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Kenmore Elite Pet Friendly Canister Review

This canister vacuum does an excellent job at cleaning up carpets and pet hair but falters on hard floors
Kenmore Elite Pet Friendly Canister
Credit: Kenmore
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Price:   $430 List | $429.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Easy to use, great for pet hair, good at cleaning carpets
Cons:  Debris can clog in the main head, very expensive
Manufacturer:   Kenmore
By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Dec 7, 2021
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  • Carpet Cleaning - 35% 6.0
  • Ease of Use - 25% 7.0
  • Handling - 20% 8.0
  • Hard Surface Cleaning - 10% 4.0
  • Pet Hair - 10% 9.0

Our Verdict

If you are looking for a high-performance canister vacuum, you should definitely check out the Kenmore Elite Pet Friendly. While not our all-time favorite canister model, this product ranked very highly. It does a fantastic job at cleaning up most types of messes from flat and fluffy carpet, along with delivering a superb performance at picking up pet hair. It's easy to use and very maneuverable but didn't do the best with hard floors. The price tag is also a bit hard to swallow, so it might be outside the typical vacuum budget.

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Pros Easy to use, great for pet hair, good at cleaning carpetsGreat at pet hair, excellent cleaning abilities, easy to useGood price, cleans carpet very well, picks up pet hair with easeInexpensive, easy to clean with, good cleaning performance on hard floorsInexpensive, great for pet hair, solid carpet cleaning
Cons Debris can clog in the main head, very expensivePriceyNot particularly impressive at cleaning hard floorsStruggles with pet hair, mediocre on soft floorsLackluster 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 floorsIf you are looking for something that sweeps the rest of the competition under the rug, this is our current favorite vacuumIf you are searching for a new vacuum on a budget, then this is a great betWe think this canister vacuum is one of the best options if you are shopping on a slim budgetIf 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%)
6.0
9.0
7.0
5.0
6.0
Ease Of Use (25%)
7.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
5.0
Handling (20%)
8.0
7.0
7.0
8.0
6.0
Hard Surface Cleaning (10%)
4.0
9.0
6.0
6.0
3.0
Pet Hair (10%)
9.0
9.0
9.0
2.0
9.0
Specs Kenmore Elite Pet F... Shark Vertex Shark Navigator Lif... Eureka Mighty Mite Eureka PowerSpeed
Vacuum type Canister Upright Upright Canister Upright
Model Number 81714 AZ2000W NV356E 3670G NEU182A
Dirt Collection Bag Bagless Bagless Bag Bagless
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
Swivel Head Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Carry Handle Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Soft Bumper Yes Yes No No No

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.

Performance Comparison


This is an all-around solid canister vacuum.
This is an all-around solid canister vacuum.
Credit: Laura Casner

Carpet Cleaning


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.

The Pet Friendly Canister does a slightly above average job at...
The Elite Pet-Friendly can struggle with some of the more difficult...

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 handle switch to turn on or off the brush.
The foot switch to change the ground clearance.

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 like how far this vacuum can reach under furniture.
We like how far this vacuum can reach under furniture.
Credit: Austin Palmer

Handling


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.

The main base can easily be dragged up a flight of stairs.
The main base can easily be dragged up a flight of stairs.
Credit: Laura Casner

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.

The handle makes it very convenient to carry this vacuum around.
The handle makes it very convenient to carry this vacuum around.
Credit: Laura Casner

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.

We weren't too impressed with the hard floor cleaning performance of...
We weren't too impressed with the hard floor cleaning performance of this vacuum.
Credit: Laura Casner

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.

Debris could sometimes become lodged in the extractor head.
Debris could sometimes become lodged in the extractor head.
Credit: Austin Palmer

Pet Hair


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

This canister did a great job at cleaning up pet hair.
This canister did a great job at cleaning up pet hair.
Credit: Laura Casner

Value


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.

Conclusion


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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