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Old 07-15-07, 06:30 PM
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Wife wants a Rainbow, how about you?

Well there it is, my wife wants a Rainbow Vaccuum and I am not sure so I am asking your opinion of the thing. Have at it.
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Old 07-15-07, 06:48 PM
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I know a couple of people who have them, they wouldn't have anything else.
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Old 07-15-07, 06:54 PM
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Top quality Vacuum, and far lighter/cheaper than a Kirby.

...I sold Kirbys at one point in my life....god I never heard so many complaints about their weight. I'll admit, they were piglike...but they were pretty good quality too, just really ____ expensive.
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Dang I thought this was gonna be a Jon thread.

I have a Kirby. I refuse to try anything else. I want my money's worth.
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Old 07-15-07, 07:19 PM
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I think people who spe d top $ on vacuums are suckers. I bought a $140 Eureka that was top rated by Consumer Reports. It cleans like a mutha. I used to work for a guy that formerly sold Rainbow. People brought them in occasionally so i got to see them. I don't get the big deal, looks like a lot of hassle and mess to me.

But Rainbow lovers are passionate so I am staying out of their way.
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I had a Rainbow. My brother in law used to sell them and he gave me a refurb he took in trade. Great vacuum, but a real pain to clean after you've used it. Big tank of muddy water you have to empty and clean after each use, no matter how clean your house is. But... that same water does keep the dust and smell down better than any other vacuum I've ever had, including the Kirby I currently have.

Don't get me wrong, the Kirby cleans just as good and the motorized wheels offset the weight, but between the two, I think I'd go back to the Rainbow if, for some reason the Kirby breaks. But I'm only one of two votes, too, and the other vote didn't like the muddy water part.

By the way, if you go with either one, figure on half the asking price if you're a good negotiator.
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Originally Posted by Portis
I think people who spe d top $ on vacuums are suckers. I bought a $140 Eureka that was top rated by Consumer Reports. It cleans like a mutha. I used to work for a guy that formerly sold Rainbow. People brought them in occasionally so i got to see them. I don't get the big deal, looks like a lot of hassle and mess to me.

But Rainbow lovers are passionate so I am staying out of their way.
Yeah yeah I agree with you here. That is why I won't use anything else. I better be getting my money's worth~
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Old 07-15-07, 10:17 PM
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I do like to dicker (be nice) and I had never heard that you can haggle with a Rainbow salesman.
We have a lot of dust due in part to no paved roads to our place, so a Rainbow would make sense, shoot I would just dump the muddy water on the dogs under the porch.
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Old 07-15-07, 10:22 PM
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My parents had a rainbow....dad may still use it, not sure. They loved it....I borrowed it a few times and I loved it. It is a great vacuum, but like mentioned, they are a bit of a mess to clean up. A nasty muddy tank and if you will probably go through a couple of tanks if vacuuming the whole house.
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I want a rainbow. Where's mine.
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I want a rainbow. Where's mine.
It's Down by the River .
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I've never heard of Rainbow or Kirby vacuums. They sound odd, though. Some kind of water filtration system? Hmm. [edit: Just looked up the Rainbow on Wikipedia. $2000 for a damn vacuum cleaner? Gah!]

Then again, I tend to use brooms.
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Originally Posted by skiahh
By the way, if you go with either one, figure on half the asking price if you're a good negotiator.
Problem with that is the salesman gets NO money for that sale at all.....they are paid exclusively in commission.....and that person's manager is also not getting paid....basically they sacrificed their commissions just to add 1 to their sales per month...since there is a bonus for being a sales leader...but it's not a very big bonus....two vacuum sales at a modest discount to the consumer can offset it.

I won't say, but there is a signifigant amount of markup on them for commission, but since they are so hard to sell, even with that amount off, you can be certain it's necessary so those salesmen can eat...
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Old 07-16-07, 05:34 AM
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Originally Posted by x136
I've never heard of Rainbow or Kirby vacuums. They sound odd, though. Some kind of water filtration system? Hmm. [edit: Just looked up the Rainbow on Wikipedia. $2000 for a damn vacuum cleaner? Gah!]

Then again, I tend to use brooms.
Rainbow is Hoover's premium vacuum....they use a water tank to help keep the air clean.

Kirby is the hummer of vacuums....they rely on insane suction power, and that metal body is needed to handle it. It's actually a pretty impressive piece of machinery, but it's really freaking heavy too.

If I had a big place to clean though, no doubt about it....Kirby. Otherwise I'll stick to my Dirt Devil.
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water washed air? sounds like a gimmick to me. as well as messy and annoying to clean. I have a little eureka also and as long as I keep the filter clean it works great
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water washed air? sounds like a gimmick to me. as well as messy and annoying to clean. I have a little eureka also and as long as I keep the filter clean it works great
Not exactly. It's a water tank instead of a bag that the dirt/dust is blown in to. I doubt its any better than a bag system...that part of it may be a bit gimmicky, but they do have great suction power.
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We have a corded Hoover Twist 'n' Vac that we've had for 5 years. Since we only use it to vacuum the furniture, it works great for us. I've had to replace the drive belt, but that was cheap & easy.
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Originally Posted by Minesbroken
water washed air? sounds like a gimmick to me. as well as messy and annoying to clean. I have a little eureka also and as long as I keep the filter clean it works great
Maybe it's a gimick, but it's one that works. I've never used a bag vacuum that doesn't have that "smell" with the air exiting through the bag. With the Rainbow, you don't get that. With HEPA filter bags and whatnot, I'm guessing they're all good at trapping the dust, particles and whatnot, but the Rainbow does trap the smell, too.
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My wife and I both work, and we have a cleaning lady that comes in once a week. I will ask her tomorrow what she thinks. How do you say Rainbow in Spanish? BTW, our housekeeper abuses vacuums. I have to make a mental note to always check the belt, bag, cord, beater brush on our Hoover, because she won't, and just uses it however she finds it. That fact alone would make a water filled vacuum not doable for Casa de Sharrock.
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One thing the rainbow can do is make the air smell better because you can put some scent/fragrance in the water and it passes the scent to the house and makes it smell good as you vaccuum.
Steven Still checking.
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Originally Posted by FlyingAnchor
Steven Still checking.
What does Steven Stills have to do with the vacuum checking? Did CSN write a song about vacuums?
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No, He make shine, and checks it often.
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