Thread Number: 39142  /  Tag: Brand New Vacuum Cleaners
My New Rainbow SRX 🌈
[Down to Last]

Vacuumland's exclusive eBay Watch:
scroll >>> for more items
Post# 415248   10/23/2019 at 19:05 (284 days old) by Mpbyrd (Connelly Springs, NC)        

mpbyrd's profile picture
So I couldnít resist, being a Rainbow dealer I finally decided to get the new SRX And I must say I am quite impressed. It has a four-speed motor along with a timer for the air purification system. The new powerhead grooms the carpet very nicely and the machine is much quieter than previous models. It now has a hydraulic system to where the machine lifts up and you slide the bowl in place. The powerhead adjust very well to various types of carpeting including a pretty thick shag rug I have in my living room. The main unit is actually smaller and lighter weight than previous models. All in all they done a great job with this model in my opinion.

  Photos...       <              >      Photo 1 of 4         View Full Size

Post# 415249 , Reply# 1   10/23/2019 at 19:46 (284 days old) by Juju93 (florida)        

Omg Yyyaaasss! Finally someone who posted their SRX machine. Anyway you can post pics of the owners manual both for the machine and power nozzle? Also did you get any optional accessories to go with?

Post# 415250 , Reply# 2   10/23/2019 at 20:23 (284 days old) by Mpbyrd (Connelly Springs, NC)        
Manual and accessories

mpbyrd's profile picture
Accessories such as the Supermop / Rainjet, shampooer, mini powerhead, etc. are the same as the previous model. So my accessories I had from my E2 black fit. Attached pictures of the manuals. The new things they include standard are the wet pick up head, and the pet grooming brush.

  Photos...       <              >      Photo 1 of 10         View Full Size
Post# 415252 , Reply# 3   10/23/2019 at 20:37 (284 days old) by rivstg1 (colorado springs)        

rivstg1's profile picture
so , it doesn't include a hard floor brush attachment now? I don't see any in your photo showing the attachments

Post# 415253 , Reply# 4   10/23/2019 at 20:37 (284 days old) by Mpbyrd (Connelly Springs, NC)        
Power Nozzle

mpbyrd's profile picture
I am amazed at how well it grooms this rug, A lot of my vacuums cannot vacuum this rug at all.

  Photos...       <              >      Photo 1 of 3         View Full Size
Post# 415255 , Reply# 5   10/23/2019 at 21:10 (284 days old) by huskyvacs (Midwest)        

huskyvacs's profile picture
I love the lighting it has, and how the whole tank illuminates! I'm a sucker for fancy lights, lol

Post# 415256 , Reply# 6   10/23/2019 at 21:13 (284 days old) by juju93 (florida)        

how does the mini jet fit? I ask this because the hose connection piece change so wouldn't the mini jet for the e2 not work with the SRX due to the fact that the SRX has a new magnetic connection. omg thanks for posting the pics. It does include the hard floor brush. Look closly behind the nozzle/ on the side of the machine. How come the SRX doesn't have the 4qt capacity?

Post# 415260 , Reply# 7   10/23/2019 at 21:46 (284 days old) by juju93 (florida)        

also any youtube video or video in general coming soon?

Post# 415261 , Reply# 8   10/23/2019 at 21:59 (284 days old) by luxlife (Under a Pecan Tree)        

This post has been removed by the member who posted it.

Post# 415262 , Reply# 9   10/23/2019 at 23:28 (284 days old) by Mpbyrd (Connelly Springs, NC)        
They stopped making the mini jet

mpbyrd's profile picture
They stopped it for the E2 black within the last month because I needed one for a customer and we couldnít order it, so thatís the only one I know that donít fit, but everything that connects to the wands is the same. Iím not for certain but the water tank on the SRX seems smaller. I donít know about a 4 Quart basin.

Post# 415263 , Reply# 10   10/23/2019 at 23:34 (284 days old) by rexairfixer (Missouri)        

I had bought mine a little over two weeks ago, but was hesitant to talk about it since it still isn't official. I have already taken mine apart. I am pretty impressed with the build. I too want a four quart basin, I think it can be done with a modified taller base and taller basin. Motor is completely enclosed in a cast aluminum housing, still very serviceable. Impeller is a unique design. Board is no longer cooled by fan in main motor.

The new power nozzle is nice, more engaging in carpet with mild beater strips in the brush strips, amp draw is up quite a bit over previous model, glad they did away with the edge sweeper brushes.

I had bought the optional soft beater brushroll for my PN12 side belt, took the bearings off, pulled the brushstrips out, took the standard ones that came with the PN2E, pulled the bristles out where the braces in the cover were. That made the PN12 a lot more effective having the beater strip in there again.

Post# 415264 , Reply# 11   10/23/2019 at 23:44 (284 days old) by Mpbyrd (Connelly Springs, NC)        
I was wondering

mpbyrd's profile picture
The machine seems to get warmer than previous models, how is it cooled? Also do you think this will cause problems later on or did they remedy it with a better solution?

Post# 415269 , Reply# 12   10/24/2019 at 00:50 (284 days old) by rexairfixer (Missouri)        

I do not believe it will cause any problems. The air from the suction impeller drives air over the cast aluminum motor housing, much like the D3A/C. If you take the water basin out, and turn the power on, you can hear the board cooling fan running by itself.It seems to draw in cooler air from down below.

Overall, a simple robust design.

Also, I found out a few programmed easter eggs in the buttons on top just playing around with it.

Post# 415270 , Reply# 13   10/24/2019 at 01:10 (284 days old) by Mpbyrd (Connelly Springs, NC)        
Another Question

mpbyrd's profile picture
Being I only had it this evening and havenít looked closely does the machine still have a hepa filter? I looked somewhat and thought there was one but havenít really investigated.

Post# 415275 , Reply# 14   10/24/2019 at 04:35 (284 days old) by beagledad (Florida)        

Seeing as how there are instructions for replacing the belt, I take it the new power nozzle isn't equipped with a geared belt? A geared belt shouldn't ever have be replaced. A shame they would regress back to a stretch belt when they finally saw the light and moved the belt to the side and put a geared belt on the previous nozzle.

