Published on November 19th, 2015 | by Greg0
Oreck Venture Pro: Power At A Cost
The modern home has certainly improved over the years with technology- everything from more efficient dishwashers to better-built refrigerators, washing machines that clean faster and coffeemakers that can make a solid cappuccino from a capsule and some milk. Vacuum cleaners aren’t exempt from the pace of change, and we’ve seen plenty of makes and models over the years that serve as examples of how a seemingly stable, conservative, even staid industry can still face new competition from upstarts.
The Oreck Venture Pro Bagged Canister Vacuum is old-school though, a throwback in a few ways. We haven’t seen too many vacuum cleaners that require bags, since so many of them are bagless. The company claims that bags offer superior filtration, with HEPA media, “capable of trapping 99.97% of dust and allergens down to 0.3 microns”. And where many vacuums, even good ones from well-known companies, are made for specific purposes, this one is a multi-purpose, any-surface cleaner, helping you no matter whether you have carpet or bare floors. And while most vacuums come with a tool or two, this one brings a two-in-one dusting brush, a brush for hard floors, a crevice tool, and the powered cleaning head.
At twenty pounds, this is a pretty hefty little guy, but it’s nicely compact and easy to slide away when not in use. As you might have expected from the traditional look and feature set, the Venture Pro isn’t cordless or battery-powered. Thankfully, the power cable is long enough to reach just about anywhere, at 22 feet, and the hose itself can snake six feet. The head is small enough to fit under many areas, but wasn’t quite low-profile enough to sneak under some of our furniture. Most of the vacuums that we’ve seen are single-speed, but this one offers five in total, allowing you to dial up or down depending on whether you’re cleaning up some litter or trying to suck up hair (and whether you’re ok with noise).
Oreck vacuums are now part of the TTI family, which includes Hoover and Dirt Devil. And while other companies might offer power in a rechargeable vacuum, they tend to last only a few minutes- conversely, if they have a longer battery life then they can’t really handle carpets. The Venture Pro vacuum is probably the most powerful we’ve seen, impressive as long as you’re willing to deal with the cable. What might be harder to swallow is the price tag- the Venture Pro is also among the most expensive vacuums we’ve seen, listed with an MSRP of $599.99, though not yet widely available. A seven year warranty is nice, and the latest from Oreck is surprisingly easy to handle- and it can clean anything, anywhere.