I remember seeing this Desktop Henry Hoover a while back and thinking it was cute, but thought that it was more a novelty item than an actual device that worked, so I didn't bother spending a tenner on it. However, for Christmas, as I work in an office, one of my friends bought me this Desktop Henry Hoover. It's currently available to buy from Amazon for a price of £10.49.
Everyone knows who Henry the Hoover is don't they? Well, basically this little desktop is the mini version of the real hoover, but is a much smaller version aimed at hovering up your desk (as opposed to carpets). It's a lovely red colour and is very cute to look at.
The hoover needs a couple of batteries; simply pop them in the hoover and away you go....although the hoover is not that effective at all.
I was really looking forward to using this little hoover; I couldn't wait to see how good of a job it would do. To be honest, it doesn't do a very good job at all; it doesn't suck up anything and certainly isn't as good as the proper Henry. I found that it blows out air rather than sucks it up. It's not very powerful at all which is a shame. I would therefore say that this is more of a novelty item which looks good sitting on your desk, rather than an actual device that works.
I would definitely recommend this little hoover as something pretty to sit on your desk, but as for sucking up crumbs etc, I wouldn't bother with it. It's a shame really as it's such a pretty item to have on your desk, but then it's not worth spending a tenner on it if it doesn't do the job - so it's a bit pointless really.
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I was given this as a gift. It sits on my desk at work. It looks fun and makes my desk look a little more interesting. I have used it as a vacuum cleaner! Mainly to pick up crumbs, but to be honest it's not really worth the hassle of using it as it's easier just to brush crumbs to the floor. It is by no means a powerful vacuum cleaner - this is much more of a novelty gift, being a mini replica of an actual vacuum cleaner that was popular many years ago. I also see a couple of these on other peoples' desks. In my opinion they are great as 'secret santa' type gifts for those people in the office whom you don't know too well, or likewise for those colleagues who are known to be messy! I feel it is more of a decorative gift than a functional gift and probably wouldn't buy one for someone else unless I was totally stuck for ideas - after all it isn't ridiculously cheap.
I was given this mini Henry as a gift, first things first-it is a novelty product. Yes it does have suction but don't be expecting it to be a powerful hoover. Lower your expectations and you will love this product.
It is a mini replica of the famous Henry Hoovers of the 1980s which is still in wide use today. I've never had a Henry Hoover but I have always wanted one, they are much cuter than most hoovers on the market. You can buy the desktop Henry Hoover in red and pink (Hetty Hoover), I have the classic red one.
The product measures approximately 12.5 cm by 11.5 cm and comes with a hose attachment and nozzle. The nose hose is perhaps a little long for the product, when not in use I take the hose off as it tends to get in the way. The product is solid and I imagine it will last a long time and withstand some knocks.
So a desk hoover, great idea! I have used it a lot since I got it and performance is OK, better than I expected. It only has a small hole for the rubbish to go up so it will essentially only pick up tiny bits of rubbish otherwise it ends up getting stuck in the hose. The house for the rubbish (the Henry bit) is rather huge given the size of the specks of dust, hole punch castoffs etc. that fit down the hose. Maybe it is so big to try and justify the £8 price tag.
When I first turned the hoover on I was surprised by how loud it was. If you're using it upstairs others can clearly hear it downstairs, which is fine if you're using a full sized hoover but a bit excessive for a mini thing that is picking up very little. You simply have to unscrew the top from the body to empty out the rubbish (if you've managed to suck any up).
The hoover has little wheels so it is very easy to manoeuvre around your desk, and it has a little handle on the top if you want to pick it up. Turning it on is easy, you simply push a button on the top of the hoover. It runs on 3 x AA batteries (not included).
Do not buy this product if you are expecting powerful suction, it is a novelty gift emphasis on novelty. It looks cute and that is about it. £8 is probably a bit much considering the hoover part of it is pretty lame, maybe wait until the price goes down a bit. I love it but I didn't pay for it, otherwise I might feel a little ripped off.
I absolutely love this little vacuum!!! its sooo cute and it actually works! just pop in 3xaa batteries and see it in action!. It picks up biscuit crumbs, dust, little bits of tissue and paper and even dead flowers!. It all collects in its large body.. just unscrew henry's head and empty the contents in the bin!. I got mine at an amazing price at £8. Good as a secret santa or just as an novelty gift too. U get a crevice tool to get into those hard-to-reach places and to hoover up any dust inbetween keyboard cracks. Highly recommended!!!
