The Henry Hoover family of vacuum cleaners has steadily grown over the years. There's no longer just "Henry," but a whole range of Numatic vacuums to meet a variety of purposes. In this article, we untangle the complicated Henry Hoover range to help you find the best vacuum for your requirements.
Henry is probably the most iconic vacuum cleaner in the world. While the cute face catches the eye, Henry has remained popular due to its powerful suction, no-nonsense design and large capacity.
Henry isn't an only-child these days though!
Alongside Henry, Numatic has introduced a family of new models. These include compact, cordless, pet, and wet & dry vacuums, so there's a Henry out there for everyone. While the powerful suction and large capacity remains the same, each model has its own strengths and weaknesses.
There's one downside to this wider range of choice though: it can be hard to know which vac to choose.
Numatic has stuck with human names for each model, which makes them distinctive - but it's not immediately obvious what a vacuum is for (in the way the Shark True Pet, for example, is clearly a pet vacuum).
Things are further confused by the fact that not all retailers sell every model - and Numatic don't even have the full range listed on their official website.
To help you find the right Henry Hoover, we've put together a list of current models along with their strengths, weaknesses and accessories. If you're confused about which Henry is best for your home, this is the only article you'll need!
Comparison of Henry Vacuum Cleaners
There are mini reviews of each Henry vacuum below, but here's a comparison table of all the models so you can quickly see the main differences.
Note: We haven't included duplicate models (such as Hetty) or those with minor differences (Reach or Micro) in this table, but you can see them by scrolling to the reviews below.
|Henry HVR200||Henry Compact HVR160||Henry Cordless HVB160||Harry HHR200 Pet||James JVP180||Henry Xtra HVX200||Charles CVC370||George GVE370|
|Type||Cylinder (Dry)||Cylinder (Dry)||Cordless Cylinder (Dry)||Cylinder (Dry)||Cylinder (Dry)||Cylinder (Dry)||Cylinder (Wet & Dry)||Cylinder (Wet & Dry)|
|Dust Capacity||9 litres||6 litres||6 litres||9 litres||8 litres||9 litres||15L Dry / 9L Wet||15L Dry / 9L Wet|
|Extra Features||None (Standard Henry)||Smaller & Lighter||No Power Cord & 2 Batteries||Turbo tool for pet hair||No TriTex filter or cable rewind||Turbo tool and Hard Floor head||Wet mode & floor head||All-round cleaning|
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Numatic Dry Vacuums
The Numatic vacuum range can be broadly divided into two categories: dry-only (such as Henry and Harry) and wet and dry (such as George).
Dry vacuums are more common in UK homes, as they are cheaper and less bulky. Wet and dry vacs, as the name suggests, can handle liquid spills along with regular debris. They are more common for commercial purposes, but some people use them for household chores too.
Let's start with Numatic's dry vacuums.
Henry Hoover HVR200
The Henry HVR200 is the classic Numatic Henry vacuum cleaner. While it's gone through several iterations, the cute face and powerful performance have always remained the same. Don't be fooled by the smile or lack of advanced features - this is an excellent vacuum cleaner that can handle tough cleaning tasks.
At its core, the HVR200 is a 620W cylinder vacuum cleaner with a long hose. It has a large 9 litre dust capacity, so you won't need to change bags as often as you would empty a bagless vacuum, and a wide cleaning radius. The Henry uses HepaFlo bags and comes with a TriTex filtration system.
When it comes to cleaning, the Henry does a decent job on all surfaces. It doesn't excel in any particular area, but can handle pet hair, carpets and hard floors. There are vacuums out there with stronger suction (the Miele C3 range is one example) - but for the price it's difficult to beat the Henry.
It's also built to last. Numatic has a reputation for producing reliable machines, and the Henry is no exception. The simplicity and durability of the Henry means that it will last a long time. The cord rewind and storage system is also a useful feature, as the 10 metre cable would take a while to wind around hooks.
In addition to the basic vacuum, the HVR200 comes with Numatic's AS1 stainless steel accessory kit. This includes extension tubes, soft brush and a harder cleaner.
If you want a basic cylinder vacuum cleaner with excellent suction power, the Henry HVR200 remains a fantastic choice. There are some downsides to the model - a lack of advanced features and an awkward shape for stairs being the main ones - but it makes up for this with strong performance and outstanding value for money.
