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When I was a teenager in the sixth form I had a cleaning job that comprised doing an hour's hoovering every weekday evening. I had a big upright hoover to do this with and it was great at eating up the dirt in the big spaces I was using it in. I was impressed and hoped to buy something similar one day. Meanwhile, in the real world, my first home was a one bedroom flat. So a kind Auntie carefully looked up the Which reviews and bought us a compact Electrolux, which could be easily pulled apart and stored in a small cupboard.
When we finally managed to move to a house I examined the reviews myself and selected a red Samsung bagless upright - more affordable and not quite as heavy as a Dyson, but which I hoped would do a great job. We gave the little Electrolux away (it was still going strong after more than eight years). But the Samsung was a big disappointment - too heavy for me to carry up and down stairs (especially when pregnant!), it didn't work well in a crowded family home and when it broke beyond repair a few years later I wasn't sad but had seen the light and went out and bought a Henry!
Henry has been described as being just a bucket on wheels. In some ways this is true - the beauty of Henry is that there is not very much to go wrong and any difficulties can be usually sorted out. He is very robust but it is still easy to carry upstairs, unlike most uprights and he has a fold up handle for easy carrying. The long hose can reach all the way up the stairs for easy hoovering from top to bottom. This is essential for us as our stairs are one long run of fairly narrow steps without a landing halfway between floors. I also like the free moving wheels - just a small tug brings Henry whizzing along after you with minimal coaxing.
We have wooden floors, cork floors and carpets and Henry works well on them all. I find it easier to use on the rugs than the upright, especially the thin rugs as you can just place a foot on the end of the rug to anchor it and vacuum away, whereas the upright tended to try and suck them up and then leave them in an uncleaned pile on the floor.
I do find it extremely irritating when vacuum cleaners don't store their cable in a tidy way - our upright just had places for you to loop the cable on. I'm glad to say that Henry has a retractable cable - the kids love winding it in so it's one small job to pass on to small children in the hope that they'll take over the whole thing when they're big enough!
He arrived with a canvas bag full of his luggage - all sorts of accoutrements and different nozzles. This is one slight downside, as many other vacuum cleaners have places for these to be clipped on to the body and carried around. However, we use the basic version most of the time so the only issue is where to store the bag and how to remember where it is! (We keep the spare bags in here as well).
Unlike our previous upright and certain other famous uprights, he does require bags, but this is a small expense in the scheme of things and is much nicer to swap a bag than clean out the inside of a vacuum that has rotting food in it. I tend to use a dustpan and brush to deal with large spillages and mess downstairs, with hard floors, so the bags don't fill up very quickly. We only notice a difference in suction power if we've let the bag fill too full - and that is easily sorted out with a new bag.
Furthermore, he's a local lad, made in the UK (in Somerset) so you're not buying something imported from the other side of the world.
The children climb on him and try to ride on him and he has survived intact. We've had a few blockages and malfunctions over the years but we've been able to sort these ourselves with a long stick or by just fiddling about with it - the simple design makes it straightforward to sort out most problems.
I had been thinking that we would never get rid of our Henry but then I looked at their website and saw the new, improved, greener autosave model which uses around half the energy of the one we have. I was momentarily tempted to trade up! However I don't think the amount of hoovering I do makes up a big part of our energy bill and so we're keeping our current Henry until he completely stops.
Power consumption: 1200 W
Weight: 6.6 Kg
Capacity: 9 litres
Manufactured by Numatic in Somerset
Price: around £100 for the basic model
I have had my Henry Hoover for years while friends and family have bought expensive Dysons that keep breaking my little Henry keeps going strong.
I paid something like £99 for my Henry and as this was a few years ago I went to check a few places online to see the price now and I was pleasantly surprised to see that you can still pick him up for this price at several places.
Henry doesn't look as hi-tech as some new vacuum cleaners but what he is lacking in ultra modernism he more than makes up for in looking cute as a button. He is also very simple and easy to use.
He is a very powerful vacuum and has great suction and I have never encountered any problems with him not being able to pick things up. From ingrained dirt to pet hair he handles it all perfectly. Pet hair in my house is especially bad and Henry sucks it up straight away and I only have to go over the floor once or twice to get rid of it all.
