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      I hope this is the last vacuum I buy for many, many years.

      I've had a Morphy Richards vacuum for about five years now, and I've been quite happy with it. True the filters were a nightmare to clean, but it did the job, and I thought it did a very good job at that, at least until I saw the difference with our new Henry. I would have continued using the Morphy Richards, I'm not one to replace a product unless I have to, but once again, I had no choice. My husband decided to remove the filter, but failed to notice the wee door at the top. Instead he thought the whole upper part of the canister twisted off and managed to make one solid piece into two. Brute strength does have its limitations at times.

      At any rate- I needed a new vacuum, picked out a few options and called in the expert - Nar2 for advice. One advantage to being a regular dooyoo member is that you quickly realise that some members are experts in certain areas. I've often recommended Nar2's reviews to anyone buying a vacuum, so I took my own advice, read all of his reviews and then asked him about models I was considering that didn't have reviews. Thankfully Nar already had an excellent and highly detailed review on Henry. With Nar's help I eventually settled on Henry, but it wasn't a difficult sale. I had used a Henry before in work years before and the poor thing was run without bags, without the filter ever being cleaned and vacuumed up everything including rubbish, bits of plastic, mud and snow without complaint.

      There aren't many small parts on this to break. No belts and nothing my husband can think is meant to twist off. The attachments slide on easily and the extensions tubes are metal. I can't see my husband breaking these either. Removing the lid is very obvious with little clips you undo and then lift the whole thing off. Henry came with a flat floor attachment as shown. This has small brushes around it which work very nicely on laminate flooring. You can push a lever to lift these to make it easier to vacuum heavy shag carpets. There is also an air flow vent thing in the handle to make hovering shag carpets easier - which I only know because Nar told me about it. Our Henry also came with a small round soft dusting brush, a small flat rectangular dusting brush with stiffer bristles, a crevice tool and a plain black bit of tube which I looked up on amazon and found out is called a taper hose or tool adaptor.

      The most noticeable thing about Henry is of course his face. I have to admit - I've always loved Henry's face, but not nearly so much as my children. You'd think we had brought home a new pet. Both of my sons were racing to clean their rooms so they could use Henry. While they are not quite as enthusiastic about tidying up their toys now that some of the novelty has worn off, they do still always want to do the hovering, so I rarely use Henry myself., usually just at night for a last clean before bed. Had I know how much the boys would want to do the cleaning after buying this - I'd have bought one years ago!

      Seriously though, I do wish I had bought this years ago. We got almost five years out of the Morphy Richards, which cost me £59. Prior to that we had owned a refurbished Dyson which cost £80 and worked only for a few months before exploding into flame - literally. We had an Argos value model before that. In the last 10 years I have to have spent at least £200 on vacuums. If I had bought a Henry the first time, I don't think I would have had to replace it, so in our case buy cheap and buy twice has really worked out to buy cheap and buy 4x. If I hadn't talked to Nar, I probably would have just bought cheap again, but I honestly hope Henry will be with us for many years to come. He better be. If Henry were to die the children would cry their eyes out.

      Another nice feature on Henry is the wind up cord. You just turn a handle and the cord is pulled into the top where it remains, out of the way. Henry does not have any on board tool storage, but Nar suggested something so obvious I felt quite thick to have not thought of it sooner. He suggested a cheap school bag. As it happened, Nosy Crow Publishers sent me a nice book bag which works perfectly.

      Of course what really matters is how Henry works - and tis little vacuum has some power. When we first unpacked Henry, we hovered a very thick shag rug in the front room. My husband then lifted the rug to get all the dirt underneath - and there was none. Henry has pulled it all through. This is what convinced me this hoover removes more dirt than our Morphy Richards. The floor under the rug was spotless. I've also found Henry brilliant for cleaning the stairs, going over the laminate floors and cleaning all the rugs. The soft brush is nice for heavy curtain or even the sofa, and my husband loves this for cleaning the car. We only own one furry pet, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier. I did read one previous review that this didn't work well with pet hair, but we have had no problems. Of course a Staffy is a short haired do so I can't comment on how this might work with a long haired breed. I have to admit though - I shed more than the dog, and this picks up my hair easily as well.

      My husband never wanted any bagged vacuum because of the expense of changing bags. We have found that the Henry bag is far larger than that on our other hoovers. We've had this a couple of weeks and the first bag is far less than 1/4 full. ( Henry came with 4 bags). Nar informs me that we may be able to pick up replacement bags from the pound shop but barring that, Amazon sells 10 of the good filter bags, which are like a cloth for £5.05. You can buy 10 of the paper ones at £3.99 as an add on item, or a cloth bag with a zip at only £7.40, eliminating the need to keep replacing bags, but adding bag cleaning to your chores. Amazon Marketplace also has 5 generic bags to fit Henry at only £2.28 with free delivery. He has recently become a convert to the idea of bags, as he realised one bag can last for ages and it so much easier to just lift and dispose of everything.

      It seems that other replacement parts for Henry are quite reasonable as well. A new filter, should one be needed is £8.99 with Amazon, and all of the other bits and pieces can be replaced cheaply as well. It is also possible to use non Henry items. My Morphy Richards turbo brush fits perfectly, so we are using this as well. We have in the past found that some vacuums were difficult to find parts for. Henry is such a common item, that is appears quite easy to find any bits one might need as well. No more waiting for weeks for the right bags or parts to be in stock if buying locally. I have ordered a turbo air brush for Henry. The official Henry Air Turbo is £28.40 , and some sell for as little as £10, but I went with a middle of the road, made for Henry, but not by Henry brush. It isn't strictly necessary, but as I have serious hand and shoulder problems will make things easier for me.

      The only member of the family not delighted with the new addition is the dog. She may not have liked the fuss the boys made over it, but I think the main issue is noise, and I do feel this is louder than our other hoover, especially if you use it on high. It may also have something to do with the fact that it rolls along behind us, but whatever the reason, she hates Henry.

      More detailed specs can be found on Amazon but the main ones are as follows:

      Henry has two power options, high and low. High uses 1200 watts and low uses 600.

      The dust bag can hold a whopping 9 litres.

      Henry is heavy. He weighs 6.6 KG or 6.9 kg depending on which site you believe. I can not weigh this myself, but it is heavy enough that I would really struggle to get this up the stairs. Thankfully I have two very strong boys who are always happy to help. I don't think this would be an issue for most people though, and other than stairs you won't be carrying this about.

      I had never extended Henry's cord to full length, and really don't have room to do so. For this review I had to extend it as far as I could and then double it over so my measurement may not be exact, but it is very nearly 30 feet. Amazon however lists this as having a 26.8 metre cleaning range. Of course the hoses and attachments will increase the range of this, but the numbers still don't really match. I can not explain this, but I do feel this is more than enough electric cable to easily clean the average house without have to keep looking for another electric outlet.

      I paid £95.99 including Vat for Henry, being lucky enough to have access to a Makro card through a community group. We did need a vacuum right away, making waiting for Amazon difficult, and I believe amazon was about the same price at the time. Amazon currently has Henry for £91.95 with free delivery. If you need one right away, you may need to pay a bit more. Argos is selling these for £109.

      I'm really glad I bought Henry, and once again, a huge thank you to Nar for all of help. I did spend more than I wanted to, but in the long run, I feel Henry will work out far better value.

