Rainbow Vacuum Shampooer: The Rainbow E2 Type 12 Complete Cleaning System for Carpets

The Rainbow vacuum shampooer, the Rainbow Model E2 Type 12 is a vacuum cleaner that cleans the dirt, dust, and debris from the carpets and rugs. The vacuum cleaner is specially designed for scrubbing and rubbing even stubborn dirt from the carpets. The vacuum cleaner is fitted with an underneath rotating brush roll that vigorously scrubs dirt from the carpets. The Rainbow aquamate vacuum cleaner is easy to use together rainbow solution and any other effective cleaning shampoo.

The vacuum cleaner connects to the sink and allows the user to clean up to 30 feet around the sink. However, not all models of Rainbow aquamate vacuum cleaners can attach to the sink.

Accessories and Specs

  • Floor and Wall Brush
  • 5-inch Rug/Floor Tool
  • Turbo Driven Brush Attachment
  • 12-inch Floor Nozzle
  • 2 Flex Crevice Tool
  • Upholstery Tool
  • 34-inch Flex Crevice Tool
  • Universal Dusting Brush
  • Rainbow Rug Tool
  • Rainbow Squeegee Brush

How to Set Up and Use the Vacuum and the Shampoo

The vacuum cleaner has a blue water tank has two compartments. Fill one compartment with tap water and the other with the shampoo or the washing solution. Do not use hot water on the tank, only cool water. Also, dilute the shampoo solution with water before putting it in the compartment.

The Aquamate Rainbow vacuum shampooer operates in four different modes:

1.When the pedal is lifted in the top position, the hose triggers and presses the brush to start rotating. It dispenses the soapy water and the brushroll distributes the soapy water on the carpet.

2.When the pedal is pressed half way down up to the middle section. The hose trigger pressed –brush rotating to dispense the clean water to rinse off the carpet as the brushroll keeps on scrubbing it.

3.The pedal is pressed down to the bottom position and the hose trigger pressed and the brush rotating. The mode does dispense any solution or water but the brushroll continues to scrub the rugs or carpets.

4.The pedal pressed down to the bottom position and the hose trigger released and the brush is not rotating. The user can go over the cleaned area and collect the water.

The Cleanup Process and the Storage of the Vacuum

After shampooing the carpets or rugs, you must finish off by rinsing off the soapy solution. If there is any shampoo solution remaining in the blue compartment, remove it and rinse it well with clean water.

Detach the hose from the long extension and use to draw any water trapped in the vacuum system. Also, lift the brushroll to reveal the spray nozzle and vacuum it.

Pros and Cons


  • The vacuum is highly efficient and it easily gets rid of the non-vacuum able stains such as greases, spills, oils, and pet stains etc.
  • The vacuum performs three actions in one which are Cleaning, reconditioning, and it also deodorizes your rugs and carpets.
  • It dries quickly
  • Easy to operate
  • Quick at cleaning
  • Easy and low maintenance cost
  • Sturdy construction to withstand harsh environmental conditions.
  • Excellent multi cleaner
  • High power output that generates great performance
  • Cost effective
  • User friendly
  • Reliable
  • It consumes less Power hence saving on energy.


  • May not perform well with most solutions.


  • Weight: 17 pounds
  • Product dimensions: 14 x 12 x 46 inches
  • Filter type: HEPA
  • Power source: Corded Electric
  • Accessories: Floor Brush, Upholstery Tool, Crevice Tool, Duster Brush, Tool Hose, Powerhead, Main Hose.
  • Surfaces recommended: carpet

Who Should Buy the Vacuum?

The vacuum is suitable for both domestic and commercial settings. The Rainbow Model E2 Type 12 is equipped with top-notch wet and dry technology which ensures smooth and efficient cleaning of the vacuum. Additionally, the vacuum has a variable height adjustments positions depending with your cleaning needs. It comes with several accessories which includes dusting brush, upholstery tool, crevice tool, attachment caddy, floor and wall brush.

 Review of Rainbow Model E2 Type 12

The Rainbow E2 Type 12 Complete Cleaning System uses water, power and detergent to clean your carpets and rugs. The dust does not escape into the air as it is suppressed by water. The vacuum is easy to control, thanks to the power buttons located on the ergonomic handle. The proximity of the power controls allows for precision during cleaning. The vacuum is fitted with rubberized wheels and rubber bumpers which allow for easy movement on different types of floors and also protects the vacuum when it bumps on the walls, furniture and other obstacles.

