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The Henry Hoover Range
Since its original launch in the 1980s, the Henry the vacuum range has been a staple of homes and offices. But as the range grows, which one is best for you?
He’s big, red and has a nice friendly smile which makes him one of the most popular vacuums in the UK. He first appeared way back in the 80s and despite all the new technologies we see remains one of the best-selling vacuums in the country.
Over the years we’ve seen his family grow rapidly. We’ve since been introduced to Hetty, Charles, George and James, among others. They specialise in all sorts of jobs whether it’s clearing up troublesome pet hair or devouring spilled liquids.
But what lies behind the grin? What can each of these do and how do they differ? To find out we have to look at the entire Henry the vacuum range – to see how they all stack up.
- Product longevity you wouldn’t believe – the models released in the 80’s are still going.
- Low noise – around 72 Dbs. Not super-quiet but definitely fine to use if you have picky neighbours.
- Great price point, less than £150 for the only vacuum cleaner you might ever buy.
- Energy Efficient Class A as standard.
- It isn’t lightweight and isn’t the most manoeuvrable if you have to carry it up and down stairs.
- Bagged vacuum cleaner, meaning you need to replace the bag once in a while.
- The suction class is C on the lower setting. Not great for your average cat owner.
We’ve all become familiar with the big smiling face of Henry. He’s the popular vacuum cleaner designed to offer long-lasting, durable power for an affordable price. He is a great all-rounder, offering plenty of capacity, within a compact and durable package. Small wonder it’s the vacuum of choice for both the domestic and commercial cleaning sectors. Although he may not be one of the most lightweight vacuum cleaners on the market and should not be considered a budget vacuum cleaner, this is a tough, reliable piece of equipment made to withstand plenty of punishment – look after Henry well and he’ll be with you for years.
It has a useful hi/low feature which allows you to switch seamlessly between the more powerful 1,200w and a lower 600w mode. It’s a great way to manage your electricity use. For most jobs, 600w will be more than enough power to get the job done, but occasionally, for really stubborn tasks, you might want to switch up to the more powerful 1,200w. This allows you to do just that. In the light of recent European legislation, though, Numatic have released a less powerful 620w model, but they’ve put in a huge effort to tune this up so despite the power drop you still get excellent performance – capable of meeting any job.
One of the great aspects of this is its allergy retention, which is great for those of us who start sneezing every time the dust gets agitated.
Henry is the stalwart of this range: tough, durable and easy to use. There may be lighter and sleeker models available, but it is by no means too cumbersome and its impressive storage capacity, means you’ll have plenty of time before you need to change the bags.
- Smaller than Henry Hoover and therefore easier to store.
- Less than 80 dBs which is fairly quiet.
- Pink instead of the red/orange model. This could also be a con depending on your preferences.
- Bag holds more than the vacuum has the capacity for which means you rarely burst a bag.
- Not lightweight. Weighs the same as Henry even though she is smaller.
- Only has one output and that is 620w, meaning it isn’t as powerful as Henry on his high setting.
- Like the Henry it is clunky and unruly. It does have great durability to make up for it.
Henry’s little sister is Hetty. She comes with all the same features as Henry, but the introduction of Eco technology helps you to save the planet and your wallet at the same time. A smaller size means she’s easier to store, but a 9-litre bag capacity, means there’s plenty of dust storage room.
Hetty has 650w of power. However, the use of two twin-flow power motors means this has a huge amount of suction power and will lift even stubborn dirt. She also offers the ability to switch between higher and lower power, which helps keep your energy bills down. The only downside, from some peoples’ perspective, is that these two motors make Hetty a little on the loud side, but recent models have addressed this with a lower noise output.
She’s been well designed with a small profile and cylindrical shape which makes her easy to store when you’re not using her. However, within that is plenty of power and space to store large amounts of dust and dirt. There is essentially no difference between the Hetty and Henry, other than her appearance.
- The storage is something you don’t realise you need from a vacuum cleaner. When you finally get it, you wonder how you lived without it all these years.
- It’s a lightweight model by comparison to other Henry vacuum cleaners.
- James has good capacity, even though it sacrifices a litre for storage space.
- James still features the wind in cord of the days of old. It could be a pro to some.
- You would expect him to be cheaper than a regular Henry. Does extra storage space make up the extra in cost?
- It doesn’t have that high setting option that comes with the original Henry.
There’s always a frugal member of the family and James is it. Bright yellow in colour he’s efficient to run and offers a different approach to storage and attachments.
Some people prefer the ability to wind the cable in and James allows you to do that. He also has a caddy in which he can nicely store away and attachments. A plugged cable means it is pretty easy to replace the mains cable.
