I inherited a Kirby vacuum about twenty years ago from a family member. It finally reached it's end about a month and a half ago (RIP little buddy). Since there was no way I could afford a new Kirby, I started shopping around for something more affordable. I came across this vacuum and since my sister has allergies, the HEPA filter was the first reason I was drawn to it. So, I took a chance and purchased it. I was thinking there is no way it would match up to my beloved Kirby, but......WOW! Was I surprised! This vacuum works just as well and for about 1/10 of the price you can't go wrong. It's very comfortable to use and easy to maneuver. Unlike most of the vacuums in this price range, It's very sturdy and well built. It comes with a perfect variety of attachments that hook-up very easily without any effort. We live in a 'throw-away-society' in which every product is built NOT to last. I have a feeling this will last for a very long time and they even back it up with a 5 year warranty to prove it. If you're looking for a great vacuum at an affordable price then this is the one.