As a kid I despised vacuuming. My mom would vacuum on her hands and knees using the hose. In my room it would take an hour to clean the carpet. I was the art and sewing child. Then when I moved out, I needed a vacuum. I saw the upright ones on television and never understood why my mom stuck with her ancient vacuum. I knew I wanted an upright. As a Christmas gift I asked for it and got Hoover. It was less noise and much easier on the body to use. Then my husband had a Dirt Devil. So when we moved in together we had vacuums. Made life easy. One on the top floor one on the bottom. The heavy Dirt Devil had finally failed us two years ago. We visited Sears to try the Dyson brand and were shocked at how cheap the plastic seemed to be. I just could comprehend spending in the hundreds for a vacuum. Now we have a wind tunnel brand. Using it today made me reflect on the Dyson. Our vacuum just doesn't seem to be doing enough. Hoping others will share their experiences with vacuum cleaners to help make a better purchase in the future.