The Best Wet & Dry Vacuum Cleaner

Posted on 4 July 2022

After 4 hours of research, comparing 9 popular devices and testing 3 of them, the Vileda JetClean convinced us the most for its price/quality ratio.

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Our choice, Best budget

Vileda JetClean

Capable of vacuuming, cleaning and drying in a single pass, the Vileda JetClean’s functionality is hampered by a 7m power cord, but it still performs well in the wash.

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Equipped with 2 tanks, the JetClean can vacuum, clean and dry all your hard floors. Although its high brush height prevents it from getting certain pieces of furniture and its power cord reduces its range of action, it offers good cleaning performance and is easy to use. It is also able to stand upright without support when you take a break from cleaning and has an automatic cleaning system for the roller, although it can also be machine cleaned. So it’s an entry-level solution that we think is quite interesting.

 

 

Best high-end

Dreame H11 Max

The strength of this model lies in its Automatic mode, which adapts its operation to the degree of dirtiness of the floor. All of this is indicated in real time by the circular screen and its coloured ring.

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Dreame H11 Max

Quite intuitive and well designed, the Dreame H11 Max has the largest clean water tank in this selection, with a total capacity of 750ml. During our tests, we found the information on the screen very clear and the wheel drive system limits the effort required, although the device is quite heavy. On the other hand, it has the advantage of being able to stand on its own and to automatically clean the roller once it is installed on its storage station. Finally, its washing performance is very satisfactory, even if we would have preferred to improve it with detergent (not recommended by the brand).

 

Our selection

Our choice, Best budgetBest high-end
Vileda JetCleanDreame H11 Max
Vileda JetCleanDreame H11 Max
Capable of vacuuming, cleaning and drying in a single pass, the Vileda JetClean's functionality is hampered by a 7m power cord, but it still performs well in the wash.The strength of this model lies in its Automatic mode, which adapts its operation to the degree of dirtiness of the floor. All of this is indicated in real time by the circular screen and its coloured ring.
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Honorable mentions

Bissell CrossWave Cordless (£148.99 upon publication): compatible with hard floors and carpets. Equipped with 2 tanks, this 3-in-1 hoover is able to vacuum, wash and dry your floor in a short time. In addition, it can tackle all types of surfaces, including carpets and rugs. These features, along with a 30 minute battery life and a self-cleaning brush system, sound very promising. We are just waiting to test it to confirm the qualities announced on paper.

 

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How to choose a wet & dry vacuum cleaner ?

Recently introduced to the market, floor cleaners offer, in theory, the promise of replacing hoovers and mops with a single 2-in-1 device, capable of collecting solid and liquid waste in a single pass.

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The devices we have tested. | Source: Selectos

However, their still limited number does not make the choice easy. To make sure you make the best possible purchase, we have listed the key criteria to help you choose.

  • The ergonomy: it should be noted that this type of device is quite heavy, which can create discomfort during the various manipulations. Therefore, a well-designed handle with easy-to-reach buttons and self-driving wheels can make the task much easier.
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A well-designed handle, with easy-to-reach buttons, makes the task much easier. | Source: Selectos
  • The modes of use and water flow: while some models are reserved for cleaning hard floors, others are compatible with carpets and rugs. Therefore, the water flow rate and power should ideally be adjustable to suit the degree of dirt and the type of surface being cleaned. Finally, some machines are able to dry the floor directly after washing, for a real 3-in-1 effect.
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The water flow and power should, ideally, be adjustable. | Source: Selectos
  • The tanks: there are usually 2 of them, one for clean water, the other for dirty water. The larger they are, the longer you can clean, but ideally they should also be easily accessible for filling and emptying.
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The tanks are usually two: one for clean water, the other for dirty one. | Source: Selectos
  • The ease of maintenance: this involves the maintenance of the tanks on the one hand and the brushes on the other. Most often, a small multi-functional cleaning brush is provided and is very practical. Some storage stations also offer a self-cleaning system for the rollers, which rotate at high speed and use the water in the tank.
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For maintenance, a small cleaning brush is often provided and proves to be quite handy. | Source: Selectos

 

How did we test?

Each test started with an evaluation of the overall design of the appliance: weight and handling of the hoover, its tanks, ease of use of the different modes offered… As well as an overview of the accessories provided.

To evaluate the performance as realistically as possible, we used each device in real-life conditions, during our daily cleaning in various rooms of the house (dining room, kitchen, bathroom). We then carried out specific tests in our recording studio: spilt juice and cereal, dropped eggs, sauce stains, etc.  We have always concluded our tests with a thorough maintenance of each hoover.

 

Other machines tested

Redkey W12 (£249.00 upon publication): more defects than assets. Despite a price that can be considered attractive for this type of product, the Redkey W12 did not live up to our expectations. Its washing performance is not up to the level of its competitors and makes its usefulness frankly questionable, a flaw that cannot be compensated for by its design, which itself could be improved.

 

 

Translated by Ramsés El Hajje 

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