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Kenmore Elite 31150 vacuum cleaner

 
Approximate retail price:
$279.99
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Summary: This 21-pound upright from Kenmore is bag-equipped and has suction control, HEPA filtration, a brush on/off switch, and a 35-foot, manual-wind cord.
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Type: Bagged upright vacuums
About - Kenmore Elite 31150
This bagged Kenmore upright includes a power brush, upholstery tool, dusting brush, and crevice tool. It weighs 21 pounds and provides helpful features such as a brush on/off switch, suction control, manual carpet pile-height adjustment, and a telescopic wand.
About This Brand

Once exclusive to Sears, Kenmore uprights are now available in Kmart stores as a result of a merger of the retailers. Kenmore uprights typically range in price from about $80 to $300. Kenmore is the best-selling canister brand, with a wide array of models ranging from as little as $50 to $600 or so. It also offers canister hard-surface cleaners and a carpet shampooer.

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Features & Specs - Kenmore Elite 31150
info Bag Yes
info Weight (lbs.) 21
info Brush on/off Yes
info Easy on/off Yes
info Manual-pile adjust Yes
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User Reviews - Kenmore Elite 31150
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
3.0
Too Short Hose Makes This Impractical
3/17/2015
Pros
Easy To Empty
Easy to Use
Efficient
Long Power Cord
Powerful/Good Suction
Cons
Heavy
Poor Design
Best Uses
Comment:
We are in desperate need of a vacuum cleaner, so I was excited to pick this up at Sears on sale. When I got home, assembled it, and put it to the test...it did great on the floor. But when I used the attachments and hose to clean corners, I discovered the #1 drawback of this vacuum cleaner: the hose length. It is so short as to be useless in many applications. My fault for not checking beforehand, but it is such a serious design flaw that I am really surprised CR didn't mention this in their review. <br /><br />The hose itself is stiff and doesn't easily maneuver. Putting aside the length (or lack thereof), the hose was a struggle to use just to clean corners. You literally have to drag the vacuum cleaner every inch of the way. Also, our ceilings are high and I literally have to climb onto a chair/stool and hold the vacuum cleaner in one hand to reach the ceiling corners with the other hand. I didn't even bother trying it on the stairs because I didn't want to have to haul the vacuum cleaner every step of the way. (I'm ok with having the hose stretch out for 2-3 stairs and requiring me to move the vacuum cleaner every 2-3 steps, but this hose is so short that you cannot do that.)<br /><br />I spent more than an hour seeking compatible extension hoses from various vacuum cleaner accessory stores (Sears doesn't sell one for this model) with no luck. The recommended Eureka extension hose received terrible reviews. Surprisingly, when I went to the Eureka site and spoke with their customer support, they said they don't sell one for the Kenmore Elite model. <br /><br />Sadly, I'm throwing my hands up and will be returning this vacuum cleaner to Sears. Too bad, as it seems great in many other aspects. And seriously - if you're not physically fit, it would be daunting to haul this cleaner up and down stairs when you're vacuuming steps. <br /><br />If only Sears made an extension hose, I would keep this vacuum in a heartbeat. But alas, they do not and back to the store it goes.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
5.0
awsome machine
3/15/2015
Pros
Easy To Empty
Easy to Use
Efficient
Good Brush Size
Long Power Cord
No Belt Requiredl
Powerful/Good Suction
Cons
Best Uses
Carpet
Comment:
Great machine for larger areas
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
Agitator Brush sheds
3/12/2015
Pros
Easy To Empty
Easy to Use
Long Power Cord
Powerful/Good Suction
Cons
Heavy
Best Uses
Hardwood Floors
Tile Floors
Comment:
Bought this because my last vac finally stopped working and the same model is no longer available (or I would have bought it !!!) Anyway, I bought this vac based entirely on Consumer Reports rating. I have three dogs and I vacuum some area of the house at least every other day. I noticed probably a couple months ago these orange plastic bristles on the rugs. Naturally, I would just vacuum them up. It occured to me about a month ago the vacuum is shedding bristles from the brush. As time went on the vacuuming was taking longer and longer. I would have to go SLOWLY over carpeted areas THREE or FOUR TIMES just to pick up visible dog fur. Today I decided to tip the vacuum over and look at its bottom side. It's going bald !!! I have never had a vacuum that shed bristles like this, NEVER !!! I am ticked off because I bought this vacuum on 2/19/14 and it is already useless until I replace the agitator brush, which apparently is quite expensive for this vacuum, possibly even more than what I paid for the whole machine brand new !!! I would NOT recommend this vacuum and will now think twice about going with Consumer Reports recommendations.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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