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Hirka T'Bawa
04-25-2011, 11:44 PM
My wife and I are looking into buying a Rainbow Vacuum Cleaner, however, it costs close to $2,400 for a new one. I've had a demonstration, and it seems worth it, but before I spend that type of money I was wondering if any dopers have any experience with them.

So, does anyone have any experience with Rainbow? Is it worth $2,400? Will it last? What can anyone tell me about them?

Dewey Finn
04-26-2011, 12:19 AM
I have no experience with that brand, but $2,400? Seriously? The top-rated upright vacuum cleaner (a Hoover WindTunnel Anniversary Edition U6485-900) in the Consumer Reports ratings costs a tenth of that price. How long would that Rainbow vacuum cleaner have to last to justify that price?

CanvasShoes
04-26-2011, 12:52 AM
I HATE HATE HATED the damned thing!!!!!!!!!!! My mom, sis and I went together and bought one (it was a lot less that $2400 at the time). Then, several years later my then boyfriend bought one just before we moved in together. Yeah, they vacuum well, if you don't mind emptying the water tank approximately 90,000 times with each vacuuming!

I bought Dyson pet pro (or whatever they're called) and I find that does JUST as good a job as the Rainbow ever did. The only thing the Rainbow did better was that it had a shampooer attachment.

One tip though, my boyfriend actually searched pawn shops for several months and found one there. It was in perfect shape. (yet I still hated it, we had stairs too, try lugging THAT monster up and down the stairs, thing weighs more than a small child :D).

Anyway, if you really REALLY want one, I'd say try that, beats the hell out of paying all that money for a fancy gadget.

The Conqueror Worm
04-26-2011, 12:59 AM
Their website doesn't make me hopeful.

needscoffee
04-26-2011, 01:09 AM
I have known several people who bought Rainbows. I never understood why.

I just looked it up on Consumer Reports. They gave Rainbow a 53 out of a possible 100, with other, far less expensive vacuums scoring as high as 72. The Rainbow was by far the heaviest because of the water tank, and scored low in handling.

I'd bet that you could pick up a used Rainbow pretty easily. Yep, there are 10 of them on my local Craigslist. You could try it out and see if it's worth it for you before committing yourself to such a high price.

Snnipe 70E
04-26-2011, 02:11 AM
WE had a Rainbow 20+ years ago. It did a great job. But for $2400 no I would not pay that. It was also a high maintenance unit and if I did not know how to turn a wrench I would not have been able to keep it running.

astro
04-26-2011, 03:22 AM
Versatile product for an insane price. I've heard that they will come waaaaay down on the price if you are a determined negotiator.

Just get a regular vacuum.

sandra_nz
04-26-2011, 04:31 AM
Hell, for that price I'd expect it to clean up after the kids, do the dishes and the laundry as well.

norinew
04-26-2011, 06:24 AM
Hell, for that price I'd expect it to clean up after the kids, do the dishes and the laundry as well.
If you believe the sales pitch, it will do all these things, plus send flowers on your birthday! ;)

I never owned one, but I had a demonstration (talked into it by a friend). Yes, the demo was impressive. But the price, combined with the weight of the unit and the complexity of doing anything at all with it turned me right off.

I'll stick with my $300.00 Dyson, thanks.

WhyNot
04-26-2011, 07:03 AM
Disgusting creatures. Do you know what the water looks like when you're done? Absolutely gross. Especially if you have long hair/pet hair in the house. It seriously made me queasy to empty the thing. Oh, especially if you're 10 years old and you try to "forget" to empty it for a day because it's so nasty, and then your mom yells at you to dump it, already, only it's gotten a little moldy and smelly and even MORE disgusting.

Yeah, good times. Not.

And then it sloshes when you're trying to carry it to the toilet, and the SMELLY ICKY STUFF gets on your arm and it's like ohmigosh, I wish I was dead.

Mean Mr. Mustard
04-26-2011, 08:16 AM
You can get a refurbished Rainbow - with warranty - on ebay for $450.

But I wouldn't give you a nickel for one; way too inconvenient and impractical.


mmm

BMalion
04-26-2011, 08:55 AM
My wife and I are looking into buying a Rainbow Vacuum Cleaner, however, it costs close to $2,400 for a new one. I've had a demonstration, and it seems worth it, but before I spend that type of money I was wondering if any dopers have any experience with them.

So, does anyone have any experience with Rainbow? Is it worth $2,400? Will it last? What can anyone tell me about them?

