Shop-VAC 5986000 Review

Vacuum cleaners will always make it easy to get rid of messes and clean up the house fast and more efficiently. And although there are many types of vacuum cleaners on the market few are as good as those by Shop-Vac. Shop-Vac is one of the most reputable companies in the vacuum cleaner industry, and their Shop-Vac 5986000 is one of their best selling and most popular models.

Shop-Vac 5986000 is a wet and dry vacuum with a tank capacity of 5-gallon. The company designs it to handle any cleaning job at home, office garage or worksite. This compact and lightweight vacuum will come with all the features and accessories that you can ever need when cleaning. Our Shop Vac review below shows just why this is a very handy vacuum cleaner to have at home.

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Shop-VAC 5986000 Review

1. Technical Features


Shop-Vac 5986000 Wet Dry Vacuum

Despite its small and compact size, the Shop-VAC 5986000 is quite a powerful vacuum cleaner that can handle almost any task at home. It runs on a 2.5 HP motor that can get to a maximum of 4.5 HP and you will hardly get anything that offers more power than this at the same price. This motor provides enough power and the performance that you will need for both wet and dry jobs.

Shop-Vac also fits this vacuum with a rear blower port to make it even more powerful and a multipurpose machine. You will only need to connect the hose to this port to transform this vacuum into a blower.


Tank capacity is one of the of the features that you should always consider when shopping for a vacuum cleaner. And this is because a large tank ensures that you can do a lot of work continuously. Shop-Vac understands this better than most other manufacturers, and that is why all their units including the Shop-VAC 5986000 always come with large tanks.

This vacuum comes with a 5-gallon tank that might not be as large as what you get from other expensive units, but it is still enough. Whether you are using it for wet or dry applications, you will never need to stop in the middle of the job because the capacity is large enough for extended cleaning sessions. Also, the fact that the tank is not too large means that the unit does not take up a lot of storage space.

Shop-VAC 5986000 also comes with a disposable filter bag and a cartridge filter. The cartridge filter will hold both large debris and fine dust so that you can clean without causing more mess. The filter bag, on the other hand, is an important feature because it makes sure that you do not throw dirt and debris around when cleaning.


Shop-VAC 5986000 comes with a sturdy top handle that makes it easy to move around when in operation and also during transportation. But apart from the handle, it is also a compact and lightweight vacuum which makes it very portable. It weighs about 14.2 pounds making it quite light for a vacuum cleaner, and its dimensions are 19.5 by 13.5 by 13.5 inches.

The tank on this unit comes with some smooth rolling casters. These casters not only make it very stable when in operation but also improve its maneuverability and portability.


Nothing is more annoying than working with a very noisy vacuum regardless of how efficient it is at cleaning. But, noise should be the least of your worries when using the Shop-VAC 5986000 as it is relatively quiet. And this is because the 2.5 HP motor is just large enough to provide it with sufficient power for dry and wet cleaning. But it is still quite small to produce any significant amount of noise.


The suction that this vacuum offers might not be the best in the market, but it is way much better than what similar size ones will offer. It performs relatively well for both wet and dry vacuuming, but the 5-galllon tank might limit the things that you can do with it. However, the motor is powerful enough for various applications.

If you are on the market for a vacuum that can handle chores like cleaning work spaces and garages the performance of the Shop-VAC 5986000 will not disappoint you. This unit is very efficient in sucking up dirt, debris, and water. Also, it comes with a sleeve filter to help you take care of the wet messes and a disk filter that is reusable for the dry messes.

Other Features

This vacuum also comes with all the accessories that you will need for both dry and wet vacuuming. These accessories include a 10-inch wet/dry nozzle, friction fit hose, a gulper, a collection bag, crevice tools, 3 extension nozzles and a convenient tool holder. And so it will be ready to use straight from the box.

2. Price

Shop-VAC 5986000

If you are searching for a high performing and durable wet/dry vacuum and are not willing to spend hundreds of dollar to get it, this is the best choice for you. The Shop-VAC 5986000 is an affordable unit that performs better than most others that cost way much more than it. Also, the stainless steel construction ensures that you get value for every coin because you get to use it for many years.

Despite being one of the best-selling vacuums on most online retail stores, you can still get it on sale to save even more money. It is also important to know that you will pay more if you choose a unit that comes with some extra filter bags.

3. Pros/Cons


  • Powerful 4.5 peak HP motor.
  • Stainless steel tank is very durable.
  • Tank includes rolling casters for easy mobility.
  • Compact and portable tank design for easy storage and transport.
  • Usable even without a bag.
  • Hose is long enough for an extended reach.
  • 3-year warranty.


  • It does not include a brush attachment.
  • Power cord is a little short.
  • Accessory holder does not work very well.

Who Should Buy?

If you are in the market for a multipurpose wet and dry vacuum that is also affordable and durable the Shop-VAC 5986000 is the perfect pick for you. It is the excellent machine for most of your household cleaning needs, and you can use it to clean the basement, office, car, shop, the garage and any other worksite.

Although this unit will not replace the upright vacuum cleaner in your home, it will get everything from the wooden floors to carpets clean. Also, it does the work faster than most other similar sized ones. In addition to all this, it is also very easy to maneuver when cleaning and also very portable.

Last Updated on March 22, 2019 by Tom Bradly

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