Initially, the Riccar RSL5 is merely eight pounds in weight. This is the same weight as the popular Oreck vacuum cleaner.
The Oreck and Riccar lightweights have lots in common. They both weigh eight pounds, they both are effortless to use, they both use a filter paper liner, and neither one uses on board tools.
The Riccar RSL5 vacuum cleaner has a 5.5 amp motor which is a little more powerful than the 4 amp Oreck motor. The Riccar RSL5 also has paper bags which are very similar in value and dimension to the Oreck vacuum cleaner liners. They are both micron filtration liners.
The RSL5 carries a trait that sets it apart from the other Riccar vacuums. It posesses a two speed motor. The higher speed setting is utilized for cleaning carpeting. The lower setting is utilized when cleaning bare floors, whether they be tile, wood, or linoleum.
The real advantage of having a revolving brush on bare flooring is that the brushes, which are natural fiber, will scrub out the sand and dirt stuck between the cracks in the bare floors, between tiles, and among slats in real wood flooring.
The brush roll on the RSL5 Riccar upright vacuum cleaner is stainless steel and utilizes brush inserts which can be quickly changed when they finally wear out.
The main reason you want a slower brush when cleaning bare floors is because the brush will not flip dirt out the back of the vacuum. With a lower speed roller brush, the vacuum will actually grab the dirt and filth off of a bare floor, and result in the floor feeling smooth to the touch.
All the grit are going to be picked up.
The Riccar RSL5 usually comes with a small canister vacuum cleaner to use on carpeted steps, upholstery, and inside the car. Since the Riccar RSL5 will not come with attachments, the canister vacuum cleaner is useful.
The only drawback with the lightweight vacuum cleaners is the lack of power. The motors are small and do not deliver enough power for deep vacuuming. This kind of vacuum cleaner works well with lower pile carpet fibers or Berber carpeting.
The weight also comes in very handy, if you are hauling the vacuum up and down stairs to vacuum. It’s also a bonus if you have difficulty hauling heavier vacuum cleaners. Most upright vacuums weigh about 15 or 16 pounds.
I would suggest getting your Riccar vacuum cleaner only at a nearby independent seller. They can honor the factory warranty.
Purchasing on the internet voids the warranty, as dealers are not allowed to sell outside their area.