Shop-Vac 2021000 Review: Compact & Affordable Shop Vac

Shop-Vac 2021000 Review

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What We Like

  • Lightweight and portable at 6 pounds
  • Power-efficient and economical
  • Pocket-friendly shop vac
  • Simplified storage with wall mounting
  • Supports a convenient tool organization
  • Handle optimized for easy handling
  • Comes with plenty of accessories

What We Don’t Like

  • Does not offer a rear dust port
  • The 1-gallon tank capacity could be higher

Bottom Line

A lightweight build and pocket-friendly price make this shop vac a great all-rounder for light-duty wet and dry pick up.


If you’re looking for a shop vac that you can use for quick wet and dry vacuuming around your home, the is Shop-Vac 2021000 is your best bet.

This shop vac is lightweight, allowing you to use it for extended periods. Because of its low power consumption, it is very economical to run, and with the many accessories the vac comes with, you’ll find the tool’s productivity to be very high.

Shop-Vac 2021000 Review

Shop-Vac 2021000

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Performance: Versatile and Reliable for Light-Duty Vacuuming

Design for everyday basic wet or dry pick up jobs around the home, the Shop-Vac 2021000 offers just the ideal performance for such applications.

It packs a 1.0 HP motor, which produces enough power to support the fast removal of dirt from multiple settings in the home, including the house, garage, basement, small workshop, and automobiles.

The motor manages a decent maximum airflow of 50 CFM. While this is the peak airflow, actual performance, in terms of vacuuming capacity, will be determined by factors such as hose type and filter system condition.

Also boosting the tool’s efficiency is a sealed pressure of 45 inches, which is more than sufficient even when executing wet pick-ups. As long as you are not subjecting the shop vac to extreme pickup jobs, it should perform reliably well.

A 1-gallon tank is integrated into the unit to serve as dirt and debris storage. Its low capacity means that on a busy day, the tank will fill up very fast, requiring you to pause between tasks to empty it. But this capacity also helps preserve the tool’s compactness.

Finally, this shop vac is notably power-efficient. Because of its modest 1 HP motor, it draws 85 peak watts of power, which should not strain your energy consumption or bills.

You do, however, miss out on a rear port, which is meant to convert the vacuum into a blower. This feature does come in handy for most shop vac owners.

Design: Strong Build with a Touch of Simplicity

There is nothing complicated or sophisticated about the 2021000. It is a simple shop vac whose design is purely task and usability-oriented.

The entire unit is made using tough thermoplastic as the main material. Because it is a light-duty shop vac intended for use around your home, its build quality is tough enough to sail through common vacuuming tasks without any hiccups.

Because of the shop vac’s plastic housing and components, it manages to minimize the overall weight, thus succeeding in making this unit very portable and convenient to operate when it the hand.

Speaking of convenience, there is a large handle at the top of this shop vac. It offers a large grip surface, so that you have full control of the machine, alongside an enhanced degree of maneuverability.

Also, at the top, on the tank’s cover, is a single ‘On/Off’ button that is straightforward to operate. And when you want to empty the tank’s contents, simply snap the cover of the side latches, remove the debris using a collection filter bag, and then replace the cover.

Portability: Lightweight and Compact for Extended Usage

One of the 2021000’s key selling points, and a major reason why it is a favorite for many homeowners, is the shop vac’s enhanced portability.

Portability is primarily supported by the shop vac’s low weight of only 6 pounds. It is one of the lightest tools in its category, and for this reason, you can operate it for long periods without before you start feeling the bulk.

There’s an enlarged handle at the shop vac’s top, which offers a wide gripping surface area, allowing you to hold the unit firmly in the hand during operation.

Combined with the shop vac’s compactness, moving around with the machine within the home should not pose any portability challenges. This benefit allows usage of this shop vac across setting including the house, garage, workshop, car, and many more.

It’s worth mentioning, however, that as the shop vac’s tank gets filled with dirt and debris, the entire unit’s weight will obviously increase gradually, so when the bulk becomes uncomfortable, you can always pose the task and empty the tank.

Ease of Storage: Optimized for Superior Compactness

You will find storing the compact 2021000 very convenient, especially if you have experienced the pain of storing some of the larger power tools you may have at home or in your workshop.

Ease of storage is achieved through a combination of features and enhancements present in the shop vac. There’s the collapsible handle, which you can fold down when the shop vac is not in use. This handle reduces the vertical height of the unit, making it more compact.

The shop vac can also be mount on the wall thanks to an included wall bracket, which holds the entire unit firmly against the wall.

You may discover the wall-mounting storage option to be particularly convenient because the shop vac doesn’t take up any cabinet space, and is also kept securely out of the way, ensuring efficient utilization of the available workshop space.

While this may not be very obvious, the fact that many of the shop vac’s components can be easily disassembled also simplifies storage, especially when the available space is significantly limited.

Price: Good Value for Money

For a light-duty and reliable shop vac, the price is very favorable, making the tool affordable by the vast majority of home users.

For less than $50, there is a lot of value the 2021000 offers. Its lightweight build supports portability during the shop vac’s operation. You can run the tool for extended periods with short breaks in between.

It is also easy to manage and store this tool because of its compact body. A collapsible handle reduces the tool’s size even further, allowing you to store it in tight space, or mount it on a wall.

Also, this tool goes easy on power consumption, so you won’t be burdened by increased power bills. Its 85-watt power draw is manageable.

A worthy rival of this vacuum is the Shop-Vac 2036000. It is a worthwhile upgrade that offers more power through its 2.5 HP motor. It also has a larger-capacity tank of 2.5 gallons, and a rear port that converts this vacuum into a powerful blower.

Compared to the 2021000, however, Shop-Vac 2036000 is slightly heavier and costs a bit more. Also, because of its more powerful motor, it may consume more power than the 1 HP version. Hence, for the money, the 2021000 is a great deal.


An affordable, reliable, and easy-to-use shop vac that’s ideal for every day quick wet and dry collections around the home. 

Shop-Vac 2021000 brings the convenience of vacuuming to your home in a very affordable package. It is a reliable, cost-effective vacuuming solution that also offers convenient operation and ease of storage.


  • Product Name: Shop-Vac 2021000
  • Product Brand: Shop-Vac
  • Product Dimensions: 11.00 x 10.25 x 10.25 inches
  • Power Source: Corded-electric
  • Power Input: 120V, 6A
  • Air Watts: 85W
  • Peak Power: 1 HP
  • Max. Airflow: 50 CFM
  • Sealed Pressure: 45 inches (of water)
  • Capacity: 1 gallon (3.8 liters)
  • Hose Length: 4 feet
  • Hose Size: 1.25 inches
  • Cord Length: 6 feet
  • Rear Blower Power: No
  • Collapsible Handle: Yes
  • Wall Mountable: Yes
  • Product Weight: 6 pounds
  • Warranty: 2 years

Key Features

  • An energy-efficient 1 HP motor provides reliable power for light-duty vacuuming
  • A lightweight 6-pound unit offers enhanced portability and supports extended operations
  • Versatility is enhanced by the shop vac’s support for both quick wet and dry pick-ups
  • The enlarged collapsible handle offers enhanced handling and operational convenience
  • Wall-mountable design simplifies unit storage and management
  • A wall-mounted tool holder combines with the foldable handle for convenient storage
  • Pocket-friendly price make shop vac accessible to many home users
  • The long 6-foot cord offers some degree of shop vac operational flexibility
  • Robust bonus accessories support the shop vac’s productivity and convenience