I had a 25 year old Bissell that was a real PITA to hook up and use. And I needed to get the carpets cleaned in my park home at a campgrounds and didn't want to a) use the old one, or b) hire the job out to a professional. For $XXX, I thought that this unit did just fine! I also like the availability of having attachments (including a crevice tool) to work with. Not sure I really like the cleaning solution/dirty water "bladder box", but time will tell.