Hetty Hoover HET200 (Henrietta)
One of the confusing things about the Henry Hoover range is that Numatic has duplicates with different product codes. The Hetty (or Henrietta) is the best example of this, as it's the same vacuum as Henry aside from appearance. The upside is that Hetty provides the great performance and durability of Henry but with a pink colour scheme.
The Hetty is a 620W cylinder vacuum with an A-rating for energy efficiency. As you would expect from Numatic, Hetty is highly durable and built to last. It also comes with the same accessory set as the Henry.
We find creating a separate Hetty product code with the same features a strange choice. Henry also has different colour models - but these aren't given different product codes.
Even so, once you know that Hetty HET200 (not to be confused with the compact HET160) is the same as Henry, the vacuum you choose just comes down to personal preference.
Henry Compact HVR160
One of the complaints about the standard Henry is that it's a relatively heavy and bulky machine. The Henry Compact is designed to fix this issue, by limiting the capacity to 6 litres and slightly reducing the weight. Aside from a smaller size, the Compact has many of the same features of the Henry, including the energy efficient motor and strong cleaning performance.
In most respects, the Compact HVR160 is the Henry but shrunk to a smaller size. This doesn't just make it less bulky, but also means it's slightly cheaper. The weight of the vacuum has also been reduced by 0.5kg to 7.5kg - although this isn't as much difference as many people had hoped.
The HVR160 isn't just a smaller Henry though. Numatic has redesigned the on-board storage and docking to make it easier to use. It also retains the cable rewind and storage system, TriTex filtration and HepaFlo bags.
While the changes to the HVR160 are relatively minor, it's proving to be a popular choice for home owners. If you want the cleaning performance and durability of a Numatic vacuum but don't need a full 9 litre capacity, the HVR 160 is a great choice.
Hetty Compact HET160
Like the full-size Hetty, the Hetty Compact has the same features and performance as the Henry Compact. The only difference is the colour scheme. The smaller size makes the Hetty Compact great for smaller homes and less awkward on stairs, while also providing excellent value for money.
The difference between the Hetty Compact and Henry Compact is the colour scheme and face. While the Henry Compact has Numatic's traditional red colour scheme, Hetty Compact is pink with eyelashes. Again, we don't see why the Hetty Compact has its own product code - but who are we to argue with Numatic?
Aside from colours, this is the same vacuum cleaner as the Henry Compact. That's not a bad thing, as this is an excellent vacuum cleaner. It has a six litre capacity, which is reduced from the nine litres of the regular Hetty. It also comes with Numatic's TriTex filtration system, professional accessory set and on-board storage.
Both the Hetty Compact and Henry Compact are brilliant home vacuum cleaners. They do a great job on carpets and hard floors, while providing a wide cleaning radius and relatively large capacity. If you don't need the full 9 litre dust capacity of the standard models, the Compact versions are just as good.
Henry Cordless HVB160
If you want the convenience of a cordless vacuum cleaner with the durability of a Henry, Numatic has finally answered your prayers. The Henry HVB160 is a cordless vacuum that provides excellent floor cleaning performance. It's not as mobile as stick vacuums and doesn't do well with pet hair, but is more powerful than most cordless models. The HVB160 is also one of the only bagged wireless vacs, so it's great for allergy sufferers.
Numatic was slower to enter the cordless market than most brands. Instead of creating another Dyson V6 clone, however, Numatic has taken the best bits of the Henry - large capacity, powerful suction and a great price - and made a cordless version. The result is an excellent cordless that's an alternative to the endless lightweight stick vacs.
The HVB160 includes two batteries. These each provide a maximum run-time of 30-minutes when on standard mode. If you charge both, the vacuum can run for up to an hour in one go. This is much longer than the similarly priced Dyson V6 range, which can only last 20 minutes.
There's also the option of running the Henry on full-power mode. This increases suction power but reduces the run-time on each vacuum to around 25-minutes.
Aside from the cordless features, this vacuum is very similar to the standard Henry Compact. It has a much larger dust capacity than most cordless vacs, but is also heavier and bulkier. It also includes similar accessories and on-board tool storage to Henry.
