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I purchased my Henry approximately 8 years ago and it has certainly withstood hoovering up on an almost daily basis after my three daughters. Although I cannot remember how much I paid they are currently on sale at all main electrical suppliers including Currys - £109.99 and Argos - £109.99 however I have also seen them much cheaper at Costco Warehouse which is where I tend to buy all my big purchases, but you do have to be a member to purchase.
When I purchased my Henry there was only him available, they have since introduced Henrietta which is a pink version, with I believe the same specification as Henry.
Henry is small, round and red with a little smiley face, a hose for a nose and eyes that look up at you in an endearing way, he actually made my eldest daughter offer to hoover when we first got him however this novelty very quickly wore off when she realised hoovering was work!
The lead winds up by using a little turning handle on henrys head and the hoover can be rolled and pulled around very easily.
It has 1200 W Power, Weighs 6.6kg and has 9 litre capacity and mine came with a two year manufacturers guarentee however I never needed to use this as I can truly say I have never had one problem with my Henry, which I find quite rare nowadays as all my electrical items seem to break as soon as the guarentee runs out.
I have now sadly this month purchased a new upright hoover but this is purely due to me having a back injury I wanted a stand up hoover that I could glide across the floor rather than leaning over which is what I have to do with Henry.
Henry has taken some bashings when I hoover as I tend to pull the hose and wait for henry to follow and sometimes he can bump into walls and doors when I go from one room to another but he does not show much sign of wear and tear and still looks pretty good for his age.
If you are looking for a hoover made to last I would definitely recommend.
Produced by Numatic and first released in 1981 the Henry vacuum has become something of an icon being seen in offices and shops across the world. According to Numatic, Henry sales have risen every year since the products release. Numatic as a company started life in the coal industry during 1969, and brag that the majority of their industrial vacuums from 1971 are still working due to spare parts still being available. The company's success continued and they are still thriving now, yet despite having to relocate several times during the growth of the business they still manufacture their vacuums in Somerset the very same county the company started life in. With a pedigree such as this it is of no surprise that the humble looking Henry has built a solid reputation for being both capable and reliable.
Admittedly the above information I have preened from Numatic's homepage for the benefit of this review to give an idea of the history of this vacuum that seems to have been about forever, I was not privy to this information before we purchased our own Henry hoover. Rather I was fed up of buying cheap vacuum cleaners that give up the ghost shortly after the warranty runs out, it was only when I spotted a Henry vacuum on sale for £99.99 (far cheaper than I've seen them before) that I stopped to consider whether it might be worth a shot. I had heard of the impressive reliability and even used a Henry vacuum from time to time but had never purchased one mainly because of the £120+ price tag; however having a slighter larger than normal budget and with the price being on my side I decided in the end that the Henry vacuum would be well worth the outlay. My secondary motive in purchasing the Henry was the hope that the friendly red smiling face would ease our daughter's fear of the vacuum cleaner from which she would usually run.
I will include the specification here for those who want it, the thing that I found interesting about the spec is that the Henry HVR200 only differs from the commercial PVR200 model by having smaller wheels, a shorter cable and lacks a skirt that protects the castor wheels. All in all this basically means the commercial vacuum has been lightened to make it more acceptable for use around the home, with the motor, all other parts and warranty being exactly the same as the commercial Henry vacuum.
Warranty - 2 years
Motor Power - 1200W
Suction - 45 litres/second
Bag Capacity - 9 litres
Replacement Bags - £6.99 - 10 x disposable or £16 - 1 x Cloth reusable
Replacement filter - £7.50
Power Cord - 10 metres (Retractable)
Accessories - 300mm Floor Tool
150mm Upholstery Tool (with removable brush)
65mm Dusting Brush
240mm Crevice Tool
Weight - 9kg
Dimensions - W 340mm H 370mm L 340mm
The Henry vacuum comes packaged in a sturdy cardboard box with bright glossy pictures of the product contained inside, meaning not only is this vacuum easily spotted amongst the vast number on display, it was also in one piece when we unpackaged it at home. Contained inside the box are all of the necessary components required to get the Henry vacuum up and running, it is supplied with 3 spare bags as well as one already fitted to the vacuum itself which means that the vacuum itself is supplied ready to plug in and use. The only assembly required straight out of the box is screwing the flexible pipe onto the front of the vacuum, connect the pipes together for the rigid piece of tube and then choose an appropriate attachment to fit on the end. In my opinion the fact that the Henry vacuum is supplied with 4 bags and is ready to use straight out of the box greatly adds to the value for money factor, with the supplied end attachments also seeming to be of a higher standard than cheaper vacuums.
