Panasonic MC-CG917 Review


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7.4 Overall Score Reviewed By Experts

The Panasonic Optiflow MC-CG917 canister vacuum cleaner features a revolutionary concept that maintains a consistent amount of airflow at all times through the air bag even after it is filled beyond its capacity. Using HEPA filters, this vacuum captures irritants, allergens and pollutants with ease while the Air turbine brush deals with pet hair stuck deep in upholstery and stairs. This ebony green color dual tone vacuum cleaner operates a 12 Amp motor and comes with plenty of tool attachments onboard operating on a dual motor system. It comes with a 360 degree swivel hose with a long reach bearing the power switch and power cable rewind button for ergonomics right on the handle, which also features a uniquely molded design for a comfortable grip. Some other features of the Panasonic MC-CG917 include the ability to adjust height of the head for carpet and its 14 inch cleaning path.

Bare Floors
Hose Airflow Strength
Ease Of Use
Pet Hair
User Rating: 3.38 (2 votes)

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Usually most canister vacuums lack suitable suction speed adjustments that let it deal with different pile carpets but the Panasonic MC-CG917 comes with plenty of power settings and a power nozzle that gives the highest level of suction performance. A word of caution, don’t try and cut cleaning time by using the turbo nozzle on upholstery or cushions as it does pack a hell-a-lot of power to damage soft fabrics. This goes a long way to show just how capable it is on carpet and rugs or upholstery.

Bare Floors:

While mostly designed to tackle carpets, the Panasonic MC-CG917 doesn’t neglect bare floors. Simply select the bare floor setting with the handle mounted toggle switch and the head lowers to almost completely touch the surface to develop a tight seal around the entire head. Unfortunately, this reduces its edge cleaning ability so you may have to drag out dirt from corners before using this canister vac.

Hose Airflow Strength:

Considering its size and design, I was astonished to find so much hose airflow strength. If I were to rate it against any heavy duty vacuum cleaner, I would say that it is just as powerful as a Dyson DC41 upright Animal vacuum cleaner! Plenty of power settings, loads of suction and best of all, it never loses its efficiency even with a full bag. This is a big relief since it actually lets you fill up the otherwise huge bag to full capacity before having to clean the vacuum out.

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Granted, the Panasonic MC-CG917 isn’t the quietest of all canister vacuums but it is livable with. You may not wake up neighbors but no one can sleep through the night if this beast is running. My cats get scared every time I start up this vacuum cleaner. However, this is also a direct indicator of its enormous power.

Panasonic MC-CG917

Panasonic MC-CG917

Ease Of Use:

Everything about the Panasonic MC-CG917 is well thought out. The curved ergonomically designed handle, easy to empty bag, HEPA filter position, retracting power cord, telescopic wand attachment and onboard tools are all easy to use, replace or repair. In fact, a friend of mine owns this particular model for over two years and hasn’t yet found anything to complain.

Pet Hair:

Designed for pet hair problems, the Panasonic ebony green vac packs in a turbo nozzle for carpets laden with plenty of pet related debris. In fact, it is so powerful that if you are not careful it may even suck up large debris or soft and light fabrics. I had a field day with this vacuum cleaner removing all pet hair from my house and am confident that it does a better job than any upright cleaner.


If I were to sell all my home appliances but could keep only one back, it would be the Panasonic MC-CG917. Being a cleanliness freak, my vacuum cleaner must be more than just capable – it must be supernatural. This ebony green sleek looking lightweight canister vacuum is just that – a complete all-floor solution for meticulous folks.

  • 12 Amp motor with 24 foot power cord that automatically reels back.
  • OptiFlow mechanism helps emptying dust bag and provides 20 percent longer efficient usage than normal bags.
  • Tools come onboard including dusting, upholstery brush, pet turbine mini-brush, floor brush and the aluminium telescopic main wand.
  • Overload protection reset, power nozzle and bare floor toggle switch.
  • 4 different suction power levels.
Panasonic MC-CG917

Lots of power, excellent with all kinds of surfaces and comes with useful onboard attachments that are easy to use.

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