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16 Gallon 6.5-Peak HP NXT Wet/Dry Shop Vacuum with Cart, Fine Dust Filter, Hose and Accessories

  • Accessories & large rear-wheel cart equip Pro for any cleanup
  • Built with RIDGID’s most powerful motor & largest capacity drum
  • Features the RIDGID lifetime warranty
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Part of the most powerful line of wet dry vacs RIDGID has ever made, the RIDGID 16 Gal. NXT wet/dry vac was built with RIDGID's most powerful 6.5 peak horsepower motor, the 16 Gal. vacuum was engineered for the Pros with the toughest cleanups. This model includes a cart with large rear wheels and the accessories to equip the Pro for any job with 2 wands, a utility nozzle, car nozzle, wet nozzle, crevice tool and a muffler/diffuser. The drum offers maximum capacity at 16 Gal. and the 2-piece drum construction provides lasting durability. Storage is readily available on this model with accessory storage to secure tools on hand, added hooks to store the hose and caster feet that fit both 1-7/8 in. and 2-1/2 in. accessories. The 16 Gal. NXT wet/dry vac includes 2-1/2 in. locking accessories that lock onto a wand or hose which means no downtime from attachments coming apart. It features the patented Qwik Lock Filter Fastening System that makes installing or removing your filter quick, easy and secure. Replacement filter VF5000 and Size A VF3502 Dust Collection Bags sold separately.
  • Maximum power 6.5 peak HP NXT vac for heavy-duty cleanup
  • 2-piece heavy-duty drum construction offers the toughest RIDGID durability
  • Large rear-wheel accessory cart stores tools and maneuvers over rough terrain
  • 2-1/2 in. locking accessories secures your hose to your wands to your floor tools, so nothing falls off in use
  • 20 ft. power cord provides the most reach and stores easily using cord wrap
  • Diffuser dissipates the flow of air out of the exhaust port
  • Included Qwik Lock 3-layer fine dust filter captures fine dust particles for superior filtration
  • Storage features include: hose storage that keeps hose neat and secure when stowing or transporting, tool storage caddy securely stores the attached accessories even when lifting and emptying the drum
  • 4-swivel casters provide 360° movement
  • Includes 2-1/2 in. x 7 ft. Tug-A-Long Dual-Flex locking hose, 2 extension wands, utility nozzle, wet nozzle, car nozzle, crevice tool, muffler/diffuser, and a fine dust filter (VF5000)
  • Patented Qwik Lock filter snaps on or off the vacuum for easy cleaning without any tools
  • Accepts RIDGID filter VF4200 and size A VF3502 dust collection bags
  • Peak horsepower represents a level at or below the maximum horsepower output of an electric motor tested in a laboratory using a dynamometer
  • Gallons indicated reflect drum volume, not necessarily collection capacity; actual capacity dependent upon type of debris collected, condition of filter and other factors
  • Full lifetime warranty against material defects and workmanship
  • Note: Product May Vary by Store
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Vacuum Capacity (Gallons)16161616
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Specifications

Dimensions

Hose Length (ft.)
7 ft
Interior Hose Diameter (In.)
2.5 in
Product Depth (in.)
26.7 in
Product Height (in.)
37.1 in
Product Width (in.)
22.4 in

Details

Accessories/Parts Included
Includes: 2-1/2 " x 7' Tug-A-Long Positive Locking Hose with Dual-Flex, Two Extension Wands, Locking Utility Nozzle, Locking Wet Nozzle, Locking Car Nozzle, Locking Crevice Tool, Muffler/Diffuser, Fine Dust Cartridge Filter
Air Volume (CFM)
184
Amperage (amps)
12
Amperage (amps)
12
Color Family
Oranges/Peaches
Cord Length (ft.)
20
Filter Type
Fine Dust Filter
Floor Care Features
Bare Floor Cleaning,Blower Port,Built-In Accessory Storage,Built-In Drain,Casters,Commercial use,For Automobile interiors,Portable Design,Removable Nozzle,Wet/Dry
Horsepower (HP)
6.5 hp
Included Accessories
No additional accessories included
Peak Horsepower
6.5
Recommended Surfaces
Auto Interior,Bare Floor,Carpet,Concrete,Laminate,Leather,Stairs,Tile,Upholstery,Vinyl,Wood
Returnable
90-Day
Tools Product Type
Power Tool
Vacuum Capacity (Gallons)
16
Voltage (volts)
120

Questions & Answers

44Questions30Answers

Wet sand?

