Bought one of these from Argos this morning (£299 in March 2012)to replace my old Bissell - which served incredibly well for about 7 years. WOW have they made improvements! I love that the body of the machine lifts off - so easy to clean the stairs, its so much lighter - probably because the tanks are smaller - but hey - I used to use 3-4 tanks of the old machine to clean the hallway (dogs) to get it MY clean, this did the job well with only 1 tank. Admittedly stubborn stains (teenagers) took several sweeps, but well impressed. The hose on my old machine was cumbersome and kept falling off mid clean - it wrapped around the upright of the machine, this one is coiled around one side of the body, so should be easier! My one gripe is I can't see the scrubber bringing the dirt up - but this MIGHT have stopped me over saturating the carpets like I used to!
Argos kindly gave me a £10 voucher, so I bought more fluid!! If buying within the next couple of days (30.3.12) go to Argos (sorry Amazon - but I still love you!!) but if you want a quality machine that will clean your carpets to a high standard BUY THIS MACHINE