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Shop-Vac 5895200 Wet/Dry Vacuum Review

Review of the Shop-Vac 5895200 Wet/Dry Vacuum

As of this writing, there are 376 customer comments and 96 answered questions for the Shop-Vac 5895200 Wet/Dry Vacuum.  I've read the customer feedback, and then condensed the results into this review.  I hope that this helps you when shopping for a shop vac.

Best Features

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    Long power cord
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    Can be mounted on the wall
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    Small and compact
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    Quiet
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    Easy to carry and roll around

Item Specifics

The Shop-Vac 5895200 Wet/Dry Vacuum comes with many different accessories including a 7' x 1 1/4" friction fit hose, two 1 1/4" extension wands, a dual surface nozzle, a gulper nozzle, a crevice tool, a round brush, and a wall mount bracket.  It features a top carry handle which allows you to easily pick up this shop vac.  It also has caster wheels.  This shop vac can be used for wet or dry pick up.  There is a 3 year warranty with this product.

Great Price

The price for this vacuum is great.  Although it is smaller, it is still powerful and can sweep up a lot of debris.  Here is what one customer commented, "I could not have gotten a better deal. It's super powerful and extremely compact...The price is absolutely FANTASTIC!!! Does the job of any brand name vacuum cleaner for a 1/10 of the price."

Easily Gets Clogged

According to customers, the hose can easily become clogged with debris.  Whatever kind of debris it may be, if it is larger than the hose it will get stuck.  Here is what one customer commented, "The hose is too skinny to work for most things I need it for. I thought I would love the skinnier hose because I have very small hands. With the right power/suction, a small hose is great. Not so with this, and it's an important issue. We have plants in the sunroom and I need to get some leaves up with the shop vac. These are small leaves--maybe an inch long and 1/4 in wide for many of the dwarf trees. I pick up the larger leaves by hand (didn't have to with the large vac hose). I just finished using this and, again (this happens every time I use it), even with the very small amount of debris I needed to vacuum up, the hose clogged three times. Once because a 1" twig got stuck in it sideways. This would only happen with inadequate suction in my opinion. My Dyson would pick up this type of twig with no problem, but it got stuck in this hose."

Great for Small Jobs

While this product can easily get clogged, if it is used for small jobs only it should work great.  People loved its small size which allowed them to easily carry it around.  It is also easy to store because of its small size.  One customer had this to say, "Not a lot of suction compared to larger shop vacs but great for cleaning up carving debris around my worktable. I didn't want to haul the huge shop vac around and this small one conveniently sits under the table to do a quick clean up. It is relatively quiet (don't need hearing protection). Also finding it surprisingly convenient to clean up small messes like dog grooming or spills in the kitchen."

Power Switch Is Hard to Press Because It's Covered by a Plastic Bubble

The power switch has a plastic bubble over it, which makes it hard to turn off and on.  This customer explained why it is so hard to press it off and on, "The on/off switch is terrible. It's so small and covered with a plastic bubble cover (probably to make it water resistant) and it's unusually hard to turn on/off because of this."

Quiet

This shop vac is not very loud according to customers.  One of the most common complaints on other shop vacs is the noise, so it is nice that this one isn't so loud.  Some customers thought you wouldn't even need to wear ear protection when operating this vacuum.  Here is what one customer had to say, "This is a great powerful little shop-vac...I was afraid the sound of this would be very loud but it isn't any louder than my normal vacuum. I love this thing & use it more than I thought I would."

Hose Easily Kinks

Besides clogging easily, the hose also easily kinks.  Because it kinks, this can cause the suction to not be as powerful, as well as cause things to become clogged.  Here is what one customer commented, "This shop vac was a disappointment. The great part about it is the 18' cord which is hard to find, however the hose is very poor quality. The rubber hose on this vac kinks worse that any water hose I have ever used. I previously had a shop vac just slightly larger in size and the hose was more rigid and did not kink."

