I needed a small vac just for my kitchen and purchased the Eureka Mighty Mike Canister Vac. WOW - was I surprised at the suction power of this little guy. It is so lightweight that I've found many other uses for it, especially stairs. Also, the wand seems extra long so I don't have to bend over at all when vacuuming, a plus for my bad back. I had purchased several small upright vacs (electric & cordless) and was disappointed with the performance of each, so I was a bit skeptical about this vac, but it turned out to be a great purchase.