The most important consideration in choosing a garage vacuum is what type of work you do in your garage, since this determines what types of debris you’ll need to clean up, how frequently you’ll need to clean, and how much debris your vacuum will need to hold. For example, if you tend to work with wood, you’ll need a spacious dry vacuum that is powerful enough to capture fine sawdust particles. On the other hand, if you expect to have wet messes, you’ll need a vacuum that is more similar to a wet-vac. With those considerations in mind, here are some of the features to look for in the best wall-mounted garage vacuums.
Motor and suction
The horsepower rating of the motor will determine how powerful your vacuum is, but a higher horsepower motor can also drive the price of a garage vacuum way up compared to similar models. A more powerful motor means better suction for difficult messes like fine sawdust particles or liquids, but if you plan to be dealing primarily with simple cleanup tasks, you may be better off saving money and opting for a lower horsepower motor. However, it is not possible to upgrade the suction later, so be careful to err on the side of having plenty of power.
Noise is also a major concern with wall mounted garage vacuums – you don’t want to have to wear earplugs every time you vacuum. Higher horsepower motors will typically generate more noise, although different vacuums come with different noise reduction features to mitigate the volume.
The length of the hose is important because a longer hose allows you to work further away from the main suction unit, which means that you can move around the garage without constantly dragging the vacuum with you. If you have a particularly large garage or expect to drag the hose around stationary objects, a long hose – 30 feet or more – is essential for quick cleanups. In addition, look for crush-proof hoses since these will be more durable and you won’t destroy the hose if you accidentally step on it.
One of the most important components of the vacuum is the filtration system, which works to keep debris out of the air once it is sucked into the vacuum. A good filtration system is especially essential if you are cleaning up sawdust, which tends to escape into the air easily. The best filtration systems are HEPA-rated filters, although there are a number of other filter styles on the market that do an excellent job of capturing dust and debris. More important, look for filters that will last the lifetime of the vacuum, typically be removing the filter from the vacuum and washing it in the sink. Replaceable filters are more of a hassle and can get expensive over the life of the vacuum if you clean regularly.
In addition, garage vacuums are available in both bag and bagless styles. Bag vacuums have a bag inside into which the debris is collected, which is then discarded once it is filled. Bagless vacuums, on the other hand, have a canister that can be removed, emptied, and cleaned. While both styles are functional, bag vacuums require that you keep a stack of bags on hand in order to operate the vacuum.
The capacity of your vacuum will determine how frequently it needs to be emptied. For the sake of time spent cleaning, it is best if your vacuum has enough capacity to get through cleaning the entire garage without having to empty the canister or change bags. If you have a large garage or generate a lot of debris, look for a vacuum with at least 5 gallons of storage space or more. On the other hand, if you have a small garage, or have tons of other appliances and constructions installed (heaters, compressors, toolboxes, garage door opener) and don’t have a lot of space for a wall mounted garage vacuum, consider a lower capacity vacuum in order to save space.
Tools and accessories
Attachments and specialized tools can be a big help in your cleaning and add value to any garage vacuum. At the least, look for vacuums that come with a crevice tool for getting into the tight corners of your garage. Additional upholstery tools and carpet cleaning tools can be a major asset if you plan to vacuum out your car or use the vacuum inside the house as well.
Some wall mounted garage vacuums have multiple functions, for example switching between wet and dry cleanup modes or switching between vacuum and blower modes. The wet cleanup mode can replace a wet-vac for simple liquid cleanups, while the blower can serve as a leaf or dust blower when you simply need to push debris outside rather than vacuum it up. These extra features can add a ton of value, even if you only use them sparingly, since they will save you from having to buy an extra tool later on. To safely store not only your high-end vacuum, but the vehicle itself and all of the garage tools, consider getting a high-quality garage alarm.
A long and all-encompassing warranty is a good sign that the manufacturer stands behind their product as being high-quality. Since wall mounted garage vacuums are typically intended to last for a lifetime, it is best to look for vacuums that have correspondingly long warranties after purchase – at least three years, and ideally five years or more.