Oreck Commercial XL Review

If you’ve been searching for a commercial vacuum, you’ve probably heard of Oreck. It’s one of the best brands for this type of cleaners, so it’s no doubt its XL Commercial is as popular.

The cleaner is powerful and does a good job on most types of floors. It comes with very few features, but you probably won’t feel like anything is missing. The unit is rather simple, and as such, it’s also easy to use, especially thanks to its long power cord.

Most people think that commercial vacuum cleaners are difficult to maneuver with, but that’s not the case with the Oreck XL Commercial. Check the article below to learn more about its performance, features, and specifications.

This Vacuum is For:

  • Different carpets – this one does well on most different carpets from low-pile to high-pile. It performs well on mats and area rugs just as well.
  • Large homes – it comes with quite a large power cable, so you won’t have to keep re-plugging it. This is especially useful for people who have most of their power sockets already in use.
  • Hard floorsif you have tile or laminate, you might also like the Oreck XL Commercial. The vacuum adjusts between the surfaces, so it’s easy to use.

This Vacuum isn’t For:

  • Who wants effortless maneuverability – this Oreck model doesn’t have swivel steering or anything that would help maneuverability. As a result, it’s a bit tricky to use around furniture and other such obstacles.
  • Versatile use – in other words, this Oreck unit doesn’t come with any attachments and accessories that could make it a bit more versatile.
  • Who wants quiet operation – the Oreck Commercial XL gets quite loud, especially when you’re cleaning high-pile carpets.


This one doesn’t come with many features, because the manufacturer wanted to make an affordable commercial vacuum. As a result, it’s short on features, but it delivers impressive results for less money.

What it does have is automatic height adjustment that helps you go from one type of floor to another with ease.

It also features a high-speed brush that whirls at 6,500 RPM to move all the debris towards the inlet.


The design is pretty basic, and it might even appear a bit outdated. However, it has a significant role in how the vacuum performs, although it’s not as attractive.

In other words, the large dust bag makes this vacuum look less attractive than those shiny, plastic uprights. However, it holds much more dust and dirt than a dust bin you see with those vacs.

The Oreck XL Commercial is designed to be simple and easy to use.

Size & Dimensions

This one, much like all commercial vacuums, is somewhat large. It measures 6x13x35 inches while its total weight is approximately 8.2 pounds.

As such, this upright vacuum cleaner might be a bit tricky to store away. Still, its size has a lot to do with its convenience and efficiency. The massive dust bag holds a lot of dirt and dust, and because it’s as big, you won’t have to empty it as often.

If you’re looking for a powerful vacuum that is unlikely to lose suction, Oreck Commercial XL is a wise pick.


The Oreck XL Commercial upright vacuum cleaner comes with a powerful motor that maintains its suction at peak power. It’s unlikely you’ll ever experience loss of suction because it’s strong enough to suck in even large pieces of kitty litter and cereal.

Its suction power makes the vacuum quite versatile, allowing you to clean different types of dirt, dust, and debris. It’s a great thing to have around if you have a large house, little children and possibly even pets.

Accessories & Parts

As we briefly mentioned, this Oreck XL commercial vacuum doesn’t come with many features and accessories. It has a wide cleaning path, so you won’t have to make any additional passes to clean the dirty areas.

However, Oreck Commercial XL2100RHS doesn’t come with any small attachments, meaning you won’t be able to clean tight and hard-to-reach areas.

You’ll only be able to use it across different floors, up and down the stairs and in other such areas.


The Oreck XL one comes with a one-year warranty that only covers damage caused by faulty manufacturing and materials. It also comes with a one-year warranty on the belt, which is a nice addition since the belt tends to wear and tear.


If you have area rugs, high-pile carpets, vinyl floors, and tile, you should give this unit a chance. It’s a versatile vacuum that does a good job on these surfaces, especially due to its wide cleaning path.

Oreck Commercial XL2100RHS might do well on other types of floors such as hardwood, but its performance, in this case, might vary. It all depends on the kind of dirt you’re cleaning and whether or not the area is tight.