With a 10 metre power cord one thing that I certainly noticed was the fact that I only had to unplug the vacuum once when moving from upstairs to downstairs, with the generous length 2 metre flexible pipe also aiding the maximum reach of this vacuum which must be at least 12 - 14 metres from the point that it is plugged in. With an innovative design the Henry vacuum actually allows this 10 metre cord to be wrapped up in the top of the hoover, with the handle that spins the spool to gather the power cable doubling as a lifting handle making it easy to pick up and move about the house.
Straight out of the box the Henry vacuum gives a distinct feeling of quality and durability with all of the parts fitting snugly together, with none of the distinguishable weak points so common with cheaper vacuums such as cheap, low quality plastic pipes rather than stainless steel, or connections that fit loosely and feel ready to break at the slightest bit of abuse.
With a toddler and a dog as well as 2 adults in our household I would say that over the past year that we have had this Henry vacuum cleaner it has probably seen slightly higher than average usage with large amounts of dog hair, mud, stones etc. along with cleaning out the car every now and then. We haven't actually managed to block the Henry vacuum as yet and it has dealt well with everything we have managed to throw at it, leaving wooden floors, tiles, and carpets debris free with no noticeable lack of performance or suction over the past year. In fact after vacuuming our 3 bedroom house solely with this vacuum it was 8 months before we installed the final bag and had to buy more to replace the 4 supplied initially.
Replacing the bag is a simple procedure with a couple of tabs on the side of the Henry that slide out and allow the lid, containing the motor and power cable to be taken off, after which the white filter that sits between the bag and motor needs to be taken out. This leaves a conveniently large space for the bag which means it is easy to get in and around the bag to pull out the old one and put a new one in place. It is simply a case of pulling the old hoover bag carefully from the lip it is secured on and placing the plastic tab in the hole to stop dust getting everywhere. Installation is simply a reversal of this making sure to pull back the plastic tab to allow airflow and carefully pushing the bag back into place. The bags are labelled which way up they should sit in the vacuum so the only bit that requires any real care is not ripping the bag whilst putting it on, although the genuine Numatic bags are pretty tough with cheaper paper bags being more likely to rip. We opted for genuine Numatic replacement bags as they were only £6.99 for 10 which means that these should last us nearly two years on the account a bag seems to last us around 2 months on average. When the bags need replacing it is quite obvious as the vacuum will start to lose suction or are easily checked by removing the lid and having a look and feel.
The 1200W motor provides more than adequate suction and seems to be as robust and durable as all the rumours would have me believe. The motor has never overheated and it still performs as well as the day we purchased it, there is a turbo feature which I have rarely used except when cleaning stubborn grass from my car carpets or dog hair from the sofa, as it literally tries to lift the carpet from the floor making it difficult to use unless the right attachment is fitted, but this said the turbo function does have its uses and is simply enabled and disabled by the press of a button. We have had no need to replace the filter as of yet and it is not showing any sign of wear and is still white, I have read of people having a Henry vacuum for 20+ years before replacing the filter, these people had experienced a serious loss of suction, and had probably been putting extra strain on the motor but a new filter and most claim the Henry vacuum was as good as new again. Personally I feel every couple of years would be frequent enough to replace a filter and when taken into account alongside the cost of the vacuum bags leaves a maintenance cost of less than £1 a month which I feel is most reasonable.
Noise wise the Henry comes in at around 70db which is actually getting towards being on the quite side of average for a vacuum cleaner, whilst still being noisy which is a fact that will never be escaped with a vacuum cleaner it seems to create a lot less of the higher pitched whistling type noises created by louder vacuums and I am presuming this is where it makes it's noise saving over other vacuums.
The accessories supplied with this vacuum really do what they say on the tin, I most frequently use the upholstery tool and brush for dog hair on furniture, with the crevice tool being handy whilst doing the car floor along with the brush for the dashboard. The accessories really do help get the most out of this vacuum and are easy to interchange with each other, with the only downside being there is nowhere to attach them to the vacuum itself.
The only issues that I have found with the Henry HVR200 vacuum is that the handle is not adjustable although this isn't an issue for either of the people that use this, and probably does aid the durability where parts aren't adjustable, with the other being the lack of stowage for the accessories provided with Henry. So for a vacuum cleaner that can be found readily at around the £100 mark I do not feel there is that the fore-mentioned is really much to complain about at all.
Overall I would go as far to say that the Henry vacuum cleaner is by far the best and most reliable vacuum cleaner that we have owned to date, and the only vacuum cleaner that has won my brand loyalty as we are not even out of the warranty period yet and I am already convinced I will be replacing this Henry with another due to the excellent cleaning power and being of such a compact design that is so easy to tidy away given the wind up power cable.
