Saturday, October 26, 2013

I Love My Vacuum!

I love my vacuum....those are words probably said few and far between.  I can truthfully say I am not a fan of vacuuming.  It always seems that no matter how often you vacuum, the carpets still feel "eh".  While the vacuum may have picked up the surface dirt and hair, the carpets don't quite have that "new" feel anymore.

That all changed when my Mom came to visit and brought her Rainbow vacuum with her.  After feeling those carpets, I am a convert and picked up a used Rainbow vacuum on eBay.  Now our prior vacuum was a pretty decent model and we paid about $120 for it.  It did well for a while, but never really excelled.  It was also a pain to vacuum near the cat's litter box as my feet were constantly being sand-blasted by the litter that was tracked outside the box.

When I went searching online for a Rainbow, I knew I didn't need or want the shampooing attachments (which by the way, it does an excellent job with shampooing carpets, too) and I didn't need a top-of-the-line version of the Rainbow vacuum.  New Rainbows sell anywhere from $2000 to $5000.  No way was I going to spend that much on a vacuum!


This is my vacuum above!  :-)  I got if off eBay for $150 with free shipping.  It was a sweet deal.  This model is from around the mid-1980s and works great.  If you're not familiar with Rainbows, the way they work is they suck all the junk out of your carpets and dump it into water held in the lower section of the canister.

Be prepared for some kind of gross pictures ahead.  As a testament to how well this 1980s vacuum still works, the water I started out with in the canister was perfectly clean and you could see through it.  The photos below are of the water after vacuuming my living room floor.  There are little bits of wood floating in the water since we've been tracking it in a bit with using the fireplace lately.


As you can see, there's definitely a lot of "JUNK" in that water.


And you definitely can't see through it anymore!

The great thing (at least in my opinion) about Rainbow vacuums is that they just don't die.  The reason people get rid of them on eBay and Craig's List is because they simply stop wanting to deal with the canister and the dirty water.  My Mom's vacuum is from the 1970s and she uses it a ton.  She usually vacuums once a week and for the first 10-15 years she had it, there were 6 kids in the house as well as a long-haired dog.  Her vacuum is still running just as well as the day she bought it (she also got hers used).

So if you have carpets and are thinking of getting a new vacuum, try out on of these from eBay or some other used facility.  For the right price, its definitely worth taking the gamble on something sight-unseen. 

By the way, these vacuums are one of the best for people with allergies.  Because the dust, dirt and pollen are trapped in water, its much better for people who have allergies.  Its actually one of the few vacuums that are recommended by allergists because they are such good vacuums.

Happy Crafting!
~Sarah at upstateNYCreations

1 comment:

  1. thanks for your review! I got a Dyson about 6 years ago and at first I liked it then it didn't seem to do a great job. DH did some research and they said they had fixed that problem area and when I finally got fed up with the way it was working and went to find a new one I let DH talk me into another one - he likes the name or something! Really insisted it was the best to get for the money -- it is ok, but I wish I would have waited now and read your review first!