In a YouTube tool review video, the reviewer is holding a decibel measurement of 94.8 db on a smartphone as he's running the RIDGID NXT wet/dry vac. That's extremely loud! True, it's cheap, but 94.8 db is inexcusable for us with hyperacusis, the inability to tolerate loud noises (per my audiologist). I worked in construction, then I used power tools without the use of any sort of ear protection. They never told us the damage we were doing to our hearing did they? True, I should have known.
So now when I buy tools I look for their decibel levels. For example, I chose California Air Tools when I recently bought my air compressor. A handyman that did some work for me last year decided to leave his red Porter Cable pancake in the pickup and use mine. He couldn't believe that we could talk over my CAT noise.
Does anyone recommend a quiet shop vac?
I have an Oneida Mini Gorilla on wheels in my shop, but I have to put on ear muffs when I run it, but in that purchase I had a very limited choice of excellent dust collection and noise generation.