Post# 415276 , Reply# 15   10/24/2019 at 05:40 (283 days old) by Mpbyrd (Connelly Springs, NC)        
I thought this too at first before I got one.

mpbyrd's profile picture
Itís actually almost like a serpentine belt in a car. Itís very high quality and seems reinforced. I canít remember exactly what it would be called. Similar to an Oreck enduralife belt. The machine has an extra which is nice but itís certainly not like the old style stretch belts of the SE and E series Gold and Blue and early E2Bís before the side mounted belt.

Post# 415278 , Reply# 16   10/24/2019 at 07:18 (283 days old) by chris (WV)        

I almost had a demo scheduled for today but my distributor would not tell me the price over the phone. He was going to be in my area today(he's 200 miles from me) and wanted to stop by so i could take a look at it. I wasn't going to let him unpack it and not be able to reach a deal and then have to clean it and repack it. I just wasnt going to do that to him.

Post# 415279 , Reply# 17   10/24/2019 at 07:47 (283 days old) by chris (WV)        

Can you confirm what i already suspect. The main unit does not come off the dolly for stairs correct?

Post# 415281 , Reply# 18   10/24/2019 at 08:03 (283 days old) by Mpbyrd (Connelly Springs, NC)        

mpbyrd's profile picture
Itís all one piece with hydraulics.

Post# 415283 , Reply# 19   10/24/2019 at 08:17 (283 days old) by Juju93 (florida)        

How could they have discontinued the mini jet? Itís a great alternative to the aquamate for harder to reach areas. Maybe it just wasnít available yet for the SRX version of it. I canít imagine them discontinuing a great alternative to the aquamate, unless their coming up with something new and improved. But if that was the case why release the SRX with the MiniJet, if something better was coming along. I know for sure the MiniJet for the SRX is available somewhere, I say this because if you go to Vimeo and look at the SRX videos, youíll see the MiniJet box briefly shown in it, so it does exist. Also some of the Facebook pics show the SRX version of the MiniJet. Does the owners manual list any of the optional accessories in it, kind of like what they did with previous models? If so the MiniJet should and probably is mentioned in it.

Post# 415285 , Reply# 20   10/24/2019 at 09:05 (283 days old) by Mpbyrd (Connelly Springs, NC)        
I wasnít saying it was gone completely...

mpbyrd's profile picture
Nor am I a distributor for Rexair, Iím just a dealer. I was saying we couldnít order them anymore for the E2 Black, just a particular model and style. They may have them, our office just doesnít have them right now. They would have to be a redesign because the hose end is completely different for the SRX. I just find it interesting you get a wet pickup tool that looks like the end of the mini jet but itís just for pickup of wet spills, not shampooing. They probably do have one, but inventory is in a transition process right now with most distributors still clearing out bits and pieces of the old inventory.

Post# 415286 , Reply# 21   10/24/2019 at 09:34 (283 days old) by Rexairfixer (Missouri)        

Yes,there is a HEPA filter.

Post# 415288 , Reply# 22   10/24/2019 at 10:09 (283 days old) by juju93 (florida)        

There is something I always wondered about the MiniJet and I hope yall can help me understand. What I don't understand is how does the solution from the tank, which is basically connected to the machine, get the solution through the 10ft hose, to the spraying portion of the tool. Like how does the solution go from point A (the tank solution) to point B (the sprayer portion of the tool, with the extraction head attach). Is there like a tube on the inside of the hose that transfer the solution from one end to the other? any videos coming on the SRX?

Post# 415289 , Reply# 23   10/24/2019 at 10:22 (283 days old) by juju93 (florida)        

Also you know what would be a great potential optional attachment that I think rexair should consider making. Yall know how dyson has the soft roller head for hard floors? Well now a lot of companies are coming out with their own version of the soft roller cleaner head, yes a lot of them are cordless. But how great would it be to have something that dust/ buffs and polish the floors as you vaccum. Don't get me wrong the floor and wall brush looks great but it doesn't look like it can clean as good as those soft roller type brushes. How great would it be for Rexair to design a tool that is just like all the soft roller cleaner heads and yeah they could even sell it as an optional attachment too, expand the versatility of floor cleaning.

Then again I'm also curious to what will get launched, in terms of accessories, later down the line. I mean hey when the E2 Black got released we didnt have the jetpad attachment or even the minijet. Those attachments came later down the line in production. So this has me wondering if rexair will do the same with the SRX. Hopefully they do expand their optional attachment selection.

Post# 415290 , Reply# 24   10/24/2019 at 10:35 (283 days old) by chris (WV)        

Yes there is a tube on the inside of the minijet hose

Post# 415305 , Reply# 25   10/24/2019 at 20:46 (283 days old) by Mpbyrd (Connelly Springs, NC)        
Iím excited to see

mpbyrd's profile picture
Iím really interested to see what all they will release with the SRX. I think a soft roller would be a great idea considering most people have hard-floors throughout most of their homes now.

Post# 415306 , Reply# 26   10/24/2019 at 20:47 (283 days old) by Mpbyrd (Connelly Springs, NC)        

mpbyrd's profile picture
I may just make a YouTube account so I can post videos of my SRX, along with some of my other machines as well.

Post# 415308 , Reply# 27   10/24/2019 at 21:12 (283 days old) by juju93 (florida)        

anybody got any idea on when rexair will update the rainbow website with the new SRX model?

Post# 415345 , Reply# 28   10/27/2019 at 08:23 (280 days old) by mark40511 (Lexington, KY)        
Looks crazy cool!

mark40511's profile picture
You know it's built well if Rexair makes it. I feel so obsolete with my gold 2 speed. But I still LOVE it.
I can't get over the size of that PN. It looks huge!
I'm trying to understand taking the separator off and cleaning it. I just take my machine off the dolly, carry it to the counter by the sink and set it on its side to take separator off and wipe all around underneath before storing it. But this looks like it would be harder to do that the way it's designed. I dunno. I'd still LOVE to have one.....but can't pay for another brand new rainbow again especially when mine is in top notch condition. Still, I'd LOVE to have this machine.

