We went through about 5 $80 vacuums like Kenmore, Hoover, Eureka, etc. in
about 2 years ($400 wasted). We bought an Oreck for about $250 2 years
ago. Included about 20 free bags, a free powerful small canister type
vacuum with attachments for getting in tight places (great for cars too),
and a free cordless clothes iron. The Oreck is wonderful. It's VERY
powerful. It sucks up a ton of gunk, so you'll be changing bags more
often. And it's lightweight. Stay away from all the shiny hunks of
plastic vacuums at Target, Kmart, etc..