Wet-dry vacuum cleaners, also referred to as shop vacs, have a simpler design than regular household vacuums, and have fewer features as well, but they have many advantages too. Their simplicity makes them a good tool for those who work with their hands, which is why reputable vacuum brands continue to manufacture them for sale online and at local hardware stores. Here are some advantages to shop vacs that you may not know about.
They’re relatively cheap
It’s tough to make comparisons between regular vacuums and shop vacuums, because household vacuums are designed with far more constraints (they must be quiet, filter the air efficiently, work with a variety of attachments, etc.)—but the range of prices of decent full-sized wet-dry vacuums on the low end is less than that of comparable household vacuums.
They can tackle wet messes
Whether you’re sweeping, dusting, or vacuuming, you’ll notice that dirt, dust, and crumbs are easier to remove if they’re dry and not sticky—however, not all messes are like that. For example, if you have a pet that sheds and it leaves behind wet spots, you can use a shop vac to suck up both the puddles and the hair at once, instead of waiting for the moisture to dry before removing the hair or mopping everything up together. Anything absorbent can be used to soak up the mess, but the shop vac is handier when:
- You need reach, as in a puddle under the fridge
- You don’t want to spread the mess
- There’s enough liquid that it would take several rags to dry it
They can remove larger objects
Normal vacuums are best designed for crumbs and other small debris, but wet-dry vacuums can handle things that are frequently found in the workshop, such as nails, staples, and wood chips. With a regular vacuum, you risk forming a clog that could potentially reduce suction, making the machine far less powerful. In addition, a shop vac canister can hold so much that you could vacuum up large messes without having to worry about emptying it out.
Some can act as a pump
Instead of sucking up air into the hose, the motor can be used to blow air out through the hose. Although it’s not useful in inflating bike tires or car tires, it can come in handy for blowing up mattresses and pool toys.
A shop vac is a great tool to have in addition to your regular vacuum, especially if your work or hobbies require a fair amount of clean up.