The vacuum works ok, but every time the filter is changed it has to be taken into a vacuum repair shop to be put back together. I thought it would loosen up over time, but it hasn't. The vacuum repair shop says its a manufacturing defect.
When I called Hoover, they would do nothing about it and were rather flippant. I'm not impressed with the vacuum or with Hoover.
There are better ones out there. I bought this because Air Miles said I had to use my points or lose them. Boo on them too.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend