January 11, 2012

Oreck: So Easy a Toddler Can Do It

The last few months have been filled with toddler tantrums, new discoveries and the joy of introducing Duplos for the very first time. Amidst all of the fun and games, the hubs and I have been trying to teach a few life lessons like the value of hard work and that we don't steal our sister's toy fox to make her cry. Along those lines, we've also started enforcing a few rules like having a clean bedroom before putting on our footed pajamas and climbing into the toddler bed for a good night's sleep. But with all of the new developments around here, my very favorite one has been the toddler's absolute and undivided passion for vacuuming.

After getting wind of how desperately I hate cleaning my floors, the nice folks over at Oreck decided to help me out in my efforts to teach the toddler the meaning of the word chore and how it doesn't actually have to be something that involves a tantrum. They graciously sent out their newest vacuum cleaner, the Magnesium.
Millenium
And as if the name alone wasn't enough to make me want to bust out a cleaning move, they also sent out their Ultimate Handheld Vacuum Cleaner in an effort to entice me into cleaning my staircase.
Ultimate Handheld
The first thing I noticed about the Magnesium was the weight. At a mere seven pounds, this baby feels just like that... a baby. It's easy to transport and with the carry handle in the back, I no longer have an excuse to leave it downstairs and ignore my living room floor. So with my lack of excuses, I plugged it in and started weaving my way across the carpet, only to have my toddler follow me around insisting that he wanted to HELLLP PEAS!

The result is a child who has not inherited my feelings toward cleaning, as seen below. In fact, he insisted on being the one to clean his bedroom, at least until he forgot that he had to move backwards with the vacuum at the 28 second mark.
As you can see in the video, he never ran over the cord thanks to the nifty little cord clip on the back of the vacuum. And the vacuum itself was clearly light enough to be maneuvered by a small person. AWESOME.

As an added bonus, changing out the bag is just as easy as unzipping the front of the vacuum. And no, I did not let him change the bag by himself. YOU'RE WELCOME, INTERNET.
Changing of the Bag
But I know what you're all just dying to ask, How does this baby hold up to a freakish amount of postpartum hair loss? Many of you will remember that after having my first little one, I wrote about losing half of my hair IN CLUMPS. Yes, clumps. It wasn't pretty. This time around, I'm doing my best to avoid a Mr. Clean impression but I've still lost about forty percent of my hair. That, my friends, is no small feat for a vacuum to tackle. Not really knowing what to expect, I attacked the worst of the mess, my bedroom floor. After going over the floor once, I literally got down on my hands and knees and looked at the carpet close-up, searching for any leftover hair.

There was none. I was giddy.

So with clean bedrooms, I knew that it was time to face the inevitable, my staircase. My last vacuum weighed about a hundred pounds so dragging that piece of junk up and down the stairs was tantamount to being forced to listen to the Barney theme song. On repeat.

I threw the strap to the Ultimate Handheld Vacuum over my shoulder and attacked my stairs with the hose. The various attachments made it easy to clean even the tiniest of spaces and even I have to admit that it was awfully satisfying to see the dust disappear from the corners of our stairs. Maybe just satisfying enough that I will keep up with the cleaning from now on.

So whether you're battling hair loss that rivals that of Yule Brenner or trying to get Cheerio powder out of your carpet, Oreck will do the job for you. And just because they wanted to spread the love, they're offering one of you the new Magnesium upright vacuum AND the Ultimate Handheld Vacuum too!

To enter, just visit Oreck.com and leave a comment below along with your email address, telling me one thing that you learned about the Magnesium vacuum. And for an additional entry, tweet the following and leave a separate comment with your twitter handle below:
Vacuuming- so easy a toddler can do it! Enter to win the @Oreck #giveaway from @Alyssagamlin: http://bit.ly/AyPkGB
This giveaway will run from January 11 through January 17 at 12:00pm CST and is only open to residents of the lower 48 U.S. states. The winner will be selected via random.org and will have 72 hours to respond to email notification before another winner will be chosen.

Good luck and happy cleaning!

The fine print: I was not paid to write a post about Oreck or their fabulous products. Oreck Corporation provided the prize for the sweepstakes but is not the sponsor of the sweepstakes. I was provided with a free upright and handheld vacuum package for the purposes of this review but that did not affect the content of this post. Everything I wrote is my honest opinion about Oreck and their products.

54 comments:

  1. oh, it has a HEPA filter! very cool!
    hugsandkissesdesigns [at] gmail [dot] com

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  2. tweeted!
    https://twitter.com/#!/becca7903/status/157216673718468609

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  3. I like the HEPA filter and that it automatically seals the bag! Awesome! My vacuum is not good at picking up hair, this one sounds awesome! vernamichelle@gmail.com

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  4. This vaccum looks amazing. I like that it picks up hair, is lightweight and I LOVE the hepa filter and bag. I have 2 kids and 2 large dogs so animal hair and dander is a huge issue in my house. yelliemckee@yahoo.com

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  5. So....the whole cleaning thing isn't my fav and my best excuse to stop half way through is that the cord plugging, winding, repeat crap...This has a THIRTY FOOT CORD! <3 I might be able to cut half of the cleaning routine out and just do the cleaning part! LOL, yes, the cord length is my favorite feature since HEPA isn't new to me...
    ktlee11.07@live.com
    (Deleted previous post since I forgot my email and couldn't edit it...tried to not screw with the random drawing part...my bad!)

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  6. mlco33@gmail.com I love the it has different levels (for carpet, hardwood, and tiles) and has a 360 degree spin.

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  7. Wow! I learned that the magnesium is only 7 pounds and cleans up postpartum hair loss. we totally have that going on over here too!

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  8. @caseywash

    I think it is interesting that it has 102 mph suction! woah....

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  9. https://twitter.com/#!/wwwadriennecom/status/157484968640118784

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  10. It comes with a telescoping extension wand which is great for short people like myself.

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  11. I like that it lays flat to get all that nasty dog hair and cheerios under furniture!

    toomuchgood@gmail.com

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  12. I tweeted @houseofhege

    https://twitter.com/#!/houseofhege/status/157496834108039168

    toomuchgood@gmail.com

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  13. Besides the fact that it's light weight, I love the 30 ft cord! So great to be able to do multiple rooms and the hallways!

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  14. I don't have a HEPA filter on my current vacuum, so that is a great feature! I also really like how lightweight it is, since I currently lift my vacuum up and down the stairs to vacuum them- plus, what a great bonus that there is a handheld unit to specifically do stairs with! cbushey@gmail.com

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  15. I LOVE that it lays flat for under furniture! We have 2 cats AND 2 kiddos, so who knows what is lying underneath!

    back2basicsblog@gmail.com

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  16. I learned that it's gentle enough for fine Oriental and Persian rugs.

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  17. Tweeted @christinaf
    https://twitter.com/#!/christinaf/status/157700574639435776

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  18. Love that it lays flat for cleaning under furniture...tired of using attachments for a few more inches of clean! etoponce@gmail.com

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  19. Love that it weighs less than 8lbs! I hate lugging the vacuum up and down the stairs so that's awesome.

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  20. I learned that you get three annual checkups with the Magnesium

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  21. Tweeted https://twitter.com/#!/rusthawk/status/158052277775646720

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  22. I learned the Oreck Magnesium has twin LED headlights. Now those could be very useful, especially on my dark area rug. I love that the Magnesium lies flat to go under furniture.

    chrisdeglen(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. @chrisdeglen tweeted:

    twitter.com/#!/chrisdeglen/status/158190123715018752

    chrisdeglen(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. From your post, I learned that I really need to put my 21 month old son to work, now! From Oreck.com, I learned that I really need a vacuum with a HEPA filter because my husband and I both suffer from allergies.

    jmlushbough AT gmail DOT com

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  25. tweeted @jmlushbough

    https://twitter.com/#!/jmlushbough

    (I don't know how to get the exact URL like other commenters did)

    jmlushbough AT gmail DOT com

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  26. I learned that it is the lightest of the Oreck uprights!

    Jennifer Marie

    lilnursejen at yahoo dot com

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  27. tweeted!

    https://twitter.com/#!/JenniferCNP/status/158341282371088385

    jennifer marie

    lilnursejen at yahoo dot com

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  28. I learned that the two speed Quickswitch™ on the back of the vacuum enables you to move smoothly across all floor types using appropriate power levels: high for carpets and low for hardwoods and tile.

    Thank you for an awesome giveaway!!:)

    bvbabybv at gmail dot com

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  29. Tweet:
    https://twitter.com/#!/bvbabybv/status/158358804860383232

    bvbabybv at gmail dot com

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  30. I love that the Magnesium has a HEPA inner bag! None of the junk can get out!

    codi

    clprachar at yahoo dot com

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  31. Tweeted!

    codi

    clprachar at yahoo dot com

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  32. I learned that the Magnesium vaccuum is 7.7 pounds and has 2 led headlights.

    katie at coverbutton dot net

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  33. https://twitter.com/#!/StartToFinish/status/158642286643789824

    I tweeted! @starttofinish

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  34. I learned it has a 30 foot cord and can go from carpet to floor.

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  35. I learned that it has a telescoping extension wand-I would love this feature.

    Judy S
    pookiecat123 at yahoo dot com

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  36. I learned it has 102 mph of suction power... Or something like that... Hehe!
    Carlaburgdorf@yahoo.com

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  37. Love the long extension cord!!! We need a new vacuum...ours just bit the dust! missmelissakay at yahoo dot com

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  38. I love the hepa bag! This would be such a huge improvement to my cheapo vacuum that blows things out the back :/

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  39. The feature I found most intriguing is the installed HEPA filter.
    Shaun
    hobbitx2 at yahoo dot com

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  40. tweeted-twitter name hobbitx2
    Shaun
    hobbitx2 at yahoo dot com

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  41. I love that it has a 30 foot cord!

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  42. Love the HEPA filter and the long cord! We have two cats and tons of fur and I can't STAND it! This would be so awesome!

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  43. Love that it has great suction(I have ceramic tile and really need something that picks up all the winter/summer debris before mopping). Also, love that it is so easy to use and lightweight that my toddler grandson Nathaniel can vacuum!

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  44. tweet tweet

    https://twitter.com/#!/pookiecat123/status/159315320031543296
    Judy S
    pookiecat123 at yahoo dot com

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  45. I am so impressed that it is only 7.7 pounds!!! I would actually be able to vacuum again next week!!
    nlay79@gmail.com

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  46. https://twitter.com/#!/theleakysippy/status/159319726105964544
    nlay79@gmail.com

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  47. One thing I learned was that it has a 30foot long cord! I'm keeping my fingers crossed, would love to win this and toss out my vacuum that doesn't live up to its name!

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  48. I tweeted.
    https://twitter.com/#!/melt003/status/159323036858843136

    And sorry, I forgot to leave my email. Its melt003@hotmail.com. Thanks!

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