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Oreck XL Element Review

If all you need is on-floor cleaning, the Oreck XL Element is a reasonably-priced option.

$199.99
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Science Introduction

This classic upright turned in an acceptable performance in our tests, though you may need to purchase a supplemental canister vacuum for maneuverability.

Dirt and Debris Cleaning

Alright on hardwoods and short carpet.

As is the case with even the most heavy-duty of vacuums, the Oreck XL Element didn’t perform nearly as well on long carpet as it did other areas. However, its 39% dirt pickup rate on high pile is still a lot better than even some of the high-priced vacuums that we’ve tested. With just more than 80% of short pile dirt sucked up, the Oreck XL Element proved it can be a reliable option for office use, as well.

The Oreck XL Element was even better on hardwood, picking up 82.9% of dirt in our tests. Other vacuums’ power brushes often blow dirt to the side, making this surprisingly solid performance when you take the Element’s thick-bristled brush into consideration. You should also take note that this brush cannot be turned off and may damage wood flooring in the long-term.

The most surprising results of our tests with the Oreck XL Element were in debris pickup. A solid 75% of debris was picked up on our wood floor, pulling in all of the macaroni and rice while leaving about half of the pennies and dimes. There wasn’t too much of a drop-off on high carpet as the Oreck XL Element brought in 71% of the debris and even sucked up four out of five pennies in the test.

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Noise and Efficiency

You'll definitely know when it's on.

Don’t expect to hear anything other than the high-pitched, shrill noise of vacuuming during use. At more than 80 decibels, the Oreck XL Element is one of the loudest vacuums we’ve tested. At least it uses considerably less energy than other larger vacuums, requiring only 438 watts.

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