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Kenmore Elite 31150
 
Approximate retail price:
$329.00
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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
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User Reviews

 
5.0
Pro's far outweigh the cons
10/8/2014
Pros
Easy to Use
Long Power Cord
Powerful/Good Suction
Cons
Heavy
Short hose
Best Uses
Carpet
Hardwood Floors
Pet Hair
Tile Floors
Comment:
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
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
You want suction, you've got it!
8/9/2014
Pros
Assemble One Part Easy
Bright Front Light
Cat Hair Disappears
Easy Hepa Filter Changes
Easy To Empty
Easy Tool Access
Long Power Cord
Powerful/Good Suction
Self Propels On Carpet
Cons
Can't Clean Under Things
Despise The Short Hose
Doesn't clean edges well
Heavy
Not Good For Stairs-heavy
Poor Suction Modulation
Best Uses
Carpet
Hardwood Floors
Pet Hair
Tile Floors
Comment:
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
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
 
2.0
Cons outweigh excellent floor cleaning
6/25/2014
Pros
Long Power Cord
Powerfulgood suction
Cons
Heavy
Noisy
Very Short Hose
Would Be Awful On Stairs
Best Uses
Comment:
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.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
The Kenmore Elite 31150 is part of the Vacuum cleaners test program at Consumer Reports. The Kenmore Elite 31150 Vacuum cleaners features and specs include Manual-pile adjust, Brush on/off, Easy on/off, Weight (lbs.), Bag. In our lab tests, Vacuum cleaners models like the Kenmore Elite 31150 are reviewed on Tool airflow, Noise, Overall score, Pet hair, Carpet, Emissions, Handling, Bare floors. Consumer Reports subscribers share reviews of the Kenmore Elite 31150 based on personal experience. The user reviews of the Kenmore Elite 31150 include star ratings, pros, cons, best uses, and a bottom line review to help guide your purchasing decision of the Kenmore Elite 31150.
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