Summary: I bought this vacuum is January 2014 after reading many favorable reviews and searching for a low cost vacuum. Things worked well for the first six months and then the vacuum would start to shut down after 2 minutes of vacuuming. I changed out the bag, changed the HEPA filter and checked the vacuum roller brushes for anything that might be caught underneath. I even checked the hose with a flashlight to see if any debris was hung up but didn't see a thing.
Summary: This is my third Panasonic red vacuum. I run a small cleaning company, so my vacuums get dragged up and down flights of steps, yanked in and out of a van sometimes 3 times each day, and vacuum miles of carpet. This is a great little performer for the price. The onboard attachments are some of the easiest to use on the market. I suction debris out of cabinets, refrigerators, stoves, window tracks and more.
Summary: I have gone through 7 vacuums in 20 years. I researched this purchase for several weeks (knowing that after using a bagless, which didn't last for two years and created a dust cloud everytime I emptied it) I would return to a bagged vacuum. I read many reviews on moderate priced vacuums and the Panasonic Bagged Upright seemed to be a good purchase. My order arrived before the expected delivery date.
Summary: Best vac we have ever owned! Not too heavy to carry and use up/down the stairs. Very impressed by the price and performance. The brush does a great job on the carpet, and the auto-rewind cord feature saves a lot of time. If/when it needs to be replaced I plan to by the exact same model. If you choose this one I believe you will not be disappointed.
Summary: Pros: Quiet operation, relatively light weight; very good cleaning performance; excellent price. Cons: No “pedal” release for vacuum head (this makes vacuuming rugs really awkward); inadequate and cumbersome attachments (tidy and compact placement however) for stretch hose, which itself is too short; unusual placement of on/off switch. Comment: I have seen other buyers complain about it stop working after 1-2 years.