The Kirby Sentria upright vacuum cleaner includes a upholstery tool, floor brush, dusting brush, and crevice tool. It weighs 23 pounds and provides usability features such as self propulsion, and manual carpet-height adjustment.
Features & Specs - Kirby Sentria
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.
I purchased four other highly rated brands and this vacuum was the first one I purchased that would work properly on my deep pile 100% wool carpet without getting clogged. In retrospect, I wish I would have purchased this vacuum cleaner originally but stayed away because of the price. Now I am left with repair bills and return shipping charges on the others yet pleased that I finally accepted the fact that you get what you pay for and purchased a Kirby.
How long have you owned it:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Crawfordsville, IN
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Wouldn't recommend to my worst enemy!
I use this vacuum to clean my house and I can't wait to get rid of it. The only thing it has going for it is that it does clean in OPEN areas well. Forget about cleaning in corners or close to the baseboard. Other than that,it is hard to maneuver, HEAVY, inconvenient, piece of junk. I shouldn't have to wear steel toed shoes to clean the house and forget about the kids, who are excited and want to help, being able to help clean! Forget about the attachments too, unless you have the time to disassemble the thing and put it all back together and search all around the house for the attachments because they are not easily portable with the unit. Overall, a complete waste of time and money. Wish I had my old vacuum back!!!!
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Placid Lane Farmer
from Newport, VA
(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
I bought this vacuum 3 weeks ago based upon the high rating it received in Consumer Reports and past experience with my mother's very old Kirby.<br /><br />The Sentria's suction cannot be faulted. This machine is capable of thorough cleaning.<br />However<br />It is truly and thoroughly deafening. That is a safety issue and should have prevented the high rating. My housemate leaves the house when I vacuum and my pets flee in terror. <br /><br />So far I have gotten marginal feedback from the supplier. Luckily I am over 65 and the Kirby paperwork gives us seniors the right of return. Or so they say in print. Let's see if their promises are better quality than their product.