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RAINBOW VACUUM MODELS
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- Kirby Vacuum Cleaner Guide
- Kirby or Dyson - Which is Better?
- Best Kirby Vacuum For You
- Rainbow Vacuum Guide
- Oreck Vacuum Guide
- Kirby Vacuum Bag Guide (Which Bag To Use?)
- Bags vs. Bagless Vacuum - Which is best?
- The Best Vacuum Cleaner
- HEPA Vacuum Cleaner Filtration
- Picking the Perfect Commercial Vacuum or Cleaner
+VACUUM MODEL DIFFERENCES
+VACUUM USE & MANUALS
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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.
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
|Rainbow Vacuum Cleaners||Model||Power (CFM)||Filtration||Hose Style||Power Nozzle||Shampooer
|D4 Model||72 Cubic Feetper Minute||Water Filtration||Non Electric HosePower Cord Runson Outside of HoseIncludes 2 hoses||Only Works withAquamate 1Shampooer||5 Years onBoth MotorsFans & Bearings|
|SE Model||72 Cubic Feetper Minute||Water Filtration||Electric HoseComes With 1Electric Hose1 Non ElectricWet Hose||Only Works WithAquamate 1Shampooer||5 Years onBoth MotorsFans & Bearings|
|SE/PN2 Model||72 Cubic Feetper Minute||Water Filtration||Electric HoseComes With 1Electric Hosewith Trigger1 Non ElectricWet Hose||Only Works WithAquamate 1Shampooer||5 Years onBoth MotorsFans & Bearings|
E Series Model
|80 Cubic Feetper Minute||Water & HepaFiltration||Electric HoseComes With 1Electric Hose1 Non ElectricWet Hose||Only Works WithAquamate1 & 2Shampooer||5 Years onBoth MotorsFans & Bearings|
E2 Gold Model 2 Speed Model
|80+ Cubic Feet per Minute||Water & Washable HepaFiltration||Electric HoseComes With 1Electric Hose1 Non ElectricWet Hose||Only Works WithAquamate1, 2,& 3Shampooer||5 Years onBoth MotorsFans & Bearings|
E2 Blue Model 2 Speed Model
|80+ Cubic Feet per Minute||Water & HepaFiltration||Electric HoseComes With 1Electric Hose1 Non ElectricWet Hose||Only Works WithAquamate 1, 2, &3Shampooer||5 Years onBoth MotorsFans & Bearings|
E2 Black Model
|80+ Cubic Feet per Minute||Water & HepaFiltration||Electric HoseComes With 1Electric HoseUsed ForWet and Dry||Only Works WithAquamate 1, 2,& 3Shampooer||5 Years onBoth MotorsFans & Bearings|
|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.|
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).
|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.|
|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 safety. 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 squarish rectangular head and made it more triangular. The head was not quite as wide as previous models, but seemed to have more vacuuming power.|
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 safety 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.
|E2 Gold 2 Speed Rainbow. The main difference between the E2 Gold 2 Speed Rainbow Vacuum and the E Series is the main motor. They actually look very similar and have similar performance. The E2 Gold 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).|
|E2 Blue 2 Speed Rainbow. The only difference between the E2 Blue 2 Speed Rainbow Vacuum and the E2 Gold 2 Speed Series is the E2 Blue is newer and quieter than the E2 Gold Vacuum Cleaner. The difference between the E2 Blue and the E series is the main motor. They actually look very similar and have similar performance. The E2 Blue 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).|
|E2 Black 2 Speed Rainbow. The main difference between the E2 Black 2 Speed Rainbow Vacuum and the other E2 2 Speed Series is the powerhead. The powerhead was completely redesigned with powered edge brushes. This helps with getting the edges of your carpet clean even when your against the wall. The E2 Black 2 Speed Rainbow Vacuum still 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. The E2 Black is the newest model available.|
|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. New Comfort Humidifier for cleaning the air around you. Ridz-Odor for getting rid of odors and stopping them at the source 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 squeegee tool.|
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 several 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us at www.greatvacs.com