Summary: Vacuum seems to have plenty of power and suction for mostly bare floors and short pile area rugs. Unit may be a bit heavy and bulky for a smaller adult to manage. Generous bag size is a bonus. Also, Sears brand HEPA filter fits this machine (about 1/2 the price of the Panasonic branded HEPA filter).
Summary: After lots of internet research we picked the Panasonic. Partly because we have an a 20 year old upright Panasonic that still performs very well and partly because it hit our price point. It arrived more or less on time and i have to say that it really performs well. We have golden retrievers and they shed hair and this vacuum really deals with it very well on any surface. Still only two weeks old but so far so good.
Summary: This is the first vacuum that I ever purchased and I simply love it!! Aside from all the pro's, my only con is that the handle is top heavy and tends to fall down. Otherwise, this is a keeper.
Summary: Can a person be in love with a vacuum cleaner? I love how easy it is to use. I especially like the easy release feature of the motor tool so you can use the bare floor tool. This is conveniently placed so you can use your foot to release it. This is handy if you switch between carpet and bare floor often.
Pros: Inexpensive, Compact, Easy to use, Exceeded expectations, Convenient