my Phantom (cannister type) has bit the dust(?) and I have not been thrilled with it for some time...cheaply made with plastic clips on plastic wand which is impossible to fix. The thing hasn't been able to hold itself upright for some time now. A good vaccuum cleaner is only a couple of hundred dollars cheaper than the Beam central vac and my parents have had one for over 20 years now and love it. Is it a pain to haul the long hose out all the time? I have a dirty family and should vacuum more often..than I do... because I hate my vaccum cleaner (but love a clean house).