New Dyson DC18
I purchased a Dyson DC18 vacuum a few days ago and I LOVE it!
The controls are all easy to use. The wand/hose/attachment thing is very easy to use. The attachment tools are onboard and don't fall off.
You never have to replace a belt -- woohoo!!
I like that you can see if the beater bar is turning or not, or if it needs to be de-haired. The cover is clear. The beater bar comes out easily in two parts and goes back in easily. When I went to cut the hair off it, I was delighted that there are grooves that allow you to easily slide a sharp knife or pointy scissors under the hair to cut it for easy removal. What a great idea!
The size is great. It's a smaller model for Dyson, but still with very close to the same amount of cord, cup size, and power as the bigger models. I love that it takes up a lot less room in my closet than my Kirby did. It weighs about 16 lbs, so it's easy to pick up and carry. My Kirby weighs almost 25 lbs.
I love the ball it rolls on. It makes this vacuum very manuverable. It isn't self propelled, but it's about like my self propelled machine was to use. Not a problem at all to push it around, and I have ruptured disks in my back.
The low profile allows me to vacuum under a lot of low furniture where I couldn't go with my old machine.
You never have to buy or change a bag! YAY! I have animals, including parrots who toss food bits all over the floor. My old vacuum stinks! Things sit in the bag too long. Then I turn it on and the stink punishes me for vacuuming. With this, whatever you vacuum up is disposed of quickly. Besides, I like the clear chamber. There is a load of instant gratification in seeing the ick you've extracted from your floors and carpets. Emptying this chamber over the trash is less mess than changing a bag, which often left some additional dust to be re-vacuumed up from my other machines. Sometimes I have to pull the fuzz out, and sometimes it just drops out. No biggie.
With a push of a button it changes from floors (beater bar off) to carpets (beater bar on) without missing a beat. Things do not run away from it on hard floors even if you leave the beater bar on, because the suction is so strong.
I saved the best for last. The best thing is that it gets my carpets and floors much cleaner than any vacuum I've ever used before.
I wish I'd bought this sooner and I wish all my other machines in this house performed their jobs as well as this one does!