I am willing to forgive the fact that the handle is not adjustable as this does not affect our use of the vacuum, having nowhere to store the attachments is also a slight pain as they are not with the vacuum the whole time but a little forethought of what I am actually going to use the vacuum for solves this. I am also willing to forgive the fact that the attachments don't attach to the machine itself as the friendly face of Henry the vacuum cleaner has indeed cured our 2 year olds fear of the vacuum. The fact that it creates slightly less noise than our last vacuum may count towards this somewhat, but I am certain it is mostly the appealing and funny face on the front.
So the Henry HVR200 performs excellently and actually surpassed my expectations from the machine in most respects, it is a lot quieter than our last vacuum cleaner and has already lasted longer, looking set to go for a long time yet, and above all it is now entertaining rather than scary for our daughter when we decide the house needs vacuuming. The above coupled with the fact that I believe this vacuum cleaner offers unbeatable value for money has led me to give 5/5 stars for this product despite the couple of small gripes I have with it.
We have had a Henry Hoover for the last year or so now and he has been brilliant. We have two cats which seem to just malt all year round and a messy two year old so we are always calling on Henry to keep the house tidy.
What I love about our Henry Hoover is that it has the little red button for extra suction. I use this all the time. It's powerful enough to vacuum up all the cat hair but not so much that it pulls the carpet up!
It has all the extra extensions which are useful for the skirting boards and those harder to reach places. And the 10 metre cable makes it a lot easier to just leave it plugged in at one socket.
The only issue I would have is the movement. You have to go careful not to crash it into the wall or door every time you actually want to move it! But you can't stay mad at that smiling red face! It does the job and keeps the floors in the house very tidy.
I've had my little smiley, red and black friend for the last five or so years and I love him!!
He follows me around the house faithfully and does a very good job of cleaning up at the same time.
***What does he look like?***
He is a round cylinder cleaner with a red base and a black top which has a handle enclosed. His red base has a big smiley face on it. He has a black plastic pipe and stainless steel tubes which all connect to the bit that moves along the floor. He also comes with some accessories that fit onto his body when not in use which can be used for getting into smaller spaces or upholstery. He is 34 cm high, 34 cm in width and 37 cm in depth. He weighs 6.9 Kg and has a 9L capacity. He is also available in blue and pink.
***Why did I buy him?***
Well let's just say I wish I had bought one of these when we moved into our first house many years ago in 1988!!! Being young and inexperienced, I took too much notice of my mother. Mother's do NOT always know best! She warned me against cylinder type hoovers like they were the devil's spawn and said we should get an upright hoover.
This advice we followed over the years and I must say that even though we have spent some serious money on vacuum cleaners including a vax and in more recent years a dyson, none of them have lived up to expectations and cost us a pretty penny.
I've worked in the catering industry for many years and have noticed a lot of commercial places use Henry.
A lot of hotels also use Henry so when our last upright failed abysmally we decided to ignore the mother's wrath and and invest in one for ourselves. He is currently for sale at £109.99 in Argos.
Its a revelation!! Not only is he reasonably priced to buy, he does the job required and up to now has had no problems. Even if he did have problems, we have a shop nearby that provides replacement products or repairs and I wouldn't hesitate to buy another if he died beyond repair.
***What is he like to use?***
I can plug Henry into a socket downstairs and he will reach all of the downstairs in house without having to unplug and plug in else where, thanks to his 10m cord which ravels up inside his body when not in use.
He has two speed settings to cater for different carpet depths and there is a brush that comes down on the suction base enabling you to do hard floors as well.
When doing the stairs, I can probably get just over halfway up them with Henry sitting at the bottom and for the rest I either stand him at the top and do the rest or lift him with his handle as he is not too heavy.
The only thing I will say is that when you pull him around after you, just be careful going into different rooms as he sometimes bashes into door ways which could mark paint work.
He is very durable and tips up occasionally but he is soon back on his feet.
The bags are very long lasting too. One last about every six weeks or so but of course that depends on how often you hoover up and how much mess there is. He is fine with dog hairs as well.
The bag is easy to change and reasonable to buy: £6.49 for ten in Argos or as I have just discovered when searching for prices, £6.99 for 20 off Amazon!! I know where I'll be buying my next ones from!
Henry is a great little reliable hoover that won't break the bank and the millions of commercial places that use him can't be all wrong. Would never go back to another brand!!
I have always preferred buying slightly cuter versions of otherwise dull things and as soon as I left home and needed to actually buy a hoover, in the absence of having a 'spare' few hundred pounds to buy an a Dyson, Henry was the 'affordable yet cuter' solution.
