I was recently looking at adding a vacuum cleaner to my workshop. It had to be one that could also be used for other yard work. Before that, I had one that is attached to the wall of the workshop. The Ridgid WD1450 14-Gallon 6-Horsepower Wet/Dry Vacuum was recommended by a friend.

As an experienced user of these kind of devices, I needed to research and give it a try. He had good things to say about it, but is does not have much of a point of reference.

The first thing that struck me was how easy it was to move around. There are wheels underneath it to drag it along.

Pros 

  • It is a very powerful machine.
  • It is reasonably priced.
  • It is not as noisy as other brands.
  • Comes with a reusable filter.

Cons

  • The tube connectors are not well put together.

Aesthetics

This vacuum cleaner comes in bright orange colour with black features such as the lid, wheels, and the nozzle. It is shaped like a bucket with a lid. It comes with a quick-release accessory storage bag that allows you to change nozzles as you need to. The bag also detaches to allow you to empty the vacuum when it is full. 

Sizes & Specs

  • It only comes in the standard size of 19.75 x 19.75 x 25.75 inches. 
  • The cord is 20 feet long.
  • 6.0 peak horsepower motor

Feel

It has a rigid feel on the carry handle and comes with a 20-foot cord that will wrap around the vacuum’s main body. It has four wheels that allow the vacuum to be in any direction. 

It has a utility nozzle, car nozzle, wet nozzle, and 2 extension wands. It has a greater versatility which is an advantage because you can use it to clean multiple areas as needed. Apart from the suction, it can also be used to blow air out which is useful to clean gutters and front yards that are covered in leaves. 

Durability

The body of the vacuum is made from hard plastic and does not appear to be very strong. This vacuum is not necessarily designed to be a punching bag so care should be taken when using it. The wheels are likely to rust or become chipped over time and may eventually limit movement without holding the vacuum up. 

Price

Looking at similar products in this category we can already see that this is at the higher end of the price spectrum compared to its closest competitors. I believe this to be because of the more versatility this product offers in terms of nozzles and the ability to use both suction and blow capabilities.

It is also larger in size than its closest competitors allowing you to clean for longer without having to empty the hatchet. A worthy mention also is that it can do wet/dry surfaces. Lastly, it has a very long cord making it easier and more convenient to move around. 

Our Verdict

This is a product I would recommend for the average homeowner looking to buy a vacuum in this range. It has the most powerful motor, multiple functionalities, and lively bright orange colour that screams suburban. It is more expensive than most of the other products available that would hope to compete with this, but it also has the best specifications. 

It is also worth considering that when purchasing a vacuum there will always be something better available within the next 6 months. Therefore, it is good to think about whether you want to spend such a large amount of money on one vacuum.

It is worth considering getting one cheaper than this because the differences between them are not so great that you would feel them. Yes, this one is the best of them, but some of the others are much cheaper than this and likely to get the job done just the same.

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David D. Hughes