I have Shark and I like it a lot. Light weight and cleans well.
I have had several and like the RIDGID the best. It's super loud but is really strong.
I need a clarification about a response I have looked at the RIDGID and heard that is a good product but which model do you have??
I have always used Ridgid, even on really messy construction sites, and they work great. I think I have the old version of the 1250 - http://www.ridgid.com/Tools/WD1250-12G-Vac/EN/index.htm
I also got one once as a gift from a group of volunteers. They had painted it to look like R2D2, so you could make this a craft project, too =)
thanks everone this has been very helpful Happy Holidays
I have a "shop vac" brand 8 gal. Its a good size...some of those things can be monsters. I prefer mine due to the fact that is runs a tiny bit quieter than the rigid...any shop vac is going to be screamer...
Depending on what your use is (wet or dry) I recommend using a bag liner for any dry use...especially dry wall dust....keeping your primary filter clean by the use of bags is the way to go.
Craftsman makes a pretty good vacuum. Its also easy to get bags, and filters at home centers for them other then just Sears.
I have several of the Rigid 1450's. Good model, large enough and with the HEPA flter/bag combo, it works quite cleanly. Its generally under a hundred per unit. Good Luck !