No really, it is. I've just traded up from a Hoover bagless, and the difference is astonishing. It makes me wonder if I will have any carpet left in a few months, it picks so much up. Nice and light (by comparison with other Dysons anyway) and very easy to use. It takes a few goes to get the hang of "steering" the thing, as the ball makes it different to handle than traditional designs, but once you've got it, you won't go back to wheels. Empties easily, tools are great, long cord, top switch for brushbar a lovely idea and it's not even noisy. No compromises.