Not sure if this model is affected, but in general, if you want a vacuum that features ease of use and reliability, especially if you have hardwood floors and area rugs. The REAL deal killer for me in the newer Hoovers is the lack of a 3-position handle. The middle position is gone, which means if you let go of the handle momentarily, it drops most of the way to the floor. In addition, there is no simple way to tilt the vacuum back in order to avoid the fringes and edges of area rugs (or anything else in your path) while vacuuming. In order to vacuum my home I have to go from fringed rug to hardwood, to fringed rug, to hardwood, to fringed rug, to hardwood, to fringed rug, to hardwood, to fringed rug. Some of these rugs require vacuuming over 2 fringed ends, which puts me at 8 or 10 times of having to either bend over and lift the vacuum completely off the floor (way too heavy at my age) to avoid the fringe or to avoid beating up the edges of the rugs with the brushes, OR, having to put the Vacuum in the upright position to tilt it in order to avoid the fringe and then having to use the foot release to get it back to the vacuuming position EVERY TIME I want to avoid a fringe. This is ridiculous. Why in the world would HOOVER ruin a perfectly wonderful product by, yes, cheapening it, but more importantly, RUINING one of the most important aspects of the product with respect to ease of use and practicality. Even after having the front wheels break off my current Hoover when it was only 3 years old, as a 56-year owner of Hoover vacs, I was still willing to give Hoover another chance. NEVER AGAIN, this thing with the handle is a REAL deal breaker for me, especially on top of all the other cheapened aspects of the Hoover Vacuum. All of this, and yet it is heaver and far more cumbersome than it was years ago. HOOVER . . . your vacuums are going in REVERSE!