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I live with two cats and children so therefore can find a lot of dander and general dirt around my house daily, not to mention the significant clumps of cat hair dotted about various rooms. I have always opted for a Dyson vacuum cleaner due to the trusted brand and reliability. However, after my second Dyson packed up within a year, I ventured out to find another brand of vacuum cleaner which was a bit more hard wearing.
A lot of home stores and electrical stores advised me that The Hetty & Henry Collection are amongst their best sellers and seem to have the less problems compared to other big name brands.
I decided on the pink, simply because of the colour. And I can safely say I am impressed!!
Firstly, the weight of the Hetty is very light compared to an upright Dyson cleaner and with it's easy to find handle at the top, easy to carry up and down the stairs and from room to room.
In regards to the suction power, this has got to the best I have used. It picks up every cat hair and speck on the floor. I don't have to vacuum over areas twice as Hetty picks up dirt with one swoosh, leaving carpets fluffy and fresh.
The larger nozzle (for large areas of flooring) has the typical switch for either hard flooring or carpet (I tend to flick this with my foot as I am quite lazy). This is the only bugbear I have with this vacuum really.. When hoovering laminate or tiled floor the switch can tend to flick back and therefore make an awful scratching noise as it has turned to the carpet setting!
The bag and filters are really easy to clean and the cord is really long. I can easily get from the bottom to the top of my stairs without having to unplug and move it which is great.
The Hetty also features a manual wind up lever on the top for you to rotate in order to wind the chord back in. I much prefer this to a button as I find they can catch your ankles sometimes!!
All in all, a very good purchase. Although I first thought quite expensive at £100, it is excellent value for money. Especially in comparison to other big brands.
I would recommend this to anyone!
I have had my darling hoover for just over a year now and she works wonders! Having a 2 year old means the house does get quite dirty from time to time. A few rice grains dropped at dinner, and general dust means she gets used 2-3 times a week and she always does the job.
I bought it online for about £100 and although relatively expensive, it is totally worth the money! I have not even had to change the bag, its barely even halfway there and within the the purchase price the vacuum comes with a spare bag anyway so won't have to buy a new bag for some time yet! The handle and nozzle are long and flexible to get around little corners and to do large areas in a short amount of time. The plug extends extremely long and I don't even have to use an extension lead or keep unplugging the hoover whenever I enter a new room like I used to have to with my old vacuum cleaner. It comes with interchangeable heads of course for doing along skirting boards or under a table etc and has the perfect handle to wind the plug wire back in to her storage facility on the top compartment of the vacuum :)
I have always had miele vacuum cleaners however when the last one died I was unable to afford the full price of a new miele and after much research and recommendation from various people we decided to get a Henry.
Henry vacuum cleaners are made by numatic international and they have a 1200watt motor a two stage motor with 2 speed options and a 10 m cable which is stored inside the cleaner via a rewind cable.
I have mentioned some details above however it is important to note the speeds are 1200 on high and 600 on low use high speed for wood floors and very dirty areas. The cleaning range of the Henry is 28.6 metres it weighs 6.6kg and has a capacity of 9 litres.
So apart from being light enough to take on a plane as hand luggage! How does this work in real terms? Well I have a builder for a husband, we are currently knocking walls down and also have two small children who cannot eat a bag of crisps without at least 50% ending up on the floor so my Henry is in use every day and he copes with everything thrown at him is always reliable (unlike hubby!)
I used to find with my old cleaner that I could clean half the stairs before unplugging and lugging cleaner up stairs to do the rest with Henry I can plug in at the bottom and clean right to the top which of course is thanks to the long 10m cable.
Henry is also very easy to transport as it has a good carry handle and it doesn't weigh a lot so it easier on my back when moving around.
