Anybody who’s ever considered buying a vacuum cleaner for their home in the last 50 years or so, has probably heard of the Rainbow Vacuum. Many of them, may already own one of these resourceful little machines. And as one of the old commercials for the brand goes, have their houses ‘As clean as a rainbow’.
But, if you are one of those picky ones who never came around to buying a Rainbow (as it is fondly called by its users), then here’s an insight into what you missed out on. And for people who are on the fence about buying a new vac for their home, here’s an introduction into one of the most popular home vacuum cleaner brands ever.
Behind the Rainbow
Few people know that the Rainbow Vacuum is manufactured by a company named Rexair that has been in business since 1929. With a history that spans almost a century, the Rainbow has undergone numerous iterations over the years to reach its current form.
Technological advancements clubbed with innovation have transformed a simple idea, into a very efficient household product, that’s miles ahead of its competitors.
The bedrock of this journey has been their undying commitment towards excellence and customer service. Oh yes, there are rainbows that are as old as 40 years and still function flawlessly.
Most home vacuum cleaners are either bagged (bag) or bag less (dust cup). The rainbow, however, is surprisingly old school and uses water filtration to trap dirt, dust, bugs, hair and other allergens that have an uncanny knack to stay concealed, under the teeniest of crevices.
It features a two-stage filtration system that includes the water filter for typical household dust and the HEPA Neutralizer Filtration System for microscopic debris. The combination is incredibly efficient and can easily remove up to 100% of contaminants from your home.
Moreover, a recent study reveals that vacuum cleaner dust that accumulates in a bag, may contain more than one bargained for. Antibiotic resistant bacteria anyone?
Water filtration is far more efficient and safe.
Using The Rainbow Vacuum at Home
Out of the box, the E4 Black Edition Rainbow Vacuum may seem a tad heavy, especially if you are used to the compact carry-in-hand vacuum cleaners of recent times. But it comes with a dolly that has caster wheels, allowing you to move it around the house with ease.
Also included in the pack are a bundle of accessories and attachments that allow you to extend the functionality of the vacuum beyond the norm. You have the Floor & Wall Brush, a Dusting Brush, an Upholstery Tool, a crevice tool, a Confined Space Cleaner & Inflator Tool, a Refrigerator a Coil Cleaner, an attachment Caddy and an aerofresh bag.
It can also be used as an air purifier as it has a powerful Hurricane® motor that can easily absorb the air in a small room, in merely 10 minutes and water-wash it to remove floating dirt and debris.
Here’s how the Rainbow Vacuum fares when tested at various places inside the house.
The Mattress: Contrary to popular notion, your mattress can be a magnet for dust, mites and dead skin. The Rainbow Mattress removes a surprisingly large amount of gunk from the matress within minutes. If you or someone in the family suffers from skin problems or allergies, then the rainbow can be an unexpected remedy for it. Thanks to the HEPA filtration system, nothing escapes it. Not even the sneakiest bed bug.
The Bare Floor: The floor and wall brush and the crevice tool, when used together, do a thorough job of removing dust from bare floors. You can see the water in the canister turn muddy and slimy almost instantly.
Carpet: Undoubtedly, one of the USPs of the Rainbow Vacuum is its ability to intricately clean any plush carpeted surface. Thanks to the strong suction (80 cubic feet per minute) and the water filtration, which prevents it from losing suction even after cleaning, your carpet will sparkle in no time at all.
Unlike typical vacuum cleaners with a standard cloth or paper filter, the Rainbow is surprisingly low on maintenance and with regular care, you can easily expect 30-40 years of trouble free performance.
There are dedicated video guides from Rainbow on how to throw away the water in the machine and clean the brush roll.
What Customers Say
The Rainbow Vacuum has a long and proven track record with a largely satisfied customer base. In recent times, there have been a few people though, who find the machine too expensive or too bulky. And it seems to have received some bad rap on consumer reports.
Here are some of the real customer review excerpts that we have sourced from vacuum cleaner forums, online retailers and consumer forums.
- It’s a perfect solution for small and wet patches
- Takes more dust out of a room than any vacuum that most customers have ever used
- Helped curb most dust and mite allergies
- Does not spray dust into the air unlike other mowers
- Extremely durable. There are customers who have purchased their Rainbow vacuums 30 years ago and it still works perfectly.
- Can be used to clean almost anything in the house with the multitude of attachment options
- The HEPA filtration system has made it much more efficient and it traps even fireplace ash, talcum powder and sheetrock.
- Excellent customer service
What They do Not Like
- Too expensive as compared to other bag-less and bagged mowers
- Bulky and difficult to move around the house
- The Go4It referral program is not as easy as advertised
Is it Worth the Price?
If you read the negative reviews, most of them talk about the ineffectiveness of the referral program that the company promotes, rather than about the product itself. On the other hand, Rainbow Vacuum has almost 40 to 50 years of positive customer reviews.
Rainbow Vacuum is a great product that is completely worth the money. It is durable, has an excellent customer service team and is one of the best ways to clean your home and filter the air you breathe. Go for it. You will not be disappointed.