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        20.02.2013 02:03
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        A very effective hoover with allergin re-retention filters and a variety of practical attachments.

        ~*~The Product ~ 'There are days when any electrical appliance in the house, including the vacuum cleaner, seems to offer more entertainment than the TV set'! ~*~

        The black and red Henry Numatic HVR200A Cylinder Cleaner has the following specifications:

        Motor Power Hi1200/Lo600 W
        Cleaning Range 26.8 m
        Weight 6.60 kg
        Power 230V AC 50/60Hz
        Airflow 42 L/sec
        Suction Hi2500/Lo1500 mm
        Size 340x340x370mm
        Capacity 9 L

        The vacuum's accessories include:

        * 300mm Combination Floor Nozzle
        * 240mm Crevice Tool
        * 2.4m Nuflex Threaded Hose
        * Stainless Steel Tube Bend with Volume Control
        * 2 x Stainless Steel Extension Tube
        * Double Taper Hose/Tool Adapter
        * 65mm Soft Dusting Brush
        * 150mm Upholstery Nozzle
        * 150mm Slide on Brush for Upholstery Nozzle

        Henry's parents proudly state that he is 'A true professional in every sense of the word but never without that famous smile, loved and appreciated by users the world over'! :~)

        ~*~ My Usage Experience ~ 'If it isn't the sheriff, it's the finance company; I've got more attachments on me than a vacuum cleaner' - John Barrymore ~*~

        I first met Henry on holiday. I think I would describe our meeting and falling in love as a 'whirl wind' romance (excuse the pun). I was staying on a caravan site at Newquay with my children. Early on in the holiday, I found Henry lurking inside a small cupboard inside the caravan. He looked a little worse for wear and pretty fed up. I don't know what possessed me but I took his head off and hid my possessions (keys and money) inside his body whenever I went out! He never scorned me; in fact, he never said a word, which is, until I turned him on. As much as I wanted to take him home, it was not to be, he belonged to another and I have principles! :~)

        As soon as I returned home after my holiday, I couldn't get Henry out of my mind, His smoldering looks, cheeky grin and powerful nature had me in utter earnestness to meet with him again. I decided to Argoose him. I went to my local store, ordered my very own Henry and took him home wrapped in my arms! But he was a new romance; I had so much to learn about him. He came with a letter (instructions apparently) that told me some pretty comprehensive things about my new love, all good. But in practice, would Henry let me down as others have? I found out within weeks....

        I have since replaced the original Henry hoover I purchased. I wanted to continue using this model as it really helped with my son and daughter's asthma symptoms. To avoid any further daft double meanings I will now refer to Henry to what he is, a hoover! :~) Henry hoover came well packaged to protect from damage. Very clear and descriptive instructions came with the vacuum.

        ~'Start From Scratch'~

        I'm that sad that upon unpacking the vacuum, the first thing I did was stick on the smiley face onto the front of the hoover! :~) The next thing that had to be done to prepare the hoover for vacuuming is that I had to twist the black rim of the hoover lid to remove it from the body section. This was very easy, just a little ridged to begin with but thereafter very flexible. I then removed the Trifex filter and popped it to one side whilst I then fitted the dust bag provided to the inner protruding black tube. This took seconds as it was so simple to push through the circular opening of the bag and fit securely to the nozzle. I then replaced the large circular filter and twisted the lid back onto the body of the machine securely.

        Fitting the practical 2.4 meter length thread hose to the machine was very easy. The top of the hose fitted snuggly to the nose of the outer nozzle and a few simple turns secured the hose on tight. I then began to connect the stainless steel extension tube to the other stainless steel tubes. It presented a little more effort to insure that the tubes fitted together firmly without the problem of loosening. But with usage, I found the changing of these tubes became easier to adjust. I finally fitted the stainless steel bend tube that has the volume control and attached the combination floor nozzle to try out. This floor nozzle was very stiff to attach at first but became a little easier over time, although I tend not to use this as much as some other more favourite attachments!

        ~Cord~

        The Numatic vacuum cleaner is practically equipped with a long 13.2 meter power cable which is so handy, as an example, when my daughter parks up her car and wants to hoover the vehicle. The cord stretches with ease from any power point in my lounge to her car. The length of lead is also a real asset when hooving stairs. The shape of the hoover means that I cannot balance it with comfort on the stairs so I have to either leave it in the hallway or the top landing when I hoover. But the ample length of cord means that this presents no problem, other than having to go all the way back down or vice versa to collect the plug from the power point.

        ~Storing~

        It isn't easy storing the hoover in my cupboard although the rewind feature of the lengthy cable is handy in storing the cord. But, I will mention here that the cord sometimes jams within the lid so I often have to unwind it a little, and then rewind to afford a more fluid action. The length of the hose and connecting stainless steel pipes take up a fair bit of space and cannot be stored with ease. To prevent damage to the hose I generally have to coil it around the hoover, making it even larger in circumference. The stainless steel tubes need to be stood upright, leaning them against a corner to prevent falling for ease of obtaining for the next time. The tools need to be placed in a large bag so they do not become separated and hard to locate. But as the hoover comes with a fairly large storage bag this helps to keep the accessories together in one place. The vacuum as a whole does take up considerable room in the cleaning cupboard and is awkward to maneuver alongside other equipment.

        ~Accessories & Cleaning~

        Before I begin on mentioning the tools that are used for vacuuming with this hoover, I will say that as there is nowhere on the actual machine to store the separate tools whilst cleaning, it poses a problem. I often need to place the various tools I wish to use around and about while I vacuum different areas. It would be so much easier and functional if the apparatus had a clip-on feature to store the tools.

        *Combination floor nozzle*

        The combination floor nozzle is rather wide and stiff to attach to the stainless steel pipe but gives good cleaning on hard surfaces. I find that I need to lean down to flip the rather inflexible clip to rotate from flat to brush sequence on the head. Trying to switch between the two features with my foot doesn't work! The frequent changing means I have to keep leaning down which puts pressure on my spine. If I have had to vacuum for a fair time, my back aches for a while after I have finished the task! I normally set the head on the brush setting to protect the flooring from scratches and it does a good job at gathering a wider surface of dust and debris. Though I will point out here that the brushes need to be cleaned off regularly as hair becomes trapped on the head and prevents the brush combing the area and also causes congestion, preventing dirt travelling up the pipe.

        *Upholstery nozzle*

        Swapping to the smaller heads such as the upholstery nozzle is easy and the cleaning on such surfaces is excellent. The little plastic head with the strong suction of the motor provides a thorough vacuuming of my sofa and chairs. The head is uncomplicated so no clogging occurs as long as I use the device carefully; ensuring only small objects of dirt are collected. I tend not to use the slide on upholstery brush to this nozzle as it seems to be more cumbersome and not as efficient as just using the plain plastic head on its own. The brush section prevents the low setting air flow from having enough oomph to pick up debris. To set the vacuum on higher defeats the objective of needing a lower setting for the certain surfaces!

        *Soft dusting brush*

        When the hoover is set on low, the soft dusting brush provides an excellent agent in vacuuming curtains, blinds and similar delicate areas. The long hairs on the nozzle prevent too a close contact with susceptible surfaces. The hair glides over such surfaces fairly easily as long as I do not put too much pressure against the pole it is attached to.

