Review & Giveaway: Oreck Halo Vacuum Cleaner (11/25)

oreck haloIn our home, we have a cat, messy two kids and a messy hubby. Mommy is clean. 😉 For the last couple of weeks, we have been trying out the new Oreck Halo. What is this?

The New Oreck Halo Vacuum Cleaner uses UV-C light to kill many of the germs that could be on your floors, while you vacuum. So that you and your family can enjoy a healthier clean. Oreck Halo. What is Halo?

What is Halo Technology?

  • Halo Technology is comprised of a patented light chamber that magnifies and concentrates ultraviolet light in the C spectrum, effectively killing many microscopic germs, bacteria, viruses, mold, dust mite eggs, flea eggs, and other microorganisms that could living and breeding on your floor surfaces.

How do you know its working?

  • When the Halo light chamber is switched on, you will see a blue glowing ring on top of the powerhead. You also can see blue light glowing from the edges of the powerhead. Most contaminants are microscopic, so just like using a chemical cleanser, you can’t directly see the effects.

Right out of the box, it was easy to put together and ready to go.
What’s included? I will show you.

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Who would think that your carpet would have more in it than just cookie crumbs? When I read all that the Oreck Halo was capable of, it blew my mind away!

Product Details

Powerful 2-in-1 cleaning performance.
The new Oreck Halo is a revolution in vacuum cleaner technology. Incredible suction vacuums dirt and debris, while the patented Oreck Halo light chamber kills many microscopic germs, bacteria, viruses, mold, dust mite eggs, and flea eggs using UV-C light. And like all Oreck products, it’s remarkably simple to use – just vacuum as you normally would, and the Oreck Halo vacuum cleaner kills and reduces microorganisms without any extra effort or harsh chemicals.

germs-before-afterCarpets and floors can be the most germ-ridden surfaces in your home.
Every time we enter our homes, we can track in germs and bacteria from outside. Think about coming home from work, or the kids as they enter the house, dirty from playing outside. Where have their shoes been? Public bathrooms? What have they stepped in? What about the dog digging in the dirt or trash? It’s easy for germs to get on your floors. Dust mite eggs, flea eggs, mold, bacteria, germs, and other microorganisms could be living there, too. But the new Oreck Halo vacuum cleaner with germ-killing UV-C light can help rid many of them from your floors – easily.1

Did You Know…

  • Carpet can be the most germ-ridden surface in your home. It can contain approximately 200,000 microbes of bacteria per square inch, and as many as 100,000 dust mites per square yard.
  • A typical square inch of kitchen tile floor can contain over 2,500 bacteria.
  • Bacteria samples from a typical home show that the bathroom floor contains 18,025 bacteria per square inch, while the toilet seat has only 49 bacteria per square inch!

Redefining the meaning of clean.
Conventional vacuums likely can’t do the whole job. Even after being cleaned with a conventional vacuum, carpets and floors can still be covered with germs and dust mite eggs. That’s why you need the Oreck Halo vacuum cleaner to quickly kill many of the germs, dust mite eggs, flea eggs and mold that could be on your floors. And you’ll have piece of mind knowing the Oreck Halo does it all without chemicals – making it safe for you, your family and the environment.

The Oreck Halo effectively reduces the amount of bacteria, germs, and other microorganisms that could be on your carpets and flooring. These petri dish images represent the positive results of repeated exposure to the Oreck Halo light chamber. Over time and with routine cleanings, the Oreck Halo and its UV-C germ-killing light can help reduce dust mite populations by killing many dust mite eggs. It can also help reduce harmful bacteria and viruses on floor surfaces throughout your home.

Breakdown:

Weight:
While this is a beautiful vacuum, my first thought was its’ weight. It weighs right around 20 pounds. Yes, I stepped on the scale with it to check. Having a 2 story home with a basement, toting along 20 pounds up and down the stairs gets a bit tiring, but after checking it out in my home with a fuzzy cat and a messy family, I liked how it picked up the messes on our carpet, rugs and even in our kitchen on the tile floors.

Height:
The Oreck Halo is a nice height for hubby and myself and I do have to say that I love the handle on it! It is gripped so you get an easier grab on the handle.

Ease of use:
While the vacuum head doesn’t maneuver as easily as I thought, it did seem to work and vacuum very well. I would like to see it a bit more light weight and easier to go around corners and around the baseboards a bit easier.

Accessories:
There is a very nice, long hose that is attached. This is a huge plus! We clean ceiling fans, baseboards, stairs, heck – we even have to get in the kids’ playhouse in the playroom to vacuum and I can easily do this with the massive long hose that is attached. There is a brush that is included so you can easily add it to the end of the hose for deeper cleaning things like the couch, or even the kids’ stuffed animals.

