ToolGuyd readers asked if there will be any Black Friday 2022 deals on wet/dry shop vacuums. I haven’t seen many so far, but there are some good deals that are live right now.
I narrowed my search to focus on Amazon, Home Depot, and Lowe’s, as these retailers have had the best shop vac Black Friday deals in the past, and came across new deals by Dewalt, Milwaukee, Ridgid, and Vacmaster.
I’ll be keeping a looking for more deals as we get closer to Thanksgiving. Please share any that I might have missed!
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Ridgid 16-Gallon NXT Wet/Dry Shop Vac
The Ridgid HD1640 is an NXT-series wet/dry shop vacuum with 5.0 Peak HP motor, locking-style hose and accessories, built-in blower port, and convenient drain plug.
Why to Buy: 2-1/2″ hose size, large collection container, low price.
Ridgid 12-Gallon NXT Wet/Dry Shop Vac
The Ridgid HD1200 is also a 5.0 Peak HP wet/dry shop vacuum, with a 12-gallon collection tank.
Why to Buy: Going back and forth between images of the two Ridgid NXT vacs, the 12-gallon looks to have more user-friendly side handle latches. The 12-gallon vac also comes with more nozzle attachments.
I would pay the extra $10 to get this model unless I needed the extra capacity of the 16-gallon.
Ridgid 14-Gallon Wet/Dry Vac + Car Cleaning Kit
The Ridgid HD1401 kit is a bit different. This comes with the HD1400 – a 14-gallon 6.0 Peak HP wet/dry vac with fine dust filter, plus a car cleaning accessory kit with hose and nozzle assortment.
Why to Buy: Fine dust filter, more powerful motor, and a car cleaning accessory kit for $10 less than the vac typically sells for by itself.
Milwaukee M18 Fuel Cordless Wet/Dry Vacuum
Why to Buy: The new Milwaukee M18 Fuel cordless vacs are among the best of few cordless wet/dry shop vacuums on the market. This deal gives you a free accessory set.
Don’t forget that you’ll need 2x batteries and a charger.
Home Depot has a free accessory offer for the 6-gallon vacuum, while Acme Tools has a different offer on 6-gallon and 9-gallon vacuums.
Price: $249 (6-gallon), $299 (9-gallon)
Dewalt 5-Gallon Wet/Dry Vacuum
The Dewalt DXV05P is a smaller wet/dry vacuum with 5 Peak HP motor and 5 gallon capacity.
Why to Buy: This is a smaller vac with a more portable size.
Price: $79.94 + a $5 clickable coupon
Dewalt 9-Gallon Wet/Dry Shop Vacuum
The Dewalt DXV09P is a 9-gallon wet/dry shop vacuum with 5 Peak HP motor, built-in drain valve, and blower port that is “powerful enough to blow Sawdust and debris from most any workshop.”
Why to Buy: This vac looks to have the slickest accessory storage setup I’ve ever seen on a rolling shop vac-style product of this kind.
Vacmaster 12-Gallon Wet/Dry Vacuum
The Vacmaster VBV1210 has a 12-gallon collection tank and 5 Peak HP motor.
Why to Buy: It comes with few additional nozzle accessories – an air and noise diffuser, concentrator nozzle, car nozzle, and a couple of general purpose nozzles. It also has a lift-out motor head for use as a blower.
Ridgid 3-Gallon Wet/Dry Vacuum
The Ridgid WD3050 is a compact 3-gallon wet/dry vacuum. It’s described as a “compact car vacuum” and comes with a locking hose and car nozzle.
Why to Buy: Sometimes you only need a small vacuum. It also has a “suction-powered dust pan” feature you can simply sweep a mess into with a brush (not included).
Which Would I Buy?
There are reasons to buy any of these models, but with respect to the best value corded wet/dry shop vacuums from the deals I found so far, I’d go for the Ridgid 12-gallon vac.
The Dewalt 9-gallon and Ridgid 14-gallon would be the next models I’d look at for more specific needs.
I’m intrigued by the Vacmaster, but I bought a Shop Vac vacuum with lift-off blower motor head before, and it’s a pain to move around up and down stairs or in any way other than its wheels. With my Shop Vac, if I pull it up by the handle, the entire motor separates from the collection canister – every single time.
With the ubiquity of cordless leaf blowers and shop blowers, do we really need this as a shop vacuum gimmick? My Shop Vac also came with blower-specific attachments I still haven’t been able to use.
So, I’m now of the “if you need a shop vacuum, just get a shop vacuum, and if you need a blower, get a blower” mindset.