I had an old tank styled vacuum that I used to get in to corners to avoid having to move furniture to clean up pet hair and dust. The old tank vacuum was a workhorse but it was old and loud; when the hose started to deteriorate I had a hard time trying to find a replacement for it. The Kenmore Canister Vacuum comes in some cool colors so it is geared toward the college crowd and apartment dwellers that might want to forego a regular vacuum. I didn't like the loud, harsh sound of it when I would turn it on and it seemed like it was a lot louder when it would hit the hardwood because the sound would bounce off the wood flooring. It isn't the strongest at sucking up massive amounts of dirt or using it for large rooms because you will have to keep pulling on the tank section. The telescoping rod is easy to adjust but the tank section only has two wheels so it can flip easily if you aren't paying attention to things in the room. This is lightweight enough that kids can use it so if you are looking for something for them to use for cleaning their rooms and completing chores, this I going to work out a lot better than spending $40.00 on a cheap kids version.