Stanley SL18129

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Stanley SL18129 is ranked number 8 of 27 Wet/Dry Vacuums


Tank Capacity4 gal
Cord Length10 ft
Accessory StorageOnboard
Weight8 lbs
Product Height24.5 in
Product Length12.8 in
Product Width12.5 in


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During our thorough research, we have read hundreds of reviews from real buyers. This is what most people think of Stanley SL18129:

5 reasons to buy

  • Most users agree that this vacuum packs enough power to do both wet and dry vacuuming around the house.
  • It is also said to be well designed with a nice base and 4 360-degrees castors, which makes it easy to handle.
  • The hose doesn’t have as large a diameter as industrial-sized vacuums, but this just means the hose is easier to use, and gets into places where larger models might not be able to reach.
  • Since it’s a stainless steel design, it is said to look great in a workshop, especially compared with plastic vacuums.
  • The latches are able to lock the top and bottom firmly into place, and they are easy to handle without too much effort.

5 reasons not to buy

  • It is said by several users, that the stainless steel tank is prone to getting dents all over its body, and some even received it with a few dents here and there.
  • The length of the cord is only 10 feet, which means most people need to buy an extension cord, if they want to use it without having to plug it into a new outlet, every time they take a few steps with it.
  • Some users found it difficult to reinstall the filter after cleaning it, and if the filter is not cleaned regularly, the suction is weakened.
  • Although the vacuum is advertized as a 4 gallon wet/dry model, it seems like the actual capacity when vacuuming liquids is signicantly smaller. According to some users, they are only able to vacuum 1-2 gallons of water, before the vacuum automatically turns off.
  • If the vacuum is empty, it is likely to fall over a lot, due to its tall design with the hose attached at a high point.


The Stanley SL18129 is generally liked by users, as it is said to pack enough power for lots of different tasks. Users also like it because it looks good and has great 360-degrees castors, which make it easy to drag the vacuum after you while cleaning. Speaking of dragging, you’ll definitely have to invest in an extention cord, as the one included is just 10 feet long. Even some of the cheapest regular vacuums come with a longer cord, but this seems to be a general trend among several wet/dry vacuum manufacturers, as many of them include cords in this length only. The stainless steel tank looks great, and users generally like its design. It also comes with some durable latches, that hold the top and bottom in place securely, and there’s even a reusable filter included. However, the reusable filter seems to be a challenge to reinstall after cleaning it, as several users mention their struggles with this. It is better than using disposable bags though, as the filter is a more economical solution, that doesn’t add to the running costs. The wet capacity is significantly lower than the dry capacity, and according to some users it only picks up 1-2 gallons of liquid, before shutting itself off. All in all, the vacuum might be a great purchase despite its few quirks. It looks good and performs well around the house, but at this price you shouldn’t expect a full-fledged heavy duty vacuum. It is considerably more fragile than more expensive models, but for occasional use it might be a great solution.

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