The Best Wall Mounted Garage Vacuum of 2018
Whether you’re into cars, working in the garage, or just keeping your garage looking nice, you’ll need some way to clean up the mess. Vacuums are here to help. But not just any old shop vac, I’m talking about wall mounted garage vacuums. This article will show you what to look for in a wall mounted vacuum and what not to look for. It will also show you the best wall mounted garage vacuum available today, with some great runner-up alternatives. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know before purchasing the next great product to amp up your garage.
What is a wall mounted garage vacuum?
To put it simply, a wall mounted garage vacuum is like a shop vac, but one that can be mounted on the wall. Sure shop vacuums are great, but you have to store them somewhere that takes up the valuable real estate in your garage. Wall mounted vacuums are like shop vacs, but even nicer because they can be mounted to the wall. Out of sight, out of mind.
What makes them so special?
Just like any other vacuum, wall mounted garage vacuums suck in air. This means they’ll suck in anything small enough to fit through the hose. What sets them apart from a normal vacuum is a few things. For one, they are mounted to the wall. But in addition to that, they usually have more powerful suction, quieter operation, a long hose, and many different attachments.
What are they good for?
Wall mounted garage vacuums are typically used for more heavy duty applications. They are great for cleaning the interior of cars. They are also great for cleaning up sawdust and debris after working with wood or other messy materials. Wall mounted vacuums can even be used for cleaning up debris on the floor. Whatever you need to suck up, the wall mounted garage vacuum is here for you. With that being said, one thing some of them are not good for is sucking up liquid, because if they aren’t made for it, the water could ruin the vacuum.
What to look for in a wall mounted garage vacuum
There are so many options available out there, so it’s hard to know what to look for. Knowing which wall mounted vacuum to choose can be stressful because they are all so different. To make this easier for you, I picked out the more important things you should compare and contrast. Here are the things you should look for before making your purchasing decision.
The size of the vacuum is important because it determines two things. First, the size matter because it will be hanging on your wall, and you need to know how much space it will take up. Second, the larger the vacuum, the more it can hold before having to empty it. So obviously if you have the room for it, the larger, the better.
This is related to size, but I wanted to talk about it out separately. The capacity of the vacuum is the amount that it can hold before having to empty it. Most of the time, the product’s capacity will be advertised as gallons. A wall mounted garage vacuum capacity typically ranges anywhere from around 4 to 7 gallons.
The motor has an important impact on the vacuum because it determines how much air flow and suction you get. The main terms you will want to look for here are Amps, Air Watts and CFM. Generally speaking, the higher of each, the better.
The hose length is another feature you should look out for. Since the vacuum will be mounted on the wall, you’ll need to determine how long of a hose you need. The length of the hose is important because it will tell you how far away you can vacuum. I’ve noticed that typically the more you spend on a vacuum, the longer a hose you’ll get. On the short end, they can be around 18 feet, and on the long end, around 50 feet.
Bag or bagless
Some wall mounted garage vacuums come without bags and some come with bags. What I mean by this is that some will have interior bags to collect the debris, while others don’t. It’s just a matter of preference when it comes down to this. Personally, I prefer just to be able to pop open the top and toss the crap into the trash, but if you want a cleaner alternative, you can buy the interior bags.
Last but not least, the attachments. While this isn’t something that should keep you from buying one or another, it is nice to see which attachments the vacuum comes with. Most of these vacuums should have all of the necessary attachments you could need. But, some have more, and some have less so just keep that in mind.
The Best Wall Mounted Garage Vacuum
Since there are so many great wall mounted garage vacuums out there, choosing the best one is hard. The following list contains six vacuums that are great quality. Some are more expensive than others, and some have better features. I think the VacuMaid GV30 is the best wall mounted garage vacuum for the money, and the VacuMaid GV50PRO is the best if you’re not on a budget. But in the end, it’s up to you to choose.
VacuMaid GV30 and VacuMaid GV50PRO
The VacuMaid vacuums are some of the best out there when it comes to wall mounted garage vacuums. They are extremely powerful, durable, and built to last. The bodies of these vacuums are made out of galvanized steel and are powder coated for a lifetime of corrosion resistant use. Mounting these vacuums is simple. Just screw the bracket into the wall (Preferably into a stud), hang the vacuum, and you’re ready to clean. Unlike most of the other wall vacuums out there, the VacuMaid vacuums use HEPA-style interior bags for collecting the debris. This not only keeps the interiors of the vacuums clean, but it also makes for easy cleanup when finished. Both of these VacuMaid vacuums come with plenty of attachments too. There is a crevice tool, upholstery tool, 12-inch floor tool, and a dusting brush. Not to mention, the bonus curved wand to attach at the end of the hose. Now that you know the features of both, we’ll get into the detail about each one.
The VacuMaid GV30 is the more affordable model of the two on this list, but just because it’s cheaper, doesn’t mean it’s any worse. The GV30 is a seven-gallon wall mounted garage vacuum with a 30-foot hose, a powerful 5.1″ Ametek Lamb Motor and all the attachments you could ever need.
The motor on the GV30 is a 120 volt 5.1″ Ametek Lamb motor which lasts 25% longer than other comparable motors. It also lasts around 400-450 hours of use. The power of this motor also provides for a strong suction. This baby can pick up anything from sawdust to bolts. Just don’t try to suck up liquids because it is not meant for that.