You can adjust the brush head depending on what type of flooring you are using him on. He works on deep pile carpet as well as thinner ones. I also use him on my laminate floors and my lino and he works just as well on these too. The brush head can come off so you can use the spout to get in to corners and under the couch.
The cable is really long so I can plug him in and then not worry about not being able to reach everywhere in a room. It is also helpful for the stairs as I can get right to the top without having to stop half way and change the plug to the top floor. To retract the plug you just wind it up back in to the body of Henry.
Henry takes hoover bags as he isn't one with a built in one so these need changing occasionally. They are easy to change though and I buy some non branded ones from Wilkinsons which aren't expensive so it doesn't cost a lot to do.
The only problem with him that I have encountered is that he is a little bit top heavy which means he can fall over occasionally. Luckily he is extremely robust and sturdy and doesn't really suffer any damage. In fact I have lost count of the amount of times that I have accidentally dropped him down the stairs and there hasn't been the slightest bump on him and he still works perfectly. As I said earlier I know friends and family who have bought expensive hoovers and had to change them in the time that I have owned Henry but I have never encountered any problems and he is still picking up as well as he did the first day I got him. If and when he ever decides to call it a day I will be going straight out and buying the exact same model as I think he is brilliant and I wouldn't be without him now.
Down let that little face fool you, this one little vacuum cleaner was shared among a group of 13 people in my flat and it is still going strong. The suction is rather good on it and even managed so pick up slightly larger objects also. The end can be taken off to just have the hose, which can pick up mess in a more difficult area, but keeping it on is a quicker method for doing a whole room. It has quite a large capacity for such a small hoover, being more convenient for space. Aesthetically, the vacuum is unique, recognisable and very cute and it stands out from the crowd. It's very practical and can be stored easily, one feature of it being the winding in cord plug, which is easy to retrieve, pull out and has more difficulty tangling since it won't be mixed up with other wires. The wheels are useful so you don't need to carry it around all the time and the handle is practical for moving upstairs or a quick carry. The materials are strong too.
However, it can get quite heavy despite its size, but the wheels help and handle. Also the hose was ripped quite easily on my vacuum (been fine for a long time though) , but all it did was make it make a squeaky noise and lose a tiny amount of suction. Also it's not the greatest size since although it's good for space, I found it as someone quite tall to be too much hassle to wheel around.
Numatic Henry Vacuum Cleaner
WHY I BOUGHT MY OWN HENRY:
I am very familiar with this type of heater of cleaner and unbeknown to me at the time of decision making and purchase I had previously had a relationship with Henry's uncle - who shall remain nameless!
My first vacuum cleaner was an Aqua Vac, I then had a couple of not particularly memorable vacuums, whilst aspiring to a Miele. I ended up treating myself to a Dyson because the write ups were very good. I intend to review the Dyson, so won't go into it here, other than to say the Numatic is a far superior cleaner at a fraction of the cost.
Whilst the relationship with Dyson was breaking down, I was walking my daughter to school past an electrical shop that like d to feature smiling Henry's in the window. Naturally, my little girl was smitten by his chubby red face and cheeky broad grin. It took a little longer to seduce me though. I was initially persuaded that the Dyson issue must be a problem with that particular machine and purchased a second one. What! I must have been mad - or drunk - or both. Henry was still there, waiting patiently in the background for me to come to my senses.
We killed the second Dyson and bought a Panasonic because they were on offer at the Coop. That actually was adequate. We moved back into the countryside and needed a vacuum with a bit more oomph, so when the Panasonic started shredding belts, it was delegated to the shed as a car vacuum only. Pan sulked, but was allowed out on sunny days.
Our choice this time was carefully researched and planed, my now almost grown up daughter was still plotting for Henry and even offered to vacuum her own room if I bought one! I have to admit and I am sorry to say it Henry, but I was leaning towards a Miele on terms from the Littlewoods catalogue. However, common sense prevailed and it was Henry I ordered.
