Opinion on Orecks in general and specifically the Quest pro
I went into a local Oreck store yesterday to pick up a replacement hose for my grandma's handheld vac. I was just about to start looking for a new vac for my house, and out of curiousity, starting talking to the salesman about their vacs.
I ended up walking out with their top of the line canister, the Quest Pro for $299. The design looks just like the Mieles I've seen. It has several attachments that stow on board, Hepa filter with charcoal filtered bags, and a powerhead on the wand. I have almost all hardwood and tile with a wool area rug in the living room and two little used spare bedrooms with wall to wall. My previous vac was starting to wear out--it was just a cheap Bissell that has actually worked admirably for several years. However, the Bissell did smell. I have a little chihuahua who sheds pounds of hair and the Bissell was not doing a good job. I realize the canister is move difficult to move around, but it should not mark up my baseboards like the upright, it is easier to switch to tools to vac the couch and chairs, and it seems more suited to hard floors. Also, I can turn off the beater bar when going over the wool rug.
From what I understand, reviews are mixed on Orecks--I have heard good and bad. The vac does seem very well put together and feels nice and substantial. Does anyone have the vac or other Orecks?