Panasonic unveils 'energy-saving' vacuum cleanerEco Max vacs offer 'performance with less energy'

21 April 2010

Panasonic Eco Max vacuum cleaner

Panasonic says a specially designed 'eco-friendly' motor makes one of its new Eco Max vacuum cleaners 194% more efficient than its predecessor.

According to Panasonic, the Eco Max motor in the MC-UL594 bagless upright vacuum cleaner generates 350 air watts from 1,500W of input power, making it more efficient than previous Panasonic vacuum cleaners.

The 1,400W MC-UL592 vacuum cleaner, meanwhile, is able to 'generate 300 air watts' - offering better overall energy efficiency.

We'll be testing these new Panasonic vacuum cleaners out soon - in the meantime, you can take a look at our latest vacuum cleaner reviews, including the Which? verdict on Dyson, Hoover, Vax and two Panasonic vacuum cleaner models.

Panasonic Eco Max vacuum cleaners

Panasonic also claims the vacuum cleaner nozzle motor is able to turn itself off whenever the vacuum cleaner is on but stood upright - when you're using an attachment to clean the stairs, for example - therefore cutting out any unnecessary energy use.

Other features of the vacuum cleaners include a 2.5 litre dust capacity and Hepa filters. The MC-UL594SP47 is £179 and available in John Lewis, Comet and Panasonic stores. The MC-UL592WP47 is £149 and on sale at Comet, Debenhams and Panasonic stores.

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Which? vacuum cleaners expert Vivienne Fitzroy commented: 'Our tests have shown that vacuum cleaners don't necessarily have to use a lot of energy to clean well - but design is just as important as wattage when it comes to how well a vacuum cleans. We'll see how Panasonic's eco claims stand up when we get these models in the Which? lab.'

For more on vacuum cleaners, take a look at our vacuum cleaners review for an independent verdict on more than 100 upright and cylinder vacuum cleaners, plus read our guide to buying the best vacuum cleaner.

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