Clear canister vs. bags:
I have only had vacuums in our home that you can see inside the clear canister. Now, while I am not sure which is ‘better’, I can say that I like being able to see inside the vacuum to see what all I am picking up and if it is picking things up around my house. I read that having a bagged vacuum is better for people with asthma (me), breathing issues (Tucker) and allergies (hubby). Since we have had the Oreck Halo in our home a short time, I cannot deny that this vacuum is helping or if it is just that we are vacuuming more.

Cost of bags:
The Oreck Halo does use bags and when you purchase from the Oreck website, you will get a year’s free supply of bags. This is a nice option for Oreck to offer! When you are ready to buy more, they are available for around $25.00, plus shipping (give or take a couple of bucks, depending on where you buy them from) for a pack of 18. Not really too bad, if you ask me, but being that its suggested to replace the bag every 3 months, this can get costly. While the cost of the vacuum is just shy of $600.00, I would like to see a couple of additional bags included in the box. We had a bagged vacuum a few years back and the cost of the bags was enough to put anyone in to debt. My only suggestion might be to put a clear strip on the bag so people can take a peek inside to see how much gunk they are picking up. I am weird in the way that I feel more comfortable seeing the stuff my vacuum picks up.

Thoughts on germ killing technology:
This is amazing to me! Who knows what is living in your carpets? We play on the floor a lot, roll around, sit and read, lay and watch TV – so knowing that we are laying on top of something that is alive, crawling around under us and potentially harmful to us, is just plain gross! With the Halo Technology, we are able to vacuum and kill things such as Anthrax, Bacteriophage – E. Coli, Infectious Hepatitis, Influenza, Poliovirus, E. Coli, Myobacterium tuberculosis, Salmonella enteritidis, and Penicillium expansum.. Yup .. Mold! You know that time that your child’s sippy cup fell over and had that slow leak of milk. Can you imagine what is alive and feeding off those drops? I don’t even want to vision that! The Oreck Halo kills germs via germicidal ultraviolet light. Zap – dead!

Overall, I am very pleased with the Oreck Halo. I am looking forward to this Fall & Winter to see how my family’s breathing, asthma and allergies are. While we do not have access to a microscope to verify that all the germs in our carpet are dead, but I am pretty confident that the Oreck Halo will do the job it is lined up to do.

For more information, please visit http://www.oreck.com/

Mommy Goggles Review Policy: The featured product for this review was provided to me, at no cost, by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. I do not accept monetary compensation for reviewing or writing about products. I only review products that I have personally tested and used in my home, and all opinions expressed are my own. If I didn’t like the product, I would say so.

What you win

How to enter

  • Go to http://www.oreck.com/
  • Come back here and post to me a feature about the Oreck Halo that you find most beneficial.

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Details

  • ONE (1) winner will receive an Oreck Halo Vacuum Cleaner Valued at $599.95
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  • Contest ends on November 25, 2009 at 11:59 pm Central Time

Comments

  1. Jamie Brigham says:
  2. Jamie Brigham says:

    I Tweeted about this giveaway- @cinderella10383
    https://twitter.com/#!/Cinderella10383/status/135598265210118144

  3. Jamie Brigham says:

    I love that this vacuum kills germs while cleaning so fantastically, Nothing beats an Oreck

  4. The feature I like best is the hose for getting into corners and hard to reach areas. I could really use that.

  5. Dorothy Campbell says:

    Would love to win!!!!!!

  6. It would be hard not to pick the innovative Halo UV-C Technology with its germ-killing power as the most impressive feature.

  7. Just stopping by for another tweet! :)

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  8. With the kids on the floor playing all the time, the thought of germs makes me shiver. I like that it has a UV-C Germ cleaning light.

  9. Tonya Martinez says:
  10. Tonya Martinez says:

    This has to be the coolest vacuum I have ever seen. I love the germ killing UV light. I also love that is a bagged vaccuum. I hate the dust that flies everywhere with most vac’s as you empty them.

  11. Mark Williams says:

    I like it bei8ng lightweight

  12. My last tweet on this one! Good luck everyone!
    http://twitter.com/hondaray6/status/6048299212

  13. To me the most beneficial feature is that it kills many of the germs, bacteria, mold, dust mite eggs, and flea eggs on the floor. I would love to have this vacuum to help me keep all these yucky things away from my little one who loves to play on the floor.

  14. It kills mold, dust mites, and germs, wow!
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  15. stacey dempsey says:

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  16. Grad School Mommy says:
  17. Paula Harmon says:
  18. Paula Harmon says:

    Since I go from carpet to hardwood floor when I sweep, I like that with a flick of a button, the roller brush engages or disengages, allowing you to seamlessly go from carpets to bare floors.

  19. Huguette English says:
  20. I love the UV-C light.

  21. Michelle b says:

    Easily goes from carpets to bare floors.

