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Post# 462522   4/23/2023 at 12:50 (221 days old) by bluebonnet (San Antonio, TX)        

Hi, all.

I think it's time to add a bagged canister to my house. I've never used one, and would like to hear some opinions on these, please. Vintage, 80s or earlier, I think.

My Rainbow D4C is my only vacuum, and has been cleaning brilliantly for just about five years! I like the way it's pieces connect and easily detach. It has no filters to think about, so I consider that a low maintenance machine! I bought a spare separator, and switch it out every time I vacuum, after seeing someone else mention doing that, here; a good idea.

It never smells of all the labrador fur it picks up, and that is the reason I chose the Rainbow. It's here to stay, but I'd like another option. Is there a bagged canister that is similar to the look and function of the D? Function is more important, than looks, but thought I'd ask.

In my first post here, someone suggested I consider a Tristar. From various threads, it seems CXL may be the one to look for.

What pieces will I need for a CXL, since I'm likely to find only the canister on Ebay? What filters are needed, or other necessary pieces to make it work, etc? How easy or not is it to get attachments and hoses?

The house is two stories of tile and parquet, and a couple of rugs. I never use the pn with my Rainbow anymore, so just need something for hard floors, and maybe option to add a pn later.

A bit of physical description of vacs would be appreciated, too--I'm blind, so can't make a decision based on pictures. A few of you were really good about describing the differences in Rainbows, when I was deciding on that. Thank you! It's not crucial, but does help.



Post# 462523 , Reply# 1   4/23/2023 at 14:42 (221 days old) by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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CxL would need a tristar hose that is white 7 foot hose with pigtails on both sides. I'd imagine this will run about $50-$60. The power nozzles can be bought tristar/compact run $50-$75. The power nozzles on compact use a eureka power nozzle. If I'm not mistaken your power nozzle of your current rainbow is also eureka based would fit it.
If you spend about $150 a wessell werk ebk360 power nozzle is the best power nozzle made. If you get the compact/tristar with this power nozzle is going to perform better than almost any vacuum.
The rainbow e series are good vacuums. You want to get a 2 speed rainbow. They come with a brushless motor which average twice the life of brushed motors. The performance is better than your current rainbow but not as good as the tristar. The upkeep is a little more than the rainbow you have now. It has a filter you clean maybe once a year. The rainbow 2 speed. Means it'san air purifier too. When you clean with the rainbow it smells and feels clean. Idk how to explain it but fresh air and seeing what you pick up is sweet.

Post# 462531 , Reply# 2   4/23/2023 at 18:42 (220 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Why not get a simple British Henry bagged canister from Nacecare? It’s a very durable and simple tub vac similar in shape to your Rainbow, and has a universal diameter hose handle and wands so that you could add any attachments you like from your local vacuum store. Bag changing is very simple, and it even comes with a manual cord rewind to store the cord inside the top of the canister. There are two basic sizes now, one of which is more compact. The regular size is about the capacity of your Rainbow.

These Henry’s can be ordered from Nacecare in Toronto, Canada - maybe through your local vacuum dealer.

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