We bought a dyson about a month ago - it is the latest one out here in Australia and cost $800. Yes that is an awful lot of money for a vacuum cleaner but I used to get so depressed after vacuuming with my old hoover - the carpet used to almost look dirtier when I had finished...
The dyson is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO FANTASTIC!! The dirt is has sucked up almost makes me sick - I tried to be a clean person but good lord the crud this thing picked up! My hubby and I are having a love affair with it. We actually fight over who gets to vacuum. I have vacuumed the walls, the roof (we have a split-level house with very high cobwebby ceilings) - the house has never been cleaner!
The other thing is that it is really really user friendly - everything clicks on and off and it is easy to empty and no bags is good as far as I am concerned. The second time we vacuumed the cats areas it looked like we had sucked up a whole brown and blue cat, there was so much hair in the barrel.
Do you know I think that this is my longest post on TCS so far, that should prove how fantastic I think dyson's are.
I highly recommend one to you mamacat - well worth the investment and most of it is guaranteed for life.
I have attached a pic of the one we bought - it was the top of the line with 12 cyclones and a head for carpet and another for wood (as we have both wood and carpeted floors).
OK OK that's enough from me...