Oreck XL Air Purifier
Over the past few years I have bought 3 of these Oreck XL Air Purifiers. As of today only 1 of them works. I did clean them regularly, maintained them as needed even went to the Oreck store here in Florida and purchased a new cell for it. The fan speed was always kept on at low and medium speeds, never high speeds. Still it lasted me a few years. However, I understand that electrical and mechanical things do wear out but my complaint is with the quality of cleaning or air purifying that these Oreck XL's did or rather didn't do. It was still dusty in here and needed vacuuming and dusting every few days. I noticed absolutely NO difference in the air quality even with 3 air purifiers operating. Then after doing research, credible companies did research on these Oreck units and found them worthless. Only good for an area about the size of a closet. I found them pathetic and a waste of money totally useless. After these 2 Orecks kicked the dust I purchased another Air Purifier this one made by Surround Air and I noticed the difference immediately. BIG DIFFERENCE! It actually did the job, so well I bought another unit and was confident enough to purchase extra filters. It's going on a year and the 2 units are holding up fine and the filters still doesn't need replacing. It is indeed a long lasting filter as advertised. Did you ever see the infomercial for the Oreck XL's it shows it cleaning smoke inside a 2x3 ft clear container, might be good if you live inside a 2x3 ft house. The remaining Oreck is unplugged and not wasting energy. Wish I saved my money by NOT buying the Orecks and getting these units earlier. Do the research on the Oreck XL Purifiers it can be done online and save yourself money for crap that doesn't do the job.
24 of 29 people found this review helpful.
Obeck XL Air Purifier & Professional Table Top Model
Skeena_north had a very interesting review.
Please note that there are no studies that state what the dangerous levels are for a consumer device nor what their effects will be over time. The general rule is to decrease the amount of time of exposure as you get closer to the emitting object.
So I decided to measure the distance of several household devices at the 4 milligauss threshold where the level of magnetic field is considered to be unsafe. I am also using a Trifield Meter that Skeen_north used in his analysis.
I found that the Oreck Air 8 measured 4 milliguass at about 28 inches. The new model Oreck XL tabletop Professional model measured the same intensity at less than 6 inches. So Oreck has apparently decreased the magnetic radiation given off by their latest model. If this is a concern, consider updating to the Professional model.
For a comparison:
19” CRT Television – 30 inches
33” CRT Television – 32 inches
Front of Rear Projection TV – 4 inches
LCD display 23” – 1 ½ inches measured at center.
Base of Halogon Lamp – ¼ inches
Mechanical Timer – 4 inches
Keyboard of Laptop Computer – 3 inches (intensity was irratic and varied to 40 mg)
Iron – 6 inches
Tube Stereo Amplifier – 10 inches
External Hard drive – 2 inches
Air Oasis Air purifier – 8 inches
Blue Air 501 Air Filter – 4 inches (measured front and center, unit had no reading at top)
So if you type on a lap top computer or iron your clothes, your fingers and wrists are experiencing exposure to magnetic fields of the same intensity as the Oreck XL at 28 inches.
It is all relative but one should consider minimizing their exposure if there are any questions.
I have used both the XL and the Professional located at opposite ends of a great room. The pre-filter and internal collector cell are removed and washed about every 4 weeks. There is a lot of dust and lint. As I have 3 parrots, I find that my dusting is reduced but my vacuuming is not.
My use of the XL has been for a period of almost 4 years. The units are pretty well built and easily serviced. I had the motor bearings go out after 2 1/2 years on the kitchen unit. The bearings are locally available at your Oreck service center and with minimal tools I disassembled and replaced the noisy motor bearings and the fan bearing as well. The part support by Oreck is second to none both locally and by phone. Their technicians can also provide any support required for those less mechanically inclined. I would conservatively assume that their filters can be kept running for many years.
Considering the amount of particles collected by these filters, I would suggest one unit for a maximum of 200 square feet.
The Oreck Professional would be great for any pet owner who is concerned about the air quality not only for themselves but for their visitors as well.
19 of 21 people found this review helpful.
Air Quality improved considerably with this Oreck XL
I haven't done any research on air purifiers. I was just looking at them on eBay and saw which brand was being bid on the most. I also looked at the completed air purifier items to get an idea of what air purifiers were selling for. That's how I made the decision to buy an Oreck. I was so tired of getting up in the morning and having to keep clearing my throat all day. If you have allergies, you know what I'm talking about. I put this purifier in my bedroom and all that throat clearing went away. There is a light that goes from green to red when it is time to clean the filter. In order to clean the filter, the purifier has to be turned off. I left it unplugged all night while the filter air dried and I really noticed the difference in the air quality. My symptoms were back the next morning. The purifier has 3 speeds, one of which is very quiet and that is the speed I use at night. My experience with 'my' Oreck XL has been all positive. I would definitely recommend it.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Only ever buy an Oreck Purifier
I have used other air purifiers in the past and none compare to the Oreck. I smoke cigarettes....a lot... and I have had non-smokers in my home and they have mentioned that they thought I had quit smoking or that I only smoke outdoors now. I have asked them to really breath in deep and tell me if they smell anything at all and they have all said not at all. It is easy to clean and I have not noticed a change in my electric bill. The one purifier is perfect for my 600 sq ft apartment of three rooms. I urge anyone considering an air purifier to go with an Oreck.
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EMF exposure and recommendations
I have an Oreck XL professional air pruifier. I love what this unit has done for the air quality in my home. I also own a gauss meter (Trifield Meter Model 100XE) which is designed to alert you to your level of environmental exposure to electromagnetic fields. Since the XL uses electrostatic action to clean the air, it generates a pretty strong EMF field. There are a whole variety of symptoms related to EMF exposure, none of them good, so when dealing with a device like the Oreck XL, it would be wise to take some precautions.
Here are the readings I got.
At 6 inches from the unit - 500 volts/meter AC electric field / 50 milligauss AC magnetic field
At one foot from the unit - 20 volts/meter AC electric field / 25 milligauss AC magnetic field
At two feet from the unit - 0 volts/meter AC electric field / 5 milligauss AC magnetic field
At three feet from the unit - - / 1.7 milligauss AC magnetic field
At four feet from the unit - - / .8 milligauss AC magnetic field
At five feet from the unit - - / 0.4 milligauss AC magnetic field
At six feet from the unit - - 0 -
The following is written on the back of my meter:
Absolute hazard thresholds have not been established. Studies suggest biological effects may begin to occour near 3 miligauss of AC magnetic field, 1 kilovolt/m of AC electric feild. "
So basically you want to place your Oreck XL at least 3 feet away, preferably 6 feet or more away from any people or pets (better to walk past it from time to time than sit next to it). I have heard of someone putting one of these units on their bedside table. Obviously, based on this data, that is not such a good idea.
I hope this review helps you get the most health benefits from this great product.
39 of 40 people found this review helpful.