One of the downsides to the HVB160 is that it doesn't cope with pet hair - especially when it's ground into carpets. The heavy design also puts the Henry Cordless at the other end of the spectrum to models like the lightweight Dyson V8 and Vax Blade Pro.
While the Henry HVB160 isn't as portable or lightweight as most cordless vacuums, it provides a welcome alternative to the endless Dyson clones. It also provides strong cleaning performance on hard floors and carpets, while dealing capably with both small dust particles and larger debris. If you want the versatility of a lightweight cordless, look elsewhere. But if you want a cordless that can thoroughly clean your home, the Henry is one to consider.
Henry Reach HHR160
The Henry Reach HHR160 is similar to the Henry Compact, but comes with an extra tube, flexi crevice tool and extendable hose. This makes it great for cleaning above the floor and on stairs. If you want a Henry for awkward areas, the Reach could be a great choice.
As its core, the Reach is the Henry Compact. This means the vac has a six litre capacity, 10 metre power cord and a 620W motor. It's slightly heavier than the compact, but only by 0.2kg.
The biggest difference is the length of the hose. Instead of a 2.2m hose, the Reach's hose is 3.7m long. This extra length makes it great for cleaning a full staircase without needing to move the Henry. While this might not sound like a major feature, one of the biggest issues with the circular Henry range is that the vacuum is difficult to balance on steps.
Along with the standard tools such as a floor tool and upholstery nozzle, the Reach includes a flexi crevice tool. This is a thin accessory that can bend under furniture or other hard to reach areas.
The Henry Reach HHR160 is essentially the Henry Compact but with a few new tools. It's not that much more expensive than the basic model, however, and the longer hose is a welcome addition. If you need a vacuum that's durable and can tackle hard-to-reach areas, it's an option to consider.
Henry Micro HVR200M
It would be understandable to assume the Henry Micro was a smaller version - but this isn't the case (thanks Numatic!) Instead, the HVR200M is the standard Henry but with the addition of a MicroTex filter. This has been approved by the British Allergy Foundation, so it's a better choice for allergy sufferers than the standard Henry.
The Henry Micro comes with the same features as the standard Henry. These include an adjustable floorhead, 2.2 metre hose, 8kg total weight and a 620W motor.
Where it differs is in the filtration system. Instead of the TriTex filter, the Micro comes with Henry's MicroTex filter. This is capable of capturing more small particles, so it can reduce allergens such as dust mites and pet dander. You also get a mattress nozzle, in addition to the standard tools, which is great for removing allergens from your bed.
While the Micro is more expensive than the standard Henry, the filter makes it a good choice for people who suffer from allergies. Bagged vacuums are, in general, better for allergies too. If you don't suffer from an airborne allergy, stick with the cheaper standard Henry.
Harry HHR200 Pet Vacuum
If you have pets, the green Harry HHR200 is a great choice. It has the same durability, large capacity and suction power as the regular Henry, but comes with a new filter and a powered brush (the "HairoBrush") for removing more hair. Harry doesn't have the advanced features found on some pet vacuums, but for efficient cleaning it's one of the best on the market.
Harry is based on the standard Henry vacuum cleaner. This means it has a 2.2 metre hose, 9 litre capacity and an adjustable floorhead. It's also powered by a 620W motor and uses disposable bags.
While the standard Henry has strong suction power and does a decent job on most surfaces, it doesn't excel at cleaning carpets. The Harry solves this issue by including a turbo tool that's brilliant for digging deeper into fibres. It also does a good job on pet hairs and hard floors.
As with all Numatic vacuums, the Harry is highly durable and relatively quiet. It's awkward to use on stairs or in tight spaces, although it makes up for this with a range of attachments and energy efficient motor.
Aside from the turbo tool, the Harry comes with a charcoal filter. This absorbs odours to leave your home smelling fresh after cleaning.
It's also relatively cheap considering the additional features. If you have pets, or just want a Numatic vacuum that can get more dirt out of carpets, the Harry is probably the best in the family.
Hetty Pet PEH200
The Hetty Pet is just Harry with a pink design. It includes the HairoBrush tool and charcoal filter, along with a 9-litre capacity and 620W motor. If you have pets and prefer the pink design of the Hetty, the PEH200 provides the same excellent performance as the Harry.
