I ordered this model at the recommendation of a friend, and delivery was astonishingly swift. You certainly can't tell from the packaging that this is a refurbished item. It comes complete with all of the accessories, documentation, and packaging of a new unit. <NEW-PARAGRAPH> Assembly was a slight intelligence test. The pictures give you *almost* enough information, but don't feel stupid if you spend a couple of minutes figuring this part out.The overall appearance is excellent. It has a clean uncluttered look. The see-through canister makes it a snap to determine when it's time to empty. The cord is of ample length, and the hooks are large enough to wrap the cord in a figure-8 pattern and secure it to the vacuum when it is not in use. <NEW-PARAGRAPH> When I turned the vacuum on, I was initially concerned because the beater brush (the brush underneath the vacuum) did not seem to be moving. That's when I discovered that the Dyson has many thoughtful features that you don't find in cheaper vacuums. In this particular case, the beater brush automatically turns off when the canister is locked in the upright position (e.g., when you're using the accessories). <NEW-PARAGRAPH> I flipped the vacuum in and out of the upright position a couple of times to verify this, at which point my wife gasped "Look!" -- although I hadn't moved the vacuum a single inch in any direction, the canister was already filling with dirt. <NEW-PARAGRAPH> We moved into a 1300 square foot bungalow just two weeks ago, and the carpeting had been "professionally" cleaned prior to that. We had to empty the canister three times while re-cleaning the floors with this vacuum. <NEW-PARAGRAPH> I give the Dyson 3 stars for durability for the simple reason that I haven't had it long enough to judge that fairly. Based on the apparent quality of design, materials, and manufacturing, I strongly suspect that it will excel here as well. <NEW-PARAGRAPH> I note that this vacuum has neither bags, filters, nor belts. You won't have to tear the thing apart in the middle of vacuuming because another belt slipped off or broke. You won't have to stop in the middle of a cleaning because you've run out of bags. And the built-in filter means that you won't be blowing all of that micro-fine dust back into your room as you clean. <NEW-PARAGRAPH> If you have special cleaning issues such as allergies or pets, or if you just plain like a clean house, it's time to throw away that 1950's style vacuum cleaner and move up to one that REALLY WORKS like this one. You won't be sorry!
- Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes