Bucket Head Rocks!

Bucket Head™ is one of those simple inventions that makes you wonder how you’d previously gotten along without it. Marketed by Home Depot, it’s a small wet/dry vacuum head that snaps on top of their ubiquitous five gallon Homer Bucket™.

Image of Bucket Head Wet/Dry Vac Powerhead.

The Bucket Head 1.5HP wet/dry vac “powerhead”.

What’s so great about Bucket Head™ is it’s cheap (about $22), compact, and reasonably powerful. I use mine almost exclusively for occasional wet pickups, as my larger shop vacuum is nearly always in use, and I’m loath to remove its dry content and filter just to scoop up a puddle or three.

Bucket Head™’s 1.5 HP motor sucks up standing water like I swill beers down on warm days, and it can quickly fill that 5 gallon bucket. You know the bucket is near capacity when the motor begins to slow down, at which point, simply remove the vacuum and empty the bucket.

Image of Bucket Head on top of Homer Bucket

Bucket Head, atop of a five gallon Homer Bucket.

The overall compact size of the Bucket Head™ plus Homer Bucket™ combination makes it easy to get it into tight spaces. And, as you can imagine, it’s far easier to manage a simple paint bucket of debris or water, than the canister of a larger wet/dry vac.

Image of hose picking up standing water from tarp folds.

Using Bucket Head to pick up standing water (and an occasional soggy leaf) from some folds in a tarp.

Bucket Head™ comes with a four foot long, 1.25″ hose, which can probably accommodate most 1.25″ wet/dry vac accessories, although I’ve never used any accessories with mine. It also comes with a simple fabric filter for dry pickup that can easily be cleaned or replaced.

Its rear blower port spits a bit during wet pickup, but it’s really no big deal. And if this, or kicking up surrounding dust, were a real concern, one could always attach a second, longer hose to the rear port to divert the air flow away, a practice I frequently use with larger wet/dry vacs.

Image of Bucket Head being removed from the Homer Bucket.

Now all that nasty, mosquito-breeding water can easily be dispatched.


One word of warning: whenever using any kind of power equipment near water, including any wet/dry vacuum, never stand directly in water, nor on a wet or damp surface, and always make sure your equipment is plugged into a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)-protected outlet. If none’s available, use a portable CFCI adapter. I always carry one in my dedicated safety bag.

Image of GFCI adapter and cord.

A GFCI-protected cord set.


Here’s a short video review of Bucket Head™ by the Tools In Action guys, covering all the salient points. Spoiler alert: this video ends with a cameo by Ty Pennington, who can be a bit of a tool himself, as well as the historic preservationist’s equivalent of the Antichrist ;-) .


I wrote this product review of my own initiative and received no compensation for it.

About John Poole

My interests include historic homes, architectural preservation and restoration, improving the energy performance of old houses, and traditional timber frames.
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6 Responses to Bucket Head Rocks!

  1. Bill Smith says:

    That is a cool idea, worth picking up just to have an extra, portable, vac.

    But this Alexandra lady has the important point. If you’re swilling beer it’s probably the cheap stuff that should go directly into the drainage system without the rental period. I’m pretty sure Connecticut has access to some fairly fine brewskis, but to help here are the BS rules of good beer:
    Good beer is not transparent.
    Good beer is a little chewy.
    Good beer can, in an emergency, be walked upon.
    And most important; Good beer is in your neighbors fridge!

    • John Poole says:

      Hi Bill,

      Let me state, for the record, that I totally agree with, and completely abide by, your four principles of good beer. Furthermore, I hold your truths to be self-evident.

      My “swill the beer” comment was just well-placed hyperbole intended to emphasize how impressed I was with the overall performance of the Bucket Head, just as “Antichrist” was a well-placed metaphor for Ty.

      On the other hand, there’s something to be said for the demands that the relative percentage of biomass in your brew places on your metabolism, and one must be careful to gauge it and match it to ambient environmental conditions.

      So, while “beer you can walk on” is fine nearly most of the time, on particularly warm days, I prefer to keep my metabolism less active, thereby generating less heat. So I’ll occasionally scale back the amount of biomass in my brew from “peat moss bog” to “rich amber”, which might or might not be bordering on “swill”, depending on other factors (like who brewed it).

      Moral of the story: Sometimes the surface simplicity of such statements belie an underlying complexity of method. Or, er….something like that… :-P

      ~ John

  2. Joette says:

    Hi there! We’d love to share your orange bucket image in an upcoming social media project for The Home Depot. If we have your permission please email as at TeamSocial@homedepot.com.


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  4. John Poole says:

    Five gallons is more like the quantity that doesn’t get metabolized….if you know what I mean! ;-)

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