I don't recall the last time I have read more "different views" on a product than this one! All I can relate is my own experience: I purchased this vacuum on a bit of a whim for the upstairs of our home. My wife is always "reserved" when I bring home a new machine try, particularly one in her "domain" so to speak. Plus she had just recently purchased a new Hoover for downstairs (for a lot more $$!!) that has a swivel head, making it very easy to maneuver. This one does feel a bit heavier to use. HOWEVER, when you have the filters in the proper position, this Vac sweeps up dirt like no other vac we have ever owned, regardless of price! My wife has been absolutely amazed at how much dirt, dust and debris it has picked up. Last week she swept the entire upstairs, a total of 6 rooms and literally filled the canaster. One week later, she re-swept the same area and again the canister is full (or almost so). She can scarcely believe how much dirt it has picked up, nor can I!!