        *Crevice tool*

        One of my favourite attachments is the crevice tool, a long plastic thin tapered gadget that is perfect for getting into hard to reach places such as behind radiators and beside the kitchen units. The component is very good at collecting debris from corners and underneath furniture without having to move heavy items. It is an excellent gadget when I'm reaching up to collect the stray cobwebs from the ceiling. I have found so many uses whilst vacuuming with this attachment that it remains one of my most used connections.

        I feel that the crevice, brush and plain upholstery tools to be the most used and more efficient of the accessories at cleaning. The Henry hoover gives a pretty reasonable performance on laminates, vinyl and wooden floors including rugs and carpets. But oh dear, collecting pet hairs is an absolute chore. The hoover, set even on high has difficulty suctioning up the fur. I have swapped nozzles, some working a little better than others, such as the crevice and plain upholstery attachments but the results aren't satisfactory enough to be noteworthy!

        ~On/Off & High Power Switches~

        The on/off button on my vacuum is aqua and clicks down with ease. The 'AutoSave system means that every time you switch on you will automatically start on the economy setting, only if more power is needed to cope with extra dirt do you need to push the red switch to operate in' high mode. When I see the red light on I know I have the 'Hi' mode on so that when I am vacuuming my hard flooring or deeper carpets and don't need the maximum power, I simply push the red switch again and the machine goes back to the economy setting. This feature is excellent because it saves me money on utilities, making it truly efficient with a 50% energy saving!

        ~Numatic Feature, Dust bags & Dust Container~

        The very effective filtration, provided by the large microtex filter system, ensures that most of the allergens such as dust mites and other immune triggers are actually 'trapped inside the machine rather than pumped back into the room'. This is very reassuring to me as my son suffers from asthma as does my daughter, the very reason I purchased the original Henry hoover. This machine offers a 30% improved air quality.

        Furthermore, the 'highly efficient Hepaflo dust bags improve filtration efficiency, cleanliness and capacity'. They are so easy to remove, simply by pulling gently, so not as to rip the bag or disturb the dust contents, on the top besides the circular opening, drawing towards me I can slide the bag off and pop straight into the bin without any micro fibres re-entering the environment. The hoover has a very impressive 5 liter dust container. This means that I can do quite a bit of vacuuming and not need to empty the contents for around a couple of weeks. Of course, depending on 'little visitors' such as my grand-tots, more frequent emptying of the bag may be necessary!:~) But I will point out here that as there is no indicator to warn me when the bag needs changing; I need to monitor manually every now and then to ensure the bag isn't becoming over-filled.

        ~Noise level and Cleaning~

        Although this machine is large it has a very low noise level, in fact, 20% lower than many other models on the market. If my grand-daughter is sleeping in her travel cot, I know I won't disturb her whilst using the hoover. This makes a very practical feature for me. Remarkable that it 'emits less than 80 decibels on carpet. Cleaning is simple; a quick and easy light brushing of the circular dust bag removes any excess stray debris. There are replacement filters available, an annual simplistic task of sliding old one out, sliding new in! A soft moist spnge will leave the veneer looking clean and shiny. Sometimes i add a little washing up liquid on the sponge to remove the odd scuff marks on the surface of the hoover.

        Pros: Good cleaning on floor surfaces including laminate and carpet, upholstery and blinds, excellent allergen retention, very quiet, cord superb length to afford a very long reach, quick and simple dust bag removal, good dust bag capacity, two year warranty.

        Cons: Very poor removing pet hair, cannot be balanced on stairs, nowhere to clip the attachments on the hoover, fairly weighty when bag quite full and steel attachments in place, no indicator to warn me when the bag needs changing.

        ~*~ Would I recommend ~ 'In A Vacuum'! ~*~

        Yes, I most certainly would. First and foremost because the filter system is a very efficient feature that is so good at preventing re-admission of allergens; even used in hospitals! This cylinder vacuum cleans both hard and soft surfaces well. The varied attachments along with the high and low suction settings mean I can clean a wide variety of surfaces and fabrics, getting right up into hard to reach areas too.

        There is a few negatives, one very important one concerning the Hoover's inability to pick up pet hairs effectively enough to make a real difference. But if you do not own a pet, this will not be a problem and the overall performance of the vacuum is excellent. I am dropping from five stars to four due to the negatives mentioned!

        The Henry Numatic HVR200A Cylinder Cleaner is available in a wide variety of high-street stores as well as online. The hoover is also currently available on Amazon for £96.89 with free delivery; a huge drop from its RRP of £154.76!

        http://www.amazon.co.uk/Numatic-HVR200A-Cylinder-Cleaner-Red

        Thank you for taking the time to read my review on my romance with Henry! :~)

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          A lovely vacuum

          Our much loved Vax upright vacuum had unfortunately passed away last week, no fault of its own as there was a slight stair falling incident that made it unusable. We were fed up of using an upright cleaner in all honesty and that good old 'accidental dropping down the stairs' trick definitely came in handy resulting in us now owning a lovely and shiny Henry in the household. Our idea was to buy something rugged with good suction power without a huge price tag, this was obviously a Henry vacuum and we picked this little beauty up in Homebase for a rather reasonable £99 which seems to be cheaper than all of the other shops that we also checked in the area. We have owned a few of these cleaners in the past so we knew they were good, however I'm sure that we paid a little less than the prices we viewed last week on similar models from not so long ago - inflation!


          *** About the Henry vacuum ***

          The Henry vacuum is a very basic cleaner that basically, works! From reading on Wikipedia I discovered that the Henry is manufactured by a company called 'Numatic', in Chard, Somerset in England which makes me feel proud of myself for buying a UK product, which is rare these days. Apparently over 7 million of these cleaners have been sold since 1981, all over the world which shows the success of the company and the product.

          The Henry vacuum is very basic, it's basically a tub with a 1200 Watt motor on top and they are separated by a large filter. Inside the tub is a cloth bag that is not reusable but reusable types can be purchased from eBay at very reasonable costs. From memory, we used to use our old Henry vacuum without a dust bag installed but I cannot see any recommendation of this in the instruction booklet that came with our new model. The cleaner has a long hose with sturdy metal tubes and a good quality floor nozzle for reliable cleaning, everything is strong and robust on the Henry and it's been that way since the early models.


          *** Opening the box and setting up ***

          Luckily, the Henry vacuum is very simple and setting him up ready for the first cleaning was easy. The box was not too large and it fitted in our boot without any issues, inside we found;

          The vacuum unit (Henry)
          The hose
          A floor tool
          Various small attachments
          3 x spare dust bags (And an extra one already installed in the machine)
          And of course, the instruction manual.

          The dust bag was already inserted in the machine and all we had to do was, screw the hose on (Henry's nose), pop the metal tubes together and attach the floor nozzle and he was good to go. Henry's lead is stored in his hat and this is easily removed by pulling on the plug, we noticed how long the lead was straight away as we kept pulling, pulling and pulling until we were at the other end of the house. We plugged him in and flicked the on switch ready for cleaning.

          We did have a quick flick through the instruction manual before the first clean, this was totally unnecessary as the cleaner is so simple to use. There are hardly any words in the manual however all actions are clearly shown in coloured images with arrows and short words here and there.


