I have 3 hairy pets and one small human so I need to vacuum frequently. I've gone through lots of vacuums since 2005 (when I graduated from college) and it's really frustrating! Are there any good ones out there that don't melt or break down right after their warranty? I'm so sick of getting new ones only to see them go through the same cycle of "AWESOME", "Slightly less awesome", "still works", "kind of gets the hair and dirt up", "barely runs", to BUSTED.

Anybody have any recommendations? If it's a good vacuum that won't break for many years and doesn't get that burning plastic smell, I wouldn't mind spending extra money. It's worth it for something I would use frequently and vastly improves my quality of life, I think.