This is the perfect vacuum cleaner for small households. It’s smaller, lighter and less expensive than the Henry, but it still has plenty of storage, with eight litres drum-space and provides enough power to handle even the most difficult and stubborn dust.
- The extra length of the reach this model has makes it a great choice for commercial cleaning.
- It’s not nearly as heavy as you would think for all those extras. It isn’t expensive, it doesn’t make much noise.
- It removes pet hair – dog and cat owners looking for a new hoover listen up! This one will do the trick and leave no margin of error behind.
- The cherry on top is that it is an energy class A. Plus the Airobrush and the extra attachment for hard floors.
- It’s not lightweight.
- It doesn’t come with the filters of the Micro.
- It doesn’t have that high setting option that comes with the original Henry.
As the name suggests, the Henry Xtra is just like the regular Henry but a little bit more. He comes with a host of different accessories and features which means he can cope with just about any job going.
A unique aero-brush is great if you have pets in the house. It provides an outstanding level of cleaning with carpets and is the perfect tool for cleaning up pet hairs. A hard floor brush means it can continue cleaning on hard floor surfaces while a 10m power cable provides extensive reach.
As with the other Henrys in this range it provides unbeatable suction power which will not deteriorate in the same way as other cyclone vacuum cleaners. Its robust shell gives it plenty of staying power, meaning it can go on giving you reliable service for years.
- It’s small and neat, easy to store away. This is perfect if you live in a small space or need a vacuum cleaner for an outhouse.
- The Micro has extra dust filtration to make it safer to live in a home if you suffer from allergies.
- The Micro is a little lighter than the other models yet just as sturdy and durable.
- It is a distinctive, traditional red Henry… only smaller!
- Unfortunately you sacrifice 3L of dustbin capacity and don’t get much back for it. It keeps the model small but not much else.
- The 3L loss in capacity does nothing to offset the weight. It is lighter than a normal Henry but not that much lighter.
- It is in the Energy Efficiency class C, which means it is taking more power to do the job than other vacuums.
Henry’s own mini-me is a must for anyone who suffered from allergies to dust. It delivers all the same specs as the Henry, but in a smaller footprint, making it easier to store away and with the addition of special anti-allergy filtration system.
The MicroTex filtration system adheres to standards laid down by the British Allergy Foundation which filters out harmful substances that can set your allergies off. It’s a great option for anyone who has trouble with dust allergies.
Aside from that you can expect everything you get from the entire Henry range. It has a compact size, but offers slightly less storage capacity, is contained within a durable shell which means it can handle anything life throws at it and it has enough power to gobble up even the most stubborn stains and dirt.
Like all the vacuums in the Henry range, this is a device which will give you years of good, reliable service. Unlike so many other upright and cyclone systems, he doesn’t get clogged with dirt and he maintains a great performance and full power for much longer.
The real selling point of this model is the allergy protection. For those people who suffer from asthma or any other kind of respiratory problem, that Microtex filter is a God send. It does exactly what it aims to – makes the whole process of doing the cleaning a lot less difficult, even for those who have the most serious allergies.
- The Harry has won Which? Best Buy awards for basically being brilliant. It’s good enough at removing pet hair that they give it their stamp of approval.
- It comes with that large 9L capacity dustbin, fantastic reach, and has multiple attachments included.
- The MicroFresh Filter, and the Hair-O Brush go the extra mile to take care of pet hair. They bring the freshness back to your home using one product instead of many.
- It isn’t lightweight and is actually heavier than most other Henry Vacuums of the same size.
- It is only a suction class C. When it comes to pet hair, an A will do better.
- Only one of the included attachments is designed for cleaning up hair. The rest are normal Henry attachments. Only one of the included attachments is designed for cleaning up hair. The rest are normal Henry attachments.
Harry is a lot like his older brother Henry except he’s been design specifically for pet lovers. So, if you have a few four-legged friends running around this could be for you.
He offers two useful features. The first is a dual purpose hairo-brush which is fantastic for scrubbing off stubborn pet hairs and other stains, the second is a carbon filter designed to combat unpleasant smells. The MicroFresh filter activated charcoal filter will minimise the bad smells your pets can create.
Add to that all the usual benefits of the Henry range such as 9 litre capacity, a sturdy frame and reliable, long-lasting performance and you have the perfect addition for any pet lover’s home.
- It can clean wet spills, dry dust, scrub carpets, and clean upholstery. Essentially it is a 4-in-1 carpet cleaner and vacuum.
- It comes with 15L dry capacity and 9L wet.
- Numerous attachments mean you have one vacuum for all cleaning types.
- It’s more than £200, which is expensive for a Henry Hoover.
