Win an Oreck Halo Vacuum


Carpets gross me out!

If I could afford to rip all our carpets out and put flooring down I would. The thought of all the germs clinging to the carpet fibers horrifies me. No matter how often I vacuum, I know I am not really “cleaning.” The carpet may look cleaner, but the bacteria, mold and dust mite eggs that were lurking beneath the dirt and dust are still there.

Oreck HaloSo when the opportunity to test out the Oreck Halo vacuum, the “world’s only UV-C germ-killing vacuum,” appeared in our inbox I jumped at the chance. Even if it doesn’t kill all the germs and bacteria on my floors, at least it is moving in the right direction!

According to Oreck, the Oreck Halo kills germs, bacteria, viruses, allergens and mold without using any chemicals or sprays.

This germ killing action is thanks to the Patented Halo light chamber. “The light produced by the patented Oreck Halo light chamber magnifies and concentrates ultraviolet light in the C spectrum. UV-C light is a natural source of light that the sun produces and can be a better alternative to harsh chemicals… Labaratory studies prove it to be effective at reducing bacteria, germs, and other contaminants on various floor surfaces.”

Now, I am no scientist and I have no lab at my disposal to test Oreck’s findings. But as I said, even the promise of some germ killing gets me excited. I have a toddler who eats off the floor and carpets that are a decade old!

“With each back and forth motion of the Oreck Halo, you’ll see up to an 80% reduction in the bacterial load found on carpet.”
– Dr. Stan Kikkert, Microbiologist

Here is a video demonstrating how the Oreck Halo works:

As for my home testing? I am pleased with the Oreck Halo and will be using it as my new vacuum. (I just have to hide it so Susan doesn’t steal it from me!) 😉

Although it isn’t the lightest or easiest to maneuver, the Oreck Halo has powerful suction and slides easily under furniture.

As well, according to Oreck, the Oreck Halo has disposable cloth dust filter bags made with one of the highest quality HEPA materials for maximum air filtration and home air quality that help trap 99.95% of the dirt and germ particles that the Oreck Halo kills and suctions from carpets and floors.

Overall, I feel like vacuuming with the Oreck Halo is helping to reduce the germs and allergens in my home — while I am easily vacuuming up all the visible dust, dirt, and debris. That makes it a win-win to me!

For more information on how you can enter to win this innovative vacuum, valued at $599.99, read below.

Here’s how you can enter to win:

  1. See our Christmas Giveaway 2009 post to read more about
    participating in our Christmas Giveaway
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  3. Either link back to this post and include a Christmas Giveaway 2009 button in that post or on your sidebar, or link to the individual giveaways you choose to enter. We have a ton of different buttons and styles for you to choose from. Click here to get the button codes. (If you post and include the button, either in your post or on your sidebar, and link back here, you are good for all the giveaways. No more linking required.)
  4. You can check out the Oreck Halo and then come back to this post and leave one comment below telling us what feature you find most exciting about the Halo.

You may earn additional entries for the following:

If you are already subscribed and are on our newsletter list, you qualify for these two additional entries. Go ahead and leave your additional comments below.

  • Spread the word to your friends via your blog, twitter, etc.

Remember to leave a comment for each thing you do!

Entries are open until Friday, December 4th at 12pm EST.

Our winner will be drawn randomly and we will announce the winner Saturday, December 5th. Please make sure to check our site and your email address to see if you have won a prize. We must receive your reply within 5 business days. (If you want your prize to arrive in time — the sooner we hear from you, the better!)

This contest is open to US AND Canadian shipping addresses. Due to legal restrictions, this promotion void where prohibited.

Please see our site’s Terms and Conditions of Use for a complete list of our Contest and Giveaway Rules.

* We received an Oreck Halo to review.

Written by 5 Minutes for Mom co-founder, Janice Croze.


  1. says

    I love that it picks up dirt in only one pass — my current vacuum has trouble picking up things after 3-4 passes — takes me forever to clean the whole house!
    Thanks for the chance!

  2. says

    This would be amazing. Our vacuum does not pick up the stuff very well. And as far as this being heavy, my kids get to do the vacuuming! Ha. I would love to win this one. I subscribe in Google Reader and have your button on my sidebar.

  3. judy brittle says

    I love the fact that it picks up virtually everything in one sweep. I am always having to go over spots more than once and still I have to bend down to pick it up. I want one so bad! Thank you!

  4. says

    This vacuum has a UV-C light that kills many of the germs and microbes on the floor, including dust mites. I am asthmatic and this is a great feature!

  5. Tawnda says

    well, now… there’s the well-known germ-killing capabilities of this vac… but then again, just having the Oreck name is a big plus for me… Oreck = powerful cleaning machine… no doubt about it. Me want! 😉

  6. says

    How can you not love the self sealing bag! We have 2 cats and a hubby with allergies. Not to mention the Dust… No more sneezing fits. This would be wonderful.

