Product Type: Panasonic vacuums
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Bought because of the cool handle, my dad is a true lad
Member Name: sam_toland
Advantages: Looks good, easy to store and bagless
Disadvantages: Easily clogged, expensive and tends to spit
When our old Hoover finally packed up and gave into the pressure of day to day Hoover life, my parents went out and returned with this Panasonic model, in the hope that it could do a better job than it's predecessor. And for all the chores we but it through, and the endless amounts of hair grips and Lego bricks it has to endure, this thing stands up to the job pretty well.
I'm no fool, and I can appreciate that the only reason my dad chose this model is because it has a clever rotating handle, and that's what we men do, we buy the model with the coolest feature. However, this has turned out to be a staggering success as being able to spin the handle under to make the Hoover half of it's original height opens up a lot of new storage spaces, such as underneath shelves, where other upright hoovers daren't go. This is a very useful and quite ingenious feature.
Another clever feature is that this a bag less model, meaning that all the dust and dirt gets sucked into a plastic pot in the centre of the Hoover which then simply lifts out and the top unscrews to empty it. I have never owned a bag less Hoover before but now I am never going back. It's so much easier than the faff of making sure you buy the correct bag and then trying to empty it without getting covered in Hoover dust. And most importantly it means you don't have to keep paying more and more for Hoover bags.
This hoover comes with the standard Hoover features, nozzle extensions, a pointy thing to do skirting boards etc and a brush attachment. It also has a pedal to allow you to release the position of the hoovers body to tilt to your preferred angle for use. This again is a very useful feature.
My only problem with this model is that the filters need cleaning very regularly as they get clogged quite easily which means that this Hoover has a tendency of spitting out stuff as well sucking it up, which can be a bit of a pain if your in a rush. I have to say this is one problem your rarely get with drag along hoovers, but is quite common amongst the uprights.
This Hoover is also very noisy, and that's compared to hoovers which are noisy to begin with! But that does tend to indicate it is doing a good job so I suppose it's worth it.
I'm not sure this would be the Hoover for you if you were after a cheap, quick Hoover that's easy to maintain, because at £80 this is none of those things. But it is good for storing in small spaces and as long as you clean the filters religiously it does do a good job.
Summary: Would neither recommend nor condemn, it has served me alright
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