Riccar makes an incredible vacuum. The cleaning power is amazing. The only downside is the price. With my cats, however, I went through vacuums almost as fast a kitty litter I thought I'd invest in a better vacuum and it has paid off well. Our church only buys Riccar vacuums because, like me, they wasted too much money on other brands. The upright Riccars will eat their cords if you vacuum over them or you're not careful. Also, because of the superior American made motors, Riccars tend to be heavy. That hasn't been a problem for me but could be for someone who has been ill or lacks strength.