Model Differences on Rainbow Vacuum Cleaners 

Have you ever wondered what the feature differences were between the different models of Rainbow Vacuum cleaner? In this video Dustin goes over the D3, D4, SE, SE PN2, E-series, and two E2 Two-Speeds.

 

 

D3

 

The first vacuum is the Rainbow D3. This particular one is about 30 years old and is your basic Rainbow vacuum. It’s great for vacuuming up wet spills because, like all Rainbows, it uses water to filter. We don’t work on D3s quite as often due to their age and the difficulty in finding replacement parts.

 

D4

After the D3, Rainbow came out with the D4 model. The head and hose are still pretty similar to the D3, but they changed the canister quite a bit. One of the main differences is that the D4 has significantly more power. Parts are still easy to find for the D4, which is also a huge advantage.

 

SE

After the D4 came the SE. The D4, SE, and SE PN2 all have the same amount of power and the canisters are very similar. Probably the biggest differences is that the decals have a different color. Now, the biggest difference between the D4 and SE is that the SE has an electric hose instead of a long electric cord like the D4.  If you do need to vacuum up something wet you should switch to the non-electric hose!

 

SE PN2

Next came the SE PN2! They improved the power nozzle and you can note a more modern shape. They also added a trigger on the hose, which means if you let go the head stops vacuuming!

 

E2

Then came the E-series E2. This vacuum gives you a lot of bang for your buck, because they made a whole bunch of improvements! They added a HEPA filter, gave it more power, put cushioning under the handle, and the water bowls are spring-loaded and snap in place.

 

E2 2-speed

After that came the E2 2-speed. This vacuum, as the name suggests, has 2 speeds. One can be used as an air purifier and is very quiet. The other speed is for your regular vacuuming.

 

E2 2-speed (blue)

The last one is also an E2 2-speed, but it has blue decals. This one has a quieter motor and is more expensive.

 

 

Want to know what Rainbow vacuum is best for you? Check out our Rainbow Vacuum guide!

 

Looking for more info? Check out our Education Center!

 

Need your Rainbow repaired? Send us an email at service@greatvacs.com

 

We sell Rainbow vacuums! We buy Rainbow vacuums! And we sell parts, tools, or anything else you need! If you need any parts, supplies or have any questions, email as service@greatvacs.com or leave a comment! You can also head on over to our YouTube channel to see more educational videos on all of our different products.

 

 

Model Differences on Rainbow Vacuum Cleaners

Model Differences on Rainbow Vacuum Cleaners 

Have you ever wondered what the feature differences were between the different models of Rainbow Vacuum cleaner? In this video Dustin goes over the D3, D4, SE, SE PN2,...

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Maintenance Tip for Rainbow Vacuum Cleaners

People that own Rainbow vacuums love them! To keep your Rainbow working great, you’ll need to do some regular maintenance. This video goes over three simple tips to keep your Rainbow vacuum cleaner in tip top shape!

 

Important Safety Tips

  • Always make sure your machine is unplugged and the power button is turned off, before servicing your vacuum.
  • Always make sure your hands are dry and free from moisture before servicing your machine.
  • Be sure to wear gloves when servicing your machine to prevent any cuts or scrapes.
  • If you are uncomfortable working on your vacuum, please don’t hesitate to contact us at service@greatvacs.com and we can help you through the process or you can send it into us to fix it for you. 

 

Instructions

 

Our first tip (and probably the most important) is that when you finish vacuuming, remove the water bowl and dump out the water, DO NOT put the water bowl back! If you put everything back together the moisture from the damp water bowl can be attracted to the heat of the bearings. You may not notice a problem for 5-10 years, but those bearings may eventually seize up. We recommend just setting the bowl on top of your vacuum. This simple tip can add another 10-15 years of life to your Rainbow!

 

The second tip is to keep your vacuum clean! Check your brush roll and make sure there isn’t hair or carpet fibers wrapped around it. Your brush roll should spin freely and you should be replacing your belts on time.

 

 

The third maintenance tip is to clean your water separator. This should be done at least 2-3 times per year. To remove the water separator you’ll remove the canister, turn it upside down, and then remove the brass bolt in the middle. Take out the water separator and take it over to the sink, where you can scrub it with a brush (like an old toothbrush.)

 

If you follow those three tips your Rainbow vacuum will last you a very long time!

 

 

Want to know what Rainbow vacuum is best for you? Check out our Rainbow Vacuum guide!

 

Looking for more info? Check out our Education Center!

 

Need your Rainbow repaired? Send us an email at service@greatvacs.com

 

We sell Rainbow vacuums! We buy Rainbow vacuums! And we sell parts, tools, or anything else you need! If you need any parts, supplies or have any questions, email as service@greatvacs.com or leave a comment! You can also head on over to our YouTube channel to see more educational videos on all of our different products.

 

 

Maintenance Tip for Rainbow Vacuum Cleaners

Maintenance Tip for Rainbow Vacuum Cleaners

People that own Rainbow vacuums love them! To keep your Rainbow working great, you’ll need to do some regular maintenance. This video goes over three simple tips...

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How To Clean A Water Separator On A Rainbow Vacuum Cleaner

Have you cleaned the water separator on your Rainbow Vacuum? Do you know how? We get asked this question a lot! Here’s a quick video that shows you how simple this routine maintenance is!

 

Important Safety Tips

  • Always make sure your machine is unplugged and the power button is turned off, before servicing your vacuum.
  • Always make sure your hands are dry and free from moisture before servicing your machine.
  • Be sure to wear gloves when servicing your machine to prevent any cuts or scrapes.
  • If you are uncomfortable working on your vacuum, please don’t hesitate to contact us at service@greatvacs.com and we can help you through the process or you can send it into us to fix it for you. 

 

Instructions

 

Unscrew the brass nut at the very bottom.

 

Now you can remove the water separator! You can take it over to the sink, grab a brush, and scrub all the nooks and crannies to get the dirt out. You can get by doing this about 2-3 times per year.

 

Wait, are you having trouble getting that nut off? Sometimes, after a while, it gets a bit stuck on there and you can’t remove it with just your fingers. If this is the case you’ll need to hold the water separator firmly with one hand and use a wrench or a flathead screwdriver to loosen the nut.

 

Once you have it apart go ahead and clean up the threads as well. You can use a little WD-40 when replacing the nut so that it will come off easier next time.

 

On occasion, when people are replacing the nut, it stops and they assume it’s tightened all the way. If the water separator can spin freely while the nut is held in place, then the nut has not been tightened enough! You want the water separator AND the nut to have to spin together. You also want to be careful not to over-tighten, as this can bind up the motor.

 

Want to know what Rainbow vacuum is best for you? Check out our Rainbow Vacuum guide.

 

Looking for more info? Check out our Education Center!

 

Need your Rainbow repaired? Send us an email at service@greatvacs.com

 

We sell Rainbow vacuums! We buy Rainbow vacuums! And we sell parts, tools, or anything else you need! If you need any parts, supplies or have any questions, email as service@greatvacs.com or leave a comment! You can also head on over to our YouTube channel to see more educational videos on all of our different products.

 

How To Clean A Water Separator On A Rainbow Vacuum Cleaner

How To Clean A Water Separator On A Rainbow Vacuum Cleaner

Have you cleaned the water separator on your Rainbow Vacuum? Do you know how? We get asked this question a lot! Here’s a quick...

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