Asked by Emmes May 31, 2021
1
Answer

I do not have experience using it on sand in a fish tank, but it has strong suction. I have had no issue drawing water out of flooring, tile floor removal cleanup, saw dust and dirt in the garage, or anything else I have used it for. It has sucked up everything I have been able to reach with the nozzle.

What is the water lift of this vac???

Asked by Muss March 21, 2021
2
Answers

Hello Muss, Thank you for your question. This particular vacuum is rated 55 inches in terms of water lift. For any other questions, please call our Customer Service at 1-800-474-3443 from Monday to Friday between 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Central Time or send us an email at info@ridgidvacs.com and we'll be glad to assist you. Thanks, RIDGID Wet/Dry Vac Customer Support

How is the metal handle attached? Easy to remove and put back on? Tight area for storage for me. Thanks.

Asked by JDG March 10, 2021
5
Answers

Yes it is easy to remove and put back on

How loud is this vacuum?

Asked by BerkeleyBob February 3, 2021
4
Answers

I can't give you decibels but compared to my older Craftsman it could be about half as loud.

I am replacing my old Shop Vac with this Ridgid Vac. I purchased some longer 2 1/2 inch hoses for...

Asked by Thugbuster January 7, 2021
3
Answers

It will I have a 40 foot from my old unit and it works Great

Is there an extra hose (longer than 7-feet? Do you have one? Cost??

Asked by Doc November 7, 2020
3
Answers

According to research that I did before I purchased my unit, yes, they do make a longer hose, which will also connect with the seven-footer. I believe I saw it was a thirteen footer: Coupled, that'd become 20 feet! Side-Note, supposedly, one can get an adapter to use a standard metal wand and squeegee, too.

How much does the machine weigh?

Asked by elprado November 4, 2020
2
Answers

7-10 lbs max

is the nxt quieter than the previous version?

Asked by jttt November 1, 2020
5
Answers

No. Even with the muffler attached still loud. I mean it is a shop vac

What is the height of this vac without the tall handle?

Asked by Kevin September 16, 2020
3
Answers

26 in.

having a hard time getting it registered online for warranty purposes

Asked by tookie July 25, 2020
2
Answers

Hello tookie, We're sorry to have learned you're having diffivulty with registration. Note that if you don't register the vac, it will not diminish your warranty rights. Having said that, if you need assistance with registration, you may call our Customer Service at 1-800-474-3443 from Monday to Friday between 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Central Time and we'll be glad to assist you. Thanks, RIDGID

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Customer Reviews

  • 4.6
    out of 509 reviews
  • 91% recommend this product
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Warranty on this Vacuum sucks like the vacume.
Bought this product from Home depot it is suppose to come with a life time warranty. used it 5 times in last six months. about 4 hours of use.. Last time using the vacuumed it stopped working would not turn on. went to warranty site followed directions sent pictures in of all different parts of the vacuumed. including blower . I received a response back today stating they see plastic in the blower motor and their decision is that it was damaged because the filter was not on properly. , I see no debris in the blower motor just black film from it burning up. That's a great warranty say you have it ! then deny all claims
by Sdickey
Response from RIDGIDMar 23, 2021
Hello Sdickey,

Thanks for the time to write a review and we're very sorry to learn your disappointment. The lifetime warranty of our RIDGID wet/dry vacs covers defects in workmanship and material. Failures due to misuse, abuse and normal wear and tear are not covered by this warranty. Dirt and debris being picked up by the vac should be captured by the filter. In addition, debris in the blower wheel occurs when the vac is used to pick up dry material with a missing, damaged, or incorrectly positioned filter, in violation of both the “Safety” and “Operation” sections of the owner’s manual provided with your vac. You may also want to review the coverage of the warranty here: https://www.ridgid.com/us/en/wet-dry-vac-warranty. If you have any questions or concerns, please call our Customer Service at 1-800-474-3443 from Monday to Friday between 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Central Time or send us an email at info@ridgidvacs.com and we'll be glad to assist you.

