Summary: This is the second order I make of this product and both have been faulty. The first one that wand didn't lock in the floor tool. This one's hood does not close. This talks pretty bad of panasonic!... I was so happy for this purchase at first as it had excellent reviews at consumer reports and here at amazon, but it seems that they have changed their manufaturer as it is so incredible that both of the 2 vacuum they have sent me has had a defect!!...
Read reviews and choose wisely before purchasing this Panasonic Canister Vac.
Average Jo "Luv2Net shop", Amazon
8 January 2014
Summary: I have owned this vacuum for 1.5 years. I am an upright vacuum cleaner owner with a Makita long handle lithium ion hand vac (for the tight and low spaces) in addition to this canister, I can say that I absolutely HATE this canister vac. I can't wait for it to break, but then I would have to purchase another for it's replacement and I don't have the funds. I needed a second vac for the rest of the home.
Summary: I liked it ok for the first month or so. It was fairly quiet and seemed to have great suction, but it was very difficult to maneuver. It did not pull in a straight line, and I had to constantly turn around and move it off of my furniture or pick things up that it bumped into. That would have been tolerable, but after two months, the button that you use to adjust the hose length just popped off.
Summary: I have owned this vacuum for about 6 months. it has good suction but it is the most difficult vacuum I have ever owned. I am 69 years old so have owned numerous brands and types from canisters to uprights, Hoover, Kenmore. Filter Queen, Eureka, Dust Devil and Oreck. this one is the most difficult vacuum to use I have ever experienced.
Summary: I really wanted to love this vacuum cleaner! I like all of it's features and its potential to clean really well. HOWEVER, the unit puts out a very strong, choking chemical smell. I ordered a replacement for the first unit with that problem hoping that it was a problem confined to one vacuum. The second one was just the same. Too bad.....
Summary: This is a nice vacuum except for one glaring flaw: it emits a powerful, room-filling plastic chemical smell when it is used. I thought that the smell would wear off, but it has been a few months now and the smell is as strong as ever. I wish now I had returned the unit while I had the chance. The smell is so strong and so unpleasant, I have to open doors and windows to bring in fresh air after using this vacuum, and as a result I don't use it as much as I'd like to.