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Hetty was a Birthday gift from a friend a few years ago. I have to admit when I opened it I thought "what on earth is this" and couldn't believe she had actually bought such a thing for me. It soon got banished to my office as I really didn't fancy it cluttering up my desk at home.
Hetty takes two AA batteries to power her which go into a section under the black lid. She looks very much like the life-size version of a Hetty (or a pink version of Henry) and I guess is quite cute as a novelty gift, but it's not really my sort of thing.
Like the real Hetty miniature Hetty is also pink with big eyes and a smiley face and a nose which is the vacuum hose. The vacuum hose is a black concertina like with a real vacuum cleaner, however the hose isn't as flexible as a real vacuum hose. The body of Hetty is where the dust and crumbs are collected after being sucked and can be emptied by removing the black lid which screws off from the base.
Unfortunately I never found my Hetty was very hungry vacuum! I could get her to clean tiny crumbs and dust from my desk and the surface of my keyboard, but between the keys on my keyboard, the parts I really wanted to clean, Hetty's suck wasn't strong enough to vacuum it up. Also the hose needs to be heldquite upright to get the best results, which didn't really work if I was trying to Hoover under things. On turning Hetty on she makes a real vacuum cleaner type noise, and it's actually rather loud for such a tiny thing.
I would say Hetty is more of gimmicky toy than an actual working desk vacuum, her suck does need to be a lot stronger for her to have any real effect. She is only small, about 10cm height and her hose is only about 10cm with a diameter of around 1cm, so even hoovering up a desk can take quite a time - it's easier to wipe the desk clean or turn the keyboard upside down and shake it!
Unfortunately I lost Hetty in my last office move, I felt a bit bad as it was a good friend that got her for me and although I had originally thought she was rather ghastly I had got used to seeing her on my desk, more as an ornament though rather than a cleaning gadget.
Looking online you can get yourself a Hetty for around £10 on Amazon, or even a husband for Hetty, a Henry, if you would prefer a red, more manly version. These sort of gadgets aren't my cup of tea, but I know some people love gadgets and this would be a nice little gift for them.
This desk vacuum cleaner mimics its 'big sister' from the Henry range, Hetty. I'm a big fan of the range, and, as with the 'proper' hoovers, this mini version comes in a Henry style as well. Judging purely by its appearance, this makes a fantastic gift; it's cute and it looks very similar to the large hoovers.
The idea is that it will clean up your desk; it 'hoovers' up crumbs and little bits and bobs of the type that I'm constantly finding on my desk. In theory this is a clever idea, although it seems a little bit pointless when a slightly damp cloth has worked for years! You need to buy batteries as it requires three AAA batteries to work; this obviously adds a sizeable chunk of money to the price. The 'hoover' itself is usually available for under £10.
In terms of functionality, I've been quite disappointed. My Hetty desk cleaner just sits on my desk as decoration, as whenever I've tried to use it, it's taken so long and been so frustrating that a cloth is a fair superior cleaning method. I feel like this is fantastic as a novelty toy and as a gimmick, but for actually cleaning, it's really not worth the money. It successfully hoovers up small bits of fluff; but by small, I MEAN small.
Overall, don't expect something that is going to help you have a spotless desk, because this really isn't that product. That doesn't mean I don't recommend it; as a novelty, it's adorable and looks lovely on the desk. Ironically, it probably clutters my desk more than it cleans it for this reason.
I received this as a gift and so far i'm delighted with it. It met nearly all my if not all my expectations and more.
The vacuum is leightwight, easy to clean, small enough to fit on my desk and big enough to be able to clean my desk. It is also very useful to clean inbetween the keys on my keyboard, all those little crums that you can't get out can be vacuumed out with this.
Hetty vacuum cleaner requires 3 x AA batteries which are not included in the package.
It is reasonably priced at £4.95-£11.99 I found it at amazon for only £4.95. For a working vacuum cleaner this is a great deal.
All the pipes and different nozzles come inside the vacuum, the only thing i would suggest that is bad about this design, is when you have to put them away after you've hoovered your desk you will need to empty the hetty out or you will find that all th dirt will get stuck on the accesories, and this isn't always convenient.
Also the hetty doesn't have a lot of suction power but this is not a major problem since you will only be vacuuming the desk.
