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Customer Review

on August 23, 2011
I recently purchased this machine to replace a Kenmore that had given many years of good service. I was hesitant to purchase this model due to the reviews, but It is difficult to find a simple, basic canister vacuum cleaner for less than $100. I looked in every department and appliance store in town. There are dozens of $300-$500 models (mostly uprights which look like they should be roving the surface of Mars), but I'm sure there is much more mark-up in those models than in a basic canister. I spent hours here on Amazon comparing models and reading reviews. I was drawn to the Bissell Zing Bagged Canister Vacuum, 22Q3, but it seemed there was a problem with finding the replacement bags. I had read that bagged models typically had better suction than bagless models, but I didn't want the hassle of trying to find bags or the expense ($4 each from Bissell). The Kenmore 26082 is very similar in size and shape to my old Kenmore, except this new one is bagless. I find it has just as much (if not more) suction as my old bag model. This unit is rated at 9.5 amps( my old one was 8.5 amps) and does a great job at picking up cat hair from my tile and wood floors (I have no carpet). It has a total of 4 screens/filters that are washable and easy to replace. It doesn't have the (expensive) HEPA filter, but seems to capture most of the dust before the exhaust. The hose is very flexible and easy to attach. The extension wand is adjustable (the old one was two piece which usually resulted in being either too long or too short). I would have preferred a Made in USA model, but for made-in-China (isn't everything?) the quality seems very good: the seals fit well and the basket and filters remove and install easily; the retractable cord works well. I've not used it enough to comment on durability, but for now I'm extremely pleased with my purchase.
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