The Kenmore Intuition BU4022 upright corded vacuum cleaner, is a versatile unit, provides a cleaning performance on a few different surfaces. It is built with light materials and requires little to no maintenance. However, compared to other similar cleaners, it is a bit bulkier and might be challenging to handle in hardly accessible areas. With all these, it is versatile, affordable and great for both small and large homes.
Kenmore Intuition BU4022 build
The vacuum cleaner comes with a general build performance. Practically, there is lots of hard plastic in its composition – well put together and not flimsy at all. It also features a few metallic parts – mostly the wand. The wheels are based on rubber, so they move freely without scratching hard surfaces.
Overall, the build feels quite sturdy. Despite this aspect, the vacuum cleaner is simple and intuitive to put together. Its parts clip together without too much hassle – use the manual of instructions if you are not 100% sure.
Dirt compartment and other parts
The dirt compartment is one of the first things people look for in a vacuum cleaner. It is relatively large compared to the competition, so you will not have to replace it too soon. There is no need to keep an eye on it because you have four light indicators. They turn green gradually as the bag fills up. When they are red, it means the bag has reached its top capacity.
As for the package, apart from the actual Kenmore BU4022, you have a head, a hose with a handle, a wand and a bag compartment door. There are a couple of filters and associated filter covers, as well as six different dirt bags. A pet attachment and a dusting brush are also included, plus a three in one tool and a manual of instructions.
Range, portability and storage
The Kenmore vacuum might be corded, but it has a good range. The cord is quite long, so you can cover more small rooms or perhaps a massive open space without changing outlets. All in all, the cord is 30 feet in length, while the hose adds just under three feet more.
In terms of portability, you do not have to worry too much about this cleaner. It weighs about 14 pounds – a bit heavier than other units in this range due to its bulky design, but it is still easy to move around. The carrying handle is integrated, so you can go up and down the stairs without any hassle.
As for the storage, the cord must be stored manually around it, while all tools can be stored on board. One of the tools must be stored separately though. Since this is an upright vacuum cleaner, storage is easy in any closet or behind furniture.
Ease of use
The Kenmore BU4022 has a few features to make your life easier. The power button is super simple to access, while the brush roll can be turned on and off – no more risks of scratching hard surfaces. Suction control is also available and conveniently located by the handle.
Suction control may seem irrelevant, but you can decrease the suction if you find the vacuum cleaner difficult to move on carpets. Other than that, the head swivels for easy access, while the headlight can illuminate when cleaning dark areas. The surface type adjustment is manual.
Configuration and tools
While designed with an upright performance, the truth is you can use this vacuum cleaner in a few other ways too. It has a lift up feature. Basically, you get the body out of the upright position and carry it around – suitable when you do stairs or tall surfaces.
Attachments and brushes are not to be overlooked either. The so called Pet HandiMate turbo attachment is the most impressive one because of its efficiency at removing pet hair from soft surfaces. The extension wand is great for hardly accessible areas, while the hard bristle brush will dislodge stubborn dirt.
Kenmore Intuition BU4022 care and maintenance
The Kenmore Intuition BU4022 comes with specific maintenance instructions. There is not much to do – nothing to worry about here, but you should still be aware of how to look after it to extend its durability and performance.
The vacuum cleaner stands up in the crowd with its HEPA filter, placed close to the front side – behind a chrome cover. You need to clean it with cold water every 12 months – this is the only maintenance required for it.
Finally, you may need to keep an eye on the brush roll. The cover cannot be removed, while the actual roll is tricky to remove due to 13 screws keeping it in place. You can turn the vacuum cleaner upside down and remove trapped hair and other debris manually – you might as well use scissors.
Modes and performance
The two motor power gives you more suction than what the competition can provide, hence the great value for money. Sometimes, it might be a bit too much suction, hence the possibility to adjust it according to your needs.
The Kenmore Intuition BU4022 performs great on hard floors, as well as high pile carpets. It is more efficient on high pile carpets than on low pile carpets and it works wonders for homes with pets. Using it on stairs can be a bit tricky, but not impossible.
It is light and portable, so it makes a good choice in every home out there. The cord is long, but you may still have to unplug it to go from one place to another. Those with very large homes or recreational vehicles may want to consider a less exhausting alternative – the Dirt Devil CV1500 whole house system that allows a vent in every room for even more convenience.
• Good performance on most surfaces;
• Light indicators for bags;
• Head lighting;
• Two motor suction power – adjustable too;
• Great for homes with pets;
• Bulkier and slightly heavier than other upright vacuum cleaners;
Bottom line, Kenmore BU4022 provides consistency and excellent results on bare floors, yet its performance is just as efficient on carpets and pet debris. It handles both small and large debris and its performance will not drop as the bag fills up.