One of the best vacuums on the market
Easy To Empty
Easy to Use
Long Power Cord
Kirby is one of, if not the finest vacuum cleaners ever built. To address some of the negative comments: Yes it is heavy compared to others on the market, yet it's only 23 lbs so it's not unmanagable. But the weight is also a possitive. Why is it heavy? Because it's made using metal instead of plastic. So while its a little heavy, it's sturdy enough to stand up to heavy abuse and use. Pricey, a little, but that's becuase metal costs more than plastic. But at the same time, it will outlast those cheaper plastic cleaners. Financing is NOT cheap. But then it's an unsecured loan that most people will qualifiy for. If you have access to regular bank or credit union loans, that would cost far less.<br /><br />Duribility. The Sentria is my 2nd Kirby and I bought it mainly because of the Tech Drive. I still have my grandmother's Kirby that was built in the 40's or 50's (as best we can find out). It still runs great, but was hard for my mother because of the weight and lack of self propelled drive.<br /><br />Cleaning. The Kirby's really suck, in a good way. I've seen it pull pine needles from several inches away. After cleaning up from Christmas I rarely find any needles or maybe a 1/2 dozen. With the old cleaner we had, I'd find them stuck in the carpet monthes alater. It has far more suction than my shop vacuum. It has also been known to grab stray socks from several inches away. (I don't recommend picking up socks as they jam the beater bar and ruin the belt.<br /><br />Yes, you do have to take off the rug nozzle to put on other attachments but that's a pretty simple processes of turning a knob and flicking a lever. It also means you don't have to carry around stuff you're not using.<br /><br />Yes it uses a bag, it's part of the hepa system. I don't like the bagless type where you have to empty a cup. For one thing, they're usually pretty small and when you dump them, the dust flies up in your face.<br /><br />The don't plug. Well, ok, they can, but you have to work at it. Like trying to clean a deep pile of pine needles to quickly.<br /><br />They aren't hard to steer, once you learn how. Many people try to hold the handle too upright then you have to force turns. If you let the handle down a bit, then you can pivot on the rear wheels.<br /><br />Lifetime rebuild. Should it ever need it, you can send it back to Kirby for a thurough overhaul and rebuild and tuneup. The price is subject to change but last I saw was in the $300 range. Still cheaper than most of the quality vacuums are to purchase.<br /><br />My advice is to buy a Kirby at as young an age as you can then you will not need to buy a vacuum every few years. They'll last a lifetime and then some.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.