THE DAY HENRY BECAME MINE:
It was a dull, blustery autumn day. The leaves where eddying and spiralling around when the driver, who we'll call white van man, knocked on my door. Well, it still wasn't love at first sight. White Van Man or WVM will be easier. Was young, good looking, smelt nicely of Aramis and obviously had a 6 pack under his uniform polo shirt. At his feet was a box. A box that stood about 60cm tall. He kindly picked up the box, utilising his bulging muscles and brought Henry into my house. I signed the paperwork and WVM left, leaving behind a feint smell of Aramis.
I looked at the box, the smiling picture of Henry looked back at me. I went and put the kettle on to make tea. Always a good plan that. Whilst the tea was brewing I took out my general purpose scissors and approached Henry, his smile did not falter as I moved towards him, weapon in hand. I slid the knife in under the tape and released the real Henry from inside the box. Numatic had cunningly packed him with the minimum of packaging and fuss, indeed, as with the Numatic vacuums the detail was in the simplicity. I found the straightforward instruction leaflet, but to be honest, it was not required. The parts fitted together easily and obviously to create my own perfect little red faced chubby cheeked smiler.
In case you don't know, maybe you have been living in a commune somewhere with no media and this is the first ever such review you have read? Henry - the original one that is. Is Red in the body, but comes with a cheeky smiling face stuck on so that the body of the machine resembles, well, a face. On top of the face is where the motor sits. This is cunningly designed to look like a bowler hat and I have often wondered if those astute designers at Numatic took their inspiration from the McDonalds Flour Graders?
Henry has an elephants nose. There is no denying it, his nose is huge. The hose for vacuuming comes out of the nose part of the face.
He rides around on 4 little castor wheels and has on/off and hi/low switches in the hat area. The whole appearance is black and red, the generous electric flex winds inside the hat when not in use and pulls out automatically as required.
Having unpacked Henry and discovered that doing so and putting him together took less time that it takes to drink a cup of tea, it was time to try him out. W_ e_ l_ l_l (you know that Lulu song Shout, she sings W_e_l_l_l, please read the previous "well" like she sings it). Oh damn after explain what I meant I've forgotten what I was going to type next. Oh yes, Henry's trunk is not only long, but it is powerful, he lifted me off my feet, well lifted the mat I was standing on anyway. Shocked? Shocked? I was amazed. I vacuumed the downstairs of the house, changed the tools and vacuumed the window ledges and ceilings, changed tools again and vacuumed the door shuts, backs of cupboards, one more change and any dust on the lampshades was done for. Impressed? Oh yes, Henry had me captivated under his spell.
I realised what a poor job the old vacuum had been doing!
The magic of Henry is that for around £100.00 you get so much. Henry comes with the afore mentioned hose, a three part stainless steel wand, a main 10cm(ish) cleaning brush for floors and carpets with a easy to use switch between hard floor and carpet settings. He has a round upholstery brush, a smaller rectangular brush that I use for walls and ceilings and a crevice tool. I have added into the mix a generic dog hair brush and we have everything we need. He even has a little spacer tube for ease of swopping back and forth between brushes ar when you only want to use part of the wand.
We have owned Henry for a good few years now. He does tend to need his bag changing a bit more frequently these days to ensure the best possible suction, but he still satisfies me despite his age. He still sports the cheeky grin and his apparel has remained good looking and untarnished after many years use and abuse from us.
As well as the two suction power level button, Henry also sports a nifty slider to divert some of the suction if required for areas that require more sensitive treatment.
Changing the bag is simple, unclip Henry's hat utilising the clips positioned in place of ears, they simply pull out. Remove the filter and the bag from the bottom and replace with a new one reversing the sequence. When we used the generic bags we had to brush the filter down now and again. But this is no longer necessary with the sexy new bags.
These days we use the proper Numatic High Efficiency Filter Bags part no 604015 and these ensure maximum suction, minimum odour and no fuss emptying. These bags are not paper and they are indeed highly efficient and conveniently priced.
The greyhound issue: Well, I had to include it! Our ex-racing greyhound had obviously been used to an electric groomer or massage machine whilst in training. When Henry came out she would stand in the middle of the room and wait to be vacuumed or should that be Henryed? TBH, this was when the low setting and slider were most effective, simply switch to low, switch on, slide the handle slider to full hole and gently vacuum the dog Care needs to be taken around the tail!
