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.
Bag Denotes whether the model has a disposable waste bag. A growing number of vacuums, particularly upright models, use a container that can be emptied, eliminating the bag. To capture fine-dirt particles, however, these models must use a filter (such as a HEPA filter) that can need regular cleaning, or replacement. Replacement filters tend to be significantly more expensive than bags. While vacuums with bags may also use filters, the bag acts as a pre-filter that helps to keep the fine-dirt filter cleaner, thus extending its performance until cleaning or replacement. Another caveat: Emptying the dustbin and cleaning a filter can be messy, and handling it may expose you to dust and other allergens.
Weight (lbs.) The weight of the vacuum cleaner, to the nearest pound. If you expect to carry your vacuum up and down stairs, consider a lighter vacuum (under 20 pounds).
Brush on/off An on/off switch for the rotating brush lets you stop the brush from rotating when using tools or cleaning bare floors. This helps eliminate scattered dirt on bare floors and reduces the risk of injury if the vacuum tips over during use. It also reduces the risk of damaging a carpet or the finish of a bare floor if the vacuum sits in place at the low-height setting.
Easy on/off A switch that's located on the handle or where your foot can activate it is more convenient than one on the body of the vacuum.
Manual-pile adjust Lets you adjust the height of the machine to a carpet's pile height to allow for easy movement and thorough cleaning. Adjustments are automatic on some models, but we prefer the more precise manual control afforded by some models.
This is heavy, it does have a short hose, even with the attachment it's too short. The exhause will blow pet hair to the side sometimes. I would have taken a point away only the price is much better than other vacuum cleaners in it's class. They go on sale frequently.<br /><br />The suction on this machine is incredible. I don't have to go over an area multiple times. You can see the dirt getting drawn in. The tools are easy to use, pet hair attachment is great for couches and such. Cord is nice and long so I don't have to unplug multiple times to go over an area. Great product for a decent price.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By Brenda, the organizer
from Rhinebeck, NY
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
You want suction, you've got it!
Assemble One Part Easy
Bright Front Light
Cat Hair Disappears
Easy Hepa Filter Changes
Easy To Empty
Easy Tool Access
Long Power Cord
Self Propels On Carpet
Can't Clean Under Things
Despise The Short Hose
Doesn't clean edges well
Not Good For Stairs-heavy
Poor Suction Modulation
Since my Progressive canister is being repaired, I had to have a vacuum cleaner, so I read all of CR's reports for guidance and bought this Elite model. I have hardwood and tiled floors with area carpet rugs throughout our home. The area carpets have never been cleaner; the suction is the best ever for floors and accessory tools. I really like the placement of the tools-visible and attached on the outside, not stuck inside another compartment! The HEPA filer system is also top notch and is easy to access. The noise is a different pitch than most vacuums, but is not as annoying to me. The switches are easy to use and makes shifting from carpet to hardwood EASY. Though excellent in several important ways, I am seriously thinking about returning it! I cannot wrestle with that short hose. In the store I attached and fully extended the wand which made me think that would compensate for the very short hose. Unfortunately, the fully extended wand doesn't help at all, because the hose when pulled is so strong that it pulls back to the original length. To vacuum the top and back side of our long sofa, I had to lift the vacuum as close to it as I could place it before I could reach the top. The same is true for using the crevice tools for behind things. I forgot to place it as close to the bookcase as I could, and the hose pulled the vacuum over onto me. It is inefficient due to these extra movements required to compensate for the short hose. AND it does not edge along the hardwood and tile floors well at all. I had to vacuum that with a stick model that I purchased from Sears for the kitchen floor. It is too thick to fit under many pieces of furniture and heat registers, which means I have to use the smaller stick vacuum. The suction cannot be modulated very well and has no light suction for drapery or lampshade cleaning. It could suck the whole lamp off the table! I am still deciding if I keep it or return it! I could not recommend it to a friend unless he/she had wall to wall carpet. The Elite is perfect for that type of flooring.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from San Jose, CA
(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
Cons outweigh excellent floor cleaning
Long Power Cord
Very Short Hose
Would Be Awful On Stairs
This sweeper seems quite good at vacuuming floors (hardwood and carpet). All the tools are handily stored right on the sweeper and they're easy to put on and take off. I like the pet hair attachment; it would be useful even without pets. The cord is long. <br /><br />However... <br />= It's quite noisy. (If this one got CR's average rating for noise, I'd hate to use one of the noisier ones!) <br />= It's heavy. <br />= Worst of all, the hose is ridiculously short - in practice it's shorter than the specs say, because it aggressively shortens to its unexpanded length when the vacuum is running, especially when on the maximum suction setting. <br />= Setting is in quotes because the suction is controlled by opening a hole in the hose - which makes the machine even noisier (and puts the additional noise near ear level if you're vacuuming up high). In addition, those 2 levels are what I'd call strong and stronger. Sometimes I want the suction to be fairly gentle; that's not an option with this machine. <br />= One final quibble: the front edge of the sweeper is fairly tall (about 3.5 compared to our old sweeper being a bit under 3) so the nose of the sweeper needs more vertical clearance under furniture. <br /><br />I'm rather disappointed in the machine - and in CR for its high rating of the machine.