I have a Kirby G4 which is one of the best vacuums ever - I have had it almost 15 years and it is still going strong. We have 4 cats though and even though I vacuum 2-3 times a week with the Kirby the Dyson picked up almost half of a canister of cat hair the first time I used it. I am totally impressed. I will use it for deep cleaning of my carpets and upholstery. It is very easy to maneuver and is light weight. We got a refurbished Dyson and except for the cloudy canister I would never know it had been previously used. It was packed well and came with instructions. I totally recommend and look forward to using it.