I was inspired by my Dyson Animal for the few years that it has been keeping my home really clean. The DYSON and a steam cleaner for bare floors was an unbeatable combination. For this Christmas I forgot to bring my Dyson to our second home, so I finally decided to look for something else. A smaller unit for the second home, that would keep my beloved Dyson from getting banged up in the trunk traveling between the two homes. At BB&B I planned to buy a cheap canister but nothing looked worth buying and they cost more that I wanted to pay. Then the price, weight, and size of this Euro-Pro Shark got my attention. It cost just a few dollars more than I had prepared to spend with 20% off coupon. When I came home I immediately checked reviews of this vacuum and was stunned to find that it may is a competitor or could even surpass Dyson in sales. So I put it together with ease and I could not believe how well it "sucked". How light and easy it was to move around. It practically propers forward on dense carpeting. I have a dense Tibetian wool area rug and it was amazing how it sucked ALL the salt out of a dried up spot (I pour salt over spilled liquids to draw up the moisture - never rub it on expensive rugs) - it even took the salt out which was imbedded in this nearly solid surface wool rug. The vac also worked great on more delicate hand knotted rugs, bare floors and tight spots, and it reached a lot futher under a bed that my Dyson could. I love the long crevice tool. It is easy to use it as a canister vac. I felt the Dyson was not that straight forward - a bit tricky. So Dyson - thank you for all your help - but you will be staying at the second home in the future and my Eoro-Pro is just better - slimmer and more agile. I never thought I would fall in love again with a vacuum!! Unbelievable engineering to pack all this into a slender pretty little machine. Of course there are a few cons - like most uprights cord winding is not automatic. The dust container max level is much smaller than Dyson's but we don't have that much dirt in the house. My cup did not fill vacuuming 2800 sqft of wood floors and area rugs. Did I tell you yet how much I love this Euro-Pro? So much that I am inspired to lose that nagging 15 lbs of baby fat to keep up with my new slim best cleaning pal. I just can't tell you how impressed I am. I thought no one would ever knock Dyson off their #1 spot. But this clever design is IT- it beats my Dyson as a vacuum in almost all aspects. Dydson started to re-engineer the dull old concept of vacuum cleaners. Hoover turned down Dyson's offer to sell the company to Hoover. I love it! I hate Hoovers! Each Hoover was a pain for 1-2 years and then had to be tossed into garbage. I LOVE TO VACUUM AGAIN! LOVE IT! I am really hard to be impressed by anything but I wrote this because there are not enough good news out there. Here world ismade better one vacuum at a time!!! I can't believe I was lucky enough to pick this one without any research - I was in a hurry to vacuum before Christmas Eve and I had reviewed the canister vacs only.