Oreck Insight Bagged Upright Review

Oreck Insight Vacuum Cleaner Review

Usually when a person is looking to purchase an upright vacuum cleaner the idea of having something effective and lightweight is not always achievable. But the Oreck Insight Bagged Upright Vacuum is just that. They have removed unnecessary extras and streamlined the machine to create something simple,  easy to handle, lightweight and functional. Here is a look at what you can expect from this machine.


What makes this stand out from other uprights?

Well the main factor is its weight. At just 9 pounds this is still an upright that will function and clean as you would expect from an upright cleaner. While there may be some other brands that have something of a similar weight like the Hoover Air Cordless Vacuum cleaner, this has more power while being slim in design still. The airflow at the nozzle runs at 105 miles an hour which means the dirt and debris is being drawn in at 40 miles an hour over the speed limit! With a sleek bag design and its great reach allowing you to get under furniture you can have the cleanest of carpets in no time.

The Oreck Magnesium versus the Oreck Insight

insightThese are both lighter options though the Insight is just one pound heavier. But both have great agitation and suction power. Their design is similar too, a cleaning head that is low profile, a flat bag, HEPA filtration systems. The Oreck Magnesium of course uses magnesium and that puts the price up for that model. So if you are looking for something light, slim and streamed but more affordable the Oreck Insight is a great option.

What can you expect from the Oreck Insight?

HEPA filtration bags – HEPA filtration means that dust all the way down to the size of 0.3 microns will be trapped and sealed. This has been tested and approved by the CRI (Carpet and Rug Institute) who for a fee will test manufacturers’ machines to check on their performance. Being as this is a bagged cleaner you will need to replace the bag when it is full as opposed to emptying like you do with the bagless vacuums. However the cost of these bags is not too bad coming to just over a dollar a bag considering they are HEPA filtration bags, the best kind of filtration you can get in a vacuum. For ones that also fight against odor you do pay more though.

Removing pet hair – This machine performs very well when cleaning up any pet hair or dander you might have on the carpet or on the hard flooring. Even in carpeting that is medium to plush it can clean up the hair effectively.

Side brushes – On the Oreck Insight there are side brushes on each side so that you can reach the edges with ease. Along with that strong suction power you will be able to reach and clean anywhere.

No headlights or swivel motion – As this is a streamlined cleaner it means giving up certain extra features you might find on another model such as the swivel motion and headlights. However the fact that is light makes maneuverability not an issue. Headlights might be a nice extra for reaching dark places but they do not impact on cleaning and suction.

How does it perform on bare floors – The Insight just like the Magnesium RS comes with an off/on switch for the brush roll so that when you move from carpeting to hard floors you can prevent it flicking debris away. The switch is located in an easy and practical place on the handle so  no need to bend over when transitioning as you do with a lot of cleaners. It is able to pick up small and medium sized particles well and the side brush continues to help reach to the edge. However it may struggle with larger debris due to its low profile design on the cleaning head.


How does it perform on upholstery – This is not the best vacuum for upholstery cleaning as it comes with no wand, extension, hose or tools that enable you to do so effectively. For upholstery cleaning though you could use your handheld.

How does it perform on carpet – With the great 102mph airflow, side brushes, agitation and suction you get a very good performance from the Oreck Insight Bagged Upright Vacuum on carpeting. It gets the sand, dust, debris, pet hair and so on and can clean even deep carpeting very effectively. As mentioned it even has the CRI’s approval seal. For people looking for a slim, light, effective cleaner that is also good for allergies or just for people who want less particles being released this is a great option.


Power cord length – It is a generous 30 feet long cord so less need to keep having to swap power points. But it does not have any kind of auto cord rewind, back to manual with this one!

Cleaning and Maintaining the Oreck Insight – As this cleaner uses HEPA bags there are no filters in the Insight so no need to clean them now and then.

Warranty – There is a five year warranty on the Oreck Insight which covers the whole thing not just certain parts.


For people wanting something with power but still light and slim the Oreck Insight is a great option. It has everything you need for bare floor and carpet cleaning and the HEPA bags make sure it all stays inside the bag while you clean. For people looking for a design like this but unable to afford something like the Magnesium RS this could be the right match. Just be prepared for that ongoing cost of HEPA replacement bags.

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