A can broom this strong, especially from big brands like Dyson, costs around $300 to $500.
The Panasonic MG-CG917 offers an affordable alternative that costs between $210 and $270 depending on where you buy it.
The only caveat is that this uses a bag that you will have to spend quite a bit but a pack of 3 will only cost about $8.
But there’s a plus factor – a bagged cleaner like this would be great for people with asthma because the cleanup would be easy and not dusty.
For a mid-priced case, fit and finish are very good as all accessories are locked in place. Therefore, there is very little chance of premature breakage of plague machines that use only plastic.
Quick look at the features
- This has a 12 amp motor
- 12 inch cleaning track
- 24 ft power cord
- 6 foot hose
- Telescopic stick with power switch for easy access
- OptiFlow technology will have better airflow
- Uses a bag to store debris and a HEPA filter that prevents allergens from coming back
- Comes with four attachments – floor tool, crevice tool, dust and upholstery brush, turbine brush for pets.
- Extremely powerful suction power thanks to a 12A motor
- Fit and finish very well (but not great) – accessories clip tightly to the telescopic stick
- Wide cleaning path – 14 inches
- It comes with an attachment that you can use to clean pet hair on upholstery and stairs
- Retractable power cord
- It has storage space for tools
- This swivel feature helps maneuver around furniture with ease
- It has a power switch on the handle which means you don’t need to bend over just to turn this thing on
- HEPA filter
- Poor edge cleaning performance
- Somewhat bulky – you’ll need to free up some space to store this
- When the telescopic stick is fully extended, it cannot stand on its own
What do you expect from the Panasonic MC-CG917 “OptiFlow”?
Even at its price, you get a lot for the money. The cleaning path is 14″ wide. It also comes with a 24 ft long retractable cord.
The length of the hose is quite large at 6 feet.
One of the unique features I see with this vacuum cleaner is the 360-degree swivel of the hose which gives you more freedom to move it around without worrying about twisting or damaging the hose.
This appliance is powered by a powerful 12A motor that you can use from velvet carpets to hardwood surfaces.
It has an option to turn off the motorized brush which is a great feature as it prevents it from scratching the floor.
Attachments and accessories
This comes with four tools…
- Main floor cleaning head
- slit tool
- Dusting/upholstery tool
- Pet Turbine Brush Tool
These tools will allow you to clean multiple areas from the floor, crevices and upholstery to the ceiling due to the telescopic wand.
The power cord is 24 feet long and is also retractable, so there are no issues with storing the cord.
Here’s the good news, both filters (pre-motor and HEPA) are washable, so there’s nothing that needs replacing.
But you will need to replace the bag once it is full. One of the great things about bagged vacuum cleaners is that there are almost no exposure to allergens because all the dirt stays inside the bag.
This vacuum cleaner comes with a one year warranty only.
Watch it in action
bare floor performance
It’s almost unanimous that this vacuum cleaner has strong suction based on the reviews I read at Walmart and Amazon.
Here’s the cool part, you can turn off the motorized brush so it doesn’t scratch your expensive surfaces (just in case you have one in your home).
Versatility stands out on this surface. It comes with a four-position adjustable floor tool depending on the type of rug you will be cleaning.
Panasonic says it will be able to clean even plush carpets because it has very good suction and a motorized brush.
Cleaning stairs (carpet or bare floor) will not be a problem due to the adjustable telescopic wand. It also comes with a small pet turbo brush that is also effective in removing dirt from carpets.
Pet hair removal
Like I said in the previous section, it comes with a pet turbine brush that allows users to brush pet hair from upholstery and stairs.
This is great because not all overhead vacuum cleaners have the ability to remove pet hair on upholstery — often, you’ll need a handheld device to do the job.
To clean pet hair on the carpet, a floor tool will be enough to do the job.
|Feature||Panasonic MC-CG917 “OptiFlow”|
Upholstery cleaning brush
Small Pet Turbine Brush
|rope length||24 feet|
|Automatic wire winding||
|Brush on/off switch||
|rotates on axis||
Note: Rotating hose
|Filter clogging indicator||
|bin full indicator||
4 modes of carpet height adjustment
|Net weight||12.3 pounds|
|Purchase Weight||27.9 EGP|
|hose length||6 feet|
|cleaning path||14 inches|
|total length||12 inches|
|filter type||Bag Filter + HEPA|
What do consumers say?
This got mostly positive reviews from nearly 500 consumers who left a review.
Consumers say that this vacuum cleaner has good suction power. Someone went so far as to say that it contains so much that it can damage furniture. The reach of the telescopic stick is long enough for people under 6 feet.
Suction on carpet is good enough while transitioning from hardwood to carpet should not be a problem.
Note that it has a switch that turns off the motorized brush.
Judging by the reviews, although this uses a bag, the suction is still good even when it’s full.
Consumers who love it say this makes it easier to get rid of dirt because there’s no need to clean the filters. All you have to do is replace the bag.
People also appreciate the storage space this product has for attachments. This is a great feature because it reduces the loss of things.
The length of the power cord is good enough judging by the reviews, the retractable feature makes storage faster afterwards – there’s no need to twist the wires.
Consumers say that the quality is good, especially the hose, which is covered with thick plastic. The attachments snap firmly into place.
A cheaper version of the Kenmore
Some people mention in their reviews that this vacuum reminds them of something more expensive — a cylinder-shaped Kenmore vacuum cleaner (a Consumer Reports favorite).
This is what they say is lighter and produces less noise.
Some potential issues
A lot of complaints here have been replaced by defective units, eg motor not running, compressor wire malfunction, poor suction and other quality control issues.
Other complaints have focused on the poorer quality plastics used compared to the more expensive brands but we have to set the record straight here, it’s hard to expect top quality from a mid-range product.
Consumers were generally quite satisfied with the cleaning performance, retractable feature, and HEPA filtration. Just remember that this is a packaged package, so you will need to replace it as costs increase over time.
Where can I buy this?
You can buy this vacuum cleaner on Amazon for just over $260. And it will come with free 2-day shipping if you join Prime.
Editor’s note: This vacuum cleaner is not currently available.
This would be a great mid-priced option for people who can’t afford expensive vacuum cleaners like the Miele S2121 or Dyson DC39.
It will give you 80 to 90 percent performance at roughly 50 to 60 percent of the price which is great value for money in my opinion.
The adjustable stick allows you to use this on floors, stairs, upholstery, and even the ceiling (if it’s low enough).
Good craftsmanship and performance
The carpet cleaning performance is great thanks to the motorized brush.
After using it, the retractable power cord saves you time from manually winding the cord and the storage container saves you space and headache when storing attachments.
In general, this variety will work great on homes with carpeting or bare floors although edge cleaning is questionable because motorized brushes don’t reach the edge.
An alternative solution to this is to use a crevice tool to clean areas such as baseboards.
It may not work well on a really plush rug
You should also work on a thick rug but don’t rely on it to clean really plush rugs in depth because a motorized brush isn’t powerful enough for the job.
On a final note, although there are complaints about defective vacuum cleaners, you should remember that every manufacturer will also encounter these problems since this is an electronic product – a percentage of the products that come out of the factory will be defective.