The cleaner is very easy to maintain the bags and filters are easy to change and when changing do not put half of their contents back on the floor
Cost and stockist
The Henry comes in Red but you can also get Hetty in pink or if you have pets there is Harry which is designed to pick up Dog Hairs. The cost of the cleaner is about £100 most expensive I have seen it for is £149.99 in Argos Amazon have it for £110.00 I feel that this is a very cheap cleaner as it lasts and lasts I have had mine over three years They are also the cleaner of choice for cleaners and restaurants, Bars etc as they really do work and as mentioned last well
I cannot recommend this cleaner highly enough it works brilliantly in my home is easy to manoeuvre, light weight which for me is ideal as I suffer from back problems we also use this at the rugby club and it has no problem getting rid of the mud and after 5 years is still going strong there although I love my Henry I would choose Hetty next time because she is really cute with eye lashes!
Got our first Henry Hoover a few months ago, after another cheap Hoover blew up after less than a year's service we decided it was time to spend a bit more on something that would hopefully be a bit more hardwearing. I paid about £80 from Homebase at the time it had £20 off and was the cheapest I could find it for in the shops, did not have time to wait for something to be delivered.
I saw Henry comes in a number of different colours and even has a female friend in Pink. We decided to go for the blue one (instead of the traditional red); I must admit the Smiley face for me does add a bit of fun to a normally boring household product. It comes with a good selection of attachments and the red bag to keep them in was a nice touch.
For us the Hoover is spot on, the suction is good and never seems to leave any dirt behind. My girlfriend insists on her Rabbit having the freedom of the front room and it does an excellent job of picking up his little presents. I find Henry pretty light to carry up and down the stairs, my partners elderly mother has one and does struggle to get it up the stairs though. When using the normal Hoover attachment at times I find it can be a struggle to push forwards (not sure why).
It is much better for cleaning the car than our previous upright. I have not measured it but the cable is a very good length and easily allows me to go from bedroom to bedroom upstairs without the need to keep unplugging. It is very simple to change the Hoover bag; I must confess I have struggled with some of the other Hoovers we have.
Although we have only had Henry for a little while I am very pleased with him, only time will tell how durable he is but I think it will last a good few years. Thumbs up for Henry.
The Henry Vacuum Cleaner has been a long-term (20-year) investment of
my family who chose to adopt their first cleaner after being in need of a
machine capable of reaching difficult areas, and cleaning difficult surfaces.
The Henry series in general has become an iconic brand of cleaner which
people seem to become attached to, making it their life-time choice.
The vacuum's long flexible attachment ( in two parts) allows the user to
reach under sofa's, cupboards and other tight spaces and effectively pipe
the dirt back into the housing of the machine which can be positioned up to
1.5 metres away. The attachment can be split into two pieces (in which a
simple nozzle is used to collect dirt, whilst the hard metal leg is put aside.
The actual suction strength of the vacuum is good, though this can
deteriorate gradually over time, as with every vacuum cleaning product.
A large air-tight area, just above the electric engine, in the centre of the
housing is where dirt and dust is collected and stored. Being a large area,
more cleaning can be completed at one time, and you might only have to
change the bag once every 2-weeks depending on your level of use.
As mentioned, the leg allows for excellent usability when reaching tight
corners and spaces, but what about the cleaners other features?
On the metal section of the leg a sealable gap weakens suction when
cleaning particular rugs and carpets to stop the machine sucking them up.
This is a very simple, useful feature which can save time.
The vacuum's wheels are small, plastic, and can get stuck on some objects
around the house. However, if used correctly this rarely happens.
The on/off switch is found on the top of the device, and a windable mains
cable can stretch an impress length, allowing you to cover an entire
floor from one socket. The cable winds into the top of the housing easily
and quickly by hand.
As for noise levels, Henry's can be pretty loud, making it frustrating for
people sitting in a room trying to watch the TV. But this is a small price to
pay for such a compact, usable machine.
With its gazing eyes, the look of this machine is definitely its most talked-
about feature. It reminds me of a lady-bird with its round body and often
red colouring. I think the idea behind the eyes was to promote the
machine at a level kids would understand. They may not be using the
cleaner, but they definitely have a certain influence over parents and their
decisions in the consumers market.
A fine piece of kit which will always have a place in my child-hood,
despite its disgusting habits! I recommend it to all.
We have had our henry for 20 years...I kid you not! we are a busy household and i love cleaning up. Henry has never failed me, never had to have a spare part and still looks and works as well as the day we purchased him. henry has been dragged everywhere, up the stairs daily, round the house, out our cars, he does everything superbly. since having henry i thought there was better out there so i bought a dyson, however this didnt even last 18 months, rubbish...so back to old faithful henry! ive uased my henry for years now without a dust bag, emptying is easy and fast, no mess, i can almost reach to the top of my stairs from the bottom without henry moving off the ground floor. he is very robust and had swallowed toddlers toys, and other household items over the years without blockage or injury. hos wheels are sturdy and i can easily drag and pull him all over the house knowing he is so sturdy and will not break. i would highly reccomend henry to anyone, he is worth his weight in gold.
i am in love with my henry!! untill henry joined our household i used to get through a least one hoover a year, i tell no lie, i have had everything from dysons to cheaper argos value but henry has survived now for about two and a half yeqars and when he goes to vacumn heaven it will be someone from henrys family that takes his place!. i have laminate and carpet in my house and henry does the job perfectly on both! Henry not only looks stylish and is just the type of cheer that you need when doing housework but he aslo does the job pretty well aswell! i have a toddler so i am constanly clearing up after him. Henry does lose power when the bag is full but its not too much of a nightmare to change the bag once you have got your head around pulling it apart, highly recommended!!
Henry Vacuum Cleaner's look cool, but are they worth that feeling of being being part of a kooky land of smiley faces where even housework is fun? Of course they are! Not only are they the perfect retro accessory hold, but they clean pretty darn well too. One complaint that I would have is that emptying them can be a bit of a messy job as you have to lift the great big top off and empty a heck of a lot of dust out, which flies all over the place and ends up back on the carpet. There probably is a better way of doing this than my method though, I'm sure! Also, we seemed to have bad luck with our one as it exploded quite recently, however our landlord is a builder with massive respect of the henry and was quite baffled as to how we managed to make it explode. I can only imagine it is because we are such house proud tenants who do SO much hoovering that it simply couldn't take the strain.
Henry The Vacuum cleaner is simply put a super star in the household cleaning world I here he is up for a knighthood this year and I for one hope he gets it. We personally have a classic red Henry But I see from the Photo he comes now in a rather fetching blue. I even spotted a pink Henrietta the other day in comet complete with alluring eyelashes...
Anyway in all seriousness we have always used dysons the upright classic kind but recently we have got through about 3 in 2 years and got fed up of repairing them.
So we adopted a Henry vacuum cleaner for only 99.99 and his cleaning power is so much more superior to the dysons we will never look back. We have wooden floors in some rooms in our home and Henry is perfect for those never losing suction at all.
The bag lasts quite a long time as it has a quite generous 9 litre capacity and takes some filling up but he never spits out dust when the bag is filling up.
The cleaning range also is not a problem with the ample range of the cable being 31.8m and is easy to wind back in from a handle on Henrys head.
The 1200w motor is faitly noisy but thats to be expected but is a lot quieter on the low setting.
At 6.6kg he is not all that heavy for the average person and the handle on to makes Henry easy to carry from room to room
Thanks Little Vacuum Dude!
Henry, the vacuum cleaner is a really wonderful thing. For less than £100 you can get a really reliable vacuum cleaner that leaves your floor much cleaner than before. It does however take a little more effort than the more conventional, upright machines, but the effort put in with Henry really does pay off in the clean results you'll experience.
The Henry is also good because of its vast capacity to hold all of the dirt that you've collected from around your house. However this can be a negative thing, because although it's longer before you have to empty it, the inner bags are a pound or so more expensive for a pack of them and after a while the machine does start to smell. The smell is particularly bad if you have a dog, like a I do as the machine starts to smell of dog. Probably more suitable for people with bigger rooms in their houses as you can cover a larger area quicker.
