I think your review was reasonable. I have a bunch of vacuums. 1) A Kirby upright that is almost 40 years old and still works but is hard to maneuver and for which putting attachments on is doable but not easy. 2) An Oreck XL that is about 10 or more years old and still works relatively good. It lightweight and easy to maneuver. It has no attachnments 3)-4) Along with the Oreck came a small vacuum for use when you would want to use the attachments.and an Oreck Shop type vac 5) Another shop vac that I may have inherited from the basement of the house I used to own. 6 ..?) Small handheld vacuums (dirt devil and it's ilk that are handy for small jobs, the car, etc) We had one on each floor of our house and my wife had one at her store. And about two or three weeks ago Amazon in its deal of the day had a Dyson DC42 animal ( or maybe a DC41) on sale for 339 and I bought it. I've used it several times since it arrived. When I took it out of the box it felt much heavier than the Oreck but when I picked them up together the difference was small. The Dyson is harder to push than the Oreck but both are reasonably maneuverable. I like the rotating animal brush. For me the hose is very stiff. I hope I get the hang of how to work it properly after a few more trials. I'm still not vacuuming our house the way it should be. We moved from PA to SC just before Christmas and still have dozens of boxes lying around everywhere that I promise I'll take care of Real Soon Now. (I haven't even connected my sound system to my ST60 yet, but that's not as high a priority to my wife as other things are.) Oh, and I was in Bed, Bath, and Beyond a few days ago and overheard a salesman talking to a couple. He said that the vacuum that I just bought has been discontinued (which is probably why I got it for such a "low" price). But it works fine and in reviews at various places there is much gnashing of teeth about the decline of quality in Dysons compared to the good old days.