Kenmore 28015 Bagged Canister Vacuum…Full Of Surprises!
Aug 26, 2012 (Updated Aug 26, 2012)
a Very Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
Pros:Versatile, Common Sense Features
Cons:Limited Reach Under Furniture, Pricey HEPA bags, Filter, Clumsy Belt Replacement
The Bottom Line:
The Kenmore 28015 Intuition Canister Vacuum is a well-made and thought out premium canister vacuum cleaner from Kenmore that deserves a second look if HEPA is high on your list.
I don’t think that any other appliance in the house garners more attention than the vacuum cleaner. Most members of the family have an almost daily acquaintance with it and each probably has their own set of opinions regarding it’s well. We had been looking for a replacement unit for a rental unit at the shore and didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a unit that would see certain abuse but wanted a reliable unit that would be efficient enough to pull sand out of the carpets to protect our floors.
Recommend this product?
We have an Electrolux Renaissance that we recently had repaired and had purchased another canister vac in the interim, thinking it would do the job, only to end up selling it after we got the Renaissance back when our unit at the Shore went on the fritz. Well, the wife came home with a Kenmore 28015 Intuition Canister Vacuum after seeing it in action at a friend’s store.
Out of the box, the Kenmore 28015 Intuition Canister Vacuum gives a good impression. The top mounted hose is on a swivel, eliminating the kinks that can often cause electrical issues after repeated twisting of unforgiving hose end connections. A sturdy seven foot hose couples the rather substantial wand to the bagged canister, both regaled in a deep rich metallic blue with an interesting array of wand mounted controls.
THE GRIP/CONTROL PANEL
An integrated looped grip is where you guide the Kenmore 28015 Canister Vacuum through its paces while providing access to the numerous power and surface choices on this versatile machine. The first control you encounter is the off button. The power level button follows allowing access to three power levels (low, med, high) which also doubles as the on function. A carpet/floor selector shuts the powerhead down for floor work and back on again for carpets. Finally, the dirt sensor indicator follows with twin LED indicator lamps in red/green, red indicating the sensor detects flying debris. The dirt sensor lenses are located inside the handle approximately 5 inches in and require routine cleaning with a bottle brush to sense particulates in the air that activate the red/green indicator lamps on the control panel.
The adjustable, telescoping wand is capable of ratcheting from a total 40” of height, for say teaching little ones to pick up after themselves to 51” providing ample extension for the tallest users. No fewer than 16 detents, facilitated by a manual wand mounted sliding activator button, allows for comfortable wand height, a very nice feature. A top mounted wand release button allows for pulling the wand away from the grip.
A remarkable feature of the Kenmore 28015 Canister Vacuum was how it goes about utilizing the bag as a HEPA filter as opposed to a cloth or waffled cardboard filter on competing models. The synthetic cloth bag is substantial and quite capable at keeping your environment free from the smells associated with and unchanged bag. It’s hard to determine just how effective it is at removing airborne allergens though Consumer Reports gives it high marks on its ability to maintain a clean environment when used properly. In the way of additional filters, the Kenmore 28015 incorporates both a motor ($2.50 ea) and exhaust filter ($19.99 ea., not a typo) to assure efficient operation and clean operation. The dirt sensor further allows you to monitor whether you are picking up all the dirt as indicated by a wand mounted sensor lamp. The bags can be considered pricey at around $5.00 for a three pack but if you suffer from allergies and a allergen free home spells relief for you, the cost of admission is well worth it, though it may become expensive if you are routinely picking up dog hair, which has a tendency to rapidly fill bags.
A quick release button at the base of the hose releases it from the canister for access to clogs though the opposing wand end is static with no access from that end.
As one would expect the canister also caddies a: (1) 5” dust brush (2) 7” crevice tool and (3) 9” articulating contour wand. The nice surprise is that in a rearward compartment is located a (4) 4 ½” power head for carpeted stairs.
