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Help me decide; Oreck vs. Simplicty/Riccar or other?
Original Message   Jan 6, 2012 10:56 am
We recently purchased a Sebo Felix from and my wife does not like it at all.  It runs hot and was heavy/akward to carry as a canister.  Luckily Costco has a great return policy!  The most important feature for her is light weight and she really likes our 10-year old Oreck.  I've gone to both the Oreck store and an independent vacuum store to look and compare.  The Oreck and Simplicty Freedom seem very similar.  I like the high end Simplicity Freedom model F3700 [priced at $399] without the companion canister and $499 with the canister because it has a metal brush roll.  The lower end freedom models don't have two speeds and frankly don't seem as good as the Oreck to me.  At the Oreck Store I tested the Magnesium, which was interesting, but costs $399 as well [$499 with canister].  Also, not sure about buying this new and unproven model although it was incredibly light.  Costco is running a special thru January 15th, where I can purchase the Oreck XL & Canister companion for $248 [$50 off costco price].  At the end of the day this seems like the best value to me, but I'm curious as tot he opinions on this forum.  Thanks very much!  
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Re: Help me decide; Oreck vs. Simplicty/Riccar or other?
Reply #25   May 31, 2013 12:33 pm
Oreck vacuums are pretty decent for their price yes, but sadly they are far from the best on the market. This of course doesn't mean that the other comapnies' models are technological miracles, but there are many vacuums currently on the market that can do a better job, such as the latest Dyson models. For example the latest Dyson Animal, has incredible suction power for it's relative quietness and great mobility combined with it's relative lightness, making it a great choice for most people.  When you add in the fact that it's designed with your pets in mind, and you have a top-tier upright vacuum cleaner for pet owners.
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Re: Help me decide; Oreck vs. Simplicty/Riccar or other?
Reply #26   Jun 6, 2013 12:08 pm
You cannot pass a general judgement as to which vacuum is better than another. Each performs well if put to use for the purpose for which it has been manufactured. While the light weight vacuums are easy to move, they have limited suction power; the heavier machines, though a little inconvenient in moving around, come with high suction power. While there are vacuums which are designed to clean pet hair, others are good on carpet cleaning. Hence, depending on your requirements and your abilities, choose a vacuum that suits your requirements.
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