I used to sell them, first job after high school, I lasted about a week. My mom bought one to help me out.

They are an incredible rip-off. My first three cars were less than $24k

It's only a vacuum cleaner, when all is said and done that's all it is.

Gary T
04-26-2011, 09:24 AM
If you google on rainbow vacuum reviews you'll find a wealth of user comments, both pro and con. I think you'd be well served to digest some of these before spending that kind of money.

Chefguy
04-26-2011, 09:38 AM
A waste of money. My sister has had one for a lot of years and complains about having to schlepp the damn thing up and down stairs and the issues with the water. Cost does not always equal quality.

salinqmind
04-26-2011, 09:46 AM
I had a friend some years ago who got a job with Rainbow selling the thing - door-to-door, doing demonstrations. It was truly a job from hell. She didn't sell one and quit after 2 weeks.

PlainJain
04-26-2011, 10:22 AM
Not worth the price. A ripoff IMHO. Get a Dyson.

lieu
04-26-2011, 10:25 AM
$2400 for a vacuum cleaner? Bwhaaaaa, best laugh I've had all morning.

Dewey Finn
04-26-2011, 10:27 AM
Not worth the price. A ripoff IMHO. Get a Dyson.
That's the weird thing. When Dyson vacuum cleaners first were sold in the US, it was at the outrageous price of $500-600, which is several times what other vacuum cleaners sold for. I'm amazed that the Rainbow company salespeople can quote prices like $2,400 with a straight face.

And edited to add that Dyson still doesn't do as well in the Consumer Reports ratings as other, cheaper, brands.

BMalion
04-26-2011, 10:33 AM
"It isn't can you afford a Rainbow, it can you afford not to have a rainbow."

Why, yes, I can afford that.

Minnie Luna
04-26-2011, 10:38 AM
I love my Dyson Animal and have never had a problem with it. I paid $550 for it six or seven years ago. Prior to that, I was buying cheap ($150) vacuums that needed to be replaced every year or two.

IMHO, $2400 is way too much to spend for a vacuum, especially when there are great alternatives for a fraction of the price.

Rasa
04-26-2011, 10:50 AM
Haha! Wow. Yeah I've owned cars I paid less for. Crazy. Never used a Rainbow. At one point in my life, my vacuum (a Dyson, the base model, not the Animal) was the most expensive thing I owned. I had 6 cats at the time, so it was an important investment.

kunilou
04-26-2011, 01:03 PM
My mother had one, which lasted for decades, then got another one, which also lasted for decades. They're versatile (lots of attachments and stuff) and they do a pretty good job, although I never thought they were way better than a Hoover or Eureka.

But $2,400? No way. I would definitely consider one for $400, if I thought I needed the "clean up after the kids, do the dishes and the laundry as well, plus send flowers on your birthday" attachments. I might consider $600, because they seem to last forever. But I can get a hell of a cleaner - and its replacement, and the one that replaces that one, AND the one to replace that one, and still spend a lot less than $2,400.

Omar Little
04-26-2011, 03:15 PM
it costs close to $2,400 for a new one. I've had a demonstration, and it seems worth it,

What makes it worth $2,400?

Do you get a lot of subjective value out of your vacuum cleaner? Because that's about the only way, I can conceivably see how anyone would say that $2,400 vacuum cleaner was worth it. In comparison to the costs of other ways of vacuuming your carpets, no where near $2,400.

Renee
04-26-2011, 04:49 PM
Couldn't you pay a maid to clean your whole house for about 2 years for that price? What could possibly make spending $2400 on a vacuum cleaner worth it?

BigT
04-26-2011, 05:08 PM
My paternal grandmother used them first, and when they got a new one, they gave us the old one. Then we wound up getting a new one ten years later because we were finally having problems. But, when the new one started having problems (15 years later), we replaced it with a $50 vacuum from Walmart that is much more compact.

It may have been worth it back in the day, but it's really not now. They really ought to both lower the price and work on a more compact model. It should not be two separate units anymore.

norinew
04-26-2011, 06:37 PM
What makes it worth $2,400?

