I have a Dyson upright, but I found myself using an old dustbuster for everyday spot vacuuming (we have a dog that sheds terribly). What I longed for was a vacuum that was like using the Dyson wand without the rest of the vacuum and the electrical cord. I also wanted one that was easy to empty -- emptying the dustbuster and cleaning the multiple filters was a drag so I always put off emptying. I was thrilled to find the Dyson cordless handheld. I didn't buy it right away because of the price. Could it be so much better than rest? Yes. It is wonderful - exactly what I was looking for, and perfect for a quick, efficient run through the entire 1st floor. I understand the reason for the hold-down trigger, but I will be honest. My hand does hurt (ache?) a little by the time I'm done. No matter though, I'll take a tired hand any day for this great piece of machinery.