That reminds me, Henry should only be switched between high and low when switched off.
As we have dogs and chickens and children sometimes as well, there can be odours in the carpets that the vacuum picks up. This can be eradicated by the use of a product such as Shake 'n Vac. I notice the problem of odour after I have given the dog bedding a good vacuum, with subsequent uses smelling decidedly doggy. This is often the time we change the bag rather than wait for suction to be reduced as Henry's output is so strong, the house can quickly fill with the great smell of eau d damp dog.
Henry never fails to deliver, there is just no faking it; he is amazing. In his younger days we toyed with paper bags and fake bags and these lasted well, his power was good and his low to the ground stance ensured he was easy to manoeuvre and surprisingly easy to carry up and down stairs. His lovely long flex means he can reach places for me other's could not and he always reaches the spot.
With a 1200W motor he is a little noisy and probably uses a fair bit of juice, but this means he gets the job done, in and out as quick as you like, but with the ability to stay and perform in every room of the house in one session if required.
HENRYS PECS OH I MEAN SPECS (as in specifications):
Power: 1200 watt high setting and 600 watt low setting
Capacity: 9 litres just short of 5 gallons
Range for cleaning area: 26.8m
Dimensions: 340 x 340 x 370mm
A wonderful vacuum cleaner who's appeal is in the gimmick, but who's strength in the design, which is simple, honest and reliable. He is made and designed in Britain and is simply the best I have ever had.
We have one at home, one in the caravan and one in the holiday cottage. I would not consider anything else. Henry efficiently deals with any cleaning job we ask of him, he really does perform brilliantly.
Anyone sensible enough to save their money and buy a Henry rather than a more expensive machine or false economy of a comparable priced alterative. THAT MEANS YOU!
AND ANOTHER THING:
Henry is made and produced in Somerset, by Numatic International who make a similar (inferior in MHO) machine for institutes such as schools. That is where I met Henry's uncle, when I was a student I cleaned at a school and that was my first experience of the Numatic brand.
Henry has now spawned a family of similar products. But it is Henry who owns the vacuum cleaner part of my heart.
Price and Availability:
At the time of writing around £90 - £110 from stores nationwide and on-line.
Thank you for reading my review & I hope you found it interesting?
Ceasing the opportunity for a birthday present this year I asked my parents for a Henry... I'd previously had various cheapo hovers but always remember when I worked in the hotel industry that Henry was very popular and we had several of them. Well let's just say that since Henry arrived we have been inseparable. I love him! Very long cord is vital. Very easy to use and change bag on. Very easy to carry and store. It's turbo button is superb as without it lack the extra oomph.I'd recommend it above the popular more expensive dysons myself and fear my life with Henry will be a long nd fruitful one
After having a Dyson 'stand up' vacumm cleaner which kept breaking down, we decided to try a new brand and decided to go for good old fashioned Henry. We paid £99 for this red Henry Hoover from next.co.uk
The hoover is very attractive to look at; a lovely bright red colour. Henry has a lovely smiley face - suddenly Hoovering becomes quite fun. Henry is quite funny to look at. The hoover itself is a cylinder and so is round in shape.
Henry is light and so makes hovering quite an easy task. Having had 'up right' vaccumm cleaners before, I was a bit worried that I would get a bad back with this new Hoover what with all the bending etc. However, I was pleased to find that the handle is quite long which means that you don't have to bend to much.
The hoover does a good job. It sucks up easily with minimum effort and easily goes into all the nooks and crannies. It is a pleasure to hoover with Henry and I am really pleased with his performance.
Emptying the hoover is simple and fuss free. The hoover requires disposable bags which you can buy from places such as Homebase and Wilkinsons. Emptying the hoover is relatively mess free which is good as it means that the contents nor dust gets everywhere. Replacing the bags is fairly straight forward, even if it does take a couple of tries to get the hang of putting it in perfectly.
All in all I would definitely recommend Henry.
Thanks for reading!
I work as a cleaner so as you can imagine I have used a lot of hovers. This Hoover is a great lightweight product. It has a button to press to wind the cord back up and a big button to stop and start the Hoover which is handy if like myself you cant be bothered to keep bending down, I just use my foot. The cord is quite long so you don't need to keep plugging the Hoover in to get to different bits of the carpet. The Hoover is not very loud which is handy for me because I do my cleaning quite late at night. It also has different attachments for getting into the corners of the rooms. The only downside to this Hoover I wound say is that sometimes the pipe comes out of the Hoover if you pull it too hard, but overall a very good value Hoover.
We were foolishly led to believe that you get what you pay for with certain domestic appliances-vacuum cleaners included. So when our vacuum packed up one day with a distinct smell of burning I had visions of spending hundreds of pounds of the 'Dyson kind'. I wanted to ensure that we got a decent vacuum as we had replaced three in a little over as many years. I took to the Internet and soon became bogged down in various models, reviews and features!!
A vacuum is something that we couldn't last long without so we were keen to decide on a model pretty quickly. In the end we went with the best advice possible-my grandma's. She has had a 'little Henry' for years and recommended that we check it out. At under a hundred pounds we thought it was worth the punt and promptly ordered one. We are pretty glad we did, this little fella is compact and very robust being able to cope with a good degree of dragging and banging about the house. The suction levels are impressive for it's size with a long bendy hose that is ideal for manoeuvring around the nooks and crannies. The main body of the unit is on castors which certainly helps with whizzing around the house. The accessories help with the trickier places such as skirting boards and the extensive power lead means I can pretty much do most of downstairs without annoyingly having to unplug and find another socket. The bag takes up the vast majority of the main body which seems much larger than previous vacuum's that we have had, which consequently means less emptying! The only slight niggle that I do have with this vacuum is that the main body is circular, although still quite small it does mean that you can not rest it on the steps of stairs as you Hoover your way up. The only option in this instance is to hold the thing each step of the way, this ony leaves one hand for hoovering and by the time you get to the top of the stairs little Henry will feel much heavier!!
I do wonder how we ever managed without this latest addition to our household. Aside from it's positive vacuum abilities, it is quite a fun appliance to have about the house especially with children. the kids instantly questioned why the Hoover was smiling when it's normally a job that mummy doesn't enjoy!! Well I can honestly say that now whilst doing the vacuuming my smile matches Henry's!
If like me you have children (or pets even) at home then you know how important it is to have a decent, well made vacuum cleaner. Since I left home I've had a few different vacuum cleaners, from cheaper to more expensive brands. We use our vacuum at least daily, if not more often. Both my daughter and I suffer with allergies and asthma so it's of utmost importance that our house is kept as dust free as possible. We decided to buy a Henry after we were able to get a half price one from a friend who works in the factory that manufactures them.
About Henry -
Henry was "born" in 1968 by a British manufacturing company called Numatic International Ltd.The company has distributors in France, Holland, France, Germany and South Africa, although all Henry's are made in a small town in Somerset. Henry is easily distinguishable by his cute smiley face. His eyes and mouth are printed onto a main drum, were the "nose" is formed by the vacuum hose. Henry comes from a range of both commercial and industrial vacuums. The company also makes janitorial trolleys and large floor scrubbing machines.
In the box...
Your Henry vacuum cleaner with hose, 3 parts of stainless steel tubing, the vacuum floor tool, and a box of accessories including a soft brush tool and a crevice and upholstery tool. We also chose to purchase an "airobrush" which I believe is an added extra and not included with a standard Henry.
When we pulled our Henry out of the box I was immediately impressed with the sturdiness of the item. The stainless steel wands are fit together once out of the box and then the floor tool is added. On the top of the unit you'll find a handle which lie flat but lifts up when you pick up the machine. There is also a winder, which winds up the cable after it's been extended, we've always found this smooth to wind, even after a few years use. A bag is included and we find them easy to change, there is a little flap on the bag to keep dust in when you are taking it out. We find our Henry excellent on our carpeted floor, but find it can flick up crumbs on our wooden floor, which may be something to think about if your house is completely floored.
