If you've been reading me for very long, you know that we're a family who loves vacuum cleaners. Although I don't usually do many reviews, I could not turn down a chance to review a vacuum cleaner, right? At least, not without feeling like I was letting down Luke! So when Panasonic emailed me about doing a review of the Panasonic Jetspin Cyclone Vacuum, I jumped at the chance.
I'm going to be honest. I'm a vacuum snob. I wasn't sure how Panasonic would live up to my vacuum cleaner, but as long as I'm being honest here, I have to tell you that I've only used the other vacuum cleaner ONCE since receiving the Panasonic. Simply put, I love it.
Even Tommy, who now loves vacuums as much as his big brother, prefers it to the toy vacuum cleaner!
There are so many reasons why I adore this vacuum cleaner. First, I love the dirt sensor. It takes a lot of the guesswork out of vacuuming by sensing the amount of dirt particles still in the patch of carpeting and lets you know whether you need to keep working on that area. With two kids who at any given time are leaving a trail of crumbs, this is necessary.
The vacuum also did a much better job on the kitchen floor than my other cleaner. While my other vacuum (twice the price of this one!) also has a bare floor setting, it has never done much on our kitchen floor. The Panasonic did a great job of grabbing loose crumbs and food particles, so much that I was able to just vacuum prior to mopping, instead of having to use a broom to sweep.
But what really, really sold me on this vacuum was the 12-foot stretch hose and on-board tools.
(See? Let's just pretend that that's a picture of me in my awesomely clean house vacuuming curtains and not the reality, which is that I looked at this and thought, "OMG! I'm supposed to vacuum CURTAINS!?")
I have a severe aversion to vacuuming stairs. So much that I'd rather do just about ANYTHING than clean stairs, but living in a tri-level, this is hard to avoid. I just can never get the crack where the stairs meet clean, no matter how hard I try or what tools I try. Except that the first time I used the wand to vacuum my stairs (without any tools), I nearly fainted. My stairs were seriously cleaner than they've ever been and with no effort from me. After trying the stairs, I used the wand along the baseboards (my other problematic cleaning area) and same results. Cleaner than I've ever seen, with no effort--not even an extra tool. And then? I fainted for real.
I could go on and on, but if you're like me, you always have one key component that you search for in vacuum cleaners... and mine is definitely the ability to clean stairs quickly and easily. I've finally found the perfect cleaner for that (now if only I could find the perfect mascara).
Overall, this vacuum cleaner is excellent for the price ($249.95), and when I clicked on the website, I actually expected it to retail for more. This vacuum cleaner is also supposed to be great for houses with pets, and I should also mention that it's extremely easy to maneuver. I had no trouble with it and my three year old has spent a lot of time pushing it around with the house, without so much as a struggle. Yet, despite the lightweight, it definitely does heavy duty cleaning.
I'm wondering, what's your one big cleaning issue when it comes to vacuuming? Stairs like me? Bare floors? Or maybe you too never realized that you were supposed to vacuum curtains (I mean, REALLY, who thinks of these things!?).