After years of hauling home the store rentals and cleaning carpet for 12 hours to get it done in a day before being charged extra, I bought this machine. The assembly was done in less than half an hour, which was mostly spent reading the manual first. As the little woman of the house, I was quite please with myself when I was finished. I was pleasantly surprised when I used it the first time, at its ease of operation. The powerful suction and heating element leaves the carpet almost dry when finished. The hose attachment is wonderful for cleaning the stairs. I like being able to clean a few rooms at a time, rather than having to finish in a single day. It's not heavy, or complicated to operate. After cleaning the tanks, I usually leave them to dry in the bathtub and then reassemble the unit. I've owned this machine for over a year, and have used it many times. Each time it has worked beautifully, without any problems. It's a wonderful machine, and my personal thanks to the designer at Hoover.