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I've had Henry here for about 9 months, so we know each other well. I chose him out of all the other hoovers for three reasons.
- His smile
Which other hoover (other than his brother and sister) has such a happy expression? Making a date with him would make anyone happy!
- His long life
I read up on lots of reviews before selecting Henry to live with me. Many accounts spoke of Henry living for 20+ years. I was sure we would get on well together, and wanted the longest possible time to be with him.
- His toughness
Henry is a macho hoover! He is well known for busily working in commercial environments all over the country, being forced to pick up big objects that other hoovers would refuse to touch. Henry keeps on smiling when he is tipped upside down, smashed into hard objects and generally asked to do hard work.
Henry does his job at cleaning the carpets quietly and efficiently. He has a boost button for extra suction power but I have never needed to use this. He has a large dust bag capacity that lasts for months without needing to be emptied. It is easy to replace, and there are many shops selling the specific dust bags without needing to buy the branded Numatic bags.
The one problem I have had with Henry is that he struggles with pet hair. I bought the standard Henry but later had to fork out another £30 to buy the Airo brush that deals with pet hair effectively. Given the price, I had hoped the standard brush would suffice. I do now however use Henry with the Airo brush which leaves clean carpets and keeps me and Henry happy.
I have been using this Hoover for about 2years and it still works as good as it was when brand new, It's a brilliant Hoover picks up all the dirt and has a button that makes the vacuum stronger for bits that it may struggle to pick up, but I rarely ever use this setting and I use it nearly every day.
It's made so the cable to the plug is stored away neatly inside the Hoover, you just have to pull it out for using and wind up the handle on the top of the Hoover to store the cable away again. It has a long hose, mine also seems to come with an extra Hoover hose which I didn't use otherwise it would be too long for me, but maybe handy for someone else. It came with a few attachments which I don't actually use, but handy if using to clean your car. It has a handle on the top for easy lifting, but I find it quite heavy even when it's not full.
It was very easy to put together I didn't really need to read the instructions, but they were easy to follow. On the head of the Hoover it's easy enough to change the setting from using the Hoover on carpet to flat surface with your foot. The metal part on the pipe of the Hoover can pull apart to Hoover in small areas, it's also very easy to change the bag inside and mine came with 5 free bags.
It is quite a big Hoover compared to some I have used, so you need the room to store it.
I love the fun look of this vacuum with his cute little face. It gives an otherwise boring appliance a bit of character. But it is still vacuuming after all and that's no fun cheerful face or not.
My dogs hate Henry because of the noise he makes but I don't think this vacuum is as loud as others. I say this because we have had quite a few over the years and most of them were much louder than this one. It's not quiet believe me but it's not unbearable, I can't listen to the TV while vacuuming with out having it blasting to the extent that the TV becomes distorted. But I can hear the phone if it rings, muffled admittedly but I can still hear it.
There are two simple settings on this young man high and low, this relates to the suction of course. And I always set it to high as I don't see the point of vacuuming at anything other than full throttle. There is a simple switch on the head to adjust the brush for carpets, and heard floors. And this big square head pops off easily to expose the hose so you can get right into those hard to reach places that seem go gather the most dust and pet hair.
The Henry rolls around behind me easily enough but every now and then he topples over if he bumps into some furniture. This isn't one of those fancy bag less vacuums this is one of the standard models. When the bag is full I notice that the suction becomes impaired and that tells me the bag needs replacing. The vacuum heats up a bit during operation and if the bag is full this will happen much faster than normal.
The cord gets pulled back into the vacuum by simply pressing on the handle and saves me the time of rolling it around my arm like I and to do with our old one. The cord is good and long but my mum has to use an extension lead when doing the stairs as it won't reach.
This isn't as trendy as a Dyson lets say but I think this has more personality and if it was bag less it would be perfect.
I got the micro Henry Hoover a few months ago when our 'cheap' hoover gave up the ghost. I had used Henry at work and found him very easy to handle.
With a long cord I can hoover from one end of the house to the other changing plug sockets only twice. He sucks up all manner of wee stones, cat litter and dust with no problem. The adjustable nozzle means taller or shorted folk won't get a bad back.
The only disadvantages I find are the bags that are required, however they last a while so it isn't too expensive. Also you have to twist a handle to recoil the cable and can't just step on a peddle! But really that disadvantage is clearly just down to laziness as many hoovers still require you to wind the cable urself.