Post# 415357 , Reply# 29   10/27/2019 at 16:37 (280 days old) by Mpbyrd (Connelly Springs, NC)        
Itís quite interesting

mpbyrd's profile picture
I was worried about the separator too, itís a bit more awkward to get to but after you get used to it itís not so bad. The Powerhead is rather large and considering I have a smaller house itís taken a bit to get used to without bumping into everything. I really do like the new design though. I was unsure if I would like the belt being in the center but they did a good job of it being recessed In the machine and out of the air way. The stainless steel brushroller also feels quality and grooms the carpet very well with a nice sound to it. All in all itís a nice machine and the improvements seem justified for the most part.

Post# 415482 , Reply# 30   11/3/2019 at 08:12 (273 days old) by Chris (WV)        

Could you please post a pic of the hose inlet on the machine and the hose end. Is there anything other than the magnet that holds the hose in place? Also could you please post a pic of the hepa filter. From the video it doesn't look like its incased like the old ones it looks like a filter from an air purifier

Post# 415504 , Reply# 31   11/4/2019 at 12:09 (272 days old) by Mpbyrd (Connelly Springs, NC)        
Here you go!

mpbyrd's profile picture
Let me know if any other angles, it does use a smaller plastic piece to lock it but it doesnít hold much from that.

  Photos...       <              >      Photo 1 of 2         View Full Size
Post# 415617 , Reply# 32   11/8/2019 at 06:41 (268 days old) by chris (WV)        
Thanks for the pics

I was also wondering is there a noticeable difference in the weight of the SRX compared to the e2 black

Post# 415630 , Reply# 33   11/8/2019 at 14:47 (268 days old) by Mpbyrd (Connelly Springs, NC)        

mpbyrd's profile picture
The machine is smaller including a smaller water basin.
You cannot put a whole cap of fresh air concentrate without a machine having issues of over Foaming
I still love it though. You just have to make sure you know They donít go over that enough in the manuals. I use about half a cap fill instead.

Post# 415639 , Reply# 34   11/8/2019 at 22:02 (268 days old) by Juju93 (florida)        

Iím a little disappointed they don't have the 4qt basin with this model. They say itís quieter than the E2 Black, but is that true, even on speed 4 that is?

Post# 415647 , Reply# 35   11/9/2019 at 02:28 (268 days old) by electromatik (Taylorsville, North Carolina, U.S.A.)        

Looks really nice and cool with the bright lights. Nice update. My only quibbles are the fact you can't take the machine off the dolly (sometimes that's handy) and no retractable cord. I feel that big honking power nozzle could have been made smaller had they tried. It really did appear to groom that carpet excellently.

Post# 415684 , Reply# 36   11/10/2019 at 03:25 (267 days old) by mark40511 (Lexington, KY)        

mark40511's profile picture
I can't even put a cap of the fresh air concentrate in my gold 2 speed without foaming like crazy, and I have hard water. I never understood that because it's designed for rainbows specifically. I even have problems with less than that, so I've just stuck to the small bottles or essential oils that do not foam at all.

Post# 415859 , Reply# 37   11/12/2019 at 21:33 (264 days old) by Mpbyrd (Connelly Springs, NC)        
I hate to say this

mpbyrd's profile picture
Iím loving my filter queen, I see it as being more of my daily driver I may using the rainbow for my deep clean weekly. But I still cannot imagine not having a rainbow!

  View Full Size
Post# 415861 , Reply# 38   11/12/2019 at 21:40 (264 days old) by juju93 (florida)        

would you say the rainbow, in general, is great for small apartments with all laminate flooring?

Post# 415864 , Reply# 39   11/12/2019 at 22:32 (264 days old) by Mpbyrd (Connelly Springs, NC)        
For the price

mpbyrd's profile picture
Not really to be honest. Itís a great machine I have about 1200sq ft home with lots of various types of flooring. If you really want a rainbow try to find One either at a vac shop or check craigslist, marketplace etc. We plan to eventually buy my grandpas house which is a bigger home with multiple floors so then I will need my old SE and my SRX for each level and will have a central vac put in. But honestly I just canít see it being justified paying $3000 for a machine for a small apartment. Thatís just my opinion.

Post# 415898 , Reply# 40   11/13/2019 at 20:54 (263 days old) by vexorgtr (Sheffield, Ohio)        

I always liked Rainbows. I had the SE model for a long time, but sold it to finance the tools and repairs when I moved. My home had a 1970's central vac that I vowed to fix.

I don't regret my decision, as I'm sold on Central Vacuum, but I do appreciate the rainbow for solving the bad smell issue associated with many vacs.

Post# 416127 , Reply# 41   11/18/2019 at 13:23 (258 days old) by Tekjunkie28 (Roanoke Va)        

Sweet. So it if anymore powerful that the E2 Black? Can the new PN be used with the older units? What is the rated wattage of the PN and of the Unit with and without the PN?

Post# 416150 , Reply# 42   11/18/2019 at 22:44 (258 days old) by juju93 (florida)        

They updated the rainbow website with the new srx model featured on it. I love it

Post# 416715 , Reply# 43   11/29/2019 at 14:24 (247 days old) by tekjunkie28 (Roanoke Va)        

Is the New SRX now CRI certfited? Also has anyone done any airflow tests vs the E2 Black 10 amp version?

Post# 416733 , Reply# 44   11/30/2019 at 02:01 (247 days old) by Lord_Vacuum (Oklahoma)        
Rainbow E2 Blue Comparison


My old E2 has some design flaws that make me hate using it and was wondering if theyíve been addressed with this new model. When I pull it the hose comes off of the machine a bit and air leaks out, reducing airflow. I have to press it back up against the machine to prevent this or pick it up and set it back down as I move around the house. Does the new design do this?

