Let me start off by saying, I'am famous for killing a vacuum. They rarely last 6 months in my house. I have white ceramic tile floors in my kitchen bathrooms, and living room, and VERY light beige carpet everywhere else. I vacuum a minimum of twice a day. Did I mention we also have two active small kids, three indoor dogs, three cats, and two birds. Oh, and one husband who has a knack for leaving a trail of crumbs. I purchased this vacuum July 4,2006. I know because we had just had a 4th of July party, and my third or fourth Bissell vacuum had just died. I rushed out to get something else. I saw this, liked it, brought it home and WOW. I have never been so impressed! Although I had already vacuumed the rooms with my dead vacuum, I redid the rooms with the new one, just to 'test' it out, and it was FILLED with dust when I was finished! It's very pretty, and sleek looking, and it's easy to tell when you are getting full. I have had four of five Bissell's, Eureka's and more. All lasted a year, or less. I'm happy to say that with my daily vacuums this one is still going strong. I have eaten the cord up into the vacuum, exposed the wires and just taped it with electrical tape, works great. My husband dropped the canister off our back deck, cracked it but again...just taped it up you would have never known performance wise. It's not loud, it has GREAT suction, and if you suck something up into it, it's easy to pull it back out (which was learned after getting my son's Army men sucked into it many, many times) My only 'cons' to it are if you are vacuuming and arent holding the vacuum or keeping it within 3 feet of you, it will fall backwards (but keeps running I might add!) and the longer you own it and use it, the louder it gets. It's still quieter than some other vacuums, but I have for sure noticed it's not the same as when I bought it. 2 years for my vacuum is like 10 for others, so tomorrow I'm going to go buy another one just like it, just incase they stop manufacturing them! I love this, and cant imagine using anything else! A+ all the way from the vacuuming obsessed stay at home mom!