Originally Posted by RubSluts'Mommy
I'm the rogue here and just picked up a Kenmore Progressive. It's bagged, but is rated HIGHER than the Dysons by Consumer Reports. It's also a bit cheaper.
Bagged tend to be a little sturdier than bagless, anyways. You get the advantage of not having to clean out two or three filters after each vacuuming (with cat hair, it's pretty much a must for bagless vacs).
I have a Bissell bagless. It gets a lot of hair and dirt up. The only downside I see is weight and noise, but I can live with that.
I pretty much refuse to buy a high dollar vacuum cleaner because a) I'm not caught up in following trends (face it, when you buy Dyson it's the name you pay for) and b) DH and I have long hair, it destroys all vacuum cleaners eventually.
Read consumer reports and other user reviews.