After searching through websites and reading others' reviews, I took a chance a bought this one and it is AMAZING at the difference in my home!
I have hardwood and tile floors throughout the house, 6 cats and one 100lb dog, so I vacuum nearly daily. My previous vac was a Eureka Optima (lightweight canister), and I've had it 6 years, but I was tired of emptying, pulling dust/hair from the filter, etc. I wanted one with a bag, just be done already, ya know? My mom still has her Kirby, nice and all, but it doesnt always get her pets' hair up and it is heavy as heck. So, keeping this in mind, I sought out Hoover (specifically), based on the fact my grandfather had at least 6 uprights from the 50's-70's randomly around his house & garage and I figured, well, he was no dummy and routinely collected multiples of what he considered "good product". Anyway....
I love the attachments, the on/off brush roll (i have one area rug) and the extra cord length. My main concerns were kitty litter and hair and this picks it up THE FIRST TIME. WITHOUT ME CHASING HAIR FLOATING AWAY!