A Girl’s Work is Never Done {Amazing Giveaway}

UPDATED:  Bethany, comment #366, has been chosen as the winner.  Congrats!

I sort of have this thing about clean floors.

And when the days of my life (and work) get chaotic and feel out of control, I take it out on my floors.

Yes, I’m a compulsive sweeper slash vacuum cleaner user.

I may have Mount St. Laundry in the background and 429 things on my to do list, but I always start with my floors. It makes me feel better.

You’d think with this compulsion gift, I’d have a really top dollar vacuum cleaner. No. We usually just replace our cheap, worn-out one with a mediocre one every year or two.

Y’all: my floor cleaning dreams have come true. When Oreck asked if they could send me their newly released Magnesium (top of the line vacuum) to try and keep, I might have cried a little. I might have also spread dirt on the floor in eager anticipation. Oh wait, I have a hubby, three kids, a dog, cat, two half-alive hamsters and a fruit fly infestation, I don’t have to add “make house dirty” to my list.

I was grocery shopping when the Oreck Magnesium arrived. My hubby took it out of the box, assembled it in a few seconds and put it next to the Christmas tree. I think that’s called Brownie Points.

!!!!!! I call it love.

I might never stop vacuuming.

Here are my favorite things about the Oreck Magnesium Vacuum:

  • It’s incredibly light-weight (a very good thing for my neck).
  • It’s feels like it’s self-propelled. Seriously.
  • It sweeps up floors and carpet with two speeds.
  • It’s small, sleek and sexy. (Yes, I used the “s” word).
  • The swivel head reaches the small village of dust bunnies that live behind furniture.
  • The cord is really long and I only have to unplug once on both floors of my house.
  • And probably my favorite part?? It’s so easy to use, even a child can do it. And does [insert evil laugh here].


And the best part? Oreck is giving their amazing Magnesium Vacuum to one lucky reader today! Value: $499.99

Introducing the lightest, full-powered upright in America. With its extremely strong, durable magnesium frame, the Magnesium™ packs all the power you expect from an Oreck vacuum — so much power it feels like it’s self-propelled on most surfaces. The two speed Quickswitch™ on the back of the vacuum enables you to move smoothly across all floor types using appropriate power levels: high for carpets and low for hardwoods and tile. It’s even gentle enough for fine Oriental and Persian rugs. Additionally, the large high-performance rear wheels with cylindrical wheel bearings give the Magnesium maneuverability, making it easy to push through high-pile carpet. Best of all, it lays virtually flat for easy cleaning under furniture.

To enter: Please visit Oreck.com and come back here to tell me one thing you learned about the Magnesium vacuum.

For an additional entry, you can  tweet that you’d like to win the @oreck vacuum that @wearethatfamily is giving away.

The giveaway winner must be a resident of the U.S. 48 contiguous states.

Please note: Oreck Corporation provided the prize for the sweepstakes but is not the sponsor of the sweepstakes.


  1. 152

    Kirstin says

    I LOVE the fact that it lies virtually flat! Not having to move all the furniture to get the dog hair!? AMAZING!

  2. 153

    KR says

    7.7 pounds! That’s awesome. I love my old Oreck, but I sure would love this new one!! And I’m sure my husband wouldn’t mind one bit if your husband came and put it together.

  3. 156

    Heather K. says

    I think I would love everything from the HEPA bags to the accessories included. Looks great for cleaning everything! I would love to win.

  4. 157

    Julie Darr says

    I learned it lies virtually flat to get under furniture. I love that idea. Instead of moving my coffee table, I could just vacuum under it!

  5. 158

    Heather S. says

    I learned that it essentially lies flat – AWESOME feature and that it is less than 8 pounds! how very easy to tell my 7 year old to vacuum now!

  6. 160

    Amy says

    Wow – what a great vacuum! I learned that it has a HEPA inner bag – love that. I also like the lightweight feature – it would be so easy to take up and down the stairs. I would love to win one!

  7. 161

    Megan says

    LOVE that it lies flat – I have a couch and loveseat that accumulate pet hair like nobody’s business. Love this brand, would love to win :)

  8. 162

    amy e says

    I learned it lays almost flat so it can go under furniture – that sure would be helpful in getting all the goldfish and cheerio crumbs that always lurk under my couch!

  9. 165

    Kristin says

    How cool that it lies virtually flat (to get the dog hair and crumbs hiding under my furniture) and includes three annual tune-ups.

  10. 167

    Nikie says

    I like the Quickswitch. I have mostly hard wood floors but you know how the rugs gather all the dog hair! I have always had a canister that I bang into every corner so an upright would be a great change!

  11. 170

    Tracy Delgado says

    It is only 7.7 lbs. Until I moved into a house with 3 floors that didn’t matter much, but now – Wow! I could actually vacuum the other floors in the house!! Thanks for the giveaway.

