Garage vacuum competitors

What is the Absolute Best Garage Vacuum Cleaner (2018-2019)

Best garage vacuum cleaner competitors

I wanted know, is there a vacuum cleaner out there than can beat the VacMaster VWM510? I compared the VacMaster to a Bissell, a Stanley, a GarageVac, a DeWalt, a VacuMaid, a Hoover, four Shop-Vacs, two Workshops and two Ridgids. I narrowed it down to four machines: a Bissell, a DeWalt, a VacuMaid and a Ridgid. The VacMaster beat them all.

The VacMaster VWM510 won the all-VacMaster garage vacuum cleaner contest. VacMaster has a couple of good vacuum cleaners for the garage. The VWM510 stood out for its garage cleaning features. I wanted know, is there a vacuum cleaner out there than can beat the VWM510? I compared the VacMaster VWM510 to a Bissell, a Stanley, a GarageVac, a DeWalt, a VacuMaid, a Hoover, four Shop-Vacs, two Workshops and two Ridgids.

So how did the VacMaster VWM510 compete against 14 other vacuums? The VacMaster won this contest too. The closest runners up were the Bissell Garage Pro 18P03, the DeWalt DXV06P, and the Ridgid VAC5000.

How I Rated the Vacuum Cleaners for Garage Use

I created a set of garage vacuum cleaner standards in the all-VacMaster contest. I used the same standards for this contest. But now we’re comparing many vacuum brands against one another. I rated each vacuum on the same feature set. Here’s a summary (below), or go to the rules in the VacMaster contest for the entire story.

Skip the details and go straight to the winners

First Place Winner: VacMaster VWM510.

All Four Winners: VacMaster VWM510, DeWalt DXV06P, VacuMaid GV50PRO, Ridgid VAC5000.

Each vacuum was scored on the following features (links go to the earlier contest page):

A Blower Function

Cord Storage

Variable Hose Length

A Hose Rack

A Wall-Mount

Wet-Vac

Wheels

A High Amazon Rating

VacMaster remote power switch

VacMaster remote power switch

The VacMaster VWM510’s Remote Power Switch

The VacMaster VWM510 has a remote power switch near the accessory attachment. This is my new “must-have” garage vacuum cleaner feature. You no longer have to walk 20 ft. to turn the power on and off. It’s so simple, yet so powerful. The VWM510 is the only garage vacuum cleaner that has it. So if the remote power is your must-have, stop reading now and buy the VWM510. Not only is the VWM510 the contest winner, it’s the only vacuum cleaner that has the remote power switch. Check out current prices on Amazon.

How to Play the Contest Home Game

I rated these vacuum cleaners based on what’s important to me. You can use my system. But you might have different requirements. I encourage you to swap out my scores for yours where it makes sense. “Wheels” are a good start. A wall-mounted vacuum cleaner doesn’t need wheels. Where I have a “deal breaker” score of “X,” you might change that to a zero (0). “X” means deal-breaker, and “0” means “it doesn’t have this feature, but I don’t care that much.” In fact, I’ll show you how to do exactly this with Bissell Garage Pro and the Ridgid VAC5000. They don’t have wheels but are otherwise excellent vacuum cleaners for the garage.

Vacuum Contest Deal-Breakers

My “must-have” features are the blower, cord storage, a wet-vac function, wheels, and positive Amazon reviews.

The Blower and the Wet-Vac Functions

I have wiggle room for certain missing features, but not for the blower or the wet-vac function. Because you can’t fake these. If a vacuum doesn’t have wheels, I could put some on a platform and glue it to the bottom of the vacuum. If it doesn’t have a wall-mount, I could put it on a shelf and strap it in place. But there’s no faking a blower or wet-vac function.

I eliminated these vacuum cleaners for not having a blower function: The Stanley SL18133, the GarageVac GH-120, the Hoover GUV, the Shop-Vac 3942300, the Shop-Vac 3940100, the Shop-Vac 3942010, and the Shop-Vac 5895200.

