Yeah, the Whirlwind is a bag vacuum, which I hate. I change the bags often...long before they need it because bags are cheap enough. The reason I went with this particular one is because it is self-propelled (I have a chronic pain syndrome so vacuuming is very hard for me).
We have a big house, 2 stories with an open loft, which could be considered an additional 1/2 story, in an odd way. We have a lot of carpet (My next house will be ONLY ceramic tile and hardwood...period!)
We have 3 full-time cats, one part-time cat, one full-time (and very messy) teenager, one part-time (and even messier!) adult/teen...one (the messiest of all!) husband who eats everything at the coffee table while keeping at least one hand on his laptop/mouse, and dropping crumbs everywhere, and has NEVER learned to take his shoes off at the door! I trained the kids and even their friends know this rule...but not my DH. *sigh* Of course, Then there is me: shedding handsful of hair daily. OH, and to make things worse: the carpet is dark Forest Green. Hmmm...beautiful when spotless. But? When was the last time it was spotless? I think that would be the summer of 1995...just before it was installed. Anyone know how well cat litter shows up on Forest Green? I could vacuum the area in the hall across from the laundry room/cat potty room 3x a day, and it would still look like someone set off a cat litter bomb there.
The Whirlwind wasn't cheap, by any means. We got it on sale (about 3 years ago?) and it was still almost $400. Thought it would be so awesome: just guide it and it goes on it own, right? LOL! Yeah, right!
It's a heavy, pain-in-the-butt monster that I have to fight with constantly. I REALLY want something that is more versatile and easier to use and won't try to start a fire with the hair it collects on the beater brush. (In all honesty, I want a maid...but that request was turned down about the same time the request for a new vacuum was turned down).
Now, I have my gripe. My DH hired someone to come out weekly and maintain the pool. He hired someone to come out weekly and do the lawn, he hired a company to come out 9x a year and do all of the fertilizing, etc. But...since I am a "stay-at-home-mom" then I shouldn't need a maid, right? Well, right...but that doesn't mean I don't want some help! If only the human residents would clean up after themselves, my job would be 500% easier. I don't mind sweeping and vacuuming up the cat litter that gets scattered...the cats don't have opposable thumbs.
I got off-topic by ranting on my own *rant* topic. Sheesh. I'm bad about that.