  7. Shari says

    I would love to win this and give it to my brother and his family! They have a house full of carpet and a shedding dog, plus a toddler and an expected new baby, so the germ-killing aspect is very attractive.

  8. Sharon says

    Watched the video–looks so cool with that blue light shining underneath, kind of like a space-age vacuum!! I’d love to have one! Thanks for the chance!

  9. says

    Oh to vacuum. I wish I didn’t need one so badly. I wish I only had to vacuum every now and then. Keep wishing! Because I spend much of my days doing that, I’d love to be doing it with such a quality machine.

    I have your button up on the blog and I blogged about your giveaways.


  10. says

    I have lots of carpet to bare floor area, and STAIRS…
    I use 2 different vacuums. I would love one that does both and is powerful but light weight. This sounds like the one.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  11. says

    My favorite feature of the Halo is the HEPA13 filter bag. My husband has horrible allergies and it’s terrible when I vacuum because of the dust kicked up. This would make it so much better for him to breath!

    Thank you!


  12. says

    It kills bacteria on the ground which is super since I have germie kids and little ones crawling around. I love that feature and the fact that I haven’t had a vacuum since Aug would be great to win one. Thanks

  13. says

    I like that it can be used on all surfaces, including hardwood floors. I would never trust my current vaccuum (which is falling to pieces) to do that!

  14. says

    ooohhh – love it!! I too would eliminate all our carpets if I could – we’re slowly doing it, but it will take YEARS to do as we’re wanting to replace with nice hardwood floors and those babies cost some big $$!!

  15. says

    My favorite feature is definitely the UV-C light that kills germs. Way cool and it would be such a stress-reducer knowing my rug was that much cleaner! Thanks for the awesome giveaway, guys!

  16. Melissa Nunley says

    I love that it picks up dirt in onoe pass – I’ve got a husband, dog and two cats – I need all the help I can get!

  17. rebecca says

    I would love this. I think the “And with a flick of a button, the roller brush engages or disengages, allowing you to seamlessly go from carpets to bare floor” would be awesome. We have both in our house!

  18. says

    Oh joy lol! With a brand new baby in the house i am all about this vacuums ability to kill germs and viruses! Even one less germ makes the enviroment better for baby and less stressful for me!

  19. Linda V says

    Sounds like it’s heading in the right direction of one vacuum doing more. I also like the idea of all the controls being right there on the handle and being able to change from carpet to hard floor with that.

  20. says

    I am excited that it kills viruses and germs, we have been sick this school a few times akready
    (linked main giveaway and button in a post on my blog)

  21. Maggie M says

    My very favorite feature of the Oreck Halo vacuum is that it cleans in one pass! I also love that the Five-level height adjuster allows you to move from carpets and rugs to tile and hardwood floors with ease :) Sounds like a “dream come true” kind of vacuum :)

  22. Mary B says

    I like how it works on floors as well as carpet! We are moving into a new to us house in a week and it has wood floors.

  23. says

    That The UV-C light kills many of the germs and microbes on your floors, and powerful suction removes dirt, dust, and other debris just like all of our trusted vacuums.

  24. says

    A vacuum cleaner that helps keep your medically fragile kid healthy, helllooo amazing-ness.

    Reed and I have been trying to figure out how to afford one of these to replace our old vacuum that spits out more crud than it picks up. :/

  25. says

    I like that the Oreck Halo removes dirt, dust, and dead microbes, trapping them in the HEPA filter bag.

    Thanks for the chance.

    crystal_reagan at hotmail dot com

  26. CMC says

    The feature I love most about the Oreck Halo is that it “…can reduce up to 99.9% of bacteria and up to 90% of dust mite eggs on surfaces.”

  27. Gina says

    My favorite feature: The attachments, including a hose that extends 13 feet, easily lock into place and lets you clean those hard to reach places like stairs, drapes, upholstery, and corners.

  28. Margaret Smith says

    I have been wanting one of these Oreck for so long now. I have an ancient hand me down vac that doesn’t work that well anymore and would love to get an Oreck. I especially love that they are so lightweight and so well made! Thanks so much.

  29. Pat says

    The Halo Light Germ Killer is an impressive feature. I also like that it cleans wood floors as well as carpets. What a great prize.

    Thank you for the contest. Happy holidays.

  30. Stephanie V says

    Above the floor Cleaning: Attachments include a 13 ft. detachable hose, crevice tool, and brush that quickly click-lock into place and let you easily clean stairs, drapes, furniture, corners, and all kinds of fabrics.
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

  31. stephanie fuller says

    I would love this vacuum for myself but even more to give to my mom!! I love that it helps with dust mites to which she has allergies! Awesome giveaway!

  32. Vicki Andrew says

    This vacuum has a UV-C light that kills many of the germs and microbes on the floor, including dust mites. I have asthma and that would really help me out


  33. Timothy Pedersen says

    I like the UV germ killing feature. I have a saltwater fish tank and was amazed the improvement of my fishes health after adding a UV filter to the mix.

