I agree w/checking out consumer reports. I have tried tons of vacuums, then almost 2 years ago the Kirby people came knocking on my door wanting to give a demo. I let them and ended up buying the vaccuum. They are expensive, but so worth it. Really great for people w/allergies and asthma!!!We have 2 dogs and 4 kids and I can not say enough about how it cleans and handles. It also does everything-it is a carpet cleaner too. Anyway, you can get them on ebay also to save a few dollars. Good luck!