Do you get a lot of subjective value out of your vacuum cleaner? Because that's about the only way, I can conceivably see how anyone would say that $2,400 vacuum cleaner was worth it. In comparison to the costs of other ways of vacuuming your carpets, no where near $2,400.
Well, of course the salesman (er, excuse me, I mean 'presenter') doesn't sell them as 'vacuums'; they are 'home-cleaning systems'. They will go on and on about how The Rainbow purifies the air, traps air-borne particles, if you don't buy the Rainbow, this crap is floating around your home all the time and you are (brace yourself) breathing it every single day. Not only that, but your babies are breathing it every single day! Don't you care enough about your babies to spend $2,400.00 on their long-term health and well-being? No?? What the hell is wrong with you?!?!?
:rolleyes:

typoink
04-26-2011, 07:17 PM
Surprising that we're this far into the thread and nobody's mentioned Kirby. If you really want to overspend on a vacuum, buy a Kirby. They're built like tanks and don't involving dumping out icky filth slurry. I only know a couple people who have them, and I they actually like them. My mother-in-law loves hers, has had it twenty some years with no problems, and actually uses the attachments.

That said, though, I'd recommend just buying a Dyson or Dyson-style knockoff. I have a top-of-the-line Dirt Devil from five years ago, and I like it just fine.

D-bear
04-26-2011, 11:11 PM
Surprising that we're this far into the thread and nobody's mentioned Kirby. If you really want to overspend on a vacuum, buy a Kirby. They're built like tanks and don't involving dumping out icky filth slurry. I only know a couple people who have them, and I they actually like them. My mother-in-law loves hers, has had it twenty some years with no problems, and actually uses the attachments.

That said, though, I'd recommend just buying a Dyson or Dyson-style knockoff. I have a top-of-the-line Dirt Devil from five years ago, and I like it just fine.


I was thinking the same thing. They run about 20 bucks at the local good will. They are a few years old, but there's not a single thing inside them made of plastic.

Solid metal construction makes a good strong machine. I have bought 3 for like 60 bucks, one for the basement, one for the main floor and one for upstairs. Hepa filter bags and a tune up at the local shop ran probably like another 80 bucks.

For the price of a plastic Dirt Devil at Wally's I have one for each floor and let me tell you, these have lasted me going on 6 years now and they have way more suction that I ever thought possible.

Check the thrifts or Craigslist. Worth the investment.

elfkin477
04-26-2011, 11:51 PM
The Rainbow sounds great and all, but I'm really looking for a vacuum that's more expensive and harder to use. Any suggestions?






::d&r::

SanibelMan
04-27-2011, 12:17 AM
If you're willing to spend $2,400 on a vacuum, why not just get a central vac installed?

Shirley Ujest
04-27-2011, 06:57 AM
Since we are on the subject of vaccuums, anyone have any thoughts/experience with the roomba's. They come in from time to time at work (thrift shop) and are one of the more pricier items we get in ($75ish price tag) . I would love to have one, but have no input from real people.

WhyNot
04-27-2011, 10:11 AM
Since we are on the subject of vaccuums, anyone have any thoughts/experience with the roomba's. They come in from time to time at work (thrift shop) and are one of the more pricier items we get in ($75ish price tag) . I would love to have one, but have no input from real people.

If you're the kind of person who keeps a tidy house, they're great. If you're not the kind with a tidy house, don't get the programmable kind (or at least don't program it, just turn it on when you want to use it) or it will get lost in the tangle of cords and kids' toys all over the floor. OTOH, they're a great motivator for little kids to clean up their toys so they get to watch the little guy zoom around the floor.

As far as the quality of the vacuuming, they're pretty great on hardwood and low area rugs; I haven't had wall to wall thick carpeting to test mine on myself.

They're also great for chasing the cats and providing endless hours of enjoyment tormenting small yappy dogs. :D

Enright3
04-27-2011, 10:30 AM
My wife and I are looking into buying a Rainbow Vacuum Cleaner, however, it costs close to $2,400 for a new one. I've had a demonstration, and it seems worth it, but before I spend that type of money I was wondering if any dopers have any experience with them.

So, does anyone have any experience with Rainbow? Is it worth $2,400? Will it last? What can anyone tell me about them?

You haven't posted in here since your OP. No questions or comments about what's been posted in response?

I have a question for you Hirka...

Why?

What is it about the Rainbow vacuum that you are so sold on that $2400 seems reasonable by any stretch of the imagination? You're not just posting your question to get a rise out of people are you?

tdn
04-27-2011, 11:58 AM
The Rainbow sounds great and all, but I'm really looking for a vacuum that's more expensive and harder to use. Any suggestions?

