We have had a couple of Miele vacuum cleaners over the years and have found them to be the most durable, light weight and easy to use machine going. We use it for small spills and large jobs. We have only had two because they last so long and in fact, we gave our old one away because we couldn't bear to throw it out. Maneuverability The canister unit makes it so maneuverable. You can get into small corners and high ceilings. We use it for every inch of the house. Ease of Maintenance Keeping the unit clean is a breeze. The material it is made of just doesn't get dirty. A simple wipe down once in a while is all that is necessary. Suction Performance We have 2 cats and 2 dogs and they leave a lot of fluffs everywhere. Having allergies, the suction performance is very important and this unit is excellent. Versatility This unit is so versatile. It will pick up anything and everything. Design It is nicely designed and a good size to fit in the hall closet. Durability As I mentioned we have only had two of the units because they are so durable. They just don't break down.