To say this vacuum has suction is putting it mildly...that feature is great! But, if you have area rugs with a "nap," you cannot break the suction without literally turning it off. It will not move on a rug with a nap, and there is no adjustment on the head to raise it the 1/4" or so needed. This vacuum is also heavy. If you have sore wrists due to arthritis, you will fight this vacuum the entire time you are vacuuming. It does not like uneven surfaces...My old Panasonic is lookin' pretty good right now, even though you have to purchase bags (another one of the really nice features of this Dyson). But I just finished vacuuming, not my area rugs, and the sweat is running down my front. I am 72 years young and in pretty good shape as I exercise, but, now I have to vacuum AGAIN with a smaller machine and shake my area rugs. Grrrrrrrrrrr.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend