Originally Posted by grant_west
I feel ya on the dirty carpet. The BEST vacuum I have found is a hand held DYSON. It's only good for DRY carpet.
With that said these vacuums are not cheep $300+ and they require frequent cleaning and they only run for about 5-7 mins. Even with those down sides I still own 3 of them. And 2 regular full sized Dysons LOL
Looks like you have the DC35. The DC44 is out now and is said to have a 5 minute longer run time and the motorized floor tool is supposed to be more powerful. Amazon has refurbs for $229 shipped. I am getting one for Christmas (wife got it for me and I saw the box on the porch a few days ago).
Hopefully I have as good of an experience as you have had.