When you hear the name Panasonic, what immediately comes to mind may be electronics or entertainment systems, but rarely do you think of vacuum cleaners. Panasonic manufactures a large variety of products, including home appliances like vacuum cleaners. Panasonic vacuums are known to be quite powerful, long lasting, and rich with the features you would need in a modern cleaner.
A Japanese-based company, Panasonic began in 1918 with the invention of a two-socket light fixture by Konosuke Matsushita, who soon after founded the company that eventually became Panasonic. Established in America in 1959, the Matsushita Electric Corporation of America, as it was known, gained the name Panasonic Corporation of North America in 2005. Today, it continues to manufacture and deliver a wide range of products throughout the United States and to countries around the world.
But enough about the company, let’s talk about the best canister vacuums Panasonic has to offer:
1. Panasonic MC-CG937 OptiFlow Canister Vacuum
The Panasonic MC-CG937 Optiflow is one of Panasonic’s well rated canister vacuums. It is also one of the two canister vacuums of Panasonic blessed and equipped with the Optiflow Technology. OptiFlow technology, according to Panasonic, involves using a double walled vacuum bag coupled with a special venting system to help maintain airflow through the machine’s vacuum bags. This ensures limited drop-off in vacuum suction as the bag fills.
- Powerful “Bag” Canister with 12 Amp Motor, 24 foot Power cord w/Cord Reel
- OptiFlow System with separate large bag caddy for easy emptying of dust bag and 20% more use of bag for optimum bag usage and airflow
- Power Nozzle with Overload Protection reset, Bare Floor switch on handle with Variable Power Control
- Tools on-board include: (Floor brush, Dusting & Upholstery Brush, Crevice Tool, Pet Turbine Mini-brush) and Aluminum Telescopic Wand
Solid performer across all floor types, this vacuum cleaner accommodates both bare-floor surfaces and carpets beautifully. Simply flip the switch on the handle to “floor”, which turns on just the canister motor, or to “carpet”, which turns on both the canister motor and the power nozzle motor. There’s also 4-position height adjustment depending on the height of the carpet.
Unlike other canisters out there, this one features a unique removable vacuum bag caddy. With this feature, changing and disposing of bags will not be an issue. The bag caddy can be lifted out of canister. Two HEPA dust bags are included in the package. The genuine Panasonic Type C-19 HEPA vacuum bags may be a little pricey but they have large dust capacity, meaning fewer bag changes. A number of on-board tools such as floor brush and crevice tool are also included that will make vacuuming easier. The tools fit into a compartment. The telescopic wand is adjustable to accommodate operators of any height. People with a bad back will appreciate this feature.
The MC-CG937 OptiFlow has a 24 foot power cord that retracts with a push of your foot. The cord rewind feature is great for storage and convenience. It eliminates tedious cord winding. For some people the self-retracting power cord is not a big deal. However, it is still a nice extra.
The Panasonic OptiFlow carries a 1 year limited manufacturer’s warranty. This seems a little short (in my opinion) given that the vacuum is generally between $200 and $300, however I have not read of many problems with the machine.
2. Panasonic MC-CL943 JetForce Canister Vacuum
As part of the Urban Series, the MC-CL943 is designed for the cramped apartments that are increasingly common in modern cities. Consequently, the compact vacuum includes a number of conveniences that make navigating around apartments just a little bit easier, regardless of your square footage. It’s a compact and quiet-running cleaning system that can eliminate dirt, dust and pet hair from virtually every surface
in your home. Driven by a powerful 11-amp motor, it features a cyclonic suction system that utilizes an hourglass-shaped dust cup to capture and compress dust, dirt and other debris for easy disposal. Everything you could wish for in a vacuum is built into this technologically advanced model, including HEPA filtration, multi-surface cleaning and a detachable debris container, which means you’ll never have to deal with a messy vacuum bag again.
- Jet Force Technology
- Powerful 11-Amp Motor
- Quiet Operation
- Compact and Lightweight
- Zero Turning Radius Design
The powerful 11-amp motor uses Jet Force Technology to suck in dirt, dust, and debris, and quickly separate them from the incoming air flow. All of the material you pick up is forced into the hourglass-shaped dust cup without interrupting the flow of air. There’s no loss of suction with this system and you get the same powerful cleaning on every inch of your floor.
All controls are on the handle, fairly common with modern canister vacuums, but a welcome addition nonetheless. The MC-CL943 has a Carpet mode and Floor mode: Carpet mode uses an agitator to release dust particles, while Floor disengages the agitator to prevent it from pushing dust away from the nozzle. The power nozzle works its magic on hard floors and carpets alike. With the flick of a switch, you can engage the soft-bristle agitation to work deeply into carpets and rugs or to softly buff hard floors for a shining finish. You can even use this vacuum to clean the tricky line between floor and walls without any back-breaking maneuvering or having to risk scraping and scratching by using just the wand nozzle. The edge grabber tool allows you to tilt the head flush to your walls and clean the hard to reach areas.
3. Panasonic MC-CL310 Bagless Vacuum
Compared to the Optiflow and the Jetforce, this machine is much cheaper. Mainly because it uses straight suction only, it does not come with an agitator. It was designed with hard floor surfaces in mind.
- Powerful 11AMP motor system, Bagless design for no replacement of messy bags
- Multi-Angle “Suction only” Floor Nozzle that allows the 8″ nozzle to be maneuvered into tight or narrow spaces while keeping the nozzle flat against the surface being cleaned.
- 360 Degree 6 Foot Swivel Hose connection feature that allows you to clean in any direction with out the hose becoming twisted. HEPA Fliter System
- 16 Foot Cord length with Automatic Cord Reel, Tools on-board attachments include: Crevice tool with flip-up bristles
The MC-CL310 only weighs 13 pounds, making it easy to carry the hose and canister. It has a 16-foot cord and an 8-inch cleaning path. Both the cord and cleaning path are comparatively smaller than the previous models, which means you will cover less surface and have to switch outlets more often. However, the cord is retractable so you won’t have to wind it up after each cleaning.
Combining an 11 Amp motor with smooth maneuverability, this canister-style vacuum cleaner by Panasonic delivers powerful cleaning performance. Two large wheels make it easy to roll from one location to the next, while it’s long, 360-degree swivel hose and multi-directional 8 in. floor nozzle allow for extended reach across floors, over carpeting, and under furniture. For above-floor cleaning, simply remove the floor nozzle to attach one of the onboard tools. Use the dusting brush to clean tabletops, lamp shades, and other surfaces, and put the crevice tool to work sucking up dirt, pet hair, and crumbs from in between couch cushions and other tight spots. The combo crevice tool and dusting brush store on the wand for quick access. Even more, the vacuum cleaner’s Edge Grabber attachment features a unique shape that conforms and directs maximum suction to hard-to-clean areas like where floors meet baseboards.