Someone said to check Consumer Reports. So I did:
"Best bagless upright vacuum: Dyson DC28"
"In our tests, the DC24 excelled at cleaning bare floors. It also produced extremely low emissions when vacuuming, and did not redistribute any of the dust it collected back into the air."
There will always be people who 'hate' the nice expensive option, telling themselves that anyone 'dumb' enough to pay so much for something is clearly not smart.
Then there are the people who obsess over one detail while missing everything else, comparing spec sheets without ever actually using either device in the real world.
Then there are the people who do both, who can't wait to write the most negative review of an otherwise popular item.
Does some other vacuum have more suction at a certain part of the usage model? Probably.
Does some other vacuum cost less while providing similar suction profiles? Probably.
Is it worth paying more for a device that the average user can absolutely take completely apart, without any tools whatsoever, in order to clear blockages or clean it back to almost factory newness?
Is it worth a little more if there are no parts to ever replace?
Is it worth a little more if the design and engineering are so well thought out, that converting from upright to extension tube with accessory, takes about four seconds, and always fits perfectly back into place each and every time?
Yes, if you have a little more. A lot of people have a little more money than others, and can appreciative the sorts of things listen above.
You can pretend is 'brilliant marketing' and 'dumb consumers' all you want, but at the end of the day, most people with more money than you are not in fact, dumber than you are, and, most people with a little more money than you do not in fact like wasting their money, and if an extra expensive vacuum, laptop, phone, car, TV, or whatever, wasn't worth the money, they wouldn't continue to buy them. That means a company like Dyson would have already fizzled by now. But they haven't, have they?
Must be all those dumb rich people out there, right?