Is Rexair (Rainbow) a Scam?

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Someone told me that you used to sell Rainbow Vacuums.  I’ve been thinking about doing it. Is Rexair a scam?  Is it legitimate?  What was your experience?


Yes, it’s true, I used to sell Rainbows.  Well, OK, I sold Rainbow.

Behold the beautiful water-trap Rainbow vacuum!

And no, they’re not a scam. Rexair is the company that manufactures the Rainbow vacuum and they’ve been around since the 40’s or so. They’re a Direct Sales company, which means you’ll be selling the Rainbow directly to customers, not retail outlets.

Because of this, Rainbows are hella expensive. When I was working there, they were about $2000. Now, I hear they’re around $3000!  You’ll only be allowed to do in-home demonstrations, and your marketing is severely restricted. We actually went door to door to “register” people to win a free vacation. (hint: everyone won). In order to claim the prize, the winner would then have to sit through a demonstration of the Rainbow.

Yep…marketing techniques from the 1960’s too!

In this current economy, it will be a challenge for you to be successful with Rainbow. Granted, I don’t know their current marketing guidelines, so they may have come into the 21st century. But since people can find used Rainbows fairly easily now, the incentive to buy new isn’t what it used to be.

There is no cost to get started, which is pretty rare with a Direct Sales company, but you may have a hard time convincing people to buy $3000 vacuums. No matter how awesome they are. (And yes, they are!)

I recommend that you look into some other Direct Sales companies for better commission structures, recession-friendly products, and more lenient marketing techniques. If sales is your thing, then you shouldn’t have a problem finding a company you fit in with!

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15 Replies to “Is Rexair (Rainbow) a Scam?”

  1. Janelle

    I Do Not Recommend Rainbow as a good place to work. At least NOT IN UTAH!



    I have plenty of proof.

    It’s a TOTAL SCAM!!!!!

    • John Young

      the main correction needing stated is REXAIR is not who sales folks work for. EVERY sales organization that sells it is an independent business. REXAIR mfg’s the unit and sells to auth distributors who sell to sometimes smaller sales org/co’s and or general homeowners.

  2. Laurent T.

    Before considering buying or selling Rexair, do proper research. Check out the complaints on Ripoffreport, Complaintsboard, the BBB reports, etc.

  3. Aruna Singh

    People are buying just like you did. They have an amazing rebate program. Yes there are other direct sales businesses but they are pyramids and mlms and Rainbow is not because you pay no start up. The commissions are in the hundreds vs a cheaper product your selling with maybe a $10 profit with no ROI whereas Rainbow offers you a ROI and Commissions as a rep. But I do agree it’s not for the people who want to sit back and pick money off of a money tree in their yard. It takes work and consistency to succeed at anything you do but the room for growth and EOE is immaculate. You sold one so it is obvious your passion isn’t as extensive but given others a chance a $3k system to help my kids not be on a nublizer is super worth it and more.


    Rexair/Rainbow is an amazing company. Founded in 1936, made and manufactured in the United States. Troy Michigan is the Headquarters, Cadillac is where they are manufactured. To become a part of Rainbow all you need to do is sign up with an authorized Distributor. There are no fees and training/kit is free. Salary is based on a commision structure, paid weekly and is wonderful for moms and students who are looking for part time work. Rainbow has become the go to source for cleaning, the Rainbow is a certified whole house cleaning system. I’ve been with Rainbow 4 years now, Full time (started in Arkansas and moved to Florida) a wonderful company, people and a fantastic product. Can’t recommend Rainbow enough!

  5. Jason Bow

    It’s not true they have been around since the 60’s I all actuality the company started in 1936 and ALL their products are made in the good old USA, in Michigan and like someone else said. IT doesn’t cost you a dime to get started, they provide training, and all the products, you have to do demos and are on a commission based pay, the more you sell the more you make. And as far as selling them in this economy, don’t worry I just sold 5 this month part time and I live in south central Kentucky. You can make a lot of money in this business if you want to put in the time. It is not hard to do, sell yourself, do a great demo and the Rainbow will sell itself. Hope this helps

  6. Amber Hall

    I do this now and love it. Definitely not a scam. No upfront fee’s, they supply everything. I make about 4-6k a month.

  7. Stephanie

    My ex-husband does this and he does not pay child support how do I find out how much she earns from your company

    • Work at Home FAQ Post author

      I don’t know that that’s possible without a court order, Stephanie. If he works for a direct sales company like Rainbow, most likely he’s an independent contractor, not an employee, so I’m not sure how wage garnishing would work to get the money you’re owed. You may be able to potentially garnish tax returns, but you need to seek legal help. I’m not an attorney so I really can’t advise you on this. Do a google search for “child support legal aid” and your city, and you may be able to find some pro-bono (free), or reduced fee help. Good luck!

      • John Young

        NO Sales people work FOR REXAIR. IF you sell Rainbow’s you are likely and independent contractor FOR a Different CO — who is AUTHORIZED to buy from Rexair. Rexair’s involvement at that point is ZERO (other than honoring warranty returns to the factory). Unless you work for the plant in Cadillac MI or Corp HQ in Troy MI – NO ONE Works for Rexair other than them. I was in high mgmt for mfg arm in Cadillac MI. Supply Chain. Ask me anything you want to know and I will gladly help.

    • Amber Hall

      It’s kinda like small buisness each person makes their money then files taxes on what they make. It’s not a normal pay where taxes comes out of your check every month. He’s getting checks from a distributor, it’s kinda like contact work

  8. Sandra Clubb

    Rexair is an excellent company and they make a super fabulous product that does what is is supposed to and more (because at first you don’t believe it.)

    I bought my first rainbow in 1997 and bought a new one in 2017 (one for home and one for my office).

    • Work at Home FAQ Post author

      I love them too, Sandra! I just wish they weren’t so expensive…I’d get one for all my friends and family!

  9. Janie Marks

    Regarding Rainbow Vacuum, I sold @800-900 in the 8 years that I worked as a sales rep. I was paid commission and loved my job. They first came out in 1936 and are made in Cadillac, Michigan.
    No they aren’t a scam. You need to go through an authorized distributor to purchase as you need to learn how to properly use and care for the equipment. Hope this helps!
    Janie M.


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