Also, when I pull it it tries to move to the side not straight and I hate how the power head does not swivel and lifts up on the backward pull. I also hate how short the hose is, I canít move far from the machine or change directions without having to reposition the unit itself and then I have to re seal the hose, again.

The E2 black addressed most of these issues but they also made a crappy power nozzle for it that had narrow cleaning path so I did not want it. They did add a fifth wheel to the dolly which made it pull straighter but from looking at pics of the new dolly on the SRX it looks like they went back to 4 wheels again. Or am I not seeing the fifth? How much lighter is it? Does it have a higher CFM rating than the outgoing E2 line? Does it have sensors that tells when water level is getting to low or the water is getting to dirty? How long is the hose on the new one?

I have a 20 year old Hyla that is way easier to use than the E2 Blue so we use that far more frequently unless we want to run the E2 as a purifier. I also noticed they added a much bigger filter to the new SRX. Did they ad a charcoal as well?

I know I asked a lot of questions and appreciate it in advance if you would answer them. The Rainbow store I use to work at closed down so Iím not sure how Iím going to buy one if I do. Might have to wait to get a used one on FB Marketplace or EBay.

Post# 416747 , Reply# 45   11/30/2019 at 15:07 (246 days old) by Lord_Vacuum (Oklahoma)        
New Design

They need to ad a sensor that tells when the water is to low or is to dirty. Also change the blue bulbs to UV bulbs to kill bacteria in the water. I want to design the next Rainbow model.

Post# 416764 , Reply# 46   11/30/2019 at 20:14 (246 days old) by mark40511 (Lexington, KY)        
Hissing when pulling vacuum

mark40511's profile picture
Hey- I think I know exactly what you mean. My 2006 gold 2 speed has always done this from day one, but only with the electric hose, the non-electric doesn't do it. It's like a hissing sound ONLY at the moment you're pulling the machine along with you, once you stop pulling that hissing it's not constant. I've always thought that it's unbelievable that a machine such as Rainbow would have that issue. I thought it was just an issue with mine at first, but I've read others it must be common. It's not a huge deal to me but it is annoying that it does that. Hopefully, the new ones don't do that although I won't be getting a new one.

Post# 416802 , Reply# 47   12/1/2019 at 18:50 (245 days old) by Mpbyrd (Connelly Springs, NC)        
New hose

mpbyrd's profile picture
The new hose is very firm and doesnít have any issues staying in, my main gripe about the new machine is the water basin is smaller than the original E2. If you were to have a lot of dirt you would have to empty the machine way more often.

Post# 416805 , Reply# 48   12/1/2019 at 21:16 (245 days old) by juju93 (florida)        

So its not 2.5qt like its always been? Its a shame that it doesn't have the 4qt capacity like previous models. I have an idea for future accessories that Rexair should consider making for the rainbow system. The first one would be an optional soft roller cleaner head, kind of like what dyson has. I say this as more and more homes have hard surface floors and although the floor and wall brush is great, it doesn't buff and polish the floors like soft roller cleaner heads do. Another accessory that would be great would be a shower cleaner attachment, to clean the shower/tub with. Or even better, an attachment/accessory that clean bathroom/ kitchen fitures.

Post# 417470 , Reply# 49   12/21/2019 at 00:46 (226 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Rainbow SRX---A sales person will be coming to my place this AM(Saturday) to show me the machine.she says its the first one that was shipped to them the end of November.Be nice if it was a Christmas present from them!

Post# 417483 , Reply# 50   12/21/2019 at 17:53 (225 days old) by Mpbyrd (Connelly Springs, NC)        
Hope you enjoy!

mpbyrd's profile picture
I love mine! I donít regret buying it. It will be the last Rainbow I buy for a long time. It really is a great machine!

Post# 417496 , Reply# 51   12/22/2019 at 00:46 (225 days old) by Tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

The SRX is indeed very cool-better than other Rainbows.The sales lady took pictures and videos of my collection.I rea8lly need more space.That new Rainbow does well with powernozzle with the SS beater bar brush.Using the Rainbow as a purifier while I am at work.

Post# 417524 , Reply# 52   12/23/2019 at 00:29 (224 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

In using this machine-like how the hose connects to the canister-very unique and effective!!Also interesting to use the Rainbow as an aircleaner of sorts.It is sort of funky to see the junk you picked up in the water bin.Just dump it outside!

Post# 417526 , Reply# 53   12/23/2019 at 01:14 (224 days old) by Mpbyrd (Connelly Springs, NC)        
So Iím guessing you got one?

mpbyrd's profile picture
If so I hope you enjoy it. I use mine quite often as an air purifier especially after cooking anything with a smell that lingers. I use mine several times a week so for me itís a justified purchase.

Post# 417530 , Reply# 54   12/23/2019 at 06:32 (223 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Yes,best Rainbow ever.These are expensive-will use this one more so-its easier to use than the older versions.Also like the "press down" power dome over the water bin.And the multiple speeds.

Post# 417597 , Reply# 55   12/26/2019 at 02:10 (221 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

SRX fun---the Volt powernozzle fits the SRX perfectly-no mods required.And the bin had more stuff in it!Dumpted it outside as the Rainbow saying goes-"gets the dirt out of your house!"The timer air clean mode is pretty neat!

Post# 417744 , Reply# 56   12/29/2019 at 19:57 (217 days old) by Juju93 (florida)        

Wish someone wouldíve/would do an unboxing video of the new SRX, as well as the optional accessories that go with it.

Post# 417768 , Reply# 57   12/30/2019 at 00:48 (217 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

You would have to film the unpacking of the machine by the salesman if they would let you.The salseswoman for mine unpacked the machine and set it on its box to show the features and how it was different than older models.After the first part of the demo-she let me used the powernozzle and other attachments-then see how much junk was picked up in the water bin-a vacuum where you use water as a "dirtmeter"!This version is sort of kool to use-esp with my Volt powernozzle.The powernozzle with the Rainbow is pretty good-but the adjustment for it is like on the their older powernozzles-a slider that covers air vent holes-no height adjust.The nozzle does have a SS brush roll that has replaceable brush strips.

