I bought this vacuum 9 months ago, and it has gotten a real workout. The first time I used it, the foam filter got clogged with fine dust, and it emitted a high-pitched whine and shut down. I cleaned the filter, let it cool down, and it has worked fine ever since. Each time I vacuum my house, I empty it several times, which is very easy to do. Then, when I put it away, I wash the foam filter and rinse out the dirt canister, which takes about 5 minutes. As for the belt, I am amazed that in 9 months, there has been only one incident, a broken belt last night. The vacuum is lightweight enough that I have been able to vacuum stairs, and it does a great job of cleaning up after my 2 very furry cats.