When we received our little Henry, we knew he was going to be great - especially after previously using a 25 year old Henry that was still going strong. The quality is genuinely very good, much better than more expensive brands we have owned. I'm also particularly impressed with the fact that these are made in the UK to workers that are given a fair wage. Particularly when so many foods are manufactured in the Far East nowadays. I'd highly recommend this vacuum, he will have you smiling!
Over the years I've had a lot of vacuum cleaners,none of which lasted very long- the motor blew up - the hose broke - the suction was bad - just a few things that have gone wrong,so I decided to invest in a Henry after reading good things about them.I spent my £95 and brought it home and I'm pleased to say I haven't been disappointed.I have had it for 3 years and it has never let me down.It comes with a supply of 5 replacement bags, with 4 different hose attachments.The cable is quite long and can be wound into the Henry by turning a handle on the top of it.It is quite a heavy vacuum cleaner but saying that the wheels are good and it's easy pulled.it has 1200w which means it has good suction,but there are 2 suction settings if you don't need it to be so strong.when the dust bag gets full you can take the top of the vacuum - lift out the filter and change the bag,very easy to do.It's quite a compact cleaner easy to use and easy to store.I have used it on wooden floors, carpets, furnisher,curtains,and with having a dog I use it everyday and it's great for dog hairs.I would recommend the Henry vacuum cleaner to everyone .
For as long as I can remember, my parents always had a numatic Henry around the house. When I finally moved into my own flat, I decided to look for a Henry of my own. Next to my flat there is a machine mart which was selling the Henry at a reduced price on a weekend sale which I thought was a bargain price. The reason why I wanted a Henry is the simplicity of the design and the ease of use. They seem to be able to last of years with out any issues. Other vacuum cleaners my parents owned seemed to break each month and need new parts, the numatic never needed much fixing.
I paid £99 for this item, the price of these can go up to £120. You need to shop around for these vacuum cleaners as prices vary hugely from store to store. The price has remained high as there has always been a demand for this product.
The product is a very simple red design, with stainless steal arm and a plastic head. The parts are easy to remove and change at any time. The Henry uses bags to collect the dirt it sucks up, the bags are easy to find and many shops stock thm. To change to bags you simple unclip the lid. The vacuum cleaner is light and easy to carry around which is handy if you have a lot of stairs in your house. The power cord is stored in the top of the vacuum which you simply reel in with a spin. The design of the product is very simple and will please children! The cute eyes of Henry will always win over the kids and maybe they will want to use it!
The small issues of the product are that the power cord may melt if you do not completely unravel it when you use the product, you must completely unravel the cord eveytime even if you only need to reach close to the socket! Another issue is the 'nose hose' which you use to pull the Henry around, can sometimes break if you pull it too hard. This can become expensive as you need to change this part.
This product represents good value for money and is very simple to use. It has a classic design which will stand the test of time. The product is strong and durable, it's good for trade and also domestic use. There are very few issues with the Henry and this is why it still sells today over its competitive rivals. Henry will get 5 stars from me, i will never use another vacuum again after investing in this product. The design is the most pleasing I have ever seen and the most friendly! I would recommend this to anyone who needs a new vacuum cleaner.
Thanks for reading my review! I hope it helped, 5 stars from me.
Everyone has heard of the henry hoover, the little red household friend, and with good reason. My family have bought a number of vacuum cleaners over the years, both cheap and expensive, but all have broken, stopped working or simply didn't do the job well enough - that is, until Henry. Henry is somewhere in the middle of the price range for vacuum cleaners, not as expensive as the top of the range Dyson cleaners but not as cheap as those no frills ones that you can get almost anywhere. Henry though, is well worth it's price, as everyone I know who has bought one has had it for years, and they all still work just as good as they did on day one!
As with most hoovers, there are two attachments. The usual head which allows you to quickly go over the floors, and the pipe like attachment to allow you to get into those corners and more awkward places.
My family have never had an issue with the Henry, ours has lasted around 7 years so far and is still going strong. Okay, it may need a bit of a freshen up every now and then so that it doesn't start to stink, but that's going to be the same with any brand.
To clean or change the hoover bags, you simply unclip the top of Henry and empty the bag into your dustbin or the like. Unless you have a large amount of mess that needs hoovering, I find that a normal bag will need changing once every 2 or 3 months.
