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.
Summary: Cost 2/3 less than the famous vacuums, but does a great job. Have a black cat and the hair shows against our beige carpet. It got all the hair up. Why pay more? Only slight complaint is the bags are a bit pricey.