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Ridgid WD0319 Review

This machine can't be beat in suction and airflow, excelling in dust collection
Ridgid WD0319
Credit: Laura Casner
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Price:   $100 List | Check Price at Amazon
Pros:  Dust crusher, high airflow, tons of suction power
Cons:  Touchy float ball, shoddy floor attachment, bulky
Manufacturer:   Ridgid
By Nick Miley and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Jan 11, 2022
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RANKED
#5 of 8
  • Dry Work - 40% 7.0
  • Wet Work - 30% 7.0
  • Battery Life - 20% 3.0
  • Convenience - 10% 5.0

Our Verdict

Few would argue that the Ridgid WD0319 is a perfect wet/dry vacuum. It has an irregular shape, no internal storage for its accessories, and the hose is left to just hang out. Moreover, this model has a limited runtime. What it does have though are knock-your-socks-off airflow and suction and extra-wide hose diameter. Thanks to these features, it earned scores for wet and dry sawdust collection that was only rivaled by the Milwaukee. So, if loose debris like sawdust is what you aim to capture, this machine will not disappoint.

Editor's Note: The Ridgid WD0319 review was updated on January 11, 2022, with additional information on comparable products and what we would purchase ourselves.

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Pros Dust crusher, high airflow, tons of suction powerLong runtime, HEPA filter, blower optionGood hose design, powerful motor, great storageGreat for hard surfaces, great with heavy/dense debris, compactPowerful suction, relatively lightweight, HEPA filter
Cons Touchy float ball, shoddy floor attachment, bulkyAwkward hose storage, narrow end of hose diameter, no tool adapterHeavy, filter isn't washable, shorter runtime, mediocre puddle clean upLacks HEPA filter, limited runtime, whiny motorShort and narrow hose, heavy, relatively noisy
Bottom Line This machine can't be beat in suction and airflow, excelling in dust collectionThis do-it-all vacuum excels in wet work and battery lifeA well designed, toolbox-style vacuum that offers the most convenience and performanceAn economical machine that is capable of handling both wet and dry debrisThis inexpensive machine performs at the highest level in all areas excluding battery life
Rating Categories Ridgid WD0319 Craftsman CMCV002B Milwaukee M18 0880-20 Ryobi P3240 Kobalt KWDV 0124B-03
Dry Work (40%)
7.0
7.0
9.0
8.0
9.0
Wet Work (30%)
7.0
7.0
6.0
7.0
6.0
Battery Life (20%)
3.0
8.0
4.0
4.0
4.0
Convenience (10%)
5.0
6.0
6.0
6.0
5.0
Specs Ridgid WD0319 Craftsman CMCV002B Milwaukee M18 0880-20 Ryobi P3240 Kobalt KWDV 0124B-03
Measured height x width x depth (inches) 15 1/2" x 20 1/2" x 15 1/2" 13" x 18 3/4" x 10 1/2" 12" x 16 3/4" x 8 1/2" 9 1/2" x 18 1/2" x 12" 13" x 17 1/2" x 10 3/4"
Measured weight (w/o battery) 8 pounds, 3 ounces 7 pounds, 8 ounces 10 pounds, 2 ounces 8 pounds, 6 ounces 10 pounds,12 ounces
Measured runtime (minutes) 15 min 34 min 23 min 19 min 20 min
Measured hose length min/ max (inches) 27" - 92" 26" - 94" 24" - 90 1/2" 20 1/4" - 84" 24" - 96"
Attachments dusting brush, multi-purpose tool crevice nozzle, wide nozzle crevice nozzle, floor nozzle utility nozzle, crevice tool crevice nozzle, floor nozzle
End of hose diameter (inches) 1 1/2" 1" 1" 1" 1 1/16"
HEPA rated filter No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Canister volume (gallons) 3 gal 2 gal 2 gal 3 gal 3 gal
Washable filter No Yes Yes (dry only) Yes Yes
Battery (volts) 18v 20v 18v 18v 24v
Measured suction (inches of water lift) 29" 19" 25" 22" 22"
Battery life indicator on machine On select batteries On select batteries On select batteries On select batteries On select batteries
Blower feature Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tool connection adaptor No No Yes (sold seperately) No No
Auxiiary power cord No No No No No
Dry sawdust clean-up (seconds) 8 sec 15 sec 13 sec 15 sec 13 sec
Wet sawdust clean-up (seconds) 15 sec 42 sec 36 sec 42 sec 51 sec

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Ridgid WD0319 is a singular machine. It forgoes many design considerations that earned its competitors' accolades. However, it put all its eggs into the airflow and suction basket, and as such, we could not simply disregard it as a poorly designed machine. Is the Ridgid easy to store? No. Does it have a streamlined design? Absolutely not. Does it have a prolonged battery life? Not even close. But — and this is a significant but — this vacuum eats sawdust like the hose's end is the event horizon of a black hole.