          *** Cleaning with Henry ***

          The first thing that is noticed when turning on the new style Henry vacuum cleaner is the very quiet motor and the rather large suction. Our Henry has an eco-mode which works automatically, basically the Henry has two motor speeds - High and low, the vacuum always starts on the low power setting which provides excellent suction and low noise, if the low power is not enough for you cleaning task then you can flick the high button and the motor will go to full speed with excellent suction power without too much of a noise increase, even on high power the Henry is very quiet. We started our cleaning by keeping Henry on the low power setting as it was obvious that there was plenty of suction for picking up dirt from our medium pile carpets.

          The cleaner is rather easy to push over our carpets on the low setting; we do struggle slightly while using the high power setting so we save that for the hard floors and our low pile mats. The cleaner effortlessly picks up pet hair, sand, bird seed and other nasty's that are dragged into our household with many pets and humans entering and exiting all day long. Most of the dirt is picked up in one pass but on stubborn hairs a few scrubs are needed to pick the mess up but Henry always gets it in the end! The hose being long allows easy cleaning and the cleaner effortlessly moves around the house with light tugs, we have noticed on a few occasions that Henry gets stuck at some corners resulting in us tugging hard on the hose and him coming flying around the corner in an upside down position, I'm not sure if this is a common problem or not - maybe it's just our corners and door frames that get Henry flipping.

          The Henry comes with basic small tools to help with cleaning stairs, upholstery etc. There is a stair cleaning tool with a clip on scrubbing brush, a dusting brush, a crevice tool and a small adaptor for using the tools with Henry's black hose without the metal extensions fitted. All of the tools feel of a rather good quality and they are very sturdy without any bits to snap off like some brands. We have used all of the tools and they work fabulously even though they are basic, our only slight issue with these is that there is no place to store these tools on the machine - there is a small clip on the back which can hold one tool of the users choice but this is not always enough for an average cleaning session and we have already lost one tool in under a week due to the lack of storage, not ideal.

          The suction is absolutely immense and in all honesty, it seems to be the strongest sucking vacuum that we have ever owned. The suction is great using all of the tools and the low power setting is often creates enough suction for all tasks around the house whilst saving energy that would have once been wasted.


          *** General design and ease of use ***

          The Henry is generally well designed but in my opinion, there are a few small problems that I reckon should be sorted to make the unit easier to use. The hose is long, which is fabulous but then there is the storage problem. Most cylinder vacuum cleaners have a hook to hold the cleaner head and hose up during storage, the Henry does not and he also does not have telescopic wand so every piece of the Henry needs to be disassembled to allow easy storage - otherwise he ends up in a bit of a mess.

          The main problem is the tool storage; the Henry only has one small clip for holding tools which allows the user to pick one tool of their choice to be carried around on the machine. Sometimes, one tool is not enough and we have encountered this problem already and it is annoying having to search the house to find the tool that you need to finish the job. Not only is this annoying but it seems slight daft to me, after many years of manufacturing these cleaners - why have they not designed a tool holder of some description? Apart from those small problems, I find the vacuum easy to use and it is certainly very durable. The Henry vacuum can take a battering and it is very strong all round, this is probably why you see a lot of these cleaners being used in semi commercial properties - walking through Swansea Town in the afternoon I see loads of these smiling vacuums in shops which shows just how popular they are.

          *** Maintenance and emptying the Henry ***

          The Henry is virtually maintenance free apart from having to empty him every once in a while. The dust bags are rather huge with a capacity of 9 litres and they are very reasonable in cost. We picked up a pack of 10 bags from Homebase for £8.19 but I'm sure that you could get them cheaper if you search around. Henry bags really do last a very long time and from our past machines with daily use we were replacing the bags once a month and they probably could have gone on for longer. The main reason for changing bags is mainly the smell, unfortunately the design of the vacuum without having odour filters in this model guarantees that there's a slight doggy smell that lingers around the machine after a two week vacuuming on the same bag. Other than that, the cleaner maintains its suction very well allowing a bag to be filled right to the top without losing too much of its performance. The bag is easy to remove unless it is very full and it can get heavy!
          The very large filter that is contained inside the tub is very easy to clean, I simply bash it against a wall outside when the time comes to empty the bag. I believe that this can be washed every now and then but we just remove the dust and spray some Febreeze on it to keep the cleaner smelling fresh.

          *** Overall opinion ***

          I believe that this vacuum is probably one of the best bagged cleaners that you can get in the price range apart from a few annoying little design problems. It sucks extremely well and it seems quite economical in use, it hardly ever needs emptying and the machine is very rugged with great looks. I highly recommend this vacuum and it gets 4 stars from me.
          Thanks for reading,

          Alsoooo on CIAO!!
          ©nickbrown60

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            A right little sucker with a friendly face

            I seem to able to break vacuum cleaners quicker than some people can break wind, so finding the right cleaner at the right price is, without doubt, an on going battle in my life.
            I have owned, used and in in the end, broken many vacuum cleaners in my time, the upright type, which seem to stop spinning or the handles just give up on me, and the cylinder type, which just seem to give up the ghost, usually during a carpet clean so I'm left with half a dog hair free carpet whilst the other half is, well, you can guess.
            I've even gone through the trial of giving a good go to both 'bagged' and 'bag-less' cleaners, but have lost in all battles as things have 'just gone wrong' with them.

            Anyway, a while back, after writing a few reviews on here, and, to be honest, a bit of a moan about how bad vacuum cleaners treated me, a certain member on this site, who we all probably know but I won't mention their name as heads can swell, gave me a little sound advice about a vacuum cleaner that would clean as good as any other cleaner, if not better, whilst being sturdy enough to not end up in the big vacuum cleaner place in the sky.

            This cleaner that they suggested was in fact one which, for some reason the manufacturers decided to make it more part of the family and gave them actual names, such as Henry, Hetty, James, Harry and even Charles, (no seriously, that's what they are called). But all these brilliantly named cleaners are from the same company which is called Numatic International, who don't just make vacuum cleaners for the likes of you and I to clean our carpeted stairs, but actually make a vast range of both wet and dry cleaners for the Industrial world as well, which, due to its popularity, makes there range a very successful and very trusted range indeed.

            Anyway, as I only need a vacuum cleaner for a few carpets in my house, mainly the stairs, a coupe of downstairs rooms and the bedrooms, I didn't think I'd need an industrial size machine. So I opted for the Numatic cleaner that they call 'Henry', although I did toy with getting 'Hetty' after a bit of digging from my daughter due to the fact that 'Hetty' is pink, whilst 'Henry' is red.
            Yes, they are all different colours so you can actually buy one to match the colour of your walls, you've got 'James' who I think is Yellow, 'Harry' is green, 'Charles' is blue, (although I think 'Charles' is a wet and dry cleaner), and a few others, but they are all different colours.

            After telling my daughter that I didn't want a pink vacuum cleaner in the house, I brought home 'Henry', a new member of the family who has the biggest smile on his little red face.

            So what do you get with Henry then..?
            Apart from the actual vacuum cleaner itself we also got...

            * The 2.4 metre flexible hose
            * 2 stainless steel extension tubes
            * Crevice tool
            * Combination floor nozzle
            * Brush
            * Upholstery nozzle
            * and two bags to get started.

            NOTE:
            I don't know if all of the vacuums come with all these extra bits so don't go by my list.


            What does Henry look like then..?

