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Here at Great Vacs we are frequently asked what differences exist between some of the Rainbow Vacuum models. We are also asked what model is best. We have decided to make this page to provide answers to those specific questions. This is not a technical page about Rainbow Vacuums. To get that information, you will need to contact the Rainbow Company.

Disclaimer - All information we have provided is third party information. The information contained herein is what we have learned over the years from repairing and rebuilding Rainbow Vacuums. All information and statements are merely our opinions. This document does not contain any official or technical information on Rainbow Vacuums. For that information you need to contact the Rainbow company (Rexair) or your local distributors. We are not a Rainbow distributor nor are we associated in any way with the Rainbow Vacuum company. This information is provided to make you aware of some of the features of the vacuum, not to provide technical or official information. We don't claim to include all information in this document, but if you have knowledge or information that would enhance this document, please let us know and we would be glad to include it.

Rainbow Vacuum Model Differences

 

 

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Rainbow Vacuum Cleaners Model Power (CFM) Filtration Hose Style Power Nozzle  Shampooer Style   GreatVacs 
Warranty
D4 Model 72 Cubic Feet
per Minute
Water Filtration Non Electric Hose

Power Cord Runs
on Outside of Hose

Includes 2 hoses
Only Works with
Aquamate 1
Shampooer
5 Years on
Both Motors
Fans &
Bearings
SE Model 72 Cubic Feet
per Minute
Water Filtration
Electric Hose

Comes With 1
Electric Hose

1 Non Electric
Wet Hose

Only Works With
Aquamate 1
Shampooer
5 Years on
Both Motors
Fans &
Bearings
SE/PN2 Model 72 Cubic Feet
per Minute
Water Filtration Electric Hose

Comes With 1
Electric Hose
with Trigger

1 Non Electric
Wet Hose

Only Works With
Aquamate 1
Shampooer
5 Years on
Both Motors
Fans &
Bearings
E Series Model

 

80 Cubic Feet
per Minute
Water & Hepa
Filtration
Electric Hose

Comes With 1
Electric Hose

1 Non Electric
Wet Hose

Only Works With
Aquamate
1 & 2
Shampooer
5 Years on
Both Motors
Fans &
Bearings
E2 Gold Model
2 Speed Model

 

80+ Cubic Feet
per Minute
Water & Washable Hepa
Filtration
Electric Hose

Comes With 1
Electric Hose

1 Non Electric
Wet Hose

Only Works With
Aquamate
1, 2,& 3
Shampooer
5 Years on
Both Motors
Fans &
Bearings
E2 Blue Model
2 Speed Model

 

80+ Cubic Feet
per Minute
Water & Hepa
Filtration
Electric Hose

Comes With 1
Electric Hose

1 Non Electric
Wet Hose

Only Works With
Aquamate 1, 2, &3
Shampooer
5 Years on
Both Motors
Fans &
Bearings
E2 Black Model

 

80+ Cubic Feet
per Minute
Water & Hepa
Filtration
Electric Hose

Comes With 1
Electric Hose
Used For
Wet and Dry
Only Works With
Aquamate 1, 2,& 3
Shampooer
5 Years on
Both Motors
Fans &
Bearings
Rainbow D3 Vacuum D3 Rainbow: Cubic Feet Per Minute of Air Moved: 67. The D3 rainbow is a good work horse Rainbow Vacuum. For the price, you can't go wrong. If you want more convenience, you might check out the newer models. It comes with a standard hose with the power cord on the outside of the hose. It does not have a pump style hose. As with all Rainbows, the D3 Rainbow Vacuum has a separate tool hose with standard Rainbow tools.
Rainbow D4 Vacuum

D4 Rainbow: Cubic Feet Per Minute of Air Moved: 72. With the D4 Rainbow Vacuum they changed quite a bit regarding the look and design. They also added more power. The powerhead powercord is still on the outside of the main hose. They also changed the design and look of the standard tools. They changed the look of the tool dolly and made quite a few engineering changes as well (i.e. motor, fan, water separator, separator nut, gaskets, etc).

