Summary: I bought a used vacuum from a friend after Katrina. It was okay and it had the HEPA filter bags. But it would not lay down for under my bed. I gave it away and bought one of those tornado vacuums. They clean well but emptying the dirt container is a pain. Supposed to be clean but I could not empty without getting dust floating up into my face. I bought a new Oreck as it has the HEPA filter and it really cleans. It also lays flat to get under my bed.
Summary: I have had 3 different Oreck vacuums and have not been disappointed in their performance. They are not fancy but are pretty bullet proof, I expect it to vacuum general household stuff, dust, dirt, crumbs, grass, sand, etc the kinds of things that your shoes bring into the house. I have not experience any problems with belt failures, bag failures. I do clean the brush of stings or hairs that get wrapped around the brush roller and empty the bag when it gets 75-80% full.
Summary: This is a well made, strong, effective vacuum with many good features (such as long cord). However, as I used it -- it smelled funky, then offensive. Sort of a mixture of dust, air freshener, smoke and lint. Awful. Thankfully, Amazon backed me up and sent out a new one, asking that I return this vacuum. I did, and now I am enjoying my purchase as one of the most powerful vacuums I have ever owned.
Summary: I would say that it is closer to 10 pounds with the cord attached but still easy to use. It is louder than my previous dirt devil. The sound doesn't bother me because it does its job and cleans up everything. It doesn't have a selector on it to go from carpet to bare floor it changes automatically which I love. We use this vacuum everyday multiple times a day. My back is happy and my floors are clean.
Summary: I love this vacuum, it's lighter than what I had in mind and expected. I have used it twice now, and it's so easy to use and very light and powerful, so I could vacuum a lot longer, and not feel like it's a chore, and it's fun to vacuum now. The cord it's very long so I can vacuum my entire place without having to unplug once. Very efficient. Thank you Oreck!