The 5 Best Small Shop Vacuums August, 2017 (And 8 Other Models)


Alphachooser's list of the newest small shop vacuums includes only shop vacuums that obey to these criteria:

  • They must be part of the 1-gallon shop vacuum class and no bigger than 2 gallons
  • Or they must feature a peak horsepower of less than 3HP


The List:

* Top list currently adjusted to just the best American small shop vacuums (Currently available in the U.S. from the stores we monitor)

Best Model 2017
Alpha
Rank:
#1
Average
Score:
88%
Confidence
Level:
Total
How do we know? Here is how we rank items...

ArmorAll AA255

ArmorAll AA255

Avg. rating
(2863 reviews)
Considering its aggregate ranking of 88%, we determined that the ArmorAll AA255 is currently the best small shop vacuum 2017. Furthermore, we think that our 2863 reviews sampled give us a high confidence level that pushes us to label it a "no-brainer best choice."

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Second Best
Alpha
Rank:
#2
Average
Score:
86%
Confidence
Level:
High
Shop Vac AllAround 589-51-00

Shop Vac AllAround 589-51-00

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(494 reviews)
With its star rating of 4.5 computed from 494 reviews, here is what we consider the second best small shop vacuum. * By the way, our list is based on an in-depth analysis of hundreds of small shop vacuum reviews from around the web.

Lightweight wall-mountable wet/dry shop vacuum equipped with a 2-HP motor and an 18-foot power cord that lets you attach the hose to the exhaust to make it a blower.

Lightweight wall-mountable wet/dry shop vacuum equipped with a 2-HP motor and an 18-foot power cord that lets you attach the hose to the exhaust to make it a blower.

Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#3
Average
Score:
82%
Confidence
Level:
Total
Vacmaster VP205

Vacmaster VP205

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(621 reviews)

A very small 1.75-HP dry/wet vac with a foldable top handle.

A very small 1.75-HP dry/wet vac with a foldable top handle.

Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#4
Average
Score:
78%
Confidence
Level:
Total
Stanley SL18125P-1

Stanley SL18125P-1

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(369 reviews)

1-gallon portable wet/dry vacuum with a 6-foot power cord that's obviously built for usability and convenience because of its lightweight and compact design.

1-gallon portable wet/dry vacuum with a 6-foot power cord that's obviously built for usability and convenience because of its lightweight and compact design.

Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#5
Average
Score:
83%
Confidence
Level:
OK
Why is a higher score ranking under a lower score?

Shop-Vac 5890200

Shop-Vac 5890200

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(51 reviews)

Portable wall-mountable wet/dry shop vacuum equipped with a 2.5-HP motor and a 6-foot power cord.

Portable wall-mountable wet/dry shop vacuum equipped with a 2.5-HP motor and a 6-foot power cord.

More small shop vacuums, sorted by the latest model first:

DeWALT DC515B 18-Volt

DeWALT DC515B 18-Volt

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(568 reviews)

Portable battery-powered hand wet dry vacuum that comes with a 0.3-micron HEPA filter and can be used as a cordless, but only if you buy a non-included battery.

Portable battery-powered hand wet dry vacuum that comes with a 0.3-micron HEPA filter and can be used as a cordless, but only if you buy a non-included battery.


* You Should Also Check Out: Top 10 Best cordless shop vacuums 2017
Craftsman Portable Wall Mount Wet or Dry Vacuum

This 2-HP portable wet/dry vacuum is obviously built for versatility due to its blower feature and its lightweight and compact design.

This 2-HP portable wet/dry vacuum is obviously built for versatility due to its blower feature and its lightweight and compact design.

Wagan 750

Wagan 750

Avg. rating
(162 reviews)

Car-centric wet and dry vacuum that runs on 12v and includes an air inflator feature to boot.

Car-centric wet and dry vacuum that runs on 12v and includes an air inflator feature to boot.

Vacmaster AA256

Car vac with 6-piece deluxe detailing kit.

Car vac with 6-piece deluxe detailing kit.

Vacmaster VJ206H

Portable wet/dry vacuum with built-in accessory storage.

Portable wet/dry vacuum with built-in accessory storage.

Vacmaster VJ206F

Shoulder-strapped 2-horse power utility vac.

Shoulder-strapped 2-horse power utility vac.

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