Here are pictures of all the extra things my Dyson picked up versus my Oreck XL.
These are from 2 carpeted rooms, about 12×12 and 14×20:
The Dyson filled up quickly and I had to empty it. It was pretty gross, but the next ones are even worse.
These are from my bedroom – 12×12 berber carpet and my small kitchen:
What makes it worse is that all this extra dust and dirt was sitting inches from head where I slept:
Pretty disgusting whatever way you look at it. People think I am nuts for buying a $500 vacuum (I paid around 300) but I think the pictures speak for themselves.