This Panasonic canister vacuum includes a power brush, upholstery tool, floor brush, dusting brush, and crevice tool. It weighs 23 pounds and provides helpful features such as a retractable cord, brush on/off switch, suction control, and telescopic wand.
About This Brand
Established in Japan almost a century ago, Panasonic has been making home appliances since the 1920s. Panasonic has been in the U.S. for more than 50 years, focusing on electronics and appliances, including vacuums. Panasonic makes uprights and canisters priced from about $150 to $500. They're sold at small, independent vacuum dealers, and national chain stores such as Sears and Walmart.
Bag Denotes whether the model has a disposable bag. A growing number of vacuums, particularly upright models, use a container that can be emptied, eliminating the bag. To capture fine-dirt particles, however, these models must use a filter (such as a HEPA filter) that can need routine cleaning or replacement. Replacement filters tend to be significantly more expensive than bags. While vacuums with bags may also use filters, the bag acts as a prefilter that helps to keep the fine-dirt filter cleaner, thus extending its performance until cleaning or replacement. Another caveat: Emptying the dustbin and cleaning a filter can be messy, and handling it may expose you to dust and other allergens.
Weight (lbs.) Weight of the vacuum cleaner, to the nearest pound.
Brush on/off An on/off switch for the rotating brush lets you stop the brush from rotating when using tools or cleaning bare floors. This helps eliminate scattered dirt on bare floors and reduces the risk of injury if the vacuum tips over during use. It also reduces the risk of damaging a carpet or the finish of a bare floor if the vacuum sits in place at the low-height setting.
Easy on/off A switch that's located on the handle or where your foot can activate it is more convenient than one on the body of the vacuum.
Manual-pile adjust Lets you adjust the height of the machine to a carpet's pile height to allow for easy movement and thorough cleaning. Adjustments are automatic on some models, but we prefer the manual control afforded by some models.
Sears sold nearly this exact same Panasonic-manufactured design for many years under the Kenmore name (as in, most of the parts are completely interchangable)<br /><br />Overall, the vacuum has been decent. I greatly prefer bags over bagless designs, and this fills the bill. It cleans wonderfully, and cleaning furniture is a breeze when I can just heave the powerhead right onto sofas, chairs, stairs, etc. (Try THAT with an upright!) It's good this is easy, because the mini-powerhead isn't very powerful. The only real issue I've had with it is that the seal between the bag bracket and the bag isn't perfect, but this just means the cheap canister filter needs changing more often than you might otherwise like.<br /><br />It's only needed two repairs in ten years: I had to replace the mini-powerhead (cheap on eBay). Also the connection between the handle and the telescoping wand began to short out. The parts were easily orderable online, and a helpful YouTube video showed the trick for getting the wand apart to replace the connector. It sounds like I'm not the only person with issues with that connector... (part numbers AC45ECUEZU00 for the wand and AC37GBZRZV06 for the handle... the video for the wand disassembly can be found by searching for the Sears part number: 8191782)<br /><br />For bags and filters, buy generics online for big savings; you'll most commonly find them listed as Kenmore Type C bags. The compartment Filter is a Kenmore CF-1 and the HEPA filter is the EF-1. It's VERY important to replace the canister filter when it starts looking clogged (just glance at it when replacing bags) If you neglect that filter and it gets clogged, you'll burn out the motor. (Generics are all of $1.50) This is not unique to this product; filter or bag neglect will burn out any canister vacuum.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Spokane, WA
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Horrible customer service
This model was less than a year old and the connection between the hose extension and the power became loose and would cause intermittent power outages. Since it was under warranty, Panasonic instructed us to take it to a repair center, which we did. However, the repair center cannot get the part because Panasonic claims the part doesn't exist. Now, Panasonic is further stating that this was due to us plugging the parts in incorrectly! Funny thing: there is only one way to plug the parts into each other! We are now stuck with a vacuum that's a year old and doesn't work!
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from New England
(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
Unhappy with construction and quality
Easy To Empty
i've owned this vacuum for a year. The carpet brush portion will not stand up on its own due to weight imbalance. The base is not heavy enough to hold up the wand, and after a few seconds it tips over. Watch your walls and anything valuable on a table! Very frustrating to have to lay it on the floor just to protect things in the house. Also, beginning at about six months every time we use it, it (apparently) overheats and shuts off. It takes four attempts to finish our small upstairs carpet area. Hardwood is fine, though. It seems to only occur on carpet, regardless of how small the pile is. I've tried cleaning all filters and putting the brush at a higher level in case the brush was working too hard against the carpet. No go. This cost too much money to be so useless. Otherwise the design is very nice with regard to attachments, and the ease with which the brush head comes off the wand.