If you own a dog, you need this vacuum!! Our Australian Shepherd just turned 15 but she acts years younger and the vet says she is healthy and doing well. I am a neat freak and cannot stand hair all over our house. It doesn't seem to matter how much we brush, our Sasha is always shedding. I finally told my husband it's either the dog or spending money on a new vacuum of MY choice. Since I knew he would never get rid of the dog, I got my Dyson!! I have been looking at the Dyson line for many years now but just couldn't make myself spend so much for a vacuum. I was used to paying under $200.00 so I was happy to get this on sale and start vacuuming. Well, my jaw dropped as I started in the living room, the room where the dog is hardly ever in, and I couldn't believe what was piling up in the canister, things I had never seen before in my other canister vacuum. I think I emptied the vacuum 8 times before I was done with the rooms on the main floor and all my husband could hear me mutter was, "Oh, my God" over and over. I find it easy to empty the canister and I can go from carpet to bare floor with the touch of a button. I'm just starting to use the accesories but so far haven't had a problem. I vacuum every day now and am still amazed at how much is pulled up by this Dyson vacuum cleaner. It puts all my other vacuums to shame and I'm sorry I didn't buy it much sooner!