We bought an Oreck when we moved into our downsized house. We put new carpet in every room except the kitchen and bath, so we needed something better than the junk I got off the curb and fixed. The Oreck was expensive, but I watched for a sale and paid $300 for a $500 vacuum. It's worked flawlessly. Nice and light, but well made. I change the bag when it starts to get full or starts to stink. 2-3 times a year. The bags are pretty cheap.