This was the first vacuum I purchased when I started housekeeping over 25 years ago!! I still have the vacuum and use it every week. The wheel has come off, the light has burned out and the power brush head has stopped working, but I still use the other attachments with it and it still does a great job of cleaning the carpets. I also use this vacuum to clean the pet hair off the furniture and I use the crevice tool to get into the air vents and small corners. Maneuverability I love canister vacuums. I think they are a lot easier to maneuver around furniture than upright vacuums. It is a bit bulky and harder to carry from room to room than an upright vacuum, but I like that it is easier to use than an upright. Ease of Maintenance We have changed the hepa a few times and change the bag when it gets full. Other than that, we haven't had to do anything to this vacuum. Suction Performance This vacuum has different settings that make it easy to pick up dirt from hardwood floors, carpet, and everything in between. Versatility This vacuum is very versatile. We use it to clean the carpets, furniture, blinds, curtains, stairs, hardwood floors, linoleum, etc. Design This design is simple, yet very versatile. Durability I have had this vacuum for over 25 years and it is still going strong!