Best Wet and Dry Vacuum Cleaners

Wet and dry vacuum cleaners can tackle spills as well as dirt and dust, making them very versatile. Here are a few things you can use a wet and dry vacuum cleaner for:

  • Doing regular vacuuming of floors, upholstery and curtains
  • Unblock sinks and baths using a blower function
  • Cleaning up flooding resulting from burst pipes
  • Removing stains and marks from carpets when used in combination with a detergent

Read on for our reviews of the best wet and dry vacuum cleaners available in the UK.

Kärcher WD2 Tough Vac

The Kärcher WD2 Tough Vac is designed with DIY enthusiasts in mind. It can be used to clean up sawdust, spills and other DIY debris. It’s also light and ergonomic making it good for using anywhere in the home.

Specs

  • Weight:6 kg
  • Dimensions:9 x 33.7 x 43 cm
  • Capacity: 12 litres
  • Wattage: 1200 W

Features

  • Ergonomic carrying handle
  • Long handle to improve your posture
  • Cartridge filter
  • Space for storing accessories and the cable on the vacuum cleaner itself
  • 4 castor wheels
  • Crevice nozzle

Pros

  • Very light
  • Quick and easy to assemble
  • Good level of suction
  • Good at clearing up DIY mess including sawdust and wallpaper shavings
  • Cheap

Cons

  • Very loud
  • Hose can get blocked up with things like pet hairs
  • Can topple over

Verdict

The Kärcher WD2 Tough Vac is a rugged and sturdy wet/dry vacuum cleaner. It might not have enough suction for cleaning up things like dog hairs, but for most purposes it performs well. It certainly has some flaws, but for the price it’s a decent vacuum cleaner.


Draper 13785

The Draper 13785 is a tough and sturdy wet and dry vacuum cleaner from British firm Draper Tools. Lots of people use it to clean up after doing building work or renovation projects. This vacuum cleaner boasts a large 20 litre capacity steel tank.

Specs

  • Weight:5 Kg
  • Dimensions:8 x 32.8 x 47.6 cm
  • Capacity: 20 litres
  • Wattage: 1250 watts

Features

  • Foam and cloth filters
  • Floor brush
  • Three extension tubes
  • Carpet attachment and nozzle
  • 4 castor wheels
  • Blower function

Pros

  • Useful for cleaning the car
  • Good level of suction
  • Easy to move around
  • Good for renovating properties and doing DIY. Can tackle paint chips, sand, sawdust and other DIY debris.

Cons

  • Looses suction as the bag fills up

Verdict

The Draper 13785 is a great wet and dry vacuum cleaner if you’re doing building work, renovation or DIY. It should handle anything you throw at it including plaster dust, small rubble and so on.


Numatic CVC370-2BL/BK Charles

The Numatic CVC370-2BL/BK Charles is like the well known Henry vacuum cleaner, but can be used for both wet and dry cleaning.

Specs

  • Weight: 7 kg
  • Dimensions:5 x 35.5 x 51 cm
  • Capacity: 15 litres (dry), 9 litres (wet)
  • Wattage: 1200 W

Features

  • 40 litres per second air flow
  • 8 metre cable
  • Aluminium tubes that won’t rust
  • Safety float valve
  • Permatex filtration system

Pros

  • Very effective at sucking up spills
  • Exceptional amount of suction
  • Good value for money
  • Easy to assemble

Cons

  • Doesn’t have the handy cord storage function of the Henry
  • Can get clogged up with hair

Verdict

The Numatic CVC370-2BL/BK Charles wet and dry vacuum cleaner really sucks—in a good way! It is very powerful and effective in both wet and dry modes.


VonHaus Wet and Dry Vacuum Cleaner

The VonHaus Wet and Dry Vacuum Cleaner is a versatile piece of kit that you can use to vacuum up dirt, sand, wood chippings and spilt liquids. You can even use it to unblock sinks and clean up garden waste.

Specs

  • Weight: 6 kg
  • Dimensions:5 x 34.5 x 67 cm
  • Capacity: 30 litres (also available in a 15-litre version)
  • Wattage: 1400 W

Features

  • Safety cut-out feature to prevent over-heating
  • Blow function which could be used for unblocking sinks, inflating an air mattress or blowing leaves in the garden

Pros

  • Large capacity (30 litres)
  • Good instructions manual with helpful diagrams
  • Powerful
  • Strong suction is good for sucking up cat and dog hairs
  • Comes with several attachments for accessing hard-to-reach areas
  • Very versatile

Cons

  • Noisy
  • Feels plasticy

Verdict

Given the long list of jobs the VonHaus Wet and Dry Vacuum Cleaner can tackle, it can effectively replace a lot of other household tools. If you want something you can use for a lot of different cleaning tasks, this wet and dry vacuum cleaner is a great buy.

It is very loud and feels quite cheap and plasticy, but given the low price you wouldn’t expect it to be perfect.


Nilfisk DIY Multi 20T

The Nilfisk DIY Multi 20T is a wet and dry vacuum cleaner with several useful functions including a blower and a ‘plug and chase’ feature for picking up dust as you use a power tool.

Specs

  • Weight: 9 kg
  • Dimensions: 40 x 40 x 48.5 cm
  • Capacity: 20 litres
  • Wattage: 1400 W

Features

  • Multi-function wet and dry head with a squeegee at the back and a brush on the front
  • Blower function
  • 2m hose
  • Floor nozzle
  • Crevice tool and upholstery brush
  • ‘Plug and chase’ for connecting to power tools and collecting dust as you use them

Pros

  • Very good level of suction
  • Useful sliding handle for adjusting the suction level
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Takes a cloth bag which is tricky to change
  • Cable is hard to store tidily
  • Not antistatic, so the hose and other parts attract dust
  • Very loud

Verdict

The Nilfisk DIY Multi 20T is very powerful and does a good job in both wet and dry modes. This model does have some design flaws though such as the lack of a proper place to store the power cord, so it wouldn’t be our first choice for a wet and dry vac.

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