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Kenmore Progressive 21714
 
Approximate retail price:
$329.99
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Summary:

This 24-pound canister from Kenmore is bag-equipped and has suction control, HEPA filtration, a brush on/off switch, and a 28-foot, retractable cord.

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Type: Bagged canister vacuums
About - Kenmore Progressive 21714

The Kenmore Progressive 21714 canister vacuum cleaner includes a upholstery tool, floor brush, dusting brush, and crevice tool. It weighs 24 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.

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Features & Specs - Kenmore Progressive 21714
info Bag Yes
info Weight (lbs.) 24
info Brush on/off Yes
info Easy on/off Yes
info Manual-pile adjust Yes
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User Reviews - Kenmore Progressive 21714
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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
 
2.0
Buy the extended service contract!
4/9/2014
Pros
Long Power Cord
Powerful/Good Suction
Cons
Noisy
Unreliable
Best Uses
Hardwood Floors
Comment:
Bought this model over two years ago for a vacation home, downstairs only. Am now working on getting problems 2 and 3 resolved. Early on, the floor brush would pop off at the pivot joint, even on smooth hardwood floors. That was replaced. Then the electricity to the carpet attachment would not work when the wand was extended. Only two area rugs, I used it short. Now there is no electricity in the wand at all. And the canister has become horribly loud. Ironically, I drag the ancient Hoover down from the upstairs to vacuum the rugs. I do not usually purchase the extended service contracts on appliances but for some reason I did on this vacuum and it's really the only part of the transaction I'm happy about. Must have had a premonition.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
 
3.0
Whole lotta plastic.
3/29/2014
Pros
Easy To Empty
Easy to Use
Efficient
Hepa Filter
Lightweight
Long Power Cord
Cons
Cheap plastic
Latch Broke Within 6 Mo
Plastic Plastic Plastic
Poor Design
Too Much Fragile Plastic
Best Uses
Hardwood Floors
Pet Hair
Tile Floors
Comment:
I bought this based on CR's recommendation. I'm old enough to remember when vacuums were mostly constructed of sturdy metal. This vacuum seems very fragile. You cannot be anything but gentle with it. If you lift the lid of the canister where the tools are stored, you have to be extremely careful when lowering it or it will crack. About a month before the warranty ran out, the latch (which you open and close to change the Hepa filter) broke. We had it fixed and 3 months later it broke again. We treat this vacuum very carefully, but it's far too delicate and the tools are ridiculously designed. The round brush, the thing you'd use for cleaning window sills and so on, has too few bristles and seems stingy. Likewise the floor brush (which we use more than any other) is so badly made that it's become bent and doesn't help with the suction. The part holding the bristles often becomes detatched. I've just replaced it but the new one isn't quite the same and has even fewer bristles. All in all, I'm sort of hoping the vacuum will finally die completely, instead of one attachment at a time. I won't make the same mistake and buy another Kenmore, which is now synoymous with cheap plastic in my mind.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
Plastic piece of junk
3/25/2014
Pros
Powerful/Good Suction
Quiet
Cons
Poor Design
Unreliable
Best Uses
Comment:
This vacuum is mostly all plastic. I spent my first 30 minutes trying to get the bag compartment to close without breaking off a plastic piece. When I tried to get the bare floor attachment off the wand, it was very difficult. I pushed the release button and tugged and tugged, finally getting my husband to pull it off - with difficulty. The vacuum constantly lost suction as I pulled it from one area of my den to the next - the problem being where the hose is attached to the canister. The end of the wand has a large plastic piece that cannot be removed. Besides the fact that the tools are difficult to remove, this large plastic piece makes it hard to pull off a tool and suck up a little dirt with the wand. When it was working, the suction was good, but the plastic parts, on and off suction and difficulty removing tools far outweigh the good suction. After spending more time dealing with the problems than I did actually vacuuming, I returned the vacuum after 30 days.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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