Ok!!!!!! Arggh!!!!!! Vacuums do not last in this house!!! I don't know why but we have bad luck with all of them!! We have had many types, Hoover,Eureka, Some bag less one, something else, now a Shark!( I miss KIRBYS!!!- they are very expensive and hard to come by but the best) After a while, all but the Kirby, they get motors blown, belts broken, too much stuff stuck in them!! Yes we have dogs, had rodents, I lose my hair a lot( yikes) misc items on floor from son, and shoes tracking in mud/dirt. Well, it also needs to be cleaned, so we need a new carpet cleaner too, the other one was all wrong and just pushed in the dirt in more! No, I didnt pick it out! So, Im to the point maybe we should have a "rip the carpet out party and put tile"? I like carpets for bedrooms and the living room but the living room is beginning to be too much!!! Ideas- thoughts? Stories of troubles with your vacuums or other appliances? If you have tile/wood floors how is it working with kids, dogs, elders?