Try vacuuming with the Hope Diamond.

needscoffee
04-27-2011, 12:12 PM
I think the big draw with them is the notion that more airborne particles seem to be trapped in the water so you will have cleaner air in your home. Don't new vacuums have super HEPA filters nowadays?

gonzomax
04-27-2011, 12:20 PM
My wife bought one long ago. it is just a vacuum cleaner and not an especially good one. She is a sucker for sales demonstrations though.
If you insist on buying it. tell them it is way too damn expensive and they will drop the price a long way.

BMalion
04-27-2011, 12:50 PM
And it's damned LOUD!

Mean Mr. Mustard
04-27-2011, 01:09 PM
If I'm spending $2400 on an appliance, it had better know how to perform fellatio.

Wait a minute...


mmm

tdn
04-27-2011, 01:12 PM
If I'm spending $2400 on an appliance, it had better know how to perform fellatio.

Wait a minute...

Dude! Nooooooo!

OK, I'm not emptying the water thing.

Hirka T'Bawa
04-27-2011, 01:13 PM
You haven't posted in here since your OP. No questions or comments about what's been posted in response?

I have a question for you Hirka...

Why?

What is it about the Rainbow vacuum that you are so sold on that $2400 seems reasonable by any stretch of the imagination? You're not just posting your question to get a rise out of people are you?

Sorry, I have been reading, just haven't been responding. There is a lot to think about here. I like the water filter on it, specially since it will mean my wife will ACTUALLY clean the filters. On our current vaccuum, she never cleans the filters, so it doesn't work as well as it should.

Part of my posting the OP was to find out what y'all thought of it. My wife was interested in it, but said "why don't you ask on that message board of yours", so that is what I did. If we buy one, it will not be for a few months, when I would actually be able to afford it.

One thing I will do though, is look for a second hand one if we buy it. I see a couple on Ebay that are going for a BIN price that is 1/2 of what they wanted for one, or we would negotiate down on it... But either way, it will still be a few months till we buy anything, even if we look at Kirby, or one of the other high end vacuums.

Thank you all for your replies!

Omar Little
04-27-2011, 01:17 PM
I like the water filter on it, specially since it will mean my wife will ACTUALLY clean the filters. On our current vaccuum, she never cleans the filters, so it doesn't work as well as it should.

Offer to pay her or your kids or any neighborhood kids, $25 a month to clean the filter on your current vacuum. That will give you 8 years of clean filters vs. buying an obvious rip-off.

Or better yet. Clean it yourself and invest the $2400 in an equity fund. You'll have a lifetime of clean filters and in 8 years you'll have about $4,000 saved.

needscoffee
04-27-2011, 01:22 PM
How hard is it for you to clean the vacuum's filters? Considering someone has to dump the sludge in a Rainbow at least once per use, isn't just more logical to clean the filter for her once in awhile? Say, while changing the bag?

ETA: What Omar said.

BMalion
04-27-2011, 01:57 PM
How hard is it for you to clean the vacuum's filters? Considering someone has to dump the sludge in a Rainbow at least once per use, isn't just more logical to clean the filter for her once in awhile? Say, while changing the bag?
...



Don't call her a bag!

Dewey Finn
04-27-2011, 02:12 PM
I've got a Hoover vacuum cleaner of some sort and I don't think it has a separate filter. I think the air is filtered through the bag itself, so as long as you replace the bag as it fills, the filter is replaced. And that's why Dyson advertises that their advantage is that their vacuum cleaners are bagless, and therefore don't have problems with the filters clogging. So if that's what appeals to you, consider a Dyson machine. (And now various other brands have bagless machines.)

filmore
04-27-2011, 02:59 PM
I would recommend getting a Dyson. It's usually brought up that Dyson's don't score as well in Consumer Reports, but that's probably just based on brand new, out of the box performance. I wouldn't doubt that some other vacuum works better on the first day. However, do the same tests 2, 3, 5 years down the road. My Dyson is still working great 6 years later. I had a host of other vacuums which would peter out after a couple of years. The Dyson is the only one which seems to work just as well as the first day.

beowulff
04-27-2011, 03:38 PM
I would recommend getting a Dyson. It's usually brought up that Dyson's don't score as well in Consumer Reports, but that's probably just based on brand new, out of the box performance. I wouldn't doubt that some other vacuum works better on the first day. However, do the same tests 2, 3, 5 years down the road. My Dyson is still working great 6 years later. I had a host of other vacuums which would peter out after a couple of years. The Dyson is the only one which seems to work just as well as the first day.

