Vacuum Cleaners Buying Guide
Our buying guide will explain which type of vacuum cleaner would suit you most, how much you can expect to pay for one, and which features are worth looking out for.
Henry sucks... extremely well!
I've had mine for three years. It is used in convenience store located on a busy road next to a beach - lots of dust from foot traffic, deliveries, and vehicle exhausts, as well as sand, salt and moisture from the beach! This store destroyed a $99 vacuum cleaner in one day yet Henry managed to perform flawlessly for three years.
Its suction is strong enough to suck fine dust out of a sofa. Bag capacity is big enough that bag replacement happens annually. The bag itself is a very effective filter and the interior of the vacuum cleaner hardly ge...ts any dust at all - see the photo for proof. It is actually quieter than a Dyson V6 or the $99 vacuum mentioned earlier. A couple of minor negatives prevent it getting a 5 star review - it's top-heavy so it tends to fall over if something "trips" it. Also, my wife complains that its much too heavy, though it's not an issue for me. Its cord could be longer, and of course, it is bulky. Despite these minor issues, I'd say it's the best vacuum cleaner that I've owned.
Purchased in August 2016 at Multi Range for $385.00.
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The workhorse option
Have had this vacuum cleaner for over 4 years for cleaning carpets in my apartment, quite reliable. Be mindful to regularly check it over and replace the parts when issues are encountered. I've recently had to order a new filter for it, for example. Also it tips over if you pull by the cord, I've found it easier to extend the cord first and push/lift it into position. Both the cord and the hose have a lot of reach.
Very happy with performance of the vacuum
+ Great suction power, on both power settings
+ Easy to empty the HEPA bags and replacements can be cheapy found online
+ Very sturdily built
+ Manual winding of power cord - not a huge deal, but a small invonvenience
+ Can be a bit hard to manourve around the room ...
Henry does the job. One of the best in the commercial line. I was used to Nilfisk GM80 for my job and worried nothing else would replace it until I got my hands on Numatic Henry. It blew me away with it’s performance. Very light and easy to manoeuvre. Works on all surfaces. Recommend!
I wish it was better
I was very excited to get this vac, it wasn't cheap, and was great for about 12 month - now i have to say it very average - not good at picking up fluff on floor - hair etc and seems to push large "bits" around on hardwood floor - its massive to store and the around the house - but for that money you cant just get rid of it!
I love Henry :)
Every time a friend who owns a Dyson (and loves it) comes over, I tell them about Henry, let them have a go and smile as they are astonished at how amazing a funny looking vacuum is - then I tell them he cost me $300 and watch them gasp ;)
I bought my Henry in 2013 after using one for years in a hospital and local church. They really are the best kept secret. I bought heaps of bags online to use under my hepa filter and they still haven't run out, I like to scent the bags with perfume so the whole house smells great.
I did, unfortunately..., break the head and replaced with a cheap one, not a good idea and I will be getting an original replacement asap. My kids love pulling Henry around to do the vacuuming, the youngest one wanted to do it from 2 years old, the fact that he could, shows how maneuverable it is, his favourite place to drag Henry was under the kitchen table :) Even on the lower setting you can vacuum anything, maybe not pet hair (I can't test that with no animals) but the only reason I use the high setting is if I'm in a rush and going fast or if I am using a hose attachment and not quite running it along something e.g. I don't run the black attachment over the top of white cornices in case it marks, I set Henry on high and keep it 5 cm away, any dist or cobwebs get sucked up easily even at a distance.
The Henry Hoover vacuum is a great unit with lots of suction and is so easy to get around the house. It has great sucking power on carpet and picks up everything. The only problem is that when the brush is down on the head it gets alot of hairs stuck in it.
Great suction but cumbersome
Great suction, one of the best vacs I’ve owned. It never overheats and cleans all house perfectly, including carpets, tiles and delicate wooden floors, thanks to the brush attached to it. I have a 150sqm floor to vac plus beds, car and lounges, all doable thanks to the various attachments provided.
