After our old vaccuum bit the dust recently, we were in the market for a new vaccuum. The first thing you notice about Dyson vaccuums is the price; however, investing in a refurbed Dyson can save you time and money in the future. After waiting a week, my Dyson came and was a snap to put together....literally. Within 5 minutes, you can experience the shock and awe of what your old vaccuum left behind and realize that the way you clean your house has changed forever. The upright release foot mechanism took a bit to figure out (coaster wheels must flip up completely to start vaccuuming); however, you will instantly notice that the ball provides a lower approach angle - enabling you to reach under furniture (our buffet table) that was previously unreachable. It is also funny when you realize that you don't have to move in straight lines anymore... The convenient telescoping wand and attachments on board eliminate any excuses for not being able to remove dirt, dust, debris, and cobwebs and saves me from getting out the Shop Vac I normally used for this task. Another time saver is the ability to move quickly from carpet to hardwood/tile. Normally, I would have break out a mini-vac to chase around kitty litter. With the DC25 Animal, I simply turn off the beater bar and laugh giddily as I now make one pass over it and watch it disappear! Consider investing in a quality product instead of a "that'll do" product. Hopefully, you'll be as happy as I am that you did.