I eliminated these vacuum cleaners for not having a wet-vac function: The GarageVac GH-120, the VacuMaid GV50PRO, and the Hoover GUV L2310.

Cord Storage and Hose Storage

Each year (in the U.S.), 433,000 people die from falling. That part is true. Using a statistic I just made up, 85% of those fatal falls involved vacuum cleaner hoses. I’ve almost broken my ankle a few times. We should outlaw vacuum hoses. They are sneaky and dangerous.

Until then, we need to find a way to tame these things. For this contest, vacuum a hose containment feature is a “hose rack.” That would be any successful method of keeping the hose under control.

I don’t make this a deal breaker because it’s easy enough to use some Velcro and a few nails to store a vacuum hose. In this contest, vacuums without hose storage get a -1 score (negative one).

The best cord storage winds the cord into the machine. Only one vacuum cleaner has retractable cord storage. (One guess: Yup, the VacMaster VWM510.) The rest of the vacuums offer a rack to wind the cord. Or they don’t have a cord storage feature.

It just grinds my gears when vacuum cleaners don’t have cord storage. Yes, I could create a Velcro wrap for the cord. But the lack of cord storage says to me, “This manufacturer is missing the basics. They don’t get what it’s like to use the machine they sell.”

So missing cord storage is one of my deal breakers. You might (rightly) second guess eliminating a vacuum cleaner for missing this feature. If you do, give missing cord storage a “0” (zero) instead of an “X” (deal breaker).

In this contest, retractable storage is a 2, rack wrap storage is a 1, and no storage is an “X” (deal-breaker).

These vacuums were eliminated for not having electrical cord storage: The Stanley SL18133, the GarageVac GH-120, and the Shop-Vac 5895200

These vacuums were marked down for not having hose storage: The Stanley SL18133, the Workshop WS0301VA, and the Ridgid WD4070

Hose Length

A shorter, narrower hose provides more suction than a longer, wider hose. As length and width increase, suction goes down. Imagine drinking out of a massively long, extra wide straw. No suction, right?

If I can vacuum my car with a short hose, I’ll get better results than using a long hose. I’ll ask my garage vacuum hose to do work nearby (short hose) and work far away (long hose). So the ideal hose length isn’t short or long. The ideal hose length is short AND long. You can use two hoses (long) or one at a time (short). The long hose is more convenient. The short hose has better suction.

The only vacuum to offer the two-hose design is our winner, the VacMaster VWM510. If you go with a different vacuum, you might get the same results by stringing hoses together. Buy a 2nd hose that fits into your first hose, and you’ll have the same system.

The double-hose system gets a score of “2” (two). Both short hoses and long hoses get a score of “1” (one). Buy another hose to get the two-hose effect.

Wall-Mount

Getting things off of the floor is the holy grail of rebooting your garage. I like wall-mounted vacuums. The wall mount gets the entire pile of vacuum, hose, cord and accessories off of the garage floor. I could strap a vacuum to a shelf, and bungee cord it in. But I’d rather not. Some great vacuum cleaners don’t have a wall mount. So making your own is one option. For my scoring, I use an “X” (deal breaker) when a vacuum cleaner doesn’t have a wall mount. You can change this to a “0” (zero). Then the wall mount will not be a deal-breaker.

Vacuums marked down for not having a wall-mount in this contest are: The DeWalt DXV06P, the Workshop WS0301VA, and the Ridgid WD4070

Wheels

If you have a wall-mount, you might not care about wheels. I want both a wall-mount and wheels. I will take the vacuum to other locations. I want wheels for that. Plus, water’s very heavy, wheels help pull a heavy canister around.

You have to decide if wheels are a deal-breaker for you or not. The Bissell Garage Pro’s only bad mark was for not having wheels. You might like that vacuum. And you might not care it doesn’t have wheels. In this case, change the “X” at “Wheels” to a “0” (zero). The score changes to a very healthy 7.

Vacuums eliminated for not having wheels: The Bissell Garage Pro 18P03, the Stanley SL18133, the GarageVac GH-120, the VacuMaid GV50Pro, the Hoover Guv L2310, the Shop-Vac 3942300, the Shop-Vac 3940100, the Shop-Vac 3942010, the Workshop WS0301VA, the Workshop WS0500WM, and the Ridgid VAC5000.

Two Wheel-less Good Vacuums You Might Consider: Two vacuum cleaners would have made the cut if they had wheels. If you don’t care about wheels, then you might like the Bissell Garage Pro 18P03 and the Ridgid VAC5000

Amazon Reviews

I detal the Amazon Rating rules VacMaster contest article. I discount negative reviews that appear to be statistically unlikely to happen again. The Amazon Review formula is that:

  • 87% of the reviews must be 4-star or 5-star
  • there must be at least 10 reviews
  • the reviews must appear to be genuine
  • there can be no systemic issues popping up over and over that would drive a vacuum cleaner owner crazy

If the product passes these tests, it gets a “1” (one); if not, it’s a deal-breaker “X” score.

VWM510 vacuum with remote switch

The VWM510 won the all-VacMaster contest

The Contender

The VWM510 VacMaster emerged a clear winner in the all-VacMaster competition. This is the one to beat. In this article, I’ll compare the VWM510 to Bissell, Hoover, DeWalt, Stanley, GarageVac, VacuMaid, Shop-Vac, Workshop and Ridgid.

VACMASTER VACUUM CLEANER (BEST VACMASTER FOR THE GARAGE WINNER)
MODELS AND SCORES
FEATURESVWM510SCORE
BLOWERYES1
CORD STORAGE: RETRACTABLE, WALL-MOUNT, ON-BOARD, NONEON.1
HOSE LENGTH10 FT. + 11 FT.2
HOSE RACKYES1
WALL MOUNTEDYES1
WET VACYES1
WHEELSEXTRA0
AMAZON POSITIVE REVIEWS91% OF 3721
SCORE8
OTHER#1 IN VACMASTER CONTEST

NOW COMPETING AGAINST BISSELL, HOOVER, DEWALT, STANLEY, GARAGEVAC, VACUMAID, SHOP-VAC, WORKSHOP, RIDGID CONTEST

WEIGHT22 LB.
TANK SIZE5 GAL.
HOSE DIAMETER1 7/8 IN.
CORD LENGTH20 FT.

Vacuum Cleaner Contestants

Remember, these ratings are for my ideal garage vacuum. They’re not ratings for household floor and carpeting vacuums. If you disagree with a score, swap it out with your own. This scoring system will allow you to narrow down the vacuum cleaner you want for garage. Be consistent in your scoring to find the right vacuum for you. I’ll bet you a nickel that you won’t find one better than the VacMaster VWM510, but you can do your own scoring to find out.

The Bissell ProBissell Garage Pro 18P03

The Bissell could have been a contender. I suspect that Bissell does not have its corporate act together. It looks like a goo vacuum, but there’s no way for it to beat the VacMaster VWM510. The negative reviews tell the story. Bissell changed the vacuum accessories and hose. They didn’t change the Amazon product description. This amounts to “bait and switch,” if not fraud.

The Bissell has a score of 6XX (6 positives, 2 deal breakers). The first deal-breaker is the lack of wheels. Do you want to compromise on the wheels? The second deal-breaker is too heavy to overcome. Bissell sent customers a different accessory and hose set. Customer said that Bissell customer service told them: “too bad.” If you forgive the wheels, the score goes to 7X. But there are some angry Amazon customers who bought this vacuum, so I wouldn’t bother.

Stanley SL18133 VacuumStanley SL18133

There’s not a lot of good to report here. The Stanley SL18133 is not a great garage vacuum cleaner. It doesn’t have a blower. It doesn’t have cord or hose storage. It doesn’t have wheels. It has the lowest Amazon rating of this entire contest.

The Stanley does have a wall mount and a wet vac. These are not enough to overcome the score.

The Stanley SL18133 scores a 2XXXX (2 positives, deal-breakers).

The Stanley SL18133 comes in dead last in this competition.

