Pet & Allergy Bagged Vacuum

Last updated date: January 17, 2019

DWYM Score
7.1

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 70 expert reviews, the Kenmore Kenmore Pet & Allergy Bagged Vacuum placed 10th when we looked at the top 12 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note March 26, 2019:
Checkout The Best Pet Vacuum for a detailed review of all the top pet vacuums.

Expert Summarized Score
6.9
5 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.7
582 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
It has a height adjustment feature that adjusts suction and motorized brush power for specific surfaces like bare floor, low and high pile carpet. The inducer motor gives this vacuum superior suction and bagged system keeps allergens inside.
- Best Cordless Vacuum Guide
December 3, 2018 | Full review
The cleaning hose has exceptionally strong suction power and removes stubborn pet hair.
- Top Ten Reviews
It is very powerful and I love that it is so easy to push. The wheels are like a part of the lower power head, so when you tilt the vacuum you don’t change the angle in which you are cleaning, which is great for my back!
- Vacuums Guide
September 8, 2014 | Full review
Easy to get all surfaces as the Kenmore upright has 5 different height settings. You can transition from plush carpeting to hard flooring with no difficulty.
- Best Vacuum For
This vacuum captured dirt like a magnet, especially large debris. We used rice and macaroni to simulate the aftermath of a messy eater, and the 31150 cleaned up the mess entirely.
- Reviewed
May 19, 2017 | Full review
What experts didn't like
This vacuum is very heavy – this will be hard to carry up and down the stairs and there is no swivel steering. One year warranty is quite short – it should at least have a 5 year warranty.
- Best Cordless Vacuum Guide
December 3, 2018 | Full review
This vacuum cleaner has only a one-year warranty.
- Top Ten Reviews
The hose is kind of short and can make using the tools awkward.
- Vacuums Guide
September 8, 2014 | Full review
It also weighs just over 20 pounds so it isn’t easy to carry up and down stairs.
- Best Vacuum For
It's loud and heavy. The bulky design doesn't lend itself to precision handling, and it does have some problems with tipping over.
- Reviewed
May 19, 2017 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Kenmore Upright Vacuum - More Household Cleaning Power. The Kenmore Upright Vacuum Cleaner has the suction power you need to keep your home nice and clean. This bagged upright vacuum uses a 2-motor system and Power Flow technology to ensure you won't lose suction or leave any debris behind as you vacuum through each room. A telescoping wand and Pet Handi-Mate attachment helps you reach ceiling cobwebs and deep-down pet dander from just about any part of your home. Compatible with Kenmore Upright HEPA Bags, 2-Pack, 53293 and exhaust filter Exhaust Filter EF-9, 53296. Please note that this model is a two motor system with its own dedicated motor that drives the agitator. The agitator does not spin while in bare floor mode. The agitator does not spin while the unit is in the upright position (there is a micro switch that shuts off the agitator while unit is upright – for safety and to prevent carpet damage).

Overall Product Rankings

1. TruePet Canister Upright Vacuum
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 7
2. Pet Hair Eraser Cordless Hand Vacuum
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 4
3. RoboVac 11S Slim Robotic Vacuum
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 7
4. Animal Upright Vacuum
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 7
5. Miele Complete C3 Cat & Dog Canister Vacuum
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 4
6. Airspeed Upright Vacuum
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 4
7. Elite Pet Friendly Upright Vacuum
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 4
8. WindTunnel 3 Pro Pet Vacuum
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 8
9. React Professional Pet Plus Upright Vacuum
Overall Score: 7.1
Expert Reviews: 5
10. Pet & Allergy Bagged Vacuum
Overall Score: 7.1
Expert Reviews: 5
11. Powerlifter Pet Vacuum
Overall Score: 6.9
Expert Reviews: 4
12. Pet Hair Eraser Vacuum
Overall Score: 6.8
Expert Reviews: 6

An Overview On Pet Vacuums

Traditional vacuum cleaners have always been called into service to remove pet hair, flea dust and dander, but the results haven’t always been pretty. Pet hair can quickly become tangled in the vacuum’s beater brush, and the collection bag cannot always contain all of the pet hair the vacuum cleaner picks up.

