Panasonic MC-CG917 “OptiFlow” Bag Canister Vacuum Cleaner

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Brand Name Panasonic
Model MCCG917
Rating ★★★★¼ 
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$224.97  25.01% off

Clean with ease using this MC-CG917 “bag” canister vacuum cleaner by Panasonic. Equipped with a powerful 12 amp system, the vacuum cleaner can handle everything from a quick once over before company arrives to a more detailed weekend or spring clean.

The vacuum cleaner accommodates both bare-floor surfaces and carpets beautifully. Simply flip the switch on the handle to “floor”, which turns on just the canister motor, or to “carpet”, which turns on both the canister motor and the power-nozzle motor. There’s also four-position height adjustment depending on the height of the carpet.


  • 12 amp system offers powerful cleaning performance.
  • A revolutionary concept in vacuum airflow technology, OptiFlow technology helps maintain a consistent volume of airflow through the dust bag, even as it becomes full.
  • The HEPA media filter captures small particles such as allergens, irritants, and pollutants.
  • Quickly remove stubborn pet hair from stairs and upholstery with this handy on-board attachment.
  • Multiple tool attachments are recessed on top of the canister for easy access during cleaning.
  • The motorized nozzle allows for gentler carpet cleaning and extended belt life.
  • A convenient switch on the handle shuts off the agitator for safe bare-floor cleaning.
  • Adjust the setting to one of four positions for just about any carpet height.
  • A 14-inch wide nozzle lets you clean larger areas in less time.
  • A convenient switch on the handle turns the vacuum on and off.
  • The hose connection features a nimble swivel device that lets you clean in any direction without the hose getting twisted.
  • A single touch activates the cord rewind mechanism making storage easy and convenient.
  • Ergonomic, closed-loop handle reduces fatigue.
  • Convenient and sleek handle makes carrying and maneuvering the vacuum less of a chore.
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 Customer Reviews

