Summary: but it seems to be fine. I just have to get used to a new approach to cleaning as I can complete virtually all steps in one room before moving on and with my old upright I used two different machines in each room.
Summary: First all my vacs at home & in my 17 year cleaning business have been & are Panasonic. I have the MC-UL915 to use on a daily basis. I got this model because of the swivel head. Church I clean has replaced pews with chairs. Bad idea for cleaning. Anyway. First Saturday night I tried to use it I sat it down gently & the lid to bag fell completely off for no reason. Took me entire Sunday morning & many scratches on my legs to FINALLY get it back on.
Summary: I purchased this vacuum because the one I had was a cumbersome upright. Although I've only used it twice since purchase, I am very pleased with its overall ease of use and performance. From the on/off switch on the handle to the self contained storage caddy for extra tools, this vacuum is efficient and convenient. I like the functionality of the 360* hose and the power cord is long enough for me to cover a very large room and part of another.
Summary: I have had a similar model before - it was "Kenm0re" but I believe it was manufactured for them by Panasonic. In fact I still have the electric motor belt drive hand tool from that old unit and it plugs into this vac handle! (I wish they still made the powered hand tool for the rest of you as a option.
Summary: I have wood floors and rugs - no wall-to-wall, so I need a canister vac. And I am always taking off the beater and just sucking stuff (pet hair , mostly) with just the wand, so ease of that is really important. Over the decades, I have had a series of Kenmore canisters - both because I liked them and Consumer Reports ratings.
Summary: Boy quality sure has changed! As the price of stuff goes up the quality goes down. Its practically all plastic and for what I paid now compared to maybe 10 years ago, I sense that it may not last as long as the last one. My last one was beefier, more hardware than today's plastic vacuum. So going forward no longer do I feel assured that when I spend over $200.00 for an appliance that its going to be rock solid when it comes to durability.