Numatic calls James the "frugal" member of the Henry Hoover family. It has a slightly smaller capacity, no TriTex filter and doesn't include the cable rewind and storage system - but is available for a lower price. If you want most of the cleaning performance of Henry but for less money, the James is worth considering.
Despite the lower price, the James JVP180 provides many of the same features as Henry. It has a large dust capacity compared to most cylinder vacuum cleaners, a 620W motor that's highly energy efficient, and uses the company's HepaFlow bags. James also comes with a range of tools and accessories for greater versatility.
The biggest downside, in fact, is that James doesn't provide a huge saving. While it's marginally cheaper than the Henry on most shopping sites, you don't save a lot. If you don't need the TriTex filter and don't mind winding the cable, however, it's a solid vacuum cleaner.
Henry Xtra HVX200
As the name suggests, the Henry Xtra takes everything that's good about the standard Henry and adds a few extra features. The most important additions are the AiroBrush floor head, which is great for removing more dirt from carpets, and a hard floor tool. The result is a powerful vacuum that's great on hard floors, carpets, laminate and even with pet hair.
The Henry Xtra is a bagged cylinder vacuum cleaner that features the same motor and dust capacity as the standard Henry. Like most Numatic vacuums, it has a wide cleaning radius and uses HepaFlo bags.
In addition to the standard tools and floorhead, the Xtra comes with Numatic's AiroBrush. This provides more effective cleaning performance on carpets and when tackling pet hair. There's also a hard floor brush that's useful for quickly cleaning large areas.
This combination of three floor heads makes the Xtra the most versatile Numatic vacuum cleaner (at least in the dry category). It does a great job of cleaning almost any surface, including carpets and hard floors. The hose is also useful for getting rid of spiderwebs or cleaning furniture.
In summary, the Henry Xtra is ExpertVacuum's top recommendation for a dry Numatic vacuum cleaner. We think it's the best all-round model, due to the three floorheads and great performance.
Numatic Wet and Dry Vacuum Cleaners
Aside from their range of dry vacuum cleaners, Numatic also produce wet and dry models. These are great for tackling liquid spills or unblocking sinks, while also providing plenty of suction for dry debris.
An interesting note is that wet and dry vacs aren't covered by the new EU regulations regarding motor power. This means they can use more powerful motors - although this comes at the expense of noise and energy usage.
The Numatic wet and dry range is much less extensive than their dry-only vacs: it currently only includes George and Charles. Here are mini reviews of both vacuums to help you decide.
Charles is the "younger" brother in the Numatic wet and dry series. It's a powerful vacuum cleaner with a 1060W Twinflo motor, so it provides excellent suction. It's also strong and durable, so it's capable of handling almost any task you can throw at it.
Charles provides outstanding suction power. It can lift anything from loose nails to liquid spills, while having the durability to handle rubble and other debris. This durability makes it a great choice for use on a building site (although many people use it as a home vacuum too). It also has a large 15L capacity for dry debris.
There are two floor heads and several accessories. The first head is for wet work, while the second is a combination tool for hard floors and carpets. The tubes are made from lightweight aluminium to prevent rusting.
While the floor heads aren't the most effective on carpets, they still do a decent job and are great for hard floors. The wet mode leaves surfaces dry in a relatively short time too. It's worth noting that the tubes will get clogged if you're sucking up large amounts of certain materials, such as wet leaves (this isn't a garden vac). It's easy to unclog though.
It's also surprisingly lightweight considering its size and power. While 9kg isn't light for a vacuum cleaner (some cordless models weigh as little as 2kg) this is only 1kg heavier than the standard Henry.
If you're looking for a bagged wet and dry vacuum cleaner, the Charles is an excellent choice. It's rugged, powerful and easy to use. The aluminium tubes are also excellent quality and it's not too heavy or bulky.
The George GVE370 is Numatic's most versatile vacuum cleaner. It's a wet and dry model with a 1060W TwinFlo motor and the same excellent suction as the Charles. Aside from vacuuming wet and dry substances, the George can scrub hard floors, deep clean carpets, unblock sinks and a variety of other tasks. It's expensive, but provides professional-standard cleaning results.
