The Kenmore Progressive 21614 canister vacuum cleaner includes a upholstery tool, floor brush, dusting brush, and crevice tool. It weighs 23 pounds and provides usability features such as a retractable cord, brush on and off switch, suction control, manual carpet-height adjustment, and a telescopic wand.
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've had my progressive for a little over 3 years and it is one of the better cleaning machines I've ever owned. Suction is amazing, haven't seen anything it can't pick up. We own a small farm and I used it on my carpet (both low and very hi-pile) tile & wood floors. We have a 2 dogs, 3 cats and 3 very active kids, I usually vacuum every other day. Love the attachments for stairs, drapes and furniture.<br /><br />But... it is made of a LOT of plastic and I've had to replace many parts of the machine as they break or crack. I've finally had to stop using it when the plastic at the base of the PowerMate cracked and no longer attaches to the wand. From what I can see you can not replace the PowerMate you have to buy a whole new vacuum.<br /><br />I really thought vacuums should last longer than 3 years. Maybe I'm wrong and my expectations are too hight? don't know.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Riverside, CA
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Do Not Buy!
Slightly more than 2 months after we bought this vac, the power attachments quit working. We asked to exchange it, but were told it was too late. So we took it to Sears for repair under warranty. We were told it would take 1 week. After a week, we called and were told they would expedite the repair. After 3 weeks we were told they had diagnosed the problem and it would cost us over a hundred dollars to repair. We had to argue with them over several days before they admitted it was still under warranty and the faulty wire in the handle was covered by the warranty. After a month we were told the vac was ready for pick up. When we picked it up, they tried to charge us $2 for a battery ?!? Bottom line, I don't know how CR came up with their review. This vac is a piece of junk and Sears products are no longer worth buying.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Palm Springs, CA
Not a good buy
Long Power Cord
The brush off setting for bare floors is poor. It does not pick up dirt near the walls and the suction when using ths setting is almost non-existant. The wand extension and tools are overly complicated. The brush for bare floors is small. The switch to change the power suction is easily pushed to a lower setting by mistake. The large mouthed brush for smaller areas is too big to and stiff-haired to use on lamp shades or plantation shutters. I am very disappointed in this machine and so is my cleaning service.