My vacuum crapped out on me recently. I stubbornly refused to buy a new one. I thought "I can just use a broom"! Have you ever tried to sweep a carpet with a broom? Not such a good idea especially when you have pets! The dirty carpets have been making me CRAZY so after much research I purchased the Bissell Power Groom Pet Compact vacuum. This thing is amazing!!! My carpets look like new. I am so pleased!