Post# 417783 , Reply# 58   12/30/2019 at 11:51 (216 days old) by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        

I like my Rainbow E2 black but this new model is way overpriced. I'm really not sure how much longer they will be able to sell machines at these prices. If you want a good water vacuum at a decent price, get the Sirena or Quantum.

Post# 417799 , Reply# 59   12/30/2019 at 16:52 (216 days old) by mark40511 (Lexington, KY)        
don't get me wrong

mark40511's profile picture
I'd totally LOVE to have one of these because Rainbows rock. I was jealous of the Black model and now I'm jealous of this model. But I used my gold today and the way they make your house smell after you're done can't be beat. I can't explain it: It's like after you've cleaned high and low with one you feel like you're in a medical clean room or something. I still can't get over how GIANT that PN looks.

Post# 417820 , Reply# 60   12/30/2019 at 21:34 (216 days old) by juju93 (florida)        

Yes they maybe overprice but some people can justify paying for it. Think of it like this, if you put x amount down and pay x amount each month, then it becomes a bill. Think of this analogy like what we do with cell phones and phone companies. We open an account with say whatever phone provider there is, and then we pay x amount each month for so many years for the service. Eventually the amount you pay the phone company add ups to what you would eventually pay for a rainbow. I've been with my phone company for about 5 years and I can say with the service and phones I've had, I could at lease own 1 rainbow complete system, maybe even with all the optional attachments.

Post# 417827 , Reply# 61   12/30/2019 at 23:33 (216 days old) by Mpbyrd (Connelly Springs, NC)        
It is pricey

mpbyrd's profile picture
I refuse to pay the interest that Rainbow finance charges. Even with great credit they try to trick you into paying an APR of 20%. I wrote a check for mine after getting a loan to consolidate some other debit from my local credit union. So I got my machine for $2600 and my personal loan is 3.4% APR. This will be the last Rainbow I buy so for me itís justified but itís not for everyone, certainly not for almost 5k after finance charges with there standard ďeasy paymentsĒ .

Post# 417830 , Reply# 62   12/31/2019 at 00:31 (216 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Yes,this will be the last Rainbow I buy,too.Put it on a credit card-lower interest than their loan.

Post# 417841 , Reply# 63   12/31/2019 at 07:35 (215 days old) by Juju93 (florida)        

I also have exceptional credit but what Iím planing to do is finance half of the SRX along with half of the MiniJet and RainJet complete. I spoke to a dealer that gave me some prices and what I did was took the prices and added them up, then divide by half, then the amount of months paying for it, then charged the 22% (highest interest Possible for a rainbow) then add that to the principal and then multiply that by as many months financing it. Then I take that new amount and subtract from what I was originally financing, and then the remaining amount is what the financing company would make off of me in interest, which is only like 300, which is nothing to me.

Post# 417964 , Reply# 64   1/1/2020 at 18:15 (214 days old) by mark40511 (Lexington, KY)        

mark40511's profile picture
this hepa filter is NO JOKE!


Post# 417969 , Reply# 65   1/1/2020 at 20:49 (214 days old) by Mpbyrd (Connelly Springs, NC)        

mpbyrd's profile picture
When I was watching the how to videos after I bought mine I was amazed at how big the filter actually is! Itís interesting that itís not in a cartridge type thing anymore.

Post# 417976 , Reply# 66   1/1/2020 at 21:35 (214 days old) by juju93 (florida)        

I wonder if it will be cheaper to change it yourself or about the same if you took it to a service center and have it changed that way. They need to update the how to videos for the optional accessories.

Post# 417977 , Reply# 67   1/1/2020 at 21:35 (214 days old) by Lesinutah (Utah)        

lesinutah's profile picture
If you get a credit card no interest for 18 months. I'm pulling numbers off the top of my head. 3% balance transfer fee $75.
$150 a month for 18 months. You only have to pay transfer fee.
Its $75 twice a month or 37.50 a week. If you pay every week you could shave off 3-5 payments of 37.50.
If you can afford it I'd do it. I can't afford it. It looks like it's living up to the hype.

Post# 417982 , Reply# 68   1/1/2020 at 21:54 (214 days old) by Mpbyrd (Connelly Springs, NC)        

mpbyrd's profile picture
I was somewhat impulsive. My E2 black was perfectly fine, I just went crazy for the redesign since it was something that happens only about every 10 years or so. I couldíve used the money elsewhere however I still donít regret it because I donít plan to ever buy a brand new Rainbow again.

Hepa Filters- Service centers seem to vary on their prices sometimes charging way too much, at least in my area. You can save a ton of money doing it yourself, just order a genuine filter. You can usually YouTube service on most rainbow models. Something as simple as changing the hepa filter is relatively simple for most only taking minimal tools in most cases a flathead screw driver. The new model uses the torx head Iím guessing because most households donít have those in the standard tool drawer thus making users take it to a service center. I do like that Rainbow now shows a how to video of such maintenance as most users are not always informed.

Post# 418035 , Reply# 69   1/2/2020 at 18:53 (213 days old) by Juju93 (florida)        

Do most financing companyís do 36 months (traditional way) of financing a rainbow? Or do most of them only do 18 months. I canít do 18 months but 36 months makes it well more affordable and also budget friendly.... with 36 months financing Iím looking between 50-67, depending on the optional attachments I get with it. But 18 months financing would double the payments thus making it not affordable.

Post# 418041 , Reply# 70   1/2/2020 at 22:43 (213 days old) by Mpbyrd (Connelly Springs, NC)        
When I was a dealer

mpbyrd's profile picture
We financed up to 48 months in most situations with nothing down. You shouldnít have any trouble I wouldnít think. It really depends on your credit situation.

