Admittedly, I've been wanting a new vacuum for awhile. Mine just never seemed to quite pick up what it needed to. I got this one, a cheap Dirt Devil, about 6 years ago when I lived in Annapolis. Yesterday, I'm pretty sure it bit the dust, excuse the pun. All of a sudden, it started making a really loud noise, and something smelled like it was burning. I dissembled the vacuum, but didn't see anything that had been sucked into it and stuck or anything. This is where I left off...
It's still like this now. I am not sure what to do. I need a new one, I guess. I'm not sure what kind to get. I've always had an upright, but I'm thinking canister. I need a vacuum that will:
Easily go under my bed with good extensions to use for vacuuming my upholstery and drapes
Easily work on both hardwoods and my shag bedroom area rug without damaging either
Store in a relatively compact space
Keep the damn dust inside of itself
Be on the quieter side--the current one hurts my ears.
So, any vacuum recommendations?