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All about Henry
Member Name: SoadFan
Advantages: A reliable product
Disadvantages: Can feel heavy when full
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.
Summary: A good vacuum cleaner at a fair price
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