I recently purchased this model. I was skeptical before the purchase, as I've never owned a Kirby and was a little nervous about buying "refurbished". Once it arrived, I immediately checked for any damage or missing parts. None whatsoever and everything was in order. NOW...on to the good stuff. I was blown away after using this Kirby for cleaning carpeted, hardwood and tile floors. This machine is a monster. It's easy to operate too. The ultimate floor test was when I used it to clean a carpeted floor underneath a bed that hadn't been cleaned in NINE years. This Kirby did an outstanding job of cleaning and making the carpet look brand new. My previous cheap vacuums were a joke when it came to this type of job. I love the fact that I can convert to canister type cleaning with the hose and attachments. This bad boy has got LOTS of power and makes each attachment do it's job in a very effective manner. I use attachments frequently for things like crevices and hard to get to areas like behind a refrigerator or in between appliances. Cleaning dust off of walls or baseboards is a breeze with this Kirby. If you have blinds, you know the frustration of trying to clean them with a vacuum. This Kirby makes small work of cleaning blinds and drapes. Lastly, I used it to clean my queen sized mattress. It did an excellent job of that. Since I had the mattress/box spring off the frame of the sleigh style bed, I also cleaned the bed frame. Not a problem at all, using the duster attachment. Now I know why these Kirby's are so expensive brand new. They're built like bulldozers and have a reputation of lasting for years. I was fortunate enough to get this Kirby at a great price as a refurbished model. I'm 64 with lots of "vacuum cleaner" experience in my life. Sure wish I had gotten one of these Kirby's years ago. Everything you've heard about Kirby quality and reliability is TRUE. It's not pretty, but it most definitely gets the job done. I highly recommend this Kirby to anyone on a budget who is looking for a great product at an excellent price. Buy it, you won't regret it!!