As a pet owner and a shorter person, this lightweight stick vacuum meets all of my needs. I found it on sale for just under $300 and while this is a bit more than I would usually spend but it has proven to be a worthwhile investment. The fact that it is cordless is another great feature that has really come in handy. The battery lasts for about 15-20 minutes before it requires charging, which is plenty of time for me to vacuum my downstairs. If you are looking for an effective solution to pet hair all over the place, this vacuum is definitely worth the investment!