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I brought this back in 2006 primarily on the strength of a good review by Which with respect to its ability to pick up pet hair.
As any pet owner will tell you pet hairs (from my now sadly deceased cat Charlie) seem to get everywhere and not every vac is any good at picking them up. The reason this machine performs well in that regard is due to the 'turbo brush' attachment that it comes with which performs very well on carpets, rugs and the like (it also includes a standard attachment for use on smooth flooring)
Additionally I've found it to be easy to maneuver, dust bags easy to remove when full and its carbon filter works well re stopping any smells escaping. Downsides well its pretty noisy in use but hey its a vacuum cleaner after all! and it does seem to run pretty hot though this has not impacted on reliability in the time I've owned this machine. Finally since its not bagless you need to factor in the cost of replacement dust bags.