Thanks for your input, everyone! Well, we broke down and got one. The vacuum itself was onsale, plus you got a $100 Target gift card (which we'll easily use on sundry purchases and Christmas), so it really was a great deal. So far I'm really, really happy with it. I am amazed at how much it's picking up (in a horrified yet very pleased way!
). My only complaint is the hose and attachments are very cumbersome and take awhile to set up. Maybe that will get easier as I get used to it. In the meantime, the tradeoff is how much better our carpets look--even the old ones!
As an extra bonus, this vacuum is pink!
It cost no extra--actually Dyson donates $40 to breast cancer research--and Sofie is just going nuts that there's a pink
vacuum in the house. I think her life is now complete!