- It’s a little heavy at 11 kgs.
- Big and bulky, hard to store.
Haven’t you always wanted a cleaner who could do pretty much everything? If so, George could be the man for you. Big green and friendly he’s great in the dry happy cleaning up spills, or scrubbing away stubborn stains. There is nothing he can’t handle.
He offers a combination of a highly efficient Twin-flo bypass vacuum motor and a Powerflo pump system which delivers professional cleaning standards anywhere and at any time. It draws much of its design from the Numatic Cleantec range of professional vacuum cleaners designed to deliver unbeatable professional results every single time.
In the dry it has a hefty storage capacity of 15 litres and a wide range of attachments means it can switch effortlessly between different tasks. It really is a vacuum which can rise to meet just about every challenge you can think of.
We have a more detailed review of the George Hoover, should you require any further information.
- 1060w power with a suction of 7.8 feet, wet or dry action.
- 15 litres dry dust bin capacity, which is a huge amount of space. Wet, the Charles holds 9 litres. An easy-to-operate switch goes between the two.
- Noise level is 70 dBs – quieter than both the Henry and the Hetty.
- Lighter than the traditional Henry at 7.1 kg, with slightly more reach.
- The cord is rewind not auto retractable.
- This is a big vacuum cleaner, if you are short on storage space shop smaller.
- You sacrifice the A Class Energy Efficiency rating for a quieter machine with bigger capacity, a higher price tag, and the ability to unblock your drains.
What else should I know about the Henry Vacuum Cleaner Range?
Before you commit to purchase one of everyone’s favourite vacuum cleaners, let’s have a look at what sorts of things you ought to know. We put together a buyer’s guide to talk you through the different aspects of the range.
Sometimes, you need a machine that sucks up pet hair. Sometimes, you need a machine that can absorb even the smallest of particles from the air. Sometimes, you need a machine that’s pink. Whatever you need, you will find it somewhere in the range. Let’s talk how.
Henry Hoover Range Buyer’s Guide
What should you look for in? Read on to find out!
There are a variety of considerations to be made before you make your final choice from the Henry vacuum range. Things like colour, shape, and whether or not it can handle cleaning up after your dog are important!
Let’s examine which other considerations you should make in more detail.
Other Considerations to Make Before Buying a Henry Vacuum Cleaner
Detailed below are what you should look for – or what you should ask yourself – before you buy your Henry vacuum cleaner.
We have covered just about everything there is you need to know before you make your choice. The Henry vacuum cleaner range is extensive and iconic. There is a high chance that they will be the only thing to survive a nuclear explosion and still work.
When you buy one of these machines you are buying a product that will stand the test of time. It won’t let you down. It will continue to run even when you can no longer do so. That’s a special thing in a brand.
FAQ's about the Henry Hoover Range
Have Questions about Henry, Hetty Hoover, Charles, George – or any other hoovers? We may already have the answer…
What’s the best Henry Hoover for my small home or outhouse?
What’s a Numatic Henry?
It might sound like a complex term regarding suction or energy efficiency, Numatic International are the manufacturers of the Henry. Incidentally, although known as Henry Hoovers, they aren’t Hoovers by brand.
In Britain the Hoover became synonymous with the word vacuum cleaner. Around about the same time as this was happening (the mid-80’s) was when Henry vacuum cleaners were first making a rise. We will forever have the Henry as a result.
What’s the best Henry for dog and cat hair?
Where do Henry Hoovers come from?
These vacuums were originally British made exclusively, but now they have manufacturing plants all over the world. Demand grew and the Henry crossed the sea. They are a thoroughly British vacuum cleaner.
Where Can I Buy Henry Hoover Range Bags?
Can a Henry vacuum cleaner unblock drains?
Yes, certain models are able to clean things like your drains, standing water, or any spillages in the kitchen or bathroom. The Charles and the George are both made to be wet and dry vacuum cleaners. While the George also cleans carpets and upholstery, the Charles is able to sook up spillage without exploding.
I have allergies. Do Henry have a vacuum cleaner I can use?
Henry have a vacuum cleaner for everyone! You need the Henry Micro. This nifty little number uses a MicroTex Filtration System to ensure that even the smallest particles are whipped out of the fibres of your flooring.
I want a Henry vacuum that does everything… is there one?
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James Cook is an expert of the range of Numatic Henry vacuum cleaners from the UK. Having reviewed all of the Numatic vacuum cleaners over the course of the last 6 years, James is highly experienced at helping you choose the right model for your specific needs. His work has been featured in major publications such as Helping.co.uk, TheWhoot.com and Simplemost.com. Visit our About Us page for more information regarding James. Alternatively, you can contact him on Linkedin.