I finally bought a Dyson after years of wanting one. I read reviews with nothing but greatness. With all the carpet in our house gone I was looking for a multi purpose vacuum to keep the floors clean. This vacuum while light and maneuverable with ease only lasts 15min which equals vacuuming approx 700 sq feet. For my 4bd, 2ba home it would require three charges to complete. Charges take 3.5 hrs. The propaganda promises that this little powerhouse will clean your floors with the powerful suction, I found myself maneuvering the vacuum with one hand and picking up the debris left behind with the other. For the time and effort I was better off with my $10 stick vacuum and a wet swiffer. More effective for a tenth of the price of this DC56. Save your money and try a different Dyson. If I were able to return it I'd go with the animal model. This vacuum would be best suited for a single or couple living in a condo/apt with little floor area and no pets. Not for use on carpet. Tried to leave the same review on Dyson but it seems they only post the 4 star reviews.