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Kenmore Elite Pet Friendly Review

For those with tons of carpet to clean, this is a great choice
Kenmore Elite Pet Friendly
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Price:   $350 List | $299.00 at Amazon
Pros:  Great for cleaning carpet, easy to use, exceptional with pet hair
Cons:  Heavy, hard to handle
Manufacturer:   Kenmore
By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Jul 26, 2022
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  • Carpet Cleaning - 35% 6.7
  • Ease of Use - 25% 8.1
  • Handling - 20% 4.1
  • Hard Surface - 10% 6.0
  • Pet Hair - 10% 8.0

Our Verdict

Performing well across most of our metrics, the Kenmore Elite Pet Friendly vacuum cleaner is a solid choice for those with pets or kids. While this bagged vacuum is a little on the larger side and lacks some of the maneuverability of other models, it's a great pick for someone who is primarily interested in cleaning carpets or wants to stick with a traditional bagged collection system. Still, it's quite heavy, and the accessory hose doesn't have a very long reach, so if your house has stairs or lots of obstacles to navigate, we recommend considering other options.

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Pros Great for cleaning carpet, easy to use, exceptional with pet hairFantastic cleaning performance, excellent at picking up pet hairGreat at pet hair, excellent cleaning abilities, easy to useGood price, cleans carpet well, picks up pet hair with easeInexpensive, great for pet hair, solid carpet cleaning
Cons Heavy, hard to handleNot the best for stairs, slightly short reachPriceyNot impressive at cleaning hard floorsInsufficient on hard floors, so-so ease of us
Bottom Line For those with tons of carpet to clean, this is a great choiceWonderful handling matched with superior performance makes this a great vacuum for everyoneThis model removes most stubborn debris in just one pass and beats out most competitionIf you are searching for a new vacuum on a budget, then this is a great betIf you are shopping on a particularly tight budget for a new vacuum, this is a good option
Rating Categories Kenmore Elite Pet F... Shark APEX DuoClean... Shark Vertex Shark Navigator Lif... Eureka PowerSpeed
Carpet Cleaning (35%)
6.7
8.1
8.7
8.0
4.5
Ease of Use (25%)
8.1
8.6
8.9
7.4
5.9
Handling (20%)
4.1
8.4
7.6
5.7
5.0
Hard Surface (10%)
6.0
9.8
8.5
7.0
3.8
Pet Hair (10%)
8.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
Specs Kenmore Elite Pet F... Shark APEX DuoClean... Shark Vertex Shark Navigator Lif... Eureka PowerSpeed
Water Suction Guage (inches of water) 75" 86" 86" 72" 48"
Model Number 81714 AZ10002 40 AZ2000W NV356E S2 NEU182A
Dirt Collection Bag Bagless Bagless Bagless Bagless
Vacuum Head Width 14.75" 11.75" 12" 11.25" 13.25"
Measured Brush Width 13.5" 9" 10" 9" 10.5"
Measured Weight 20.50 lbs 16.9 lbs 16.8 lbs 14.8 lbs 10.5 lbs
Variable Suction Control Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Brush On/Off Switch Yes Slow Slow Yes No
Measured Power Cord Length 34.75' 30.00' 29.50' 26.00' 23.75'
Measured Noise 72 dBa 72 dBa 75 dBa 73 dBa 76 dBa
Swivel Head No Yes Yes Yes No
Carry Handle Yes, Behind Yes Yes Yes Yes
Soft Bumper Yes Yes Yes No No

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Kenmore Elite Pet Friendly does a fantastic job cleaning carpets. This model is a more traditional design, relying on bags instead of reusable collection bins. While a bit heavier, clunkier, and nowhere near as maneuverable as some other models, its carpet cleaning and excellent pet hair collection abilities are notable.

Performance Comparison


Kenmore Elite Pet Friendly upright vacuum - the kenmore elite, a great choice for carpeted floors.
The Kenmore Elite, a great choice for carpeted floors.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Carpet Cleaning


We compared the skill of each vacuum at collecting rice, flour, Cheerios, and oatmeal from both shallow and fluffy carpets.

Kenmore Elite Pet Friendly upright vacuum - the kenmore elite performed excellently when it came to cleaning...
The Kenmore Elite performed excellently when it came to cleaning carpets.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The Pet Friendly did awesome in our first test: rice collection. This vacuum only required two passes to collect everything on both shallow and fluffy carpets. However, there are some plastic bars on the underside of the vacuum that inadvertently collected some rice along the way.

The performance of this model dropped a bit in our flour test. The Pet Friendly did a mediocre job collecting flour from both low and high-pile carpet tests.

Kenmore Elite Pet Friendly upright vacuum - the kenmore struggled slightly with the flour on low-pile carpet.
The Kenmore struggled slightly with the flour on low-pile carpet.
Credit: Austin Palmer

The Pet Friendly was stellar in our cereal collection test, picking up all of the Cheerios we tossed on the floor with just a couple of passes. The bars on the undercarriage again collected the Cheerios and sometimes pressed them into the carpet, but the vacuum was able to extract them up on the backstroke.

Kenmore Elite Pet Friendly upright vacuum - the kenmore only left behind a few residual cheerios.
The Kenmore only left behind a few residual Cheerios.
Credit: Austin Palmer

For the final test of this metric — oatmeal — this model's performance was best described as decent. It picked up most of the debris on the low-pile carpet with a few passes.