Features Four Wheels

This shop vac is placed on a dolly according to the product description, and the dolly has wheels.  According to some customers in the question and answer section, the dolly can be detached from the shop vac.  However, customers liked the wheels.  Although it is light enough to pick up, customers liked pulling it around on the floor.  There were no negative comments on the wheels.  Here is what one person commented, "My husband and me love that the wheels are so flexible and could be wheeled in all directions and it never needs to be picked up...I cannot thank my mother-in-law enough for recommending this to me. A very grateful customer, all the best."

Mixed Reviews on the Color

While many customers thought the pink color was adorable, others didn't like it and wished it was a different color.  However, it depends on your taste and what colors you prefer.  Just keep in mind when purchasing that the color of this shop vac is pink.  Here is one positive comment on the pink color, "I bought it for the color PINK, figured maybe it would then stay where I put it and not some place it got carried off by husband or sons, lol."

Has a Blowing Feature

One thing that the product description does not mention is that this has a blowing feature.  This allows you to blow leaves, dust, or any thing else.  Many customers liked the blowing feature.  Here is what one customer commented, "I have needed the ability to blow out my furnace as well. This little machine will easily do that. Hopefully I won't have to depend on it to clean my whole house but I have no doubt it would do a fantastic job if I had to."

Accessories Are Made from Cheap Materials

According to customers, the accessories are not too durable.  Many customers reported that the accessories easily broke when dropped or when too much pressure was on them.  Here is what one customer commented, "The vac canister and motor is sturdy and powerful. The vac hose and accessories are flimsy and brittle. The small brush accessory shattered when it was dropped 4ft onto a concrete floor."

Long Power Cord

Many customers mentioned that the power cord was very long.  According to the product description, the power cord is 18 inches.  Some power cords are only 10 inches, so the size of this power cord is long.  Here is what one customer had to say, "This unit has a very long cord and hose making it easy to use without the need for an extension cord."

Exhaust Vent in the Back Blows Dust Around

Unfortunately, this product can blow dust around due to the exhaust vent in the back.  Not only does it blow dust around, but many customers mentioned it blew very powerful.  Be aware that this vacuum will blow a lot of air out, so if there is dust in your home it may make your house become dusty.  Here is what one customer had to say, "What makes this a 3 star product is the tornado that shoots out of the little round vent in the back. It blows air and kicks up dust or whatever you're trying to pickup."

Can Be Mounted on the Wall

This product comes with a wall mount so that you can easily store it.  This allows you to keep things organized.  Here is what one customer wrote, "It also has a bracket so you can hang it on the wall, and is better looking than other shop vacs."

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Pros

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    Small and compact
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    Great Price
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    Quiet

Cons

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    Poor suction 
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    Clogging can easily happen since hose is so thin
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    Can be mounted on a wall

Shop-Vac 5895200 Wet/Dry Vacuum Conclusion

The Shop-Vac 5895200 Wet/Dry Vacuum is as the name suggests made to vacuum both wet and dry material.  It comes with a  7' x 1 1/4" friction fit hose, two 1 1/4" extension wands, a dual surface nozzle, a gulper nozzle, a crevice tool, a round brush, and a wall mount bracket.  The wall mount makes this easier for storing the vacuum.   It also comes with a top handle which makes picking up this shop vac easy.  Along with your purchase comes a 4 year warranty.  According to customers the hose does easily kink but it is a very quiet shop vacuum.

Common Questions

Here are some top questions that I found for people considering buying the Shop-Vac 5895200 Wet/Dry Vacuum.

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    Is the dolly detachable?  Yes, the dolly is detachable.  Two torx screws attach it from the bottom.
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    Does this come with a bag and filter?  This product comes with 1 bag made for dry debris and one foam filter for wet messes.  No dry filters are included.
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    Is the dust collection bag reusable?  You could reuse it, but it is made of paper so it will only last so long.  Also, it may take a while to empty it.
Mariann Foster

I am one of our content writers for Everything Backyard. I am a mother and business owner of Big Horn Mountain Alpacas in Wyoming. I love farm life, cutting my own firewood in the mountains, and participating in local trail run races.

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