 

GarageVac GH120GarageVac GH-120

The GarageVac GH-120 is a perfect example of why you want to see at least 10 reviews on a product. All 100% of the reviewers gave this vacuum a good score. All three of them. There are too few participants for us to know if these are valid reviews. When reviews get up into the 50’s and 100’s, it’s much harder to sweeten the pot with fake reviews. The GarageVac GH-120 might be a good vacuum cleaner, but it’s not good for the garage (despite its name). It does not have a blower or cord storage. It’s not a wet vac and it doesn’t have wheels. The GarageVac has the essence of being a good garage vacuum without actually being one. The 40 ft. hose (yay) and the wall mount (yay) just aren’t going to make up for the features that are missing. The GarageVac GH-120 scored a 4XXXX. I couldn’t find the hose diameter. I decided to cut my losses on the research, because the GarageVac GH-120 is not a good vacuum for my garage.

BISSELL, STANLEY AND GARAGEVAC VACUUM CLEANERS
MODELS AND SCORES
FEATURESBISSELL GARAGE PRO 18P03SCORESTANLEY SL18133SCOREGARAGEVAC GH-120SCORE
BLOWERYES1NOXNOX
CORD STORAGE: RETRACTABLE, WALL-MOUNT, ON-BOARD, NONEON-BOARD1NOXNOX
HOSE LENGTH32 FT.120 FT.140 FT.1
HOSE RACKYES1NO-1YES1
WALL MOUNTEDYES1YES1YES1
WET VACYES1YES1NOX
WHEELSNOXNOXNOX
AMAZON POSITIVE REVIEWS83% OF 318X62% of 482X100% OF 31
SCOREPOSSIBLE 7x6xx2XXXX4XXXX
OTHERPOTENTIAL CANDIDATE BUT DON’T IGNORE THE 1-STAR REVIEWS. IF YOU HAVE ANY ISSUES WITH POWER OR ACCESSORIES, INSIST ON AN EXCHANGE OR REFUND.NO BLOWER DESPITE DESCRIPTION; BUCKET RUSTSSUPER SLIM
WEIGHT33 LB.16 LB.9 LB.
TANK SIZE4 GAL.4.5 GAL.1 GAL
HOSE DIAMETER1 1/4 in.1 1/4 in.?
CORD LENGTH5 FT.6 ft.5 FT.

DeWalt DXV06P VacuumDeWalt DXV06P

I’m a sucker for bright yellow polypropylene. I like yellow cars and bright yellow tools. The DeWalt came this close to making the cut. If you don’t care about wheels, then the DeWalt is a solid winner. And it’s bright yellow. Which I like.

The two downsides are hose length and wall-mounting. We can fix these. It’s still not a VacMaster VWM510, but it’s a DeWalt, and it’s bright yellow. But I repeat myself.

The DeWalt DXV06P looks solid. It’s got a broad handle. It has a blower. I can add a hose to stretch out the tiny little 7 ft. hose. Cord storage is on-board and there’s a place to put the hose. It is a wet vac and it does have wheels. It doesn’t have a wall-mount, but I could put it on a shelf and bungee cord it down.

You’re going to have to ignore the missing wheels to keep the DeWalt in this competition. Strap this puppy to a shelf. Don’t expect to drag it around on the floor. If you give the DeWalt this leeway, it is a solid runner-up to the VacMaster VWM510.

VacuMaid GV50ProThe VacuMaid GV50PRO

The VacuMaid is a commercial-level quality machine. It’s missing only the wheels to make it a garage vac, so long as you supplement it with the wet pickup accessory kit. It feels like a whole-house vacuum. Lindsay Mfg. makes whole-house vacuums and the VacuMaid.

Most reviewers call it “powerful.” If yours is anything less than a monster sucker, get customer support to fix it for you.

The VacuMaid is spendier than the VacMaster, but it’s practically industrial quality steel. If you want a system that bags the dirt for you, the VacuMaid is the one to get. Check out the price on Amazon.

