This was the very first vacuum I got when I moved out. I wish I wouldn't have wasted my money. After two years of buying (expensive!) bags and all the hassle of emptying and replacing them, I wish I would have just gotten a Dyson right from the beginning. This machine was VERY loud as well, which is just annoying, especially when you live in a small apartment. It did an alright job of picking up dirt, but now that I have something to compare it to, I can tell that my new Dyson is so much better at picking up dirt, hair, cheerios, etc. Do yourself a favor and invest in a quality machine. "You get what you pay for" certainly applies to vacuums. A good machine will last you for many, many years, rather than having to buy one every 3-4 years.