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Thanks to its ability to switch to batteries, the DeWalt 20V Vacuum scores extra points for being the best car vacuum. And since it can handle liquids too, it’s also a shoe-in for the best wet and dry vacuum cleaner. It’s like having the best shop vac, only for your car!

Why We Like It – DeWalt 20V Vacuum

Small, compact, and easy to transport, the DeWalt 20V Vacuum is a powerful and efficient small shop vac that can be powered via AC outlet or with an 18V or 20V DeWalt Max battery.

Pros
  • Small, compact; easy to transport
  • HEPA filter is 99.97% efficient
  • Cordless corded design
Cons
  • Not ideal for big jobs
  • Doesn’t come with accessories

Power

Whether you’re plugged into an AC outlet or using cordless power, the DeWalt DCV581H Shop Vac is pushing 31 CFM, or 31 cubic feet per minute. For such a small shop vac, that’s quite impressive, though it’s more consistent when used via AC.

Speed & Efficiency

Aside from suction power, the DeWalt 20V Vacuum is quite good at capturing small particles. Up to 99.97% of particulates get picked up as small as 1 micron. The Dyson 11V Vacuum can suck up particles as small as 0.3 microns, however.

Bin Capacity & Maintenance

If you were hoping to use the DeWalt 20V Max Cordless Wet Dry Vacuum for large jobs, we hate to disappoint. With just 2 gallons of storage, you wouldn’t use this for a large workshop, unless you plan to make several trips (and the cost alone). Maintenance is nothing more than cleaning the reusable/washable filter every now and then.

Durability

Being compact and all, the DeWalt 20V Vacuum is quite durable. It’s largely made of thick, tough plastic, which is to be expected. You’ll have a hard time destroying this vacuum—especially the crush-resistant hose. It’s certainly a bit more sturdy than a Eureka Easy Clean 71B, but not by much.

Value

If you have DeWalt power tools, and you love them, then there’s no reason to fill out your cordless tools collection with one of these DeWalt cordless vacuums (and a battery charger). It’s the perfect gift for someone who has their own personal shop in the garage, just to keep their area clean and tidy. After all, sucking up sawdust and whatnot isn’t good for you. This will change that. It doesn’t come with accessories however, except for one, but the Bissell Garage Pro does!

DeWalt 20V Vacuum Wrap Up

The DeWalt 20V Vacuum is going to fit perfectly in your tool storage, right next to your DeWalt power hand tools. It’s small, compact, and even easy to transport—if you bring along a V18/V20 Max battery, of course. Its HEPA filter is the MVP, capturing 99.97% of particles as small as 1 micron. For accessories, pick one of the bundle options.

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Brady Meyers

Brady Klinger-Meyers is a writer based in Pennsylvania. He regularly contributes to websites such as Hardcore Droid, Gamepur, and Homebli. His work remains primarily in technology, from video game journalism to consumer technology.

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