Hoover GuvThe Hoover GUV L2310

The Hoover Guv desperately wants to be the VacuMaid GV50PRO. But it lost its way, and in the process, lost its blower and quality control. It has almost everything you want. Cord storage, a 30 ft. hose, a hose rack, a wall mount, a wet function and wheels. So why did only 82% of the massive 587 reviewers give it 4 or 5 stars? Lack of suction. Poor customer service. Died after 10 months. Died after 45 days.

Sometimes I want to give a poor score a pass. I see a good vacuum, so I want to bend the scoring to keep it in the race. I want to do the exact opposite with the Hoover Guv. It is SO close to matching the VacMaster score. There are just too many negative reviews to save the Guv. The Hoover Guv is a brilliant design with bad execution. For this contest, t’s a “Don’t Buy.”

DEWALT, VACUMAID AND HOOVER VACUUM CLEANERS
MODELS AND SCORES
FEATURESDeWalt

DXV06P

SCOREVacuMaid GV50PROSCOREHoover GUV L2310SCORE
BLOWERYES1YES1NOX
CORD STORAGE: RETRACTABLE, WALL-MOUNT, ON-BOARD, NONEON-BOARD1WALL-MOUNT1WALL-MOUNT1
HOSE LENGTH7 FT.150 FT.130 FT.1
HOSE RACKYES1YES1YES1
WALL MOUNTEDNO-1YES1YES1
WET VACYES1NO*XNO1
WHEELSYES1NOXNO1
AMAZON POSITIVE REVIEWS92% OF 25192% of 204182% OF 5871
SCOREPOSSIBLE 76XPOSSIBLE 76XX7X
OTHER 

IF YOU DON’T CARE ABOUT WHEELS, THE DEWALT DXV06P IS A WORTHY GARAGE VACUUM. CHECK IT OUT ON AMAZON

 

THE DEWALT 9 GAL. DXV90P HAS DRAIN PORT AND JUST MISSES THE AMAZON REVIEW CUT OFF WITH 86% 4-STAR AND 5-STAR REVIEWS.

TO SCORE A 7, YOU HAVE TO GET THE WET ACCESSORY KIT, AND THERE STILL WON’T BE ANY WHEELS.

 

IF YOU’RE WILLING TO DO WITHOUT A WET VAC AND WHEELS, THIS IS A NICE VACUUM FOR THE GARAGE. IT’S GOT HUGE HOSE AND A HIGH-QUALITY BUILD.

*FROM THEIR PAGE:

 

**THE GARAGE VAC IS NOT INTENDED TO PICK UP LIQUID OF ANY KIND.**

**May be used with a wet pick up accessory kit if you need to vacuum any liquid.**

PROPRIETARY HOSE DESIGN MIGHT NOT CONNECT TO GENERIC HOSES
WEIGHT15 LB.30 LB.30 LB.
TANK SIZE6 GAL.7 GAL.5 GAL.
HOSE DIAMETER1 7/8 IN.1 1/4 IN.1 IN.
CORD LENGTH10 FT.6 FT.5 FT.

Four Shop-Vac Vacuums that Failed to Make the Cut

What good things can I say about the four Shop-Vac competitors?

Only the model 3942300 squeaked above the 88% Amazon positive review cut-off. The other three Shop-Vac cleaners failed to make the cut.

Only the model 5895200 has a blower. But it doesn’t have cord storage. Well. Maybe it does. There’s no way to know. It’s not mentioned anywhere. Every single picture of this vacuum cleaner is photographed without any cord whatsoever. It’s not a battery-operated machine. They just photographed a model without a cord, probably because the real thing was not out of engineering yet.

OK there are some positive features. These vacs are all wall-mountable. They all have wet vac features.

Only the model 5895200 has wheels.

Did I mention the Amazon reviews? “Very poor suction.” “Suction has decreased.” “Dust collection is awful.” “Broke in less than 2 years.”

There aren’t enough positive Shop-Vac reviews to overcome the negative reviews. I’ve scratched the whole lot from the “best vacuum cleaner for the garage” competition.

