Oreck Vacuum Cleaner: The XL Classic Base Model picks up pet dander, dust mites, and dust. The airglide system "self-propels" it across the floor and from room to room. At just 8 lbs, it's lightweight, easy to maneuver and takes the hard work out of housework! Try it risk-free for 30 days. Also, receive a Super Compact Canister Vac and Cordless Speed Iron.
Design Flaw I recently bought the Oreck, after falling for the ads on tv and in print, about the suction power and the lightweight advantage. I love the fact that it isn't heavy, and the suction is fine, but the design is flawed, as it clogs almost every time I use it. I have to take it apart and clear out the entry area right behind the beater brush. It has a sharp angle, and debris gets caught up in there. I have long haired dogs and use the vacuum a lot. If I suck up a tiny piece of paper or even a 1/2 inch long leaf, it clogs and the hair won't go up into the bag. I am very disappointed. I spent nearly $300 and had I known, I would have just bought another 79.00 Bissell, as it never clogged....more info
It "sucks" and not in the literal sense I have had this machine for 5 years now and have had nothing but problems with it. I think I've had to change the belt 30 times. It always slips off, so I'm constantly having to stop what I'm doing to re-adjust the belt. And that is no easy task. 5 screws at the bottom have to be unscrewed to get to the belt. The store sales people say this is because we need to buy an annual repair contract to be sure all the parts are working properly. . with what we paid, that contract should come with the thing!
Most of the time I fell like I'm just pushing the dirt around and it's not ever really sucking.
I've lasted this long with it only because I paid so much. I finally can't wait to just toss this in the trash when I find a replacement!
I use the little handheld vacuum more than this one, but, not hugely please with it either. The cord was not made of quality material and all it does is get tangle within itself and will never pull straight.
Sorry Oreck, but please stop with the "wonderous" commercials! You won't get me again!...more info
Needs a longer electrical cord Hands down, this is a great vacuum. It's lasted my family for well over 4 years, and I don't see any indication that it won't last longer. It's not falling apart like the cheaper vacuums you might find at other stores.
It does one thing (suck), and it does it fairly well. Be forewarned though it's not going to pick up the tough jobs in one pass like you may have been led to believe in the infomercials. Recently we were cleaning up the needles from our real Christmas tree and found it took 5-7 passes of the area to get all the needles picked up. For normal household use, it performs fine.
My one real complaint is the size of the cord. I don't live in a large house with big rooms by any means, but I do have a problem of the cord not reaching from one side of the room to another. I usually have to plug the cord up at a central location in the room and go from there....more info