I had received this vacuum as a Christmas present the year before my Husband and I got married. We had put it away to be used in our new place, so we hadn't used it until we were actually married. Anyway, this vacuum, at first, was amazing! I loved how you can see just how dirty your carpets really are just by how much it picks up after barely even moving it. I was amazed and shocked. After about 6 months of use, the belt broke and the filter became extremely clogged. I had spent hours trying to clean it out and figuring out what was wrong with it. I knew it couldnt have already gone out (which I know vacuums do wear...) because we hadn't had it for very long. So, after creating a huge mess and cleaning out every spot available, I finally got it back to working again. Now, after 4 years of marriage, we are still using this vacuum. I have to clean it out completely about every 2-3 months. It's very tedious, but it works wonders once it's clean.