Sad as it is, I have finally got the 'ok' from the OH to purchase another vacuum. We have very very very old Dyson thats been passed on by his parents, and its just not very good now. We dont want to buy an expensive upright because a lot of our house is laminate floor - but we have 3 cats, one of which sheds a LOT and I like the idea of a handheld that I can just whizz around all the gaps where dustbunnys gather and use on the stairs which are carpetted too. It seems that the Dyson handhelds get the best review but they are pricey at around £160. Does anyone else have one who can vouch for their worth? Or recommend anything else?