            Henry is a circular type vacuum cleaner that is approximately 340mm in diameter and is about 370mm in height, weighing in at about 6 and a half Kilo's.
            The lower half of the machine is a lovely red colour with a friendly face on it and the upper section, where the motor is housed, is black.
            On the top section there is a lovely crescent shaped handle covering about half the top, which can be easily gripped by any sized hands and can easily take the weight of the machine with no problems at all.
            This handle is not only used to carry the cleaner from room to room it is also used to lift the top off the Henry so that you can get to the inner workings, such as the filter and the bag itself
            There are three switches to the rear of the top section, just behind the handle and winder, with the on/off switch being on one end and the two power buttons being next to each other, these powers buttons give you the choice of either having 600 watts or the full 1200 watts.

            Also on the top there is a little knob which is embedded onto a circular disc, this is what helps you wind the 10 metre cable back into the machine so there's no loose cables lying around the floor for anyone to trip over.

            As for the lower section, Henry's face, this is a red colour with a lovely friendly face printed onto it, two eyes, a smile for a mouth and a hole which represents the nose. This hole is where the hose screws into and the face is constantly smiling at you as you drag it around the room, with the eyes looking slightly to the right for reasons that are unclear to me.

            When you take the top off, which is done by unclipping the two catches that are on the side and simply lifting the top section off. Although do show a bit of caution as the motor is house inside the top and it can be a bit on the heavy side.
            Once the top is off, placing the motor carefully to one side, you're presented with the inside of the lower section which is where you'll see the filter which has what looks like a couple of straps going over the top of it. These straps are used to actually pull the filter out so that you can then get to the bag itself. So when you pull out the filter you can then get at the bag itself.

            That's it, it's as simple a design as that. In fact, if you think about it this cleaner is just a bucket with a bag inside it, a filter slapped on top of it to stop the dust getting out and a powerful sucker on the top.




            It has a 2 and a half metre hose, so together with the 10 metre of cable there's plenty of scope for cleaning those larger rooms without the need to keep unplugging and plugging in.

            It manoeuvres easily around the floor using the four wheels it has on the underbelly, two larger fixed wheels at the back with two wheels, nay casters on the front which allow you to easily steer the vacuum as you pull the flexible hose.


            How do I use Henry then..?
            This is the really complicated bit... only kidding, using Henry couldn't be easier.
            All you do is unwind the cable by pulling on the plug, which will then gently roll out until you stop pulling.
            Plug it in, yes really, it does need that elastic-trickery.
            Take the metal tubes and slide them together, with the bent one being attached to the flexible hose which in turn screws into Henry's nose.
            Then push on your chosen 'head', be it the nozzles or floor head, switch on the machine, select the power setting and start cleaning....

            That's it, simple.
            And to put it away you just turn it off, unplug it and wind to cable away using the little knob on the top, then put Henry away in a cupboard.

            I said it was easy didn't I, although every so often you do have to change the bag and clean the filter, but even this is as easy as vacuuming itself. This is a matter of unclipping the catches on the side of Henry, lift the lid off, then take the filter out using the two straps.

            NOTE:
            If the filter is really dirty the it can be washed under a running tap but do allow it to fully dry before re-fitting, usually an overnight drying time does the trick.

            When the filter is taken out you then have to take out the bag by gently uncurling the rubber seal away from the inside of Henry's nose, which can be fiddly but does get easier in time.
            Then fit a new bag by simply 'moulding' the rubber bung onto the inside of Henry's nose, put the DRY filet back on top, slot the lid of Henry back onto the top, close the catches and away you go.


            My opinion...

            After many years of struggling with all sorts of vacuum cleaners that have started off great little suckers but, with in no time at all, have made me look the right sucker as I struggle along more pushing dust and dirt around the house that sucking it up, I decided to take the plunge, and the sound advice, getting my hands on Henry.
            And to be perfectly honest I'm so glad I did as it has turned out to be one of, if not the best little vacuum cleaner that I have ever used, (and I have used a few Dyson machine as well).
            Henry not only sucks where others fail to even fear to sniff but it actually looks a pleasant little cleaner as well, with it's smiling face and massive eyes.
            The 10 metre cable, together with the 2 metre plus of hose really does give me a great scope around the house so I don't have to run up and down the stair to plug/unplug it when the cable comes to and end as I try to get at the last few inches of carpet. And as the cable slips comfortably into the machine using the smooth manual winding system there's no danger of loose cable everywhere.

            The two powers this one offer are both fantastic, with the lower setting, 600watts, being adequate for most carpets whilst the higher setting, 1200watts will suck almost anything up, so watch out for your pets who may get in the way. I mean, when I tried the full power button I almost sucked up the dog, and he was behind the kitchen door....

            The filter is tough and can take a bit of grief, but the fact it is washable will save you buying filters every so often, but do remember, when you do wash it, make sure it is dry before refitting it, I usually leave it airing overnight, which seems to do the trick.

            As for fitting the 9 litre bag itself, this can be a bit tricky at first and you do have to make sure that the little rubber seal is tight around the inlet section of the vacuum cleaner or there will be more mess outside the bag than inside.
            The bags themselves are pretty cheap and can be bought from many good retailers, so there's no real trouble with this one being a 'bagged cleaner'.

            The tools are all well built and all managed to do exactly what they are supposed to do, especially the floor cleaning tool has a built in brush which comes out of the head when you push the little catch with your foot, this then helps clean your carpets more thoroughly, with the bristles dragging deeper down into the pile.
            The extension tubes are a great length so there's no need to bend too far forwards, pulling my back muscles, with one of them being straight whilst the other having a nice gentle curve on it.

            It does have it's downside, but nothing what so ever to do with power of the suction.
            The first little downside is that you have to have a good guess as to when the bag is full, either that or keep opening the machine up to have a look, as there is no indications such as a light to tell you the bag is full.
            Plus, you can't attach any of the tools to the machine so you're left with bits and bobs, together with a rather long hose, flopping around inside your cupboard.

            As for the price of this 'cute' little cleaning machine, well it sells for around the £60 - £70 region, which, for the power and performance you actually get, is remarkably cracking value for money.

            ©Blissman70

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              22.02.2012 22:13
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              Absolute dream to use!

              -- Reasons for buying --
              My mum owns a cleaning business, so our house is always full of various different types and makes of cleaning equipment. My mum owns 5 pink 'Hetty' Vacuums. As I thought the house was becoming dominated by Hetty's I managed to persuade her to buy a red 'Henry' vacuum.

              -- Henry's gorgeous appearance and what he does --
              Henry is bright red, with two big googly eyes on the front of the machine and underneath a smiley mouth. Between his eyes and mouth, is where his long black suction hose lays, which represents his nose, which is appoximately 2.4 metres in length and 32mm in diamtre.

              Attached is a 10 metre cable, which enables you to a good sized cleaning range. It is very easy for Henry to realese the cable by either twisting the handle on Henrys head in the opposite direction the arrow is pointing or just by pulling it with your hands. To then retrieve it back inside you twist the handle, in the direction the arrow is pointing. Also displayed on the top is the on and off swtich, which you simply press down.

              He is a very lightweight machine at weighing only approximately 7Kg, with a four wheel mobility, this helps you glide him along the floor without much effort.. unless of course your going round corners then he may need a little help! To do this you can use the thick black handle on the top. Once you've been using him for a while, your get to know the tricks of getting him round the corners without having to pick him up.. this is when he becomes a 'man'.

