged in a couple of different ways and will heavily depend on the setting and type of vacuuming you intend to do with your shop vac. For instance, the size of the hose plays an important role in determining what the largest piece of debris your shop vac can pick up is.
Still, the quality of a shop vac hose is more commonly judged based on the materials it is constructed from and the quality of its seals with the vacuum as an air leak can lead to the suction power dropping dramatically--even for a relatively small leak. In this regard, one of the most important things to remember is to look for a hose that is made of non-biodegradable materials. For example, a common material used for seals in shop vacs is rubber, which is fine initially as it does provide a good seal, but rubber is more biodegradable than some other synthetic materials and will need to eventually be replaced.
Shop Vac Blower
While it is not anywhere near the same level of importance as most of the other qualities of a shop vac, many manufacturers will design their shop vacs to also be used as small blowers. When judging a shop vacs blower ability, the best rating you can come up with will be the CFM--though that is not an entirely accurate representation of the shop vac’s blower ability without knowing what the airspeed is as well, a rating not generally included with shop vacs. This feature provides a great deal of versatility, but if you either do not have a need for a small blower or actually have a need for a larger blower, then you do not need to worry about the additional expense that a blower feature on your shop vac will incur. Still, the blower function is not too terribly difficult to include as it simply involves allowing the vacuum mechanism to function in the opposite direction. As such, it will not necessarily increase the price unduly and is especially minor in comparison once you begin to consider some of the higher-end, more expensive shop vacs. Regardless, it is important to understand that while the blower function may seem attractive, it is not going to be powerful enough for the situation to compare to a dedicated power blower.
Shop Vac Volume
Of course, when we are considering the quietest shop vacs on the market it is important to make sure that it puts out as little noise as possible. This noise is rated in terms of decibels, dB, with the lower rating being the better, though it is important to remember that the difference between some of the louder and quieter vacuums is only about 25 decibels. Still, there is a fair bit of difference in only 25 decibels as the quietest shop vacs are about as loud as a normal conversation while the loudest shop vacs will be about as loud as traffic and are at the edges of what is considered technically loud whereby extended, unprotected exposure could result in hearing damage. It is also important to keep in mind that the more powerful the shop vac is, generally the louder it has a tendency to be as well. On the other hand, there are some mufflers that manufacturers can add which will decrease the sound generated by the pump and motor. In fact, the quietest shop vacs will always have some form of dampening attached to them if not multiple kinds for both the motor and pump.
Other Quiet Shop Vac Models
Makita VC4710 12-Gallon Wet/Dry Vacuum
Makita makes a shop vac similar to the design of FEIN in that both of these brands specialize in power tools in a broad sense--though it is worth noting that FEIN has focused on power tools since its inception whereas Makita is best at making the electric motors which power their products. Still, this does present FEIN with a bit of a pickle as this means that the Makita will also be the first competition that it has had with another shop vac that is situated squarely within its market.
In fact, as we will see, the Makita not only gives the FEIN a run for its money, but it leaves the FEIN in its dust in many appreciable categories and is actually likely a better option depending on the specific circumstances of its use. For instance, considering how this is a review of the quietest shop vac, it is definitely worth noting that the FEIN produces a quiet 66 dB of volume. However, as good as that noise level is, the Makita is actually able to perform at a lower 59 dB which can be a truly meaningful difference if your workspace requires strict volume regulations. Our biggest concern with the Makita VC4710 is the poor amazon reviews and the higher price tag.
On top of the Makita being the quieter of the two shop vacs, it also has a more powerful motor than the FEIN with the Makita coming with a 12 amp motor--placing it squarely in the professional grade market--and the FEIN only coming with a 10 amp motor--though that is still more in line with a professional-grade shop vac than a consumer-grade. Still, this does mean that the Makita is likely to last a little bit longer--which is only further bolstered by the use of lightweight components in the motor as well as precisely engineered air ducting to generate as much power with as little force as possible.
Unfortunately, this has also resulted in the Makita being significantly less powerful than the FEIN when it comes to the suction power--at least in regards to dry vacuuming. With 135 CFM, the Makita is somewhat underpowered in comparison to the FEIN, though this will only affect how you use the shop vac, not how well the 2 shop vacs perform. Still, the Makita can more than keep up with the FEIN in terms of liquid suction as it has an SP of 92”--only 2” less than the FEIN.
Nilfisk 5 Gal. Professional Wet/Dry Vacuum [Stainless]
Though Nilfisk may not have the same storied history as Fein, it has been a manufacturer of cleaning tools for its entire existence and does pride itself in servicing the high-end consumer-grade market. When comparing the Fein shop vac to the Nilfisk, it is important not to get too terribly fixated on the difference in volume as the difference in performance is far more relevant to this comparison than a couple of measly decibels. In fact, there are other shop vacs on our list that are far quieter and truly give the Fein a bit more of a run for its money that respect.
