The Kenmore Progressive 21714 canister vacuum cleaner includes a upholstery tool, floor brush, dusting brush, and crevice tool. It weighs 24 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 bought this model about 10 years ago and it has been a real workhorse. I have had to make a couple small repairs along the way, but very insignifcant ones. I am getting ready to purchase a new canister and I am so pleased to see that Kenmore is still making the same one. I think the price has even gone down a bit! I'm on it!
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By Cortez the Commentor
from St. Paul, Minnesota
Intended Convenience Taken To Extreme
Easy To Empty
Long Power Cord
Destined To Break
This vacuum sucks well, but as you can see from CR's take on handling/usability, this unit leaves much to be desired. Kenmore engineers took the idea of let's attach tools to the handle! and ran with it, and kept running with it. Convenience overkill lead to cumbersome results. The plastic attachment points for those tools on the handle should have a sticker placed nearby: Avoid using! For display purposes only. You can visualize those nubs breaking soon. <br />As for the crevice tool having slots on each side that reduce the suction at the tip, my guess is the design reduces the concentration of suction from one point so as to avoid overloading the motor. However, it cripples its effectiveness as a cleaning tool. And why is it so short? The That's what she said jokes notwithstanding, I'd like to view a transcript of the design process behind that move.<br />Other reviewers berate CR for recommending this vacuum, but if you examine the ratings, what they rank high are indeed areas where this vacuum excels. And the let's attach everything to the handle school of design seems to have pervaded the industry (with few exceptions) at this point in vacuum manufacturing history, so I'll cut CR some slack; they're simply working with what's out there for purchasing.<br />As for me, I returned my vacuum to Sears.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Crystal Lake, IL
Consumer Reports needs do a 2nd review -
Long Power Cord
Bought this vacuum because of Consumer Reports reviews. My old Hoover is still the preferred vacuum to use in my house. Seems to have good suction, but dog and cat hairs do tangle around the brush. Don't have that problem with my Hoover. The side cleaning also does not compare with my Hoover performance. My Hoover is so old, I can no longer get parts. Very disappointed in Consumer Reports lab review!