I researched vacuum cleaners and wanted an upright, hepa filter with bag. This one was one of the top three recommended. After using it, I can see why. It has a lot of power is very effective with dog hair and carpet fuzz. It may be a bit heavy if you are looking for a lighter weight cleaner. The power paw is great on my stairs and easy to use. I am very happy with the cleaner and would recommend it. I found it at a department store, online only, for one dollar less, but shipping was out of this world. Overstock's shipping price is incredible and combined with the already low prices, it gives you a great bargain.
Let me start off by saying I'm a guy. I don't clean much. Don't have extremely high standards when it comes to being clean either. That being said, I do believe in getting what you pay for. I always thought that a vacuum shouldn't be a high priced item. Spending between $100 to $150 ought to do it, right? Wrong. I went through 3 different vacuums in about a 5-6 year span, with each one costing around $125 or so. They all broke down on me, even with what I would classify as light to moderate use (no kids, and no pets for 90% of that time.) After the latest vacuum failed, I said enough is enough. I'm going to buy a top of the line vacuum and it better last for the long haul. So, I picked up the DC25 Animal, refurbished. Looked brand new when I took it out of the box. Put it together, fired it up... and was amazed. Easy to manuever, lightweight, and the best designed vacuum I've ever seen. They didn't forget function though, this thing REALLY picks up! I was borrowing my mother's vacuum and I vacuumed one room with it, then went back over it with the Dyson. It pulled a full containers worth of dirt and carpet fiber up that my mother's $250 vacuum could not. I don't live in a pig sty by any means, but I could actually tell the difference in how much cleaner the carpet was by walking barefoot on it, vs using our old vacuum. At this point, we've had the DC25 for about a year and a half now. No problems with it whatsoever. It has been absolutely perfect, and that's exactly what I expected from a vacuum that normally costs over $500. Guys, if you're reading this, just buy it. You can't go wrong, and your wife/girlfriend will love you for it. Ladies, if you're reading this and having trouble convincing your husband that the price is justified, have him read this. It definitely is. The performance and design are amazing. You'll feel like you're pushing around the Ferrari or Porsche of vacuum cleaners.
You can get an upright vacuum cleaner in blue, purple, black, orange and almost any other color. Some come with every accessory you can imagine. Most importantly, though, is how well the vacuum sucks up all the icky stuff, so we put all of the machines on our list through a battery of tests.