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Kenmore Elite 31150
 
Approximate retail price:
$404.01
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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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Community icon12 people have reviewed this model.
Type: Bagged upright vacuums
User Reviews
User Reviews

(3 of 4 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.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
 
2.0
ARE KIDDING ME
6/25/2014
Pros
Long Power Cord
Powerful/Good Suction
Cons
Heavy
Poor Design
Best Uses
Carpet
Comment:
Great for carpet but the suction control for the attachments is terrible. I was vacuuming the edge of the carpet with the hose and crevice tool and the vacuum fell over twice, to much suction. No way could you use the attachments on drapes or lamp shades. Also you cant get any help from the number listed on the manual, either a busy signal or mesg. to call back during regular business hours, which is when I was calling. Its going back. I think Consumer Reports needs to test products the way real people use them. Also the hose has so much suction that you can barely get any reach with it.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.

 
1.0
Not for high pile carpet
6/11/2014
Pros
Cons
Best Uses
Comment:
I bought one of these to use for new Mohawk Softstrand Silk carpet. Even on the high pile setting the vacuum was not satisfactory, you could barely push it or pull it. I returned it to Sears.
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 Bag, Brush on/off, Easy on/off, Weight (lbs.), Manual-pile adjust. In our lab tests, Vacuum cleaners models like the Kenmore Elite 31150 are reviewed on Tool airflow, Bare floors, Carpet, Emissions, Handling, Noise, Overall score, Pet hair. 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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