Oreck VersaVac Stick Vacuum Review
Today, I am going to review the Oreck VersaVac Stick Vacuum. It’s an all-in-one steamer that combines the power of a steam mop with the added convenience of a vacuum. Or perhaps, it’s the other way around. All that I know is that I’ve been waiting quite some time to review this product and I think that I am going to enjoy myself.
First and foremost, let’s get to the elephant in the room. It is one of the most expensive all-in-one steamers that I have ever reviewed. Which made me think it better have some good features and do an excellent job on my floor.
When I first unpacked it, I noticed that the whole thing was just about put together for me. All I had to do was to insert the handle and it was ready to be filled and used. Which brings me to the next feature I liked, the removable water reservoir. With one hand, I was able to remove it, fill it up and then reinsert it. It’s a lot better than some steamers where you have to struggle to get it back on. I like that.
I found that the mop head design was kind of cool, too. To use this machine as a vacuum, you leave the steam plate off. To steam, just lift it onto the steam plate and it clicks into place. To use it as a vacuum again, all you have to do is depress a pedal with your foot and you can lift it off again. Pretty easy, but not as easy as if you didn’t have to remove the steam plate to vacuum.
The Oreck VersaVac Stick Vacuum has two dials to control function and level of steam. The first dial can be set to: Steam, Vacuum, Brush On; So it can be used as a steam mop, as a vacuum (for hardwood floors) or with the brush bar turned on (for carpets). The second dial can be set to: Hardwood, Linoleum, Tile/Stone and this sets the level of steam.
The first room that I tried it on was my bedroom. My bedroom has thick shag carpet, so I thought it would be the perfect test for the brush bar feature of this unit. And as I expected before I even started, this machine had no problem pulling up ground in dirt from between the fibers.
The next room I tried it in was the kitchen. I wanted to test both the vacuum feature on the linoleum floor and how well the steam mop feature worked. The first part of my test went well. It vacuumed up just about everything. However, the second part of my test didn’t turn out so well. On my linoleum floors it left a streak. Not a big one but enough of one to be concerned about. That is when I decided to try it out on my dining room floors – which as you may know, are sealed hardwood.
On my hardwood floors it worked without a glitch, so perhaps it just didn’t like my linoleum. However, since it was a legitimate result that kept occurring every time I repeated the test, I had to note it. Other than that, though, I think this machine handled excellently. I really have no complaints.
One of the big features that I really like about this machine is the steam lock. You can depress the trigger for steaming for a short period of time, or you can push the steam lock on top of the handle. This locks the trigger in place and provides continuous steam – all without straining your grip. Finally, someone decided to implement this ingenious feature on their all-in-one steamer.
Which brings me to my conclusion. While the Oreck VersaVac Stick Vacuum had problems with my linoleum floors and is quite expensive, I think that it is jam packed full of features and does a good job.
While it had problems with my linoleum floors and is quite expensive, I think that it is jam packed full of features and does a good job.
- Easy to assemble
- Powerful vacuum
- Easy to fill
- Steam lock trigger
- Variable controls
- Heats up quickly
- 30 minutes of steam
- Leaves streaks on some hard floors