I love this vacuum (as much as someone can love a cleaning supply). The best word for this vacuum is EASY. It's easy to maneuver - with the ball on the bottom, you can vacuum in circles if you want to. No more back and forth Vs. It's easy to clean - not just the canister, which really shows you how much dirt this thing is picking up, but if you need to clean the brushes or any other part, everything pops off easily but attaches firmly and securely. All of the attachments feel really solid and are easy to take on and off - I never feel like I'm going to break something, or have a hard time figuring out how to attach/remove/take apart anything. While this machine might be heavy, it's a feather compared to the old metal vacuum I used to have, so as far as I'm concerned it's a lightweight. The only thing I have ever encountered with this vacuum is when I am doing stairs with the back hose extended, the vacuum rolls toward me when I pull on the hose. I don't know that there's any way to avoid that with any vacuum, I've just learned how to work the hose so I don't pull the vacuum as much. Other than that, it's by far the coolest vacuum I've ever owned. I was wary after reading some stories online that this would scratch my hardwood floors, but I haven't noticed anything on my floors - I just make sure to turn off the rotating brush before I start vacuuming.
Lake Saint Louis, MO