While Shop-Vac went through a rough period a few years ago, they’re still running strong and have a good retail relationship with Lowe’s. With options covering a wide variety of sizes and power levels, which one is the best? Our favorite is the Shop-Vac 12-gallon stainless steel wet-dry vacuum for several reasons.
Shop-Vac 12-Gallon Stainless Steel Vacuum Power
- 6.0 peak horsepower
- 100 CFM
- 66 inches of water lift
Shop-Vac turns to its 11.8-amp, 6.0 peak horsepower motor for this model. Its 100 CFM and 66 inches of water lift are on the upper end of the scale, though there are models that push the suction power higher. It’s enough for nearly any task around your home, vehicle, and shop.
Where you might want to step up in power is if you want the highest collection rate for your power tools or if you need to clean messes that include heavier debris. On the other side of the spectrum, there may be times when you want something more compact or lighter weight if you need to carry your vacuum upstairs or over terrain that’s not conducive to rolling.
Shop-Vac 12-Gallon Stainless Steel Vacuum Design
- 12-gallon capacity
- Stainless steel canister
- Hose connects to the exhaust for blowing capability
- Top handle doubles as the cord wrap
- Nozzles and extensions store on the rear of the vacuum
- Hose wraps around the canister base for storage
- 7-foot 1 1/2-inch hose
- 20-foot cord
Shop-Vac’s 12-gallon stainless steel canister appeals to us on a couple of levels. First, 12 gallons gives you a lot of capacity without as much bulk as the 16-gallon models. It still takes up more space than the smaller models, but it makes for better accessory and hose storage. We also like the look of stainless steel for the canister.
- Limited lifetime warranty
The best place to get the Shop-Vac 5761311 is Lowe’s where it runs $119.00. At the time we’re writing, it’s on sale for $10 less, sweetening the deal a bit. One thing to keep in mind is that Shop-Vac has a limited lifetime warranty unlike some of its competition.
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