Henry is part of a whole range (family) of vacuum cleaners made by Numark. The Henry machine is marketed as a general purpose domestic vacuum, but I know a lot of factories and workplaces use Henry machines too as they have a reputation for longevity and for being a good product.
A Henry vacuum has a round plastic body (2.3 gallon capacity) with two wheels on the underside. The motor/ 'workings' of the machine are housed in the black part that forms Henry's forehead/ top of his head. The motor is a very decent 1200 watt (it used to be lower, but the Henry I have has a 'New 1200w Motor' sticker on). A hose comes out of the main body and a three part pole attaches to the hose. The pole easily comes off as one removable part for storage, but can be dismantled further into three smaller sections just by pushing or pulling at the pole itself. There is an adjustable air vent on the pole to maximise the suction (or to amend to a lower suction if you are vacuuming something light (ie a mat- if you don't want the mat to crumple up with the suction, you can lower it).
Also the end of the pole (the bit you rub along the floor), the head- has two settings that work by pressing your foot on them- one is a stiff brush mechanism (good for wooden floors) and the other is a smoother vacuuming option that I find lots easier for carpets as it takes less effort from me (the brush setting on carpet really works out your arms and stomach though!).
The power lead winds up inside Henry's hat via a wind up handle - this is easy to use and the only thing you have to be careful of is winding this up too fast and the plug hurtling into your leg on route back to the machine! The cord is very very long when fully unwound so you will not need to unplug and re-plug in different rooms if you are working your way around your house- unless your house is super-huge).
Unfortunately my Henry was purchased second hand online and sadly he arrived a little beaten up and scuffed, smelling very unpleasant (as if he had been used to hoover up something unpleasant then imminently sold) and without any of the accessories (bar the nozzle and actual hoover pole/end). I know Henry's are 'supposed' to come with a whole array of accessories- and looking on the Numark official supplier website (www.henryvacs.co.uk) you can buy a whole range of accessory kits that seem to be really expensive selling from £22 for a basic 5 piece brush accessory kit to over £300 for accessories for the more industrial versions of Henry.
When we first received Henry, I had to give him a good wipe with a damp cloth to clean him up a bit and I also took the liberty of tippexing the white bits of his eyes on the beaten up machine I unwittingly bought just so he looked a bit more like a Henry!. I wish I had been able to get a brand new Henry with all the accessories, but at the time funds were tight. Henry sells for £80-£110 new, but you can often pick up a Henry online second hand for £50. Most places such as Asda, Argos and Homebase sell new Henrys (and Hetty's the identical but Pink version of Henry).
Henry takes disposable hoover bags- these can be bought in packs of 5 or 10 for £4-£10 and it does pay to shop around as they are widely available. The bags are easy to fit, and all of the bags I have bought have actually said 'Henry' in the list of which machines they are suitable for (so you do not need to remember a long serial number of a product when you get to the shop to buy the bags). One bag will last me a few months, but I do tend to forget to check the bag.
The only drawbacks I have found using my Henry vacuum have been partially down to user error-- firstly when I hoovered out my car. I went a bit OTT and after hoovering the car, decided to hoover up some leaves and gravel around my front door (to the house) and got a bit carried away and Henry lost suction. I thought I had maybe hoovered up something like a sweet wrapper that might be stuck in his pole, but after waggling the flexible bit of the pole around, Henry was still not sucking properly. I thought I had broken him, so woefully told anyone that would listen that my Henry was ill and unplugged him and left him to one side for a while.
A few days later, I switched Henry on and to my delight, he was fine and working as normal- so if you get really carried away, you may find Henry needs a rest. This does not happen when vacuuming a whole house within normal usage. Just if you decide to hoover your house, then car, then front porch, then bits of the path into your garden....
Also, due to my inability to remember to check Henry's hoover bag, I frequently find Henry has been sick when I take his hat off to check the bag. By this, I mean his bag needed changing and I didn't check it and the bag burst. This is easily remedied- just carry Henry to a large bin and tip the cylinder part and the worn out bag into your bin. This will save you getting dust all over the carpet.
Overall, I would recommend Henry's to anyone. Unless you can spend many hundreds of pounds on an all-singing all-dancing Dyson- but upon reflection, even if I bought a Dyson, I think I would have to paint a face on it as I am accustomed to Henry being part of the family now and I think if he breaks, I would get him repaired rather than buy a new machine! (Unless it is a Hetty maybe...).