Post# 418227 , Reply# 71   1/6/2020 at 19:17 (209 days old) by DarthCuddles (Ohio)        
Torx driver

I know most bit sets wont have one that long/skinny, but you can buy a t20 screwdriver for like, 4 bucks. Or go to a service center...

Post# 418250 , Reply# 72   1/7/2020 at 04:30 (208 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

For this Rainbow should have used the filter cover that doesn't need tools to open.Otherwise the filter WILL be neglected by most users.You can get the tools from any Home Depot,Lowes,Menards or other hardware places.

Post# 418824 , Reply# 73   1/20/2020 at 15:36 (195 days old) by joshp83 (Minneapolis)        
Price? I'm leaning toward an upgrade on Wednesday.

Mpbyrd - you said you paid around $2,600? Did that include much for extra accessories or just the standards?

I own the Gold E2 2-speed and may upgrade this week. There is nothing wrong with my machine, but I love the new styling and I've had mine for nearly 16 years now. This is the first model that feels "different" enough to warrant an upgrade. I'll need to buy several accessories to retain the same functionality and I'm curious what I should shoot for on pricing. I may trade my E2 if the offer is right, but I've heard mixed reviews on what they'll give for it. I won't part with it for less than $450 or so. This is my first upgrade experience...

Can't wait to see it!

Post# 418826 , Reply# 74   1/20/2020 at 16:37 (195 days old) by joshp83 (Minneapolis)        
One more thing.....

The new SRX has a timer feature. Does it turn the vacuum off completely after 30/60/90 minutes?
If so, doesn't this seem like a bad idea? Leaving a warm Rainbow sitting on top of a wet water basin used to be the best way to ruin your machine. I'm confused why Rexair would create a feature that does just that! Maybe I'm not understanding correctly and after the timer ends it goes into the lowest mode but doesn't shut off. If anyone knows, please share, otherwise I'll find out later this week and share my thoughts.

Post# 418834 , Reply# 75   1/20/2020 at 20:53 (195 days old) by ralph123 (Little Rock, AR)        

I have no idea if the interest rate is typical, but a writer on reddit (see link) says that he/she was charged around 20% interest on their Rainbow purchase. This unfortunate person could not afford payments and was facing late penalties every month. Be sure to understand the terms of any agreement you sign. If you need a 4 year loan to purchase a Rainbow, you probably should save your money for a while until you can afford to pay cash. At the very least see if you can set aside $90 or so month for at least a year to see if you really want a Rainbow that bad.

Assuming a cost of $2900 and 4 years at 20%, the monthly payment would be $88.25. The total amount paid would be $4,235.91 with total interest of $1,335.91


Post# 418840 , Reply# 76   1/20/2020 at 21:27 (195 days old) by Lesinutah (Utah)        

lesinutah's profile picture
If you have great credit here's an option.
Credit card 18 months no interest.
When on 18th month get another card 18 months no interest. Here's the only fee 3%.
If you split up 2600 into 36 months.
Card one you pay $72 a month 18 months you paid about $1300 if you found up.
Card 2 73.75 a month for 18 months.
In the end you pay $2639.
0 being interest, $39 balance transfer fee on $1300 from card 1 to card 2.
The trick is don't use cards for anything.
If you do in the fine print is you pay off lower APR before higher APR.
If you bought a $10 item you pay interest on it until the entire balance is paid off.
If you are late that's usually fine. If you miss payment and just skip the payment or pay 30 days after due date that's when your up a creek. If you are late call customer service and they can take fees off.
I'm throwing this out there FYI if credit card or any merchant says they can't put refund etc. They are lying through there teeth. If they put it on the card they. Can take it off or vise versa. If there adament tell them you have the ability to put it on my card but that ability disappears. It doesn't if they can debit then they can credit.
I worked for amex for 8 years.
My wife had a past due on her bank account. I kindly demanded that banking location top manager. I asked about the due date was 1. We paid on the 20th. I asked the manager the cut date. She took a while to find it. I believe it was the 1st. I said the date we missed was the 1st. The 2nd was 1 day past due and the 19th was 18 days past due. Idk why but the manager got bank branch president since she wasn't following me.
She believed paying after the 1st was 30 days past due. I said no the 31st would be 30 days past due. The branch president said to bank manager you know he is right they were never 30 days past due. The whole branch got training. They took the 30 days past due off her credit. Wouldn't you know 640 became 750. The bank gave us a whole bunch of free small perk items.
If you followed that side tangent thanks.
If you didn't I'm sorry not trying to hijack the thread. I'm trying to educate and maybe help people.
I know lots of the most random things.

Post# 418841 , Reply# 77   1/20/2020 at 21:37 (195 days old) by luxlife (Under a Pecan Tree)        
ralph123: thatís WISE ADVICE!!!!!!

I still remember when the last incarnation of the ďNEWĒ Rainbow came out in 2011, or was it 2010??? No matter, Because I acquired mine in 2012 on eBay. I was pleased with it until I grew bored with it in 2014, when I arrived at a mutually acceptable trade with Tom Gasko. I have no doubt that I will acquire and dispose of my next rainbow in the same fashion. I have no interest in getting the machine immediately. I acquired my last rainbow late, but it was right at the time that they re-designed the power nozzle. Perfect timing for me. I have no problem waiting for this one either. So many design elements of the current model look to be potentially problematic, with impending redesigning tasks in the immediate future. Letís just wait and see how it all works out! Iím very patient in this way...

Post# 418842 , Reply# 78   1/20/2020 at 21:47 (195 days old) by juju93 (florida)        
I just got mines the other week

I just got mines and what I did was I put 1875 cash down and then 1800 on credit card. I was going to finance but I didnt want the hard inquries on my credit report and if I went with credit card then it wouldn't hurt my credit as bad as financing. I love my SRX unit. I got mines along with the RainJet Complete and MiniJet for a total of 3675 (taxes inclucded) plus a free bottle of clean floor, fresh air and also a bottle of Aquamate, which will be use for my MiniJet. This is my first rainbow system and I love all the cool features. The RainJet is my go to for mopping floors now. After a few weeks of use, my SRX still smells brand new. On a side note, is there any other type of solution i can use in the MiniJet other than the aquamate solution, the same goes with the RainJet.

