This is a good model for having hardwood floors as well as thick rugs. The switch to turn off the brush is included in the on/off switch, so no fiddling to avoid scuffing the wood floors. The pile height adjustor is easy to tap. Accessories are stored inside the canister case, so they don't catch on stuff or fall off the machine. Love the cord retractor! Both my cleaning lady and I figured it out in about 20 seconds. The canister portion is plastic, but it seems durable; and will definitely be lighter carrying down the flight of stairs than a metal case. This model is a Consumer Reports "Best Buy" and I agree. Good value for the price.