Oreck Air Purifier Testimonial and Review

MSRP: $399


The Oreck has been the #1 selling air purifier in the U.S. now for many years. This doesn't necessarily equate to it being the best air purifier, or the best value, but it is the most marketed and familiar due to the infomercials. I've had many consumers argue with me about it's quality, simply because the infomercial did a good job.

In this Oreck air purifier testimonial I focused on the newer version called the Oreck Proshield Plus Air Purifier. The Oreck Proshield has replaced the Oreck XL which now adds Ultraviolet light to the technology.

The main feature is still the Truman Cell technology, which is simply the brand name for Oreck's version of "electrostatic plates". This is nothing new, unique, or unusual to air purifiers. Why is it called "Truman"? My only guess (after my patent research) is Harry Truman, the U.S. President who supported nuclear submarine development. Oreck claims it is the same technology used on subs. I should have asked David Oreck that question when he was in China recently at the factory. Electrostatic (as seen in the video) is just positive and negative metal plates which will attract charged pollution.

My opinion is that the Oreck is over-priced because of the infomercial costs, and because . When you watch an Oreck Air Purifier Testimonial on TV it doesn't represent the experts in the field.

(The video shows you inside the Oreck. My conclusion is at the bottom of the review…)


The Oreck family no longer owns the company. Nice man, we ran into him as we were investigating the different factories in China where 90% of all air purifiers are made. Their original air purifier was made in a factory there for about $35. While costs have risen the price to manufacture makes it a very profitable model. The Truman Cell is made in Japan (for quality), and the rest in China.

Stages of Purification

The Oreck air purifier uses 5 stages

Stage 1 A washable pre-filter for dust (you can see all filters in the video)

Stage 2 A small carbon-filter for odors (must be replaced every 3 months)

Stage 3 Electrostatic (Truman Cell) which kills smoke, odor, and pollution

Stage 4 Negative Ions - creates healthy air

Stage 5 UV light for germs and viruses

Pros and Cons

1 - Expensive for small area air purifier (8 x 10 room)

2 - No HEPA filter - best for dust and pollen)

3 - Carbon filters are very expensive

4 - Warranty is pro-rated, only 3 years


Oreck Proshield Plus

Retail Price: $399

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

"Richardson" 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


While the Oreck air purifier testimonial as seen on TV 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.

Oreck Air Purifier Testimonial

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