The hoover slider vacuum is a pretty convenient way to clean up the small messes that i come accross in my daily routine with three children all under five years of age. I would not reccomend the hoover slider vacuum for the bigger messes as it is not going to cut the mustard, but for little things i must say that i do like it. If you were to buy on of these hoover slider vacuums for yourself, i wouldn't throw away my bigger household vacuum just yet. Also, while we are on the topic for the budget conscious, this is more of a supplemental vacuum than the type of vacuum you would use for your entire house or apartment. If you wanted to just own one vacuum, do not, i repeat, do not buy this. It will only help you out in the case of smaller messes. If you tried to clean your entire house or apartment with a hoover slider vacuum of this size, i promise you will be at it all day long and then some.