Performance Comparison



Ridgid WD0319 cordless wet dry vacuum - this machine disappears sawdust like the bermuda triangle disappears...
This machine disappears sawdust like the Bermuda Triangle disappears ships.
Credit: Laura Casner

Dry Work


The dry work evaluation rendered mixed results for the Ridgid WD0319. This model's wide diameter hose, combined with the high airflow and suction, makes it great at grabbing light materials or those with a lot of surface area. As such, this vac did very well at taking up sawdust, washers, and bolts. It did so-so at pulling a 100-gram calibration weight and smaller machine bolts. It couldn't take up the small but dense lag screws at all.


As you might imagine, this machine's unique characteristics make it particularly well suited to dust collection. No kidding, this sucker gobbled up 9 cups of sawdust in a mere 8 seconds. The average for the group is 15 seconds! Unfortunately, this machine is a bit of a one-trick pony, evident in the subsequent crevice test. The bulbous crevice tool could only penetrate our test slot 5 ¾ inches, though its suction had a reach of an additional ⅝ inch, which is top-notch.

Ridgid WD0319 cordless wet dry vacuum - nearly 30 inches of water lift? what a beast!
Nearly 30 inches of water lift? What a beast!
Credit: Laura Casner

Wet Work


The wet work tests hammered home just how different this machine performs compared to its peers. In this metric, we look at how well the devices will move water uphill, how well they can clean up wet sawdust, as well as their ability to remove liquids from a linoleum floor. We also looked at how much of a known quantity of water the vac can pull from a wet carpet. Finally, we measure the suction of each machine with a water lift gauge.


The Ridgid dominated the entire class in wet sawdust cleanup and the suction tests. No other model even came close. The second-best performer in this test is the Bosch GAS18V-3, with more than double the time. However, the machine's performance fell off sharply in all other sub-metrics. Regardless, its execution of the sawdust and suction tasks was so exceptional that its wet work score was well above average for the class.

Ridgid WD0319 cordless wet dry vacuum - the battery life of this model left more than a little to be desired.
The battery life of this model left more than a little to be desired.
Credit: Laura Casner

Battery


Battery life is a key metric and one that shouldn't be taken lightly if you have prolonged work in mind for your wet/dry vac. To put it bluntly, the WD0319 is one short-lived machine. We take a freshly charged battery and plug it into the vacuum to test this. We then run the machine on a healthy diet of air until the charge runs down and the machine shuts off. The interval between a fully charged battery and a dead one is the runtime.


So, what was the Ridgid's runtime? A pitiful 15 minutes. Dividing the runtime by the battery's amp-hour rating for comparison to other models, we find that it's just 3 minutes and 45 seconds. To give you some perspective, the class average is almost 6 minutes. Yowzers!

Ridgid WD0319 cordless wet dry vacuum - odd honey-dos? check!
Odd honey-dos? Check!
Credit: Laura Casner

Convenience


The convenience metric is essentially an assessment of how easy — or hard — it is to use the vacuum. While the Ridgid didn't crush this evaluation, it didn't flop it either. What holds the machine back from a higher score is its size and noise. Because this model foregoes any attempt to provide storage for its hose, it has much larger outer dimensions than its competitors. Additionally, at 83 dBa, it's way the heck louder than the competition.


It's not all bad news for the WD0319, though. The machine is relatively light at 8 lbs, 3 oz, similar to the Ryobi P3240. Additionally, the hose is just about average in length, stretching from 27 to 92 inches, and it is resistant to being crushed by a folding to the side when weighted.

Ridgid WD0319 cordless wet dry vacuum - hose out, the ridgid is always ready for action.
Hose out, the Ridgid is always ready for action.
Credit: Laura Casner

Should You Buy the Ridgid WD0319?


The Ridgid outperformed almost every single other model in terms of sawdust collection and is one of the more affordable options we tested. If you frequently find yourself in need of a quick and powerful way to take care of dusty messes, you can't go wrong with the Ridgid. Just keep in mind that you need to have adequate space to store the bulky machine and may have to change/charge the battery often. However, if you want more of an all-around machine, you may want to look elsewhere.

What Other Cordless Wet Dry Vacuums Should You Consider?


The Ridgid is a fantastic vacuum for specific situations, but if its limitations are dealbreakers for you, there are some good alternatives to consider. The Kobalt KWDV 0124B-03 falls in a similar price range, has better overall performance than the Ridgid in most metrics, except for battery life, which was similar. The Craftsman CMCV002B is a highly versatile machine that may be better for the average household. It does not have any particular specialty but is suitable for people who need efficient sucking power in various situations. It excels in battery life and has a more compact design than most.

Nick Miley and Austin Palmer
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