Kenmore Progressive 21614 Vacuum Cleaner Review
A vacuum designed with pet owners in mind.
By the Numbers
We test our vacuums in a sealed room with positive pressure, so any debris on our test carpets is debris that we intentionally place there.
For the performance tests, we use a 90-gram mixture of dirt made up of sand and talcum powder, which provides grains of multiple sizes for the vacuums to encounter. This mixture is placed on three test surfaces: shag carpet, normal carpet, and bare floor. We also test how well our vacuums can handle cat hair, as well as food debris. The food debris we use during our testing is composed of uncooked macaroni and rice.
In an audio chamber, we revved up the Kenmore 21614 and measured how much noise it produced. Our instruments picked up 74.8 dBA. That's loud enough for your whole house to know you're vacuuming. However, amongst canister designs, it's pretty standard. You'll have to shell out quite a bit more for a quiet vacuum.
Edge Cleaning & Furniture Clearance
We test edge cleaning by using a wooden obstacle to simulate an edge of a room. Talcum powder is sprinkled along the edge to provide a visual cue of where the vacuum had suction. The 21614 kept up perfect suction all the way to its front edge. However, suction didn't begin on the sides until a quarter-inch in. This could prove to be a bit of an annoyance when cleaning right near walls and corners, but if you reposition your vacuum to use the front edge, it should work just fine.
Another wooden obstacle is used in our vacuum "limbo" test. The 21614 required 6 inches of clearance in order use its full reach. This means you'll have to move most couches and beds out of the way in order to clean the floor beneath them.
The Kenmore 21614 showed its best results on high-pile carpet. On average, it removed 16.1 grams of the 90-gram mixture and all the cat hair we left out for it. On the normal carpet test, the vacuum picked up 59.75 grams of the dirt mixture, as well as 83% of the cat hair.
The 21614 scored well in our food debris test. Out of 60 pieces of uncooked macaroni and rice scattered on the floor, the device picked up 95% of these "leftovers".
Bare Floor Cleaning
To simulate a dirty kitchen floor, we placed uncooked rice and macaroni on our test floor. After running the vacuum over this area, 90% of the food debris had been removed from the floor. Most vacuums have issues with macaroni due to its odd shape, but the 21614 had no such problem.
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