Post# 418874 , Reply# 79   1/21/2020 at 11:48 (194 days old) by luxlife (Under a Pecan Tree)        
Ebay listing for an SRX...............

I just saw my first SRX listed here. It's not exactly a bargain at $3000. Used means used, even if only twice.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO luxlife's LINK on eBay

Post# 418875 , Reply# 80   1/21/2020 at 12:40 (194 days old) by joshp83 (Minneapolis)        

Sounds like the price is going to come in higher than I was hoping. I'll find out tomorrow. I don't plan to finance anything with Rainbow, so the APR piece isn't an issue for me. $3600 is going to be a touch pill to swallow when my current Rainbow doesn't NEED to be replaced by any means. In fact- I had it setup the other day and sent a pic to my Aunt and she thought it was brand new! LOL

LuxLife- thanks for the recommendation on waiting a while and buying used. I may have to do that if the price turns out to be above $3k. My use-case is a little different than yours, however, as I've never felt any inclination to swap out a Rainbow for any other machine. I plan to keep it until Rexair churns out a newer model that I just can't live without. Hopefully that isn't for another 15 years. :)

Would you care to elaborate on the design elements of the SRX that appear potentially problematic? Balancing the machine on stairs looks more challenging than previous models, and the basin is a little small. What else have you noticed?

Post# 418876 , Reply# 81   1/21/2020 at 13:25 (194 days old) by Juju93 (florida)        

At first I couldnít justify paying what I did. But after a few weeks of using it and itís many features it truly pays for itself. Like all the pros of owning this system out ways the cons, which is only the price tag. For me my cleaning needs are floors, upholstery and air cleaning. A few family members that I live with have breathing problems and when using this, it works and helps their breathing. Also I own dogs and the groom tool is a blessing all on its own. Since using that tool (about daily) my dogs donít itch and bit themselves like they use too. Also theyíre not afraid of the noise, even on speeds 3 and 4. Speed 2 also works on grooming too.

Post# 418958 , Reply# 82   1/22/2020 at 18:34 (193 days old) by Mpbyrd (Connelly Springs, NC)        
Things Iíve noticed.

mpbyrd's profile picture
Being that I own both the E2 Black and The SRX there are a few things about the new machine that in my opinion are somewhat cons.
-The Basin is smaller and not as thick of plastic as the E2
-The machine becomes hotter during use than the E2 making me wonder the lifespan of the motor.
-The Powerhead is huge and can be cumbersome at times.
Overall, some things seem cheaper to me but all in all I still love the machine and Iím glad to have it. I just hope it holds up as long as previous models.

Post# 418959 , Reply# 83   1/22/2020 at 18:53 (193 days old) by Ctvacman (CT)        

These prices are crazy, I guess your distributors go through several hands before they reach their office. My guy deals directly with the factory, I paid $1,275 for my black e2 in 2013, he knows that I know how much he paid. As for the new one I told him $1,600 cash is all I think is fair. I guess it all depends on where you live

Post# 418961 , Reply# 84   1/22/2020 at 19:36 (193 days old) by Juju93 (florida)        

I also got mines also from a factory distributor in Lakeland Florida. And 3000 is about right for the new SRX model. Iíve called several distributors in my area to see who could get me the best deal, but instead I went with someone whoís been in business for over 40 years and had great reviews online. Question what other shampoo can use in my MiniJet other than aquamate solution. Also if anymore has said SRX model can yíall do a video with the optional accessories so we can see how the accessories work and function on the new SRX.

Post# 418963 , Reply# 85   1/22/2020 at 20:34 (193 days old) by luxlife (Under a Pecan Tree)        
ď $1,600 cash is all I think is fair.Ē.....

Have you gotten a response yet? If he responds favorably, you might be able to throw him business from a few more of us on Vacuum land.....

Post# 419140 , Reply# 86   1/26/2020 at 13:49 (189 days old) by Ctvacman (CT)        

Havenít reached back out to him yet, Iím in no hurry. But if he does accept I will let anybody interested know

Post# 419790 , Reply# 87   2/10/2020 at 11:06 by joshp83 (Minneapolis)        
Pulled the Trigger

So I bought... got the Rainbow, the mini powerhead, Aquamate shampooer and the 14 foot hose. I'm really pleased with it so far: it's a lot quieter than my old E2 two-speed, and I really like the 4 speed options for different cleaning tasks and for air purification.

Message me if anyone has any questions about the new Rainbow!

Post# 420842 , Reply# 88   2/29/2020 at 21:39 by DenverBlueEyes (Portland)        
New SRX Owner! Questions on Air Purifier

I just purchased today... so far I am very impressed. Does anyone know how long you can run the machine if using it as an air purifier? I donít see any mention in the manual. Is it safe to run it 24/7 on the lowest speed if you keep the basin full? Or are there time limits? I wasnít sure if it would work as my current air purifier which just runs all the time. TIA

Post# 420846 , Reply# 89   3/1/2020 at 01:15 by Joshp83 (Minneapolis)        
@DenverBlueEyes - Congratulations!

It's fine to run your machine 24/7. I do it now frequently with the SRX, and used to do it with my previous E2 as well. Presumably, it is fine to run the machine for extended periods on any speed, as the 90 minute timer works on all 4 speed settings. I often set mine on speed 3 for an hour or so, or a few hours on speed 2. It'll clean up the air nicely after burning food, etc.

