Hoover released the Elite in the late 1980s simply as their bottom-of-the-line lightweight upright, but by the early 90s, the Elite was so popular it had become their top-of-the-line cleaner. It is not hard to see why. This commercial model shares all the same features as the originals: an energy efficient motor which creates just enough tool suction and great airflow, a tool caddy for the hose and attachments, a great brush roll which has now become the standard, and a large filter bag which can now be upgraded to HEPA. The cleaning performance is above average. It deep cleans carpets better than most, and the pet hair pick up is fantastic. For a lightweight vacuum this is one of the best. The Elites were made in Ohio their entire run, and production ended in late 2012. Some Hoover distributors still have them in stock, but it will become increasing difficult to find one new. Maneuverability Very lightweight and easy to push Ease of Maintenance This is one of the most difficult vacuums to change a belt on. Once you learn the procedure it's pretty easy. Bag changes are a breeze however. Suction Performance The Elite uses a direct-air fan, which creates lots of airflow for carpet cleaning but below-average suction for the hose. Carpets will be very clean but you will have just enough suction to finish the job with everything else. Don't expect to be able to run a turbo-tool with the Elite. Durability Don't pick up anything large or hard; the fan may crack. With good care these vacuums last 10 years or more.