We live in an apartment with an infant and two huskies, and if you know anything about huskies, they shed a lot! But with this vacuum, we have no issue. The hair is up instantly on the carpet and hardwood. I love that I don't have to use bags and I can empty the container as needed, which always looks like I could make a doggy rug when I'm finished. Ease of Maintenance We haven't had any issues so far. We've had ours about 6 months. Design Not very bulky for as much power as this vacuum has. Also pretty light weight.