ArmorAll AA255 Wet/Dry Vacuum Cleaner Review

ArmorAll AA255 Utility Wet/Dry Vacuum, 2.5 gallon, 2 HP
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 4.5 stars
  • Outstanding

Review Summary:

Designed both as suction cleaner and a dryer, the ArmorAll AA255 Wet/Dry Vacuum Cleaner scores mightily against its competitors in the vacuum cleaning category, its functions are not frequently available in other brands. Primarily developed for car lovers of this generation, the product does not only clean and suck dry materials, but also liquids that are hard to dry up with just using rags. This device is also capable of drying things that requires being dry. The smart innovation this product entails includes being portable and yet so powerful to vacuum up dirt, dust and debris. Simply one of the best hand vac in the industry.


Ever heard of a vacuum cleaner that doubles in function as a dust buster and as a dryer? Well, there is a product that you thought was just a promotional stunt. Vacuum cleaners are typically devices that suck dirt and dust using partial vacuum created by the rotating motion of a centrifugal fan having a curved opposite that of a blower’s fan.

When this fan rotates in opposite direction, you will have a blower which can dry wet items such as your car’s wheels, grilles, a wet motorcycle from car-washing operation and even wet car’s seat cover, among other items.

The ArmorAll AA255 Wet/Dry Vacuum Cleaner is just designed to give you these impressive features. To learn more about this magnificent product, read on!

ArmorAll AA255 Utility Wet/Dry Vacuum, 2.5 gallon, 2 HP

ArmorAll AA255 Utility Wet/Dry Vacuum, 2.5 gallon, 2 HP

Product Features

1. Auto Shut-off System

This cleaner is equipped with an automatic shut-off system to prevent overflowing of dirt and debris on the cloth filter. This function detects the content of the dirt container. If it sensed that the allowable limit is reached, the unit automatically shuts off.

2. Provision of Heavy-duty Power Cord

The AA255 hand vac is corded with a 10-foot heavy-duty electrical cable to power the unit from source, usually domestic grid supplied lines. The tank is light enough to be carried elsewhere, but it is durable and tough enough to handle top wet and dry mess.

3. Flexible and Extendable Hose

To allow for a better reach for disgusting dirt and dust in your car, this cleaner has a 6-foot extendable hose with a crevice tool on its mouth to suck both solids and liquids giving you diverse functions in terminating dust and debris. The hose is mounted inside the canister of the vacuum.

4. 2-Hp Motor

This unit is powered by a 2-Hp motor, much powerful than other brands of its class. Although the motor has a bigger power rating, it is still compact in design and contour making it lighter than similar units of other models.

5. For Wet and Dry Debris

The machine is engineered to tackle either dry and wet debris or liquids. That is why when you accidentally spilt soda, soup or coffee in your car’s seat or dashboard while you are cruising the road, you can use this sucker to clean up your mess. But stop first on the shoulder before doing this.

6. Could Be Used As Blower/ Dryer

The ArmorAll Wet/ Dry Vacuum Cleaner is also capable of drying wet items such as the outside interior of your car or your wheels, when it underwent car washing operation. There is a switch on the unit to divert the function from suction to blower (the reverse of vacuum pressure). This is normally done when motor’s polarity is reversed, sending the fan to also rotate in reverse direction which now creates positive pressure. Not a bad idea, actually.

7. Large Capacity Dirt Tank

The built-in dirt tank on this product is a 2.5 gallon polypropylene container which could contain solid or liquid debris from homes, vehicles, shops and other sources. The tank is easy to clean because a dirt bag is mounted inside where debris is collected. The dirt bag is washable and reusable.

8. With Built-in Noise Diffuser

If you are allergic to annoying noises, this vacuum will not make you annoyed while using it. The unit is equipped with a built-in air and noise diffuser to minimize the annoying sound the whirling fan makes. Just clever!

9. What’s on the Package

When you purchase this product, do not be surprised if these items are in it:

  1. One (1) unit Vacuum Cleaner with 10 ft. power cord with wrap
  2. One (1) unit Hose, 6 feet in Length, 2.25 inches in Diameter
  3. One (1) unit Reusable Cloth Filter
  4. One (1) unit Reusable Foam Sleeve
  5. 2-in-1 Utility Nozzle
  6. One (1) unit Crevice Tool
  7. Two (2) units Deluxe Car and Blower Nozzles
  8. One (1) unit Detail Brush

Pros & Cons


  • Primarily Designed for Car Lovers: Car enthusiasts are what the manufacturer is thinking when they design this product, but other applications are certainly considered.
  • Still Portable Despite High-capacity motor: Although the motor of this machine has a larger capacity than other handy vacuum cleaners of its class, it is still light to be carried around.
  • Ideal for Thorough Cleaning: The powerful 2-Hp motor of this brand is quiet conducive if you want thorough cleaning of your car and other stuffs. The high-suction the motor generates and the tough fan could really realized comprehensive cleaning in just a short period of time.
  • No Required Assembly: The product will arrive to you fully-assembled and ready to use. However, only the detachable are on standby.


  • Can’t Be Plugged in Car’s Cigarette Lighter Charger: Since the hand vac uses a 2-Hp motor, it is not designed to be plugged on your car’s lighter charger.
  • Requires Two Hands to Operate in Different Spots: Although this portable hand vac could be carried around easily, you need both hands in cleaning different spots. One hand to hold the hose while the other carries the machine. However, if the different spots are within the 6 ft. reach of the hose, you could put aside the machine in a flat surface while your other hand does the sucking.


Product of this magnitude does not really need a thorough explanation, the item itself boasts of its seemingly endless uses. But for the benefit of those who want a tool that does not become a problem in the future, this kind of review is really needed. Overall, we can surmise that the ArmorAll AA255 Wet/Dry Vacuum Cleaner is one of the best hand-held vacuum cleaners there is, due to its outstanding and ergonomic features unequaled by any other brand.

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