              Henry is a high performance and powerful vacuum with a twin-flo professional two-stage 1200W motor (Hi-Lo control) which gives a strong suction power for brilliant results. He is also very reliable with a primary tritex filter system, which makes sure what goes in, doesn't come out. He has a large captivity holding 9 litres, with large micro-flo bags that are clean and very simple and easy to empty.

              -- Accessories Included --
              * 300mm Combination Floor Nozzle
              * 240mm Crevice Tool
              * 2.4m Nuflex Threaded Hose
              * Stainless
              * Steel Tube Bend with Volume Control
              * 2x Stainless Steel Extension Tube
              * Double Taper Hose/Tool Adapter
              * 65mm Soft Dusting Brush
              * 150mm Upholstery Nozzle
              * 150mm Slide on Brush for Upholstery Nozzle

              Also the bags to use for this are the NVM 1C/3 Layer Dust Bag which you can buy in either packs of 5 or 10.

              -- Henry's Performance --
              This little man makes cleaning worth while, the High-Lo control is brilliant for the more tough, dirt treaden areas, all the way to the most delicate surfaces. All the accessories supplied are extremely useful, ensuring that you get the best results no matter whether your cleaning the floor, dusting skirting boards or using a nozzle. All the accessories are specially designed for all of our of possible needs.

              His large 9 litre capacity means I only have to empty him about once a month, which is absolutely fantasitc as I have to hoover sometimes multiple times a day due to animal hair and when doing my clients hair from home. When it does come to remove his bags it is very simple and easy to do. You unscrew the lid and disconnect the bag from the inside tube and depending on whether your using disposible and re-usable bags (takes a little longer to empty thoroughly and then place back inside the vacuum), its very quick and takes little effort.

              I have been using Henry for about 6 months now and I have fell completely head over heels, he never complains, does an amazing job and does it all with a smile! If i must say the perfect boyfriend any girl could have ;) It's very easy to use, the length of the cable enables you to a large cleaning range and all the different heads and nozzles ensures that your house is cleaned to the very best and top quality.

              He is able to clean various different types of floor such as carpets, concrete, hard floor, laminate, lino and wood flooring.

              The only negative I found with this is that it can be a little noisy when on the Higher control, which is expected, but as I tend to also listen to music whilst vacuming its tends to down the worse of it out. The lower control on the other hand is a very reasonable noise level and I can still carry and understand a conversation whilst using this control.

              I am extremely pleased with this vacuum and couldn't imagine using anything other than Henry. This widely available online and in various electrical stores such as Currys and Comet. I purchased mine from Currys for £99.99, the prices tend to vary between stores and can be anything from £70 to £120. I think the price is very reasonable due to all the included accessories and all the different uses this provides.

              -- Conclusion --
              This is a very smart and brilliant vacuum, it comes with all the needed equipment to ensure you of the best quality clean. With a large holding capacity, long cable and High-Lo controls it ensures you get the best results. Very reasonable price with all the accessories included. You can't go wrong with this lovely, handsome little chap!

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                A cute looking hoover suited to those without children or pets

                I loved the look of this Henry Hoover; it looks so cute with the little face on it. plus it's been around for as long as I can remember so figured that I couldn't go wrong with it. I picked one up in 2007 in the Homebase 10% off day they were having, so paid about £70 for it.

                Very easy to set up, I was initially impressed. However, after having the hoover for a few months, realised it wasn't quite up to the mark. It tends to push what you are trying to hoover up along the floor instead of actually sucking it up.

                Not long after purchasing this hoover, I rescued a beautiful black Labrador; and for anyone who knows the breed knows they shed their fur A LOT. The Henry did not touch ANY of her fur, and I mean none of it at all. I even tried the different heads and really pushing hard, but to no avail. I replaced the hoover pretty sharpish with a Dyson Animal, and now poor Henry is used only for the cars!

                However, the plus points are that this hoover has a super long lead, so you can do almost the whole house with it plugged in to one plug socket (obviously depending on how big your house is). It does have loads of extra pieces, but I didn't really need to use any of these, so maybe they are a little wasted. I would suppose if you run a cleaning business, they would come in handy. I found that the bags filled up very quickly and I was often having to throw them away; this can prove quite costly.

                I found the Henry hoover quite light and easy to carry up and down the stairs, unlike many other hoovers. It is easy to use, with just a switch one switch to turn it on and off.

                I think maybe the Henry would be good if you have no children or pets in the household, but for my personal lifestyle, it just wasn't up to the mark.

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                  A simple hoover that children will love

                  When my parents separated and my dad moved into his first flat, this vacuum cleaner came as part of the property. I'm not entirely certain why the manufacturers decided to give the product a face other than the fact that it would be novel and stand out amongst the many other vacuum cleaners that are purely practical in terms of appearance. One reason I can think of, however, is that it makes the machine appealing to children and is a great help when encouraging youngsters to participate in house work. This was certainly the case with me.

                  I will not say that having a cute little face and long 'nose' made me excited about helping out around the flat, but it did give a little extra incentive. The fact that the cleaner is also so compact was useful to me too, as at the age of twelve a full-size hoover was still fairly heavy and cumbersome to lug around. With dimensions of 340 x 340 x 370mm the Henry hoover is ideal for those with a smaller frame, including elderly folk. Those who require a lightweight device for carrying up stairs and so on may also appreciate the diminutive size of this device. The HVR200-22 is mounted on four wheels, which is useful in many respects, however I recall having difficulty manoeuvring the device on many occasions. It is not always easy to align the wheels so that the machine will smoothly travel around a corner, for example. This is partly due to the fact that the two front wheels are considerably smaller than the two back wheels, and the different size sets do not necessarily compliment one another. Fortunately the machine has a fold up handle, so you can transport the device manually when it comes to stairs, or sheer frustration at the limited mobility of the thing.

                  The vacuum cleaner must be plugged into the mains to operate, and this is achieved via a 32m cable. The cable can be stored away by winding the handle at the top of the machine in a circular motion to retract it. When using the machine you simple need to pull the cable and it will be released as much as you require. The vacuum runs on a 1200 w motor, which is surprisingly powerful for so compact a cleaner. Its suction is not as effective as some higher end models, but it will suck up most loose debris if not on the first stroke, then certainly on the second. It does have a tendency to make some rather strange straining noises if you angle the suction component at a steep angle, but in general the noise is not overly loud.

                  Perhaps one of the most difficult aspects of this hoover in comparisons to other models available today, is the dust bag system. Debris is transferred into the bag, which is housed in the body of the machine and must be emptied periodically to ensure the device works efficiently. Although this is a relatively simple process where you must detach the top of the machine, then remove the bag and empty its contents before replacing it, if you are accustomed to newer models this can be a troublesome process, and I remember dust and debris very often emerging from the cleaner in a cloud and settling around my feet.

                  This is a decent compact vacuum cleaner, but I believe that at £120 it is a little overpriced. It is available in a variety of other colours and styles, including the 'female' version - a pink character named Hetty. I do not believe this model rivals the likes of Dyson cleaners with their powerful suction and fluid movement, but if you wish to introduce youngsters to housework, I'm certain they would prefer Henry over other 'faceless' models.

