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The Panasonic Jet Force MC-UL427 is a compact and inexpensive vacuum cleaner that is suited for cleaning almost any surface in your home, even if you have longhaired pets and other vacuum challenges.
This machine comes with a wand, a dusting brush and a crevice tool. In addition, this Jet Force upright comes with a power brush that removes pet hair and other debris from stairs, furniture and other upholstered surfaces. With a 25-foot power cord and another 9 feet of reach with the stretch hose and an extension wand, this vacuum can cover large areas without requiring you to switch power outlets.
The Dual Active edge cleaner will remove dirt near the edge of the wall from either side of the vacuum, and it has a 13-inch cleaning path. This budget vacuum has automatic height adjustment, so you can move from carpets to hard floors easily. Plus, you can turn off the floor brush roller with a simple foot switch when you move to bare floors. The soft wheels on this vacuum prevent damage to hardwood flooring.
At 42 inches tall and 13.5 inches wide, this model is small for an upright. It's easy to store in small spaces, and the power cord is retractable for neat, tangle-free storage.
Maintenance is similar to that of other bagless vacuums. The unique hourglass shape of its dust cup prevents dirt and hair from getting trapped at the top of the cup, so emptying the canister on this model is a clean and simple process, and the filter is less likely to become clogged. The exhaust filter is not washable, but replacements are available on Panasonic's website.
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Nine cylinders generate powerful cyclonic air to separate fine dust particles and send pet hair and larger debris to the bottom of the dirt collection canister. Smaller particles are filtered through HEPA media, which prevents 99.97 percent of the fine dust, pollen and other matter from re-entering the air in your home. HEPA media filters are recommended to help reduce irritants related to allergies and asthma.
Powerful cleaning and unique features, such as a retractable power cord and a clog-resistant dirt cup, make the Jet Force MC-UL427 a good value in a budget vacuum cleaner. Plus, the HEPA filtration and versatile turbo tool make this model especially useful if you have pets. Panasonic backs this vacuum with a one-year warranty.