Like Charles, George has a powerful 1060W motor. This provides strong suction power when tackling both dry and liquid debris, so it's great for efficient cleaning. It also includes the company's TriTex filtration system to reduce dust emission.
Aside from its motor, George has a large 15 litre capacity for dry spills - although make sure you use the right size Hepaflo bags to avoid them splitting. Switching to wet mode is as straightforward as swapping the float valve for the dry filter.
The main difference between the George and Charles is versatility. George has been designed for a variety of cleaning tasks, including dry vacuuming, extraction vacuuming (for cleaning carpets and upholstery) and wet vacuuming. If you want a powerful vacuum that can do it all, George is a great choice.
There are a few downsides though. At 11kg, the George is heavier than other Numatic vacuum cleaners. This is expected from such a powerful and durable vacuum, but may make it less portable. It's also considerably more expensive than Charles.
For these reasons, stick with Charles if you just want to vacuum liquid spills and dry debris. If you want to deep clean carpets or the upholstery, George is an excellent vacuum.
Which is the Best Henry Vacuum Cleaner?
This is a difficult question to answer, as the right option depends on your requirements.
If you're looking for a reasonably priced home vacuum cleaner that can do a decent job on most surfaces, the Henry Compact HVR160 is our top recommendation. It has a lower capacity than the standard Henry, but provides the same cleaning performance while also being smaller.
If you have pets, either the Harry HHR200 or Henry Xtra HVX200 are great choices. Both include a turbo tool for getting rid of pet hair in carpets and upholstery.
If you want a home vacuum that's a step up from the standard Henry - and don't mind paying extra - the Henry Xtra is the one to buy. The extra turbo tool and hard floor head mean it's great for cleaning almost any surface.
If you need a wet and dry vacuum, the Charles CVC370 does an excellent job for a reasonably low price. It provides exceptional suction power and can easily tackle liquid spills and most dry debris.
If you want a vacuum that can do it all, the George is the one to buy. It adds several features and tools to the Charles, so it can deep clean carpets and scrub hard floors. George is expensive, but for versatile cleaning it's worth the money.
Do Numatic Produce Industrial Vacuums?
Yes, Numatic manufactures a range of industrial vacuums that are a step up in power and durability.
The HZ series, for example, is designed for industries where dust could be dangerous. HZ vacuums cleaners have an extra pre-filter and HEPA filter to reduce dust re-emission. These extra filters aren't necessary for home use, as the standard TriTex filtration and HepaFlo bags do a decent job.
Other industrial Numatic vacuums include the PPR, PPT, PSP and PPH series.
Which Henry Hoover Bags Should You Buy?
Numatic dry vacuums usually take the company's HepaFlo bags (check the manual before you buy though). They are claimed to be up to 15 times more efficient than a standard paper bag for retaining dust, so they are particularly useful for people with allergies.
The good news is that HepaFlo bags are relatively cheap. The RRP is £14.75 for a pack of 10, although they are often available for cheaper than this.
Where Should You Buy Henry Vacuums?
Henry vacuum cleaners are widely available in the UK. The most popular models, such as the Henry or Henry Compact, can be found at most major electronics retailers, including Currys, John Lewis, Amazon, Argos and more. You may also be able to find them in supermarkets such as Sainsburys or Tesco. Finding more "niche" models, such as the Henry Reach or Micro, can be more challenging though.
While Numatic vacuums are reasonably priced, they are also often available in deals or sales. You don't need to wait for Black Friday for these - many retailers run periodic discounts throughout the year. There's also the option of buying second hand or used from sites such as Ebay or Craigslist, although it's important to make sure the vacuum is in good condition.
What About Spare Parts?
Replacement parts are available for most vacuums in the Henry range, although you might need to spend some time searching to get the right part for your model. You can often find spares on Amazon, but there are also specialist stores such as Espares.co.uk.
The Numatic vacuum range, often known as the Henry Hoover series, is one of the most dependable on the market. While most Numatic vacuums don't include advanced or flashy features, they are strong, durable and provide reliable cleaning performance. Most are also available for a reasonably low price compared to the most expensive cylinder vacuums.
While the range of Henry Hoovers might be confusing, we hope this article has helped you choose the best model for your requirements. If you have any questions, please let us know in the comments section.