A couple things to keep in mind:
1. Watch the water level on the lowest speed. Depending on where you live and your relative humidity, it is likely that you'll have to add water a couple times a day. If it gets too low, the incoming air hardly hits the water and there's no splashing onto the the separator. You're basically just filtering via the HEPA filter at that point. If I'm letting mine run 24/7 I will overfill the basin a little so it will run longer. Just don't do that on the higher speed settings or the machine might flag the error light.
2. Always start with a clean basin when running the Rainbow as a filter, especially on the lowest speed.
3. Be careful with the timer. One of the biggest mistakes you can make with your Rainbow is storing it on a wet/damp basin- it will rust out the motor bearings. If you run the machine on high for 90 minutes, and then it shuts itself off, you don't want the hot motor sitting on a basin full of water for very long. I don't use the timer feature at all; I'm concerned I'd forget about it and it would sit there way to long.

Enjoy your new Rainbow!

Post# 420847 , Reply# 90   3/1/2020 at 01:20 by huskyvacs (Midwest)        

huskyvacs's profile picture
Also filling it with distilled water and not tap water will avoid mineral deposits in the vacuum.

Post# 420863 , Reply# 91   3/1/2020 at 09:46 by electromatik (Taylorsville, North Carolina, U.S.A.)        

It certainly is a nice looking machine. I admire Rexair's history of technological invention. Water filtering technology in the early years of electricity was a miracle of engineering. Looks like they continue new technology development with the magnetized hose locking mechanism, the washer squeegee, and the hinged tank designs

Hopefully they will work out and prove to be durable and uphold Rexair's reputation for well-built long-lived machines.

Post# 421374 , Reply# 92   3/10/2020 at 07:10 by Lux_Luthor (Tennessee)        

Would the wands for the new PN fit the E series 1 speed hose? Or would a new hose be necessary too?

Post# 421378 , Reply# 93   3/10/2020 at 08:42 by joshp83 (Minneapolis)        

I don't think the new wands fit any of the older E series hoses, especially for the older models that don't have direct connect. I haven't specifically tried what you're asking about, but I did stick the extraction head from the E2 Aquamate shampooer made for the 1 and 2 speed E's on the hose of my SRX the other day in a pinch (to suck up a kitchen spill) and it does not fit properly onto the SRX hose. This leads me to believe the wands are tapered differently.

I don't think a new hose would accomplish this either, since the new SRX hose features a very different connection to the Rainbow canister. If you were to make this hack work, you'd have to do it at the hose/wand connection to bridge the wands and electrical connections there. There could also be a chance that the previous generation E's wet-certified direct-connect hose could accomplish this but I can't test that for you since I don't own that machine.

If you'd like, I can verify if the SRX wands are compatibly with the older E style later this evening.

Post# 421381 , Reply# 94   3/10/2020 at 09:47 by Lux_Luthor (Tennessee)        

I would appreciate it! 😃

I ask only because Iím getting an E series 1 speed and as a future upgrade I was thinking of getting the one of the new power nozzles for it.

Post# 421390 , Reply# 95   3/10/2020 at 13:28 by joshp83 (Minneapolis)        

I can check later tonight.
I'd heard of owners of the earlier E2's buying the previous generation's wet certified electric hose so that they could use the new Aquamate... that's a huge improvement over the old Aquamate with the big white water reservoir. I imagine you could go that route, but the new SRX nozzle is nicer, in my opinion. I wasn't a fan of the narrow air path on the unit with the edge cleaning brushes.

Post# 421414 , Reply# 96   3/10/2020 at 19:57 by Joshp83 (Minneapolis)        
I was wrong

A wand from my old E2 does click into the wands and powerhead of the SRX. :)
I canít test connecting anything electrical because I only have a wand from my old machine, but the wands fit!
Good luck!

Post# 421415 , Reply# 97   3/10/2020 at 20:10 by Lux_Luthor (Tennessee)        

Amazing! Thank you for checking on it for me!

Post# 421436 , Reply# 98   3/11/2020 at 14:41 by Juju93 (florida)        

You know what I just thought of that would be a great idea for the rainbow, primary for the MiniJet accessory. What if Rexair designed a turbo shampoo brush that way it can shampoo and scrub at the same time. Kind of like what Hoover use too, or still do. Donít get me wrong the extraction tool is nice but what if they went beyond that tool as a means of shampooing upholstery and add a spinning brush type shampoo tool to the MiniJet accessory.

Post# 421995 , Reply# 99   3/21/2020 at 16:14 by mark40511 (Lexington, KY)        
Does anyone know

mark40511's profile picture
If there is an optional non-electric hose (preferably long) that goes with the SRX Rainbow? As much as I love direct connect and the only one hose, the thing that I hate is you're stuck with that handle getting in the way. To illustrate that, here are two pics, one with the wand and the handle, especially when using the dusting brush or upholstery brush. If you clean like I do, and you have used a vacuum with a dusting brush to get in tight places, there is a major difference with wand vs handle. The handle is just so bulky and not as easy to hold as the wand.

I'm pretty sure the black had a non-electric hose but I'm not sure the SRX does.

  Photos...       <              >      Photo 1 of 2         View Full Size
Post# 422146 , Reply# 100   3/25/2020 at 08:23 by Lux_Luthor (Tennessee)        

You may could leave a comment on one of Rainbow Insight 101ís YouTube videos and ask him. He posted one recently of the 14ft electric hose.

Post# 422148 , Reply# 101   3/25/2020 at 10:12 by joshp83 (Minneapolis)        

I have the 14 foot electric hose for my SRX. My rep didn't mention a non-electric hose option, so I don't think they're making one, although I'm not positive.

Forum Index:       Other Forums:                      

Comes to the Rescue!

Woops, Time to Check the Bag!!!
Either you need to change your vacuum bag or you forgot to LOG-IN?

Discuss-O-MAT Log-In

New Members
Click Here To Sign Up.

Discuss-o-Mat Forums
Vintage Brochures, Service and Owners Manuals
Fun Vintage Washer Ephemera
See It Wash!
Video Downloads
Audio Downloads
Picture of the Day
Patent of the Day
Photos of our Collections
The Old Aberdeen Farm
Vintage Service Manuals
Vintage washer/dryer/dishwasher to sell?
Technical/service questions?
Looking for Parts?
Website related questions?
Digital Millennium Copyright Act Policy
Our Privacy Policy