Although, I have used Dyson's for years ( I always buy them refurbished) and have three ( one for each home), my Animal Dyson croaked, and it would have cost $165 to repair, so no way was I willing to spend that much, I began to research this particular Shark Vacuum. It works phenomenally well, it's light, and actually pulls itself ( and you) forward onto the carpet or rug as you clean, so, no need to do the standard back and forth motion, you vacuum the length as if mowing, and then change direction and go across the width. It picks up dog hair and goat heads (prickers) missed by the Dyson and actually fluffs up the nap of my worn Berber. It has an easy to disconnect hose and attachments,.it's easy to empty as well. A great bargain, I do believe! Udate: I now have two!