You are probably wondering why I am reviewing a vacuum on a blog that is supposed to be about veterinary information. Well anyone that has pets especially ones with long furry hair understands the need to have a good vacuum. I happen to have a long haired cat who also is unfortunately very messy. Not only do I have to worry about cleaning up her fur, I also deal with tracked cat litter and spilled food! So you can imagine I have to vacuum all the time. Before I got the Rainbow vacuum, I dealt with the upright vacuum cleaners which continuously would get clogged. Some vacuums I would literally have to disassemble just to unclog the fur and the food. I would also have to deal with loss of suction. This often would result in cat litter remaining in the head of the vacuum. Consequently, the next time I would use the vacuum, the litter would spread all over the floor like a seed spreader. So finally I said enough is enough! I needed to find a vacuum that worked. A friend of mine who use to sell vacuums door to door told me about the Rainbow vacuum. So I decided to do research on it. Majority of the reviews were good but the only problem was the price. A new one is anywhere between $1500-$2000. That price range is nowhere near anything I would consider paying for a vacuum. But with my research, I also discovered that rebuilt versions were available for a fraction of the cost. However, that fraction still cost me over $400! But I was desperate and still decided to go ahead with the purchase. It was the best decision that I made. I have had the vacuum for almost 2 years now and no more clogged hoses, no more spreading of the cat litter like seed, and no more loss of suction. Other neat features of the Rainbow vacuum include a pretty powerful suction, and it does not require any belts or bags. It actually uses a canister that uses water as a filter so there is no dust at all!
Even though this is a great vacuum, there are some things I don’t like about the Rainbow vacuum. One is that the design not aesthetically pleasing. It reminds me of a vacuum from 70’s. Luckily, I am more concerned with how it functions rather than how it looks. Also clean up can be quite challenging. The water canister needs to be cleaned after each vacuuming. You may empty it either down the sink or down the toilet but that may become a plumbing hazard especially if there is a large amount of debris. I am fortunate to have a wooded area in the back of my residence which allows me to dump the contents out. I then spray the canister out with a garden hose. You also have to be careful that you don’t leave the motor unit on the canister while it is full of water otherwise the motor unit will rust. The vacuum is bulky, heavy and comes with many parts so storage can be challenging. If you don’t have much room then this vacuum may not be for you.
Besides that challenges I have mentioned, I still think the Rainbow is a great vacuum. If you have many pets or pets with long hair that leave a large mess you should strongly consider it. Especially if like me had problems with your vacuum getting clogged with pet hair and debris. Is it the best vacuum for pets? Well for me it has been better than any upright I have purchased in the past. I would love to hear from others the success they had with other vacuums in cleaning up their pet areas.