I purchased this little hoover from a popular auction site for £7, which I thought was a bargain. This little hoover is battery operated and is designed to hoover your keyboard, picking up little bits of dirt and/ or dust e.t.c. The hoover is VERY cute. Henry is just 25mm tall and is compact enough to leave on your desk when not being used. Just be careful that nobody pinches him!!!
I love this hoover purely for the fact that it is so cute. Does it work though? Hmm, if I am being honest then the answer has to be a no. The hoover has a small motor which you can hear going round, however it doesn't pick up very well. I used this on my keyboard a few days after receiving him and he didn't really work, so he now sits on my dressing table looking pretty. This hoover has really poor suction. It doesn't even pick up the smallest particles of dust, which is a real shame. I really wanted this little gadget to work but unfortunately it appears to be more of a novelty item than an appliance. He comes with a little tool to help you get into hard to reach places but this does nothing either. A real shame.
Henry looks nice and he is quite durable for the price. It's just a pity that he doesn't do his day job for computer keyboards!
Everyone's familiar with Henry, the famous and iconic red vacuum cleaner with its happy face and hat, and a hoover for a nose. This is the same character, but much, much smaller - although he does the same job, you wouldn't want to use him to clean the floor of a room. He is designed to be used to clean your desk at work, but could also be used for cleaning work surfaces or tables at home.
-ooo- The Product -ooo-
As I said, this is a much smaller version of the traditional Henry the Hoover - unlike its more famous bigger brother, this is only a couple of inches high and sits quite easily on your desk, with little wheels to help move him around. He is made of of plastic, with a rubbery material to make the hose/nose, and is brightly coloured and painted, just like Big Henry.
You switch him on and he starts up immediately, hovering up crumbs and bits and pieces from the surface you place him on. He lasts quite a long time on his batteries, and doesn't seem to use too much power.
-ooo- Would I Recommend? -ooo-
This is a fun, good-looking product that is a real novelty and is sure to make people laugh, and is fun to play with but also serves a practical purpose.
However, I think on balance it's probably more of a fun novelty than anything really useful - this is for several reasons. Firstly, the hoover doesn't really work that well - it only picks up the smallest crumbs, and isn't especially useful for cleaning a desk. It's not powerful enough to clean out your keyboard, for example, as it can't pull things out of the gaps between keys.
Overall, I think this would be a fun stocking filler or a little present perhaps for a secret Santa or something, especially as it's under £10, but I wouldn't buy something like this for any practical reason.
I have a thing about keeping my desk tidy at work. So it was no surprise when some one bought this Desktop Henry Vacuum Cleaner for me in our Secret Santa last year, and to be honest, it is quite a quirky little hoover. Looking on Amazon, you can get this for around £7, and it is designed to look like a miniature version of the larger popular Henry Hoover, with the same distinctive red bucket on wheels with a face on the front and a black top, and at 11cm tall, 10cm wide and 11 cm deep (without the hose), it is small enough to fit on your desktop or store away in your drawer.
To be truthful, it is actually a very good replica. It comes complete with 4 wheels and a little carry handle that folds out of the top. The face on the front is just like the real thing, together with the 'Henry' logo on the front of the cap. The hose connects to the 'nose' of the face and comes with a variety of connections. Initially you have the corrugated flexible hose which is 17cm long, and to the end of that you can attach 2 solid plastic pipe connections - one with a slight curve in it like a handle, and the other is a straight plastic pipe like you would attach to do a floor with on the full size device. Overall, these 2 pipes together give you another 16cm of reach. And as if that wasn't enough, this cleaner also comes with 2 attachments - a mini crevice tool and a miniature floor cleaner type tool. So a lot of care and attention to detail has gone into this device to make it look just like the full size version.
So what's it like to use? Well whereas the full scale version runs off of the mains, this smaller miniature version requires 3 x AA batteries to be fitted into the battery compartment located under the lid. Easy enough to do, with the battery panel being held in place by a screw. The button to switch the cleaner on and off is located on the top next to the small carry handle. When it is on, the cleaner is fairly noisy (just like the real thing I suppose!!), but not excessively so (unlike the real thing!!).
To be truthful, the suction power isn't brilliant, and it's definitely not going to be sucking papers off your desk, but it will pick up small crumbs etc, providing that the end of the device is quite near to the crumb, if not actually on top of it or having the crumb dropped down the pipe. I have found it to be particularly useful when using the crevice tool at getting crumbs and dust out of my keyboard, where it has proven itself to be able to lift the odd bit of dirt out, although a good shake of the keyboard upside down would probably have the same effect and perhaps do a better job.
