The Kenmore Progressive 31069 upright vacuum cleaner includes a power brush, upholstery tool, dusting brush, and crevice tool. It weighs 19 pounds and provides usability features such as a 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 waste 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 regular 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 pre-filter 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.) The weight of the vacuum cleaner, to the nearest pound. If you expect to carry your vacuum up and down stairs, consider a lighter vacuum (under 20 pounds).
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 more precise manual control afforded by some models.
Excellent, clog free pet hair cleaning and extremely good filtration are this upright vacuum's best features.<br />Easy to push on carpet. Hose storeage design could be better, as it has a sharp, stiff clip at the bottom which can damage the hose if you are not careful. I just loop the hose over the furniture tool now, which works better in use. <br /><br />Not particularly quiet, however the noise is lower pitch than many upright vacs. Doesn't bother my dogs much compared to Eureka it replaced.<br /><br />Very good deal for the money, as the plastics used in construction seem very sturdy and nothing has broken in over a year of use.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By Frustrated in Tampa
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Unreliable vacuum and poor service
Long Power Cord
Sears Repair Service
Wood Or Tile Floor
Do not buy this vacuum if you have tile, hardwood floor,or intend to use the attachments. The bare floor/tile selector lever (which is also required in order to use the attached tools,for furniture, ceiling fan, etc.) is seriously flawed. It works for less than a minute, then disengages and slips back into carpet mode. When I brought it in for repair, Sears kept it for several weeks. After picking it back up, I used it 3-4 times then the same problem recurred. When I called the Sears repair phone #, I learned that they did not even repair it, just inspected and sent it back. My advice: don't buy this machine, even if you do buy the extended warranty (which I did).
How long have you owned it:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from West Coast
(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
Strong but Heavy and Glitch-Prone
It amazes us that such a mature product category doesn't feature quieter, more graceful appliances. This thing is powerful but it is noisy and heavy, like something the East Germans would've used. The hose is pretty long but it attaches to the vacuum via a hard to operate latch.<br /><br />Worst of all, we had a real issue with the first two because they would not stay in bare floor mode and kept dropping the roller brush into action. The Sears floor model had the same issue. We did finally get one that works - but for how long?