The Dyson DC24 has all the power of a full sized Dyson, but in a more compact size and at a lower cost. It has a suction rating on par with vacuums that cost up to 3 times as much. Maneuverability The ball design is not only attractive but allows this vacuum to easily move in any direction you would need it to. The only minor issue is that the vacuum is tall enough, even when leaned back, that it will not fit under most chairs, you will need to move them to vacuum those areas; but honestly, to vacuum properly they would need to be moved anyway. Ease of Maintenance The vacuum is well thought out and designed so that emptying the dust bin, cleaning it and the filters is easy. The vacuum has on board storage for the cord and the detachable hand tool. Suction Performance The claim that it never loses suction is not just a catch phrase, but has proven to be true in my experience. Versatility The DCD24 vacuums floors of all types exceptionally well. It also has a secondary feature as a hose vacuum, with the included hand tool, but it can be a little awkward to use. It works well for under counters, along walls or low places that would otherwise be inaccessible, but for taller objects it becomes more awkward as the hose is a bit short. It will work, though you may have to hold the main unit like a canister vacuum to do so. Design For it's main purpose as a floor vacuum, the design is excellent. I love the on board storage for the cord and hand tool. Taking off the dust bin and emptying it is easy. Likewise, removing the filters and cleaning them is easy as well. Durability I have had my DC24 for more than 5 years with no issues.