My old upright vacuum is about 10 years old. It still worked ok but wasn't sucking up as much mostly due to the addition of 3 cats to my household, so I took advantage of a fantastic price from Amazon on this VAX & as the title says "WOW" - completely, totally, utterly "WOW". This machine is almost twice as powerful as my old one, powerful enough that the downdraft sucked Christmas cards off the mantlepiece and lifted the carpet up off the underlay in the centre of the room. I can't remember ever having empied a bag from my old vacumm that held as much as the cylinder did after just one quick going over of my lounge/dining room carpet after assembling it (very easy by the way) to ensure it worked ok.
The instruction booklet tells you to keep the cylinder & filter clean & advises emptying/cleaning & possibly washing after every use. OK, a bit time consuming you might think but totally worth it as the amount of stuff picked up overrides your thinking that "Oh I just can't bothered this time, I'll leave it until next time" especially if like me you don't have a cupboard to hide it away in and it's on show in the hallway or wherever, you will want to keep it clean just so any visitors wont see the dirt, hair, fluff etc inside it. Whether you have pets or not, you will immediately notice the difference this machine can make to your carpets. I would advise anyone to buy it.