Consultantfool, For one I like the floor space. We have 2 mastiffs so it was important that they could lay inside on the floor. I wanted bed space for the grandkids. I thought the canvas seemed to be a tad bit thicker. The height was perfect for my husband (some he just barely cleared the ceiling) and I really liked the colors. I just thought it looked richer. And another reason I really liked it was that it was made in Michigan. As you can see I'm a bit partial to my state and do my best to always buy Michigan when I can.