I just got this vacuum cleaner yesterday from Overstock and I can't say enough good things. Yes, it was very expensive but I have a Golden Retriever who sheds so much- I decided to take the plunge and go for a Dyson Animal. My carpet was freshly vacuumed with my old vacuum cleaner. I then went over it again with the Dyson and got a lot of dirt can animail hair. The Dyson is very light weight and easy to use. I think this is perfect for those who have pets that shed!!!