When I moved into my new house I bought this vacuum because my last place didn't have carpet and the new house did have carpet. So of course I didn't have a vacuum. It was pretty easy to assemble and instructions were very easy to read. It's not exactly the lightest vacuum. It's pretty bulky and wasn't very easy to put away. But it is a full size vacuum and it's not any bigger than any other full size vacuum. I just didn't expect that much weight after it was out of the box and assembled. And I did think at first that it was doing great. Visibly you can't see anything left behind And at first I was happy with it, until I got a dyson a few months later to upgrade and I decided to test both vacuums. I used this vacuum first and vacuumed the living room. Then I got my new vacuum and went back over what I had just vacuumed. I found out this vacuum left a lot behind. This vacuum was only a few months old and I took really good care of it and kept it very clean. I was disappointed in the head to head test. I really expected more. But for the price of this vacuum it does what you need it to. It just doesn't do a deep clean, which I found disturbing.