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Elite Pet Friendly Bagged Upright Vacuum

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  • 3-motor direct drive system for a more powerful clean
  • LED dirt sensor and headlight
  • Includes pet handi mate designed for tough pet hair and dander
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Get rid of pet hair, dust, allergens and more with the Kenmore BU1018 Elite pet-friendly bagged upright vacuum. After sweeping through the house with is easy-to-use vacuum, you can take a deep breath of fresh air. This vacuum is low-maintenance with a HEPA filter, dirt sensors and pet hair removal attachments. This 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. The infrared dirt sensor activates LED lighting to help you see dirt so you can be sure you'll get it all and a 5-position height adjuster allows for optimal airflow and cleaning.
  • A more powerful clean. The 3D Inducer Motor combines the power of three motors that gives you 20% more air power than a conventional upright vacuum while never losing suction.
  • Triple HEPA filtration captures 99.97% of debris, trapping dust, dander, pollen and other allergens so exhaust air is clean and you can breathe easier.
  • The Infrared Dirt Sensor activates a LED that tells you where to focus cleaning power, then turns off when the floor is clean. 5 height adjustments allow for optimal airflow and cleaning.
  • Easy to control with one hand, the Pet HandiMate hose and wand attachment makes getting pet fur and dander off furniture and out of your car a breeze.
  • Includes a combination dusting and crevice tool for base boards and tight corners, a Pet Handi-Mate(R) eliminates pet hair and dander, and a telescoping wand helps you reach up to 10 feet to those awkward corners, steep stairways and high shelves for whole home cleaning.
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Q:Is there a web site I might go to that has the manual for the Kenmore elite model #BU1018 so I can make a copy?
by|Apr 21, 2023
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A:  Hi Molann. Yes! You can find the manual for the BU1018 here: https://images.thdstatic.com/catalog/pdfImages/7c/7c76c2ba-6e33-4bdb-966c-bd6736a0cc01.pdf Hope this helps! --Kenmore Support

by|Apr 25, 2023
    Q:does this vacuum blow air out of the back while vacuuming?
    by|Apr 3, 2023
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    A:  Hi JoeT. Yes, you may feel some air exhausting from the back. However, this model features triple HEPA filtration, so any air exhausting from the vacuum is clean. Thanks for your question! --Kenmore Support

    by|Apr 4, 2023
      Q:Do owners of this vacuum find it difficult to buy accessories and replacement parts? What are their options?
      by|Dec 3, 2022
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      A:  Hi Elle. Thank you for your interest in Kenmore! Parts and accessories are available through our customer service team at 1-877-531-7321. --Kenmore Support

      by|Dec 13, 2022
        Q:Which is the better and/or higher end vacuum, the Kenmore BU1018 or the Kenmore 31150? They both look like the exact same vacuum.
        by|Nov 17, 2022
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        A:  I only know about one of these. I have the Elite Pet Friendly Bagged Upright Vacuum, BU1018. I did a lot of research before I purchased this vacuum. A great feature, and one that I need, is that it is self propelled, meaning it is motorized and moves on its own with a slight push. Other vacs that advertise this function are much more costly and out of my range. This vac has good suction. The attachments are good, especially the "pet hand mate." I would buy it again. Hope this is helplful

