Summary: The upright works fairly well but Hoover's claim that it automatically adjusts to carpet/floor height is not good. When used on my normal carpets it pulls them off the floor and is hard to push, thereby cancelling the value of the "lightweight" feature....which is why we bought the vacuum. As for the canister, it is a piece of junk. The wands do not hold together and come apart continually while in use. This is ridiculous and makes the use a joke.
Summary: I purchased this vacuum because it was rated best by Consumer Reports Magazine for 2013, Experts Pick. Needless to say, back the it was a lot more expensive. I love that it comes with smaller, portable carry version also. I use big one upstairs and on rugs and little is so handy for downstairs everyday light cleanups. It also was great for my car clean-up. HEPA filter is in both, its a lot quieter then my old one, Bissell Pet (nomore!
Summary: I purchased the Hoover Platinum Bagged Upright because I feel vacuums with bags overall do a better job of cleaning. It moves very easily & is quiet. The cord is plenty long & automatic height adjustment is great. I also like the canister which comes with it. It is very handy & I like to carry it as I vacuum bare floors & upholstery.