Bought this to replace an old 'animal' DC14 that was past its best. Debated buying this, an animal variant, and a newer ball style. After a huge amount of research, picked this - we never used the animal attachment on the DC14, and found that the suction of the model itself was enough to pick up hairs from a labrador on wood, rugs and carpet, so it seemed a waste of money. I can hoover my four bedroom house before emptying the container, so its size isn't an issue for me. It's emptied after each top to bottom clean, and whenever needed after those 'quick run around' cleans. Emptying is a doddle - take the container to the bin, empty, then take back and click back into place. Really impressed by suction - rugs are quite literally a lighter colour now. Only drawback on my machine is the hose, which seems very tight - reach too far and the whole thing tips over, meaning that I have to hold the dyson itself with one hand whilst moving the hose with the other. Don't know whether this is particular to my machine - am hoping it will loosen with use. Impressed by amazon price - significantly lower that at currys, asda, dyson et al, and the lowest on the web by a good margin, giving excellent value. Added bonus was very fast delivery from amazon even on standard delivery. Overall, am very happy with the way that this meets our needs.