Carpets don’t stand a chance against the Oreck Commercial XL vacuum. Its height adjustment adapts the cleaning head to the particular floor and allows you to go from one to another with ease.

The vacuum picks up different debris, dust, and dirt from all kinds of carpets regardless of how thick they are. However, don’t be surprised if you notice it’s becoming loud as you switch to high-pile rugs. The thick and dense fibers of such carpets tend to make the machine that much noisier.


People have had different experiences when it comes to hardwood. It mostly depends on what you’re cleaning since the vacuum might just push some debris around instead of picking them up.

Also, you should be careful not to damage the delicate surface. If you’re cleaning things like cereal, rice, or kitty litter, you might scratch the surface of your floor.

Other bare floors like tile, vinyl, and laminate aren’t as tricky to clean.


Maneuverability might be an issue for some people since Oreck XL is as large. It doesn’t have any swivel steering, so its brush remains in one place at all times. As a result, you’ll have to make the turns all by yourself without any assistance from the vacuum. However, it features a rather long power cord.

Pushing the vacuum across carpets and bare floors won’t be an issue. Going around and under furniture and other obstacles is what might be a bit tricky to some people.


The most important part of the Oreck Commercial XL2100RHS vacuum maintenance is replacing the belt. The process is a bit challenging when you do it the first time, but it becomes easier each time you do it. Luckily, it only requires replacement once a year.

You’ll also have to change the filter and clean the brushroll. The entire maintenance process is quite cheap, and it shouldn’t be too challenging once you get the hang of it.


The Oreck Commercial XL is among the loudest commercial vacuums on the market. In other words, all the people who live in your house will be able to hear it when it’s working.

For this reason, this vacuum might not be the best choice if you live in an apartment. Unless you can use it at an appropriate time, you’ll probably make too much noise than what’s allowed.

Cordless or Cord?

This Oreck model is a corded unit that comes with what’s among the longest cables on the market. More precisely, the unit features a 30’ long power cord that stores on its handle.

This vacuum doesn’t have any power cord retract function, but it still stores the cable rather neatly.

Bag or Bagless?

It’s quite apparent that this Oreck vacuum is a bagged vacuum cleaner as it has quite a large dust bag. The 630 cubic inches “top fill” bag holds different dust, debris and kinds of dirt and doesn’t require frequent maintenance.

The bag requires replacement at least once a month. It might be longer, depending on how frequently you use the vacuum. However, make sure not to go across the indicated full line.


For filtration, Oreck included an inner bag with an automatic closing seal. It ensures that all the tiny particles are safely trapped inside the bag of the vacuum and cannot go back into your breathing space.

You’ll probably have to replace it every month or so.


Pets can be rather messy, but the dirt they leave behind is no match for the Oreck Commercial XL vacuum. The cleaner does an excellent job of picking up different dirt, and debris pets create on your floors.

Kitty Litter

Kitty litter is a bit tricky for the Oreck XL to pick up. It struggles to pick them up if they’re on a bare floor, especially on hardwood

Tile and vinyl might not be as big of a problem, but kitty litter could actually damage the surface of your hardwood. In most cases, the vacuum cleans smaller pieces easily while it might just push the larger ones around.

Pet Hair

This Oreck commercial vacuum cleaner does an excellent job of picking up pet hair from your carpeted floors. It sucks them out of high-pile carpets and area rugs with the same efficiency and easy.

Keep in mind that it might not get to the pet hair that is stuck near the corners and edges of walls. There are other vacuums for pet hair available if that’s what you mainly clean at home.

Is the Oreck Commercial XL For You?

If you’re looking for a commercial vacuum, the Oreck Commercial XL with a wide cleaning path is definitely worth your attention. It’s among the best models for people with large, carpeted areas and pets that create all kinds of messes.

This Oreck vacuum cleaner is simple to use as it doesn’t come with plenty of features or attachments. Still, it gets the job done and is relatively easy to maintain as well.

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