This Kenmore canister vacuum includes a upholstery tool, floor brush, dusting brush, and crevice tool. It weighs 24 pounds and provides helpful features such as a retractable cord, brush on/off switch, suction control, manual carpet pile-height adjustment, and 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 like this vacuum, but the wand will lose power. It's a design flaw from all the reports. When it does lose power, sears will be no help. They want me to take it to UPS and then get a call with an estimate several days later - probably $100+ plus $30-40 shipping (sears is not going to eat that). If I don't want to pay that, I will still have to pay $50 to get the vacuum back.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from New Jersey
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Long Power Cord
I bought this vacuun cleaner 3 years ago on CR's recommendation, and it's performed very well--until now. The vacuum cleaner works best on pet air and has worked well for professional cleaning service who cleans our house every other week. The Big Flaw, as I've seen repeatedly stated on a few websites now, is the extension wand that carries power to the sweeper. The wand has shorted out rendering the vacuum fairly useless--I was lucky mine lasted three years. Replacement part will cost $100+. CR needs to downgrade this soon because of its terrible reliabilty.