You can go to any local home improvement store and purchase a wet dry vacuum. Common models include: Rigid Stor-N-Go, Craftsman, Vacmaster VWM510, and the well known Shop-Vac brand. Sure, these work fine, and are more economical than the models listed. But for wall-mounted vacuums in a garage setting, there are better options.
We’ll explain why that may matter and why spending the extra money is worth the investment.
Having a wall-mounted vacuum cleaner is another step in having a organized garage. You now have ease of use to keep the interior of your car clean and garage mats free of dirt buildup. And, select models can allow several other tasks to be accomplished too.
- Models with a blower port can be used for leaf and debris cleanup. With smaller units having lightweight portability.
- When it’s time to clean window screens, attach the brush to remove the large debris and majority of the dust before using a wet wipe for final cleaning. This also keeps your house vacuum tools from getting too dirty and possibly transferring that grime to your interior furnishings.
- Do you have inflatable pools, toys, balls, etc? Certain brands and models provide the necessary attachments to make inflating painless. Reverse the process with the vacuum to easily deflate and store those same items.
- Is your kitchen near the garage door? The long hoses, along with wand and brush cleaning tools, allow you to keep your refrigerator coils clean for best efficiency.
Vacuum Cleaner Terms
There are some important terms to know (e.g. amps, hose type, cfm) to help make a better overall buying decision.
Listed Vacuum Benefits
The following vacuums use crush-proof hoses like a typical indoor vacuum cleaner. These are much softer, more flexible, and are smaller in diameter compared to common wet dry vac hoses. You want the stiff and larger hoses for large, and possibly sharp, debris cleanup. But you don’t want these hoses scraping against your car, and are much more difficult to maneuver, being so stiff.
The longer hoses supplied means you can keep the vacuum on the wall and still reach where you need to. Although, each vacuum can easily be lifted off the wall bracket when needed.
The vacuums come supplied with cleaning tools to be more gentle and specific for car interiors. Some brands and models also have adapters to help with inflation of toys, exercise equipment, etc.
Compared to wet dry vacs, the H20 lift and blower CFM is substantially greater.
NOTE: The Metropolitan Vacuum Cleaner Co. was the first brand I came across when shopping for a wall-mounted garage vac to replace a wet dry vac. I settled on the Vac N Blo® Jumbo, which has been 100% reliable and effective.
With that said, all the models listed appear to be great vacuums and receive high ratings. I suggest looking at the dimensions, hose port locations, and all those type of details to see what may be best for your needs.
Metropolitan Vacuum Cleaner, Co.
SPECS Amps Varies per model Capacity Varies per model Filtration Foam Disc Wet Use No Hose Length Varies per model Hose Type Crush-proof H20 Lift/CFM Varies per model Blower Port Varies per model Warranty 1 year
The Metropolitan Vacuum Cleaner Co. “American Dream” story began in 1939, launching several products over the decades, leading to a dedicated line of vacuum cleaners for car use, starting in 2008.
The Vac N Blo® models come with an abundance of tools for complete car detailing. And as the name suggest, they vacuum and have a blower port.
The hose lengths and types vary amongst the models. E.g. The Vac N Blo® Compact Wall Mount uses 2 x 6ft. hoses, while the Vac N Blo® Pro Commercial Series is provided with a single 30ft. commercial quality car wash hose. Additional sections of hose can be purchased separately.
With so many models available, I suggest visiting their site for a full product comparison.
**All products Made in USA
SPECS Amps 12/15 Capacity 7 gallons Filtration HEPA Wet Use No Hose Length 30′ or 50′ Hose Type Crush-proof H20 Lift/CFM 95″/138 Blower Port Yes Warranty 5 years
Lindsay Manufacturing, Inc. (LMI) is one of the leading manufacturers of central vacuum systems worldwide and offers a dedicated garage vacuum that’s available in two models, GV and the GVPRO. Both are identical in near every way, with the GVPRO having a stronger and more industrial motor.
A single piece 30′ hose is standard with the option to upgrade to a 50′ hose.
The vacuum uses a disposable HEPA bag, which needs replacing when full. But with a 7 gallon capacity, there should be fairly large intervals between bag changes.
**All products Made in USA
SPECS Amps 12 Capacity 1 gallon Filtration 5-layer Bag Wet Use No Hose Length 8′ to 40′ Hose Type Stretch Crush-proof H20 Lift/CFM 100″/110 Blower Port No Warranty 6 years +
The company states, “InterVac products are engineered for peak performance and every Made in the USA InterVac product is thoroughly tested before it leaves the factory.”
The hoses for each model listed stretch to a degree, but the InterVac hose is only 8′ standard, then stretchable to 40′. This makes the shorter hose easier to store. A positive. On the other hand, this design will create greater resistance as you pull, won’t lay flat, but will want to recoil.
The surface mount model is only 5-1/8″ deep. Then there is the flush mount model for an even cleaner look. The problem I see with the flush mount model? It’s only cleaner if the hose isn’t stored on the vacuum. With the hose hanger and hose, you’re back to protruding off the wall the same overall distance as the surface mount model. So, not sure what is gained? Maybe I’m missing something?
SPECS Amps 10 Capacity 5 gallons Filtration Re-usable Cloth Disc Wet Use No Hose Length 30′ Hose Type Crush-proof H20 Lift/CFM N/A Blower Port No Warranty 3 years
The Hoover GUV ProGrade garage vacuum provides all the essentials to keep your garage, work area, and auto’s clean. The included caddy ensures all your vacuum tools are organized and easily accessible.
Only comes with the single piece 30′ crush-proof hose with no option to upgrade.
Bissell Garage Pro
SPECS Amps 12 Capacity 4 gallons Filtration Re-usable Cloth Disc Wet Use Yes Hose Length 32′ Hose Type Crush-proof H20 Lift/CFM N/A Blower Port Yes Warranty 2 years
The Bissell Garage Pro Wet Dry Canister Vacuum has a semi-translucent dirt tank with an LED Full Water Tank Indicator. No more guessing about how full the vacuum is or losing performance from nearing full capacity.
There are a few advantages over the other models on this list. This vacuum has wet vacuuming capabilities and is bagless, which saves in additional maintenance costs. Just wash out the 4-gallon tank when too dirty.
Quick Reference Comparison
Garage Vac Pro
|Amps||Varies per model||12||15||12||10||12|
|Capacity||Varies per model||7 gallons||7 gallons||1 gallon||5 gallons||4 gallons|
|Filtration||Disposable foam disc||HEPA||HEPA||5-layer bag||Re-usable cloth disc||Re-usable cloth disc|
|Hose Length||Varies per model||30′ or 50′||30′ or 50′||8′ to 40′||30′||32′|
|H20 Lift / CFM||Varies per model||95″ / 138||138″ / 137.5||100″ / 110′||N/A||N/A|
|Blower Port||Varies per model||Yes||Yes||No||No||Yes|
|Colors||Gloss Black, Polished Stainless||Gunmetal, Yellow, Red, Orange, Blue, Black||Gunmetal, Yellow, Red, Orange, Blue, Black||Red, Black, White, Green||Gunmetal||Stealth Metallic Gray|
|Warranty||1 year||5 years||5 years||6 years +||3 years||2 years|
|Avg. Retail||Varies per model||$229||$295||$199.50||$155.55||$179.99|