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I don’t like to clean. I’m lazy. It’s even in my intro on this blog. That’s how much I don’t clean – enough to put it at the top of my blog for all to see. I’d rather use the time I have to clean for hanging out in the tool aisle at Home Depot and obsessively staring at the things on my “to-buy” list (or you know, tiling, caulking, and other things to improve the house rather than just clean the things I hate looking at). So when Oreck contacted me and asked me to review a new vacuum cleaner and steam mop called the VersaVac, I was a little hesitant. But then I thought, hmm… free thing that’s supposed to make a chore I hate easier, so… that kind of won me over.
I’m glad I did. This thing actually does a great job with Charlie’s pet hair. And that’s saying a lot when it’s coming from a girl who has previously despised many a bagless vac.
In general, bagless vacs are not as great as bagged ones. Yes, the bags are a bit of a pain (though they design them nowadays to be super simple to remove and throw away), but I have never really been impressed with bagless versions because:
1. They are awful with pet hair and dirt because they lack suction. The VersaVac picked up pet hair very well on both the laminate floor and my downstairs rug using the brush roll setting. At first I was scared that it wouldn’t pick up anything at all, but then I realized the brush roll setting is what you’d have to use to get the hair up. Also – loved that I could easily transition from my hard laminate floors to a plush rug like the one in my living room. My canister vac has great suction power on my floors but isn’t cutting it on a thick rug, so this made the VersaVac great for quick cleanups (which let’s face it, that’s pretty much all I do).
2. Bagless vacs often lack suction because the design is concentrated on making the vac lightweight, sleek or something other than what the tool is supposed to do – suck crap up. I took a pretty hard look against the VersaVac to see what flaws I could find (because as I mentioned, I expected them). It’s got a nice long cord (which I’ve already mentioned is a plus for cleaning-haters like me who don’t like unplugging and re-plugging multiple times) and the suction tunnel goes directly up with minimal turning through the vac (the number of turns that a suction hose takes on a vac can severely limit the suction power and/or cause clogging issues, so it’s best to look at how the air flows through a vac before purchasing – think straight good, curvy bad). The main issue that I found with the VersaVac was the size of the canister It’s small, and much of it is taken up with the filter piece. Expect to dump the dirt after each room, especially if you have pets.
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3. The containers with bagless vacs are often designed to necessitate turning over the canister to empty it out. What do you think happens when you turn a can of lightweight dirt over? That’s right – half of it puffs back into the air as a dust cloud. And that’s cleaner for your house, how? What I liked about the VersaVac’s canister is that the hinge to open the canister is at the bottom of the container – so all you have to do to empty it is pop it out of place (with one hand, I might add), move it over the trash can, and hit the release button. The dust falls down like it should, minimizing the puff cloud effect. Doesn’t eliminate it, but neither does removing and disposing of a bag, either.
There are a few other features I liked about the VersaVac, like the clearance it has under furniture. Anything to eliminate a few extra minutes of moving crap around, right?
As far as any additional cons for the VersaVac’s vacuum properties, the main one is the answer to the question: Will this replace your normal vacuum? Answer: not unless you already use a separate handheld vac for cleaning baseboards, corners and edging. There are no extensions or tools to make the VersaVac more versatile than the two primary functions that it was designed for. In other words: the VersaVac is great for quick cleaning and especially great for busy people on the go. If you have five minutes, you have the ability to keep your house a little cleaner with this tool than lugging out the big vac and dragging it all over the house. But if you’re doing a deep spring cleaning, you’ll have to use at least one other vac of some kind.
My floors are laminate, and the steam mop isn’t really meant (nor approved) for use on a laminate floor (and manufacturers will tell you not to). I did it anyway. Because you know I’m prone to do whatever I want when it comes to things I buy. I used the hardwood setting just to be safe, but there is also a linoleum and tile setting for deeper cleaning on tougher surfaces.
The attachment for the steam mop is really simple to put on and took a very short time to heat up. Filling the container was very easy (fits right under your sink faucet). I also liked that the box comes with two pads that are washable – so if you’re a cleaning freak, you can always have one pad in the wash while using the other.
The verdict? Shiny (in my head, that’s “shiiiiiiiny”) floors, and there was no standing water on my floor to ruin anything (it’s standing water that has a chance to creep under the laminate and warp, not a quick swipe of something wet, so as long as it dries quickly, I’m good). Just to be on the safe side, I put the vac on top of the rug to warm up so the steam coming out of the bottom of the vac (in case there was any) wouldn’t be sitting on top of one spot of my floor for too long.
So, there you have it. I go into a little more detail on the first ever video review that I recorded late one evening about this vac. And to make things even better, I get to give one away!
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Good luck. Happy cleaning… or something :)
Disclosure: As I mentioned at the beginning of the post, I was provided this VersaVac for free by Oreck in exchange for the review. The opinions here are 100% my own (and always will be with any giveaway). Oreck Corporation provided the prize for the sweepstakes but is not the sponsor of the sweepstakes. If you would like to read more about my disclaimer/disclosure policies, please read here.