This vacuum cleaner is amazing! It's powerful enough to pull my carpet nearly off the floor when I push it across the room and, when the head is turned on, it almost seems to pull me across the room with it! My old, Phantom canister vacuum died last week after 14 years, so I bought this one on-line. It arrived today and, when I passed it over just a small area across my living room rug, it pulled things out that my old vacuum never did! We own 3 cats, and not only did it pick up the cat hair on the rug, but it pulled up particles deep within the fibers without any loss in suction power (like that other fancy $500 vacuum with the British-sounding announcer!) Dust, dirt, you name it--it was in the canister. The only complaint I have is that it is a bit on the heavy side, and the extra long power cord doesn't retract as well as it should (I have to straighten it, pull it out a little while pushing the retract-button), but all-in-all, this is how a vacuum should function!