My children received this toy for Christmas and it has been one of their favorites. At first they would fight about who got to vacuum all time, but now that we've worked out an elaborate system involving the timer, this toy has brought a lot of enjoyment to our house.
The vacuum itself is very realistic, down to actually picking up a little bit of dirt. However, it could have been better made. The plastic piece which covers the attachments has a tendency to snap off easily, and the hose broke almost immediately. If they had designed it to attach right to the base of the vacuum, maybe it would have fared a little better.
Overall, the realism of the vacuum triumphs the lack of quality in its manufacturing. The kids really enjoy it, and by the time it is completely in pieces they will most likely be too tall for it anyhow. I would recommend it to moms of preschoolers anywhere.