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16 Gallon NXT Wet/Dry Vac with Cart


16 Gallon NXT Wet/Dry Vac with Cart


The RIDGID 16 Gal. NXT Wet/Dry Vac was built for pros ready to take their projects to the next level. This new addition to our wet/dry vac family is part of our most powerful line of wet/dry vacs RIDGID has ever made. This model includes a cart with large rear wheels and the accessories to equip the Pro for any job. The RIDGID 16 Gallon NXT Wet/Dry Vac brings with it, 6.5 peak horsepower, long-lasting motor life, rugged construction, locking accessories, and provides maximum mobility.

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  • Powerful 6.5 Peak Horsepower - High performance wet/dry vacuum.
  • Longer Motor Life - Durable, long-lasting motor backed by industry's best warranty.
  • Polypropylene Drum Construction - Rugged construction to meet the high demands of worksites.
  • 12 NXT Feature Upgrades - Larger power switch, more secure latches, hose storage and more.
  • Oversized Drain - Large drain located at the lowest point of the drum for emptying of water.
  • MAX Accessory Storage - 7 accessory options to keep accessories organized and close by for easy access.
  • MAX Mobility - Cart design and large rear wheels help tackle the toughest jobsite terrain.
  • Blowing Capacity - Blow leaves from walkways or decks and debris from job sites, tools, etc.
  • Locking Accessories - Accessories lock together from your hose to your wand, to your floor tool, so nothing falls off when in use.
  • Dual-Flex® Locking Hose - Dual-flex hose feature gives 180° mobility at both hose ends and resists collapsing.
  • Qwik Lock® Filter Fastening System - Install or remove your filter quickly, easily and secure without tools or fasteners.
  • Includes 2-1/2 in. x 7 ft. Tug-A-Long® Dual-Flex locking hose, 2 locking extension wands, locking utility nozzle, locking wet nozzle, locking car nozzle, locking crevice tool, muffler/diffuser and a fine dust filter VF5000
  • Accepts high-efficiency dust bags that keep the inside of the drum clean (size A - VF3502 dust collection bags sold separately)


Peak HP 6.5
Air Volume (CFM) 184
Amperage (amps) 12
Voltage 120
Drum Size (Gallons) 16
Cord Length 20 ft.
Accessory Size 2 1/2"
Net Weight 32.8 lbs
Built-In Accessory Storage Yes
Casters Yes
Built-In Drain Yes
Includes Vac, Wet Nozzle, Utility Nozzle, Car Nozzle, Crevice Tool, Diffuser, Hose, 2 Extension Wands, Fine Dust Filter
Reconditioned No
Returnable 90-Day
Filter Type Cartridge
Included Filter VF5000

Ordering Information

2 1/2" Accessories
Catalog Number Model No. Description
72887 VT 2501  2 1/2" Dusting Brush (VT2501) 
72902 VT 2508  2 1/2" Extension Wand - VT2508 
72907 VT 2509  2 1/2" Utility Nozzle - VT2509 
72912 VT 2510  2 1/2" Wet Nozzle - VT2510 
72922 VT 2514  2 1/2" Floor Brush - VT2514 
72932 VT 2502  2 1/2" Crevice Tool - VT2502 
72937 VT 2503  2 1/2" Blower/Car Nozzle (VT2503) 
Catalog Number Model No. Description
24608 VT 2570  4X Pro Hose Replacement (VT2570) 
31743 VT 1755  3 Piece Adapter Kit  
32703 VT 2575  Heavy Duty Cleaning Kit: 12 Piece Kit w/Stainless Steel Extension Wands (VT2575) 
41598 VT 2561  Filter Nut/Drain Cap Combo (VT2561) 
41603 VT 2571  Turbo "Beater Bar" Kit (VT2571) 
72897 VT 2520  2 1/2" x 7' Universal Vac Hose (VT2520) 
Filters and Dustbags
Model No. Description
VF3502  Replacement Filter Bag (2) 
VF4000  Qwik-Lock™ Pleated Paper Filter 
VF5000  Qwik-Lock™ Fine Dust Filter 
VF6000  Filter Assembly 8.23 Hepa Green 
VF7000  Filter Assembly 8.23" - RIDGID 
16 Gallon NXT Wet/Dry Vac with Cart is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 18.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from very happy with this product, lives up to the great things i had heard about it One of the guys that works for me had recommended this vacuum for a project that we were doing. I was impressed with how powerful it was and the ease to use it. Love the fact that it has a lifetime warranty too. I will highly recommend it to all my friends and contacts.
Date published: 2019-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Been wanting to buy a bigger and powerful shop vac for while. Also wanted to buy just one time and be done. With this Rigid it was worth it! If you want a shop vac that will get the jobs done, look no more!!!
Date published: 2019-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ridgid Wet Vac I think this is a very powerful Vacuum. I used it for cleaning up water in a basement. I had not issues, & It's very easy to move around. Way better then the brand Shop Vac
Date published: 2019-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beast of a Wet/Dry Vac I bought this as a replacement and I have been very pleased by the power and performance of this vac. I love the built in storage options and the locking tools. I also love the handles molded into the tank at various points, which help for transport and emptying the vac.
Date published: 2019-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great power and suction! Totally glad I switched from my Shop Vac brand to a Rigid. There is a huge difference between the two!
Date published: 2019-04-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works well I like the handle and big wheels made it easy to maneuver around the job site.
Date published: 2019-04-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The filter is to small and requires cleaning much to often. It went together very well. I like the rotating couplings and the attachment clips. The filter is way to small for a vacuum of this price. I did not recommend this product because I believe this is a major problem. They sell a dust bag which is suppose to solve this problem. I believe at least one of the bags should have come with this unit. I gave this product an average rating because of the filter issue. My last vacuum lasted me 35 years! It had a huge filter with a minimum amount of maintenance. As for durability time will tell.
Date published: 2019-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Did what I needed it to do. Main reason for buying this was to clean my gutters and I'm not disappointed in the least. I had a little problem with hose separation but not as bad as I expected. I have a single story home so height wasn't my concern. My real problem is that when I had my shingle roof replaced with a vinyl roof the installers extended the roof line out over my gutters to a point where I only have 2 inches of space to access/clean them out, not enough to get my hands in to them. I bought the 16 gal vac because of it's capacity and power. I also bought the gutter cleaning kit and had to use the crevice tool to get down into the narrow space left by the roof installers. This set up worked like a champ and even using the crevice tool I only had to deal with a few clogs at the nozzle which mostly cleared themselves and one hose clog caused by a stick that got sucked up and couldn't make it all the way through the hose.I still found myself going up the ladder just to make sure I was getting everything and sure enough they were cleaner than if I had cleaned them by hand. It took me about 2 hours to clean 150' of gutter and I filled over 4 large lawn bags full of wet debris. The handle is ok for moving the vac long distance but gets in the way when dumping and the vac pulls along just fine using the hose when in use even through my thick St. Augustine grass. Similar issue with the tool caddie, it's nice for when storing the vac but when in use I put all the attachments in a pile and just kept with me what I needed.
Date published: 2019-03-28
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Can dust bags be used with this vacuum?

Asked by: charo001
Yes they can
Answered by: Toddster
Date published: 2019-04-22
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