oreck dual max air purifier review

I’m a big fan of Oreck vacuum cleaners. I don’t own one, but I seriously covet one. We had one at the veterinary practice I managed. It was used every day, multiple times a day, and it just kept on working. And it worked great, even on tough pet hair.

So when the folks at Oreck contacted me and asked whether I would like to review their newest air purifier, the DualMax™, I was happy to accept, since I already liked the brand. And when they asked whether I would like to do a giveaway of an air purifier for my readers, I was thrilled!

Why would you need an air purifier? From the Oreck website: “Did you know that every time you close your front door, you’re sealing yourself in with airborne dust and allergens? In fact, according to the EPA, the air inside your home may be up to 5 times more polluted than the air outside. And like Mother Nature, you have to move the air to clean the air. Oreck’s new air cleaner, The DualMax™ Air Purifier, has the power of a tower in a compact design to move and clean more air than ever before.”

The Oreck DualMax™ was super-easy to set up. No assembly required – which made me love this unit right away. You literally just take it out of the box and plug it in. Simply turn it on, and you’re on your way to cleaner air.

The unit has three different speeds. At the lowest speed, it’s so quiet you can barely hear it. My refrigerator hums louder than this air purifier. The second and third level of speed are noticeably louder, but not overwhelmingly so. The unit comes with a remote so you can adjust it from across the room.

The unit is recommended for medium rooms up to 200 sqare feet. It’s fairly compact.

One of the best features about this air purifier is the ease of use. There are no filters that need to be replaced.  It features a permanent Truman Cell®. Simply wash with soap and water, rinse clean and let dry. The odor filter is permanent as well (it doesn’t even come out of the unit) and does not require any maintenance. Now that’s my kind of appliance!

I don’t have any allergies to dust, pet hair or any other airborne allergens, so I can’t say that I noticed much of a difference in the quality of the room air for that.  I did notice that things were a little less dusty. What I really noticed, though, and what really impressed me, is the Oreck DualMax™’s high-efficiency odor absorber. I hate lingering cooking odors after I’ve enjoyed my meals, so I knew this was going to be my biggest test of whether I would like this air purifier.

It passed the odor test with flying colors. It would take only a few minutes of running the Oreck DualMax™ on its highest setting, and any remaining odors were gone. Litter box odors tend to not be an issue at our house, but I would expect that it would work equally well for that.

I loved almost everything about this air purifier, with one exception, and that exception is probably a very personal one. I’m super sensitive to smell, and I don’t care for the smell of ozone. Other people love that just after a storm clean smell – and that’s all it smells like. But if it’s a toss up between lingering cooking odors and the ozone smell, I’ll take the ozone smell. And as far as safety is concerned, according to Oreck, the DualMax™ complies with the California Environmental Protection Agency Air Resources Board Certification. To be certified, air cleaners must be tested for electrical safety and ozone emissions, and meet an ozone emission concentration limit of 0.050 parts per million.

How did Allegra and Ruby react to the Oreck DualMax™? Surprisingly, they didn’t react at all. I thought they’d be bothered by the moving air around the unit, or by the more noticeable noise at the higher speeds, but the only thing they found of interest about the air purifier was the box it came in. Additionally, Ruby thought that the Oreck DualMax™ was a welcome new addition to the available vertical space at our house.

***This giveaway closed November 22, 2011***

So, without further ado, here’s how you can enter to win an Oreck DualMax™ of your very own – a $400 value!

  • Visit Oreck.com and leave a comment here telling me one thing you learned about the DualMax air purifier. This entry is mandatory.
  • For a second entry, like Oreck on Facebook, and leave a comment back here stating that you did.
  • For a third entry, follow Oreck on Twitter, and leave a comment back here stating that you did.
  • For a fourth entry, sign up for Oreck’s email list by clicking on “Sign up for Email” in the top navigation bar and entering your email address, and leave a comment back here stating that you did.
  • For a fifth entry, share this giveaway on Facebook or tweet about it and leave the link in a separate comment.

This giveaway is only open to residents of the U.S. contiguous 48 states. Oreck Corporation provided the prize for the giveaway but is not the sponsor of the giveaway. This giveaway ends Tuesday, November 22.

112 Comments on Review and giveaway: Oreck DualMax air purifier

  1. Followed on Twitter, liked on FB. I’ve learned from your post that no parts of the cleaner need to be replaced. My allergy burdened asthmatic husband would likely get greater enjoyment from our cat – Lt. Ripley, who loved to pet his beard – with one of these in our house so I hope I win. 🙂 Thanks for the review!

  2. The Oreck Dual Max Air Purifier cleans rooms up to 200 sq. ft., uses a Truman Cell (Hepa Filter) and a Helios Shield which is a permanent odor absorber.
    I not only have cats, but I also have parrots in my home. My husband has asthma, so this would be a real blessing for us!

  3. I learned that the Truman Cell in the DualMax Air Filter pulls the particles out of the air like a magnet! Awesome!

  4. Just tweeted about this giveaway: http://twitter.com/#!/MarciaAtlanta.
    I came to this site when looking for a good air purifier bc we are all allergic (especially my son). With pet and child around, this quality air purifier will be the perfect Christmas (also my birthday) gift. 🙂 Crossing my fingers… 😉

  5. I found out that the Oreck Dual Max has
    •Two high-performance fans plus 3 speed settings and is
    •ENERGY STAR® qualified which is very important to us.
    I am a big conservationist and my cat Georgie is 16 and she would love to have fresh air
    from the Oreck Dual Max

    • Holy cow! I wish I could have 16 kitties!! I’m at 3 so far. Once I graduate college, I plan on being a foster mom. Good or bad idea?

  6. Hi there…I forgot to say I signed up for Oreck’s e-mail list.
    Now, I need to open a Twitter account and have an extra entry… 🙂
    I understand the entries end Nov 22nd… but exactly when will the giveaway take place?
    Thanks for offering this giveaway! 😉

  7. Thank you so much for your review! I’ve been researching products like this one due to a major need of one, and after reading your blog it sounds like it is the right option. I followed your instructions to try and win one, liked and shared on fb, left feedback on Oreck, and signed up for their email list. Thank you for your review and the chance to own one!

  8. I learned that it has Two high-performance fans plus 3 speed settings and Contains the Helios Shield®, a permanent odor absorber

  9. The Oreck Dual Max contains the Helios Shield®, a permanent odor absorber. Something that would make my sensitive nose VERY happy. 🙂

  10. Visited Oreck.com and learned that the DualMax air purifier captures dust, allergens, smoke, pet dander and pollen particles as small as 0.1 micron from the air like a magnet.

  11. The one think I learned about the Oreck Dual Max is that Oreck is proud to offer our customers the DualMax™ which has earned the government’s ENERGY STAR label.

    I would love to have one at home 🙂 Cross my fingers

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