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Oreck XL Commercial Review: Is the Bag a Problem?

While most of the vacuums on our top 10 list are bagless, the Oreck XL 2100RHS is different. With a traditional bag and cord but a superior and powerful capacity for suction, long-standing brand reputation and weight of only 8.2 pounds, it’s a workhorse that will clean your house and then some.

Regular Use – How easy is it?

First, the Oreck XL 2100 goes easily from bare and hardwood floors carpet to area rugs due to its self-adjusting head. This is a problem with some vacuums that you need to manually adjust or have no option at all to go from low linoleum or wood to deep pile carpets, losing suction and making it hard to push them.

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While the brush roll does not have an “off” option, it still doesn’t scratch hardwoods and linoleum because of its light weight.

Additionally, it has a low profile, meaning it won’t bump up against the underside of your cabinets. Though this is a plus, it really shines because it will lie completely flat to go under furniture. Most vacuum cleaners won’t get all the way under a bed, but this one will. Lying flat, the head is about 4.5” and the bag while running is about 6” high.

As far as the particulars, the power button is conveniently located at the top of the handle. It also has nice brushes on the side of the head to get up close to your baseboards and cabinet, which some vacuums lack.

One pet peeve of many vacuum owners when they provide reviews is that their vacuum wants to eat their area or throw rugs. Fortunately, that doesn’t seem to happen with this Oreck upright. Users say it goes effortlessly from bare floors to area rugs to carpet without destroying any of them but still has the suction to pick up all the dust and dirt (even cat litter).

How does it do on pet hair?

Reviews from buyers who use the XL on a regular basis say it works great to suck up both cat and dog hair, even from multiple heavy-shedding pets. You’ll find in spite of the light weight, ratings place it high for suction power.

Allergies

While the Oreck doesn’t have a HEPA filter, you can get hypo-allergenic, micro filtration bags for it. They run about $10 for an 8-pack.

What about the bags?

While replacing a vacuum bag might seem like a big pain and far from inexpensive in this day and age, the bags are actually quite reasonable for those on a budget. At about $16 for a 25-pack or about $10 for an 8-pack of hypo-allergenic bags, the price isn’t bad. Also, it seems like last quite a long time, so you may find you only need to swap out the bag on a monthly basis.

The bags which fit this model at a reasonable price are Allied National #PK80009 (9 bags) or Oreck Commercial 8000 disposable bags (25 bags).

Specs:

  • Dimensions: 14” x 9” x 12”
  • Cleaning Path Width: 12” with edge brushes
  • Cord Length: 35’
  • Weight: 8.2 lbs
  • Power: 40 amps
  • Bags: Comes with 1 bag
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Product Manual

oreck xl commercial vacuum bagsPros

  • At only 8 pounds, this machine is very much a lightweight, is easy to steer and bring up and down stairs.
  • Does a good job of picking up dirt and pet hair on hardwoods and carpet, especially for such a small appliance.

Cons

In user reviews, the only real complaint is that it can be challenging to get deep pile carpets clean. This is because it’s so light in weight, so it can’t really dig in to get at the fibers underneath. If you have deep shag or other deep pile carpets in your home, you may want to consider getting a heavier model.

The one thing we don’t like about this highly rated vacuum cleaner is that you have to buy bags for it. However, at an affordable cost of only about $1 for 25 bags, it’s still a heck of a deal. One review said the user lives in Arizona where it’s very dusty, has a large home with 3 dogs, vacuums 2-3 times every week and only changes the bag about once every month. This is incredible and means the maintenance may still cost less than $20 per year.

What’s the cost?

This machine retails for right around $300, but you can get it on sale on Amazon (no promo code or coupon needed) for under $200. We rate this one of the best vacuums on the market (and it certainly earns a spot in our top ten) for that price in spite of not being a cordless or bagless model.

There are 2 different types of bags available: Regular and High Filtration (these are better if you have problems with allergies).

Bottom Line

If you’re looking for a very lightweight affordable vacuum, this Oreck Commercial is a very good choice. While you will have to buy bags for it, they’re cheap (under $1 per bag), and the powerful suction and other features make up for this minimal extra cost.

While it doesn’t come with attachments so may not be ideal for some users, having a really light machine with great suction may make this a best buy for many.

If you’re on a tighter budget, take a look at our Best Vacuums under $100 for some inexpensive options, where you’ll see vacs like the Hoover Windtunnel Rewind, the Bissell Rewind and the Dirt Devil Breeze, all good cheap options. If you can afford to spend a bit more, the Shark Navigator is definitely worth a look, or you can see our top ten list of best vacuums, which has some great options in different price ranges.