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                    The best hoover we've ever owned

                    Having owned two Bush vacuum cleaner then a Dyson bag less vacuum cleaner, both of which lasted just over a year and never seemed to pick up everything, according to my husband. I should mention at this point that my husband not only vacuums the whole house first thing in the morning but also after dinner and tea if he isn't out at work, and just before the children go to bed in the evening, obsessed? Just a little!

                    When our plumber came to install our new bathroom he brought a Henry Vacuum with him. My husband was hugely impressed every evening at how clean the bathroom floor and surrounding area was. Having asked our plumber if we could try out his Henry Vacuum over the weekend my husband set to work on the Saturday morning hoovering the whole house. He was so impressed that by Saturday dinner the kids and I found ourselves sat outside Argos waiting in the car for my husband to emerge from Argos with his new best friend Henry.

                    When we got home he unpacked it from the box, throwing away all the packaging before he tried it as he was so sure it would work. I took the children out while he hoovered the already spotless floors, some test eh?

                    I wasn't for a few days that I was finally able to try it for myself. I must admit I was very impressed, it easily hoovered the lino in the kitchen and the laminate in the sitting room, the real challenge was the long haired woollen rug in the sitting room, which I normally ended up brushing by hand to get clean. I had given the children crumpets and let them run wild in the sitting room, crumpets are one of the hardest things to get out of the rug as they stick to the long woollen bits. I used the hand attachment to make sure that I got everything, even the unseen bits that were in amongst the woollen fibres, and in no time at all I had done the whole rug with no need for brushing!

                    The children also love this vacuum as it has a friendly, smiley face. This can be a bit of a problem as sometimes when you're trying to pull it behind you they fall off it or stop it moving because they've climbed onto it or are sat in front of it pulling the cable out. It comes with a lot of different attachments and a second hose which you can use to extend the hose, this is great for hoovering the stairs and landing as you don't have to struggle with balancing the vacuum on the stairs.

                    It's not a bag less vacuum but the bags are easy to source and can be bought quite cheaply, my husband buys them from Wilkinsons. The main unit isn't too heavy so it's easy to get up and downstairs. The cord is wound up inside the unit so you only have as much pulled out as you need, unless your children are like mine, and it has a handle to wind it back in when you've finished. It comes with a variety of attachments these, along with the extra hose, make it easy to clean the car out to a professional standard.

                    We've now owned this vacuum for over two years with it being used at least twice a day, sometimes four or five times at the weekend or, if my husband is off work, the weekdays. We have never had a problem with this vacuum and I'm very impressed with it, no other vacuum we've owned has stood up to my husband's use! Cost per use: 9p so far and counting down.

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                      A good little friend that would stay in your family for years

                      This little life saving vacuum is most probably the best vacuum we have ever purchased. As a child I remember my parents buying many different brands of vacuum cleaners because they were sold on the fact that they would last a long time and do a much more thorough clean, but as the story goes I just remember having so many different brands, models and styles (they were all upright models).
                      I went cruising on a ship and saw all the cleaners using a little vacuum with a smiley face on it, and I thought to myself how sad it is that they put little smiley faces on them.

                      About a year later I was looking (of course) for a Vacuum and I came across the Numatic HVR200-22, or "Henry" and realised the smiley face comes with it.

                      Included in the box

                      The main part of the vacuum.
                      red bottom with eyes, mouth and the nose is the black hose that connects all the other add-ons.
                      A black top (that looks like a top hat for our little Henry) with the name of Henry on the front. The plug's cable is tucked inside the smart black top and the plug itself is tucked in a little groove that adds to the sleekness.
                      On the top is a handle that folds down for a sleeker top look and a leaver is also located on the top so when you are finished with the vacuum you use the leaver to roll in the wire.
                      You get 10 extra bags, along with a pre fitted bag in the actually vacuum.
                      You also get a small set of add-ons including a, bristly brush, a little vacuum head with a little plastic tubing to connect to the metal tubing, a crevice tool for hard to reach places, and 2 long metal tube to ad more distance to the nozzle.

                      The cord for "Henry" is absolutely long, I don't live in a small house and it can go all over the place without me having to unplug it.
                      When you switch on "Henry" the first thing you realise is that there is almost no noise in comparison to other Vacuum cleaners, you may even think that the Vacuum isn't on but believe me, it is.
                      There are 2 settings for the power of this vacuum the first one, in my opinion isn't worth being there because its suction power is almost not worth the waste of energy, and the 2nd power of this 1100 watt vacuum cleaner is a much more powerful suction setting that gets the job done better and more efficiently.
                      The good thing about this sort of style is that it makes it easier to clean your car, not like the upright Vacuum, the attachment heads on the upright styles have smaller extension nozzles so it still makes it hard to use, believe me.

                      Another good thing about "Henry" that not only is she light weight so you don't have to ask the men to lift it for you, but if your Vacuuming and your also watching TV you haven't got to turn up the TV volume so that your close to blowing the speakers, it's so quiet that you haven't got to touch the TV.
                      Now lets talk about the negatives of this Unit. Even though this is ease of use, it might not be ease of use to you. If you spend a long time vacuuming and you have even the slightest bad back or its old age then this Vacuum may not be the best for you because this requires you to be bent over more than a stand up Vacuum. Too long using it can give you aches and pains but it just depends if you spend a long time Vacuuming.
                      And for me that's it for the negative, it has lasted me 3 years and I absolutely love it.

                      I got my Henry from Argos when it was on offer for £40
                      But I know you can also get this from Amazon for £99

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                        Its difficult to think of bad things about this product.

                        We were given one of these last year in our student halls and it is one of the few things to survive the entire year without breaking once. So that is an amazing testament to its ability to withstand abuse and wear and tear. Our Henry managed to suck up everything we "fed" to it, which being students means it given a wide array of odd things to "eat". I also feel that having a face on the vacuum cleaner makes it a more friendly object to have sitting in the corner. Its also a great conversation starter! By the end of the year then our Henry became part of the family, we even spoke to him on occasion, so with this vacuum cleaner you are not just getting something to clean floors, you are also getting a new friend. If you've got children then this is probably a good choice of vacuum cleaner because its safe to have around children and it might even encourage them to help vacuum around the house because they can play with Henry. So this product is ideal for all ages. We also found it works on pretty much every surface, and the end can be taken off so you can get into corners and other hard to reach areas.

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                          love it!!

                          I recently brought my Numatic Henry due to having a number of vaccum cleaners which just didnt serve the purpose! I have never had a vaccum from the Henry range but have used them at work and have always found them very reliable so thought I would buy one and give it a go and I was very impressed. The Hoover is very easy to put together with the instructions provided.
                          I initially used the Henry on the normal mode and that was brilliant but I needed to use it in my bedroom where I straighten my hair as it gets stuck in the carpet and my last hoover would not get the hair out of the carpet but by using the carpet switch and the hi vaccum mode it was amazing and worked a treat my bedroom carpet looked like a new carpet.
                          Also I am used to vaccums making a lot of noise and was very shocked with Henry when I realised how quiet it was compared to how mch more suction there is on it compared to other vaccums.
                          I also understand that the life with Henrys is a lot longer than other vaccums and am aware that by using a bagged vaccum this also imprves the longevity.
                          All in all very impressed with my new Henry!!!!

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                            Recommended by me and professional cleaners.

