I wish I could get a Dyson. I have never heard anyone complain about any of their Dysons. I actually do have a rechargable stick one, I'm not sure which model, but it stays charged for 15 minutes and cost about $250. It is good for small pick ups, but there is no way I could vacuum the whole house with it. I have an 8 year old Oreck, that still works great, better on bare floors though than carpet. I decided I couldn't afford the Dyson, so I spent $200 and got the Shark Rotator, and it actually works very well. I am surprisingly pleased with it, I really thought I would hate it. No, it's not the Dyson, which is hands down better, I have used my sister's and it is the bomb diggity, but the Shark does very well also. After a few months it was not picking up and I was so mad, I was going to take it back, when I found out that a sock had gotten sucked up it and was blocking one of the hoses. It's decent on bare floors too, it does not blow the dirt away like some vacuums do. I would say the Shark is a B- where the Dyson is an A+. I think you could definitely get away with one of the smaller Dysons, I am not sure of all the different model names, but I researched these vacs for months before buying my Shark and I had heard that the smaller ones were every bit as good. Some didn't like them because they had a shorter cord, and they felt like they had slump over because the vacuum itself is shorter, but that is the only complaints I consistently read.