Okay, if there's something laying on my carpet that is small enough to be sucked up by the vacuum, then it is. My theory is a vacuum should be able to handle a candy wrapper without it getting all clogged up. Anyways, I have gone through 3 vacuums in as many years although this last one we got was around Christmas and it's already kapooie. These aren't cheap either. A Bissel that was I think $189. Long story short, DH is not real thrilled with me right now. What vacuum cleaner out there will hold up, that doesn't have 3 or more filters that I have to worry about cleaning everytime, and doesn't cost $500. Any suggestions?