Ease of Use


This metric made up a quarter of the total score for each vacuum. It evaluated noise level, maximum reach, how easily the device transitioned from hard to soft floors, and its ability to clean under furniture and close to edges. The Pet Friendly did very well in our tests.

Kenmore Elite Pet Friendly upright vacuum - in addition to a solid cleaning performance, the kenmore was also...
In addition to a solid cleaning performance, the Kenmore was also exceptionally easy to use.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

That said, it wasn't the easiest to transition between hard and soft floors. There is a knob on the front of the vacuum that changes the height of the rollers when adjusted — this design is substantially more difficult than the button built into the handle of other models.

The Pet Friendly cleans extremely close to walls. We spread rice along an edge and tight corner to test this, and it collected everything in a single pass.

Kenmore Elite Pet Friendly upright vacuum - the kenmore did exceptionally well in this test, leaving practically...
The Kenmore did exceptionally well in this test, leaving practically no debris behind.
Credit: Austin Palmer

When cleaning under furniture, this vacuum could reach 7" under our simulated sofa. The Pet Friendly has one of the longer maximum reaches, making it 37' away from the outlet when plugged in.

Kenmore Elite Pet Friendly upright vacuum - the kenmore didn't reach particularly far under our test "sofa".
The Kenmore didn't reach particularly far under our test "sofa".
Credit: Austin Palmer

This was also one of the quietest models we tested, measuring at 72.5 dBa on our SPL meter. In addition to measuring the sound with the meter, we had a panel of judges rate the sound produced. There were no excessively annoying tones produced, and the panel felt that it was relatively quiet.

Handling


Ranking next in terms of importance, this metric accounts for 20% of the final score for each vacuum. It is comprised of a trio of tests: maneuvering, pushing/pulling effort, and cleaning a flight of stairs. This set of tests proved to be the most difficult for the Pet Friendly.

Kenmore Elite Pet Friendly upright vacuum - the kenmore wasn't the easiest to handle, being relatively heavy.
The Kenmore wasn't the easiest to handle, being relatively heavy.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

This model took moderate effort to push and pull, mainly because it is one of the heaviest in our lineup. It was also reasonably difficult to clean a flight of stairs, as the Pet Friendly has a short reach when using the accessory cleaning hose. This means you have to move it more times than other models, which is an uninviting task due to its weight. However, the weight does make it stable, so it's not prone to tipping over when using the cleaning hose.

To evaluate maneuverability, we made a small obstacle course and attempted to clean our way through it with each vacuum, taking particular note of areas that we weren't able to satisfactorily clean or places that entrapped the vacuum. The Pet Friendly performed poorly in this evaluation due partly to the lack of a swiveling head. We found this vacuum to be big and clunky, taking much more work to maneuver around obstacles, and hard to fit into tight spaces.

Hard Surface Cleaning


Tests for this metric were conducted identically to the carpet cleaning tests. Once again, we spread rice, flour, Cheerios, and oats on a section of hardwood floor, rating each vacuum on how much it picked up and how long it took.

Kenmore Elite Pet Friendly upright vacuum - the kenmore did alright on hard floors, though it wasn't amazing.
The Kenmore did alright on hard floors, though it wasn't amazing.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The Pet Friendly did alright in our rice test, collecting most of the debris in three passes with the hard floor setting engaged. Small bumpers on the vacuum displaced rice on the first pass, hindering performance. Performance dropped when it came to flour, with the Friendly doing a below-average job. It didn't clean the floor's cracks at all and collected tons of flour on its wheels.

Kenmore Elite Pet Friendly upright vacuum - as shown, this vacuum struggled substantially with the flour test.
As shown, this vacuum struggled substantially with the flour test.
Credit: Austin Palmer

Things improved a bit when collecting cereal with the Pet Friendly getting most of it with two passes. It performed similarly on oatmeal but tended to plow and push the debris around rather than sucking it up. Four passes proved to get the job done for both cereal and oatmeal.

Pet Hair


Responsible for the remaining 10% of each score, this metric was not a great one for a model called the Pet Friendly. We spread 5 grams of pet hair on a medium-pile carpet, then vacuumed it, rating each model on the collected amount. This vacuum collected 91% of the hair, whereas most models we tested could lift between 95% and 99%.

Kenmore Elite Pet Friendly upright vacuum - the pet friendly has an extra handheld attachment so that pet owners...
The Pet Friendly has an extra handheld attachment so that pet owners can get hard-to-reach spots such as couch cushions.
Credit: Laura Casner

Should You Buy the Elite Pet Friendly?


The Elite Pet Friendly is somewhat pricey compared to its performance. With so many other models on the market that outperform it at a lower price point, we can't earnestly think of any situation where we'd recommend buying this model over a better, more affordable one.

What Other Upright Vacuums Should You Consider?


The Kenmore Elite Pet Friendly is an all-around competent vacuum but is outperformed by more competent models, many of which are more affordable. The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional is a better vacuum all-around, provides better performance, and is significantly less money, making it one of the best values on the market today. However, if your budget is flexible, you can spend a little more than what you might have intended to spend on the Elite Pet Friendly. You'll get the most premium performance in an upright with the APEX DuoClean Zero-M.

David Wise and Austin Palmer
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