This vacuum can indeed serve as a whole-house vacuum provided you have a small house/apt and mostly hard-surface floors (with some small amount of rugs and carpeting). Before purchasing I looked at many sites for reviews of this product before purchasing, and was specifically looking for the capability of this vacuum to serve as a whole-house vacuum for hardwood floors. I found a few that said yes, and purchased it based on that assumption. This vacuum does in-fact have the power and capacity to clean an entire small house (floors, furniture, etc) if you have mostly hard-surface floors. I have a 1450 sq. foot house with 80-90% hardwood and tile floors with 2 area rugs. It has the same suction power on hard surfaces as my 12-amp Bissel upright and plenty of battery life for an entire house. On carpet, you really do need to use the "Max Power" option, which uses double the battery power, so this vacuum would not be sufficient to clean an entire house if much of it was carpeted surfaces. It is GREAT as a spot cleaner either way, but at $300-400, it's really expensive for that use. It is great to be able to grab it off the wall and clean anywhere and everywhere without finding a plug behind furniture and having to move the cord in each room. Additionally, it fits UNDER all of my furniture, so I don't have to move furniture to clean under it or to find a plug behind it. It does have a very small capacity, so expect to empty if often if you have a lot of pet hair. On the trigger issue that many people complain about, I don't really have an issue with holding it down during use, but it could definitely be a "softer" trigger with less force required. I tied a rubber band around it to reduce the force necessary to activate it, which I had seen suggested in another review, and this did make it a bit easier, but the rubber band broke later and I haven't bothered to replace it.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? completely accurate
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. well built with high quality materials
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? completely accurate
- Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes