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Oreck RBBULTIMATE2 Ultimate Handheld Canister Vacuum
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99 of 104 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2012
This vac is powerful and versatile. If you are unlike a prior reviewer and place the strap over your head so that the strap crosses your chest, you know like a normal person, then this thing carries like a champ and cannot crash to the floor, geez!. I'm 6'3" and I do not pretend it's a floor substitute. I have a bad back so I can't even pretend to kid myself. It's fabulous to carry around for all the oddball vac jobs like blinds, dusting, any area unreachable with a floor machine, behind the whatnot shelf or frig. Vac your bedding and your furniture with ease and power. There's a tool for everything, including the floor. The floor tool is there if you have a quickie job and do not want to haul out the upright...ok? The extender tube is smoothly notched every two inches so can be easily shortened or extended from 18 to 32 inches in mere seconds. The flex-tube is very sturdy & flexible, almost like a real slinky. It's great! I highly recommend this machine. IT'S NOT AN UPRIGHT SUBSTITUTE!
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45 of 53 people found the following review helpful
on October 22, 2012
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Oreck's latest compact canister vacuum finally comes in a new design which would appear to distinguish it from the awkward elongated form of the previous shoulder-strap models, yet I'm finding I have nearly all of the same problems with it. I have a house cleaning business, so I've used both quite a bit. I'll give it credit where it's due, but that shouldn't take long.

Hindrances, annoyances and bafflements -

1. First of all, Oreck seems to be the only vacuum company still resisting the move to bagless models as standard. I suspect this may correlate somehow with the fact that their vacuum bags are incredibly expensive. Plan on buying bags in bulk if you're going to be using this vac often, since the bags are only about as big as your fist. Also, as I said in my review of the Oreck upright XL, NEVER BUY THEM OR ANY OTHER ORECK PRODUCT FROM THE ORECK STORE UNLESS YOU HAVE TO. It's like taking your car to the dealer for repairs. They will overcharge you for everything: parts, labor and accessories. It's all cheaper on Amazon and most of it you can do yourself easily.

2. The shoulder strap was one of the most irritating things about the older models and it's just as irritating on this one. They've added a little padding so it doesn't dig into your shoulder as much, but it still slips off constantly if you are moving at all and it's awkward and uncomfortable even when it doesn't. The strap is too short for you to put your head through so you're stuck pulling it back up onto your shoulder constantly.

3. My biggest issue is the suction power. It's really lousy. This vacuum retails at Oreck for $150! I can barely feel the suction with my hand an inch and a half from the hose! Ridiculous. If you're using it without the extensions it's passable, but with the floor brush and the extension pole on it's completely unsatisfactory.

4. The new way of winding the cord around the narrower portion of the base of the vacuum is awful. No matter how tightly you wind it, the cord soon falls back off, making the attempt to store this vacuum an activity akin to battling an octopus.

5. Lastly, it's annoying that one should even need this product. Unlike Oreck's standard line, most other upright vacuums have a hose. Oreck has done a nice job here of turning one product into two.

Pluses -

1. The new design does seem lighter than the old one; the vacuum isn't heavy.

2. It does come with plenty of attachments to get you started.

3. The filter seems to work well. As far as I can tell, it doesn't blow out dust. This actually is a big improvement from their old canister models, which blew so forcefully out the back of the vacuum that one usually had to dust again when the vacuuming was done.

Overall, I'm obviously pretty dissatisfied with this product. I haven't tested enough similar vacuums by competing brands to tell you if they are any better, but for the money, they couldn't be much worse. Once I've owned this a bit longer I will edit my review to reflect long term maintenance and durability.

EDIT - After about 6 months normal use, both of the flimsy metal hooks that attach the shoulder strap have snapped. I'm going to have to hit the hardware store, where I expect I'll find replacements cheaply enough, but it's pretty irritating. The metal they were made with bends easily in my hand, leaving me to wonder who could have possibly thought this was an acceptable material. I'm pretty surprised at the low quality of this product. Oreck vacs usually have their issues, but this is the kind of thing I'd expect from an off brand.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2012
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Great little vacuum. I just strap it over my shoulder and go around the house vacuuming high and low. It is powerful and I don't have to drag out my big vacuum. The Oreck is a great buy and alot cheaper than a Dison! I've had so many vacuum floor sweepers and either they break or the suction is not good, no matter how many bowling balls they supposedly can hold up. The Oreck is powerful and very neat.

Would recommend!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on August 16, 2013
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I received my Oreck handheld canister vacuum today and it has, in every way possible, been used. There are greasy fingerprints all over the canister and the hoses are totally scratched up from obvious wear and tear. I went back and looked at the listing for this item and NO WHERE on the listing does it indicate that I purchased a refurbished model. (Which I will assume, for the benefit of Galatics (the seller), is what I was sent). I checked the listings for New, Used, and Refurbished vacuums just now and Galatics clearly, and disingenuously, lists this vacuum as being "New". I'm certain they should be listing their vacuums under the Refurbished tab. I have no idea how well this vacuum works, all I know is that I wanted a BRAND NEW vacuum and that I will be returning this one immediately and purchasing a legitimate new one from a different seller.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on August 26, 2012
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I'm very pleased with this, does just what it's supposed to do. The people who give this a low rating, not sure they understand the purpose of a small portable vac. This is NOT intended to be the primary vacuum cleaner for your 20-room mansion. A portable is for touching up, getting into corners and tight niches, running across the tops of baseboards and window sills, running across the surface of your desk and keyboard, etc. This does all that just fine.

It's much smaller than the previous Oreck portable I had (that came with the Oreck XL upright I bought many years ago); it uses the same bags by the way. It's handsome enough I don't mind leaving it out, and it's designed so that you can nestle the hose and the primary attachments you need into their slots on the machine. It's sucks plenty well enough for the applications you use a small handheld for.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2012
This vacuum works GREAT on pet hair! I use it on my couches, chairs and throw pillows. It is also good for dusting in high places. I agree with the other review that the hose it too short, but that is ONLY if you are trying to use it to vacuum your floors. If you do want it for the floors you should purchase the extra hose...unless you are under 5 feet! That said, the main reason that I deducted a star is due to the noise. My upright Oreck is so nice and quiet, but this canister is LOUD! Anyone purchasing this one needs to have ear plugs. Not a huge deal, but it would be nice if ear protection was not mandatory.

UPDATE: After about 1 year of minimal use (mostly use it to vacuum couches once in awhile) the metal hook that holds the strap broke while in use. Luckily the darn vacuum didn't land on my foot as this would have REALLY hurt! Anyhow, without the strap it kind of defeats the purpose of having this portable little vacuum to clean the couch and the light fixtures up high. So, it will sit in the closet until I get a new strap for it...if I get a new strap for it! Disappointing for an Oreck product, I would say.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on March 31, 2012
The suction is not very good, especially using the floor attachment. The motor is way too loud for such a small vacuum. Strains my back to use because the floor attachment forces you to bend your back (it isn't nearly long enough) to get the floors done. The only way to keep the machine from falling and swiveling all around your body is to put the strap around your neck, otherwise it falls off. Very uncomfortable to use. Right when I'm getting into it, it stops working. All I've really done with this thing is dusting, so I don't understand why it would stop working after 10 minutes. Not a good value all around.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 22, 2013
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Though I love Oreck products, I wasn't a fan of this vacuum. It didn't have nearly enough power. I had a very diffucult time lifting cat hair off my steps-which is the sole prupose for a vacuum for me as I have hard wood floors throughout. I vacuum at least-at minimum- once a week and I only have one cat. It needed more strength and was a bit awkward to carry.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 2014
We own a commercial cleaning company. Admittedly this unit is not rated for operation several hours per day. However, we still buy them and prefer them as a good alternative to more expensive commercial rated vacs.

The strong points are the size and suction. We can easily carry this unit around a house and vacuum the largest hardwood floors without getting tired. The suction is maybe a bit better than what you would expect from a small unit, and unless you are trying to vacuum up gravel or bb's with the floor bar it gets the job done. The design seems to have very little problem with clogs.

The weak points in the design center around the hose and extensions. The extendable tube typically cracks within a few weeks of purchase, but we replace it with a couple solid tubes that are much thicker plastic and a bit longer.

The flex hose "lock" to the body also wears out, though usually after several months.

The big downside is that all the hose pieces hold together by friction. They can often fall apart without notice. We often find ourselves using tape or glue to get the accessories functioning "just right".

Again, a few months in our trunks would equate to years of use by an average homeowner.

I'm saving the last star because of the nylon strap is too short for tall people and because the metal clips are too light, even for a homeowner.

Highly recommend for homeowners and even for commercial companies if they have their eyes open.
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36 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on November 13, 2011
I am very unhappy with my Ultimate Handheld Vac. The power is wonderful, but the design of the vacuum is terrible. The plastic hose is too short and I had to order an extra piece. For any one who is tall or has a bad back, this is not the proper length. I can deal with that and the new extension I had to order. My major complaint is the design. The balance is off, the strap is too short and if you put it criss cross over your shoulder, it chokes you. If you just put it over your arm, it tends to fall off and crash to the floor. The area where the accordian hose attaches to the plastic tubing needs an elbow joint. The accordian hose bends too much and is in danger splitting at some point. If I hold my hand over that area to protect it, it pinches my hand. I am just so irritated with it all. The pick up is wonderful.
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