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Oreck Magnesium Review

Cleans well, but whether the Oreck Magnesium is worth the price depends on the customer.

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Introduction

For $500, customers are going to demand great vacuum performance. The Oreck Magnesium delivers—for the most part. It's extremely lightweight and good at cleaning, though it lacks the flexibility and amenities of other vacuums in its price range.

Oreck's hotel vacuum heritage is on plain display here: under nine pounds, a 32 foot cord, and no extensions or attachments. That's great for picking up beach sand from anodyne berber carpeting at an oceanfront Hilton, but not the best choice for a household with multiple flooring types, upholstery and carpet.

Design & Usability

Though it lacks flexibility, it handles well and is very light.

The Oreck Magnesium moves effortlessly across hardwood, short pile, and high pile when moving straight. It may not do as well on corners as some other vacuums with swiveling capabilities that we’ve reviewed, but it gets the job done. Plus, it's only 8.78 pounds—one of the lightest we've ever tested.

Vacuuming across large rooms shouldn't be an issue for most users. What will be a problem is cleaning in corners and crevices.

There is only one control on the Oreck Magnesium: the silver power button on its backside that also lets you choose between low and high power settings. A massive, HEPA-filtering dirt bag that serves as its filter and can be pulled out in seconds; maintaining and replacing the bag is no problem at all for users.

The Oreck Magnesium’s power cord is 32 feet long, so vacuuming across large rooms shouldn’t be an issue for most users. What will be a problem is cleaning in corners and crevices, with no attachments to make getting cobwebs off the ceiling or cat fur off the couch any easier.

Features & Performance

Solid suction across multiple flooring types.

Though it didn't really scatter much dirt, the friction from moving brushes can damage a glossy finish on a softer wood floor such as pine.

Customers will find a balance in cleaning performance across hardwood, short carpet, and long carpet surfaces with the Oreck Magnesium. Its strength is high carpet, though we bet it would've done better on short carpet if the brushroll height were adjustable. As is, it glides over short pile instead of agitating dirt out of it. Unfortunately, there's no way to stop the brushroll for wood floor cleaning: Though it didn't really scatter much dirt, the friction from moving brushes can damage a glossy finish on a softer wood floor such as pine.

Unavoidable brushroll aside, the Magnesium tends to tread lightly. It maintains a low power consumption rate and emits noise that shouldn't bother the neighbors if you decide to do some late-night cleaning.

Conclusion

Inflexible and pricey, but great for a hotelier.

You might get some sticker shock when you first see the Oreck Magnesium’s hefty price tag ($500 MSRP), but you would also get generally solid cleaning performance on all floor types from a vacuum that weighs less than 10 pounds. It may also draw customers who emphasize aesthetics, as its thin frame and shiny blue dirt holder makes it look like something right out of a Sci Fi movie.

However, if you’re concerned about more than just basic cleaning performance, requiring flexibility and on-board tools, the Oreck Magnesium may not be your best fit. Its lack of a pet brush tool or the ability to vacuum under their couch or radiator may be a turn off to some. If you spend $500 for the Magnesium, you won’t get ripped off based on performance, but make sure you understand its limitations. There are other vacuums—the Oreck XL Element, for example—that perform about as well for half the price.

Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.
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