        by|Apr 24, 2023
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          4.3 out of 5
          • 4.3
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          • 74% recommend this product
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          Out of the Rolls sideways!
          Best vacuum I've ever had with the exception that it won't roll straight! Cannot vacuum beside a piece of furniture or a wall because it runs into it. Push it 3 feet forward it moves 4 inches to the right. If pulled it 3 feet backwards 4 inches to the left. Don't know what else to do but return it. Very disappointing!
            11 found this review helpful
            Great vacuum
            Easy to assemble It is quite heavy but the suction is amazing with picking up all the dog hair and crumbs from the dogs kibble Definitely recommend this vacuum
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              12 found this review helpful
              I hated getting rid of my 25 year old Hoover Windtunnel. It was so powerful! But just falling apa...
              I hated getting rid of my 25 year old Hoover Windtunnel. It was so powerful! But just falling apart. Having faith, I just bought another one, hoping I liked it as much. I returned it immediately and began doing research. This vacuum kept making top 3 in power reviews but nowhere near the price of the top 2. So, I got it but was thinking, “they just don’t make them like that anymore”. I LOVE it! I want a bag, I learned, from the returned bagless. It goes from surface to surface, no problem. The belt drive is surprising at first but you learn how to use it. Also, that feature can be turned off but suction is more powerful with it on. It doesn’t have things I don’t want and it DOES what I want it to do very well. Onboard attachments are great, especially the power head for pet hair. I can’t say how happy I am with this vacuum. i never got a reminder to review the product so after three months, I decided to find out how to do it because I love it that much!
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                24 found this review helpful
                Powerful, well-designed, and reasonably quiet upright bagged vacuum with HEPA filter. We have dee...
                Powerful, well-designed, and reasonably quiet upright bagged vacuum with HEPA filter. We have deep pile carpet in our basement, and have to be very careful of moisture. Recently, I discovered mold under a bookcase, so we've been doing some careful cleaning. This vacuum is fantastic. The direct-drive motors in the beater brush are impressively powerful, and the suction was strong enough to pull up grime that our other, high-dollar vacuum missed. LED lights on the front light up the work area nicely, and a sensor underneath (and light on top) tells you when the machine detects dirt. Don't know how that works, but it seems accurate -- it would light up when I ventured into an un-vacuumed area, but stay off if I returned to an area that I had already cleaned. A flexible hose connects to the usual assortment of tools (crevice, brush, etc.), and a telescoping tube and suction-driven mini cleaning head are great for cleaning curtains and drapes. Overall, a very well thought-out machine, and not so heavy as to be difficult to maneuver. Highly recommended.
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                17 found this review helpful
                This is a well known Kenmore Elite brand upright vacuum cleaner model # BU1018. It comes with a 1...
                This is a well known Kenmore Elite brand upright vacuum cleaner model # BU1018. It comes with a 1 year limited warranty for private household use only. It has HEPA air filtration, a 3 motor direct drive sysytem, a 30 foot cord, LED dirt sensor and headlight, and a above floor telescoping cleaning attachment. The vacuum is not bagless and does require and come with a replaceable vacuum bag for collected debris. The vacuum is stylish looking and relatively quiet in use and rolls easily across even thick rugs. It is advertised as "pet friendly" for collecting pet hair and fur and having a HEPA air filter to reduce allergies and asthma, and having a separate attachment for collecting pet hair. We don't have pets, but are happy with the appearance and performance of this Kenmore Elite upright vacuum and think the price of about $280 in March of 2019 is very reasonable, and we would recommend it.
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                10 found this review helpful
                KENMORE ELITE PET FRIENDLY BAGGED UPRIGHT VAC. Model BU1018 As the man of our house I have done a...
                KENMORE ELITE PET FRIENDLY BAGGED UPRIGHT VAC. Model BU1018 As the man of our house I have done all the vacuuming for the past 50 years so I can say this is one of my areas of expertise! I am still using my reliable “Kenmore Progressive” I bought new in 2003. (16 yrs. ago never needing repairs) We installed new expensive carpet two years ago, a product called “Soft Carpet” which is a longer woven strand and has a very soft and thick feel to it. It requires an upright vacuum cleaner that is both gentle and of course cleans well. At the time we bought the new carpet I brought home several new uprights (up to $800.) and then returned each of them to the store because their brushes would all fray the end tips of the soft carpet fibers. I believe the actual terminology for it is called “blooming.” My test was running each vacuum back and forth 100 times on a section of a piece of leftover soft carpet and then looking at the fibers up close with a L.E.D. light and a magnifying glass. I compared all of them against the never vacuumed new carpet sample. None were as good/gentle as my old Kenmore so I still use it for the “soft” carpeting. I have another excellent, well-known brand I use for the rest of the house, but it too causes “blooming” of the fibers on soft carpet. I used another soft carpet remnant (see photo) and did the same 100 passes test with this new Kenmore Elite and with my old Kenmore Progressive and I can see no real differences to the carpet fibers between the two. Both units (Old and New) left an ever so slight acceptable bloom and I don’t believe you can do any better than that. The new Kenmore Elite with all attachments weighed 20 lbs. on my scale and has a generous 35 foot long 2 prong power cord. As part of the cord wrap feature there is a thoughtful and useful handle integrated on the back of the unit. I used it right away when lifting and putting it away into my closet. I like the bright LED lights and when you run it along a wall it cleans to the baseboard leaving no carpet dust stripe. It flashes blue when the dirt sensor detects dirt so you can go over the area extra times. (It’s not a gimmick it really does work) All attachments fit securely onboard and the pet brush attachment works very well picking up hair and lint on furniture. I popped open the pet brush to have a look inside and the pet brush uses the vacuum air passing over an impeller making it spin super-fast. The impeller then rotates a tiny toothed belt that drives the spinning brush roller. Impressive design and it works almost as well as if it was powered by a drive motor set up. The vacuum has 5 height settings raising and lowering an overall total distance range of about ½”. The Elite uses “O” size cloth bags which are excellent bags, I know because I have used them with my older vacuum. The unit comes with 1 bag installed and it’s easy to order more online. I can’t scientifically lab test it of course, but with combination of the cloth bag and the HEPA filter I feel it does an excellent job of keeping the dust contained while in use. The Elite works best for carpeted flooring that is the only reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5.
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                20 found this review helpful
                Quiet and powerful
                After total discouragement from 3 different canister vacuums and having to wear an N95 mask when emptying them I bought this Kenmore bagged type vacuum. It’s very quiet and has powerful suction. No more stinky smells when first using after sitting for a week. I can turn off the brush when cleaning bare floors. So far, so good.
                  • Recommended
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                  The only thing that worked was the attachment. The vacuum...
                  The only thing that worked was the attachment. The vacuum didn’t work at all. Using the attachment picked up everything. I had to return it.
                  Response from Product ExpertMar 29, 2023
                  Hi LINDA. We are so sorry to hear about this. We want to assure you that this is not typical, as the BU1018 is one of our strongest models. If you wouldn't mind giving us a call at 1-877-531-7321, we would love to hear more about your experience. We look forward to speaking with you! --Kenmore Support
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                  Old school & heavy
                  vacuum is heavy, bulky doesn’t maneuver well doesn’t fit in tight spaces Doesn’t lay flat attachments don’t stay attached the dirt sensor dumb. leaves black rubber marks on my floors they mop off but who mops every time they vacuum? I miss my shark I’ve had them all Dyson, Mila no comparison I would not purchase this vacuum hey Kenmore if you want to give me my money back I’ll send you your vacuum so I can buy a Dyson or a shark
                  Response from Product ExpertMar 15, 2023
                  Hi Doggy. We are very sorry to hear that the BU1018 was not a good fit for your needs. If there is anything we can do to improve your experience, please feel free to reach out to us at 1-877-531-7321. We are always happy to help. --Kenmore Support
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