I wanted a vac that wouldn't break the bank, but was also a step up from my inexpensive canister vac. It had to be relatively light, quiet, with a long wand and a wide bare floor attachment. Most of my home is hardwood, with many throw rugs, and we have 2 cats. This vacuum is exactly what I wanted! The wide hard floor brush works flawlessly...maneuvers around furniture legs and picks up everything from fur to little pieces of whatever. The wand extends long enough that I am no longer stooping over to vacuum. The motor "purrs". The cord retracts ALL the way in. It isn't the lightest vacuum on the market but it is light and is easy enough to carry up and down the stairs. And the hard floor attachment allows me to vacuum all our throw rugs. The one thing I don't like is that it requires bags, but then again, dumping the plastic canister from the old vac into my trashcan was not always pleasant so I can deal with buying bags. I am very pleased with this purchase.
If you want a canister vacuum that can be used for both hard floors and carpets, then this is the one! Great suction, easy to move around from room to room. At first I thought the power cord was going to be too short, but with the extended reach of the wand/floor tools, this machine actually reaches farther than my Hoover upright! It may be pricier than other vacuums, but I'm a "Meile Man" now!
First one arrived damaged in box but was taken care of without incident. Vacuum seems to work great but hinders on cheaply built and parts are fragile. Vacuum has a hard time standing by itself.
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