I was already a Dyson ball vacuum owner. This Dyson animal upright vac is much lighter than my other Dyson. But, it also has more parts made of plastic. It is easy to maneuver, has fabulous suction, and a stair brush accessory (which my other Dyson does not have). In all it was a good value for the price. I purchased a refurbished model, which was about 60% of the new price. So far I am pleased with the purchase.