Twin 5” wheels and forward mounted swivel caster keeps the Kenmore 28015 Canister Vacuum agile around the house though a front mounted integrated handle facilitates portability. The front caster locks into place once the canister is elevated 25° to provide some grip on stairs with the canister in the upright position. The unit is made from (what else) plastic though appears durable with excellent fit and finish and no evidence of flimsy or frail parts. All the handles and switches are substantially manufactured for the long haul and the 29’ cord is a plus on a consumer machine, allowing you to work through the house without having to constantly reconnect to power outlets. The top mounted cord retractor pedal is large enough to be activated by foot and is heavily sprung, making recoils a quick and easy pleasure.
THE POWER HEAD
Well thought through, for the most part, the 12 amp, Kenmore 28015 Intuition Canister Vacuum’s crowning feature, from my perspective, is its ability to switch from power head to floor bush with the tap of a rear, center mounted pedal, followed by lifting the integrated (5) 8” floor brush out of the powerhead’s cradle. Switching back to powerhead mode is a matter of replacing the floor brush into the top of the convertible powerhead. A pedal on the units left side essentially un-parks the wand for use after storing after use.That pedal is complemented by an opposing pedal on the right that accesses three height levels (low, med high) and are actuated by foot pedal to achieve desired height adjustment for the 12.5 agitator brush. A top mounted belt reset indicator essentially trips the motor should you get tangled on an errant carpet thread or material. Tapping the top mounted breaker switch gets you up and running immediately after clearing the obstruction. Belt removal is performed by removing 5 screws on the power head, an annoying exercise that could have been better designed to replace the flat ($7.95) belt.
Edge Cleaning is very good though deep crevices as you would find between walls and installed carpeting would require the crevice tool though, predictably, edge cleaning on bare floors is exemplary.
Topped off by a three sided front furniture bumper, this may be one of the most innovative power heads I’ve seen in some time.
Under Power Kenmore 28015 Canister Vacuum is easy to negotiate around your furniture as three-way swivels located at the canister and left/right capability at the power head further facilitate access. One area, however, may present a red flag for some users. The wand cannot swivel close enough to the floor to reach under furniture to access carpeted areas, though releasing the floor brush from the head does provide all the access necessary to reach under the deepest sofas and chairs. You can also utilize the included smaller power head to access those hard to reach areas if so disposed. If it is necessary for you to utilize a power head under your furniture, this may provide the death knell for this this unit in your home. Personally, with wood floors or even a rug, I don’t take issue with this single shortcoming. Overall I found the Kenmore 28015 Canister Vacuum did an equally nice job on loose rugs, floors and carpeting. Single passes yielded pleasing rows of raised nap further confirmed by the dirt sensor.
Under way the Kenmore 28015 Canister Vacuum is relatively quiet as it is insulated to keep down noise with Kenmore’s Quiet Guard 2 Technology, but frankly not a compelling buying feature.
Power-wise, 12 amps is hefty power and on a premium grade unit, I would expect no less. It does have the ability to pull silt through some looser woven carpet with excellent surface cleaning capability. I would say it comparably performs with the Electrolux
Time will best judge the Kenmore 28015 Intuition Canister Vacuum but from I have experienced using this canister vacuum, it offers a level of cleaning not found on many consumer canister vacuums at a street price just south of $450.00. Along with performance, longevity is one feature that Electrolux models all share, which make them attractive, though overpriced, though the pricey motor filter replacement and HEPA bag costs are nothing to sneeze at. I will be curious in the coming months and, hopefully, years to see if the Kenmore competes o a more comprehensive level with the Electrolux. Until then, given time and circumstances, I would have to say we are pleased with this purchase and I would likely recommend this unit, caveat and all.
(On a 5 scale 5= Excellent )
Appearance – 5
Wand - 4
Versatility – 4
Control Placement and Ergonomics – 5
Suction – 5
Build Integrity – 5
Bag, Belt, Filter Costs - 3
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