This vacuum was my first ever vacuum purchase; all of my vacuums in the past have been hand-me-downs from my parents. I found a great review for this vacuum on Consumer Reports, specifically in regards to pet hair (my arch-enemy). I was looking for a vacuum that was great quality but didn't cost as much as a Dyson. Three things were certain: it had to pick up pet hair, not have a bag, and be affordable. This vacuum is light (I'm weakling and I can carry it down our stairs and up our stairs with no problem!), easy to maneuver, and really quite quiet. The attachments are nice, but my biggest rave about the vacuum is its suction: it picks up so much pet hair around our home and then some. I'm embarrassed at how many times we had to empty the bin on our first run around the house! Emptying the bin is no trouble, either. It easily detaches and you can dump it right into your garbage with a little shake. It's nice that the HEPA filter is rinse-able, too, and shouldn't have to be replaced. How much are you saving on bags? Tons! The retractable cord was great engineering, as well. My not having to hold the cord while I vacuum is HUGE. It felt awesome! Many people comment that the cord is too short on various reviews. I don't have any idea what they're talking about unless they're vacuuming an obscenely large room? They might mean the actual attachment cord which, yes, I'll admit is a little bit shorter than my old vacuum. But, I hated having this long cord that always fell off of the vacuum as I moved it, so it really doesn't bother me. I can still vacuum my stairs and my furniture just fine. All in all, my boyfriend -- who doesn't clean very often :) -- doesn't mind vacuuming with this. He commented that it was a "good purchase" which, to get him to say that about a cleaning product is pretty monumental. He actually vacuumed the entire house before I got home when it arrived on our doorstep. If you're looking for a vacuum that tackles pet hair and is a great vacuum for the average user (i.e. not professional cleaning -- just use in your average home), this was seriously one of the best purchases I've made! Thanks!