This Kenmore canister vacuum includes a power brush, upholstery tool, floor brush, dusting brush, and crevice tool. It weighs 23 pounds and provides helpful features such as a retractable cord, brush on/off switch, suction control, and manual carpet pile-height adjustment.
About This Brand
Once exclusive to Sears, Kenmore uprights are now available in Kmart stores as a result of a merger of the retailers. Kenmore uprights typically range in price from about $80 to $300. Kenmore is the best-selling canister brand, with a wide array of models ranging from as little as $50 to $600 or so. It also offers canister hard-surface cleaners and a carpet shampooer.
Bag Denotes whether the model has a disposable bag. A growing number of vacuums, particularly upright models, use a container that can be emptied, eliminating the bag. To capture fine-dirt particles, however, these models must use a filter (such as a HEPA filter) that can need routine cleaning or replacement. Replacement filters tend to be significantly more expensive than bags. While vacuums with bags may also use filters, the bag acts as a prefilter that helps to keep the fine-dirt filter cleaner, thus extending its performance until cleaning or replacement. Another caveat: Emptying the dustbin and cleaning a filter can be messy, and handling it may expose you to dust and other allergens.
Weight (lbs.) Weight of the vacuum cleaner, to the nearest pound.
Brush on/off An on/off switch for the rotating brush lets you stop the brush from rotating when using tools or cleaning bare floors. This helps eliminate scattered dirt on bare floors and reduces the risk of injury if the vacuum tips over during use. It also reduces the risk of damaging a carpet or the finish of a bare floor if the vacuum sits in place at the low-height setting.
Easy on/off A switch that's located on the handle or where your foot can activate it is more convenient than one on the body of the vacuum.
Manual-pile adjust Lets you adjust the height of the machine to a carpet's pile height to allow for easy movement and thorough cleaning. Adjustments are automatic on some models, but we prefer the manual control afforded by some models.
I just bought my first canister. I did so because my mom had a Kenmore canister and it always had great suction. First time I used it I couldn't believe how much easier it was to vacuum the carpet as compared to my German made expensive upright. I wasn't in pain from vacuuming the day after as I normally WAS! I like all the attachments and the long hose. The cord is about 5 ft. short of my other, so what, I have to move it once. It stores easily and is the weight of most vacuums. I love my new Kenmore progressive. One more thing, you manually adjust the carpet height, I like this because with my old upright it was automatic which didn't work well at all.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Morris County, NJ
Disappointing quality & design
Long Power Cord
I vacuum weekly with the occasional extra clean up. I have hardwood floors & large area carpets. The power head for carpets works well as long as you do not go against a wall or corner. Suction is good, but design does not allow for edge suction to be adequate.<br /><br />I hate, hate, hate the wand and attachment designs! The wand has bulky, clunky ends, which will not easily release from the nozzle or the attachments. It does not have a metal end with button type release. There is no allowance to use specialty attachments as I have for my dryer & radiators, since the nozzle opening is not round.<br /><br />The brush attachment, which stores around the outside of the nozzle, makes it difficult to detach the wand and to line up the wand when you want to re-attach it. The floor head attachment has a very weak, all plastic swivel which breaks away from the wand way too easily. I have had to reach under furniture MANY times to retrieve it! It's a pain in the ### to snap back on, too. Finally, the crevice tool has an open slot to each side of the very short attachment. This greatly reduces the suction quality. In order to get the results I want from it, I cover these slots with my fingers (I suppose I could use duct tape).<br /><br />I have owned several Kenmore vacuums over the years. This current one was to replace the one I purchased in 2001. I repaired that one as a back-up for the 2nd floor. I use it more than the newer one. The design & reliability is WAY better than this newer model. Bottom line, I would NOT recommend any of the current Kenmores as they all now have the same design flaws and I will not be purchasing another Kenmore. So sad, they used to be sooo good!
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Cranbrook BC
(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Retractable Cord, not worth it.
The first time I used this vacuum I didn't like it. Tried to take it back, Sears said, No you've used it. So much for their motto Satisfaction Guaranteed Less than 3 years later, cord retracts, but won't stay out, I have to tie it off. They tried to keep it compact with the tools in the compartment, but as a result they are too small. Would seriously consider other options.