This is why several vacuum cleaner manufacturers developed models that address the specific needs of pet owners. A pet or animal vacuum cleaner looks and acts like a standard vacuum, but also includes specialized accessories, such as a turbo brush or grooming tool. A pet vacuum also has a more powerful motor to generate stronger suction. Pet hair is notoriously difficult to extract from carpeting, so most pet vacuums use more intense “wind tunnel” or cyclonic technology.

Pet vacuums come in a wide variety of designs, although canister and upright styles seem to be the most popular, followed by handheld mini-vacs. A hybrid upright canister vacuum, like the Shark TruePet, provides the additional suction power pet owners need, along with a beater brush with noticeably stiffer bristles. Although the heavier weight of the Shark TruePet may be a factor for some, it performs equally well on all common floor surfaces.

In terms of sheer suction power, a pet vacuum with cyclonic action is hard to beat. The Dyson Animal upright has the right balance of power and maneuverability that many pet owners seek. One potential drawback with cyclonic pet vacuum cleaners, however, is their bagless design. Pet hair and dander can be blown back into the room once the bagless canister is opened for disposal. Pet owners with allergy issues may want to consider a model that includes a secured bag and a HEPA filter.

Many robotic vacuums, such as the Eufy Robovac 11, can handle a moderate amount of pet hair, flea dust and dander, but they often lack the suction power of canister vacuums. Pet owners with robotic vacuum cleaners should be prepared to clean out the unit’s collection tray more often and spend time removing any hairs that collect on the agitator brushes. Clogs and tangles can lead to poor performance.

One element that separates a pet or animal vacuum from its traditional counterpart is the beater brush. Because pet hair can become hopelessly entangled on a standard beater brush, manufacturers have created special agitators with stiffer and deeper bristles. The surface of a pet vacuum beater brush is also smoother, making it easier to rinse clean between uses.

If large canister or upright vacuums are too bulky for the job, many pet owners also keep a handheld vacuum on hand for spot cleaning. Miniature models like the cordless Bissell Pet Hair Eraser can reach remote areas and crevices that tend to collect pet hair. Unlike a standard handheld vacuum cleaner, a pet mini-vac may also include a powered agitator to remove more hair from carpeting, along with an improved filtration system.

DYWM Fun Fact

The designation “pet vacuum” refers more to a vacuum cleaner’s attachments and accessories than the vacuum cleaner itself. Placed side by side, pet vacuum cleaners and traditional vacuum cleaners are virtually identical. A pet vacuum is more likely to include powered attachments or an easy-to-clean beater brush.

For pet owners with carpeted floors, a vacuuming accessory called a carpet rake can be especially helpful with removing embedded pet hair before vacuuming. A carpet rake can reach deep into carpet fibers, allowing pet owners to create easily manageable piles of hair.  Consider it a comb for your carpets!

The Pet Vacuum Buying Guide

  • When choosing an ideal indoor pet, one important consideration is the animal’s typical shedding pattern. Owners who bring a high shedding animal into the home should be prepared to vacuum almost daily. Low shedding breeds are best for homes with extensive carpeting.
  • Even if the vacuum cleaner is not designated as a “pet vacuum,” it should have a HEPA filter to trap all of the flea dirt, dander and hairs a pet can generate throughout the day.
  • Most cordless vacuum cleaners lack the suction power to be effective as pet vacuums, but they are suitable for spot cleaning “accidents” and litter spills.
  • Some consumers may want to consider investing in a pet vacuum even if they do not own pets. These models are often more powerful than standard vacuum cleaners and include accessories not often included with traditional models.
  • Bagless pet vacuum cleaners may be easier on the environment, but models with bags do a better job containing pet hair and dander. Most cyclonic vacuums are bagless by design, but many canister and upright vacuums still use disposable bags.
  • Pet owners are not limited to specialized pet vacuum cleaners but should be prepared to spend more time removing hair and other pet-related debris from standard models. Clogs lead to reduced suction power, and beater brushes mired with pet hair can burn out the belts and motor.
  • HEPA filters need to be replaced on a regular schedule in order to retain their efficiency. Pet owners with allergy issues may want to use protective gloves and a dust mask when performing this important task.