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When you think of the Panasonic name, consumer electronics such as TVs and stereos likely come to mind. However, the company offers an exceptional line of appliances for your home, including upright vacuum cleaners. The Panasonic Platinum series of bagged vacuums offer a well-designed filtration system that includes a HEPA filter which captures 99.97 percent of pollen, animal dander and tiny dust particles. This makes it ideal if you suffer from allergies.
We wrote about the the Platinum MC-UG323 in our review. The Platinum has a powerful 12-amp motor and uses an airflow technology called OptiFlow that helps maintain consistent suction, even when the dust bag is full. This vacuum has an automatic height adjustment so you do not have to make manual adjustments when moving from high-pile carpeting to tile floors. It also has a roller brush shut-off switch so if you are cleaning hardwood floors or delicate rugs you can clean them without causing damage.
If a clog prevents the flow of air to the motor, a thermal protector turns the vacuum off automatically, keeping it from overheating. This feature is vital for prolonging the life of the machine.
The Platinum weighs an impressively light 15 pounds. You can easily carry this cleaner up and down the stairs with one hand. The looped handle grip eliminates hand strain. However, the cord is only 25 feet long, so you can expect to make frequent stops to switch outlets. It comes with an automatic cord reel. You just gently pull, and the cord rewinds itself for easy storing. Although this feature is convenient for adults, young children should not use it because it can hit them when it is rewinding.
The Panasonic upright vacuum comes with a wand for above-floor cleaning, making it easy to reach such things as bookshelves and ceiling fans. There is also a crevice tool for cleaning between cushions and a dusting brush for drapes and furniture. The wands and hose are attached to the side of the machine and easy to reach for quick touch-ups. A brush specifically designed for pet hair is included for removing hair from carpeting and furniture.
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The Panasonic website offers telephone, email and chat services. To find a service center near you, just enter your zip code in the service center locator and it will point you in the right direction. This vacuum has an exceptional five-year motor warranty and a two-year parts and labor guarantee.
This powerful vacuum cleaner is capable of cleaning both tile floors and carpeting. The Panasonic Platinum has no problem lifting dirt and pet hair from your floors. The outstanding warranty you get with this machine is another reason to consider it.