This is the classic little canister vacuum that (used to anyway) comes free with any Oreck XL upright vacuum purchase. It's the famous vacuum from the old commercials where the Oreck guys holds a bowling ball up with the vacuum hose. Well, don't try that trick, you'll probably hurt your feet. However I don't need to suck up bowling balls with my canister vac. This thing has great suction, and is ideal for cleaning dust, dirt, and pet hair off of furniture and carpeted stairs. It's also great with an extender for getting cobwebs out of high corners and ceiling fans. Maneuverability It's great. It's lightweight, small yet powerful, and can be carried around like a handbag with a shoulder strap. Ease of Maintenance Super easy and simple, like all Oreck vacs. Suction Performance Like I said before, I wouldn't try the bowling ball trick at home, but the suction is waaaaaay stronger than comparable small vaccums from stores. It's way better than any "Dirt Devil" for example. Versatility Honestly it's more versatile than any vacuum I've used. It can be used with the hard floor attachment to clean bathroom and kitchen floors without using a broom, it's great for cleaning out cars, and it really shines when getting pet hair off of furniture. Durability I've banged these things around like you wouldn't believe in my day. Dropped them, many times, and they are rock solid.