The Kenmore Progressive 21614 canister vacuum cleaner includes a upholstery tool, floor brush, dusting brush, and crevice tool. It weighs 23 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 had 2002 Kenmore model that was wearing out and I bought this model to replace it. That was about a year and a half ago and I regret not just taking my old one to a repair shop and having it revamped. This vacuum is primarily used on bare floors, with normal house hold dirt, dog and cat hair. It does an ok job, but it doesn't seem to have the suction power of the old model. The vacuum often sounds like it is partially clogged, when it isn't and the bag isn't full. I also seem to go through a lot of bags, which aren't even full when you empty it. The wand and hose handle also have these white trim pieces which just get in the way when you are trying to get under furniture or other tight spaces. I really do miss my old worn out Kenmore canister over this new on, if only I hadn't given it away.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Sparta NJ
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Manuals are meant to be read!
Easy To Empty
Easy to Use
Long Power Cord
Having had a Kenmore canister in the past; which lasted 15 years until it tumbled down the basement stairs, I had no reservation on buying another.<br /><br />I have read numerous complaints from other reviewers about the lack of suction, and non useful tools. Hogwash. There is a suction control lever right on the handle. Perhaps people are not accustomed to the integrated tools on the main handle, but I find them extremely helpful and less time consuming. The horsehair brush excels the old design, as it cleans a much wider path, less time vacuuming!<br /><br />In a house with two dogs, the machine excels in picking up dog hair with both the Powermate on carpeting and also with the bare floor tool on hardwoods and tile.<br /><br />The salesman in the store showed us how to use the machine properly and stated it was the top seller. We have no regrets and are thrilled with machine. It is well made, easy to maneuver and although some complain about it being all plastic, this is no problem as it is as stated, well made. So for those who are having problems, I suggest reading the manual for it is quite helpful in explaining the features and how to use them.
How long have you owned it:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
one year in...
We have a busy multi-child home. Rugs are all over the house and we vac multiple times per week.<br /><br />The machine works very well. The bags last a while and are not very expensive.<br /><br />Some parts are a bit on the cheap side. The wand release button broke about one year into use. This is a very cheap and fast fix if you do it yourself. <br /><br />Be very careful with the canister compartment latches and hinges...delicate and plastic. It's a good thing you don't have to move them very often.