Rigid WD1273 Traditional Corded Wet Dry Vacuum, 12-Gallon

Last updated: January 18, 2022


Rigid WD1273 Traditional Corded Wet Dry Vacuum, 12-Gallon

We looked at the top Wet Dry Vacuums and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Wet Dry Vacuum you should buy.

Product Details

In our analysis of 57 expert reviews, the Rigid Traditional Corded Wet Dry Vacuum, 12-Gallon placed 14th when we looked at the top 18 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

The RIDGID 12 Gal. NXT wet dry vac was built for pros ready to take their projects to the next level. With more power, enhanced durability and an advanced design specifically engineered for the pro user, this high-performance vac is part of the most powerful line of wet dry vacs RIDGID has ever made. At 5.0 peak HP, this vac delivers the power required for tough cleanups. Its redesigned scroll technology gives the RIDGID NXT vac an increase in power, suction and lift.

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Expert Reviews


What reviewers liked

A built in drain for liquid draining
The massive 12-gallon WD1270 also comes with a car-cleaning nozzle, along with the standard two extension wands, utility nozzle, and wet-cleanup nozzle.
Throughout a ten-year construction career, this is the vac that I saw on job sites and personally used the most often, and it’s the one I’ve owned at home for years.
The Ridgid Shop Vac has the features you would expect from a shop vac 15ft electrical cord, 7ft hose and a number of accessories that all store on board the vacuum unit.
Our favorite thing about this vacum is the hose storage.

What reviewers didn't like

The paper filters fill up too quickly along with the pleated filter
Now if you are using this as a vacuum for your saw, or other power tools, battery is probably not the best for you. I use this for shop and car clean up, so mobility is important. Eliminating the need to plug in to the wall would set this tool over the top for me.
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