Henry has to be the world’s most recognisable and preferred vacuum cleaner. While he is often referred to as “Henry Hoover” it’s important from a marketing, branding and not getting sued angle to point out that Hoover is actually a trademark and not the official product name, it’s just because it’s so catch it has taken off as a pet name.
There are currently around 40k google searches for the term “Henry Hoover” in the UK each month, this alone is proof that, despite the Hoover group having nothing to do with Henry the name, given how catchy it is, seems to have been forced onto him.
There is no solid data with regard to how many Henrys there are in the UK or how many UK homes actually own one but you’ll more often than not find one stashed away under the stairs or in a cleaning cupboard if you were to have a snoop around. This highlights another big positive of the product, Herny requires minimal “living space” and unlike an upright can be placed on top of other objects and stacked.
Some people traditionally just like upright cleaners; this is a personal preference and something that’s difficult to overcome. One of the most commonly cited reasons for this preference are that they are more mobile and easy to move around. Traditionally vacuums in the style of Henry have proved immobile, heavy and difficult to use – it will not take much in the way of effort to drag Henry around and we have already highlighted how well put together and effective his wheels are so this point is really a non-issue!
A smiling red race makes this cleaner easy to spot but the stocky and circular design does not do Henry any favours as it makes him appear immobile and heavy which is not the case thanks to the carefully weighted wheels placed beneath him.
The Numatic groups, the creators of Henry, might be a little miffed that, because of the rhyming name, “Hoover” have somehow managed to get themselves associated with their successful product. However, Henry Hoover’s success will no doubt ease this pain – as he has been a best seller since the ‘80s and, unlike almost any other product, if you search online you will be pressed to find even one negative review.
The usual add ons, accessories and bits and pieces you would expect to get with a vacuum are all included. There is a huge selection of nozzles suitable for most locations and surfaces (from soft curtains to filthy tiled industrial floors). A hi/lo switch in an easy to reach location on the handle also allows you to go easy on the especially delicate surfaces that you need to clean.
The price of the Henry varies hugely depending where you look, you can find shops online selling them for as low as £99 delivered next day or £70 delivered next day if you are happy to opt for a used model (although these still come with the usual guarantee if you use a reputable website such as Amazon).
We are in the process of sourcing a batch of Henry’s that we will be able to supply to you for considerably less than any other retail/website, however, this looks to be several months away. For the moment we would suggest you have a look at Amazon where new and used options are available.
Beware of “clicking through” on an Amazon affiliate banner on a third party website, there is no need to do this, just type the amazon URL in your browser, visit their site and pick up a Hoover. Keep checking back here for when we are able to supply as we hope to bring you the spares/bags and parts as well as the actual unit at a cost much lower than you have seen anywhere else online.
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