Our family goes through vacuum cleaners just about every year - Expensive ones like Rainbow, Filter Queen, Oreck and cheap ones too numerous to mention. We have 7 kids. Hope that explains a lot. I have had my Hoover WindTunnel now for 1 year and it is still going strong. I have no fantasies that it will last me another year given our high volume of dirt and debris, however, for the price, this little baby works great. PROS: I love that I don't need bags. So easy to dump out. Don't have to mess with water. The suction is quite acceptable and gets up fine, hidden dust. Can take a beating . . . so far. I know it will die someday, but I am definitely getting my money's worth out of this one. Clear container so that you can see right away if the suction is still working or not. CONS: Sometimes things get stuck in the hoses and everything backs up unless you pay attention and notice that nothing is swirling in the container. If so, stop the machine and get out whatever is in the hoses. Can be a little tricky because I sometimes have to turn the entire thing upside down over the trash can and it is heavy. Wide base which can be good or bad depending on how much you need to clean and what you need to maneuver around and under. We don't have much space in our house so I sometimes have to lift it over areas in order to get it across the room. Overall, it cleans, works hard, and is still working as of this very moment. I am grateful for that and will buy another one as soon as this ones goes (nothing lasts forever).