Thanks,
RIDGID Wet/Dry Vac Customer Support Ridgid
2 people found this helpful
Does everything I needed it for. Lightweight, easy to assemble, nice long cord. The muffler seems...
Does everything I needed it for. Lightweight, easy to assemble, nice long cord. The muffler seems to be just an extra piece of plastic and foam. I really do like this product. My only issue; the attachments will not stay in there respected spots. Especially the long hose extensions. When you move the base they just fall off.
by Brian
Not a wet vacuum
Purchased this vac to clean up water, but to my surprise, it says in the operation manual that it can only pick us a little water. My old sears vac (16 gal) would pick up about 10 gal of water before shutting off. Taking it back today.
by jedkayak
Response from RIDGIDDec 4, 2020
Dear jedkayak,

Thank you for the time to write us a review. The manual actually discusses that you may leave the paper filter on if you are picking up small amounts of liquids. While you need to take out the filter for larger quantities. Hence, this vac can be used for small and large amounts of liquids. We could give you guidance on how to use the vacuum depending on your needs. You may call our Customer Service at 1-800-474-3443 from Monday to Friday between 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Central Time or send us an email at info@ridgidvacs.com and we'll be glad to discuss them with you.

Thanks,
RIDGID Wet/Dry Vac Customer Support Ridgid
3 people found this helpful
Junk
This is the second one I’ve owned they have a “lifetime” warranty but you have to jump through too many hoops Home Depot didn’t care that this was the second one in 14 months to die so I left it on their door step
by Octoadam
Response from RIDGIDAug 27, 2020
Hello Octoadam, Thanks for writing a review and we're sorry to have learned your disappointment. It's true that this vac has a full lifetime warranty against defects in workmanship and material. Moreover, the vac is returnable to Home Depot within 90 days of purchase. For any issues after 90 days, you may call our Customer Service at 1-800-474-3443 from Monday to Friday between 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Central Time and we'll be glad to assist you. Or, you could submit a warranty claim online at www.ridgid.com using this link: https://www.ridgid.com/us/en/wet-dry-vac-warranty. Thanks, RIDGID Ridgid
14 people found this helpful
Awesome when paired to the Dustopper
Super powerfull shop vac! Great quality. If you get this or have it yoy need to pair it with the Dustopper! You’ll never have to buy amother filter. You can make your own mounting solution with some PVC and a scrap piece of plywood. I also paired this with the Ridgid water pump accessory
by kodiakpb
9 people found this helpful
This is replacing a 15 year old Ridgid shop vac that is actually still running strong. I'm using ...
This is replacing a 15 year old Ridgid shop vac that is actually still running strong. I'm using the old one for something else. After about 6 months of almost daily use, I found a few things I liked, and many I did not. What I like: - The large power switch is easy to use with gloved hands, easy to access. It sticks up in the 'on' position and almost acts like a kill switch, making it super easy to turn off quickly. - Lots of suction. The ultimate static vacuum is about 1.82 psi which is about 13% more than my older one (old one measured 1.61 psi). That's about 50 inches of water lift. Or put another way, it can pick up a 6 pound bar of steel. - Good air flow. This means it will actually pick up stuff. I didn't have a way to measure actual CFM, but I will say this: I have to be careful where I aim the nozzle because it will GRAB stuff that I don't want to pick up. I actually had to drill some vent holes in the carpet attachment so it wouldn't constantly lift the floor mats in my car. - Long cord. Most of the time I don't have to grab an extension cord. Yay! - Hose wrap holder thing. It's nice that there's a place to put the hose, instead of just laying it down on the floor. It's well placed, and makes stowing the hose simple and quick. What I don't like: - It's loud. Really loud. And it has a high pitched whine. - The cart handle intersects where the hose wraps, so you can't even use the cart handle if you wrap the hose. Or if you choose to keep the cart handle, it squashes the hose. - The diffuser intersects with the rear tool holder. That means you have to remove the diffuser every time you want to add or remove a tool to the rear holder. - The design of the latch on the new tools makes everything difficult to remove. Previous models used an actual lever with a pivot pin; these new ones are simply molded flexible plastic which feel cheap. The old ones snapped in, these new one 'jam' in for lack of better description, and it can be tough to get them to even lock. - The power cord is supposed to wrap around the handle, but there's not enough handle