I had a Eureka “Windtunnel” - one of the vacuums rated the highest by CR. I hated it. It worked great for 10 minutes, and then the fine filter would get clogged by the famous Arizona red dust. I finally got a Dyson, which is better in every way. I love it.

BMalion
04-27-2011, 03:44 PM
to be honest, I settled on a $20 shop-vac. I sweep with a broom and then mop up and I'm fine.

But I have hardwood floors.

Skywatcher
04-27-2011, 08:44 PM
My wife and I are looking into buying a Rainbow Vacuum Cleaner, however, it costs close to $2,400 for a new one.Does it come with a fabulous interior decorator?

elfkin477
04-27-2011, 08:44 PM
I like the water filter on it, specially since it will mean my wife will ACTUALLY clean the filters. On our current vaccuum, she never cleans the filters, so it doesn't work as well as it should.If only there was another adult in the house capable of cleaning the filters....

Hirka T'Bawa
04-27-2011, 09:35 PM
If only there was another adult in the house capable of cleaning the filters....

If only there was... Unfortunately, I'm not around much since I've been away at school 4 hours away for the past 3 years, only coming back every couple weekends, and when I'm home, the last thing on my mind is the vacuum.

Picky
10-15-2011, 05:51 PM
What a bunch of whiners! I have had cheap vacuums ($50), mid range ($250), a Kirby and I now have a Rainbow. It's awesome. Dumping the water out? Is that really worse than wrestling with a bag or dumping out a Dyson tank? Don't let it sit and it doesn't smell, very simple. I actually feel a little satisfied at all the dirt i collected. Hey, its not on the floor/carpet anymore. And I have a hairy dog. I have cleaned up behind those other vacuums and gotten thier leftovers so I know it works. And I got $500 off for turning in my Kirby which is common. I will admit it sucks on the stairs (its awkward) b/c I didn't buy the attachment. Otherwise i have no regrets. It's the first vacuum that does exactly what I was promised it would do.

BMalion
10-15-2011, 09:35 PM
How much?

Kevbo
10-16-2011, 01:15 AM
If you do buy one, keep it a secret. Many years ago when the going rate was about a third the number you gave, a cow-orker bought one and we were still giving him grief over it years later when I moved on to a new job.

ravr
04-17-2012, 03:08 PM
Ok guys, but nobody is talking about the other features that rainbow provides. Are they true?
I mean is a fact that they purify the air or is it a scam? Besides they say that regular vacuum cleaners work with suction instead of air. They say that suction is not good, and only push the dust down into the carpet. That only air takes the dust. I don't understand that. Any answers to this?

Crafter_Man
04-17-2012, 04:44 PM
Am glad we have wood floors throughout. We don't even own a vacuum cleaner. :cool:

BMalion
04-17-2012, 05:59 PM
Ok guys, but nobody is talking about the other features that rainbow provides. Are they true?
I mean is a fact that they purify the air or is it a scam? Besides they say that regular vacuum cleaners work with suction instead of air. They say that suction is not good, and only push the dust down into the carpet. That only air takes the dust. I don't understand that. Any answers to this?

Mostly lies from the salesmen. Dirt is removed by air flow, whether yourdevice cost $50 or $5000.

As far as purifying the air, sure, if you don't mind the loud motor sound roaring away while it's happening.

The only real difference between Rainbows® and other machines is that it uses water as a filter, big deal.

The Great Sun Jester
04-17-2012, 05:59 PM
Am glad we have wood floors throughout. We don't even own a vacuum cleaner. :cool:Well! More than anyone else here YOU need a cleaner that doesn't flip dust and allergens off your floor and into the air (Mr. Broom) or soak up water and spores to fester in your closet (Mr. Mop). Rainbow has a floor attachment and as has been mentioned, traps all the floor mess in the water! Oh sure, it's gross when it's time to empty it, but it's gross because it's actually collected the dirt--it didn't create the filth, it just collected it for you.

And while you're cleaning the floors with it, add a tablespoon of vanilla or your favorite scented oil to the water and it will scent the room better than any candle.

Fabulous machines. Stupid expensive, but pretty nifty. I'd never own one though because my kids would break it.

Flyer
04-17-2012, 06:57 PM
My family has a Rainbow. We don't use it much anymore, but it still works fine. I don't know how old it is--all I know is that my grandparents bought it, and that it was old (or seemed old) 25 years ago. There was one part that had to be replaced, but everything else is original.

