Product Type: Paladone gadgets
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Novelty toy or rubbish hoover?
Paladone Desktop Henry Vacuum Cleaner
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Paladone Desktop Henry Vacuum Cleaner
Advantages: Nothing really - gets the occasional crumb or dust particle
Disadvantages: Doesn't suck much, not particularly entertaining as a novelty toy
Often a missold item, this little Henry Hoover is designed more as a novelty item than as an effective cleaning tool. Much of the reason for its existence is for kids to copy their parents when they're doing the hoovering, and in this respect, it has some level of credibility. The problem is that they promise it'll hoover your desktop, and it barely registers any level of suction.
It really is a miniature version of the popular Henry Hoover range, sitting at around 10 cm tall. We used a Henry at my old place of work, and it's a very reliable Hoover indeed. This little one though, has little suction. It's powered by 4 AA batteries, which is the first clue that you're not going to get much suck out of it. You have to supply them yourself. Turning the hoover on, you get the small noise of a hoover but you really don't notice anything actually happening if you run it over the floor.
However, you'll notice after time that it does pick up small amounts of dust and the occasional crumb or tiny light bit of dirt. Just not enough for it to be a credible hoover. If you want something that's going to clean that's handheld, then I suggest going for one of the dustbuster type handheld hoovers that have their own charging station and in built battery. This just won't do it.
As a novelty item it's pretty good, I suppose. My eldest son does use it, although in general the sound of the hoover always makes him jump so keeping him in the same room while we do the hoovering is often impossible. Occasionally, asking him to hoover his room gets him good practice, but it's not really the most important thing I want him to learn. He's generally quite messy, but 7 year old boys can be. He tidies his room when he's told to, and pretty soon he's going to realise that this 'hoover' doesn't actually suck much up. It's as if the connection on the piping is gone from your normal hoover, that's how ineffectual it is.
As a novelty item that costs less than £10, if it's your sort of thing then fine, it's probably worth getting. However, I find it one of those things that there's not really that much point to. I feel the advertising could be a bit better, making sure to point out it's more of a novelty toy than a serious hoover for adults wanting to clean desktops. The product description says it's improved now and will actually hoover things up, but I can't see it works, as far as I'm concerned it's a rubbish hoover and a quirky but pointless novelty toy, at best, and so I don't really recommend it.
Summary: Poor mini hoover/novelty toy
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