Is There Anything Better Than A Henry Hoover?

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What Makes The Henry Hoover So Popular?

Henry Hoover is still probably the most recognisable vacuum cleaner today, after four decades of bringing that irresistible smile to our serious cleaning tasks.  Despite Henry’s owner, Numatic, making every attempt to cut out the original ‘Hoover’ name (it was becoming too generic as a loose term for ‘vacuum’ – a victim of its own success), the words Henry Hoover appear now to be hard-wired into the English language.

Is Henry Still The Most Loved Hoover – Sorry, Vacuum Cleaner In 2022?

Like that other British icon Marmite, the Henry can be a love-or-hate thing for either professional or domestic users.  The reasoning behind this is simple when you consider why the Henry vacuum cleaner become so popular in the first place; it is robust enough for most commercial jobs, whilst being compact enough (and priced for) domestic vacuum cleaning.  Henry’s smile gets him everywhere, from the workshop or retail store to the home, via the work van or car boot – breakfast crumbs or DIY debris, it’s all in a day’s work for Henry.

This one-size-for-all has allowed Numatic to keep mass production in its own Somerset factory and ship out over 1 million vacs per year, all over the globe.

Henry’s universal appeal might not be the best for certain cleaning jobs, especially in larger offices, shops and other workplaces, or homes that have pets.  Whilst Numatic has toyed with different models of Henry (and names), it seems that the Henry HVR200 has survived head-and-shoulders above the rest of the family.

Are There Better Alternatives To The Henry Hoover?

Is there a more powerful version of Henry?  Maybe something less tippy, more powerful and with a larger capacity dust collector – still at a similar retail price?  And whilst we’re at it, how about another couple of metres of cable so you can reach those last two steps or into that far corner of the office?

Enter The Elsea Vacuum Range

Whilst we love Henry and do recommend the Numatic Pro-spec HVR200 for many circumstances, we also offer a higher specified vac alternative in the same price bracket.  The Elsea Industrial Vacuum Cleaner is very comparable to Numatics’s Henry but has a super-powerful 1150w motor, large stable wheels and a whopping 21-litre dirt collector (over double that of Henry’s!).

The Elsea floor vac comes with 12 metres of hi-vis yellow power cord, making it ideal for offices, shops, and other workplaces.  The larger offset wheels mean the vac follows you without a tussle and is much less likely to tip over on the job.  Supplied with a chrome tube floor wand, combination tool, crevice nozzle and upholstery cleaning head, you can rest assured that it covers all the duties of Henry – and more.

While Henry is great for most things, an alternative wet and dry vac model, George or Charles (depending on the spec), is the most powerful vacuum of the Numatic vacuum family and both these models have a 1,060-watt motor.  Elsea’s Estro is a wet/dry vac for floors and upholstery that has a more powerful motor at 1,150 Watt motor.

Numatic Henry vs Elsea Esat Specifications


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Elsea Esat

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