Since our year 1/2 old Eureka hasn't been running well, and belts keep breaking too easily most every time I got a small rug corner sucked in, it was time to go back to the Shark. Our previous Shark lasted about 3 years until the tubing started to crack. This beautiful paprika red Shark Navigator Professional Swivel Steering Vacuum came in 3 pieces, and very easy to assemble by laying vacuum flat, and sliding the electrical connection from power nozzle, into main body that clicks in place. Then connect hose from main body to power nozzle until snug, and slide handle into body, with the 5 inch nut/bolt. It can be tightened easily with a coin if you don't have a screw driver. There's a 5.5 inch crevice tool, and dusting brush that can be attached on back, but couldn't find a spot to put the 8 inch wide upholstery tool. It felt quite heavy at first, being 21.6 pounds (9.8 kgs. on outside box), but once you get it going, it's almost like power steering on cruise control, the way it swivels so easy, maneuvering all around, and so quickly, too. We have 4 cats that shed a lot, track litter all over, and this picked up everything, including all the dust and allergens. It has a completely sealed Hepa System (originally called high-efficiency particulate absorber, but also sometimes called high-efficiency particulate arresting, or high-efficiency particulate arrestance, is a type of air filter), and the Anti Allergen Complete Seal Technology gets 99.9% of dust and allergens inside vacuum, so only .1% gets released back into air. The dust cup is huge, holding 3.5 dry quarts, so you don't have to empty as often. It's not too loud (although our cats sure run when they hear it :-), and deep cleaned our carpets very well. The cord is polarized (one blade wider), and wish it was longer, but 25 feet will do to reach a few rooms from hallway plug (not retractable), 120 volts, 1200 watts, and 10A amps. This vacuum has a lot of power, so you might have to adjust the suction release, by opening valve at end of hose, if it becomes difficult to push on rugs. There's even an image of a foot on left side of floor power nozzle, so you know where to put your foot when pulling handle back :-) There are 3 settings by handle on red switch to turn on, bare floors (l), tools, and carpets (ll). Pushing the grey button in next to it will remove dust cup. I contacted Shark to find out about the belts, after problems with Eureka, and the man said that it's all one main power piece on bottom, with a 5 year warranty (under normal use). It has an extra long wand and hose (5-6 ft when pulled out) to reach those very high spots. It's easy to clean, and maintain by rinsing, and air drying the pre motor foam filter, and felt filter (on top of dust cup) every month, and clean the post motor hepa filter (front of dust cup) once a year. I would definitely recommend this sweet machine and only costs $139! Much cheaper than a Dyson, and from what I've read on other reviews, this Shark sucks better than a Dyson, too :-) Also made in China.