Shop-Vac has long been the leader of wet-dry vacuums that people turn to first in residential and commercial settings alike. If you’re looking for a wet-dry vacuum to have on hand in your garage for automobile cleaning or around-the-house projects, any of these three models are an excellent choice.
The Shop-Vac 5989300 is the smallest of the brand’s wet-dry vacuum cleaners we’ve reviewed. Don’t let its size fool you; this model boasts the highest airflow. It’s lightweight and sits on a sturdy base. For your convenience, Shop-Vac includes a bevy of accessories, including an extension wand.
At 19 pounds, the 5989400 is the midsize model of these three Shop-Vacs. Its motor produces the most horsepower, and it comes with every tool you need. Unlike the smaller 5989300, this wet-dry vacuum has a drain port for easy water emptying.
Finally, there is the Shop-Vac 5989500, which has a debris capacity of over 10 pounds. This wet-dry vacuum showcases the durable SVX2 motor, which is Shop-Vac’s pride and joy. You’ll appreciate the wide width of the hose connection and the floor nozzle.
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Size and Capacity
With a debris capacity of 5 gallons, the 300 wet-dry vacuum is ideal for the light, weekend user. To keep the contents secured within the bucket, there is a secure latch on either side of the vacuum unit. You’ll love how its low weight of 15 pounds allows you to move the wet-dry vacuum without breaking your back.
Got a big home project ahead of you? The Shop-Vac 400 is what you need. This wet-dry vacuum has a capacity of 8 gallons, and a pair of locking latches create a tight seal around the debris bucket. Similar to the 300 model, the 400 wet-dry vacuum weighs right under 20 pounds – 19 to be exact.
A large wet-dry vacuum for heavy-duty use. The Shop-Vac 500 is the heaviest of all three wet-dry vacuums, weighing 21 pounds. It can hold 12 gallons worth of liquid or dry debris, and there are two latches that ensure the bucket remains closed during transport.
Conclusion: Each wet-dry vacuum differs in terms of size and capacity. The 300 Shop-Vac is the lightest and the smallest with the 500 being at the opposite end of the spectrum. Regardless, every wet-dry vacuum’s contents are sealed until you’re ready to dump them thanks to the two latches on the bucket.
Motor and Stability
The 9.9-amp motor within the 300 model peaks at 4.5 horsepower, providing a powerful airflow of 175 cubic feet per minute. The motor is backed by a 3-year warranty.
With a body constructed from stainless steel, you don’t have to worry about the wet-dry vacuum sustaining dents and dings. The vacuum itself sits on a wide dolly that rests on four casters. If you need to lift the vacuum, a top handle and two side handles make doing so a breeze.
Shop-Vac’s 400 wet-dry vacuum also contains a powerful motor that generates an airflow of 75 CFM, which peaks at six horsepower. Like the 300’s motor, the 11.8-amp motor in this vacuum is warrantied for three years.
Made of stainless steel, the 400’s body is ultra-durable. You can steer it any direction by grabbing the top handle and rolling it on its four wide-set casters. There is also a pair of side handles to help you lift the unit.
For this wet-dry vacuum, Shop-Vac chose its proprietary 11.6-amp SVX2 motor, which is super quiet, peaks at 5.5 horsepower and moves the air at a rate of 140 CFM. Shop-Vac is so confident in the motor’s longevity that it offers a 5-year warranty on it.
Like the other two wet-dry vacuums, the 500 has a dolly-secured stainless-steel body and four casters. Additionally, there is a handle on the top and two on the side that allow for hassle-free movement.
Conclusion: All three have a motor with a different peak horsepower. The 400’s motor generates the most horsepower, but the 300 has the highest airflow, and the 500 contains a specially designed motor. Each wet-dry vac boasts a stainless-steel body, a set of caster wheels and three handles.
Accessories and Extras
There is no shortage of accessories on the Shop-Vac 300, including a three-piece extension wand, a gulper nozzle, a crevice tool and a 10-inch-wide floor nozzle. When not in use, you can keep all the accessories on the vacuum.
At 6 feet, the power cord is a decent length, and the flexible 1.25-inch-wide hose stretches to 7 feet. You can take advantage of the wet-dry vacuum’s rear blower port for tasks like leaf blowing, and the cartridge filter, filter bag, and foam sleeve reduce messes.
The same great accessories and filters that come with the 300 are also available on the Shop-Vac 400. Just like the 300 model, the 400 version has a 7-foot-long hose with a 1.25-inch diameter, and there is onboard accessory storage.
If you need it, you can use the blower port in the rear of the unit. The 12-foot cord gives you plenty of leeway, and the drain lets you release water straight onto the ground or through a hose.
With the Shop-Vac 500, you get a filter bag, a foam sleeve and a cartridge filter along with three attachments – a two-piece extension wand, a crevice tool and a 14-inch-wide floor nozzle, all three of which can be stored on the unit.
The power cord is extra-long at 18 feet, and the 2.5-inch-wide hose spans 8 feet. Conveniences like a rear blower port and a tank drain outlet round on the Shop-Vac 500’s useful features.
Conclusion: In terms of accessories, the same four tools come with the 300 and the 400. While the 500 only comes with three tools, its floor nozzle is 4 inches wider, and its hose is 1 inch longer. Shop-Vac throws in three models with each wet-dry vacuum. All three have a different power cord length, and only the 400 and 500 have a drain outlet.
High-Quality Wet-Dry Vacuums
There is nothing cheap or low-end about the 300, 400 or 500 wet-dry vacuum. Each one sits on a caster-affixed dolly, and they all have a housing made of stainless steel. There are three handles on these wet-dry vacuum cleaners that allow you to steer, lift and carry them, and each one is equipped with a blower port and comes with a filter for wet and dry cleanup.
All three vary in size and capacity. The 400 Shop-Vac boasts the highest horsepower, but the 300 produces the highest airflow, and the 500 has the desirable SVX2 motor. The 300 and 400 wet-dry vacs come with four tools while the 500 only has three.
However, the 500 has the widest floor nozzle and the longest power cord. Plus, Shop-Vac put a drain outlet on the 400 and 500 for easy maintenance. Powerful and well-built – The Shop-Vac 5989300, 5989400 and 5989500 wet-dry vacuums.