The main thing that i LOVE Henry for is cleaning my car! He comes with a bag to keep all the bags and interchangeable nozzles in and those nozzles are excellent for cleaning the car, brushes to sweep the dust up and get into air vents as the vaccum is on and pointy nozzles to get into all the wee grooves!
When I first saw this advertised I assumed the micro meant it was a smaller version of the standard Henry vacuum cleaner that is so popular with commercial cleaning companies and builders however when I looked into it I discovered that actually the micro was short hand for a thing called the Microtex filtration system which is meant to make the Henry even more effective at removing dust and helping alleviate or prevent harm from those with dust allergies.
I paid £79.99 for mine from Dixons in a sale they were having and it is a great little work horse that smiles at you all the time, no matter how happy it is though the fact that I hate vacuum cleaning so much it does not rub off on me. Despite this I cannot falut how effective it is at removing dirt from my carpets and floors, also it is a lot less heavy than the Dyson we also had which is a bit of a beast.
The hose provides 2m of reach which is plenty for me, I was not sure about using a cylinder as I find that they can be a bit bulky and a pain to manouveur but the Henry is surprisingly nifty and quite easy to control and it weighs in at 6.6kg. The cable is 10 metres long so it is good for doing the stairs and you can see why it gets used by commercial companies with such a big range.
The bags are not cheap to replace but with a 7.7 litre capacity and the fact that my house is not huge and with no pets it does last a long time before you need to change it. It canme with a dazzling array of attachments as well some of which left me wondering what they are actually for but there is everything you would need to handle any cleaning requirement.
These are well built sturdy little work horses that can take a bit of rough handling and still do a good job. Not teh quietest hoover I have ever come across but still one I would highly recommend.
I was first introduced to the Henry cleaner by my other half who works in the building trade and he swears by the whole range of these cleaners as being the best to clean up after mucky building jobs. Prior to this I always used an upright but thought I would give this cylinder cleaner a try and haven't looked back since.
At a cost of around £75-80, it comes with the usual attachments of brush, narrow nozel fitting for smaller spaces etc and it has a 2m long hose and a large bag capacity which means you don't have to regularly change the bag even if, like me, you vacuum every day. The bags cost approx £10 for 20.
The main plus for me is its cleaning power. It really is a hard working cleaner that will suck up everything you want it to with no problems. I have a dog who seems to molt constantly but one quick whip round with my Henry sorts that problem out no problem.
Another is its durability. I'm not careful at all with mine and I've dropped it more times than I can mention, from pulling it along by the hose and not the handle but nothing seems to bother it.
Another huge plus is its portability. I live in a three floored house so I'm constantly carting my Henry up and down flights of stairs and can do it fairly easily even though I'm tiny. The other good thing is that the lead is very long - I can get away with plugging it in on one floor and taking up to the next floor to clean without having to unplug it on one floor to take it to another.
In short, a great buy, a sturdy, powerful little cleaner.
I bought Henry after using friends as it seemed so much more powerful that my old Hoover vacuum cleaner. I was sick of using an upright that couldn't get underneath beds and sofas without using the attachments and was looking for a good cleaner that was lightweight enough to be easily wheeled around the house.
Henry fits the bill nicely, his powerful suction makes vacuuming the house a doddle; I have a cream wool blend carpet throughout most of my house and sock fluff, hair, crumbs you name it seem to stick to it like Velcro!! It would take me forever to vacuum using my old machine; however Henry cuts the time down by a good 60% as I only have to go over an area once or twice.
Henry comes with several attachments including a brush nozzle for vacuuming cobwebs and dust from ceiling and skirting boards, a thin nozzle for hard to reach places and one that is particularly good for vacuuming stairs or the car.
Its quite a heavy machine so you need a bit of strength to carry it up and down stairs, however it does have a sturdy carry handle and the cable winds easily into the machine by rotating a small handle. The cable itself is 10 metres long, so covers quite a large radius before the need to move to another plug socket. The wheels allow you to pull it around with ease and it built well so can take a few knocks.
Overall this is an excellent vacuum and I couldn't live without it. It great value for money, its easy to clean and the bags a cheap. (a couple of quid for 6) I would recommend this to anyone!
