Cleaning

Tackle two chores at once with these wet and dry vacuums

Introducing the ultimate cleaning hack.
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When it comes to chores around the home, finding new and effective ways to tick them off the list is always a high priority for us. Whether that’s discovering a new multi-purpose and eco-friendly bathroom cleaner or investing in a robot vacuum that also mops hard floors, spending as little time as possible cleaning the home with the help of multi-functional products and gadgets is the ultimate time-saving hack.

Our guess is that you’re reading this because you either despise chores or you don’t mind setting aside a few hours within the week to clean the home (after all, it’s also the perfect time to catch up on your favourite podcast) and anything multi-purpose and time-saving has your name written all over it. Whichever camp it is that you fall into, finding a cleaning device – namely, a wet and dry vacuum – is well worth considering.

Below, we’ve researched high and low to find the best wet and dry vacuums – from cordless to robotic – that’ll help you tick off your Sunday chores list without a hitch.

2024’s TOP WET AND DRY VACUUMS

  1. LG A9 Kompressor auto emptying handstick vacuum, $1599, The Good Guys (here’s why)
  2. Dyson V15s Detect Submarine wet and dry vacuum, $1649, Dyson (here’s why)
  3. Bissell CrossWave Pet wet and dry vacuum, $1649, Amazon (here’s why)

The best wet and dry vacuums 2024

01

LG A9 Kompressor auto emptying handstick vacuum

$1599 at The Good Guys

LG’s wet and dry vacuum features an impressive brushless smart inverter motor. The inverter motor spins at a rapid speed, driving the fan to generate an internal cyclonic airflow that helps separate and filter dust particles, ensuring an effective and hygienic clean. And if saving time is always on your mind, you’ll be pleased to know that the LG A9 Kompressor can remove stubborn stains and dust in one, thanks to its spinning hot mop vacuum head. Vacuum and mop functions operate simultaneously.

Key features:

  • Vacuum and mop functions operate simultaneously
  • Smart inverter motor
  • Auto-empty dust bin

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02

Dyson V15s Detect Submarine wet and dry vacuum

$1649 at Dyson

When it comes to excellent floorcare technologies, it’s hard to pass up a model by Dyson. The Dyson V15s Detect Submarine is the brand’s only wet and dry vacuum offering.  One thing to note is that the mopping and vacuuming do not happen simultaneously. In fact, there are three separate attachments that you can choose from: the Optic Fluffy cleaner head, the Digital Motorbar cleaner head to vacuum carpets, and the Submarine wet roller head to mop hard floors.

Key features:

  • Powerful Dyson Hyperdymium motor
  • Cyclone technology to remove dust from airflow
  • Up to 60 minutes of run time
  • Multi-stage filtration
  • Advanced HEPA filtration
  • Captures microscopic particles

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03

Bissell CrossWave Pet wet and dry vacuum

$399 at Amazon

Designed for pet owners, the Bissell CrossWave Pet wet and dry vacuum features a multi-surface pet brush roll and pet hair strainer for easy multi-surface cleaning. It also comes with a special pet cleaning solution which helps eliminate pet odours.

Key features:

  • Multi-surface pet brush roll and pet hair strainer
  • Specialised pet cleaning solution to eliminate pet odours
  • Upright design
  • Smart touch controls

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04

Electrolux UltimateHome 700 wet and dry cordless vacuum

$399 at The Good Guys

Bring life back to your carpets and hard floors with this ultimate wet and dry vacuum cleaner from Electrolux. The UltimateHome 700 features a self-cleaning nozzle so that maintaining the brush roll is no longer a headache. How does it work? You ask. With a simple push of a button on the hand unit, placed conveniently on the charging stand, the brush roll starts rotating while clean water is released to wash away dirt and debris. It doesn’t get easier than that.

Key features:

  • Self-cleaning nozzle
  • Antibacterial water tank for optimal cleanliness and hygiene
  • Upright design
  • Smart touch controls

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05

Tineco Floor ONE S3 cordless wet and dry vacuum cleaner

$425 at Amazon

The Tineco Floor ONE S3 cordless wet and dry vacuum cleaner features iLoop smart sensor technology that detects wet or dry messes on sealed hard floors. It also intelligently adjusts suction power and water flow to ensure an effective clean every time. Plus, if you’re up to speed with your smart home devices, you’ll be pleased to know that you can connect this unit to a compatible voice assistant too.

Key features:

  • iLoop smart sensor technology
  • LED screen
  • Compatible with voice assistants
  • Cordless design

06

ECOVACS Deebot X1 Turbo robot vacuum cleaner and mop

$899 (usually $1498) at Amazon

If you want the ultimate hands-free vacuum and mopping experience, the ECOVACS Deebot X1 Turbo is a fail-proof choice. Equipped with Ecovac’s YIKO Voice Assistant, you can control this robot vacuum without lifting a finger. Our favourite part? The auto-wash-mop station will automatically wash and dry your mop cloths and refill itself with clean water. Its dual mop features pressurised mopping technology to ensure a sparkling clean finish every time. If mopping floors has always been a headache for you, this robot vacuum is here to save the day.

Key features:

  • YIKO voice assistant
  • Auto wash mop station
  • 5000Pa suction power
  • Schedule cleans directly from your phone

Is a wet and dry vacuum worth it?

A wet and dry vacuum mop is worthwhile purchase, especially if you have mixed floor types within your home. Having one machine that does both effectively is space-saving (as you only need to store one cleaning device) and time saving – especially if the model you opt for is able to mop and vacuum simultaneously.


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