Armor All 2.5 Gallon, 2 Peak HP, Utility Wet/Dry Vacuum, AA255 Review

  • Written by: Amanda Myers

Editor rating: 4.7/5

There are several ways to clean. But there are instances where sweeping, brushing, wiping, and washing is not the best way to clean. Sometimes these methods could not clean hard to reach places, could not remove some dirt, maybe too slow in removing some types of dirt, or water can't be used in cleaning indoors or inside a car. In these cases, the better way to clean is through vacuuming.

Vacuuming primarily uses air for cleaning so it is easy to use, saves your energy and time, and neatly cleans . No need to use water or solutions and you also don't need to use other tools like brush or towels. 

What we're reviewing today is the Armor All 2.5 Gallon, 2 Peak HP, Utility Wet/Dry Vacuum, AA255. It is an affordable and portable unit that has sufficient power for light duty cleaning such as cleaning car interiors and doing simple household chores. It can handle wet and dry pickup and could also be used as a blower. For an inexpensive vacuum cleaner, this one does a lot of things. In addition to that, it includes useful accessories for several types of cleaning such as crevice tool, blower nozzle, detail brush, and utility nozzle.

For those who are looking for an inexpensive vacuum cleaner that is lightweight and to be used on light duty chores, this is for you. And since most of us are usually looking for these qualities in a unit, I gave a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars. For an inexpensive unit, this one certainly has a lot to offer.

This unit is great for blowing leaves, sand, gravel, small stones, vacuuming straw, spare change, food residue, bed bugs, pet fur, cobwebs, dust, clean carpet, keyboard, blow to dry motorcycles, car grills, wheels, and more.

Advantages and disadvantages

  • Strong enough for light-duty chores
  • Affordable
  • It has a blower function.
  • It includes several useful attachments such as crevice tool, blower nozzle, small and large detail brush and, a large utility nozzle.
  • Small, compact, lightweight, easy to store, and portable
  • It has accessory storage for the nozzles.
  • Long hose
  • No assembly required.
  • Easy to empty the bin.
  • The power cord is not very long.
  • The unit could use a tighter seal between the base and the top part of the unit to keep them attached.
  • Could use a lock mechanism between the hose and the hole in the unit to keep them attached.


  • Model #: AA255
  • Color: Orange/Black
  • Weight: 7 pounds
  • Dimension: 10.6 x 14.2 x 14.4 in
  • Power cord: 10 feet
  • Hose: 6 foot 1.25 inch
  • Motor: 120V/60Hz/6Amp
  • Power source: Corded-electric
  • Warranty: 2 years


  • 6 foot, 1.25-inch hose
  • 2-in-1 large utility nozzle with brush
  • crevice tool
  • deluxe car nozzle
  • blower nozzle
  • detail brush
  • reusable cloth filter for dry
  • foam sleeve for wet
  • hose and nozzle storage
  • on/off switch on top
  • 10-foot power cord with a polarized 2-prong plug and cord wrap
  • 2.5-gallon polypropylene canister/tank


This affordable vacuum unit has several useful features. I'll start breaking down the parts of the unit.

The unit is small, compact, lightweight, portable with a top handle so basically the unit is easy to handle. It has a 2.5-gallon polypropylene canister/tank that is big enough to handle dust, dirt and other contaminants in one vacuuming and a 6-foot 1.5-inch hose that is big enough to suck in bigger objects. It is also very versatile as it includes several useful attachments such as crevice tool, deluxe car nozzle, detail brush, and easily convert to a blower nozzle. For an affordable vacuum, it already has both the blower and vacuum function and can handle both wet/liquid and dry pickup.

Furthermore, the unit has an auto shut-off feature to prevent overflow and a built-in air and noise diffuser to keep the noise at a minimum.

Armor All Wet/Dry Vacuum In Action

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a fine dust/drywall filter or bag that fits this vacuum?

How many cords does the power cord have?

Does it have a battery?