Ever since the housekeeper took off, the mansion just hasn't looked the same. I've tried. I really have. I've tried SO HARD that I actually have FIVE (yes, I counted them - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) vacuum cleaners (although I gave one to my brother last week, because his finally died). WHY would ANYONE need FIVE vacs?
Because - the mansion is 80% white tile floors and 20% off white carpet (well, it WAS off-white when I moved in). I keep buying vacuum cleaners in the hopes that ONE SINGLE MACHINE can handle both the tile (without shooting the debris and putting a massive dent in my shin), the (*cough*) white carpet...oh, and the yellow sofa, that the dog has claimed as his giant bed.
Don't get me wrong, I have a combination of 2 or 3 that would do the trick, but I could never find ONE that could REALLY do it all and DO IT WELL.
The Heaven's Open and the Light Shines Through..... Good Lord, I'm over-dramatic.
Sears asked me if I'd like to review a vacuum cleaner. After I finished laughing uncontrollably, I responded with a nice note, letting them know that I have a difficult time with the pelting of my shins during the vacuuming process. What I should have written was...
I'm thinking that it might not be such a great marketing idea for you to ask me to review your vacuum. I have vacuuming issues that can't be resolved with years of therapy, so I don't think a Kenmore Progressive 21614 Canister Vacuum would do the trick. Do you happen to have a 4-deck card shuffler or maybe a 4 karat diamond necklace that I could review?
Apparently, the Sears Company thinks I'm kidding. They sent me the vacuum.
At first appearance, it was a nice enough looking vacuum (as far as canister vacs go). The canister is a lovely plum color (although it comes in also comes in white), at least what I could see of it from the box. Vacuums usually mean "some assembly required" - which translates to - "it will sit in the box for the next month until I can get some sucker...I mean Mr. S., to put it together." After a week, I decided I'd take it out of the box. I could always stick it back in (sort of). To my surprise, it was pretty much all set, except for a couple of places that had to be snapped together (the parts that you'd normally take apart and put together when you switch the tools).
Well, that part was easy.
I figured I'd give it a test spin. I tried it on the tile floor, the bedroom carpet, the throw rugs and the dog bed (I mean sofa).
Here's what I like.
1. It uses these heavy duty HEPA bags. I know, most of you like the vacuums that don't have bags...BUT...if you have ALLERGIES (because emptying bag-less vacs means dust in the air), or have had a "miss" (when the dirt ends up in a pile on the floor instead of in the trash) you'll come to really appreciate the HEPA cloth bags. I admit to both. I used to think that I was just allergic to cleaning...I found out it was the dust. Personally, I like the 1st scenario better.
2. You don't have to do anything other than flip a switch on the handle to change from cleaning bare floors to carpet. It's supposed to be great on stairs too - but I don't have any so...
4. IT SUCKS! In a good way - isn't that what vacuums do? If I were to tell Mr. S. he sucks, it wouldn't be a good thing, but my Kenmore Progressive 21614 Canister Vacuum sucking, means CLEAN (guess it's that powerful 2 motor system).
5. I don't have to lift a finger to switch from bare floor to carpet...because the switch is right where my hand sits on the wand. I can also easily change the the cleaning tools right from where my hand sits, making it easy to use for dusting the furniture and window sills.
6.. The special 6 in-1 handle attaches any of the following: 1 ) Combination brush 2) Pet Powermate 3) Crevice tool 4) Pet hair tool 5) Floor brush,, 6) wand and power.
So far I haven't found anything wrong with it, except it means I now have SIX vacuums (wait, 5 - unless my brother gives me that one back). I'll keep you posted about the Kenmore Progressive 21614 Canister Vacuum as I use it over the holiday season.
I tried your Kenmore Progressive 21614 Canister Vacuum and I walked away without any major damage to my shins, and some clean floors. I'm still available to review that diamond necklace I mentioned in my earlier e-mail. Feel free to throw in some matching earrings if you see fit.
P.S. Does this mean I can cancel next week's therapy session?"
I received a vacuum from Sears for this review. I was in no way compensated and all opinions are strictly my own.