Rated 3.9 out of 5Â by 200
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by mturner71 Great product at a great price!
I purchased this for my mom for her birthday and she absolutely loves it! It's perfect for cleaning out the garage and vacuuming out her car. The power is great and we're thrilled about the blower function. The included extenders make it even easier to use. To top it all off, the RIDGID Lifetime Warranty is awesome. I would definitely recommend this product and this brand!
July 26, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by scoob420w This is a great deal for every home or work
I love the ease of use of this vac and the extra attachments that come with it make it a great value to have in any home or for use on lots of jobsites
May 30, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by Red123 Great for small tasks
Background: My split level rental recently became infested with silverfish and I was searching for a way to be rid of them. No I didn't suck them up. I did however find non toxic food grade DE and sprinkled (exceptionally liberally) this stuff everywhere before going on a 2 week vacation. Upon return I was left with how to clean this stuff up from my hardwood floors. I have a dyson but after reading that it may (or may not) hurt the dyson I decided I needed to find an alternative vacuum. A few people had mentioned shop vacs but I have 0 experience with them. However I found this one and thought I would rather risk 60 bucks instead of 700.
The product: went to a store so it was in a nice box, not missing parts, and worked as it should. (note: it uses the same filters as larger models and can be a bit of a pain finding them as they appear to sell fast from home depot. Don't hesitate to purchase a 3 or 5 layer filter if you think you might need it for your job)
Use of: As mentioned this is not heavy industrial use of any sort. The vacuum was simple to put together (strong hands required, I don't think my Grandma could switch the filter). I was highly concerned over the dust being too fine and just spraying out the back so I also bought the 3 layer fine dust filter. I switched the filter, the instructions are easy to follow. It was 99% easy and 1% frustrating to line things up and to be sure not to damage the filter while pushing on it. Not a big deal at all. Took all of 30 seconds.
The suction is perhaps equal to my dyson or similar quality home vacuum. It is fine around the house and did wonderful for this job. It is perhaps under powered for professional uses, I can't really offer any insight to that.
The hose is not as difficult as I thought it would be from the other reviews. It is a bit stiff, but it did not hamper my vacuuming in the bedroom, hallway, closet, washroom, and inside cupboards.
The lid is not loose exactly. it does snap on but it does not snap snuggly to the base. As mentioned this does not appear to be a problem when the vacuum is running. I've yet to empty the vacuum so it may be an issue then. To be clear the lid sits (and is snapped) on to the base. the weight of the motor keeps the lid pressed against the base and the snaps merely secure it from falling right off. if you lift the vacuum by the top handle you notice the lid moves about 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch before the vacuum as a whole moves. (some 3m foam tape may work as a fix to create a soft seal if you are inclined to try it)
I also purchased a seperate head for the vacuum as the one it comes with would not have been ideal for my application.
While vacuuming the DE with the 3 layer filter in use I did not notice any blow out of the dust from the exhaust. Which to be honest was my major concern as the stuff can be irritating to breath.
I have only used the vacuum once so can't speak to its life span or performance over time.
So to summarize, many of the complaints on here I believe are from people expecting the performance of a 150-250 shop vac and are using it for professional uses which this one doesn't seem to be designed for. For small home use it has worked well for me without any problems thus far (only 1 use but quite extensive and with very fine dust). Be sure the get the correct size attachements, and the proper filter for the job you are doing.
September 20, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0Â by Paul Not perfect, but preferred over shop-vac's similar model
It's powerful enough for most tasks.
It seems more quiet than the Shop Vac brand
The filter attaches more securely than Shop Vac, by tightening a small plastic nut
The Cord is significantly longer than Shop Vac
Lid is not tight against drum, so it leaks dust when powered off. Usually I have to turn it back on to clean up the mess it just made.
The hose is larger diameter than Shop Vac. I prefer the smaller diameter hose, but this is a matter of preference so I didn't want to list it as a con.
I have three of these, and two Shop Vac brand units that are about the same size. I use them almost daily doing building maintenance at a few apartment communities. This one isn't perfect, but it's so much better than Shop Vac's current unit that I choose this as a lesser evil. (Shop vac's lid doesn't lock securely, so rather than a little dust spilling out, you sometimes spill ALL the contents as the drum falls off.)
December 3, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0Â by RajM Saved me hours of work
Saved me hours of scooping out water out of my basement. I only wish there was a way to connect it to sink while vacuuming the water
December 11, 2014