Nothing will beat a Dyson in my opinion. I've used Hoover, Bissell, and Dirt Devil, and they don't even compare to my Dyson. It's lightweight and versatile, a perfect vacuum for people with different types of floors in their house. Maneuverability I love how I can maneuver this vacuum into tight spots without worrying about breaking it. It came with a tool to hook to the hose so you can slide it under the couch, so no more moving the couch to get underneath clean! Ease of Maintenance As a mother of a two year old, I'm always vacuuming. I use it at least once a day, if not more. The filters on this have to be dried for at least 24 hours, and it actually took 36 hours for it to dry this last time. It killed me to be without my good vacuum for so long. I think the more you use it, the dirtier the filters get and the longer it takes for them to dry completely. Emptying the canister however is a breeze, and I don't need to tip the canister over, just the push of a button and it empties. Much better than the Bissell we have at work. Suction Performance I do not have any complaints at all, it actually has such good suction that it can get stuck to the floor in my kitchen in two areas. Now THAT is suction! Versatility As I said earlier, this vacuum is amazing because it doesn't matter what kind of floor you have, it tackles it all. I can use it in the living room on the carpet, and with the push of a button, I can move it to the linoleum in the kitchen without a fuss. Design The special edition Blueprint is awesome. I love how simple it is. It's white with purple and blue, and I think this is perfect. Durability We have had the Dyson since 2008, and haven't had any issues with it. As long as you are cleaning the filters and emptying the canister when needed, there shouldn't be any issues. I cannot count the number of times I've accidentally shoved it too hard against a wall or a bed leg, and you can't tell. I've banged the vacuum at work against a wall once or twice, and you can see the scuff marks. I'd say the durability is A+!