Apart from those little issues overall this is a great product so instead of haveing to wipe all your rubber sahvings, crumbs...you can easily and conveniently vacuum them up with this device. I am very pleased to own one and I reccomend it to people of all ages, it is a great gift.
Most people would probably use a duster or a cloth, or just blow the dust away from their desks, but no. That clearly is not good enough for this century. We have to have something that does it for us. A machine which you have paid for to rid bits of crumbs on your desk and round the keyboard. This is a smaller machine than you might expect and certainly nowhere near the size of a conventional Henry hoover. These mini replicars look quite cute and do actually suck up small bits of dirt, via the long hose attachment.
Available as a red or pink design, you could even get two and use one for each day of the week. They run off three AA batteries and have just enough suction power to tackle small crumbs, sawdust, nail clippings, cereal remains and dead skin. The dirt is collected inside the interior and when the machine lets out a whistling noise, you are advised to empty out your trash. Great aye. Well no. The cynical side of me says what on earth is the point? Yes they look cute and probably brighten up an office desk, but how lazy do you have to be to use a mini hoover the size of a placemat, rather than scooping up the dropped piece of cake bar and putting in in the bin yourself.
The price is fair, considering it does something, but the suction power is not nearly as exciting as you would want it. It would barely get out dirt stuck in the depths of the keyboard and the constant cleaning out of the inside would eventually get you down. As a gimmick present it's fine, but the reality of it is another thing. Despite my moans, the colours and design work is all rather slick and the tube is nicely articulated, but I would still save your six quid!
The original Henry Hoover (made by Numatic) became one of the nations favourite vacuum cleaners due to its efficient nature and friendly smile - as did Henry's girlfriend 'Hetty' - the pink hoover with the long eyelashes. Personally, i'm not sure that sexualizing hoovers is such a wise thing to do, and apparently in the year Hetty was first manufactured (and this is absolutely true) there was a sharp increase in male admissions to casualty with hoover parts lodged around their intimate areas...
Anyway, try to put that out of your mind, as this is a review for the 'Paladone Desktop Hetty', a toy which can be purchased from Amazon for £9.95. This scaled down version (9cm x 8cm) is not to be confused with the 'Casdon 616 Little Hetty' - a larger and more accurate representation of the actual machine.
Paladone's model is loosely based on the real Hetty, albeit with a bit of artistic license. The body of the toy model is much longer, the (functioning) wheels protrude more at the front, and the handle at the top is smaller. Nevertheless, even with these design mistakes and a selection of other inaccuracies, the toy is undoubtedly a cute machine.
Billed as a working model, the Desktop Hetty will function as a mini-cleaner if you insert 2xAA batteries into the section located under the black lid. That said, the actual suck (activated by pressing a small button on the top of the unit) is incredibly limited, and will only hoover up tiny bits of fluff or miniscule specs of dirt. To empty the toy, you simply twist Desktop Hetty's lid (which will separate from the main body) and then tip out the dust and dirt which has collected inside - there are no bags to change, or filters to clean.
When turned on, Hetty produces a a low rumbling noise which I would compare to a scaled down version of full size Hetty's sound - it is fairly noisy but this adds to the novelty value and will please the kids. The black plastic hose which protrudes from the front of the machine comes with a removable 'floor brush' style attachment, although other end pieces and brush fittings are available.
Paladone's Desktop Hetty will appeal to a wide variety of ages, including kids who will find the toy especially cute, and adults who own the actual Hetty. It is a bit of a shame that the design of this toy version strays so much from the original... yes, it is recognizable as a Hetty, but if you put it next to the actual thing, you can clearly see the differences.
Due to the fact that Desktop Hetty is well made and feels quite sturdy in her plastic construction, children should be able to play with the toy, and it will probably survive light knocks and low drops. That said, I would recommend the product for ages four and up, as the detachable end may be a potential choking hazard. Apart from that, the rest of the construction is fairly child friendly - with a battery section which screws shut so kids can't get hold of the two AA's.
In conclusion, if you expect the sucking action of Paladone's pink replica to be anything more than minimal, then you will ultimately be let down - so don't assume this little beauty will be able to get your living room spotless and crum-free! However, take Desktop Hetty for what she is - a toy, and you won't be disappointed.
The perfect little companion for your desktop Hetty is always there when you need a friend to help tidy your desk. Fear not the rising tide of dust and crumbs - for Hetty a true icon of domestic life is here to take the bad things away with a smile!