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In this Oreck XL Air Purifier review I'll be revealing the story behind this air purifier, from it's manufacture in China, to showing you many of the pro's and con's of the most well known air purifier. The video below will also take you inside the air purifier to show you some of the inner working of this machine.
Is it worth $399? By the end of this Oreck XL air purifier review you'll have a better ability to determine whether it is a good idea for your household or not. The newer Oreck XL also includes UV light.
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Most air purifiers today are made in China today because of the low production cost. Plus the quality level is much higher than China used to be known for.
1) "You never have to change the filter" - The small charcoal "odor eater" is a small charcoal filter which needs to be replaced every 3-5 months and costs $59 for 2. It absorbs odors and chemicals. Watch the video to get an idea. Oreck get's away with saying "no filters" by calling it an "odor eater".
2) "Removes Dust and Pollen" - Without a HEPA filter the "ionic" plates (Truman Cells) will do a less than adequate job of removing pollen and dust. Some dust will collect because of the static charge. This is not your best bet if you have allergies.
2) "Quiet" - I found my Oreck to be neither quiet (at 28 db on low) and especially not when it would make it's infamous zapping noise in the truman cell. The zapping noise can happen (and yes it's an electrical zapping) from dust across the electrically charged plates and from bugs being electrocuted across the plates.
Stage 1 This small washable prefilter holds dust (see filters in the video)
Stage 2 A very small carbon filter traps smoke and odors (it be replaced every few months and are ordered separately)
Stage 3 The Ionizer plates (they call them Truman Cells) which attracts pollution and kills odors. This is the primary way that the Oreck cleans the air. These ionic plates - charged plates (+ and - ) - attract soot and other airborne particles like a magnet.
Stage 4 Negative Ionization - creates healthy air and will kill some odors and mold
Stage 5 New Helioshield - Ultraviolet light for killing germs and viruses
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1 - Now includes UV light
2 - Convenient stores for repairs
3 - Washable
1 - Overpriced for the square footage
2 - Does not include HEPA (best for dust and pollen)
3 - Small Carbon filters are very expensive
4 - The Warranty is pro-rated (only 3 years)
5 - Will only treat a small 8 x10 room
MSRP Price: $399.95
Purification Technologies: 4 (5)
Square Feet: 216 SQ. Ft.
Replacement Filters (Carbon): $49.95
Yearly Cost To Operate: $100
Decibel Level: 28 on low (a bit high)
Pro’s - Good for Smoke.
Cons - Not great for Dust, Pollen
Warranty - 3 year limited
Number of Fan Speeds - 3
Filters - Carbon, Truman Cell, and Pre-filter
Oreck XL Air Purifier Review
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
If you have allergies I would look at the comparison chart on this site for a better choice. However if you are smoker buying a used Oreck XL on Ebay might be an affordable choice. Hepa filters get filled with smoke so fast a washable ionic air purifier is a more affordable way to go.
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