  12. 172

    Melanie York says

    I love that it only weighs a little over 7 pounds. I watched the video of your little using the vacuum – I have a baby girl just a little younger (she turned 4 last month) and I would love to see her try to use something that light. She is my little helper at home. As a present last year for Christmas, someone got her a little cleaning cart that has everything she needs to follow Mommy around and help out with all the household chores. But to be able to use the “big girl” vacuum?! – She would be over the moon happy.

    I don’t use twitter, but I did facebook the giveaway.

    Thanks for the opportunity! I have always loved Orecks. There is a little store here locally that sells refurbished vacuums and repairs them as well. I have a second hand Oreck from there that I love and guard from the children so it doesn’t get broken before I can afford to fix it – again.

  13. 173

    Billie Jean says

    No more dragging the couch away from the wall to get that dog hair since it lays FLAT??? WOO HOO!!!! Sign me up for a chance to win one!

  14. 174

    Lisa says

    I love that it lays all the way flat and it only weighs 7.7 pounds!!! I am actually kind of shopping for a new vacuum so it would be awesome to win this!

  15. 180

    Stephanie Fleming says

    I so need a new vacuum! I love that this vacuum gets so low that it can reach under most furniture – my couch and I would be forever grateful!

    Thank you!

  16. 182

    Fran says

    The speed switch is on the back?!? No more stopping and bending over to switch. I’m sold. This would definitely be a huge improvement over the “cheapest in the store” model I have been using for many years.

  17. 183

    Tanya K. Moyer says

    I love that it comes with 3 annual tune-ups! How cool is that! I know my current vaccuum could do with a tune-up, but I can find other things to do with the money it would cost!!!

    Great giveaway! Thanks!

  18. 185



    I learned that it is super lightweight, has a 3 year warranty, comes with accessories, can be used to clean stairs, furniture, ceiling fans, molding, bookshelves, curtains and everything else that’s up high or hard-to-reach.
    It has a telescoping extension wand, dusting brush, crevice tool, upholstery tool and large floor tool, 20 ft. power cord, 5-ft. slinky hose, two-setting shoulder strap for carrying by hand or over the shoulder, and installed HEPA filter…. and I REALLY love it! :)


  19. 187

    Mark Sandy says

    I’m digging the bag. We have a bag-less vac and it’s a complete mess to empty. The saniseal bag locks in the dirt! My wife would lo-o-ove this vacuum.

  20. 188

    Laura says

    I love love love the fact that it has a 30 ft cord! So tired of plugging in un plugging and plugging it again. I would love this!

  21. 189

    Rach G. says

    I learned that it lies flat and virtually weigh nothing. And I realized I have never owned a brand new vacuum! I have always acquired hand-me-downs when mine breaks every few years.

  22. 192

    Laura says

    I too am a compulsive floor cleaner…especially in times of high stress!
    I did not know that magnesium was stronger than steel but much lighter. I thought magnesium was something that was in Centrum vitamins, not a material to make vacuums out of!

  23. 194

    Linda M says

    Wow a 30 foot cord! I could do my whole downstairs without unplugging it! This would be great (especially with having a long haired cat, 2 dogs, 2 teenage boys and a hubby!)

  24. 195

    Nichole R. says

    I learned that it weighs only 7.7 lbs. and has a 30 foot cord…love! I too am a compulsive vacuumer and would love this!

  25. 196

    Brandi says

    This looks great! We usuall y do the replace the cheapo every few years too (and it is time.) We are just about to start a remodeling project to make room for little love number 5 so this would be really great! I learned that the Magnesium will lay flat for seeping under furniture. That’s helpful.

  26. 199


    I love the fact that this vacuum can clean both carpet, and wood floors. I have both, and it’s a pain to switch attachments, or cleaning tools in order to clean my floors. :) I want one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. 200


    Self propelled? I’m sold! :0) Also the hard floor / carpet option is great, my sister and I could share! (We live next door to each other and have different floors!)

  28. 203

    Jeanette D says

    Would love to win this vacuum! The 30-foot cord would reach across my entire apartment! And you can’t beat a 7-year warranty!

  29. 204

    Amy says

    It weighs 7.7 lbs, without the cord.

    I am not a compusive vacuumer and currently my one year old picks up most of the food, dirt, leaves and other ‘goodies’ he finds on the floor. Maybe this vacuum could reform me and give the baby a little less housework to do.

  30. 206

    Eric says

    I learned a ton on the Oreck site about this vacuum. I was especially fascinated with the Direct Suction system and the impact that has as well as the almost effortless bag changes with this machine. My wife would love the lightweight component as well!

  31. 207

    amy says

    I am PRAYING that I win this!!! Our vacuum is 10 years old and I need a new one BAD! I learned that it has the hepa filter which is very important to have in our household because of an allergy my daughter has. Oh please, oh please Jesus let me win this vacuum!!! 😉

  32. 211


    30 foot cord!!! But I still can’t get past the part where you said a child could do it. SOLD!! 😉

    This is a great giveaway. Throwing my name into the hat. With a black cat, and a 7-year-old vacuum, I’m in the market for a new one and I’ve been price comparing for about 4 months.

    Thanks for the opportunity, Kristen, Thanks Oreck!

  33. 213


    I had an Orek for years and LOVED it! I probably should have bought another one when it died. I learned this vacuum is much more expensive than my old one, but oh my you can use it on hardwood floors – LOVE THAT!

    Thanks for having this giveaway.

  34. 215

    Kristyn says

    With a St Bernard whose hair gets EVERYWHERE, I think the best thing I learned was how low profile it can get so I can reach under my furniture easily. Along with every other little thing about this vacuum…it seems amazing!

  35. 216

    Elizabeth says

    oh my–I am really, really coveting this vacuum! LOVE vacuums, and have always wanted a really good one, but they are usually way too heavy to take up & down stairs…this one is less than 8 lbs! AND, has a HEPA inner bag, that captures at least 99.97% of particles –like pollen, dust, smoke, animal dander and mold spores!!! LOVE that for my allergic family :)

  36. 220


    The New Ultimate Handheld Vacuum comes with accessories and special features to help tackle virtually every job:
    telescoping extension wand and dusting brush – These would make me happy!

    I would love to have this!

  37. 221


    I learned this: The Saniseal® System automatically seals shut, locking dirt in the disposable filter bag and ensuring a strong seal. Woo hoo! No more re-dirtying the house trying to change the bag! I’d love to win this!

  38. 222

    Elizabeth N. says

    It says the Magnesium is the lightest vacuum in America. That I could handle. The fact that it lies almost virtually flat doesn’t hurt either.

  39. 224

    Claudia says

    I learned that the Oreck Magnesium has a seven year warranty with three annual tune-ups. That’s longer and better than a car’s warranty. Maybe I should try driving that around town instead. It could work double duty as a street cleaner. 😀

  40. 225


    OH, man I need this! My floors are a mess. I learned that it lies flat and goes from carpet to hardwood. Plus the shoulder strap – great for stairs. It would be nice to not have so many things to get my floors clean.

  41. 226


    I LOVE that it has a bag! That is my biggest complaint with all the nice, expensive vacuums. I hate emptying those messy canisters and getting half the dust back on my floor!

  42. 231

    Rebecca O says

    What a great giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win:) I learned that it has a 7 year warranty, it’s a ‘limited’ warranty but still – 7 years is great!!

  43. 232

    Amy says

    A 7 year warranty and yearly tune ups?! Sign me up please! I could soooo use a great vacuum, what with 4 kids, 1 husband, 2 dogs, 1 cat and a guinea pig I can’t keep up!!

  44. 233



    I learned – and was amazed and suitably impressed – that they operate at 102 mph of airflow. Wowza.

    (also, how nerdy am I for looking up a real, legit fact to prove I’d been over there?)

  45. 237

    Amy says

    Thank you for the great giveaway! I learned that the vaccuum is lightweight…only 7.7 lbs. I would love to try it on my hardwood floors.

  46. 240


    Wow! This looks like an amazing and useful tool. I just love tools. What is important to me is that the vacuum seems to be very powerful, yet it is gentle enough to use on good rugs. I also love how flat it lays so that you can get underneath chairs, the couch, etc. Very impressive! Thank you for this opportunity. :)

  47. 242

    Jodi says

    “It’s the lightest, full-powered upright vacuum in America.” It’s also made of magnesium, as the name implies.

  48. 243

    cheryl says

    With my arthritis as bad as it is, the lightweight and the fact that it rotates 360 degrees would be HEAVEN to my shoulders, elbows, and wrists!

  49. 244

    Catrina W. says

    I love how light weight it is. My 3 year old loves to help me clean and at this weight I can get HIM to carry it up the stairs for me! Mwahahaha! What good are children for, if not cheap labor! :)

  50. 245

    Julie says

    “Best of all, it lays virtually flat for easy cleaning under furniture.” Um? Yes! Since I’m usually vacuuming with a child in my other arm, not having to move the furniture would be a major plus!

  51. 247

    Lorie D says

    I had an Oreck and then it died. I would love the new one. at 7.7 lbs it is perfect for the stairs in my house and the large wheels are great!!!

  52. 248

    stephanie says

    I love Oreck! This one has a two-speed Quickswitch and looks like it lays even flatter than my older (much older) model. Would really love this updated model!

  53. 249

    Jill Parker says

    OMG!! I would love to win this!! I have always had trouble with vaccuums I buy and have always wanted an ORECK!!

