If you are vacuuming with anything else, you are not vacuuming. This is the BEST on the market - traps all the dirt in water instead of spreading it around in the air. When you clean with this machine you are "spring cleaning". It really gets done. Lasts FOREVER if you take good care of it. After using this, would never even consider another brand.
Rainbow vacuum cleaners are second to none. We purchased one of the original models back in 1991 and it still works fine with virtually no problems over the last 23 years. My wife just wanted a newer version so that's why we went with this model. Overall, the vacuum has been great. It is refurbished and has some signs of wear and tear, but overall the vacuum is in very good condition and works just fine. Recommend this refurbished product - much cheaper than purchasing a new Rainbow vacuum. Hopefully we will get another 20+ years of service from this vacuum as well...
As a refurbished product there was a number of superficial damages, but nothing that over all hindered the actual performance of the vacuum. My biggest gripe is that it did not come with the scent oils as described in product description on the website and not just any scented oil will work as anything even remotely soapy will cause it to sud over.
I have bought many expensive vacuums but this rainbow is the best you can buy and worth every penny! It has great suction and really deep cleans into the carpet. A tip would be to treat yourself to the fragrance drops. You will not be sorry.