We were one of those, “say NO say NO say NO, were helping a friend out ONLY” couples. However, we seen what the RAINBOW can do and continues to do and LOVE it! We couldn’t imagine our life without RAINBOW! Even our 15 month old son LOVES to vacuum and tries it himself…if he cant do it he runs to grab his own vacuum! We loved the Rainmate as well! However our bowl got accidently damaged and we are without the rainmate (im so sad) but we are working on finding a replacement bowl—we love it THAT much too.. Give RAINBOW a try, you wont regret it, I promise!!! our floors have never looked as great as they do now!!!