Love our Kenmore Elite upright. So many things: 1) the cord is plenty long to vacuum at least half of our ranch home; 2) attachments that are more than adequate and are conveniently stored and easy to access; 3) easy to maneuver the canister; 4) easy to convert from the Powermate to the lift off floor brush to the attachments; 4) off/on and suction switches are conveniently located on the handle; 5) wand adjustment is easily adjustable from short to long for underneath beds & ceiling; 6) dust bag a cinch to change out & it's not messy to change! 7) LED lights everywhere. Everything (Powermate, lift-off floor brush, attachment wand) is well lit while vacuuming; 8) we live in the South so there is no carpeting in our home, only throw rugs. The Powermate is great for our throw rugs (and hardwood/porcelain tile). However I favor the lift off floor brush on our hardwood and porcelain tile floors. My husband found this vacuum for me and I must admit I was apprehensive of going back to a canister. Wasn't wild about pulling a vacuum around behind me. I was SO WRONG! Glad he found this for me. So easy to use and does a fantastic job of picking up after us and dogs & cats! I highly recommend this vacuum!
I ordered this vacuum and received it today. I thought it looked like the box had already been opened. I opened it and saw the vacuum bags that I ordered were in there so I figured they had just put them in the box before shipping. I then unpacked it to find it had been used. I called sears.com and the store that it shipped from in Michigan. No one was really helpful. They just said to send it back. So now I am inconvenienced with having to take it to a ups center and ship it back and the vacuum is now $50.00 more online. I am never going to order anything from sears again and have shredded my credit card. No wonder that they have closed so many stores.
On the plus side, this machine has great power and suction. Pretty color. Stair feature is nice. Powered floor and furniture units pleasing. Cord sufficiently long.
Negative, do not like the large connection points. Cannot reach under low lying furniture. Most attachments in back of machine, crevice tool stored near handle. I have yet to be able to get it out of its snug holder to use.
I miss the older Kenmore models that I have used for decades, using interchangeable parts as the need arose. Cathedral ceilings were a snap to dust with more sections of wand attached. Being a professional house cleaner, this new machine will mean more work and longer hours.
Exactly what I needed with a double-coated dog in my household. Attachments are included and hidden in the canister. Lighter than an upright so maneuvering around furniture is easier.