    I love that is has a direct suction path and lays virtually flat for cleaning under funiture!! With 3 boys that come in handy!!

  54. 250

    Sheryl says

    I love that it is small and light-weight. Our house has NO extra closet space for our vacuum so it usually stays out in our bathroom. A small one that I could tuck in a closet and carry downstairs would be great!

  55. 253


    102 mph of airflow! I *think* that might be helpful with a HUGE dog who sheds CLOUDS plus 2 cats, 3 kids, a hubby who runs trail races (can you say MUD on my floors!)
    What a terrific give-away for the holidays!
    Blessings on the journey!

  56. 255

    Jamie says

    Oh my goodness I would love love love to win this!!! I love how it can easily transition from carpet to bare floors without any adjusting!! I NEED this vacuum!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  57. 260


    Less than 8 pounds, that’s what I’m talking about and self propelled? My little one loves to steal my broom, so I bought him his own, but with those features I’ll let him go to it and use the real vacuum? Am I the only weirdo who grew up calling the vacuum a sweeper?

  58. 262

    Sandi says

    You know what I love best about the Oreck Magnesium? It seems like such a simple idea with power behind it. Might be adding another gift to my Christmas wish list. :)

  59. 269


    Those LED lights look pretty handy for seeing all the dirty things under the couch….and with it lying flat like that….Maybe the cat hair would cease to rule the house?

  60. 273


    I read that it is good for floors and carpets and that it lays flat – which is a big bonus. I’ve been thinking about getting a new vacuum lately.

  61. 275

    Shannon says

    We need a new vacuum, ours recently died and we’ve yet to buy a replacement (no, vancuuming isn’t a high priority on my neverending to do list). I love that it’s a mere 7.7 lbs. Sweet!

  62. 277

    Heather Jirka says

    It has 102 mph of airflow which means powerful cleaning and only weighs about 7.7 lbs, which means it can suck up the dirt from this family of 6 and not hurt my bad back. Sounds like a dream!

  63. 279


    The best part is absolutely that it only weights 8 pounds. I love when websites tell the little details. I don’t think I would mind vacuuming with this at all! Even after a hard day of work :)

  64. 280

    Kristy B says

    I love that it is light at 7.7 lbs. I also love the fact that it lays flat so I can vacuum under stuff easily (as long as it is not jammed with toys….the area i mean)

  65. 281


    What? You mean they actually make something that cleans floors and ONLY weighs 7.7 pounds and has a 30 foot cord!? Are you kidding me? I would kill (okay, maybe not kill) for one of these. And then I would tell everyone in the world how great that sucka is! Am going to tweet it too! Thanks so much for sharing!

  66. 282

    Kari says

    It sucks the dirt directly into the bag and locks it there. All in a lightweight, easy to maneuver design. I think I might upgrade my old Oreck!

  67. 285

    Abby says

    so nice that it lays flat! i need some inspiration to vacuum more often, and it sounds like this could do the trick!

  68. 288

    H Triplett says

    I LOVE that it lies virtually flat. We have a fur shedding Golden and the fur is always flying! :) So this would help me fight back. 😉

  69. 290

    Jennifer says

    I love that it can switch so easily between carpet and hard floors! I have three dogs, and a mix between carpet and laminate flooring, and it’s a pain in the behind to switch between my hard floor vacuum cleaner and my carpet vacuum. It does the job, but having one that can do both would be so much more convenient! :)

  70. 291


    It says it virtually lays flat. That sounds good to me! We have also been the buy an expensive vacuum and replace it when it breaks family. I would love to win a nice vacuum cleaner!

  71. 293

    Denise Wilson says

    Lightweight! (I think my son will be sweeping for me… He always asks to help, but our vacuum is too heavy for him.)

  72. 296


    gosh — it’s only 7/7 lbs! amazing! we would be thrilled to win, since we don’t have a stand-up vacuum yet. (we just got married & right now we have a little hand-held vacuum that we stoop down to use — we would feel pretty grown-up with this one!)


  73. 297

    Adrienne S. says

    It feels like it’s self propelled and light. This means that I will actually keep up with the 8 and 10-year-old boys/dirt magnets at my house. It’s also got a “Quickswitch,” which means that the little stinkers won’t shake me when they switch from carpet to tile. Be afraid boys, Mama might actually get one up on ya!

  74. 298

    Niki Blake says

    I LOVE that is lies “virtually flat” to vacuum under furniture…are you kidding? I don’t have to MOVE the furniture? LOVE that. 😉 I am like you…we continue to replace our mediocre vacuum with another mediocre vacuum…….I would LOVE to have a nice one. With three boys and two 70 lb. dogs, I sure could use it! :)

  75. 299

    juliea says

    Our old vacuum is on its last legs. I have always wanted to try an Oreck product. I learned that the Magnesium can lie flat to get under furniture. What a great feature. Thank you so much.

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