Is it any good? Well it depends on how you define good. As a miniature replica of the popular Henry Hoover it is brilliant, where everything has been copied down to the smallest detail. But as an actual hoover, it is appalling, and if you were buying it thinking that it was going to hoover your desktop and keep it clean, then you would be very disappointed. But, this item is primarily sold as a gimmick, and that is really all it is. It looks great and makes a noise, but don't expect anything more. Personally, I have found it to be very useful as a paperweight on my desk, and on another occasion as an emergency coffee cup (long story but don't put plastic cups down on drawing pins!!).
In summary then, as long as you expect and accept this to be just a gimmick, then you won't be disappointed. Try and use it as a hoover and the novelty quickly wears off. So balancing everything up, I think it should be worth a 3* recommendation.
Review also on Ciao under Randal1.
Often a missold item, this little Henry Hoover is designed more as a novelty item than as an effective cleaning tool. Much of the reason for its existence is for kids to copy their parents when they're doing the hoovering, and in this respect, it has some level of credibility. The problem is that they promise it'll hoover your desktop, and it barely registers any level of suction.
It really is a miniature version of the popular Henry Hoover range, sitting at around 10 cm tall. We used a Henry at my old place of work, and it's a very reliable Hoover indeed. This little one though, has little suction. It's powered by 4 AA batteries, which is the first clue that you're not going to get much suck out of it. You have to supply them yourself. Turning the hoover on, you get the small noise of a hoover but you really don't notice anything actually happening if you run it over the floor.
However, you'll notice after time that it does pick up small amounts of dust and the occasional crumb or tiny light bit of dirt. Just not enough for it to be a credible hoover. If you want something that's going to clean that's handheld, then I suggest going for one of the dustbuster type handheld hoovers that have their own charging station and in built battery. This just won't do it.
As a novelty item it's pretty good, I suppose. My eldest son does use it, although in general the sound of the hoover always makes him jump so keeping him in the same room while we do the hoovering is often impossible. Occasionally, asking him to hoover his room gets him good practice, but it's not really the most important thing I want him to learn. He's generally quite messy, but 7 year old boys can be. He tidies his room when he's told to, and pretty soon he's going to realise that this 'hoover' doesn't actually suck much up. It's as if the connection on the piping is gone from your normal hoover, that's how ineffectual it is.
As a novelty item that costs less than £10, if it's your sort of thing then fine, it's probably worth getting. However, I find it one of those things that there's not really that much point to. I feel the advertising could be a bit better, making sure to point out it's more of a novelty toy than a serious hoover for adults wanting to clean desktops. The product description says it's improved now and will actually hoover things up, but I can't see it works, as far as I'm concerned it's a rubbish hoover and a quirky but pointless novelty toy, at best, and so I don't really recommend it.
Reading through these reviews, I am not sure if everyone is living in bonkers land or nearby. I am a Numatic dealer for their massive range of extremely popular and well know vacuum cleaners, such as their flagship product "Henry" vacuum, and I cannot believe how some many of these people are buying a childrens toy
and complaining that it will not clean their computers, and might even scratch them. LOL.
This vacuum is a toy, made under licence from Numatic, mainly to enable little children (3 to 8 year olds) to copy their mum (or dad) doing the vacuuming. It was never designed to pick up anything too much, just little bits of tissue paper, or rice krispies, etc., and it has a little drawer that can be emptied so that the child can do it again and again.
As not many toddlers have keyboards to clean, it was never designed for that purpose either. Sadly I cannot
imagine anyone trying to drive a toy car to work, no more than I can imagine anyone trying to clean a keyboard with a toy vacuum cleaner, but then I have never been to bonkers land yet.
Brought this for my boyfriend as he was starting a new office job and loves to keep things all neat and tidy so was a great gimmick to buy, which went down well! Only trouble is it usless!!
It fails to pick up any think and stratched the keyboard. I also had to purchase batterys to add on to the original product. You put the batteries get all excited and is run with what seems like a mini fan, however the batterys are just not strong for sucction down the little tube. Literally wasnt clearing dust or bits or dirt.
I know this is a cheap product, so you cant expect much, however dont buy it as a present as it is a let down when it doesnt work, maybe buy if you want to decorate your desk at home or in the work place. But it is pointless to buy is you actually want it to work like I did.