SHOP-VAC VACUUM CLEANERS
MODELS AND SCORES
FEATURESShop-Vac 3942300SCORESHOP-VAC 3940100SCORESHOP-VAC 3942010SCORESHOP-VAC 5895200SCORE
BLOWERNOXNOXNOXYES1
CORD STORAGE: RETRACTABLE, WALL-MOUNT, ON-BOARD, NONEWALL-MOUNT1ON-BOARD1WALL-MOUNT1NOX
HOSE LENGTH18 FT.118 FT.118 FT.17 FT.1
HOSE RACKYES1WALL1YES1YES1
WALL MOUNTEDYES1YES1YES1YES1
WET VACYES1YES1YES1YES1
WHEELSNOXNOXNOXYES1
AMAZON POSITIVE REVIEWS88% OF 88186% OF 141X78% OF 18X84% OF 386X
SCORE6XX4XXX4XXX6XX
OTHER“LOCK ON” HOSESUPPORT DOGS – DON’T BUY
WEIGHT18 LB.15 LB.22 LB.12 LB.
TANK SIZE5 GAL.3.5 GAL.5 GAL.2.5 GAL.
HOSE DIAMETER1 1/4 IN.1 1/4 IN.1 1/2 IN.1 1/4 IN.
CORD LENGTH6 FT.6 FT.6 FT.18 FT.

Workshop 3 Gal. and 5 Gal. Competitors

I had never heard of Workshop brand before this research. The WS0301VA is not worth discussing as it doesn’t have a hose rack, a wall mount or wheels. It did just barely squeak by the Amazon review cut-off point. Workshop designed the WS0301VA for cars. I would have liked the tool that fits between the seat and console. I like that tool. I’m still not buying this vacuum.)

The Workshop WS0500WM has some great features but can’t surpass its reviews. It does have a blower, cord storage, a hose rack, a wall mount and a wet vac. It doesn’t have wheels. If it had positive reviews, it’d be a contender. But it has lousy reviews. Only 75% of the 48 reviewers gave it 4 or 5 stars. The Workshop WS0500WM tends to die young. Owners say it’s poorly made. Accessories fall off. It wears out after 10 months of light use.

I will forgive some negative reviews amongst a mostly positive response. But neither Workshop vacuum is strong enough to overcome its shortcomings.

WORKSHOP VACUUM CLEANERS
MODELS AND SCORES
FEATURESWORKSHOP WS0301VAWORKSHOP WS0500WM
BLOWERYES1YES1
CORD STORAGE: RETRACTABLE, WALL-MOUNT, ON-BOARD, NONEON-BOARD1ON-BOARD1
HOSE LENGTH7 FT.17 FT.1
HOSE RACKNO-1YES1
WALL MOUNTEDNO-1YES1
WET VACYES1YES1
WHEELSNOXNOX
AMAZON POSITIVE REVIEWS87% OF 77175% OF 48X
SCORE3X6XX
OTHER“LOCKING HOSE” TAB LOCK INSTEAD OF SCREWING IN AND OUT. INCLUDES SUCTION POWERED DUST PAN. DESIGNED FOR CARS.DO NOT BUY. AT LEAST 2 REVIEWERS SAID IT DIED AFTER ONE USE.

 

“LOCKING HOSE TAB”

WEIGHT13 LB.23 LB.
TANK SIZE3 GAL.5 GAL.
HOSE DIAMETER1 7/8 IN.1 7/8
CORD LENGTH10 FT.NO INFO.

Two Ridgid Vacuum Cleaners

The Ridgid VAC5000 is a worthy competitor. It has a blower, on board cord storage, a 21 ft. hose, a hose rack, a wall mount, a wet vac feature, and 89% positive reviews. It doesn’t have wheels. If you don’t care that much about the wheels, then the score goes from a 7X to a 7. That’s tied with the VacMaster VWM510. But keep in mind, the VacMaster has wheels and a remote on-off switch, so it’s still the better machine. We’ll do a fair comparison of the contenders at the end of this article.