The vacuum is fitted with a powerful hurricane motor which comes in handy even when tackling the toughest cleaning jobs. Changing and replacing the accessories is quick, easy and straight forward. The wide range of accessories allows you to handle different types of cleaning jobs. In dark areas, the vacuum illuminates to help the user see the parts of the carpet concentrated with dirt. The vacuum offers wall to wall cleaning picking up all type of dirt such as Dirt, pet hair, debris, and crumbs. The Circulating Active-Edge brushes scrap off the dirt and debris trapped deep into the carpets leaving a freshly clean carpet. Further, the vacuum uses a unique water filtration system Which effectivley cleans up all the dirt. The smaller particles are trapped by the HEPA Neutralizer Filtration System. The double filtration system ensures that nearly 100% of dirt and particles lurking in your house are trapped leaving you safe and clean air to breath.

Comparison Chart: Rainbow Model E2 Type 12 Complete Cleaning System Vs. Hoover SMARTWASH+ Automatic Carpet Washer Vs. Bissell SpotClean Carpet Cleaner


Rainbow Model E2 Type 12 Complete Cleaning System

Hoover SMARTWASH+ Automatic Carpet Washer

Bissell SpotClean Carpet Cleaner

Form Factor


Upright vacuum


Special feature

Pet hair

Carpet, Upholstery & Area Rugs

Carpet & Upholstery

Item Weight

17 Pounds

18.49 Pounds

9.2 pounds

Product Dimensions

14 x 12 x 46 inches

18.9 x 13 x 43.5 inches

6.5 x 12 x 14.5 inches

Noise Level

78 dB

Relatively low



800 watts

1200 watts

330 wattage


0.5 Gallons

1 Gallon

96 oz.


120 Volts



Accessories and attachments

·       Floor Brush

·       Crevice Tool

·       Upholstery Tool

·       Duster Brush

·       Main Hose

·       Tool Hose

·       Powerhead

·       2-in-1 Antimicrobial Bristle Brush

·       Rubber Nub Tool

·       Storage Bag

·       Brushed Edge Cleaning

·       FlexForce PowerBrushes

·       Hydro Rinse Self-Cleaning Tool

·       Deep Stain Tool

·       3 inch Tough Stain Tool


Frequently Asked Questions about Rainbow Vacuum Aquamate Carpet Shampooer

1.Can the rainbow vacuum aquamate carpet shampooer pick up liquids on the floor?

The Rainbow Aquamate vacuum cleaner can easily and safely pick up liquids from the floors. However, the power nozzle is not capable of collecting the liquids. Read the user to manual to learn how to safely collect the liquids.

2.What is the cost of the Vacuum Aquamate Carpet Shampooer?

The cost of this vacuum cleaner can vary depending on various factors such as the local markets, the outlets, and the package configurations among other factors. Check out the outlet near you for the confirmation of prices.

3.How often should I change the HEPA filters of the Vacuum Aquamate Carpet Shampooer?

As with any other vacuum cleaner, the HEPA filters should be replaced with time. Any owner of the vacuum should allow the Authorized Rainbow Service Center to inspect the vacuum HEPA filters after every two years. The neutralizer/ filters must be replaced after every five years to ensure optimum performance of the vacuum cleaner.

4.What does the rainbow warranty cover?

 The Rainbow Cleaning System and the attached accessories has a four-year warranty while the eight-year warranty covers the vacuum cleaner motor or the electronic controller. Note that the warranty does not cover the HEPA Neutralizer and the normal tear and wear of the vacuum.

5.Can I use Rainbow vacuum as air purifier?

Yes, the vacuum can purify the air around up to 3,000 square feet. The rainbow vacuums utilize HEPA filters which are ionized to help pull the dust from air and also remove unpleasant odors. So, yes you can use the rainbow vacuum to purify the air in your house.

6.What does the Rainbow warranty cover?

The company provides its distributors a 4-year warranty on Rainbow SRX Cleaning System and attached accessories. The 10-year warranty only covers the motor and the electronic controller of the vacuum cleaner.

7.Can I use Rainbow vacuum without water?

The water traps the dust and other particles that the vacuum picks. Failure to use water in the vacuum will result into clogging of the filters by dust particles. So the vacuum is only designed to work with water.

Video of Rainbow Vacuum Aquamate Carpet Shampooer and Cleaner Review

Watch the videos below and see the Rainbow Vacuum Aquamate Carpet Shampooer in action.


The Rainbow E2 Type 12 Complete Cleaning System is a high-performance vacuum with robust and sturdy body. It deep cleans the carpet leaving behind clean air and fresh smelling house. It is a great cleaning tool for people with pets as it effectively picks up pet hair. The vacuum has gathered hundreds of positive reviews. If you are looking for a high-performance vacuum shampooer, you should try this one.

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