to do that. Also no quick release, so you have to spend time unwrapping the long cord if you decide to try to use it that way. - No wheel locks. If you have a sloped driveway, which almost every residential place does, it can literally run away from you. - The container has tons of crevices, making it difficult to clean. The old vac was just a simple cylinder. - The cord constantly gets caught in the rear wheel / axle. Some other observations: - The fixed rear wheel design means that you can't roll it 360 degrees, it has to be "aimed" where you want it to go. So you can't easily tug it around by the hose. - The hose connector at vac body has more restriction than old style, with an 80% smaller area due to connector. - The "noise muffler" is not a muffler. It does zero to decrease noise. It's real purpose is to diffuse the exhaust so you don't have a jet stream blowing things around in your garage. Overall it performs well, but the poorly designed features annoy me every time I use it.
by LEDengineer
Response from RIDGIDJan 14, 2020
Hello LEDengineer, Thanks for your review and we're sorry to learn some areas that disappoint you. If you want to discuss further or you need assistance, you may call our Customer Service at 1-800-474-3443 from Monday to Friday between 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Central Time and we'll be more than happy to assist you. Thanks, RIDGID Ridgid
19 people found this helpful
This vac has awesome power for a portable. I upgraded from my 2hp to this 6.5hp and can now hand...
This vac has awesome power for a portable. I upgraded from my 2hp to this 6.5hp and can now handle all of the dust in my shop.
by Brad
4 people found this helpful
Great value. Great vac. Paired it with a cyclone dust collector and it does the job. Thanks to ex...
Great value. Great vac. Paired it with a cyclone dust collector and it does the job. Thanks to excellent customer service for supplying two extra front caster mounts to replace back wheel mounts, which allowed stacking the cyclone above the vac via 2-in pvc pipes. Casters allow easy movement between table saw, miter saw, drill press, etc.
by Mike
3 people found this helpful
Great air flow
I bought the wet dry vacuum for cleaning wet garage floors in winter. All attachments work very well and vacuum all water off the floor. Great. Another side discovery was when I reversed the hoses and used the vacuum as a blower, I could totally dry my cars after washing! That is cool. Very good air flow does the job nicely.
by Kim
2 people found this helpful
Way less power than the cheaper shop vac brand I replaced it with. NOT COVERED by Rigids Lifetime...
Way less power than the cheaper shop vac brand I replaced it with. NOT COVERED by Rigids Lifetime service warranty. Instead it has a separate ‘lifetime warranty” which means if the vacuum dies it’s life is over and they won’t fix it. Some shady word games from a company with already shady marketing. I only found this out after weeks of the rigid website for registering tools being down or malfunctioning (which is common tactic they use to prevent people from getting the LSA). So I can no longer return to the store. I paid for the overpriced professional 10 foot cord and the vacuum doesn’t have enough power to pick up dust with the longer house and can barley do it with the provided hose, forget attaching the extension tubes. This is the end of my venture into rigid tools, luckily I was able to return everything I bought (almost 2500$ in rigid tools) and only got stuck with this poo poo vacuum and a 500 dollar planer that is also jacked up out of the box. Also tried to test it with water, just filled a bucket with water and tried to suck it out. All that happened is it fluttered and slurped and dropped the water right back out the hose; it also shot water all over out of where the muffler connects all over the wall.
by Neveragain
Response from RIDGIDAug 23, 2019
Hello Home Depot Customer, Thanks for your review and we're sorry to learn your disappointment. RIDGID Lifetime Service Agreement is limited to Power Tools. Our RIDGID wet/dry vacs have a full lifetime warranty against defects in workmanship and material. You are correct, we don't repair these vacuums under warranty, but we replace with a brand new one after inspection and if found to be covered by warranty. As you probably know, this lifetime warranty does not cover any failures due to misuse, abuse or normal wear and tear. Additionally, these vacuums are returnable to Home Depot within 90 days from the date of purchase. If it's more than 90 days, the warranty is handled by the manufacturer. As for your other issues with the hose or water pickup, you could call us at 1-800-474-3443 from Monday to Friday between 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Central Time and we'll be glad to assist you or do an inspection. Thanks, RIDGID Ridgid
10 people found this helpful
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