This is not another Dyson-bashing review! I've never owned a Dyson. I can only compare the Henry to cheaper vacs I've owned.
The first thing you notice about the Henry is the build quality. You can see why it is a firm favorite with commercial cleaning firms. The plastic pipe is strong crimped ABS plastic, not poly plastic stretched over wire which is common in vacs and commonly splits. The rigid pipes are stainless steel which you can step on with no fear of denting and can push on as hard as you like no way it will crack or break. The body of the machine is thick, tough plastic that will take more than a few knocks. Stories abound of owners abusing them for 10 years and I have no reason to doubt them. This machine is built to last.
Performance wise its good. Suction is strong and stays strong. Obviously it gets weaker when the bag is full but its still strong enough. Bagless vacs Ive owned also get weaker when the canister is full and especially when the filters get blocked requiring a dirty and unpleasant brushing which releases a months worth of dead skin and pet hair into the air. It seems bags have as many advantages as bagless systems. Also the bag is a larger than normal so it lasts a decent amount of time. At 50p a bag, consumable costs are not a major issue. They are very easily obtained Numatic have been supplying them widely for years so you wont find, as I have done in the past, that you have to go to specialist shops to ask for a bag for your now defunct HV-2323/H/JS8lS-1/2/005-Mark3.2(B) cleaner! Its a canister vac so you do miss out on the rotary brush and since the suction is strong, it requires a little effort to push the head around on carpet. This is the same for all canister vacs of course. However the cleaning power is so good that you only need to go over an area once to clean it well. Our carpets, especially that dark stuff that accumulates near the skirting boards, are much cleaner than they have been with other vacs.
Its mostly easy to use. You have to drag the body around on its wheels. This isnt especially hard but not as easy as an upright. Like all canisters it doesnt like rugs or cables etc. It seems pretty stable and doesnt fall over regularly. Putting the pipe extensions and different heads on is simple but not as convenient as it could be. It involves a little 6 extension tube. I think they could come up with some sort of snap-fit system but it probably wouldnt be as robust. Numatic seem to have a simple is strong is best philosophy. In practice we only tend to use the main head and the edger so its not a big deal.
Two terrific features are the length of the hose (with the extension hose in place) and the cable length. Small things you would think but in practice very valuable. The hose means we can leave the Henry at the bottom of the stairs and clean them all without having to take him with us and balance him and inevitably knock him down the stairs which is how our last vacuum met its demise. The cable is so long we can do each floor of the house without changing plug sockets.
One downer is the lack of onboard tool storage. This makes it easier to lose the tools if you are disorganised like me and you have to carry one or more around with you. I think they could easily change this.
There is a range of accessories available including an air-powered brush head. Id like to know how good this is. You can add a special HEPA filter for not much money if you have allergy problems. Other tools and extensions and replacements are available and to my mind reasonably priced if you shop around on the net
Summary what can you say about a vacuum? It works well. Its not too heavy. Its well made. It will last. Its not hugely expensive. I think its a good buy.
A few months back I moved into a new flat and, being short on cash, I bought a cheap vacuum cleaner. The flat has cream carpet throughout which looks clean and airy but of course shows every little speck of dust. Throw in a large brown rug which moults everywhere and I'm sure you are beginning to get the picture.
Buying a cheap vacuum cleaner was an unqualified mistake, I broke my rules and I paid the price, as, after a couple of months, it lost just about all suction in fact it had less suction than a geriatric asthmatic and stubbonly refused to pickup even the slightest speck of dust and only served to distribute the chocolate brown "detritus" from the living room rug around the flat.
and then I got Henry....
