Need your input. Years ago you all helped me choose a new coffee pot ( got a Bunn and never looked back) and now I want to get a new vacuum. We have a two story house,carpeted stairs and area rugs all over the place with a lot of old bare oak floors. What I have is an upright for the carpets and a cannister for the stairs and floors. What I would really like is one vacuum for everything and that would probably be a powerful cannister that could do the job. Somone comes in every other week to clean ( lucky me!) and she has to lug both vacuums around,as do I when I need them for a specific job..like mud balls the animals drag in or whatever. I went over to the appliance forum,but you know people tend to get rabid on these forums that are specific in nature and I'm NOT going to spend 800.00 for a single vacuum cleaner. How can you be a regular on an appliance forum by the way? Ok...tell me about your vacuum experiences.