  22. Removes dead microbes…that sounds good.

  23. The UV-C Light, that’s awesome :)

  24. I love the maneuverability. With three kids, a small house, and many foster cats (plus my own pets), the house has lot of nooks and crannies. I’d love to be able to cruise the vacuum around giant cat trees, kid projects, and the like.

  25. allyson ayala says:

    whati a great machine, it kills mold and living at the beach with the moist air and sand and 3 ridgebacks …boy could i use this especially since we don’t have a vaccum at all

  26. Vicki Andrew says:

    I like the option of cleaning with no chemicals, I have asthama and chemicals can trigger an attack

    singermagic1 at yahoo dot com

  27. There’s hardly a feature I DON’T love…but my favorite would be the germ killing UV light! How cool is that!?!??!

  28. It works on all floor surfaces. That’s pretty cool. Most vacuums I’ve had will only work well on carpet. The UV is cool as well, but you had already mentioned that.

  29. Their vacuums have flu fighters! How cool is that?!

  30. In my opinion, the germ-killing UV-C light is the most beneficial feature of the Oreck Halo Vacuum Cleaner. And with kids running around the house, that offers me a little more piece of mind! 😉

  31. Jill Myrick says:

    My favorite feature is the Patented UV-C light chamber that kills many of the germs,bacteria,mold,dust mites and flea eggs.

    THank you so much for the chance to win.

    jweezie43[at]aol[dot]com

  32. Fantastic….it can kill dust mites, germs and mold! All brought to us with benefit of outdoor shoes, pets and who knows what else!

  33. it kills molds dustmites n germs!

    carolynewin@yahoo.com

  34. Susan Ledet says:

    The feature for me is that it kills germs, mold and dust mite eggs and that it’s made by Oreck.

  35. I like that you can clean your carpet with no chemicals!

  36. I really like the Wide cleaning path and a 29-ft. power cord.Thanks!

  37. Sharon Seneker says:

    This family has allergies and frequent sinus infections so getting rid of the germs, mold & dust mites would really help us! Thanks! senekers@comcast.net

  38. I like the HEPA13 filter bag. It helps in our house, where we have allergies and asthma.

  39. i like it because it kills germs , mold, dust mites

  40. Tweet:

    http://twitter.com/kellyblackwell/status/6037897436

    Thank you so much!

    kalea_kane(at)yahoo(dot)com

  41. Yes, the germ killing light is amazing, my son has asthma and to destroy the dust mites, mold whatever is lying in my carpet would be amazing. thanks for the contest

  42. definitely the extra long hose. seems like my vacuum is always tipping over because the hose is not long enough!

  43. Anne Taylor says:
  44. I love it that it kills germs. That’s an added bonus!

  45. I love that it kills germs

  46. Kay Swederski says:

    Lots of great things about it – but my favorite is that it cleans with out chemicals and kills germs!

  47. I love the UV-C light.

  48. kills germs, mold, dust mite eggs.

  49. It kills mold, dust mites, and germs! That’s awesome!

  50. I like the extra-long hose. Thanks for this offer.

  51. The option of cleaning with no chemicals is invaluable!!!

  52. I tweeted: http://twitter.com/simplybeingmom/status/6020563026

    crystal_reagan at hotmail dot com

  53. My favorite feature is it can clean carpets with out any chemicals

  54. How can anyone write anything other than the best feature is the germ killing UV light? That is hands down the coolest part of this vacuum. I’d love to have one of these babies since our ancient Hoover just died and parts aren’t available to fix it… and… we’ve got a baby on the way. Gotta start keeping things clean! :)

  55. CK Shelton says:

    The Oreck Halo even cleans hardwood and tiled floors, not only carpeted areas.

  56. I live with two feline alergens so the fact that it has powerful suction removes dirt, dust, and dead microbes, trapping them in the HEPA filter bag is super important to me.

  57. I have so many allergies so I think it’d be perfect for me. It’s kill so many things that make me suffer inside the home.

  58. Kathy Emerick says:

    I have hardwood floors in the diningroom and the Oreck Orbiter® Multi-Purpose Floor Machine
    would work for me. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  59. clean carpets w/no chemicals

  60. My fave feature is that it kills germs, mold, dust mite eggs, etc. My son is crawling all over the place so it’s important to me that the house is as clean as it can be!

  61. I really like the UV-C Light Chamber. It may be a great solution to the mess around here!

  62. Kayte CookWatts says:
  63. The accessories are my favorite part. We have so many places to clean and this makes it easier.

  64. RT~http://twitter.com/hondaray6/status/6015480314

  65. I love the germ killing technology!

  66. I love that it kills so many germs/bacterias.

  67. I like how it has a Patented UV-C light chamber

  68. Clarissa Neiding says:
  69. Patented UV-C light chamber, with a small baby soon to be crawling, clean carpets without using chemicals is just what the doctor ordered!

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