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Kenmore Progressive 21514
 
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$209.99 - $215.00
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Summary: This 23-pound canister from Kenmore is bag-equipped and has suction control, HEPA filtration, a brush on/off switch, and a 26-foot, retractable cord.
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Type: Bagged canister vacuums
About - Kenmore Progressive 21514
This Kenmore canister vacuum includes a power brush, upholstery tool, floor brush, dusting brush, and crevice tool. It weighs 23 pounds and provides helpful features such as a retractable cord, brush on/off switch, suction control, and manual carpet pile-height adjustment.
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.

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Features & Specs - Kenmore Progressive 21514
info Bag Yes
info Weight (lbs.) 23
info Brush on/off Yes
info Easy on/off Yes
info Manual-pile adjust Yes
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User Reviews - Kenmore Progressive 21514
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1.0
Poor Reliability
10/11/2014
Pros
Easy to Use
Long Power Cord
Cons
Poor Design
Unreliable
Best Uses
Carpet
Hardwood Floors
Pet Hair
Stairs
Tile Floors
Comment:
I am a long time user of Kenmore vacuums and appliances. I have owned this vacuum for seven years and all I can say is they don't build them like they used to. The hand held stair power head failed in the first three months and the vacuum motor after 13 months. After those shop repairs I've had a series of self repairs documented by other reviewers. I've had to take apart and reset the wiring in the handle every six months and the rear plastic door filter is held on by duck tape. <br /><br />Consumer Reports is correct regarding the strong performance of the vacuum. But for me the poor reliability has ruined the product.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
2.0
Cumbersome and Awkward
10/9/2014
Pros
Easy To Empty
Long Power Cord
Powerful/Good Suction
Relatively Easy To Use
Cons
Awkward To Maneuver
Can't get under furniture
Cumbersome Design
Heavy
Hose is too short
Inefficient
Inflexible For Stairs
Poor Design
Too Heavy For Hand Use
Wands Are Too Short
Wands Brushes Awkward
Best Uses
Carpet
Hardwood Floors
Tile Floors
Comment:
The vacuum has proved to be powerful; I like the long, retractable power cord. A big issue is that the handle is heavy to use with the dusting brush and crevice tool. It is too heavy to use to vacuum draperies or shutters (anything high), when vacuuming furniture or when trying to vacuum baseboards or any ledges. The hose is not long enough or flexible enough; the wand is too short. The PowerMate is too high to vacuum under some of my furniture. I have to use the Pet PowerMate to get under furniture. It needs a separate upholstery brush. I have to use addl hand dusters. Overall, it's a chore to use. I wish my old vacuum still worked. I would not purchase it again. I woukd like to see a rating for practical and necessary home usage as above when CR tests vacuums.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
1.0
Consumer Reports missed the mark
9/19/2014
Pros
Easy to Use
Cons
Heavy
Poor Design
Unreliable
Best Uses
Comment:
Our Vacuum cleaner is used daily. It has to be reliable and efficient. Consumer Reports has been a trusted resource and it still is; but, this vacuum cleaner will simply be an exception to an otherwise untrammeled record of good recommendations. <br />The design is the first discrepancy. The materials and coupling style are simply not sufficient for the loads and conditions that a frequently used vacuum cleaner is subjected to. Perhaps, I am expecting upright rigidity from a modular canister style. Additionally, the primary brush housing multitasks as a structural wheel hub for both rolling wheels which quickly wear away the annular rib that mounts to each overmolded wheel. In the absence of one of these wheels, it scratches hardwood floors as soon as the wheel is decoupled. I modified this hub as a repair center is remote from our location; but, when the other wheel hub rib wore through I dropped it off. I would have appreciated the waving of the repair fee had this damage been the result of misuse; but, we were without a vacuum cleaner for weeks only after having owned this one for a few months. When it was repaired, we returned it to service only to find that the electrical connection to the brush housing was broken. The smaller accessory brush housing was fully functional; but, the primary unit was not. Tomorrow will be another drop off of this vacuum cleaner at the repair center. It will be necessary to purchase another unit as (per the feedback we received on our last visit) SEARS policy requires 3 of the same issues to occur within 1 year for a refund to be granted. We are ineligible. We need to have a back-up unit while this one is repaired again. I do believe that this is an exception to Consumer Reports and even Kenmore, as we have owned other models as well; but, if you own this unit and use it frequently, have a back-up unit available.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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