Having previously worked in retail and office environments, I was attracted to Henry because I had come across him being used day in day out in large spaces, on different floor types, and with lots of dust, fluff etc. He always seemed a reliable chap, and looked good without being flashy. I had never encountered any damaged Henries, which seemed to put it ahead of another, flashier, well-known and expensive vacuum cleaner brand which several friends have and I had seen their non-Henries have broken attachments and plastic fittings.
I have had this model of Henry for years now, and was inspired to write this review because he is so darned good! We have never had any reliability or performance issues - the suction is consistently great, it works well on both carpets and laminate or vinyl (simply adjust the button on the head to suit the floor type). It has loads of attachments which are great for all those other bits e.g. upholstery, stairs etc (and some I have no idea what to clean with - husband? kids?)... It manouvers well into corners and under the sofas, beds etc. When the big head won't fit, the little head will usually do the job, so a quick swap is all you need.
Everything about the Henry is well-built, sturdy and made to last. That is its biggest pro - the technology is not gimmicky but it is steadfast, reliable a and does its job really well. It has a wind-up power cord mechanism which always works great to store the power cord safely and neatly. It is easy to carry by the handle, and easy to pull around the room (although it occasionally tips over if I am a bit too enthusiastic when pulling it along!)
I suppose one negative is that it is not bagless. However, the capacity of the bags is very good - we only change ours about twice a year, and they are inexpensive. They are easy to change too.
Now for the important bit..... Henry has such a cute face! Doesn't affect the performance, obviously, but it does make us smile :-)
~All about Henry~
I have owned a number of vacuum cleaners over the years and the only brand that I have ever been tempted to buy again from is Numatic. I bought my first "Henry" a good few years ago when they were sold with a simple one speed suction option, that was enough to lift fitted carpets from the floors if the filter bag was newly fitted and the air intake closure on the hose arm was left fully closed. When I decided to replace my old style Henry with a slightly newer version after the older model had given many years of trusted service, I was pleased to see that there had been a few tweeks made to the design which I felt made my Henry vacuum even more useful.
When I un-boxed my lovely new Henry Hoover I felt that I was looking at a more modern yet familiar version of an old friend who had given many hours of service in the quest to help keep floors and furnishings dirt and dust free. My latest Henry looked very much the same as my older Henry did once out of the box, except that the power setting button which was previously just an on and off option, now had a half power option. The extra button is something I have found easy to use, as I simply need to press down on one side to get it to tilt in the same direction, which then changes the amount of power Henry uses. I find that this button can be worked with the light press of a finger to switch between power/ suction options making the new settings easy for almost anyone to access.
I like the way the half suction/ vacuum option can be used with this newer model, as it means I can decide how much or how little power is required when I am vacuuming. I find that depending on the type of flooring or surface that I have set Henry to work on I am able to use less or more suction to get the best cleaning results with the least amount of effort. I sometimes used to find that there were times when the older Henry I had would be so very powerful that it could lift certain types of floor coverings away from where they were meant to be which could be a little annoying. With the newer model I can swiftly decide which suction option is required and set Henry accordingly, which is very helpful.
I find that if I set the suction option on a lower setting when appropriate, I don't end up having to retrieve items that have been accidently sucked in to the brush attachment or the hose by accident. If Henry is set on the full suction option I find that the motors amazingly strong vacuuming abilities seem to create super hero style vacuuming powers, which make short work of all kinds of cleaning tasks on a variety of floor surfaces. I did find that I needed to think about how to set the power/ suction option switch for the first few uses, especially when I used Henry to vacuum around items that were not fixed in place, as he was often back to his old ways of swallowing everything in his path if I forgot to change the settings. However this was only really an issue when Henry was fresh and new as I quickly got used to the fact that I now had power over how the settings worked.
~The user friendly design~
The basic shape of Henry is a simple one and this hasn't altered very much over time which I feel I like, as I feel that the shape of the machine works well when in use on flat surfaces. The built in cable storage works well in my opinion, as it is both quick and easy to wind in the power cable after use with the help of the simple fitting on top of Henrys case that you wind on by hand. I feel that Henrys cute smiley face and eyes set on to the bottom of the round casing still looks as jolly and friendly as it ever did and the bold red and black colours used make this the stand out product it has always been. The use of a face on the product when combined with the old fashioned name do make this seem like a very family and user friendly product.
The set of tools that came with Henry have been quite good although the crevice tool seems to have been misplaced over time, which can make cleaning some areas a little more difficult (note to self, seek out replacement asap). There is a brush attachment that can be used on smaller more difficult to reach areas and this can be used either with the brush part or without it as a flat plastic type attachment, that can be separated in a second. There is also a round softer brush style fitting that can be used with ease to help vacuum soft furnishing such as curtains etc, which I have found to be very helpful to have.
