Oreck Magnesium RS Slim Upright Vacuum

Last updated: March 17, 2023

We looked at the top Upright Vacuums and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Upright Vacuum you should buy.

Product Details

In our analysis of 65 expert reviews, the Oreck Magnesium RS Slim Upright Vacuum placed 13th when we looked at the top 14 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Meet Magnesium RS, the newest addition to the Oreck Magnesium model line! Like the original Magnesium, it’s got incredible suction power but more features. At 7.7 pounds*, Magnesium RS is the lightest, full-powered, swivel-steering upright vacuum cleaner in America. With its new SlimSwivel Design and furniture-friendly, low-profile physique it’s an effortless way to maneuver around any obstacle and clean every floor in your home—upstairs and downstairs. The wireless two-speed QuickSwitch in the handle enables you to select the right power levels and move smoothly across all floor types. The large, high-performance wheels give Magnesium RS the agility it needs for every surface, from hardwood and tile to plush and frieze carpet without stopping for manual adjustments. It’s so lightweight that carrying it upstairs is a cinch and so powerful it feels self-propelled.

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

Highs: Excelled at removing embedded dirt from carpets. - Performed well when cleaning bare floors, ideal for kitchens, bathrooms, and hardwood floors. - Did well at picking up pet hair, useful if you have a cat or dog. Excelled at capturing all the dust it picks up, important if you have allergies or other respiratory issues.
The Oreck Magnesium moves effortlessly across hardwood, short pile, and high pile when moving straight. It may not do as well on corners as some other vacuums with swiveling capabilities that we’ve reviewed, but it gets the job done. Plus, it's only 8.78 pounds—one of the lightest we've ever tested.
It did a great job picking up debris from carpet and bare floors and even picked up pet hair from carpet. The Oreck was easy to maneuver around furniture thanks to its swivel neck and it lies flat to clean under low furniture and the bed. It can be powered on from the handle too — a nice extra
Oreck pulled off the seemingly impossible by using magnesium frame instead of steel that reduces overall weight. And still have better durability because magnesium is stronger than many types of steel.
Oreck Magnesium vacuum cleaners allow you to adjust brush roll speed to match your floors. You can choose high speed for carpets and low speed for hard surfaces and delicate rugs.

What reviewers didn't like

Lows: The on/off switch is inconveniently placed. - Lacks a manual carpet-height adjustment, which is better than automatic systems at matching the brush to the surface. - Lacks suction control, which helps protect drapes when using tools. - Lacks a brush on/off switch, which safeguards bare floors and prevents scattered dust and debris.
Unfortunately, there's no way to stop the brushroll for wood floor cleaning: Though it didn't really scatter much dirt, the friction from moving brushes can damage a glossy finish on a softer wood floor such as pine.
No onboard tools included
Unlike the Shark or Dyson vacuums this does not come with attachments that allow you to clean upholstery (if you value versatility go with those two instead)
The problem with most HEPA vacuums is that they use a HEPA filter, but don’t provide a clean way to efficiently remove bags or bins without leaking allergens back into the air.
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