The Panasonic MC-UG471 upright vacuum cleaner includes a power brush, dusting brush, and crevice tool. It weighs 17 pounds and provides usability features such as a retractable cord.
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 waste 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 regular 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 pre-filter 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.) The weight of the vacuum cleaner, to the nearest pound. If you expect to carry your vacuum up and down stairs, consider a lighter vacuum (under 20 pounds).
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 more precise manual control afforded by some models.
Great Old Panasonic TANK lasted 15+ years -- started growling. I noticed users were trying to use tank like an upright. So I got a Panasonic Upright! Far easier to manuever on carpet. When using attachments, just lock in upright and tilt back -- because NO CARPET BRUSH CUTOFF.
How long have you owned it:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Raleigh, NC
(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
I have had this vacuum for just over 2 years and then all of a sudden I smell something burning... No, it was not the belt... It was the motor...Throwing sparks under the insulation wrapped around the motor!!!<br /><br />I know how to take care of my appliances. My previous vacuum was a Bissell and it has been running for 14 years! I use it for the garage and the Panasonic for the house.<br /><br />It will cost more to fix this than to buy a new vacuum cleaner. I wasted my money on panasonic! :(
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By W Doc
from New Mexico
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Price is right,easy to maintain.
Easy To Empty
Easy to Use
Short Power Cord
While using hose vacuum has the tendency to fall over backwards.