Several years ago, my family needed a new vacuum because our old Dirt Devil broke down. As we shopped for new vacuums, I realized I wanted one that was light-weight and easy to use. We had 2 sets of stairs in our home at that time, and lugging a big heavy vacuum up and down them was not making me very motivated to clean. But, at the same time, I also wanted a vacuum that would pick up the dirt! So, we found an Oreck store and looked at all the options. This Oreck XL Hypoallergenic vacuum was a bit more expensive than some of the others, but it was worth the extra cost. One, because of it being light-weight. Two, because of it being easy to use. Three, because of it having actual vacuum bags to insert and replace (I hated the bagless kind). And four, because our son is allergic to dust and this vacuum helps keep dust down to a minimum. So, we bought the vacuum and have not been sorry we did.