The mini Henry Hoover is based on the original larger model that is commonly seen. Available for just under £10 it must be viewed as a novalty item, and not a useful item. That said it did bring a smile to my face when I first got it and still has a little bit of novalty left in it after a few months.
In the box comes:
- The main hoover unit
- Flexi pipe
- Straight rigid pipe
- Curved rigid pipe
- Flat floor cleaning attachment
- Thin nozzle attachment
*Batteries are not included, and it needs 4 AA batteries to start the fun.
If you purchase this to do some serious cleaning in some tight places, you will be disappointed. When on, I can not feel any suction from the hose, but after going over a small area, I took the lid/ power unit off and low and behold there wasa little clump of dust and crumbs gathered at the bottom of the bin. So whilst it doesn't give a high standard of cleanliness, it does at least suck up the odd crumb if it's bothering you!
But there is something about it that I can't quite put my finger on, and I think it may well be the eyes!
I received my Desktop Henry a couple of years ago in a secret santa at work and when I opened it I was quite surprised as it was better than the usual tat that we give out for these things such as chocolate willes and the like. Obviously it is still tat but nice looking, fun and semi useful tat nethertheless and I was a bit embarrassed at the rubbish I had bought.
The desktop Henry is made by Paladone and is a miniture version of the extremely popular numatic Henry vaccum cleaner. The Henry is an icon of modern design and has been around since 1968, the bright red colour and painted on smiley face are instantly recognisable and the miniature desktop Henry does a great job of mirroring this design right down to the wheels. It isn't a perfect replica but it is absolutely adorable and you can't help to find it cute rather than tacky.
Of course the Paladone desktop Henry isn't just a little ornament for your desk it is actually supposed to have a function and this function is that it is able to act as a mini vacuum cleaner which would make it ideal for keyboards etc.
It works by way of two AA batteries that you insert under Henry's hood. There are no other attachments or USB connectors to fiddle with and the set up is very easy.
Once you press the on switch Henry starts up with a fairly good imitation of the noise a big vaccum cleaner makes and while this is great for for all of 5 seconds it soon gets annoying. I was really looking forward to using the Henry to clean out my keyboard as this is usually full of dust and other bits of miscellaneous odds and ends but I was disapointed to find that the Henry is pretty much useless at actually picking anything up other than the lightest coating of dust.
You can empty the Henry by removing his lid and emptying the contents. Although when using it I find that I don't really get much picked up I am always surprised when I do empty him and find that he is almost full. Perhaps my keyboard is just more dirty than normal and on a cleaner one he might do better.
The construction of henry is really good and somethign I was impressed with. He is only made with plastic but it is sturdy and solid feeling. He has fallen off my desk a few times and been in some scrapes but he is still looking good two years later and still as bright and as shiney as he was to begin with.
I had a look online and you can buy a Paladone Henry for only £7.79 on Amazon and for even less on ebay. I think he would make a fantastic gift for someone and although he isn't all that useful he is incredibly fun and takes pride of place on my desk and I was thrilled to receive him. I hink kids would particularly love having one especially if mum and dad own the large version but he is also great for people who just want a fun talking point.
I love cute, gadget type items and especially when they come in minature, so when I saw this 'Desktop' size Henry Hoover I really wanted it.
I recieved as a gift off of my friend a few years back when they were relativley new out and I think it cost in the region of £15 then, however I have recently seen them advertised at what seems a much more reasonable price of £7-£8.
These are avaliable in many 'gadget' type places, online stores such as 'iwantoneofthose.com', amazon and ebay. They are also avaliable in WHSmith, where I have also seen Hetty avaliable, which is the pink hoover.
The hoover itself is alsmost identicle to the bigger one, with the red bottom half and black top half. It even has a little handle. The nozzle has the same crinkled look to it, however it is much less flexible than that of the real one due to the fact that it is made of a sturdier plastic. The end nozzle it detachable and simply pulls off, which just leaves a small round hole for the nozzle, rather than the hoover type end.
This item does require batteries in order to get it to work. There is a small black button on the top of the hoover which turns the hoover on. This makes a very slight humming sound, which could be associated with that of a hoover, however is obviously much smaller due to the size of the item. This hoover is aimed at hoovering small dust particles and dirt, it can be used for your laptop of keyboard in order to clean dirt inbetween the buttons too.
However, when I tried to do this I was utterly dissapointed. There was literally no suction whatsoever, it struggled to pick up even the tiniest of dirt particles. I put my finger in the end of the nozzle just to feel whether there was any suction and I felt nothing, no slight pull, no air, no nothing.