The main brush head that came with the set is well made and feels strong and durable when in use, with it being of a mid weight that is relatively easy to handle. You can switch between a high or low setting when using this to vacuum various floor surfaces with which I feel works well enough, although over time the bristles on the brush head do seem to get shorter in places. I find that I can switch between modes with a push on the top of the brush head with my foot, which means I don't have to keep stopping and re-setting it as I move from surface to surface. The flexible hose that comes with this vacuum cleaner is well made and very durable in my opinion, as I have some times caught this in a door, twisted it up by accident and even stepped on to it when wearing shoes/ boots, yet it still works as it should.
~Making light work of vacuuming a range of surfaces~
Even though this newer Henry model has been through its fair share of knocks and bumps it has held up really well in use and is still working just as well. I find that I can use this vacuum cleaner to vacuum carpets and rugs, as well as laminate flooring and tiled flooring with relative ease. If I use the higher setting on the brush attachment I find that this can be used without causing any scratching to laminate flooring or tiling. The lower settings works best with fitted carpets and can also be used with rugs, although I have used both settings on all types of surfaces at times. I have also used this to remove dust from soft furnishings and even vacuumed venetian blinds at times and still found that with the right attachment fitted this works well enough.
~Disposable dust bags~
The disposable dust storage bags that are fitted inside the body of the vaccum cleaner are easy to put in and take out when full and I find that they don't make too much mess when you swap from a used bag to a new one. You can use this machine without a dust bag if wanted although I prefer to fit one in place as I find cleaning results are better. I find that the filter cover fits back on well when I need to swap bags over, as I simply pop it back in place before closing the lid of the cleaner back down and clipping it in place, to ensure a neat and safe closure that stays in place well once Henry is in use. Replacement dust bags are easy to source and don't cost too much to buy, with them lasting a good length of time once in use.
~Price and product rating~
Over all I have been more than pleased with this product as I feel it works well in most situations, being easy to clean if needed. The only slight issue with one of these in my opinion is that once the vaccum bags become fuller the weight of the cleaner does increase quite a bit, which can make carrying this a little difficult due to the extra weight. Other than that this a very durable and useful product that I feel is more than worthy of a 4 star product rating, as it produces good results time after time. Prices for Henry begin at around £89 upwards which I feel is very good value for money, making this a very good choice for both budget and reliability.
I bought this hoover for just under £100 from an online retailer. Henry was delivered in a cardboard box with plenty of protective packaging.
He comes with lots of little tools and devices, which I find very useful. The tools are easy to fit onto the hoover and they're really strong and durable. The motor of the hoover itself is 1200w, which is about average. I have to say that he picks up even the smallest pieces of dust and/ or dirt. This is no novelty item, this is a seriously GREAT hoover and well worth the money.
Henry isn't too heavy to carry around with you and he has plenty of cord so you won't be limited to just one area when you are cleaning up. He's also pretty quiet, much less noisy than what I would have expected. The low noise level means you can actually talk to others whilst hoovering, instead of shouting at the top of your lungs.
The bags can be a little tricky to replace but my other half has mastered it so I let him replace them now. The bags last for a decent length of time. You will know when they need replacing as the hoover starts to smell a little and slow down. You can buy replacement bags online for around £6 - £7, depending on where you buy them from. Other than that the hoover is perfect and he looks GREAT. He doesn't really become dirty, just dusty. However, you can easily clean him with a soft cloth and he will look as good as new.
A great little hoover!
I purchased the Henry vacuum cleaner last year after using uprights for years; I bought it for about £85 and haven't looked back.
The Henry cleaner is a powerful vacuum that performs effectively and gets the job done.
In terms of everyday cleaning, the Henry hoover makes light work of the vacuuming. The Hi-Lo control means that you can change the suction power to suit the surface.
The 26ft cord means that you can move about the house easily without having to unplug each time you move to a different room and the handy winder makes it easy to re-wind the cord when you are finished.
The Henry is also great for a wide variety of cleaning; we use it all the time to vacuum the dog hairs from the car, after we've taken him out for the day.
In terms of aesthetics the bright red colour and the smiley face, adds a little bit of whimsy to the chore of vacuuming. There's now even a whole Henry family to choose from depending on your needs.
The 9 litre capacity means that the bag lasts for a good while before it needs changed. The bag can be changed easily by simply removing the click off lid and they are reasonably priced and readily available.
The only negative I have with the Henry is the weight. It is easy to manoeuvre due to the wheels, however it can be quite heavy to lift it up and down the stairs and when putting it away. When changing the bag, the lid can be quite heavy to lift off and this might be a problem for anyone who has difficulty with lifting weightier objects.
