This is not a vacuum cleaner you can just get through the house with in a few quick strokes - it takes some time to move the canister from place to place and to change out the water in the pan - but it is great for thorough cleaning of nearly any surface. Wet messes in carpet can be cleaned up easily by dissolving them in warm water, which does not harm the vacuum since the filter itself is a swirling pot of water. The powerhead requires some maintenance - the rotating brush can get tangled by long hair, causing it to slow down or grind slightly - but the vacuum as a whole has done well for me for many years with no issues. Ease of Maintenance This vacuum can be cleaned out with just a toothbrush (and some scissors to cut any long hair that gets tangled), and if you keep it clean, very little other maintenance will be required. Versatility The wet/dry capabilities of this vacuum make it ideal for a wide variety of messes that most vacuums can't handle due to their filter configurations.