The Henry Hoover Range

The Henry Hoover Range – What are the Differences in 2017?

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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.

Henry the Vacuum Cleaner

Henry Hoover

Key Features

  • Power: 620 watts
  • Capacity: 6 litres
  • Cleaning range: 26.1m
  • Weight: 7.5kgs
  • Cost: Around £109

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. 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 bag.

Hetty Vacuum

Hetty Hoover

Key Features

  • Power: 620 watts
  • Capacity: 6 litres
  • Cleaning range: 26.1m
  • Weight: 7.5kgs
  • Cost: Around £109

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.

You can read our full review of this machine here.

James Vacuum

James Hoover

Key Features

  • Power: 620 watts
  • Capacity: 8 litres
  • Cleaning range: 26.4m
  • Weight: 7kgs
  • Cost: Around £94

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.

Henry Xtra

Henry Xtra

Key Features

  • Power: 620 watts
  • Capacity: 9 litres
  • Cleaning range: 26.4m
  • Weight: 8kgs
  • Cost: Around £135

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.

Henry Micro

Key Features

  • Power: 620 watts
  • Capacity: 6 litres
  • Cleaning range: 26.1m
  • Weight: 7.5kgs
  • Cost: Around £125

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 still offers a 9-litre 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.

Harry Vacuum

Harry Hoover

Key Features

  • Power: 620 watts
  • Capacity: 9 litres
  • Cleaning range: 26.4m
  • Weight: 8kgs
  • Cost: Around £94

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.




George Vacuum

george vacuum

Key Features

  • Power: 1060 watts
  • Capacity Dry: 15 litres
  • Capacity Wet: 9 litres
  • Cleaning range: 26.8m
  • Weight: 11kgs
  • Cost: Around £199

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.

Charles Vacuum

charles vacuum

Key Features

  • Power: 1060 watts
  • Capacity Dry: 15 litres
  • Capacity Wet: 9 litres
  • Cleaning range: 26.8m
  • Weight: 11kgs
  • Cost: Around £129

The big blue monster Charles offers high power and performance no matter what the situation and delivers outstanding power in both the wet and the dry. One minute you might be using him to vacuum up the dust and dirt from a carpet, the next you might be dealing with a blocked sink – it’s all the same to him.

Charles is designed to shine in the wet – and this is indeed where it has the edge over the competition. Having a vacuum which can clean up spillages is a major bonus. If you’ve ever had a big spill in your home or even had a problem with the plumbing you know exactly how difficult it can be to clean it up. Not with a Charles in the house.

Every part of the machine is designed to be water-friendly and it has an impressive 9-litre storage capacity, so just attack the spillage and watch it disappear.

However, while it’s designed for the wet, this also excels in the dry. An impressive 15 litre storage capacity when dry makes it an ideal option for professional cleaners, but it is also light at only 7.1kgs and will be easy to get around the home.

Two powerful 1200w twin-flow motors deliver an incredible amount of power which means almost nothing is beyond his capacity. A tough shell means he’ll take everything daily use can throw at him and come back for more, but at the same time he has a surprisingly compact footprint, which makes it easy to move around and store. It comes with a wide range of fittings including a combination floor nozzle, hose and brush which means it can step up to deal with just about any job you throw at him.

Charles is a great multi-purpose vacuum, but his ability to suck up even big spills could well save you money. Water causes a huge amount of trouble in the home and big spillages or leaks could lead to damage which has your wallet screaming for mercy. By gobbling up those leaks, Charles could save you a small fortune.

Cordless Henry and Hetty

Key Features

  • Power: 250 watts
  • Capacity: 6 litres
  • Cleaning range: 26.8m
  • Charge Time: 3hrs
  • Weight: 7.5kgs
  • Cost: Around £800

The Henry range continues to expand all the time as they add more and more members to the family. One of the most common complaints about these vacuums has been the cable which can be hard to manoeuvre around, can become detached or cause the machine to tip over.

That’s why they provide cordless versions of both the Hetty and Henry vacuum cleaners. They come ready to go with a 36-volt battery pack which makes it easier than ever to deal with those quick and unexpected clean-ups. They have slightly power than their more traditional counterparts but will still do an excellent job.

Henry Spray Mop

hetty spray mop

As well as vacuum cleaners there is also a spray mop in the range. It has all the advantages of a microfibre mop and has its own onboard liquid dispenser. It can be used wet or dry and across all sorts of different floor types, so no matter what floor type you have it’s never been easier to keep it looking spick and span.

Find the Model Which Suits You

The Henry range has found a special place in customers hearts – where else do you find yourself starting to refer to your vacuum as ‘him’ or ‘her’. That familiar happy grin makes them popular and instantly recognisable, but what’s made them last so long is their quality and performance. They deliver outstanding power, a long lifespan, excellent reliability and the ability to handle anything the world throws at it – all while greeting the world with a cheerful grin.

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