You can find a Henry almost anywhere these days, we bought ours for around £80 - I'm pretty sure you can buy them in your local Argos which will probably give you the best price. And for something that will last such a long time, it's really a bargain!
I would definitely recommend this product.
Henry Hoovers can appear to be a little clichéd due to the references to them in popular culture, and that their only truly notable feature is their stuck on facial features. But there is more cause for 'Henry's' fame than just the cute design, they are actually very nifty little hoovers.
The hoover comes with a range of various different nozzles, which can be interchanged to vacuum almost anything. From nooks and crannies to large expanses of bar floor, there is a different nozzle to hoover up as efficiently as possible.
The suction is also brilliant. The normal suction is very strong and can efficiently pick up dust etc. with minimal effort. There is also the option to use an extra strong suction, which is easily done by just flicking a switch, and this has excellent pick-up.
If I had to fault the Henry Hoover, I would say that they quite a bulky and cumbersome design. This wouldn't really be a problem but when hoovering stairs, it is hard to balance the large barrel shape on a step. But its shape just adds to its classic appearance.
All in all, a very efficient little machine!
Then they would have made this one!
I purchased our Henry Numatic Hoover when we bought our new house. I had previously used them at work and had always been impressed with how well they picked up, even small items, and also the fact that they seemed to keep their suction level even though they were a bagged hoover rather than bagless. I personally do not rate bagless hoovers and so thought when we moved house I would treat us and our two cats to a decent hoover.
The hoover came with the large pedal attachment, one of the small chisel attachments and two brush attachments. One brush is a round one with soft bristles, and the other is a straight one with very firm bristles.
Things I like about Henry
Only two buttons: Easy to operate and less to go wrong
Two suction setting: Allows for more gentle hoovering, such as using the attachment brushes and hoovering flowing fabrics such as curtains
Hepa Filter: The bags the Henry uses are Hepa filter. This means less of the dust I hoover up makes it through the filter and back out into the room (less dusting:))
Replacement bags: These only cost about £5 for a box of 10 and are really easy to fit (Reusable zip closing bags are available but cost a little more at around £15)
Metal Pipe: I find that the pipe being made of metal rather than plastic makes for a stronger hoover, although this may add a little weight I think it is worth it. With an upright hoover where the pipe is only used for the small attachments I think you can get away with a plastic pipe but with a cylinder hoover you are using the pipe all the time and so I think a metal pipe is essential.
The Brush Attachments: These are great for doing the stairs and upholstery, I find the one with stiffer bristles especially useful for removing cat hairs form the rug and sofa cushions.
Noise level: I find that the Henry is much quieter than other hoovers I have used in the past which is always a bonus.
Flooring type: I find that the Henry is great for my carpets, tiled floors and the deep pile rug we have in our lounge. I presume it would also work well with laminate flooring although have never used ours for that.
Things I dislike about Henry
Weight: I find the hoover quite heavy to carry up the stairs although compared to other hoovers I think that the weight of this one is pretty middle of the range. I do have problems with my joints though so this may just be a problem for me.
We decided to buy one of these after our previous hoover had broken down. We paid £89.97 for our Henry from Tesco Direct.
The hoover is so cute! It is the original Henry and he looks as good as ever. This is the Numatic Henry, which is the best Henry in my opinion. The hoover is great for daily cleaning and thankfully it isn't too big to drag around with you, it's not too heavy either. The hoover is extremely well built and the quality is fantastic. Henry is very strong and sturdy and the hoover is in fact very easy to use.
The hoover picks up dust and dirt very well. It even picks up the SMALLEST pieces of dirt that your eyes can't see. The hoover is very easy to move around the home and the hoover is an ideal cleaning tool to use on all surfaces. We have laminate flooring in the living room and the hoover moves around without sliding around, which is a bonus as I don't have to run after it all the time! The hoover is also great on carpet. We have carpet in the bedroom and the hoover manages to pick up all of my loose hair and excess make-up that I have dropped all over the floor!
The hoover is easy to empty and easy to clean. It only takes around two minutes to empty the contents of the hoover, you simply remove the inner container and "click" it into place again.
A fantastic hoover!