This vacuum saved my life! I had a shark that worked best when detached as a hand held. I would bend over and clean my whole family room, kitchen and foyer that way! It was killing me, and a friend of my husbands worked for Makita and brought him this as a gift. He brought it home and it is UNBELIEVABLY POWERFUL, LIGHT WEIGHT AND EASY TO EMPTY. IT IS MY VERY BEST FRIEND. I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT, YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED, IF YOU HAVE A CHARGER AND ANOTHER BATTERY FROM A DRILL OF WHATEVER THAT MAKES IT VERY EASY, YOU CAN DO YOUR WHOLE HOUSE ON ONE BATTERY CHARGE THOUGH. IT STARTS TO LOOSE POWER ONLY AT THE VERY END OF THE CHARGE, NOT GRADUALLY. THIS IS THE FIND OF A LIFETIME FOR ME.