Kenmore Elite Pet Friendly Canister Review
Pros: Easy to use, great for pet hair, good at cleaning carpets
Cons: Debris can clog in the main head, very expensive
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Kenmore Elite Pet Friendly Canister
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|Pros||Easy to use, great for pet hair, good at cleaning carpets||Great at pet hair, excellent cleaning abilities, easy to use||Good price, cleans carpet very well, picks up pet hair with ease||Inexpensive, easy to clean with, good cleaning performance on hard floors||Inexpensive, great for pet hair, solid carpet cleaning|
|Cons||Debris can clog in the main head, very expensive||Pricey||Not particularly impressive at cleaning hard floors||Struggles with pet hair, mediocre on soft floors||Lackluster at cleaning hard floors, so-so ease of use|
|Bottom Line||This canister vacuum does an excellent job at cleaning up carpets and pet hair but falters on hard floors||If you are looking for something that sweeps the rest of the competition under the rug, this is our current favorite vacuum||If you are searching for a new vacuum on a budget, then this is a great bet||We think this canister vacuum is one of the best options if you are shopping on a slim budget||If you are shopping on a particularly tight budget for a new vacuum, this is a good option|
|Rating Categories||Kenmore Elite Pet F...||Shark Vertex||Shark Navigator Lif...||Eureka Mighty Mite||Eureka PowerSpeed|
|Carpet Cleaning (35%)|
|Ease Of Use (25%)|
|Hard Surface Cleaning (10%)|
|Pet Hair (10%)|
|Specs||Kenmore Elite Pet F...||Shark Vertex||Shark Navigator Lif...||Eureka Mighty Mite||Eureka PowerSpeed|
|Cleaning Path Width||14.75"||12"||11.25"||10.5"||13.25"|
|Measured Brush Width||13.5"||10"||9"||N/A||10.5"|
|Measured Weight||25 lbs||16.3 lbs||14.4 lbs||10.3 lbs||10.1 lbs|
|Variable Suction Control||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Brush On/Off Switch||Yes||Slow||Yes||N/A||No|
|Measured Maximum Reach||37'2"||32' - 40'+||31'||30'||25'|
|Measured Power Cord Length||26'||30'||30'||18.5'||24'|
|Automatic Cord Rewind||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|Measured Noise||72 dBa||75 dBa||73 dBa||74.5 dBa||76 dBa|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Kenmore Elite Pet Friendly delivered impressive results for most messes. It's a good choice if you want solid cleaning performance on carpet from a canister vacuum but does cost quite a bit more than some other products that outperformed it in a more general way.
We began our review by putting each vacuum through a gauntlet of carpet cleaning tests. We used things like flour, oats, rice, and cereal on both medium and low-pile carpets to assess performance. This vacuum got off to an average start, picking up a decent amount of flour from both types of carpet, though there was a noticeable amount left behind even after multiple cleaning passes. The Elite Pet Friendly did much better with the rice, collecting the vast majority of it in just a few passes. It also did well with the Cheerios, easily collecting everything and making short work of the mess. Unfortunately, this vacuum severely struggled at collecting oats, tending to fling them everywhere and leaving a trail of dust and crushed up oats in its wake. Even after more than a dozen cleaning passes, there was still residual mess left behind.
Ease of Use
Our next series of tests ranked and scored the overall user-friendliness of each vacuum and looked at how easy they were to use when cleaning different sections of a home. The Elite Pet Friendly did quite well in this regard, earning a score well above average. It has a footswitch to swap between four different cleaning modes (XLO, LO, MED, HI) to maximize efficiency for different types of floors. It also has a switch on the handle to turn on or off the powered brush roll.
The Pet Friendly does decently well at cleaning along walls but can miss some debris in the corners. That said, we love that it has a low enough brush head to clean under most furniture — you just might need to angle it slightly. It has plenty of reach with its 26-foot cord and more than nine feet of hose. On top of all that, we also appreciate that this vacuum isn't overly loud.
We based scores for our handling metric on the ease of cleaning a flight of stairs and on how nimble and maneuverable each product felt. This vacuum does an excellent job when it comes to stairs. It has enough hose to clean around seven steps before the base of the vacuum needs to be moved. Even better, the Pet Friendly is on the lighter side and has a built-in stair grip that allows it to be dragged up most staircases. This worked great on our test flight of stairs, but performance could vary depending on the specific type of treads that you might have.
It's easy to push and pull the Elite Pet Friendly across most types of floors, and we found it to be very agile and maneuverable, even when cleaning a room cluttered with furniture. The vacuum is greatly aided by its flexible neck, and the canister base usually does a good job of following you.
Hard Surface Cleaning
For this metric, we repeated our gauntlet of cleaning tests for each vacuum on a section of laminate floors. Regrettably, the performance of the Pet Friendly plummeted a bit, earning it an overall lackluster score. It was mediocre at sucking up rice and oats, eventually collecting them if the brush roll was off and everything was set to the right mode, but taking a bit more coaxing than other vacuums. We found that the brush roll definitely had to be off for hard floors with this type of mess, as otherwise, it would fling debris everywhere.
The Elite did about the same with Cheerios, though we did have to tweak the clearance settings a bit to keep from just pushing them around. However, we noticed that the cereal could get caught in the extractor's head rather than making it to the collection bin. This vacuum did a bit better with fine messes but not by too much, leaving behind a decent film of flour in our test.
As the name would imply, the Elite Pet Friendly finished our tests with an excellent performance when it came to collecting hair from your furry friends. This vacuum easily sucked up around 99% of the pet hair we spread out on a fluffy carpet, with just about all of it ending up in the collection bag
Unfortunately, we think it's a bit hard to say that this vacuum is of great value. It pairs a good-but-not-great performance with a top-tier price tag, while some other vacuums that cost less outperformed it.
If you are attached to the idea of a canister vacuum, then the Kenmore Elite Pet Friendly is one of the better ones that we have tested. It offers great pet hair cleaning performance and is overall very easy to handle and convenient to use. It does well with most messes on soft floors but, unfortunately, delivered rather lackluster results at cleaning hard floors. And for the high price tag, that's just a bit hard to swallow.
— David Wise and Austin Palmer
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