After the battery pack on my expensive cordless lasted less than a year and they wanted half the cost of a new vac to replace it, (you know the one I mean), I decided to try this. I use it nearly every day for picking up cat hair on my furniture and it works well. Yes, the cord is a little inconvenient, but until they improve cordless technology, this will do just fine. The reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5, is because of emptying the cup. You have to take the filter out each time, so it it's not a no-touch process and then you have to figure out which way to put the filter back in. This design could use some improvement, but for the price, I still recommend it.