If I had to guess, I'd say that it's about 40 years old.

grude
04-17-2012, 07:02 PM
Ugh god my father used to sell these, in fact I helped him do set up and break down for the fucking in home demo.

At the time they cost 3 grand and you would only learn that through sitting through the in home demo(the salesman makes $300 USD comission per sale BTW).

It is a good vacuum no doubt, is it worth $3K though I leave up to you.

WhyNot
04-17-2012, 07:09 PM
I'd never own one though because my kids would break it.

Oh, yeah...it was kind of fun to ride on, now that you mention it. I mean, Mom kept whining about "cracking casters" and "digging trails in the carpet" and "you're going to break your neck", but, c'mon...best use for the loud smelly thing, really.

chugs
12-05-2012, 07:06 AM
Hi All,

sorry for bumping this thread. Long time reader first time poster. I just want to warn you dopers that the Rainbow is basically a pyramid selling scam. The high cost of the unit has nothing to do with the build quality or performance (hell if I had to service my Dyson every two years for sure it'd last thirty).

Essentially the cost has everything to do with the layers in the pyramid, distributor, sector distributor etc.

Should have realised it when they were so pushy for names and details. bloody friend of our put us on a list.

The only thing I haven't been able to rationalise is how does it pick up more dust then my dyson. I'm terribly confused.

Also the claim that the dyson aersols the ultra-fine dust just didn't make sense since they both have HEPA filters. I guess it must work on some level and if you really want to buy one you can simply just pick up one cheap on ebay......

Anyway more reading can be found:

http://inspiredbyclean.com/rainbow-vacuum-scam-rainbow-vacuum-reviews-that-reveal-the-truth-about-rainbow-vacuum/

and http://consumeraffairs.com/homeowners/rainbow_vacuum.html

Cmorgen
12-15-2012, 11:54 PM
I actually clean houses as my part time job. 2 of my homes I clean both have rainbows. I recently purchased my own rainbow! I love it! I previously owned a Kirby! The rainbow has made my life a lot less stressful! I don't buy half the cleaning products that I used to. Which I am saving money. I also haven't had to dust my house for 2 weeks now! The air purifier is amazing! I ran it on high in my bedroom when I was getting a cold. I only had a cold for 3 days!! Must I add, I have 3 dogs and 2 cats! It's so easy to hook up the attachments and clean my hardwood floors! Big deal I have to empty the dirty water! Ya I dump it outside! Better than having all that crap in my house! As for bringing it up and down stairs. Well, I'm having knee surgery in 2 weeks and it isn't that heavy! I still manage! Ya it's a lot of money! But if you buy half the cleaning supplies that I used to it more than pays you back within the first year! I say they are worth it! I love a clean fresh smelling house!!

Zebra
12-16-2012, 12:54 AM
Oh man, we hand one when I was a kid, that was 40 years ago. The was thing was annoying but damn that thing was a tank. A KING TIGER tank. You could shoot it with a rocket propelled grenade and it would keep going.

But shit, by a Dyson.

Nunzio Tavulari
12-16-2012, 02:24 AM
I actually clean houses as my part time job. 2 of my homes I clean both have rainbows. I recently purchased my own rainbow!

They clean the dirt but they leave exclamation marks everywhere!!

simple homer
12-16-2012, 03:40 AM
I actually clean houses as my part time job. 2 of my homes I clean both have rainbows. I recently purchased my own rainbow! I love it! I previously owned a Kirby! The rainbow has made my life a lot less stressful! I don't buy half the cleaning products that I used to. Which I am saving money. I also haven't had to dust my house for 2 weeks now! The air purifier is amazing! I ran it on high in my bedroom when I was getting a cold. I only had a cold for 3 days!! Must I add, I have 3 dogs and 2 cats! It's so easy to hook up the attachments and clean my hardwood floors! Big deal I have to empty the dirty water! Ya I dump it outside! Better than having all that crap in my house! As for bringing it up and down stairs. Well, I'm having knee surgery in 2 weeks and it isn't that heavy! I still manage! Ya it's a lot of money! But if you buy half the cleaning supplies that I used to it more than pays you back within the first year! I say they are worth it! I love a clean fresh smelling house!!

Reads like an ad !
Join date: Dec 2012 !

