Kenmore Elite 31150 Review

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Kenmore Elite 31150 Review
Bottom Line

If you don't have to haul your upright vacuum upstairs and a deep clean is your top priority, then the Kenmore Elite 31150 is for you. It gets top marks for cleaning across the board, and even includes a dirt sensor so you know when there's still work to do.

ProsCleans well on all surfaces, Good variety of attachments, Dirt sensor, Carpet pile adjustmentConsHeavy, Noisy

Breaking it down

Performance

Excellent multi-surface performance. In one professional roundup, the Kenmore Elite 31150 earns a Very Good for performance on carpets and for picking up pet hair, an Excellent for bare floor cleaning. It also gets top scores for emissions and total airflow, but just a Good rating for noise. At Reviewed.com, Jonathan Chan says it was the one of the loudest vacuums they tested. Still, we saw few complaints from owners. Still, Chan makes this bagged upright one of the highest rated vacuums on his site, giving it an overall rating of 9.4 out of 10 and honoring it with both an Editors' Choice and Best of Year award. The 31150 earns those kudos via its acing of the dirt test, being equally effecting in sucking up small particles of debris and larger bits, like macaroni.

Features

Some nice extras for the price. With a four-position pile-height adjustment, included pet hair attachment, crevice tool and telescoping wand, there's not too many places you can't clean with the Kenmore 31150. The dirt sensor lights up until an area is completely clean, so you'll know when you can move on, or when you need to keep going over one spot. A HEPA filter is included.

Ease of use

Heavy -- and maybe a bit top-heavy, too. The Kenmore Elite 31150 weighs 21 pounds, and in professional testing that impacts its overall rating; in one it gets only a Good for handling. In spite of his praise for its cleaning abilities, Chan doesn't have a lot of nice things to say about its handling; he notes that it's heavy, doesn't fit under most furniture, and tends to tip when the extension hose is used. He also says it's self-propelled, but it's not. He may be confused because of the strength of the pull of the brushroll; we saw several user reviewer say it seems as if it pulls itself along. However, that powerful suction can also make it hard to pull backwards, another issue that Chan highlights as a con. We also saw a few users also complain about that tippage issue, but very few seem to have an issue with its weight. Some would prefer if the extension hose were a bit longer. It has a 35 foot cord.

Durability/maintenance

Kenmore is built to last. While this Kenmore may be a beast, it endures like a beast as well. We saw virtually no complaints about any durability issues at all. The 31150 uses Kenmore 53292 HEPA Vacuum Bags (Est. $10 for a 2-pack) [http://www.kenmore.com/kenmore-style-o-hepa-vacuum-bags-for-upright/p-02053293000P]. It's beltless, which means there's one less part to break or have to be replaced.

Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

Kenmore Elite 31150 vacuum cleaner, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

The Kenmore Elite 31150, is among several dozen bagging upright vacuum cleaners evaluated by editors at ConsumerReports.org. Each vacuum is subject to comparative testing and rated on its ability to pick up pet hair, performance on bare floors and carpets, noise level, emissions and total airflow, and maneuverability.

2. Reviewed.com

Kenmore Elite 31150 Vacuum Cleaner Review, Jonathan Chan, Aug. 20, 2014

Jonathan Chan gives the Kenmore Elite 31150 a thorough review. Although he has issues with its handling and maneuverability, the 31150's cleaning performance puts it at the top of the pack. Ultimately it earns an Editors' Choice and Best of Year award, with a total score of 9.4 out of 10.

3. Sears.com

Kenmore Elite 31150 Bagged Upright Vacuum Cleaner - Silver, Contributors to Sears.com, As of April 2016

More than 165 owners comment on the Kenmore Elite 31150, giving it an overall rating of 4 stars out of 5. Users say it's great on both carpet and bare floors, and is so powerful it seems almost to be self-propelled. There are a few quibbles about its weight, the hose length and that it tends to tip.