Living with quite a large family (in quite a small house!) has its ups and downs, but something that I've always had a problem with is finding the right vaccum, something that can get into the nooks and crannies, and something that will run well on all surfaces. We'd tried all sorts of vacuums, until we finally decided on this one. It came with a wide variety of nozzles (attachments?) that come in very handy, not only around the house, but when I'm cleaning the car too. The fact that the bigger attachments work loose (quite easily I might add) is both a bonus and a negative, a positive aspect being that you can physically control where you want to clean within a certain range, (basically, see a spot you missed, hey presto you don't have to assemble it all again) but a negative being if you're vaccuming say stairs, the hose attachment can just detach itself of its own accord.
All in all, this vacuum puts the power in your hands (pretty much), it you suck up something you didn't intend to, it's easy to just unscrew the black hose to check, 9 times out of 10 you will usually find it without having to rip open the vaccum bag, or poke through all the dust and dirt) Henry is pretty easy to carry around, but can be a little cumbersome to store. Ours has moved from the downstairs cupboard, to the landing quite a few times. Though things can be placed on top of the vacuum it's a little too large to be convenient, the wheels aid the movement of the vacuum very well. A little tug when you feel like you're overcompensating and it will just trundle through with relative ease.
About 18 Months ago the Vax vacuum cleaner that I had been using finally broke down and although it was still under warranty I had been warned that if the filter was dirty I would have to pay for any repairs! The vacuum cleaner was useless anyway so I decided to cut my losses and just buy a new machine.
I had borrowed my Mother in Laws Henry vacuum cleaner and decided that this was the make and model I would go for as I already tried Dyson upright and cylinder and didn't like either and had found the Henry to be quite good while I was using it.
I bought my Henry from Argos and in May 2010 he cost £99.99. Henry is still available in Argos and is currently priced at £109.99 but he is on offer at the moment for £98.99 (Sept 11) There are other versions of the Henry that cost different amount and you can even get a pink Henry called a Hetty!
Henry is a very distinctive vacuum cleaner and is instantly recognisable for his red and black colours and also his lovely little smiley face. I have never been very fond of any other vacuum cleaners I have owned and have spent quite a bit of my time cursing their very existence but I find myself chatting to Henry, I think this is more to do with his face than any real affection for my little machine.
When you buy Henry you get five dust bags which are specially made to reduce dust to help allergy sufferers, you also get a bit of extra hose and the usual assortment of attachments including a crevice tool and an upholstery tool. Henry also comes with a lovely little bag which I think is supposed to be a free shopping bag but I use it to store things in my cupboard.
Henry is very easy to put together as all the pieces simply slot together to make the tube part and the actual vacuum cleaner stacks up in three parts. The vacuum cleaner has three wheels on the bottom so you can haul it around more easily and a carry handle on the top to ease lifting. The cord winds up inside when not in use but this has to be done manually with a small winding handle on the top. You cannot clip the hose or pipe to the vacuum cleaner like you can with the dyson so it is just loose and you have to lay it on the floor or prop it up when it is in the cupboard.
When using Henry on a carpeted floor you need the brushes up or it is very difficult to push. There is an on/off switch and a booster switch which increases the suction. On my tiled floor I use the brushes down and find it picks up just as well as on carpet. I don't have any wooden flooring but assume it is pretty much the same as tiles and so just as easy to vacuum. I find that the standard suction is pretty reliable and there is quite a lot of resistance when trying to vacuum. I have two cats who do venture in occasionally and four children who make enough mess for forty and the standard suction can handle pretty much anything that has been left behind including hair and fluff. I use the extra suction occasionally if I feel the carpets particularly need it but I find that the resistance is so great I have trouble pushing. Whichever suction you use you work up quite a sweat.
When vacuuming the stairs Henry can reach almost to the top from the floor without needing to balance him on the stairs. I find I only have about four steps that I cannot reach and so I just take Henry upstairs and start working down.
I am very happy with my Henry and hope he will last me a good few years. My only real complaint is that there is no proper handle but you just hold the steel pipe part of the vacuum cleaner and I find that my hand do slip and it isn't the most comfortable vacuum to hold. Apart from this there aren't really any negatives to add. Henry is easy to empty as you just take the top off and remove the bag so you don't have the mess and dust that you get with a bag less cleaner. Henry is quite heavy to lift but I don't tend to carry him around so this hasn't caused too many problems. Apart from the length of the pipe, which can be broken down, Henry is quite compact and fits nicely into my under stairs cupboard.
