I got this vacuum for Christmas last year, and in that time, I've used it less than a dozen times. The filter is so small, that after doing only the carpet in one bedroom, the filter needs to be emptied and if possible washed, because all suction is lost completely. The most useless piece of junk ever to come into the house. I don't know why Vax don't supply an extra filter, it might make life a little easier. I have a 20 year old Nilfisk and it would leave the Vax in the shade any day. My advise is don't even think about it.