This is not a FANTASTIC vacuum - but it does the job and will last! I love the filter and it catches a ton of stuff. We've had ours for quite a while and it puts up with some serious abuse. We have 2 small children and a shedding dog and this vacuum has certainly held its own. My only 2 complaints would be the weight, it is a little heavy for hauling up and down stairs and the smell when its time to clean it out. My husband is great about shaking out the filters/replacing them and its helps, but when its time to do so I smell it. But I could just have a sensitive nose. Maneuverability It moves nicely but is a pain the you know what when you've got to get the corners or ceilings and you have to pull the hose off and put on an attachment, but so are most upright vacuums so I can't really knock it too much for that. Ease of Maintenance I don't do the maintenance myself, my husband does. He never complains about it and he finds it easy to order replacement belts when needed or replace filters. We've had the vacuum so long we've done this a few times and the parts are reasonably priced and easy to order on amazon.com. Suction Performance Was much better when we first got it - but that was years ago so I have to say it had held up really well! Versatility Picks up just about everything and we use it on hardwoods, high carpet, low carpet, tiles, etc. Seems to work well on just about every surface. Design Standard upright design, it is easy to replace things and empty to container. Durability Lasts forever! I told my husband I wanted a dyson when we got married and he said when this one dies I can get one - it's still going strong!