Summary: I am comparing this to the Dyson I am retiring after it began to fall apart (plastic breaking, etc.) 1. This vacuum really really sucks stuff up - like no other vacuum I have ever had. Perhaps a little noisier than the Dyson but clearly it works better on both carpet and hardwood floors. 2. Because it sucks so well and pulls itself into the carpet due to suction, it feels a little heavier - however I don't think it's much heavier.
Summary: After about a year of use, it keeps shutting down after about 10 mins. of use. Would then have to wait for 30-45 mins before it would start up again. No help from the manufacturer. Not worth the price of repairs either. A terrible product - so think carefully before you buy!
Summary: So here's the thing - this vacuum cleans very well. We have four big dogs (3 short hair, one long hair), so as you can imagine we combat dog hair like you wouldn't believe. And we go through vacuums pretty quickly (fast note - days in pet hair is noooot worth the money! This does a better job of it and as does multiple hovers we've had since!!). Here's my problem - that swivel at the handle that sounds sooo cool and so handy - makes it realllllly hard to use.