Summary: I bought this vac, refurbished, in 2006. It still works perfectly today. I used to go through a $100 vacation every year. I have yet to have one problem with the performance of this canister dyson.
Summary: I had heard great things about Dyson, but they were always too expensive until now. They offered a rebate and with the coupon at Bed, Bath, & Beyond, it brought the price down enough to where it was comparable to other similar vacuums so I made the plunge. I have always had canister vacuums b/c they work better for a combination of carpet and hard floors. I thought I had one of the best b/c it was always rated one of the best by a respected consumer test lab.
Summary: We resisted buying a Dyson for many years due to the price. But when Walmart offered the DC39 with a choice of accessory for $359 we had to try one. Wow this vacuum is terrific. We have indoor cats and you would have to see it to believe it how much this thing picks up. The fact that it does not use disposable bags is a plus too. Highly recommended.