The Ridgid WD4070 is not a contender. It doesn’t have a hose rack or a wall mount. The Amazon reviews are just bad. I hope the reviews for the WD4070 aren’t a signal that something is wrong at Ridgid. Ridgid makes machines for Home Depot. Big buyers like that get less-than-stellar quality control. Maybe the WD4070 was a Home Depot overrun that got sold on Amazon. It’s a theory. Regardless, don’t buy this vacuum.

RIDGID VACUUM CLEANERS
MODELS AND SCORES
FEATURESRIDGID VAC5000SCORERIDGID WD4070SCORE
BLOWERYES1YES1
CORD STORAGE: RETRACTABLE, WALL-MOUNT, ON-BOARD, NONEON-BOARD1ON-BOARD1
HOSE LENGTH21 FT.17 FT.1
HOSE RACKYES1NO-1
WALL MOUNTEDYES1NO-1
WET VACYES1YES1
WHEELSNOXYES1
AMAZON POSITIVE REVIEWS89% OF 55170% OF 77X
SCOREPOSSIBLE 77X3X
OTHERIF YOU DON’T CARE ABOUT WHEELS, THE RIDGID VAC5000 IS A WORTHY GARAGE VACUUM. CHECK IT OUT ON AMAZON

 

“LOCKING HOSE”

 

“LOCKING HOSE”
WEIGHT19 LB.18 LB.
TANK SIZE5 GAL.4 GAL.
HOSE DIAMETER1 7/8 IN.1 7/8 IN.
CORD LENGTH20 FT.20 FT.

Racking Up the Winners

In this list, I’m going to give a leg up to the worthy competitors which failed only by not having wheels. Of all the competitors, here are the machines that made the cut. I had to grade three on a curve, or the only contender against the VacMaster would be the Ridgid VAC5000.

Our contender and runners-up are:

  • VacMaster VWM510
  • Bissell Garage Pro 18P03
  • DeWalt DXV06P
  • VacuMaid GV50PRO
  • Ridgid VAC5000

Let’s compare them side-by-side. The colors work as follows:

GREEN: Passes the test

YELLOW: We can work with this, but will have to buy another hose or a wheel kit

RED: Failed the test, to make this work, we have to compromise on this feature.

FEATURESVACMASTER VWM510BISSELL GARAGE PRO 18P03DeWalt

DXV06P

VacuMaid GV50PRORIDGID VAC5000
BLOWERYESYESYESYESYES
CORD STORAGE: RETRACTABLE, WALL-MOUNT, ON-BOARD, NONEON.ON.ON.WALL.ON.
HOSE LENGTH10 FT. + 11 FT.32 FT.7 FT.50 FT.21 FT.
HOSE RACKYESYESYESYESYES
WALL MOUNTEDYESYESNOYESYES
WET VACYESYESYESNO*YES
WHEELSEXTRANOYESNONO
AMAZON POSITIVE REVIEWS91% OF 37283% OF 31892% OF 2592% of 20489% OF 55
WEIGHT22 LB.33 LB.15 LB.30 LB.19 LB.
TANK SIZE5 GAL.4 GAL.6 GAL.7 GAL.5 GAL.
HOSE DIAMETER1 7/8 IN.1 1/4 in.1 7/8 IN.1 1/4 IN.1 7/8 IN.
CORD LENGTH20 FT.5 FT.10 FT.6 FT.20 FT.

The VacMaster VWM510 the Absolute Best Garage Vacuum Cleaner

If you just go by Amazon reviews, the VacMaster wins. Then this little guy exceeds our expectations. It has two hoses (10 ft. and 11 ft.). Use one for more suction, use both for greater reach. The biggest YES is the remote power switch. I LOVE this. You know how your spouse just HAS to talk to you while you’re vacuuming. You don’t have to walk back to the base to shut the machine off. Do it right where you’re working. And then turn it on again when you’re ready to go back to work. The VacMaster exceeds my expectations. I’m seriously thinking of getting another one for the basement as well.

If you just go by price (see the price on Amazon), the VacMaster wins. And by the way, since the price of the VacMaster is so good, get the wheel kit too.