The technical stuff - taken from the Argos website:
229 air watts
Length of hose 2.4m
Capacity of dustbag 9 litres
Stainless steel extension tubes
10m power cord
Manufacturer's 2 years guarantee
I would definitely recommend Henry
The Henry Vacuum cleaner is a very cheerful chappy that really brightens up the normally menial task of vacuuming with his smiley face and red body!
We selected our Henry due to the fact that I had in a past life been a cleaner for a large commercial office block and was aware that these were considered very reliable hoovers.
The machine itself is very compact and lightweight and is therefore relatively easy to manoeuvre up and down the stairs; however this feature does not seem to extend to the storage of this vacuum which is less easy to 'hide away' than some of the upright vacuum cleaners around. Consequently, this is not advised as a cleaner for a small studio flat unless the red smiley face is desired as a permanent feature. There are a variety of changeable heads that are available for this machine which mean that you can adapt to the surface being cleaned, however I have tended to stick with the rectangular nozzle for most of the time.
This machine prides itself on maintaining good suction for years to come. The power of the suction from the nozzle is very strong which can easily lift up the smallest of sand particles from the carpet and this suction extends to use on both carpeted stairs and on hard floors. However I would worry about using this cleaner on highly polished surfaces as I do wonder if it would scratch them.
Unlike many of the bagless vacuums now on the market this cleaner still relies on a bag to store dirt which means additional cost in buying bags, although I have not changed the bag on mine in the six months that I have owned it. However there are benefits to using a bag as the cleaner can be used to suck up almost anything and therefore you will not find restrictions such as brick dust that you find with other manufacturers. We have used ours from general household dust to larges quantities of wallpaper scraps with little resistance.
The cost of this machine is excellent value for money as it will last for years to come. It is considerably less than many of the new fad cleaners on the market and yet performs a majority of the same tasks and this factor more than outweighs the additional cost of purchasing bags.
Having had my cleaner for six months I have been suitably impressed with the consistent quality of cleaning that he produces and I will not look to change hoovers for many times to come, although when I do I may look to get a different colour.
Thank-you for reading my review....
This review is also posted on Ciao under the same user name.
Yes Henry is easy to carry with his little handle to assist you in moving him around. Yes he is easy to clean out with his basic parts so that even I, a person with very limited engineering / mechanical knowhow, yes even I, can figure out which bit goes where. Yes Henry was very helpful when we had gutted our flat and had all sorts of building material to hoover away. Yes Henry does wind away his electrical cable so that nobody will trip over him and Henry does look very tidy like that. 'Why then do you wish you'd bought a Dyson?' I hear you cry. Because Henry just doesn't vacuum very well. He always leaves small bits of rug tufts and lost cotton threads attached to the carpet as if clinging on for dear life. I have to work really hard going over the same area again and again and again. Yes Henry's good at the big stuff, but it's the small stuff that counts.
Quite a lot of vacuum cleaners are awkward and heavy, which makes cleaning the house very tiresome, however the Henry is very different. It is easy to carry up and down stairs, meaning that the hoovering can be done quickly and easily.
The long hose where the vacuum is attached makes reaching into awkward places much easier, and also means that the main body does not have to be moved as much. This makes the cleaning much simpler.
The long cable also means that the main body does not need to move far, and in smaller houses, it means that you do not have to unplug the vacuum cleaner when you move from upstairs to downstairs.
The vacuum cleaner is very efficient, and picks up most dirt and dust from the carpet. Larger pieces do take a bit more work - you tend to have to go over them a few times before they can be picked up - but this is a problem that you will find with most vacuum cleaners.
With the scores of offerings on the market, all with different types of technology and claims theres a reason why most commercial cleaning cupboard contains a vacuum with a smily face.
The only negative i can find is that at times i cannot use Henry on full power as my carpets aren't securely fastened enough to the floor. The designers have focussed on what hoovering is really about, it supplies as much power as you can ask for without worrying about claims of weight or fancy colour schemes. From deep pile carpet to tiled floors it has the desired effect with all of 2 switches.
The only downside i could think of is that for some it is a pretty large and heavy base unit to carry up stairs but if that is an issue the micro version is the there for you.
After 2 years of use i havent changed the bag and experienced no loss of suction and its not likely that bag suppliers are going to be hard to find for one of the longest existing models on the market.
I've given up on other brands, if my Henry ever retires then i'll replace it with the same (or maybe Henrietta).
The Henry HVR200 is a high performance vacuum cleaner with a 1200w motor and a large 9-litre capacity / Henry certainly is powerful but you needn't worry about those more delicate surfaces as the Hi-Lo control allows you to switch to a lower suction / The Microflo dust bags are easy to use and make emptying Henry simple / Short name: Henry HVR200