I'm amazed at how light weight the Shark is. At first I thought it was kinda flimsy, because it was so light but this vacuum then it went on to prove to be a heavyweight when I turned it on the welcome mats at our office. It did a great job on getting the cat and dog fur off the furniture. I bought a refurb and am really happy with the quality, the only blemish was a tiny nicked area. I mainly use it on bare floors - no carpet - and it is faster and more thorough than using a broom.