Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.
The Panasonic MC-CL943 seems to have everything you need in a canister vacuum. The hose is long, the canister moves around nimbly, and it has a full assortment of attachments. What it lacks is the ability to vacuum well. In our tests, it didn't come close to the performance of the best canister vacuums in our lineup.
We spread kitty litter on carpet to simulate large messes, and the head of this canister vacuum cleaner grabbed only a small amount with each pass. In fact, it took 20 passes before the entire area was clean. For comparison, the top-performing bagless canister vacuums finished the job in 10 passes, exactly half the workload. Even though it moves well, the Panasonic could require twice the amount of time to finish one room in your house. Its performance on hardwood floors was also the worst of any vacuum we tested.
The canister on the vacuum rolls well on all surfaces, but the entire unit is surprisingly heavy for its 1.5-liter capacity. The vacuum is much heavier than the other lightweight canister vacuums we tested. The handle is hard to grab on the canister, so you'll notice the extra weight as you move it up and down stairs in your home.
The Panasonic has a bagless design, so you don't have to worry about purchasing bags every few months. Still, the canister isn't the easiest to empty. After we filled it completely, removing all the debris required extra work. With this vacuum, you can expect to dig in with your hands to remove all the dust between jobs.
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This canister vacuum does come with attachments that hook directly into the base. The main part of the head extends for extra reach, and you can add an upholstery, crevice or dusting brush to the end of it. The website has full manufacturer support, but the vacuum only offers the lowest warranty – one year – on parts and maintenance.
The Panasonic MC-CL943 looks good, and it's one of the least expensive canister vacuums available. Still, if you make a choice on price tag alone, there are other vacuums that perform better for less. Its lack of suction and terrible vacuuming performance place this vacuum last in our review.