Good old henry, this little bit of nifty kit is the answer to my vacuum nightmares. Before the purchase of this product i used to get told off for not vacuuming when i had, all because my old vacuum, a dyson believe it or not, didn't have sufficient power to get up all the bits, leaving behind a half finished job. So, as a result it had to go and after shopping around i came across this. So far i have to say it has been good to me and i haven't been told off since, well not for the house not being vacuumed anyway.
In my house 60% of the floor is wooden floor boards, and obviously the rest is carpet. The dyson used to struggle on both!. Yet henry takes it in his stride and leaves the house spick and span.
With the extendable arm (don't really know what else to call it) it makes it easier than ever to clean the car and under the sofa without having to move it, and that leaves drag marks.
Henry well all I can say is he is treated like part of the family he is trust worthy and reliable and he helps me look after the children brilliantly.
I have had countless vacuumes that have ended blowing up in smoke or just not sucking up the bits out of my carpet. Having 3 children running around with cake, buscuits and any other consumable component that crumbles when you bite into it is a challenge to keep the flat in a clean and orderly manner, if every bit is not sucked up the vaccum the youngest of my children will be picking it up and trying to eat it. Then came along henry the suction is excellent and the added bonus is that I can plug it into the one room and the lead will stretch out to every room in my flat.
My children can also work henry and do a very good job of cleaning up after themselves. The bags for the henry are big so it takes a while before you have to change them which is cost effective. It is also a great space saver and will store away in a safe place.
I have always had trouble buying hoover as need it too be quite small as live in a flat and needed to store it after continously buying small cheap hoover that didnt really work i decided on a Henry!
Even thou the Henry is quite small it has made such a diffrence to everyday life it now only take ten or maybe fifteen minutes to hoover my whole flat instead of half hour or so. It is so powerful and because my carpet are quite worn down it was very difficult to get all the fluff of them but now with my lil henry hoover i am able to do that now. It is small so fit in the cupboard nicely the lead is very long so can take outside to hoover my car too. It come with lots of little nozzle. So overall the best hoover i have ever brought. I love it!
Firstly I have to admit, I do not have this hoover at home, only at work...but I can assure you I do A LOT more hoovering at work than at home, I work in a nursery and the children love this hoover, if it wasn't a good hoover which it most certainly is...I think I'd still use it if only to hear the excited squeals of 'Henree da hoova!' whenever it's gotten out - which as I've said before is a lot.
One good thing about this hoover...and I know this is sad but you really do develop a bond with him, I can honestly tell you there is not a single nursery nurse in my workplace who doesn't gentle coax him with phrases like 'come on Henry!' as they drag him along-and this isn't just to make the kids laugh either although it does, very much.
but, on to the technical side of things, I have already stressed we use him a lot, but, the hoover we had before packed up because of this strain. Admittedly we haven't had Henry as long but he's still fighting the good fight and I think in general Henrys are made more for industrial use as they are so reliable.
it is relatively quiet sounding which makes you feel it's not doing it's job so well but it has incredible suction...I really think it's better than for example, a dyson.
It has two settings for hi and lo (although we never really use it on lo) and also a flick lever on the head (or nozzle attachment as really the head has got to be the painted face bit surely!) which switches it from the regular carpet setting to a lino and other hard floor setting. this whole bit comes off as well so you can use it for those nooks and crannys!
It is quite easy to manoeuvre except when it's heavy, again this feels quite often at work but i'm positive it wouldn't need changing nearly as often at home. Which brings me to my next point changing the bag...this is actually a bit of a hassle and there are some hoover which don't have bags which I think is probably better it has this kind of latex ring you have to stretch around the opening of the 'inner nose' kind of like putting a condom on! - another great laugh for us immature nursery nurses as you may imagine! however henry comes with a cute little henry face red canvas carrier to store the hoover bags in.
It has a very efficient windy up handle on top of henrys head which retracts the lead after you've pulled out how much you want (there's plenty of cable) and finished the job. and also a handle to carry him by.
He also has wheels you can drag him along by if you don't want to carry him and this adds to his character as he trundles along behind you eager to sniff up some crumbs!
The price of Henry is in the region of 120 pounds if you buy online.
NB I am aware that I have used the brand name Hoover as my word for vacuuming - doesn't really seem right in a review for A Numatic vacuum cleaner but I can't help it it's just how I was brought up. Despite never even owning a 'Hoover' vacuum.
Short name: Henry HVR200 Micro