Just What I Wanted
I finally had to get rid of my beloved old Kenmore canister (it was 25 years old, had duct tape all around the hose, and had one wheel left which I dragged the vacuum around on), and I was looking for a similar model. My husband was insisting on getting a Dyson, but I find them overrated and overpriced. Plus, I am probably one of the few people left who actually want a bagged vacuum. I find the bagless to be messy and gross. I convinced DH to buy the Panasonic, and it exactly what I was looking for. The suction is fantastic, and the carpet attachment easily fits under furniture. It has some great attachments, and a long cord. Yes, it's a little heavy to carry up the stairs, but I don't care. It's very quiet, as well. I would definitely recommend it!Courtlover
Great vacuum!
After a long search and review of canister vacuum cleaners, this is the one I chose and am very, very happy that I did. It has lots of power and all tools are kept handy inside the cleaner. I needed a vacuum for my hardwood and tile floors and it does a remarkable job. I have 4 indoor cats and a German Shepherd and it does a great job with the hair on the floor and the furniture brush takes care the rest. I highly recommend this vacuum cleaner.BengalCatLady
Awesome for the clean freak!
Great suction, fabulous tool package on board! Nice thick brush attachment! Easy on/off switch on the handle. Never trusted carpet to hard wood, but this does what it says with great ease and powerful suction! Love my new vacuum! I was once told I was the queen of vacuuming as I vacuum at least 3 times a week! Most of my house is carpet, I prefer it for the long cold winters in New England.LeesaP54
Great vacuum!!!
At first I didn't think I was going to like this vacuum cleaner, but once I vacuumed my living room I couldn't believe how much it picked up!! I love how I don't have to lean over to vacuum. My back doesn't hurt. Great to have the attachments in the vacuum. I have had many vacuum cleaners over the years. I even have a rainbow vc, and I like using this more. This is an excellent vacuum for the price and I would buy one again!FLO324
Great vacuum.
I purchased this vacuum because the one I had was a cumbersome upright. Although I've only used it twice since purchase, I am very pleased with its overall ease of use and performance. From the on/off switch on the handle to the self contained storage caddy for extra tools, this vacuum is efficient and convenient. I like the functionality of the 360* hose and the power cord is long enough for me to cover a very large room and part of another. While I have mostly hard floors to clean, I also have a fair share of low pile carpet. I found the power tool for carpet to be strong enough to clean the surface dust and debris on my carpeted areas. I do not have animals or other contributers for deep dirt on carpets to occur. Overall, this neat little machine which is not too heavy, not too expensive, and is highly mobile and functional gets five stars from me. Finding a nickname to write this post was more difficult than writing it!1Tchr
So Recommended, So Happy
I purchased the Panasonic OptiFlow by reviewing recommendations online. After purchase, I could not agree, or be more happy about my choice.
I moved to the OptiFlow from a Bissell Healthy-Home upright. Never a big fan of uprights. Prior to the Bissell, I owned a Kenmore (Panasonic) 20812008 canaster vacuum. To my good fortune, the same tools (including the Power-Mate Jr. ) work with the Panasonic OptiFlow. Anyone who has used the Power-Mate Jr will tell you having that smaller powered beater bar and suction will make any cleaning chore a dream. The OptiFlow is lighter than the Kenmore. Increased suction, plus the HEPA bag filtration... Sublime cleaning...tcmocca
So Far Great, 2 times per week user.
They are all plastic now, get over it! but this unit seems to be built solid. After returning our Samsung vacuum (after only 6 months) to BB, as Samsung could not fix it, wirers in handle came apart, and after reviewing many at CR,BB,HD,L, Face, and Walmart, we went for this unit. We wanted a bagless, but could not find a very good model review. We have a long hair dog, so that also was a major factor. This unit does pickup the dog hair and everything else great. I check the bag after every use. The small air brush unit is useless on couches. The suction and air filters work well. A few reviews say it like the Sears Top of the line model. The unit is bigger than normal, the cord is longer than most, 24' not 18,or 20 like 95% have. one note, the unit came with three bags see how long they last, but new ones are expensive. $9.00 for 3.RonDino
Love this vacuum!
After using an upright for years I wanted to switch to a canister vacuum for my new hardwood floors. The carpet and hardwood attachments are so easy to switch and the carpet and floor options are right on the handle. I love the retractable cord and the fact that all the attachments have a place because I would probably lose them. Sometimes the little front wheel gets stuck on the cord and you have to give it an extra yank to get it over the cord but it's not too big of a deal to me. I love that it has a bag, my last vacuum was bag less and made such a mess when dumping it out. I really recommend this vacuum, I did a lot of research before purchasing and know it is very comparable to the kenmore and miel options.Cleanhouse123
Just plain does not work
I bought this vacuum about two (2) weeks ago. I was so excited! The cool color combination and the new vacuum smell: EUTOPIA! I could not wait to try the special stairs attachment. I put my vacuum together and went straight to my stairs.....I have an Australian Shepherd and a German Shepherd so this time of year there is a significant amount of hair. I am also an allergy sufferer so I am looking forward to the hepa filter and the additional dust catching capabilities of the bag. Not positive what the optiflow meant but I will get to that in a moment. I vacuumed the first stair with a small amount of lag, I chocked it up to the fact it was new and needed to break in so to speak. completely bogged down and I ended up hand plucking the hair from the cute little attachment. I vacuumed the stairs the regular way from that step on up. Then there is the rug beater attachment. It is well lighted and surprisingly quiet. It worked fairly well. I am fastidious about the hair on my carpet so I scrutinized perhaps a little more than normal. Then I went through my entire downstairs where there is carpet, then tile, then the wood. I tried out the length of the 360 degree hose, (awesome by the way) and it dusted beautifully. I used the vacuum every single day just as I always do this time of year. I used it 4 days and had to change the bag. I do not know the proper definition of optiflow as I said earlier but it does bog down and let you know something is not quite right. I thought there must be a clog in the hose because these hepa vacuum bags are huge. I checked everything..the hose...the beater...then it dawned on me that I am use to a bagless. Sure enough, the bag needed to be changed. I changed the bag. Keep in mind now, I have been bagless for years so imagine my surprise when the bag practically had to roll up in this contorted way to fit into the little carry basket inside the unit, (basket awesome by the way). No wonder the bags fill up so quickly. Well, now it is the Christmas season and real trees are the way for me. But that means needles. Well, my tree was only up for one day and there were not many needles. I had to change the bag again in less than two (2) weeks. So, the color was awesome, the 360 degree hose movement was awesome and the little bag basket was awesome but none of these were enough to save the vacuum....I took it back to the store today.NorweganGal
Panasonic Vacuum with OptiFlow Technology.
Vacuum was made mainly of plastic and seemed if you opened the top to get the tools the top would break off after a few uses. I was very disappointed because I have had a panasonic cannister vacuum the worked for 30 years and then the part necessary to fix it was not available.
This is the second panisonic cannister vacuum that I had to return. The first one I ordered as we attemped to attach the cord to the wand, a small piece of plastic broke off. The old vacuum had a metal place to plug in the cord. Plastic is not the thing for something such as attaching the cord. To say I was unhappy is an understatement. Dishpackdishpack