I’ve been testing Dewalt’s DCV581H cordless wet/dry vac for some time now, mostly for small workshop cleanup tasks. The vac can be powered from Dewalt 20V Max and 18V battery packs, and can be plugged into a wall outlet as well. It came out about a year ago, and there’s also the DCV580, a cordless-only model.
Overall, this is a very nice portable cleanup solution. It’s great for smaller jobs where you might not need the power, capacity, and accessories of a full-sized vacuum.
Preview: New Dewalt Cordless Vacuums
What We Like
- Great capacity (2 gallons)
- On-board hose comes with useful accessories – crevice nozzle and wide nozzle
- Comes with washable HEPA filter
- Multiple power options
As you can tell from the 20/20 rating, there aren’t any major faults or downsides to the vac’s design. Still, there are a few potential negatives to point out.
What Could be Better
- Noisy; hearing protection is recommended
- Cordless runtime seems short*
- No money-saving kit
*Runtime seems short, but that’s also because I’ve started using it a lot more. It’s nice to be able to perform quick cleanup tasks without having to pull out my dust extractor or wet/dry vac. On the upside, if battery power runs out too quickly when I’m not done cleaning and cannot pop in a fresh battery pack, I could always plug the unit into an AC outlet.
I bought a Dewalt DC515K ($129 via Amazon) a few years ago, and haven’t used it in a while. The DCV581H is larger and heavier, but I like that I don’t have to keep an eye on battery charge levels as much, and that it’s more convenient to use.
Price: $98-$125 for the bare vac; battery and charger sold separately.
I find myself sometimes wishing that the vac had an on-board battery charger, but that seems like it would have been an expensive and impractical feature for Dewalt to implement.
Right now, the DCV581H is $98 at Amazon and Home Depot, while the cordless-only DCV580 is $99. It’s a no-brainer; if you’re looking for a cordless vac, go for the DCV581H. At current prices, you save a dollar and have the option of AC power just in case you ever need it. Even when the DCV581H is bumped back to its regular price of ~$119, the extra cost is worth the benefits of having the backup AC power cord for longer cleanup sessions.
Thank you to Dewalt for providing the review sample unconditionally. Review samples are typically given away, donated, or retained for editorial and comparison purposes. This sample will likely be retained for long-term testing before being donated.