VOW
12-16-2012, 03:41 AM
Forget the Kirby!

We had one, used it a LOT, also used the shampooer...BUT! Vacuum up one crummy little bolt, and the thing cracked the fan and knocked a hole in the "head." Hubster tried to get the hole welded, but it is made of "pot metal" and a welder wouldn't touch it.

We had a Tornado, one of the first wind tunnel vacuums, sold on an infomercial. We bought ours at Monkey Wards. It had one of the magic HEPA filters.

Replacement HEPA filter was fifty bucks.

We had a Dust Devil. It died.

Bought a cheap Eureka. The bags were hard to find, and the thing sounded like the living room was located in the middle of a jet fighter engine.

We now have a Dyson. LOVE IT.


~VOW

Mangetout
12-16-2012, 06:32 AM
Demonstrations are always impressive - that's why they work.

But was the demonstration truthful?

ThelmaLou
12-16-2012, 08:11 AM
Personally, I don't want a bagess vacuum. I don't want to look at bug parts, dried cat vomit, etc., again and then have to clean the canister. I just want to pull out a bag and throw it away and put in a nice clean one.

Spud
12-16-2012, 11:51 AM
I actually clean houses as my part time job. 2 of my homes I clean both have rainbows. I recently purchased my own rainbow! I love it! I previously owned a Kirby! The rainbow has made my life a lot less stressful! I don't buy half the cleaning products that I used to. Which I am saving money. I also haven't had to dust my house for 2 weeks now! The air purifier is amazing! I ran it on high in my bedroom when I was getting a cold. I only had a cold for 3 days!! Must I add, I have 3 dogs and 2 cats! It's so easy to hook up the attachments and clean my hardwood floors! Big deal I have to empty the dirty water! Ya I dump it outside! Better than having all that crap in my house! As for bringing it up and down stairs. Well, I'm having knee surgery in 2 weeks and it isn't that heavy! I still manage! Ya it's a lot of money! But if you buy half the cleaning supplies that I used to it more than pays you back within the first year! I say they are worth it! I love a clean fresh smelling house!!

Summary:

I work for Rainbow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WhyNot
12-16-2012, 01:27 PM
Summary:

I work for Rainbow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

They pay Christmas bonuses in punctuation.

Vicullum
12-17-2012, 01:43 AM
My family owned a rainbow back in the 90s. While I thought it did a decent job, filling up the water tank and later disposing of the turbid, dust-and-cat-hair laden used water were a major pain in the ass. Nowadays you can buy a used Kirby or rainbow on ebay for less than $100. Only a fool would pay full retail.

Mangetout
12-17-2012, 08:12 AM
The air purifier is amazing! I ran it on high in my bedroom when I was getting a cold. I only had a cold for 3 days!!

So, what, it sucked the virus right out of your body?

Or yeah, what Spud said.

Dewey Finn
12-17-2012, 08:48 AM
Don't colds last about three days, with or without magical vacuum cleaners?

Enright3
12-17-2012, 08:58 AM
My wife and I are looking into buying a Rainbow Vacuum Cleaner, however, it costs close to $2,400 for a new one. I've had a demonstration, and it seems worth it, but before I spend that type of money I was wondering if any dopers have any experience with them.

So, does anyone have any experience with Rainbow? Is it worth $2,400? Will it last? What can anyone tell me about them?

IT SEEMS WORTH IT? Really? I don't ever see how it could be worth it. I have to believe that getting the 2nd best vacuum in the world at 1/10 the price is a much better pay off.

Enright3
12-17-2012, 09:06 AM
Geez, I should have been paying attention. This thread is bordering on zombiness. It was opened over a year ago.

Mangetout
12-17-2012, 09:18 AM
Don't colds last about three days, with or without magical vacuum cleaners?

Sure, but can your vacuum cleaner also perform knee surgery? I didn't think so!!!!

Siam Sam
12-17-2012, 09:32 AM
Our US$100-equivalant Philips is still going strong after 16 years. Wouldn't trade it for Jesus.

Do zombies vacuum, BTW?

Diamond-D
08-25-2013, 05:03 PM
Hey, Not sure if you guys ever did purchase a rainbow, however if you did im sure you dont regret it!

Amazing system, worth every penny. I love the comments about how gross it is to change the dirty water and how its easier to go back to a dry vacuum cause its less dirty........ the dirty water is because its working! hahahaha

Its proven as the best cleaning system in the world, the new ones are amazing and we love ours!