The VacuMaid GV50PRO is the more expensive of the two, but the price is certainly justified. The GV50PRO is also a seven-gallon wall mounted garage vacuum, but with a more powerful, longer lasting motor. The GV50PRO has a 5.7″ Ametek Lamb motor with an average of 75% longer lasting life than comparable motors. This means you’ll get around 550-650 hours of motor life out of this bad boy. This motor is also more powerful than the GV30’s. The air watts are 740 on this one and 507 on the GV30. The CFM (Air flow) is also higher at 138″ compared to 95″ on the GV30.
The other benefit you’ll get with the GV50PRO is the extended vacuum hose. At 50 feet instead of 30 feet, you’ll be able to cover any typical size two car garage with ease.
If you’re new to garage vacuums, then some of these brand names you probably won’t recognize, but Hoover is certainly not one of them. Hoover is one of the first, if not the first, company to mass produce vacuum cleaners. Even the name “Hoover” is synonymous with the words “vacuum cleaner” in parts of Europe. But enough about Hoover, let’s dive into this wall mounted garage vacuum.
The Hoover L2310 is a 5-gallon GUV (Garage Utility Vacuum), made with a heavy-duty steel canister. This vacuum is a bagless vacuum with a 10 amp motor, easy wall mount, and seven cleaning attachments. This vacuum was built to last. With its 120 volt motor, it can easily suck up anything from sawdust to screws and nails. It even comes with a lifetime self-cleaning filter.
This wall mounted garage vacuum comes with seven cleaning attachments and a 30-foot hose, which means you can use it to clean just about anything. The attachments consist of two extension wands, two crevice tools, an upholstery nozzle, a floor nozzle, and a dusting brush. This vacuum is great for cleaning out cars, workspaces, or even the garage floor. And the best part is, mounting this vacuum is super easy. There is no need for added wiring, pipes, or vents. Just screw in the mount, hang the vacuum, and you’re good to go.
Another vacuum name that you’ve probably heard of is Bissell. While you may know Hoover better, Bissell has be around for a lot longer than Hoover. They are the number one manufacturer of floor care products in North America and are known for their top quality floor cleaning products. But enough about Bissell, let’s get to this vacuum.
The Bissell 18P03 is another great option for a wall mounted garage vacuum. This vacuum has a 4-gallon tank, 12 amp motor, seven attachments, and a long 32-foot hose. This Bissell vacuum is smaller in size than the previously three vacuums, but when it comes to the value you get for the money, it’s no comparison. One of the things that makes this vacuum so great is it’s ability to suck up liquids. This is a favorable attribute that every garage vacuum is assumed to have but usually doesn’t. In addition to the ability to suck up liquids, it has a bagless container, which means you just pop the lid and empty it right out. No need for purchasing bags every time you want to use your vacuum. Another feature this vacuum has is its ability to turn from a vacuum into a blower. This can be especially useful for easily cleaning off your workspace or blowing organic debris from the inside to the outside. The motor in this vacuum is something to call home about too. At 12 amps, you can suck up just about anything that you need too.
While you might not get a large heavy duty steel constructed vacuum with this Bissell model, for the money, it is certainly worth every penny.
The Vacmaster 5 gallon wall mounted garage vacuum is a little bit different than the previous four. It is a little more like a Shop Vac that is mounted on a wall; then a traditional wall mounted vacuum. With that being said, it is still a great alternative for those who don’t want to spend a fortune on a wall vacuum.
This Vacmaster vacuum features a 5-gallon tank with a five horsepower motor that can suck up just about anything. This vacuum comes with a 10-foot flexible hose, an 11-foot standard hose, two extension wands, a dust brush, crevice tool, and multiple other attachments. The motor is a two-stage motor that is quiet, powerful, and lives a long time. The machine has an easy on/off switch and even has the ability control the suction amount. Another added benefit is that it can suck up both dry and wet debris. This vacuum is bagless which means easy cleanup and no additional bag cost. It’s also great because unlike the previous four vacuums, this one is easily detachable and can be mobile if need be. While this vacuum may not look that impressive, this vacuum is a steal for the money. It has everything you could need and more, for one of the cheapest price tags of all six wall-mounted vacuums on this list.
Last but not least is the Shop-Vac 3942000. Like the Vacmaster, this wall mounted garage vacuum looks less like the larger steel ones and more like a smaller shop vac you would see rolling around the garage. With that being said, it still packs a punch. At 5 gallons, this vacuum can still hold plenty of debris. It can suck up both dry and wet debris, which is always a bonus. This machine is bagless, so there is no added cost of buying bags. This also means simple cleanup. This vacuum comes with an 18-foot hose, so reaching most areas of the garage is doable. The best part is the number of attachments this thing comes with. This vacuum comes with three extension wands, a 12-inch nozzle with squeegee and brush inserts, a crevice tool, round brush, and more. This Shop-Vac also easily mounts to the wall but can be removed and easily toted around the garage for a wider range of access. While it may not look as impressive as the larger models at the beginning of this list, this Shop-Vac is very affordable and a great value for the money.
As you can see, there are so many great options for wall mounted garage vacuums. Knowing what you are looking for in one is very important ahead of time, so when it comes down to it, you know exactly which one is the right one for you. The first three models in this list are larger, more commercially applicable vacuums. The fourth on the list is affordable, yet still very functional. And the last two are very affordable but not as large and more for residential applications. No matter the case, we shared our pick for the best wall mounted garage vacuum and the runner-ups, now it’s your turn to pick one and get cleaning!