We bought this Miele canister vacuum back in June and I thought it was absurd to spend this much on a vacuum, but our new cleaning lady (who comes to us with a long career of expertise) insisted. I echo the glowing review laid out in this article by an author who apparently had the same experience with a cleaning lady who insisted on it. The most spot-on line: "While Dyson has that British sex appeal, futuristically garish design, and woohoo-what-a-cool-invention marketing strategy, Miele’s vacuums have nothing but blunt German know-how." Amen. The Marin style is available in five colors and is currently 20% on Amazon. Trust when I say, this is the best and last vacuum you’ll ever need.