I just got a Dyson a little over a year ago, and LOVE it. Best vacuum I've ever had, so far. I think it's the DC25 Animal. I love how it rolls on the ball thing so that you can angle it wherever you want. It has great suction and does really well even with ground-in dirt. I love how easy it is to switch back and forth to the hose with a nozzle fitting thing, and how it even has a long tube so that you can make it reach really high or get into weird places. I do have the girls go through and pick up larger stuff, and then after I go through with the vacuum I have them pick up anything it missed, which generally is stuff larger than a paperclip. There are several filters you have to keep up with, and I once got a wire stuck in the hose and was terrified that it would puncture it, but I got it out. My biggest complaint was the wordless manual... I guess they wanted to save on translation costs? So it's all pictures with arrows and stuff. Very difficult to understand. Of course, my vacuum before that was a very old traditional vacuum, so this one just feels very sleek and does all sorts of great stuff. My dad had gotten one (same model but not the Animal version) and I tried his and loved it, so that's why I got this one. It wasn't nearly as expensive as what some people have mentioned, though. I think we got it at Kohl's or somewhere like that with a great discount.