Although this is just a gimmick item, I was expecting it to do something so I was dissaopinted with the item as it has not lived up to what it has claimed to do. If you like collecting these sorts of things, then yes, it is cute to look at, however, as far as hoovering goes it is next to useless.
Overall I wouldn't reccomend this item as it sucks!
This was my secret santa gift that I received this xmas from one of my work colleagues, they were obviousley someone who knew me quite well as they knew that I'm a bit of a neat freak and my area at work is alwyas kept neat and tidy and that I have a supply of cleaning wipes to hand alongside my make up and other items.
This is a mini version of the real thing (I actually own a full sized Henry at home) and this mini me Henry looks just like the real thing with the cute smiley face and all, our limit on secret santa was £10 and checking on Amazon this little device sells for £7.69 so it was well within the budget.
It is only 10cm tall and it fits easily into your hand. The mini Henry is powered by three AAA batteries, if it has any sort of practical use it is in cleaning your laptop or PC keyboard, my other half does not see a problem in munching biscuits and other food items while using our laptop at home and I have used this to try and get some of the debris that he drops up from between the keys however there is not a great deal of suction and it only does a partial job of getting it clean.
It is easy to empty as you simply twist the cap off and empty the dust and crumbs straight into the bin and then give it a quick wipe with a tissue, as a novelty present it is nice and cute however by the time you have bought the batteries it is over £10 so it is not really something I would recommend buying unless you know someone who would think it is funny to get this.
As with most desk top computers or laptops no matter how careful I am or how much I avoid putting food near my laptop crumbs and general dust/ dirt still finds its way into the keys of my laptop, including the odd piece of fur from our cats so when I received the Paladone Desktop Henry Vacuum Cleaner as a present I was very pleased with it. Not only was it extremely cute being a scaled down version of the original Henry I was hopeful that it would be the perfect item for keeping all those nasty crumbs and general dirty from getting between my keyboard keys.
What Is Henry?
Henry is basically a vacuum cleaner produced by the company Numatic International Limited, it is a British company and Henry was first produced in 1980. Henry is easily distinguishable with his large smiling face on the front of the canister, his nose and mouth are printed directly onto the plastic with the hose forming the nose. My desktop Henry is identical to this, his canister is bright red and he has the same smiling face as the larger regular vacuum cleaners. The top part of him is made from black plastic and is actually the battery pack this has the word Henry printed onto it in large capitol letters. The hose (or Hnerys nose) is just the same as that of a regular vacuum cleaner but in miniature, it even has an attachment to reach all those tight corners and is made of flexible plastic which makes hoovering much easier. Any dirty sucked up goes into the main canister (the red part) this is very easily emptied by unscrewing the battery pack, no bags are required you just tip the dirt out and screw the battery pack back on.
Henry is made entirely of plastic and weights about 100g with his battery pack being the heaviest part, he is not overly big measuring 12.5cm x 11.5cm x 22cm making him the perfect size for you desktop computer or laptop, he does not take up a huge amount of room on you desk and looks very cute at the same time. In order to use your desktop Henry you need 3 AA batteries which unfortunately are not included. Despite being so light Henry is quite strong and hardwearing just like the larger versions, these too are well know for being robust, strong and hard wearing.
Does Henry Work?
I first used Henry on my laptop and was hoping to remove a lot of dirt and dust. I turned on my desktop Henry using the small switch and although the motor was not overly loud it was a little louder than I thought it would be. I ran the hose over the keys of the keyboard and whilst there was not a huge amount of suction I was hopeful that the dirt was being removed. After thoroughly hoovering the keyboard I removed the lid of Henry and was disappointed to see that very little dirt or crumbs had been sucked up, there was a small trace of dust inside but nothing much really, I tried again this time using the attachment or the hard to reach areas but again removed very little dirt. If you hold your hand to the end of the hose you can feel very little suction. So I'm sorry to say that Henry did not really work when it came to cleaning my keyboard.
As I have mentioned Henry was a present but he can be bought from several online stores including Amazon for £7.49, personally I think this is a little expensive as it does not really do what it is supposed to do and removes very little dirt from your computer keyboard. Whilst Henry is hardwearing and looks extremely cute he is not the best at cleaning so I do feel that £7.49 is a bit expensive.
Overall as a cleaning tool I personally would not recommend Henry the Desktop Hoover as he does not really remove any dirt from your keyboard, however for the 'cute factor' I would recommend him as he would look extremely cute sat on your desk (which is where mine sits) its just a shame he does not do what he is meant to.