Oreck Magnesium RS Vacuum Cleaner Review

We’ve received a new vacuum here, so have been putting it through its paces.

We now have the Oreck Magnesium RS vacuum cleaner…

oreck magnesium vacuum cleaner

I have to say, I had not heard of Oreck before. Apparently, they’re originally an American brand that pioneered more lightweight vacuums in the 1960’s. They were originally used by hotel staff and the like, but because they were much better to use than standard vacuums, the demand starting to increase for them to be sold to the public.

As you can see, this is an upright vacuum cleaner, something I am not used to using as we tend to buy cylinder vacuums. I was keen to try it and get a feel for the differences, so got it ready to go in just a couple of minutes and I was off.

oreck magnesium vacuum cleaner base

The first thing that struck me with this is how light it is and easy to push around. I had expected it to feel heavy in comparison to pushing a cylinder vacuum around, yet I barely registered the difference and there was the added benefit of not having to pull and drag the rest of the vacuum cleaner behind me.

At 4kg, the lightweight design makes it nice and easy to move from room-to-room and upstairs, and this does claim to be the UK’s lightest bagged upright vacuum.

The bag is large and so easy to access, with no fiddly clasps to open, it’s a straightforward zip compartment on the front.

oreck magnesium vacuum cleaner bags

For cleaning hard floors there is an additional attachment brush that clips onto the front. I have found that though the suction is good, sometimes it pushes crumbs and dust around on hard floors, rather than picking them up first time.

Whereas on carpet, it is brilliant. It feels so easy to push around, it literally glides and you feel your’e only there supporting it. We’ve a carpet in my daughter’s room that is difficult to vacuum as fluff seems to get stuck in it and it can be hard to suck them up. The Oreck is absolutely fantastic on that, cleaning effortlessly. It has a Slim Swivel design making it easy to turn and move around corners, and again, it is so light to move. I am really impressed with how well this vacuum cleaner does on carpet, it is great to use.

oreck magnesium vacuum cleaner on carpet

It does has little blue headlights on the front that allow you to see underneath things, a great little feature for cleaning under furniture and getting into darker areas.

oreck magnesium vacuum cleaner lights

It does not come with any attachments, and the hose does not pull out. This I find a little frustrating as I was unable to get into all nooks and crannies with it, and it was a little bit cumbersome to vacuum the stairs with.

The cable is long enough to move around easily, which can be a bugbear of mine. My only gripe with it is that there is no button to automatically wind it back up again, it’s done by hand. Yes, I am that lazy, but I have got used to having this on other vacuums.

Here’s a look at how easily it is unboxed and it gliding over carpet:

What I like:

The Slim Swivel design makes it incredibly easy to manoeuvre.
Its suction on carpets is fantastic.
Its lightweight. It really is easy to lift and move around.
It comes with a 6 year warranty, providing reassurance.
Its simple design. It’s ready to use in a couple of minutes.
The bags are big, and very easy to access and change.
Nice long cable, making it easy to move around everywhere.
It’s easy to store away.

What I’m not as keen on:

The absence of any attachments and no facility to pull out the hose, making it difficult to get into smaller spaces and clean the stairs.
The brush attachment for hard floors is a bit clunky, as it is not done automatically.
No comfort cable button.

The Oreck Magnesium RS vacuum cleaner retails at £299.99.

What do you think of this one? Are you normally an upright or a cylinder fan?

Disclosure: I received this product FOC for the purposes of this review, though all words and opinions remain my own

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