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Now THIS is a vacuum!
on March 9, 2014
Just got my new Panasonic MC-CG937 OptiFlow Canister Vacuum Cleaner and couldn't be happier. I'm not a clean freak. I dreaded vacuuming as an unpleasant chore for two reasons.My last two uprights (Hoover and Dirt Devil) have been big disappointments. Despite their brand popularity and advertised "HEPA" features, both were leaving a lot of dirt and dust in my carpets. When I cleaned my floors the dirt spun out the back. Plus, the upright was too thick to get under my furniture and too wide to fit between things easily. Very cumbersome.
Second, emptying the plastic chamber left me gagging. I could see the dust stuck on the chamber. This couldn't be good.
This time I decided to check Consumer Reports before buying. I was surprised that the top-rated vacuums were not the brands you would associate with vacuums (Hoover, Dirt Devil, Shark or even Dyson). Kenmore and this Panasonic got the top scores. I was especially looking for ratings on sucking power and pet hair -- this Panasonic did well.
The Amazon.com ratings also led me to this vacuum.
At a little over $300 with free Amazon PRIME shipping, I consider it a bargain. I was prepared to pay much more.
Usually I can only get through a couple of rooms at a time, because the upright is so inefficient and needs to be emptied frequently.
Yesterday, I vacuumed the whole house (2,000 sq.ft) with ease.
I LOVE it. Adjustable power settings for carpet vs. floor (does a great job on tile floors -- doesn't spin the dirt back out).
Everything "swivels" so you're not getting the hose twisted up.
Several times I rolled over something that made a scary noise and I thought "Oh heck. I've killed the new vacuum and it's not even 24 hours old yet!" But no! The vacuum "swallowed" these chunks like a hungry hippo. Very durable thus far.
The canister rolls along nicely behind you. It's lightweight. Head can slip right under cabinets, dressers, etc. -- this without even pulling out the specialized accessories. Haven't even tried those or the Air Turbine unit yet.
The edger picked up dirt really nicely, too. That has been a big problem with my uprights -- they don't get anywhere near the edge of wall and floor. Hard to go along every wall with wand.
This is a bagged vacuum. I had been using bagless uprights. For a woman with asthma and cats in the house, this really made cleaning much more pleasant. No sneezing or wheezing. I can tell already I'm going to need to keep a supply of bags in the house -- an extra expense, but for the quality of cleaning, very worth it.
My one negative is not with the Panasonic MC-CG937 vacuum itself. It is that when I bought it, two products popped up as "people who bought this also bought..." This led me to purchase extra vacuum bags and exhaust HEP filters that both ended up being the WRONG MODELS/SIZES for this vacuum.
It would be helpful if the product description said which bags and filters go with it. Then I wouldn't have to be returning the wrong ones.
So that you don't make the same mistake I did, here are the correct replacement parts for Model MC-CG937:
HEPA Media Exhaust Filter: MC-V199H (V-194 had been recommended -- that's not correct. Way too small. Does not fit)
Dust Bag (C-19) MC-V295H (V150 had been recommended. Not what the product manual says)
Belt (Type CB3) MC-V370B
In summary, I highly recommend this vacuum.
The right vacuum makes such a huge difference in the cleaning process and how my house feels -- lighter and fresher.