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Kirby Sentria II Review

Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued.

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Kirby Sentria II image: This vacuum comes with a wide variety of tools for wet and dry cleaning and for dusting a range of surfaces.

Kirby Sentria II image: This vacuum comes with a wide variety of tools for wet and dry cleaning and for dusting a range of surfaces.
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Kirby Sentria II image: With additional attachments, this machine can used to shampoo carpets.

Kirby Sentria II image: With additional attachments, this machine can used to shampoo carpets.
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Kirby Sentria II image: This vacuum can be used as a regular upright machine on bare floors as well as on rugs and carpets.

Kirby Sentria II image: This vacuum can be used as a regular upright machine on bare floors as well as on rugs and carpets.
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Kirby Sentria II image: The floor nozzle on this vacuum features a powerful, wide cleaning path and a head lamp.

Kirby Sentria II image: The floor nozzle on this vacuum features a powerful, wide cleaning path and a head lamp.

Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.

The Kirby Sentria II is a deep cleaning vacuum system made in the United States. To utilize Kirby's three-year warranty and rebuild program, you must purchase the Sentria II from an authorized distributor. More than just an upright or canister, this deep cleaning vacuum can convert to 12 different useful machines.

For almost 100 years, Kirby distributors have been selling their vacuums from door to door. After an in-home demonstration, you have the option to purchase the Sentria II, plus a variety of accessories. The price of the unit depends on which accessories you choose to purchase, but it typically ranges from $800 to $1500. This is more than most deep cleaning vacuums cost. This higher cost is due to the fact that the Sentria II is built from mostly metal components, and it is expected to last far longer than a store-bought vacuum cleaner.

The Sentria II has the ability to work as a canister vacuum, with a wide range of tools, for cleaning many surfaces like stairs, drapes and hard flooring. It also functions as a deep cleaning upright, with powerful suction to clean carpeting of all heights. In the upright mode, the Sentria II operates with a "TechDrive" power assist, meaning you use very little effort to push the vacuum across your carpet. With a push from your toe, you can adjust the carpet height setting. The Sentria II has a bright LED headlight to help you see the cleaning path ahead of you, even in dark areas of your home.

After purchasing the Kirby system, you learn how to transform the Sentria II into several other useful machines with a 30-minute video. By utilizing different attachments, this deep cleaning vacuum can also become a deep cleaning carpet shampooer, a hardwood floor buffer, or even an air pump for blowing up an air mattress.

The Kirby Sentria II comes with a three-year warranty, which is shorter than some other premium vacuums. Also be aware that to qualify for the Kirby warranty, you much purchase your vacuum from an authorized dealer through an in-home demonstration. If your Sentria has a problem after three years, you can pay a small fee to have your vacuum shipped back to a service facility where they will rebuild the entire machine and guarantee it for one additional year. These rebuilt Kirby systems are often for resale on eBay, but the warranty only applies to the original owner, so it is safer to purchase directly through a Kirby salesperson. The company website has useful information such as how-to videos, product manuals and access to purchase replacement parts, bags and filters.

The Kirby Sentria II is a unique vacuum system. You can utilize the Sentria II in several different ways to get your floors and other surfaces their cleanest. Though it costs more than many stand-alone vacuum cleaners, this deep vacuum is expected to last for a very long time and replaces other machines that you may be inclined to purchase separately in addition to a deep vacuum.