For those reading, in my home I have one full grown lab, a two year old, and a husband that works in the oilfield. We have a lot of dirt and snack crumbs that seem to get everywhere. My previous vacuum was a lightweight dirt devil bought in February 2009 for $50. It still works good, but it didn't have any attachments. The hoover pet vac comes with an air brush, upholstery brush, and two tube extensions. The air brush did an amazing job removing all the pet hair and cookie crumbs from the couch. I usually use a lent brush, but this works way better. The upholstery brush is for hard surfaces and I used it on my bookshelf. It picked up pet hair and large items, but it definitely doesn't dust for you. I'll probably use it just to keep floating pet hair down to a minimum from when I dust. The vacuum itself was extremely easy to assemble. It looks nice and seems like its going to be durable. The weight is about average compared to similar vacuums, unless you currently have a lightweight model. You won't be able to zip through a room with this one, but it seemed fairly easy to use and I love the 3rd position option. It allows you to lay the vacuum down nearly flat to get under furniture without moving anything. It came in handy in the kitchen for me. It worked well on the carpet and on the kitchen floor. It picked up tons of pet hair and did a great job. I didn't have to empty the canister until after I had vacuumed the living room, hallway, kitchen, and used the attachments on the couch and shelves. It was super easy to empty. All I had to do was push a button and the bottom drops out. The filter section comes out easy too and if you use the upholstery brush to dust it you can clean it up quickly. You might want to empty the canister outside though, otherwise you're going to have a lot of dust flying around. So far I'm pretty happy, but only time will tell on how it holds up.
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