This was a gift from my mother. I absolutely love this vacuum. It picks everything up. I've had an oreck and a dyson and I adore my miele over both of them. I have two kids, a husband, and a pitbull. The house gets pretty messy. I have no problem pulling the vacuum out and cleaning up after them. Not only that but it's probably the quietest out of the vacuums that I have used. I don't worry about waking the kids up after they've gone to bed. The attachments are very usefully. All the pieces and parts are very strongly made. It also has multiple air filters and that helps a lot with my husband's allergies. Maneuverability I actually have managed to get under my bed with no problem. The canister moves very smoothly and easily. Ease of Maintenance It's very easy to change the attachments. Changing the bags and filters are very easy as well. I only wish the bags were not so expensive. They cost so much though because they are so thick, I guess. Suction Performance It took me over a month to realize that the bar on my carpet attachment was stuck and not moving (tangled with thread). The vacuum works so well I didn't even notice. I vacuum the rugs weekly. Versatility I use my vacuum for the car and the house and even for the dog if she's shedding. Design Very intuitive. Whomever works on the design thought about what would be needed by a user. Durability I've had this vacuum for nearly a decade now and have never had any mechanical issues at all.