this is the best vacuum i have ever owned. i am pleased with the stowaway design (i am not a fan of stick vacuums). i do believe the vacuum i have is a bit different from this one (i live in Europe) but it is quite close. Suction Performance this vacuum gets a bit annoyed at vacuuming up a whole skein of yarn (nevermind WHY the yarn was being vacuumed up - i do have children!). Design my littlest calls the vacuum the orange robot. love it!