 

 

Rainbow SE Vacuum SE Rainbow. Cubic Feet Per Minute of Air Moved: 72. The main change between the SE and the D4 is the main hose. They put the cord internally on the main hose. They also added a pump on the handle of the hose. On the D4, the cord going to the powerhead just snapped onto the hose and was long. On the SE Rainbow Vacuum, the cord from the powerhead only goes to the end of the main wand and is more convenient. They changed the colors slightly and added a slightly different look to the wheel dolly.
Rainbow SE PN2 Vacuum SE PE Rainbow. Cubic Feet Per Minute of Air Moved: 72. The SE PE (also known as the SE PN2), which stands for SE Performance Edition, made a couple of changes, but most of them were not performance changes. The first change they made with the SE PE Rainbow Vacuum was putting a trigger on the pump handle. The trigger has to be squeezed in order for the powerhead to run. This is a great feature for convenience and saftey. For example, if you were vacuuming and you accidentally caught a sock or some carpet string you just let go of the trigger and the powerhead would stop. The second change they made was to the powerhead. They changed from the traditional squareish rectangular head and made it more triangular. The head was not quite as wide as previous models, but seemed to have more vacuuming power.
Rainbow E2 Eseries Vacuum

E Series Rainbow. Cubic Feet Per Minute of Air Moved: 80. Usually when a new model comes out they only make a few changes. With the E series ,they completely went back to the drawing board. We were really impressed with all the changes they made to the E2 Series Rainbow Vacuum. About the only thing that looks similar to the previous model is part of the hose, wand and the head. Some of the changes are: more power, the color, design and look of the E Series, look of the tools, wheel dolly now locks in place so the dolly won't fall off, added a saftey switch, changed the water separator, the water bowl, the hose connections, and added a Hepa Filter. So what do these changes really mean? Well, with more power it is going to vacuum better. With the Hepa Filtration it is going to filter better, with the safety switch it is now safer, and with the design change it looked cooler. In our business, when we see a new model come out it usually only takes a year or so for the price to dramatically drop. This has not been true with the E series. The selling price has stayed within a hundred dollars over the last 6 years. We have never seen another model stay close to that. There is a lot of demand for them. Because of the demand, though, they are still outside the price range of some people. Otherwise, we still recommend a lot of the previous models because they are still great affordable vacuums.

 

Rainbow E2 2 Speed Vacuum E2 2 Speed Rainbow. The main difference between the E2 2 Speed Rainbow Vacuum and the E Series is the main motor. They actually look very similar and have similar performance. The E2 2 Speed Rainbow Vacuum uses a brushless motor and has a 2 speed switch. With the 2 speed, it allows you to use the vacuum as a home air filter that runs quietly and then the second speed is for normal vacuuming. Personally, if I had a vacuum that was that expensive, I would be worried about putting extra hours on it, and go buy an air filter machine (you can get nice ones for around 100 dollars). With the new motor it also has a little more airflow (I dont know how much more).
Rainbow Vacuum tools Optional Rainbow Accessories. With all the Rainbow Vacuums there are optional items you can buy. There is the Aquamate shampooer that will fit all the Rainbow models that come with a tool hose. There is the Aquamate II that is a self-contained shampooer that will only fit the E Series. There is the Rainmate humidifier and the Rainbowmate-powered upholstery tool. The Rainbowmates will only work on models SE or newer. There is one made for the SE Rainbow Vacuum and one made for the E Series Rainbow Vacuum. There is the handheld shampooer for upholstery, etc., and the squeegie tool.

 

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Recommendations. If you are thinking about buying another plastic upright or canister from a superstore that is only going to last a few years, we suggest you buy a D3 or D4 Rainbow Vacuum. It's about the same price, it does a better job vacuuming, and will last much longer. If you can afford it, we would suggest going with the D4 Rainbow Vacuum.

If you are on a budget, but want a good all-around vacuum, we suggest the SE Rainbow Vacuum. Of all the Rainbow vacuum models, it is our highest seller.

If you like convenience and safety, we would recommend the SE PN2 Rainbow Vacuum. It is great if you have debris on the floor and it is one of the latest models you can buy.

If you have really bad allergies, we recommend the E series Rainbow Vacuum. However, we have had serveral allergy sufferers that have said the previous models have really helped them as well. The E series seems to have a little more power. However, if it is out of your budget, we know of no other canister vacuum that has more cleaning power than the previously mentioned Rainbow Vacuum models.

As you can tell, there are differences between the D3 to SE PN2, but the biggest difference is age and color. In our opinion, age is not a big factor in a Rainbow because they last so long. We hope this information was helpful to you and that it will answer your questions about the difference between Rainbow vacuum models. If you still have questions, you may email us at service@greatvacs.com or visit us at www.greatvacs.com                                                                

 

 

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