As many other reviews mentioned, this is a heavier vacuum, but then again it is advertised as 'heavy duty', so you know what to expect. I wouldn't recommend this vacuum for an older person, but otherwise, it's very easy to maneuver. I ran it for about a half hour today, and boy oh boy does this thing do the work! I don't own pets, but it picked up 2 large handfuls of dust, and probably another handful of sand/grit. It is much quieter than the Hoover I got rid of, and sounds like it's really spinning the reel at high RPM. The key to this machine is getting the height adjustment correct. I left it on a higher setting, and it still managed to pull a TON of dust and grit from my carpet and 2 sofas. They advertise 'no loss of suction', and whoa do I believe it! I thought the hand brush tool was going to spin out of my hand, it's just so powerful. My biggest gripe with older vacuums is that it never felt like the drive motor was very powerful, and this thing is a beast. I've got a medium pile carpet, and the rotor never bogged down; very strong motor, from my first impression. Would definitely recommend!