Saturday, March 17, 2012

Oreck Magnesium Vacuum Cleaner Review and GIVEAWAY

Post written by Lantz Howard.

Next generation of Oreck user. 
Years ago I was given a used Oreck vacuum cleaner from my father during college. That vacuum cleaner served me well during my college days.  Since then, Jessica and I have faithfully used that same vacuum the last 7.5 years of marriage. I have had the vacuum at least 10 years and this particular Oreck vacuum is at least 15 years old and  possibly 18 years old. This vacuum is simple, lightweight, easy to clean and easy to repair. That is why I am ecstatic about our new Oreck vacuum cleaner!

The 4 factors stated above is what led us towards wanting a new Oreck once our old one started making noises and having a few other minor issues. (What do you expect? The vacuum is old and we have gotten our bang for our buck.) When we started noticing that it may be time to get a new vacuum cleaner, it was easy for us to get overwhelmed with all of the decisions to make. However, there was not really any decision to be made because Jessica simply stated she wanted another Oreck because it is so lightweight and easy to use. Despite knowing the decision, I always diligently research all products prior to purchasing. During this time I visited a local vacuum shop and thankfully had a Twitter (@oreck and @lantzhoward) conversation with Oreck. It was much to my surprise and delight that they offered a free vacuum for a blog review.

We are excited to say that we now have a NEW Oreck Magnesium Vacuum Cleaner.  And guess what?  You also have the opportunity to receive an Oreck Magnesium for FREE with this giveaway valued at $599. You can enter the giveaway, but first take a minute to read our review of the Oreck Magnesium.

As you can tell from the image on the left, the Magnesium is unique and different from most vacuums on the market. It is not made out of heavy plastic with tons of features that one will never use. Instead, this vacuum is sleek, modern, and simply made to be a vacuum for your carpet, tile, and hardwood floors. No gimmicks...just 102 m.p.h. of suction power with simple features to please everyone.

Immediately upon arrival at our house I opened the boxes and started vacuuming. Really...I vacuumed everyday for 5 days, not because the house was dirty, but because I wanted to give this Oreck Magnesium an honest review.

A few of the things I noticed upon the first time using the Oreck Magnesium was the modern design, the ergonomic feel,  functionality, powerful suction and brush, and light weight. This vacuum is the lightest upright vacuum on the market and maintains all the power from our previous Oreck. The weight is only 7.7 lbs, which makes a huge difference when you are carrying a toddler in your arm who wants to help you out.

Or if your toddler chooses to use the vacuum herself...well she can do that too. (See video below.)

We used this vacuum for 5 days in a row to test it out as best we could. On the 2nd and 3rd day we could honestly tell that our carpet was clean and fresh and appeared to have a "like new" appearance and feel to it. We typically vacuum our carpet 2 times a week and we recently had the carpet cleaned by the carpet was not dirty to begin with. So when we noticed it looked and felt different we knew that we loved our new vacuum cleaner.

Here are a couple of quick features that I really like about our new Oreck versus our vintage one:

In the three images below you can see the HEPA inner bag. All the rave with vacuums are to have a bag-less style system for easy cleaning. Personally, I do not find anything easy about cleaning a bag-less vacuum. You have to take the canister and dump it out somewhere and possibly create another mess to clean up with all the new dust particles in the air. Also, with a canister style vacuum you have a filter that you have to clean or replace. Oreck has a direct suction airflow and no need for a filter because the inner bag and the outer bags serve as the filter.

I did not realize this before the vacuum arrived, but it has a Saniseal system which makes cleaning as easy as 1...2...3. In the images below you can see how you unzip the outer bag and with one hand the bag and all the dust particles are sealed shut as you remove the bag. This is AWESOME and should be considered when purchasing a vacuum. 


I love the huge wheels with the new Oreck Magnesium. This provides for easy maneuverability around all types of flooring. 

Here are a couple of critiques about the Oreck Magnesium:

There is not a perfect vacuum, but this is close and you have to be willing to decide what features are a must versus those you can sacrifice for the sake of performance, functionality, and lightweight handling.

The ON/OFF switch is not easy to access. The switch is located on the body of the vacuum versus our older Oreck which had the switch on the hand grip.  The switch can almost feel cumbersome to reach down and turn the vacuum on or off.  I would rather be able to easily reach the button while vacuuming and not stop my flow. However, the switch does have a HI/LO feature, which comes in nice when transferring to tile, hardwood, or other smooth surfaces. 

The roller brush does not extend far enough to the edges. This is common in most vacuums, but I would like for Oreck to extend it a little further on each side. However, the roller brush does have 7,000 rpm.  It is recommended to replace the brush as it wears down.  I did previously replace the brush on our older Oreck.  I must say that the ease of cleaning and fixing an Oreck is amazing, but nontheless it seems like the roller could extend further out to the edges. 

The Oreck Magnesium does not come with on board attachments.  In my opinion this is not a bad thing because I choose function and ease of use over having a cumbersome vacuum and on board attachments. However, there is this awesome hand held vac that can go anywhere and clean what the upright cannot clean. I have cleaned tons of places with the hand held already and know I will take it outside to clean the cars in the very near future.

All in all we love our new vacuum cleaner and are super excited to be able to give one away!

If you would prefer to watch a short YouTube video about our review you can do that below. Then after the video follow the rules and instructions for entering the giveaway.

One lucky reader will win the Oreck Magnesium Vacuum Cleaner and Handheld Vac valued at $599

Follow the prompts in the Rafflecopter below. There is one mandatory entry and 8 other possible ways to enter your name in the drawing. Winner could be disqualified if they manipulate the drawing and entry formats. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: Oreck Corporation provided the prize for the sweepstakes but is not the sponsor of the sweepstakes.  I was given the Oreck Magnesium Vacuum Cleaner to review from Oreck. All opinions stated in this post are entirely my own opinion. Oreck is providing the vacuum for the winning entrant and will ship to the U.S. 48 contagious states. 


  1. What an AWESOME giveaway!!! I do love Oreck!

  2. I won't allow someone rude like them to clean my carpets. They just play tricks on others and also they do it for the sake of getting or earning more money. But, thanks for exposing those dirty tricks.

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  3. I learned that it weighs only 7.7 lbs! Which is nothing compared to other vacuums.

    Elena V

  4. I love the Heppa inner bag! Seems like this would be a good vacuum for people with allergies-would love to try it out!

    Jennifer Marie

    lilnursejen at yahoo dot com

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