WORKSHOP Wet/Dry Vac 16-Gal

Last updated date: April 26, 2019

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In our analysis of 60 expert reviews, the WORKSHOP WORKSHOP Wet/Dry Vac 16-Gal placed 1st when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
5 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
206 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
A flexible hose featuring 2.5-inch diameter not only allows quickly and efficiently sucking up liquids and larger debris but also will enhance the output power and when using a blower feature
- Best Advisor
Built for tough jobs w/16-gallon capacity, 6.5 HP, and 7-ft. locking flexible hose.
- BestReviews
The on-board filter system features Emerson’s Qwik Lock fastening design to make switching filters quick and simple.
- The Spruce
This vacuum will suck up everything in sight through its 7-foot hose—wet debris, mud, cut board ends, and tile scraps were all pulled up with no problem.
- Drill Press View
This unit comes with a locking sleeve that is a simple rubber tube which can be rolled over attachments and hoses to make a positive connection. This also worked well for connecting to smaller dust ports on tools.
- Workshop Addict
What experts didn't like
The unit operation is a bit noisy
- Best Advisor
The wheels are dificult to put on and may not roll smoothly
- BestReviews
Large form factor; high price point.
- Drill Press View
The casters on this unit are smaller but still of nice quality. They are perfect for a shop but are not ideal for rough outdoor surfaces or rolling over hoses when it is full of 16 gallons of water.
- Workshop Addict

From The Manufacturer

This no nonsense 16 Gallon wet dry vacuum cleaner has the power, durability and collection capacity to be the jobsite workhorse. Includes: 6. 5 peak HP shop vacuum cleaner, 7-foot locking hose; 2-1/2-inch accessories utility nozzle, car nozzle, wet nozzle, 2 extension wands, WS21200F standard Qwik Lock vacuum filter, owner's manual. Also compatible with WS22200F Fine Dust Filter and WS23200F HEPA Media Cartridge Filters, and for wet pick-up, the WS24200F Wet Filter. At WORKSHOP, we use real-life wet and dry messes in our testing, and design our vacuums to strike the best balance between airflow and sealed suction. Airflow measures CFM (cubic feet per minute) or volume of air moved, which is important when picking up dry messes. Sealed Suction (inches) measures the raw strength of suction when picking up liquids. The measurement that best captures both aspects of suction is Max Air Watts tested to ASTM standard, and the WS1600VA has among the highest in its class. All the included accessories can store away neatly on the vacuum’s caster feet or lid surface with integrated storage wells. The 20-foot power cord can be wrapped around the vacuum head. Wet spill? No Problem! Wet cleanup is easy with the drainage port at the bottom of the vacuum to empty out any liquids. Plus, the extra-large 16-gallon drum has enough capacity to accommodate large cleaning tasks. This vacuum also includes an integrated blowing port for added versatility. There is nothing more annoying than a hose that constantly pulls loose during use. When a hose detaches, suction is lost and work grinds to a halt. WORKSHOP hoses feature locking adapters that keep the hose securely connected to the Vac during use. The hose design also saves you time by allowing you to quickly attach and detach the hose when desired, instead of twisting and screwing the hose in place like competitive product – just click and go!

Overall Product Rankings

1. WORKSHOP Wet/Dry Vac 16-Gal
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 5
2. Vacmaster Wet/Dry Vacuum 12-Gal
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 8
3. Armor All Wet/Dry Vacuum 2.5 Gal
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 8
4. Bissell Garage Pro Wet/Dry Vacuum
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 3
5. Shop-Vac Wet Dry Vacuum 5-Gal
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 4
6. Stanley Wet/Dry Vacuum 4-Gal
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 4
7. Craftsman Wet/Dry Vacuum 6-Gal 3 Peak
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 9
8. Shop-Vac Wet/Dry Micro Vacuum
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 3
9. DEWALT 20-Volt MAX Wet/Dry Vacuum
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 8
10. Stanley Wet/Dry Vacuum 3-Gal
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 3

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