That said, if the volume is the ultimate and overriding factor in your determination, then the 64-decibel volume level of the Nilfisk will please you a bit more than the Fein. Still, with only 127 CFM and 84” of sp, every kind of suctioning power that a shop vac can have is inferior on the Nilfisk when compared to the Fein. When you consider the durability of the two shop vacs, this is a bit more relevant to the setting and scenario.
For instance, the Nilfisk features a tank that is made out of stainless steel, and while this will make the Nilfisk a bit heavier than it might otherwise need to be, this will allow the Nilfisk to be used in circumstances that otherwise shop vacs composed primarily of plastic will not be able to accommodate.
That said, the Fein does feature a more powerful motor--and the difference is not insignificant with the Fein shop vac coming with a 10 amp motor and the Nilfisk shop vac comes with a motor that hovers just above 8 amps. This means that the Fein shop vac is actually more appropriate for a professional or commercial setting--its plastic tank notwithstanding--than the Nilfisk shop vac is which does not truly have a target market and could instead be considered a high-end consumer-grade shop vac. In that regard, the 2-decibel advantage that the Nilfisk has over the Fein shop vac pales in comparison to the power and suction advantages that the Fein has over the Nilfisk.
Ryobi 18-Volt ONE+ 6 Gal. Cordless Wet/Dry Vacuum (Bare-Tool) with Hose
Ryobi is not much of a comparison to FEIN in a large part due to the fact that they are not really trying to accomplish the same thing. With FEIN, the ultimate goal is to provide some of the best performing tools on the market, succeeding due to the quality of their products and how they perform in the field. With Ryobi, the message might be a bit similar, but the focus is definitely in a different direction--specifically, Ryobi is more focused on providing a wide range of tools and products that can function on their cordless batteries. As such, the two products are not even truly in the same class of product as the Ryobi is definitely a bit more of niche shop vac while the FEIN is a solid mid-tier, professional-grade shop vac.
Still, the versatility and portability that the Ryobi present cannot be denied, and if you happen to already be a user of a number of their tools, the Ryobi shop vac will also allow you to power it with the various 18V batteries that power your other Ryobi power tools. Of course, if you are looking for performance, then you are definitely better served looking towards the FEIN as the Ryobi is most certainly intended to be used by the niche consumer and not anywhere near a professional job site. This is most notable in the suction power of the Ryobi as this model is nearly half as powerful as the FEIN--severely limiting the Ryobi shop vac’s appropriate applications and settings.
In fact, not only is the 80 CFM the lowest dry suction power that we have in our comparisons, but the Ryobi shop vac is actually the only product on our list that does not indicate the SP rating which almost certainly suggests that it is not worth boasting. That said, the Ryobi does have its place and it is by far one of the more convenient shop vacs that are out there, and it is a far more convenient shop vac to use than the FEIN.
As such, if convenience is a primary concern for you, then the Ryobi will by far suit you better with the numerous different types of attachments all set securely and ergonomically placed for user interaction. This is also by far one of the easier shop vacs to transport as its light weight combines with a reasonably good frame and wheel set to make moving it from one place to another a breeze--another area in which the Ryobi does hold a distinct advantage over the FEIN. Still, the Ryobi takes its wins where it can get them while the FEIN is by far the superior shop vac for most situations.
If you are looking for the quietest shop vac, the Fein 9-20-27 TURBO I SET (or TURBO II SET) won’t disappoint. They’re more silent than most domestic vacuum cleaners and amazingly allow you to hold a conversation during operation. This can prove to be a major advantage in a retail space where you do not want to disturb customers or passers-by.
Although the Makita is quieter the performance of FEIN is much better and even though, at first sight, this shop vac looks a little bulky, it’s actually quite easy to maneuver and use.
- 1 Vacuum cleaner noise levels
- 2 Fein 9-20-27 TURBO I SET Turbo Set – The Quietest Shop Vac
- 3 Size, design, and accessories
- 4 Need More Capacity?
- 5 Functions
- 6 Dry vacuuming
- 7 Wet vacuuming
- 8 Power tool dust extraction function
- 9 Performance
- 10 Maintenance
- 11 Pros and cons
- 12 Shop Vac Buyer’s Guide
- 12.1 Importance of Shop Vac Power
- 12.2 Suction Power is Critical
- 12.3 Cubic feet per minute (CFM) - Essential for Dust Control
- 12.4 Sealed Pressure - Key for fluid suction
- 12.5 Air Power - Important for Sucking Larger Debris
- 12.6 What Material is your Shop Vac made of?
- 12.7 Storage Capacity
- 12.8 Shop Vac Filter
- 12.9 Hoses for your Shop Vacuum
- 12.10 Shop Vac Blower
- 12.11 Shop Vac Volume
- 13 Other Quiet Shop Vac Models
- 14 Makita VC4710 12-Gallon Wet/Dry Vacuum
- 15 Nilfisk 5 Gal. Professional Wet/Dry Vacuum [Stainless]
- 16 Ryobi 18-Volt ONE+ 6 Gal. Cordless Wet/Dry Vacuum (Bare-Tool) with Hose
- 17 Final thoughts