                            Henry Numatic is my first hoover. I have had mine now for 3 years and have been very happy with it. It is a great vacuum cleaner for a moderate price compared to the dysons, and in my opinion it is much better built. I have found it to be a very solid, powerful and robust sucking up dirt effortlessly and taking the pain out of cleaning. I have a very large dog and believe me if it can tackle the mess he creates then it can tackle most ordinary domestic situations!

                            The advantage of this vacuum is that the bags are easy to attach and remove. They are 'housed' underneath Henry's 'black hat' which is held in place by two sturdy clips. The capacity of the bags is large - about 8 litres, which means you don't have to keep changing the bag every 5 minutes. They are also readily available from stores such as Homebase, B&Q and local household electrical shops. I have bought an extra filter for mine to, which was moderately priced (£30) and has really helped with my severe dust allergy.

                            Henry comes with the usual attachments and brushes, and also an extendable hose attachment which adds about 4 meters onto the length enabling you to vacuum the whole staircase from the bottom of the stairs, saving on time. The cable is also very long, which means you can plug Henry in and keep going from room to room.

                            My only criticism is 'Henry' can be a bit awkward to move around. He has 4 wheels, 2 fixed and 2 that swivel and is a heavy vacuum. Because of this and his shape he can easily get caught on the corners of doors as he is not very easy to 'steer'. He also can get caught on his own cable which traps underneath him, and has even resulted with 'him' falling over if you pull to quickly which is very irritating

                            I recommend this vacuum highly to anyone. In my last 2 jobs they have been the vacuum of choice by professional cleaners which speaks for itself.

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                              Would recommend

                              After struggling with a reconditioned Dyson for just over a year I opted to ditch it and get a Henry instead. I've never looked back. He is perfect for my flat and once I start cleaning one room, I end up doing the entire flat.

                              The Henry comes with a great range of attachments for cleaning all over the house including a hard floor brush and a crevice tool. I got an extra Airo Brush with mine which has a roller brush on for picking up hairs - perfect for a house full of girls.

                              Great on furniture, carpets and hard floors. Henry has a high and low setting and is very quiet compared to other vacuums.

                              The power cord is easy to wind back up inside Henry and after use he can easily be stored in a small cupboard. The hose is a little bit of an issue as it ends to flap about a bit.

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                              17.11.2008 11:18
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                              good equipment

                              IT is quite abvious ,that there are thousands of hoover companies in the market,and all have attractive Vacuum Cleaners.

                              Numatic HVR200-22 has its own unique specification standerdised component design,interchangeability of parts allowing retrofit upgrades as needed.

                              Numatic HVR200-22 has designed for use in the home or office environment.It has powerful Twinflo motors and filtration system.

                              I agree, it is a noisy and a bit heavy equipment.But it can be carried easily on flight of stairs.I have one, smiling,cute, red & black hoover.

                              it works on Carpet,Hard floor,Laminate,Concrete,Lino and Wood Surface. It comes with 2 years guarantee.It has stainless steel extension rods and 9 litres capacity.

                              I would like to metion its accessories, i got....

                              Tubes & pipes(stainless steel)
                              Dust bags(I got 5 free bags in running offer)
                              Flexible Hoses
                              Nozzles and floor brushes
                              some small brushes and tools
                              Airobrush heads
                              Filters(2 level filtraction)

                              Technically, it's hose length is 2.4m,Weight=6.6kg,Width=340mm,length=340mm,Height=370mm,cable length =10mm,voltage=240v.,Power=1000 watt

                              Hoover coasts me around £80.And i think it isn't an ever lasting but worth buying hoover.

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                                02.03.2008 17:18
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                                A Vacuum Cleaner That Will Put A Smile On Your Face

                                I think everyone should have a Numatic HVR 200 'little' Henry in there home. I've had this vacuum cleaner for a few years now and has never let me down. Don't be fooled by its size and smiley face, it's got some serious pulling power.

                                The design of the vacuum cleaner is compact and can be easily stored. It has a power on/off switch and handle for carrying on the top. The body is where the bag is located and all the dust will be sucked up into it with no mess. The bottom has wheels for easy manoeuvrability. The Henry comes in 4 different colours, red, blue, green and yellow. The 'R' in the model number simply states this as being red which is the common colour for Henry. The actual handle is adjustable using 3 tubes which are very easy to use and comfortable.

                                You get a variety of heads with the vacuum cleaner for different surfaces. Also for delicate surfaces it has a hi-low switch which allows you to lower the suction power. The Henry takes Microflo bags which are very easy to re-use and replace and makes it easy to use.

                                I've used the vacuum cleaner on thick and thin carpet, lino and tile flooring, it works great on all these surfaces and the suction power is excellent. I also use it to clean in my car as it's a compact size and works just a well. I use the brush setting on tiles and lino on carpet use non brush and it's very powerful. The stairs are easy to vacuum as your not lugging around a big vacuum cleaner. Also when you finished vacuuming you simply rewind the cable with the easy handle located on the top.

                                Features:
                                - High performance vacuum cleaner
                                - 1200w motor
                                - High efficiency filtration system
                                - Folding carry handle
                                - Simple to use Microflo dust bags
                                - Unique rewind and storage system
                                - Cleaning range: 31.8m
                                - Hi/Low control on brush head
                                - Robust construction
                                - 9-litre capacity
                                - Weight: 6.6kg
                                - Dimensions: 340 x 340 x 370mm
                                - Manufacturer's 2-year warranty


                                What you get in the box?
                                - Henry Vacuum cleaner
                                - Flexible hose
                                - 3 extension tubes
                                - Brush head
                                - Crevice nozzle
                                - Furniture brush
                                - Small brush head
                                - User manual

                                Overall this is an excellent Vacuum cleaner and does the job easily and effectively. It only costs around £80 and is well worth it for the power it has.

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                              • Product Details

                                Everyone loves Henry! The latest Henry model is the Numatic HVR200 Henry Vacuum Cleaner packed full of advanced features to ensure the cleanliness of your home / Henry gives users a staggering 1000 watts, a lightweight design, cable rewind facility for fast and effective packing, stainless steel tubes, 9-litre capacity dust bag, a 10m cable and 2m flexible hose for maximum access to every spot in your home / The Numatic HVR200 Henry Vacuum Cleaner does not neglect those delicate spots / Its Hi-Lo control is perfect for sensitive surfaces / The HVR200 Henry Vacuum Cleaner from Numatic makes cleaning fun / Characteristics Type Dry Vacuum Cleaner Power (Watts) 1200 Air capacity (dm3/sec) 45L/sec Bag volume or reservoir (litre) 9 Filter type Tritex Ergonomy Telescopic tube No Cable length 10m Others Colours Red Included accessories -300mm Combination Floor Nozzle -240mm Crevice Tool -2.4m Nuflex Threaded Hose -Stainless Steel Tube Bend with Volume Control -2x Stainless Steel Extension Tube -Double Taper Hose/Tool Adapter -65mm Soft Dusting Brush -150mm Upholstery Nozzle -150mm Slide on Brush for Upholstery Nozzle Bag reference NVM 1C/3 Layer Dust Bag (5 Pack) NVM 1C/2 Layer Dust Bag (10 Pack) Dimensions (cm) 340x340x370mm Weight (Kg) 6.6 / Short name: Numatic HVR200-22