When we think of vacuum brands, Kenmore might not be the first we associate with the field. Kenmore’s home appliances and laundry equipment might have been what put the maker on the map in the first place, but their vacuum cleaners are more than capable of competing against other dedicated vacuum brands. Their particular focus on feature-packed bagged and bagless variants of vacuums that tackle pet hair effectively can make any homeowner happy.
This article examines how Kenmore got into vacuum cleaner market and why their vacuum cleaners have become popular. As we go over some of the top Kenmore vacuums available today, we’ll be exploring what type of home and homeowner would work best for each of our choices.
According to the company’s website, Kenmore was initially christened as the home appliance sector of the Sears company. This new venture for Sears proved to be a breeding ground for innovation, and by the mid-20th century, Kenmore was producing everything from sewing machines and vacuum cleaners to dryers, microwaves, and more.
Today, Kenmore remains focused on their laundry, fridge, and grill lines as evidenced by their sales and name-recognition. Almost since their inception, however, Kenmore has been improving and innovating their vacuum cleaner line to compete with brands such as Dirt Devil, Bissell, Shark, and similar companies. The true focus of Kenmore vacuum cleaners rests on their models’ pet and carpet cleaning solutions, which puts them ahead of budget brands like Dirt Devil while making them able to produce a more affordable end product than Dyson or Miele. As a result, and despite having its hands in so many different baskets as a company, Kenmore remains one of the most popular vacuum cleaner brands in the world, a status they maintain by providing periodic improvements and introducing new technologies to keep homeowners loyal to Kenmore for their home appliance needs.
Upright | 35 ft cord | Bagged | HEPA Filtration | 20 lbs | 4 ft Hose | ✓ Brush Roll (on/off)
Utilizing a HEPA filter and a bagged design to improve air quality, the Kenmore Elite Pet & Allergy proves to be the top choice for a hypoallergenic vacuum at this price point. It’s larger and bulkier than other Kenmore vacuums as well as others from different brands, but this product comes with many features that can tempt even the most ardent of bagless vacuum buyers.
- Excellent for pet hair and great filtration
- Powerful suction
- Long cord makes for a large cleaning radius
- Bagged design unappealing to some
- Bulky and heavy design
- Short hose makes cleaning above ground limited
- LED lights for debris detection
- HEPA filtration and fully hypoallergenic
- Attachments: telescoping wand, dusting brush, crevice tool, pet handi-mate
- Warranty: 1-year Limited
Kenmore’s pet-focused product remains one of the highest rated not just within Kenmore’s line, but across all other comparable brands. The Kenmore Pet & Allergy proves to live up to its name and uses the tried-and-true bagged design to ensure this vacuum is especially tailored to those who are sensitive to smells and debris. The built-in two-motor system means that suction remains strong regardless of whether you’re using the product on high-pile carpet or hardwood. Plus, having a brush roll that can be turned off with the flick of a switch means you can clean hardwood without worrying about damaging the floor.
These features do take up a significant amount of weight and space, however,which leaves this upright vacuum considerably heavy and bulky for lugging around multi-story homes. Moreover, while the vacuum itself won’t damage floors, moving this product too fast or slamming it on the floor too hard just might. Regardless, the Kenmore Pet & Allergy can tackle almost every type of flooring and adjust accordingly. It also comes with lots of attachments to pair with the flexible 4 ft hose, including a pet attachment to pull out embedded pet hair in upholstery. If you need a formidable vacuum and don’t mind the bagged design, this Kenmore product has pretty much everything you’d need to clean almost anything.
Canister | 24 ft Cord | Bagless | HEPA Filtration | 22.7 lbs | 14 ft Hose | ✓ Brush Roll (on/off)
This unique Kenmore bagless canister comes with motorized handheld attachments and other features that make it a no-brainer for carpeted flooring. A short hose and a heavy design, however, can put lots of stress on the back if you’re not too careful.
- Motorized attachments
- Excellent HEPA filtration
- Low clearance makes it easy to clean under furniture
- Heavy & bulky
- A shorter hose can place a strain on the back
- Retractable cord
- Pet PowerMate tool
- Attachments: Crevice tool, brush tool, upholstery tool, Pet Powermate tool
- Warranty: 2-year Limited
While the Kenmore Pet & Allergy uses a bagged design to please pet owners, this Kenmore 22614 Bagless Canister uses motorized attachments and HEPA filtration to appease the same audience while adding a few features to make this product a great solution for a variety of different needs. This model also uses both a motorized brush roll as well as a unique Pet Powermate tool to pull pet hair whether it’s on carpet or furniture. This bush roll can also be easily turned off and on to prevent damage to hardwood floors.
While it can’t rely on bags to pick up fine dirt and debris, the HEPA filter highly effective in getting out the pet dandruff that can trigger sneezing fits and allergies. These features in a compact canister design also mean cleaning stairs, corners, and other hard-to-reach areas is going to be far easier than in upright or similar models.
