I knew it was going to be a bad idea.
How many different types of hoovers can you get? Too many. All with different combinations, power and suckiness. I made it simpler by insisting on having a Hoover; we've always had them and my granny had them before me so it's a family tradition. Husband didn't mind as Dysons were very expensive. And all the others were just variations on a theme.
We found one - a fairly simple one as realistically I am not ever going to hoover my curtains or upholstery - at a good price and then discovered they only had it in silver. The one on display was bright red and that was what I wanted to cheer me up when I have to clean.
I've just ordered one from the internet at £95 (£5 cheaper); I'm just hoping it's going to be red otherwise there'll be trouble.
That's one good thing about getting older: I know my limitations. there were times when I would have insisted on having one that had bits specially for ridding your mattress of bed mites or removing allergy-creating dust from your venetian blinds. Now I know - and can admit - that I wouldn't dream of spending my time doing such stupid things.