I wouldn’t say it’s quiet, just average noise.
Only downside is it’s cumbersome, hard to manoeuvre and chopped a few walls.
Not the best on the market
The suction and performance of the unit isn't the greatest. I have used cheaper machines that can match or even exceed this machine. Tje machines manoeuvrability is ok but a cordless machine is so much more convenient. I feel this machine was made to clean clean larger areas like halls and open spaces, as opposed to house's and having to move around furniture.
Powerful suction but very heavy to use
We bought it due to the great reviews online and we have used it for 4 months. It has really powerful suctions compared to the few household grade models I had used previously. I personally find it quite heavy to use (mainly because I have to carry up and down stairs). Also, paying $400+ (incl shipping) for this was too steep for my liking.
Amazing! A house-proud dream come true!
I have a Hetty (the pink Henry) which I recently purchased after my prehistoric Dyson finally died. I was looking to get a new Dyson but after reading the many negative reviews on the latest models began looking elsewhere, and along came the name Numatic with their cheerful line of little workers. I purchased my Hetty at the local Godfrey's and also purchased an aftermarket wheeled rotator head for carpets (as many had recommended). A total just over $500, half of what I would have paid for a new Dyson. I am incredibly pleased with this vacuum'...s performance and delighted to say that it blows any Dyson out of the water! The suction is unbelievable, and that's before you hit the booster! The range of tools are very sensible and effective, and my $70 aftermarket carpet head makes my Hetty the full compliment expected of a house cleaning hero. Although it is heavier than most domestic vacuum cleaners to lift, I find it easy to pull along behind me and relatively quiet.
Best vacuum I have ever owned!
After heaps of research we settled on a "Henry" and have been very happy since purchasing. This machine is VERY energy efficient and powerful which was important for us as we only have solar electricity. It has 2 power levels with max using only 1200 watts of electricity but we only ever use it on low setting (1000 watts) and the suction is as good if not better than any other brands we looked at (including Dyson and Miele) but using only half the electricity. Most vac's use double this!
It is also made in England which is a bonus for quali...ty, and being a commercial model the design, tools included, length of cord and hose is awesome. It is also a good size, follows you around the house really easily and weights in at 8.75kg. It uses both disposable bags and a washable filter which I didnt like at first as I wanted a bag-less but the collection capacity is HUGE so wont need to be replaced to often and replacement bags are ok priced. I figured commercial cleaners wouldn't use them if the cost of bags was too much. For around $350 an all-round 10/10 product no gimmicks just a quality product. Just be aware you will need to go to a commercial cleaning supply store to purchase (or online) as they are not available in retail stores. UPDATE: 12 Months later (Nov 2015) and still going strong....absolutely love it.
This is one of the Best Vacuum cleaners
I Recently purchased Hetty from a Ebay seller. I have also bought a Turbo head that is a optional purchase.
The machine is wonderful has really good suction just as good as my previous Dyson and half the cost.
I'm very happy with my Purchase and will be telling my friends about this product.
Simplicity at its best
Plenty of power, light, simple, robust. If it ever did break you can buy parts instead of throwing it away which is very important to me in this day and age. After looking and researching vacuums to buy this was a clear stand out at an affordable price. Don't buy the cyclonic gimmick machines. Bags work out to be about $1.70each.
Fantastic - best suction ever
Fantastic - powerful suction - simple design.
I use on both carpet and hard surface, accessories are brilliant and the power mode with extra suction really pulls the carpet up and removes dog hair - dont wast money on more expensive vacuum cleaners - love it and the bags are not too expensive
No nonsence, great workhorse
I have seen professional cleaners lugging around one of these in hospitals. I bought one and I think it has been one of the best investments. Although it does not have any fancy attachments, it has great suction and does not draw as much power like other cleaners. The motor is quiet compared to other more expensive / similarly priced cleaners (under $300).
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