I'm a Dyson fan, I have to say that upfront. This is my third. With two dogs, I gotta have that kind of suction, otherwise the dog hair and smell take over my life. With daily or every other day usage, these vacs last us about two years and then the dog smell is IN THE VAC and it's kind of gross plus they seem to lose a tiny bit of suction as they go along. I think that's because they're too good, meaning they grab everything, right down to the finest microscopic particles. And then it sort of builds up inside the machine. This model requires a monthly change/cleaning of filter, so that MIGHT address it. The filters are washable. So that's a plus. This is a new design...the head doesn't have all the little suction holes and there are some other engineering features you can read about on their site. I'd say it's definitely more powerful. This is my first "ball" and I LOVE it. I love how it moves and the design allows you to smoothly transition from bare floors to carpet without having to lift it, which was a big problem with the Allergy model, which sometimes felt like it weighed about a hundred pounds. This vac in comparison is light. I tried NOT to buy it. The price always sends me into fits of doubt and apoplexy. My local **** had a Shark on sale so I bought one, but it lacked umph. Nomatter how I came at my carpet, I never felt the suction grab at the fibers like the Dyson does. You need something with some POW if you're going for serious puppy hair cleanup, and that one just sort of skimmed. It did do the job after about five or six passes, which I really don't need to have to do everytime I want to clean up. It had some tools, like an extra long hose attachment, which I think Dyson could pick up on since everyone else is picking up on the Dyson design. I loved the Shark rolling brush for upholstery, which seemed to do better job than the Animal tool. But none of it was enough to make me stick with it. I missed having a vac that could clean up quickly and really really well. And that's Dyson. So to sum it up, it's light, it's got killer suction and good tools that don't fall off which was a huge problem with my old Allergy. Oh...speaking of tools, your old tools may not fit on this one. Part of that suction thing is that they've modified the width of the tubes, so it's suckier, but your old Dyson tools are going to be too big. I wrote Dyson so we'll see about that. (I miss my wand with an extender) It's got a big pricetag, but if you're a vacuum nut like I am, eventually you see it can't be avoided.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? perfect
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. can't beat it
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? very
- Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes