Oreck Air Purifier Reviews and Test Results 

Retail Price: $399

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OVERVIEW: 

NOTE: Most Oreck air purifier reviews on the internet fail to take you inside the air purifier, so make sure you watch the video below.

For many years the Oreck has been the #1 selling air purifier in the U.S. Not because it is necessarily the best air purifier (it isn't), but because it is the most familiar to people due to the infomercials. I've even had people fight me about it's quality, because the infomercial convinced them that it is the best air purifier.

In this review I focused on the Oreck Xl professional, and it's newer version the Oreck Proshield Plus Air Purifier. While the Proshield has replaced the Oreck XL the difference is primarily its appearance. The Proshield "Plus" air purifier adds Ultraviolet light to the technology. Oreck air purifier reviews on the Proshield don't seem to show any significant problems.

Both models use the Truman Cell technology, the brand name for Oreck's version of electrostatic plates. This is not new technology, nor is it anything special. My only guess (after doing some patent research) about the name "Truman" is that it was named after Harry Truman, the U.S. President during the era of nuclear submarine development. I should have asked David Oreck that question. Oreck used to promote that it was the same technology used on the submarines to clean the air. Electrostatic (as you will see in the video) is simply positive and negative plates which attract and hold some dust and pollutants. It works fairly well on smoke as well.

Because of the expensive infomercial costs the Oreck Purifiers are over-priced in my opinion for what you get. (Make sure you read my conclusion at the bottom of the review...)


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COMPANY HISTORY

The Oreck air purifier line has been around many years now, and even though David Oreck is seen on TV the Oreck family no longer owns the company. Nice man, we ran into him as we were investigating some of the factories in China where most air purifiers are made. The original Oreck sold on TV was made in a factory for about $35. Their cost is a bit more today, especially since some of their parts are made in Japan (for quality), and then sent to China for installation.

If Sharper Image (The ionic breeze model) had not failed on TV the Oreck would not have had the sucess it has had. Sharper Image went out of business because their electrostatic plates (which were bigger) produced too much harmful ozone. An Amazon search for "Oreck air purifier reviews" are somewhat mixed.


4 Stages of Purification

Now let's take a look at the filters and technology for cleaning the air. The Oreck air purifier has 4-5 stages:

Stage 1 A small washable pre-filter to grab dust (see all filters in the video)

Stage 2 A small carbon filter for odors (must be replaced every few months)

Stage 3 The Truman Cell which captures some pollution and dust (but not very well)

Stage 4 Negative Ions - for healthy air and some odor killing

Stage 5 (Proshield "PLUS" only) Helioshield- UV light for germs and viruses


Pros and Cons

Pros

1 - New model has UV light

2 - Easy to find stores and parts

3 - Easy to wash

Cons

1 - Overpriced

2 - Doesn't include HEPA (needed for dust and pollen)

3 - Carbon filters are very expensive

4 - Warranty is pro-rated, and only 3 years

5 - Only covers an 8 x10 room


Specifications and Technologies

Oreck Proshield Plus

Retail Price: $399.95

Purification Technologies: 4 (5)

Square Footage: 216 SQ. Ft.

Replacement Filter Costs: $49.95

Yearly Costs: $100

Decibel Level: 28 on low

Pro’s - Good for Smoke. )the pro is good for germs, viruses)

Cons - Not good for Dust, Pollen

Warranty - 3 year limited

Number of Speeds - 3

Filters - Carbon, Truman, Pre-filter

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"Richardson" Air Purifier Rating

1. Technologies Included: (out of of 10 technologies) 4

2. Particle Removal (Allergens, Dust) 3

3. Immune System Threats (Germs, Virus, etc.) 6 (pro only)

4. Gas Removal (Odor, Chemicals, Smoke) 4

5. Longevity/Quality 7

6. Noise Levels 5

7. Ease of Use 9

8. Warranty 3

9. Customer Service/Reputation (reviews) 2

10. Price Value 3

Score: 46 = Fair


Oreck Air Purifier Reviews - Conclusion

The Oreck air purifiers success was build through expensive infomercials and retail stores. Because of this the unit had to be made at a price that allowed for enough profit, which in turn meant not including the best technology - HEPA - to keep the cost low. (Funny that Oreck even sells a small HEPA air purifier which you can find hidden on their site). The infomercial touts "you never having to buy filters", although that is a flat out lie. By calling the carbon filter an "Odor Absorber" they are able to mislead viewers into thinking there is no additional cost. The carbon filter needs to be changed every 3 months (more for smokers) and is a very small filter priced at an outrageous $49.95 on their site.

I don't recommend buying an Oreck air purifier, and especially not for any kind of allergies since it does not have a HEPA filter. The only instance might be for smokers, who can get a used one off of ebay.

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