Although I'm not what you might call overly "house-proud" I do like keeping the flat clean and relatively tidy so I started searching around for a vacuum cleaner that would, well, clean, really. At first I considered buying a Dyson but the more reviews I found the less the idea appealed to me and then I remembered a funny little cylinder cleaner that we used to have at a previous workplace. I also remembered seeing these same models in various locations such as offices etc. My first thoughts were if they're good enough for cleaning professionals then they're good enough for me but surely they cost a packet so I started searching around the web for reviews and pricing and was pleasantly re-assured to find many great reviews from happy owners and even more pleasantly suprised to see that the "Henry" cost less than £100 which fitted in with my budget nicely.
There are maybe only a few times when, having made a consumer purchase, one instintively knows that one has bought the right tool for the job. Over the years I've learnt to subscribe to one basic philosophy, "does it do what you want it to do reliably and consistently with good simple engineering ?, or is it overly complicated, prone to breakdown and/or expensive to maintain ?". In all of these respects the Henry triumphs, its solidly built but light enough to move around, its well designed and easy to disassemble with relatively few working parts to go wrong and, most of all, it has great suction. The flat isn't a large one but the mains cable length of the Henry coupled with the long plastic tubing and wand meant that I could clean the whole flat without re-plugging it in, something that I had to do three times with my previous cleaner. I was delighted that it really does have great suction, I could see the carpets lifting as it cleaned them and the wand allows easy cleaning under tables, beds etc., it really made short and effortless work of the whole job.
I guess that there are better vacuum cleaners out there with all manner of "bells and whistles" but I doubt if there's another cleaner weighing in at this cost and build quality that performs the task any better. Another nice suprise was that the manufacturers, Numatic, are a British company so its nice to see that we can still make well designed, well engineered products such as this that do what they claim to do, bravo to them and bravo to "Henry". I don't want a vacuum cleaner as a fashion accessory, a piece of furniture or expect it to make me a cup of tea but I do expect it to suck up dust from the floor so, if Henry had a motto, I think it should be something like "I'm a vacuum cleaner ergo: I suck up dust" :)
My first 2 vacuum cleaners were Dyson uprights, and I had a variety of problems with them over 7 years, but I liked them because they looked cool and I liked the Dyson theory. Eventually our cleaner bullied me into getting a Henry because she hated the Dyson so much - said that most houses she worked at had Dysons, and they were too complicated and v. expensive. I resisted for ages, but then we moved to a house with loads of stairs and hard floors so we needed a cylinder vacuum cleaner. I gave in and got the Henry and was very pleased with it.
Our Henry performs much better than either of our Dysons (DC04 and DC01) for most tasks - strong suction, great bag capacity, and it is really, really useful having such a long flex, hose and wand. We have very high ceilings and I can use the dusting attachment to vacuum dust off the lights, picture rails and cornices. The attachments stay on really well *as long as you put them on firmly* - when I first got it I didn't push them on well enough and they kept falling off, so just give them a good shove and you'll be fine.
You can use Henry with or without a bag, but if you use it without a bag then the cloth filter thingy can get clogged up and you may have to wash it. The bags last for ages as they are huge, and it does make emptying the machine a much cleaner job if you use a bag.
The main disadvantage is that you have to carry the attachments around with you - there is one hook to clip one on to the machine, but surely it wouldn't be too difficult for the manufacturer to make this easier? I find it easy to store as the wand just comes apart into three pieces.
As with any cylinder vacuum, you don't have the benefits of a brush bar which 'beats as it sweeps as it cleans'. You need an upright for this. On the other hand, the excellent suction seems to make up for it. If you want to raise the pile of a carpet, you can just put the Henry's floor brushes down (as if you were vacuuming a hard floor) and push hard against the pile. Gets pet hairs off better than a cylinder then, but it is hard work.
The Henry seems to be very robust. Its beauty is that it is very simple. There are no fancy gadgets to go wrong. The attachments are solidly made. No frills, but it doesn't need them.
