The Oreck XL Element vacuum is the most basic version in the popular line. The good thing about being the most basic model, is that it’s also the cheapest – right around $300. In this review of the Oreck XL Element vacuum cleaner, I’ll go over this model’s strengths and weaknesses, then decide if it’s worth the higher price tag. One thing that I really like about this model is that it actually comes with a small hand-held unit as well. Here’s a quick rundown of the features you’ll find on this unit: single speed motor, 25 ft power cord, a headlight, 13 inch cleaning path, HEPA quality filter bag, microban protection, a 3 year warranty, ergonomic handle, and you can get 1 free tune-up. Another thing I like about this vacuum is that it only weighs 9 lbs. Since it’s so lightweight, it’s really no problem to carry it up and down stairs.
OK, onto the negative aspects of the Oreck XL Element vacuum cleaner. Probably the biggest complaint people have with this line of products is that it doesn’t come with many attachments. I know this is why they include the hand-held model, but it really doesn’t have the suction power of the full upright. Also, the 13 inch cleaning path is a little narrow for my liking. It’s alright, but can take a little longer to clean up bigger rooms. Another thing I don’t like is the fact that you have to buy expensive replacement bags. This is one of the main attraction to bag-less systems. Lastly, I think this model is a little pricey for what you get. I know it does a spectacular job at basic cleaning, but it’s still a lot of money to put out for the Oreck XL Element vacuum cleaner. Overall, I’m giving this model a 4.2 / 5 star rating.