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Kenmore DU5092 Bagless Upright Vacuum Review

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Welcome to Vacuum Wars and to our review of the Kenmore DU5092 Bagless Upright vacuum. It’s a highly-reviewed upright vacuum from Kenmore that combines high performance with a good price, as well as versatile cleaning and attachments.

Kenmore DU5092 on Amazon

We were excited to test it after the strong showing the Kenmore DU4080 had. We put it through all of our tests this week, and in this article, we’ll go over its pros and cons.

Table of Contents

Pros

Price

The Kenmore upright vacuum is very reasonably priced for what you’re getting. For example, it ranks number six overall in our scoring system for all the vacuums we’ve tested, and it’s by far the cheapest of these six.

Kenmore DU5092 Bagless Upright. Review
The Kenmore DU5092 Bagless Upright purchased for this review. © Vacuum Wars

Debris Pickup

The Kenmore DU5092 does really well with its primary function: picking up fine to extra-large debris on both hard floors and carpets.

It has unusually large front gates that allow it to pick up larger debris that other vacuums may not be able to. But it’s also proficient with fine debris, earning a much higher than average score in this category.

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Carpet Deep Clean Test

The Kenmore DU5092 also scored an impressive 100% on our carpet deep clean test, where we embed sand into medium carpet and see how much the vacuum can retrieve.

Recording Suction and Airflow Test Results - Kenmore DU5092 Bagless Upright
Recording suction and airflow measurements. © Vacuum Wars

Ease of Use

The DU5092 offers a variety of features to make vacuuming easier and provide you options when you’re cleaning. It weighs 14 pounds, which is a bit below average.

Additionally, it has a very responsive swivel for navigating hard-to-reach places. Both the hose and the wand are detachable, and the canister can be lifted off the vacuum for a more versatile cleaning experience.

RELATED: See our review of the Kenmore Intuition upright.

Hair Eliminator

One notable feature of the Kenmore DU5092 is its hair eliminator nozzle. It automatically removes hair from the brush roll, ensuring it remains clean.

We found it effective during our tests. Plus, LED lights on the floor head illuminate debris that might otherwise be missed.

Non-powered Attachments - Kenmore DU5092 Bagless Upright
Non-powered attachments included with the Kenmore DU5092. © Vacuum Wars

Attachments

The vacuum comes with two main attachments: the pet handymate tool (with a suction-powered rotating brush for pet hair cleaning on furniture and stairs) and a three-in-one tool that incorporates a crevice tool, dusting brush, and an upholstery tool.

Power

In our testing for suction and airflow, the Kenmore DU5092 showed commendable power numbers. Both its sealed suction and airflow at the head rated slightly above average.

Performing the Crevice Debris Pickup Test - Kenmore DU5092 Bagless Upright
Performing our Crevice Debris Pickup Test. © Vacuum Wars

Filtration

The vacuum uses a completely sealed air path with HEPA filtration, effectively filtering 99.97% of dirt particles. This feature ensures these particles remain trapped in the vacuum, preventing them from re-entering your living space—a rarity in vacuums within this price range.

Kenmore DU5092 Bagless Upright
The Kenmore DU5092 in our studio after completing our tests. © Vacuum Wars

In the box

  • Kenmore DU5092 upright vacuum
  • Pet HandiMate tool
  • 3-in-1 combo tool
  • Manual and warranty

Cons

Usable Suction

In our tests, the DU5092 scored below average in both unsealed suction and crevice pickup. However, both these shortcomings are tied to its large front gates.

While these gates allow for the pickup of larger debris, they also let in more air, reducing the seal’s effectiveness.

It seems Kenmore deliberately made this trade-off, prioritizing overall debris pickup.

Vacuuming Carpet with the DU5092
Vacuuming carpet with the DU5092. © Vacuum Wars

Our Conclusion

The Kenmore DU5092 stands out for various reasons. With features like the hair eliminator nozzle and versatile attachments, it offers exceptional value for its price.

Its impressive performance on both hard floors and carpets further reinforces its position as a reliable choice for homeowners.

Exceptional Value for its Price
  • Performance - 9.2/10
    9.2/10
  • Features - 9.7/10
    9.7/10
  • Ergonomics - 9.7/10
    9.7/10
  • Value - 9.7/10
    9.7/10
9.6/10

Verdict

Kenmore’s modestly-priced DU5092 bagless upright performed well in our tests. Despite below average unsealed suction it scored the highest marks in surface debris pickup where it excelled on both carpets and hard flooring. All-in-all, we thought the upright struck a good balance between features, performance and price.

Pros

  • Price
  • Surface Debris Pickup
  • Anti-Hair Wrap Technology
  • HEPA filter

Cons

  • Lackluster Unsealed Suction

Kenmore DU5092 Upright Specs

Kenmore DU5092
Vacuum TypeBagless Upright
Suction≥ 200W
Cleaning Path Width11 in.
Attachment Reach10 ft.
Dust Cup Capacity2L / 2.11 qts.
HEPA FilterYes
Allergen SealYes
Washable Pre-FilterYes
CyclonicYes
Weight14 lbs.
Cord Length30 ft.
HeadlightsYes, LED
Specifications from the Kenmore website and DU5092 manual.

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9.6/10
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