ThelmaLou
08-25-2013, 05:29 PM
Didn't read the whole thread.

Forget the Rainbow. I had a friend who sold them and even she admitted it wasn't worth the price.

Get the Shark Rotator (http://amazon.com/Shark-Rotator-PowerLight-Professional-Cleaner/dp/B009W32WC0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1377465857&sr=8-1&keywords=rotator+vacuum). It's $199 at amazon and Bed Bath & Beyond, but at BB&B use your 20% off coupon and get it for ~$160. Seriously. Read the amazon reviews. This vacuum is The Bomb.

It's lightweight, easy to maneuver, has a zillion handy attachments, and incredible s-u-c-t-i-o-n. You will love it.


Do you think the NSA will pull my post because I used the word "bomb" twice and capitalized it once?

CarnalK
08-25-2013, 05:50 PM
Hey, Not sure if you guys ever did purchase a rainbow, however if you did im sure you dont regret it!

Amazing system, worth every penny. I love the comments about how gross it is to change the dirty water and how its easier to go back to a dry vacuum cause its less dirty........ the dirty water is because its working! hahahaha

Its proven as the best cleaning system in the world, the new ones are amazing and we love ours!

And the full bag or cylinder on every other type of vacuum shows they are working! hahahaha

I, like yourself, worked for these guys once. Can't believe they are still going. It was all hard sell shit with lots of scary dust mite photos and dirty water. When I decided to quit, they suddenly "remembered" that one of the sales I got a month ago never went through, so can we please have your commission back? lol, sure guys. I'll be right back with your cash.

I guess the good news is that these guys all have "real" jobs, instead of just going out and being pure criminals.

carnut
08-25-2013, 06:17 PM
I went to training to sell Rainbows so that I could "earn" one rather than spend the money. I do think they are pretty awesome but not worth the price. And it definitely wasn't worth the hard sell they wanted me to give people.

The last straw was on my initial sales pitch to a friend who said she would sit through it for my sake. The person who got me involved came along to "help" me and got stupid and pushy when Cheryl wouldn't buy. When I told her my friend's son spoke Spanish, she turned around and said to the son (then age 12) in Spanish, "Poor child, your mother doesn't love you enough to want you to breathe clean air." Oh, um, lady - my friend speaks Spanish too. It was all she could to be semi-civil and get us out of her house. When I called later to apologize, she told me what the woman had said. I went through the roof and refused to have anything to do with the local Rainbow crowd.

I have a Dyson DC-17 Animal now. I really like it. I do clean the air filter regularly.

BMalion
08-25-2013, 07:46 PM
Hardwood floors and a swiffer work fine for me. :)

usedtobe
08-25-2013, 09:42 PM
Rule of thumb: Any product which advertises itself as using "Mother Nature's (anything)" is a fraud or otherwise not looking past the part about "Mother Nature".

In this case, it is water that belongs to "Mother Nature".

Have the salesrep put in new filters (or otherwise establish perfectly clean). Then turn it on and let it sit in the middle of the room and run for an hour.
Now: "Show me all that crud it extracted from my air". NO? Well, where DID it go, then?

I have a 30 year old Eureka - I've replaced the brushes in the roller, the roller belt. It now throws the belt in the head which turns the roller - the wheels have worn and become rounded. Rather than replacing the roller, I came up with a kludge.
I am a slob and don't vacuum often, but it still does what I want it to do.

$2400? I'm guessing the rep gets half. But if they are going for $450 used, they are probably not worth more than $900 new. Even that is absurd.

Siam Sam
08-25-2013, 10:59 PM
Our US$100-equivalant Philips is still going strong after 16 years. Wouldn't trade it for Jesus.

Do zombies vacuum, BTW?

It's 17 years old this month now, and still going good. I cannot even imagine paying $2400 for a frickin' vacuum cleaner. For that much money, I could probably pay an army of Thai cleaning ladies to come in and scrub the place down with a toothbrush regularly for five years.

eschereal
08-26-2013, 12:58 AM
Hardwood floors and a swiffer work fine for me. :)

Some people use vacuum cleaners on hardwood/linoleum/tile/etc floors. I fail to understand that. How can you get anything other than carpet clean with a vacuum cleaner, and why would you bother when a good dust mop does a better job? It baffles me.

Ellen Cherry
08-26-2013, 01:04 PM
Since this only seems to attract salespeople, I'm closing the thread.

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