It is a light stick vacuum (about 5 lbs) that has a detachable hand vac which is easy to take out and put back in. The vacuum maneuvers around well, turns corners easily with the flick of a wrist. Best part? It picks up whole Cheerios and Kix - you may need to go a little slower, but it picks them up! (I had a piece of cereal that was giving me trouble, so I just smashed it with the vacuum and then won.)
If you feel like you're starting to lose suction because of all those Cheerios you've sucked up, just quickly flick open the "hatch" and dump the crumbs into the trash. Then you can go back to cleaning up the mess your lovely littles made.
When you need to empty the entire things, it is, again, very easy.
All three of my kids like to use it, even the 13-month-old. In fact, he comes running whenever I turn it on.
Did I mention it is cordless? It has a stand you just drop it onto to charge. We keep it next to the bookcase in our front room where it is hardly noticeable.
I have a medium pile carpet and it works well for cleaning up those ground in snacks. I wouldn't recommend it for your entire carpet though; it is a little difficult to push, but easy to pull back. But if you have any large amount of hard flooring, I highly recommend this stick vac!
Do you have something you love that makes your life easier?