I purchased the Kenmore Progressive (31069) vacuum to replace my aging Eureka Boss SmartVac 4870, which is a similarly featured bagged vacuum cleaner that was near the top of Consumer Reports’ ratings several years ago like the Kenmore Progressive currently is. Despite their similarities, the Kenmore Progressive is an upgrade in nearly every single way! However there are a few flaws that keep the Kenmore from being perfect. PROS * Long, 30 foot power cord. I can vacuum the whole floor of my house only plugging it in once. * On-board pet hair turbo cleaner – also works great for cleaning steps * VERY easy to maneuver – feels twice as light to push and pull compared to my Eureka despite similar weights. * Excellent cleaning performance – My carpets look cleaner and the suction is great from the extension hose. * Easy to reach power switch * Bright headlight * Suction control dial when using extension hose * Quieter than my old vacuum. Not super-quiet but not objectionable either. CONS: * To use the full 14 feet of the extension hose, you need to unclip it from the bottom, which raises the center of gravity of the hose up to the middle of the vacuum. As a result, even a small tug on the hose as you extend it results in the vacuum tipping over VERY easily. My advice: Either leave the hose clipped on the bottom (vacuum won’t tip but you have less than 14 feet usable) OR hold or lay down the vacuum when extended the hose. * As other reviewers have mentioned, the clip that positions the power cord up high does a poor job holding it in – the cord pops out very easily. I found a simple workaround to fix this: simply clip in the power cord then loop it through the handle. That keeps it from popping out. * No stair handle – My Eureka had a small handle on the front the made it easy to hold the entire vacuum when vacuuming steps. The Kenmore does not have this feature, so it is harder to balance the vacuum on a step, but it can still be done. Not a deal killer. * The first 3 cons listed above are minor nuisances, but the reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 are for this reason: When you lock the vacuum cleaner into the upright position (to use the extension hose or just stop to pick something up), the beater brush DOES NOT disengage and keeps spinning. You MUST use the manual ‘brush off’ footswitch to turn off the brush, or else the brush will continue to spin in the stationary location that the vacuum is sitting in, potentially damaging the carpet. I know I’m not using this wrong, because even the user manual explains to manually turn off the beater brush when using the extension hose. On my Eureka, locking it in the upright position automatically disengages the brush. I guess I just need to get used to this and hope I don’t damage my carpet if I forget. Despite the cons, this is a fantastic vacuum that performs well and I would definitely buy it again. It is an excellent value when it is on sale.
Do not buy this vacuum cleaner. The brush motor broke after two years and it costs almost as much as the vacuum to replace. When it did work it was very heavy and cumbersome to use. I was very disappointed as I grew up with Kenmore brands but this product does not live up to the reputation.
Love this item.
GREAT vacuum! Love the attachments and the powerful suction for blinds, baseboards, corners and crevices! I have one and enjoy so much bought one as a gift for my daughter! Her excitement was how well it picked up the dog hair!
Great vacuum. Exactly as it was described in the Internet site
Very pretty, good suction, strong brush action, decent price.