We’ve all been there, lugging the household vacuum cleaner across the driveway or up onto your car seats, only to find the cable was too short or the tools too wide and at which point you wished you had the best car vacuum for the job in hand.
Our interactive guide of car vacs below and the analysis that follows will hopefully help you decide what the best car vacuum cleaner is for you.
Whether it is a corded wet and dry vac for deep down car interior cleaning or a portable cordless car vacuum for a quick but effective run over to pick up all the bits, dust and pet hairs on your seats and carpet.
When is comes to choosing the best car vacuum we all have our own list of and ideas of what will make the ideal car vacuum for our needs but it’s not so easy to find all the information we need in one place.
So we’re here to help with our interactive guide below which will allow you to compare the best car vacuum cleaners on the market today in one easy to understand format:
To make things even easier we have split the guides between the best corded wet and dry car vacs and a separate page for the best handheld car vacuum cleaners (to follow).
Best Car Vacuum Comparison Guide – Wet and Dry Vacs
Included in the matrix are 8 rows:
- Vacuum brand and name/model
- The vac picture
- Tank Capacity – this is usually the overall tank volume capacity measured in litres (L)
Vacuum Weight – kilograms
- Motor Power – power of the vacuum motor in watts (W)
- Power Cord Length – how long the reach of the plug cable is in meters (M)
- Hose Length – the reach of the hose supplied with the car vac in meters (M)
- Price – these are approximate prices on Amazon.co.uk. These change frequently based on availability, special promotions, and more.
- Rating – the average user rating on Amazon.co.uk. This can be very helpful in deciding if people are satisfied with their purchase.
Choosing a Car Vacuum Cleaner That Meets Your Needs
It can be a daunting task to select the right vac for your needs. That is why we put together the above comparison table of many of top car vacuum cleaners on the market today. To make it even more helpful we have designed the guide to be sortable in the various different column headings.
For you it may be the power that matters most, for others it may be the price bracket or overall ratings. Whatever your selection criteria for choosing the right car vacuum for your needs we hope our guide will be extremely useful in helping you make that choice.
Review of the Top 5 Car Vacuum Cleaners
Most of the vacs included in our guide table are excellent options; but there are a few that we felt we needed to point out as our favorites. Below you will find our top 5 choices for overall best car vacuum together with a bit more of a detailed review of each. So without further ado, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of these fine machines.
Draper 13785 Wet & Dry Vac
The Draper 13785 Wet & Dry Vac is definitely one of the best all-round wet/dry car vacuum cleaners dedicated to the job for the price. Not only that it also has a decent 1250W motor and a good size tank capacity.
The only slight drawback of this machine is the length of the hose at just 1.5. We would have liked to see it supplied with a somewhat longer one. However on the flip side; at just 4.5Kg it is one of the lightest in its class and easy to maneuver around the car.
Nilfisk Multi II 30T Vacuum
The Nilfisk Multi ii 30T packs real value with a 22L capacity, a 1400W motor and a good price point is a real contender for the top spot in our best car vacuum review, especially if mentioned above you are looking for a multi-purpose machine. It also has great specifications including a dust extraction for use with power tools as well as a blow function to help blast out the dust and debris from hard to reach areas of your car.
The tank capacity is also one of the largest available in a car vacuum, of this price range. The reach of this machine is also excellent with the 4M hose combined with 5M power cord, being one of the longest total reaches available as standard. Tool storage on the Nilfisk is also very good to ensure you have easy access to all the accessories you need.
Vacmaster Wet and Dry Vacuum Cleaner
A highly rated machine what we really like about the Vacmaster Wet and Dry Vacuum Cleaner is the overall functionality for the price. The motor is not quite as powered as the Nilfisk, coming in at 1250W but it is also 3kg lighter if portability is an important factor in your choice of the best car vacuum to tick your boxes.
It also has a good combined reached with a 4m power cord and a decent 2.5m hose. Some detailed thinking has also gone into the specification of this more than capable machine including a power take-off socket for extracting dust from your power tools. Overall a well-built sturdy machine, with great features and worthy of consideration for your car.
Einhell TH-VC 1815
If you are looking for a budget machine with some good specification the Einhell TH-VC 1815 1250 W Wet/Dry is a vacuum worth considering. With a great range of tools but with a smaller capacity of 15L and not as many features as some of the others for the price it was a surprise to still see a blower function in this machine.
With a hose length of 1.5M and power cord reach of 2.5M it also has a reasonable overall reach, but at 4.2kg, is lighter than most of the machines reviewed here.
A good all-round dual-purpose vacuum for car and home use at an excellent budget price point.
Kärcher WD2 Wet and Dry
When looking at machines for cleaning your car you would expect a Karcher to appear in a top 5 list somewhere and with the WD2 they managed to get there.
Although their budget machine of this type the WD2 is both robust and with great reach. Although the hose is a not unreasonable 1.9m it is more than made up for by the 8m power cord.
We also liked the tool storage on this machine, ensuring that everything is close to hand, and with the added blower function this machine is well-deserving of a top 5 best car vacuum cleaner spot.
Having looked at the options and reviewed our top choices for the best car vacuum currently on the market, it’s up to you to pick the one that meets your needs, or those of your partner, friend or relative is buying for a gift. Not forgetting which one fits into your budget.
With developments in technology and materials, new vacuums are being launched all the time and with this in mind, it will be our intention to update the comparison chart above as new car vacuum cleaners need to be added to the list.
However, if you feel we have missed a great quality vac that needs to be included on the list of best car vacuum cleaners, please let me know using the comments box below!