Need a good vacuum for ~75% hardwood and ~25% delicate rugs. The rugs were a gift. All I know is that they were ridiculously expensive, and if I destroy/damage them, there'll be hell to pay. If I had to guess, they're some kind of wool woven in a relatively tight pattern. One of them is also an oriental rug of some kind, but I'm told it was less ridiculously expensive. The other issue is that we have two dogs that shed a fair amount, so I want a beater brush to get the pet hair out of the rugs. I've played with a a few Dysons- the bristles on some of them are really stiff. One of their newer super compact models (DC50) has a brushroll with alternating rows of soft and stiff bristles. I think the soft row is almost perfect (could be a tiny bit less soft). I'd consider buying it and trimming the rough bristles down, but reviewers ream it for being underpowered and the cleaning head is a little narrow. Anyway, I've searched the forums and google, and I haven't been able to identify a clear winner for a vacuum that fits this usage model. I've also read through that 50 page fatwallet thread about the Hoover Whispers a few years ago, so I feel as though I'm somewhat well informed, yet I am at a loss for what vacuum to get.