This vacuum is a must in my house. I have 2 stair cases and this makes cleaning them up really easy especially since I do not have to lug around my big vacuum every few steps. This is also great for picking up small messes that my kids make without having to worry about the loud sound of a regular vacuum. It is pretty quiet compared to that of a large vacuum and is perfect to use anywhere. It is cordless so it makes going wherever you need really easy. It is also a wonderful tool to use while cleaning out the car. If you have kids you will understand the need for something like this. The reason I gave it 4 stars, even though I love it so much, is because the battery life if not so great. It lasts maybe 7 minutes or so of non- stop vacuuming. You can use it sparingly but it wont make it last much longer. Charging takes around an hour or so which is a little annoying since it doesn't last long at all. It still is a handy tool to have around and the price was exceptional at under $20.