Unfortunately, even as a compact canister, moving this 23-pound Kenmore appliance up and down stairs is going to take a considerable amount of effort. It also seems to struggle with hose length as a canister vacuum: while the hose is 14 ft long, it remains far shorter when compressed and can put quite a strain on the back when cleaning. Still, the Pet Powermate tool is one of the most effective motorized attachments you’ll find on our list and, provided your home isn’t too large, you’ll find that having a bagless canister around can be hygienic and versatile for all types of cleaning.
Stick | 15-20 min Battery | Bagless | HEPA Filtration | 8.43 lbs | X Hose | ✓ Brush Roll (on/off)
Kenmore’s entry into the growing cordless stick market includes an impressively strong brush roll as well as a handy handheld vacuum built right into the frame. Speed control and a manually altered brush roll are impressive features on a vacuum of this type and price, but a lower battery life can pose a problem for those with larger homes.
- Excellent motor with variable speeds
- Powerful brush roll can be turned off and on
- Charging station makes it easy to prepare for the next cleaning
- Shorter battery life can be a struggle for larger carpeted homes
- Lack of attachments for handheld mode can be frustrating to some
- 2 speed settings for carpet and hardwood floors
- LED headlights
- Attachments: combination brush/crevice tool
- Warranty: 1-year Limited
Cordless stick vacuums have been growing exponentially thanks to many homeowners preferring their smaller size and ease of use. The Kenmore 10341 18-Volt 2-in-1 vacuum cleaner responds to this market demand with a model focused on ergonomics and designed to impress at first sight.
Aside from the aesthetics, the 18-Volt 2-in-1 comes with a detachable handheld vacuum that increases versatility and makes it easy to pick up debris on countertops and in the car. This stick vacuum cleaner also comes with a feature that few others have, especially at this price point. The 18-Volt 2-in-1 can be set onto two different power settings that also control the brush roll. These can be used to save battery or to protect hardwood during vacuuming. Likewise, the included charging station makes it easy to ensure a full charge when it is time to clean.
Unfortunately, these features in such a small and lightweight vacuum mean that you won’t get much more than 15 minutes of use from the vacuum when the brush roll is activated. That means that larger homes might want to stick with corded options to avoid having to stop halfway through cleaning. Likewise, there’s only one combination attachment for handheld mode, which can be frustrating to some. Still, the Kenmore 18-Volt 2-in-1 is a product that seems tailor-made for those with smaller homes, those without pets, or anyone with a mixture of hardwood and carpeted floors. It’s also one of the most affordable vacuums on the market with such a range of features and offerings.
Upright | 30 ft cord | Bagless | HEPA Filtration | 17 lbs | 4 ft Hose | ✓ Brush Roll
For those who want a standard upright bagless vacuum, Kenmore’s 31220 Pet-Friendly Crossover Max offers enough features to set it apart in this saturated market. Multi-story homeowners will appreciate the ability to lift the canister away from the brush roll for easy stair cleaning, but some might not appreciate the shorter-than-average hose length.
- Detachable brush roll makes stair cleaning a breeze
- Motorized pet attachment great for furniture
- Excellent HEPA filtration
- Smaller bin size
- Shorter hose length
- Can be loud
- Detachable canister
- Dual-Motor technology
- Attachments: Dusting brush, crevice tool & Pet Handi-Mate
- Warranty: 1-year Limited
We’ve gone over many different variants of bagged, canister, and stick vacuums, but we’ve just arrived at one of the most popular vacuum categories: the bagless upright vacuum. The Kenmore 31220 Pet-Friendly Crossover Max seems to have the Shark Lift-Away in mind while simultaneously offering more useful features for multi-story homeowners. The Pet-Friendly Crossover can disconnect from its brush roll floor attachments to be carried, which makes getting up stairs and vacuuming those hard-to-reach places much easier.
While this bagless upright seems marketed towards pet owners, almost anyone will find something to love on this machine, like the motorized Pet Handi-Mate tool, which allows for deep cleaning of sofas, couches, and other surfaces. Much like other bagless uprights, though, the smaller bin size means more trips to the garbage during a cleaning. Likewise, while the detachable brush roll technology makes it easy to use the hose, the hose itself is rather short and makes it difficult to use this feature to its fullest extent.
Nevertheless, if you don’t mind a quirky bagless upright that’s a little bit loud, the filtration on the Pet-Friendly Crossover Max makes it great for sensitive noses and pet-owners. The ability to turn the brush roll on and off and detach it completely makes it a great choice for those who need to clean upstairs, downstairs, and anywhere in between.
As evidenced by the recurring features in each of these vacuums, Kenmore seems to focus on pet-owners and multi-surface cleaning ability. It is a unique but welcome sight to see a product lineup to include manually controlled brush rolls on all of a brand’s products, and each of these four vacuums can handle almost any type of flooring. That doesn’t mean, though, any vacuum will do.
For an all-around and popular vacuum, the Kenmore Elite Pet & Allergy is going to be the best multi-surface bagged vacuum at this price point. For those who want the excellent filtration and features without bags, we recommend the Pet-Friendly Crossover Max. Otherwise, the Kenmore Bagless Canister offers a great option for hygienic cleaning with lots of attachments, and the 18-Volt 2-in-1 vacuum rounds out our list as an affordable vacuum that’s perfect for smaller homes and apartments.