I recommend Henrys to my mates now. Before buying it I didn't belive that something which costs £90 could outperform vacuums that cost over two hundred quid so well, but this does.
well this is my first opinion, although i do find myself guided by what i've read here, so i thought "why not do one my self" i've used other cleaners, vax, hoover, elecrolux and goblin, but henry is the best i've ever owned. my tale begins almost 3 weeks ago, while i was using my vax cylander cleaner, picture the scene, i was ready for a full days house work, i had every thing written down to plan, pluggeg in my vax and... nothing, blast! odd thing was it worked upsairs but not down stairs, yes i thought that was odd too. so mother in law came to my rescue with her trusty hoover, plugged it in and... nothing!! by this time i was getting desperate, as my family had come down with a bug, the house was rather dirty, not to mention a bit smelly, so i whent shopping for a new vaccum cleaner, and i couldnt resist his cheery face. in over 20 years of house cleaning, i've not used a better cleaner, Henry really does the job. and if he's good enough for my plumber then he's good enough for me. would i reccomend him to my friends? I already have, my whole work place infact!
Initially, we were very pleased to receive the gift of a second-hand compact Hitachi vacuum cleaner, but I grew to despise it. The Hitachi’s suction was pathetically weak, and the stinkiness it emitted following its attempts at cleaning rendered it as little more than a smell-making noise machine. What is more, baby was terrified of it, and went into a crying fit even if I attempted to move it, never mind switch it on. He eventually got over his fear, but by this time, I had had enough of the Hitachi, and all in all, our carpets were looking very dingy as a result of from infrequent and inadequate cleaning. We now had some money to spend and the time was ripe to purchase a nice new vacuum cleaner. Flicking through the Argos catalogue, we were presented with various models which all promised to clean in a variety of different ways, all with wildly differing specs and prices. I saw Henry’s smiling face, tempting me to buy him. I also saw other temptations from other machines, in the form of eco-friendly permanent bags, promises of micro-filtration and cleaner air. What to do? Well, the internet would have the answer, we thought, which is where we discovered the haven of wide-ranging reviews by the general public, which is dooyoo.co.uk. After reading very many glowing opinions, we decided that Henry was definitely someone we wanted to share our home with. After all, we’d seen his familiar smile in a variety of commercial premises across the land, and what’s good enough for shops, schools and even building sites would definitely be good enough for our humble home. Since our carpets had been sadly neglected, we had bought Henry in conjunction with a Hoover Jet ‘n’ Wash, which I have also reviewed. We now had the equipment to create a cleaner home and a better smell. Henry certainly lived up to expectations. He even came with a Henry baseball cap for his new owners, to celebrate his 21st bi
rthday. The instructions were visual and idiot-proof, the stainless steel tubes sturdy and the connections firm. The dust-bags were also surprisingly large. I was very pleased to see the carpet lifting as I started to vacuum, just as I’d read in the opinions on dooyoo. The Hitachi couldn’t even hope to do that in its wildest dreams, despite claiming to be a more powerful – 1300 watts compared to Henry’s 1100. Henry does an excellent job, and the cable is so long that I can go around the whole flat, including down the stairs, from just one power point. What is more, the baby loves him and is completely distraught when we have to put him away! Coincidentally, in the very same day we purchased Henry, we noticed that the dentist next door had thrown out an extremely old and battered Henry, together with the box from the new Henry which they had obviously purchased as a replacement. This confirmed what we had heard from many sources: This is a very reliable machine, and once you’ve had a Henry, you’ll stay faithful to him.
With a unique personality the Numatic HET200P Hetty Vacuum Cleaner features a 1200 watt powerful motor ideal for those who own pets such as dogs or cats that usually shed a lot of hair / It also features an improved switch layout non-marking buffing ring to protect your furniture and fittings / 1200 watts.229 air watts.Length of hose 2.4m.Variable power.9 litres dustbag capacityTritex filtration.Washable filter.Manual cord rewind / Adjustable floorhead.Includes crevice tool 3 piece stainless steel tubes hose floor tool and upholstery nozzle.Suitable for all floor types.10m power cord / Weight 6.9kg.2 year guarantee / Short name: Henry HRV200P