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.
The New Rainbow Rainmate Air Freshener and Purifier
The New Rainbow Rainmate is a compact and convenient air purifier that’s perfect for the home or workplace.
The Rainmate uses a water chamber to filter and sanitize air. It works by trapping dust, other allergens and bad smells in the water chamber. The system then scrubs the air from the intake free from these unwanted particles and contaminants, and releases the purified air back into your room.
Helps Relieve Allergies and Asthma
Dust, pollen and mold are some of the most common household allergies, along with dandruff from pets. Allergies and asthma can be greatly improved by taking steps to mitigate your level of exposure to these allergens. One way to do that is to use an air purifier like Rainmate. And because Rainmate actually uses water to filter the air, a lot of these lightweight, irritating particles that would normally go back into the room become trapped and can be discarded when you change out the water, reducing your overall exposure to them.
The Rainmate features two LED lights. Not only does this enhance its appearance, it makes for a great nightlight, especially for kids who suffer from allergies—you get an air purifier and nightlight in one.
Aromatherapy and Air Freshener
You can add Rainbow’s concentrated fragrances to the Rainmate to freshen the air in your house; conversely, if aromatherapy is more your thing, add high quality essential oils instead. The added benefit of aromatherapy for allergies and asthma is some of the essential oils have properties that are soothing to the respiratory tract.
First impression of the The New Rainbow Rainmate Air Freshener and Purifier
Setting the Rainmate up was very easy, which I was appreciative of, because as a working mom with three kids and a husband, I don’t have time to fiddle with finicky products. I need something straight forward that I can put to work immediately, and that’s the experience I had with the Rainmate.
One of the most immediate affects you get is the LED light which emits a cool blue glow. I got the Rainmate for my ten-year-old son’s room, because he suffers from asthma, and I wanted to see if this would make a difference. (More on that in a moment.) He really liked the light affect. He’s not scared of the dark or anything. (Really, he isn’t.) But it’s just a cool glow for a kid to have in their room. He also was actually a fan of the humming noise it makes, surprisingly, even though my husband didn’t like the sound. (I’m neutral about it.)
As for whether it helped my son’s asthma, I think it did (and still does). Obviously, he continued to take his doctor-prescribed medication. This was meant to supplement his medical treatment and increase his comfort at night, while removing some of the allergens that may be making him sick. I have definitely noticed less complaints coming from him, which, if you have kids, you know they’ll complain if they don’t like something or feel bad.
Finally, I used it for aromatherapy for myself. I chose lavender and found it very soothing. Great scent dispersal!
What to like about The New Rainbow Rainmate Air Freshener and Purifier:
- Works with a standard 110-volt outlet
- Easy on/off switch
- Great nightlight alternative
- Purifies and sanitizes air
- Reduces allergens in the home
- Improves air quality for those with asthma and allergies
- Can function as an air freshener
- Can be used as an aromatherapy apparatus
What to consider:
- Some people don’t like the hum it makes; others do. If you’re the type who doesn’t like noise machines for sleeping, it may not be your thing, but if you do like them, this isn’t really a con.
- People with asthma and allergies should avoid the artificial scents you can buy to add to it; people with healthy lungs can be less picky about what they expose their lungs to, but those with medical issues should always consult a doctor when thinking about trying synthetically scented products, as they can sometimes worsen allergies and asthma.
I would recommend the Rainmate to any family who has allergy or asthma sufferers. Obviously it won’t replace medication (nor does it claim to); however, it offers legitimate relief by cutting down on dust and the like—and makes the house smell better to boot.