  34. Kristi C says

    The best feature would be the germ killing feature. Having three kids, everything under the sun get drug into the house.

  35. Tari Lawson says

    I like that it has “Patented UV-C light chamber kills many of the germs, bacteria, mold, dust mite eggs, and flea eggs on your floors – in just a few seconds. And it’s chemical-free”.

  36. Deborah R says

    I live in a very old house (built in 1920) and while the electric service was updated, since it has plaster walls, not too many outlets were added. So the Halo’s 29-ft. power cord is a very important feature to me.

  37. says

    I am loving this feature: “Patented UV-C light chamber kills many of the germs, bacteria, mold, dust mite eggs, and flea eggs on your floors – in just a few seconds. And it’s chemical-free.”
    Ummmm how cool is this!?!

  38. Joannie says

    We all have allergies, so knowing that this Oreck kills germs, bacteria, dust, mold, – well that makes our noses happy!

  39. Vicki Chrzanowski says

    My first thought when you ask what I like about the the Oreck vacuum is “I wonder if it really will pick up a bowling ball?”. If it picks up a b. ball it will do wonderful things to the carpet.

  40. Christina G. says

    The feature I find most exciting about the Halo is it’s light weight. I hate vacuuming the stairs and it would be a lot easier with the Halo. Thanks for the giveaway!

  41. Stephanie N says

    I love the germ-killing feature of this vacuum. My friend has one and I am always amazed by how well it picks up. My other one is on the blink so this would be great.

  42. says

    I so need this vacuum, mine is about 10 years old and still takes a bag…can you believe that – a bag!!! I would love to have something as light weight as the Oreck Halo as well. Great Giveaway!

  43. says

    My vacuum just broke and I need a new one! It would be wonderful to win this one (that I could never afford)! I just love the idea of the vacuum picking up junk AND killing germs. I have 3 little girls (age 3 and down) that play on the floor all day and I’d be so happy to know we had less germs on it!

  44. says

    -kills many of the germs, bacteria, mold, dust mite eggs, and flea eggs on your floors – in just a few seconds. And it’s chemical-free.
    That says it all – and it’s chemical free which is important to me.
    I have the holiday button @ Wishing Penny

  45. Joanna says

    I love that it kills germs. I can disinfect the hard surfaces of my other floors, so I know they are clean, but if you think about it carpet is nasty. That is what I love about the halo, after you use it you know your carpet is clean.

  46. says

    My favorite feature is that it has Patented UV-C light chamber kills many of the germs, bacteria, mold, dust mite eggs, and flea eggs on your floors – in just a few seconds. And it’s chemical-free.
    I have your button.

  47. Shawna O'Brien says

    What a fantastic Vacuum this is. I’ve got beige carpets and it is as if it is never clean with the kids and all. Hey, I don’t know anyone that could not use a vacuum like this that kills germs. I love anything that kills germs! I’d love to win this and put it to work on my beige carpets.

  48. Julie Smith says

    My favorite feature of this vacuum is that it kills many of the germs on the floor. I have been taking care of my granddaughter while my oldest daughter works and goes to school, so she is on the floor a lot. Even though I put down a blanket, she is figuring out how to scoot and will soon be crawling all over the place, so knowing that she is crawling on a truly clean floor would give me some peace of mind.

  49. jwb says

    Killing dust mites and flea eggs is extremely important to me — I have five dogs and a host of allergies, despite keeping a clean & organized home. Perhaps a Halo could reduce my intake of Benadryl!

  50. Heather says

    This vacuum would be perfect because I have a very active toddler running around the house. I need all the germ killing action I can get.

  51. Anne G says

    One pass pick up would be great, it takes more than that with my current vacuum. I am linked back to your giveaways from my blog,

  52. Jeni says

    I like that it has a UV-C light chamber kills many of the germs, bacteria, mold, dust mite eggs, and flea eggs on your floors i need one of these since i have kids with cystic fibrosis

  53. Kelly Ann T. says

    I like the fact that the powerful suction removes dirt, dust, and dead microbes, trapping them in the HEPA filter bag.

  54. says

    I love how the Oreck website explains how Dirt and Dust even Dead Microbes that can cause poor air quality and even sickness!
    The Oreck Halo Vaccum can take that all away just by using it~

  55. Susan Stevens says

    The UV-C light chamber that kills germs, bacteria, mold, dust mite eggs, and flea eggs woud be a God send to help eliminate our indoor allergies!

  56. Heidi Bokor says

    The UV-C light that kills germs is the most unique feature of this item. Who would have thought about all the germs that just sit around after you vacuum. Using this will not only clean like normal, but kill those very unwanted germs that cause people to get sick most of the time. It’s a great product that should be in everyone’s home. Thanks for the giveaway. Awesome!!

  57. Greta Kirby says

    I’ve heard a lot about the Oreck, but have never used one. I have a close friend who has one and she really loves it!

  58. Dawn R says

    Love the germ killing feature! We have allergies and asthma in this house and this vacuum might literally be a life saver.