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Not happy with this vacuum...I have purchased 5 Kennmore Progressive canister vacs in the last 15 years. They were the BEST vacuum anyone could own. The older model, couldnt be "killed. The first one I purchased is still working! it is 15 years old...my son stole it from me about 7 years ago...I bought another and two years later my other son took that one...still working...this has happened 3 times. I purchased this one with great apprehension due to the obvious changes they made. The wand is shorter, the wand is also wider, and the (couplings??) where the attachments go on are so big that they dont fit anywhere the old one did. (under dressers, behind furniture) The "easy release" foot thing is so big that it catches on the bottom of the bed and disconnects the power-mate. It wont get into corners the handle is not comfortable to hold...I could go on endlessly! I dont think the person who designed this vacuum ever used one. It LOOKS all pretty and "steamlined," but it is not functional. Perhaps if someone never experienced the previous model they will like it , but this vacuum was not made better. Lots of plastic...including the button that releases the attachments....(used to be metal) that little clip broke today...Ive had the unit for 3 months....will not be purchasing another! Sears, you should have stuck with the Tried and True!
I love the machine but can not stand up straight to use because the wands are so short and do not extend. I use the machine bent over and I am only 5 feet one inch tall. Wish I had paid a little more and bought the sweeper with the extender wands. Other wise the machine is great.
Had my old Kenmore canister for nearly 20 years and loved it. When I decided to buy a vacuum for my stepdaughter for Christmas, I did extensive research of all of the top brands out there, shopped the stores, tried some of them out, spoke with friends, read articles in Consumer Reports, and came to the conclusion that the Kenmore Progressive was the best. I was so excited, I bought one for myself too. My stepdaughter loves hers because it is so great on dog hair. The new one is even better than my old favorite---same great suction, sturdy but lighter, more new built-in conveniences, and easier to use on the stairs. This one's a real winner.
Grove City, OH
Lake Placid, FL
The house was not lived in for three years. The wall-to-wall mauve carpet was a mess from pet stains and other spills. It's over 25 years old and we had little hope of restoring it, but with a good spray-on cleaner and our new powerful vacuum we were successful enough to be able to clean the carpet well enough to be able to continue to use it. It was a huge savings for the cost of a new vacuum.
Mount Sinai, NY
The vacuum performed well enough when it was running, but it kept tripping the arc-fault circuit breakers required in newer homes. Exchanged the first one to see if it was a one-off anomaly, but even the second one did the same thing. Sometimes the breaker would trip immediately, sometimes it would take a few minutes. This never happened with our older vacuums - either uprights or the older version of this Kenmore canister. Brought it back for a refund. At least the return was easy with no argument at the store.
Saint George, UT
If any of the sections fail between beater bar & hose your sweeper is done! the metal tubing no longer connects to each section, a hunk of plastic holds it together? You will love the fact that the sweepers little front wheel is locked and there for if you turn it goes straight?? I am looking at replacing ir with our old sweepers it swiveled. Did you ever take off beater bar and use the wand to get in a corner? Well forget that it has a big piece of fat plastic on the end? As most of sears sweeper suction is great so there you go it "sucks"
This vacuum has been an incredible improvement from the much cheaper vacuum I had before. But, it does have room for improvement. Despite the rounded front of the canister, it does get caught in doorways and the edge of furniture all of the time. Another downfall is the cheapness of the materials used; I don't expect it to last a lifetime. If you really want a quality vacuum; I would recommend spending a bit more on Filter Queen.
Have owned similar model for a couple years now, never any problems. Bought this model for my daughter, hers kicked the bucket, and no, it was not a Kenmore. Nice machines for the money.
Love this vacuum, from hardwood floors to carpet and tile it does an excellent job of cleaning. It's also amazing on stairways. No more dragging a heavy vacuum up and down and around the house. We couldn't be more pleased with this product.
Mont Vernon, NH
I Own A Housekeeping Service And I Have Purchased Many Kenmore Canisters Over The Years And This Canister Vacuum Is Got To Be The Worse One Yet. The Bulky Connection Where The Powermate Attaches Makes It Hard To Get Under Low Furniture, The Vacuum Kept Spitting Out The Hepa Filter Even When Replaced, I've Had The Powermate Fall Off When Carried Down Stairs Damaging Two Customers Stairs And Wood Floors. I Will Be Giving This Vacuum A Dumpster Funeral Today As I Have Purchased A New Kenmore Canister That I Have Used Before And Was Pleased With.
Bel Air, MD
I just bought the updated progressive vacuum to replace my old progressive 360 (loved it) but I'm feeling a little regretful. The wand is considerably heavier and does not extend like my old one. Not getting any younger or taller here so not sure that it was a good replacement.
The bag is too small. Vacuum the house 3 times and the bag has to be replaced and they are costly....next time, we will buy a bag-less vacuum. The hose clogs with dog hair and the angle between the hose and the bag gets jammed up. It has low vacuum suction unless you replace the bag, the HEPA filter, clean the hose and the carpet power head out. The replacement HEPA filter cost $20.00. The cord will not retract unless it is pulled straight and laid behind the vacuum. The canister opens when you pull on the hose to move the vacuum. The brush attachment requires 2 hands to remove and is ineffective in cleaning, because the brushes are too short and has a shield around it. The wheels will not roll over the vacuums' own cord. You have to lift the vacuum over it. It will not steer straight by pulling on the hose.The forward caster wheel is too small. The hose adapter end is ineffective, cleaning in corners because it is too fat, not like the old metal tubes. My rating of this vacuum is the worst in 42 years of owning Kenmore vacuums. I would recommend customers run from it!
Bought this when my 15y/o Electrolux broke right before Thanksgiving. I am sorely disappointed. The floor piece swivels too much. It is noisy. It doesn't fit between furniture legs. It is terrible on floors and fair on low pile carpets. It barely picks up puppy kibble. Spent over $200 for it, not the cheap one. I am plan on repairing my awesome Electrolux!!
This is the vacuum cleaner of my dreams. It has great suction and great accessories. It is light enough for my wife to use, and cleans in all the nooks and crannies. Great for pet hair, dust bunnies, etc.
I replaced my 8 year old Kenmore canister with this one last year because the motor died. I hate the whole design of the wand and attachments on this one. The wand is too short, there is so much excessive plastic at the top of the wand and carpet attachment that it doesn't fit under lower profile furniture. Makes it clunky and heavier than it needs to be. The bare floor attachment is much smaller (as is the crevice tool) and pivots for what reason?? The only reason I'm giving this any stars is because the suction is fine but this design needs a do over. Also, don't expect to be able to use any of your older Kenmore attachments with this vacuum. I kept mine but found none of them would fit because it's designed so you can only use what comes with it.
I have a kenmore canister vacuum that I purchased about 9 years ago which I have been thrilled with. I recently purchased this model as an extra vacuum to keep on the second floor of my home. I have been a bit disappointed. There have been a number of changes made which are not necessarily for the better. The wand is made up of multiple bulky pieces and is way too short! I am only 5'4'' and i find I have to stoop over when vacuuming, leaving me with a bit of a backache! previous model had an easily adjustable wand which is great for various cleaning options. The handle is also a bit bulky and not the most ergonomic. On the plus side, the motor seems to be more powerful. All in all, I prefer my previous model!