I love my vacuum, it's got pretty much everything I want from one.
It's average weight to lift up and down stairs but wheels around easily once you've pulled the cord right out. If you don't pull the cord right out it'll pull the plug out.
I bought this about 2 years ago and haven't had any problems with it at all.
It's a powerful beast - it pulls hard on the carpet and gets all but the most stubborn things up. It's got a dial to alter power that works well, you can turn it right down to say vacuum a rug.
This is bagless so all you have to do is go outside, otherwise you get dust everywhere, and take the container out and empty it in to a rubbish bag. This takes all of two minutes. Even with lots of long hairs inside this is still a simple task. Roughly once a month I empty this and I probably vacuum twice a week. About once every 3 months I find that the suction is losing it's power so I take the sponge filter out, stick it through the shortest cycle on the washing machine, it's dry overnight and stick it back in the next day and bang you have a super powerful vacuum again.
This has been well used and it's stood up to the test without batting an eye lid so to speak. It's as hard as nails. My 5 year old uses it with ease.
It comes with an average length hose with the usual couple of extra ends pieces to get round edges and tight corners. These are a long narrow tipped one for getting in like shaped gaps, and a small round one with lots of brush like hair bits on for going round dusty areas such as skirting boards. These store easily at the base of the vacuum. It doesn't get 100% of bits of from edges but the head's so easy to pop on and off I don't find this a problem. It swivels round corners quite easily and can stand on end with ease and still runs as normal.
It is fairly noisy in that if you need to talk to someone whilst it's on you need to turn it off or shout.
I think I paid around £60 which I think is a very good price for it.
After years of ancient vacuums I'm very impressed with this one and would buy another one straight away when one day this dies but I can't see that being for years at the rate it's going :)
Short name: Panasonic MCE8033