Maytag M1200: "The Ultimate Upright"
Maytag's M1200 was just featured in the Wall Street Journal, named as the "The Ultimate Upright".
This American-built beast of a HEPA vacuum was made for conquering vast expanses of wall-to-wall carpeting (though it also does a fine job on hard surfaces). Drawing 12 amps of power for its dual suction motors—yes, there are two—the Maytag M1200 emits a joyous, Harley-Davidson-grade roar.
The attached metal and rubber hose, which extends to a McMansion-friendly 17 feet, is a wonderfully over-engineered alternative to the easily cracked plastic hoses that plague lesser vacuums. Self-sealing bags for this model can be changed without so much as a puff of dust.