Oreck Magnesium

[Entries are now closed for this giveaway. The winner is comment #20, Elizabeth Johnson.]

I try to be as transparent as possible, but admittedly things on my blog don’t always look the same as they do in reality . . .

Oreck Magnesium vacuum cleaner

Yep, sometimes I perform the Photoshop equivalent of dusting and vacuuming my home for blog photos. Unfortunately, Photoshop won’t clean my house in real life.

The good news is that I like to vacuum.

Even better news is that now my kids want to, too, thanks to our new Oreck Magnesium vacuum cleaner and Ultimate Handheld Vac.

Oreck Magnesium vacuum cleaner

Oreck MagnesiumI knew the Magnesium and I would get along just fine when I watched the video on their website (the arrow in the picture will show you where to find it). My favorite part is when they drop the vacuum cleaner down a flight of stairs. They’d be crazy to include that if it wasn’t tough, right?

At first I was surprised by how simple the Magnesium is: no pull-out hose and no attachments. I thought I would really miss those things until I remembered that the hose on my old vacuum cleaner hasn’t worked for months and the attachments are all broken or lost.

I like having the Ultimate Handheld Vac as a separate unit. When we’re in frantic, somebody’s-coming-over power-cleaning mode—which is how most of ours occurs—one person can vacuum while another uses the handheld vac to clean stairs or baseboards or blinds or those AC intake vents that always look dirty.

My eight-year-old daughter is responsible for cleaning the stairs going up to her room, but she’s never been able to vacuum them. Now she does it easily using the handheld vac with its shoulder strap.

Oreck Magnesium vacuum cleaner

There’s a lot to love about the Oreck Magnesium:

  • It’s lightweight—only about 7 1/2 pounds.
  • The cord is long enough to stretch across the whole room.
  • It feels self-propelled.
  • It has a high setting for carpet and a low setting for hardwood or tile.
  • It can lay almost flat to slide under furniture.
  • I was able to assemble it by myself!

The Magnesium has a hefty pricetag—$500—but feels built to last. We’ve used a bagless vacuum cleaner for the past few years and I felt smart saving that extra expense, although it seemed like a decent amount of dust escaped again when I emptied the canister. I was afraid that the Magnesium bags would fill up instantaneously, but we’re still on the originals. I need to find out where to get replacement bags.

One of you will win both an Oreck Magnesium Vacuum Cleaner and the Ultimate Handheld Vac, a combined retail value of $600!

How to Enter

Mandatory entry: Visit Oreck.com and tell us one thing you learned about the Magnesium.

Additional entries (if you really need this vacuum!):

  • Follow @Oreck on Twitter.
  • Like Oreck on Facebook.
  • Sign up for Oreck’s email list by clicking on “Sign up for Email” in the top navigation bar and entering your email address.
  • Tweet about the giveaway, mentioning @dawnmhsh and @oreck with a link to this post. Sample tweet: Win a vacuum cleaner dynamic duo from @Oreck and @dawnmhsh http://bit.ly/HSX2HR     {Click here to tweet it!}
  • if you have a Giveaways board on Pinterest.

If you jump through these extra hoops please come back here and leave separate comments for each of them so that you’ll get the extra entries! 

{Contest closes next Monday, April 25, 2012, at 12:00 noon EST. I hope you win! Visit The Gypsy Mama and Amy Bayliss for more Oreck giveaways.}

This shiny new vacuum cleaner was given to me to review for free from Oreck. I can’t guarantee that your children will ask to vacuum, but it seems to be working for me. Opinions expressed are my own. 

The giveaway winner must be a resident of the U.S. 48 contiguous states. Oreck Corporation provided the prize for the sweepstakes but is not the sponsor of the sweepstakes.

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