The other day Ben Johnson over at Toolmonger posted about the cutest little vacuum I have ever seen. Henry is a 2.4 gallon low-noise vacuum from the British company Numatics, and it is designed for general home cleaning. Apparently Henry is so popular that over 5 million units have sold!
Ignoring the cute smiley face for a moment, Henry has an impressive array of features. First, there are a LOT of accessories included with the vac, a trait that is not often shared by low to medium end vacs in the US.
While most of the attachments look functional yet ordinary, Henry’s accessory wands are made from stainless steel. I imagine that stainless steel wands should mate better with hoses and accessories and should definitely be more durable than plastic wands would be.
Henry also includes a 33 foot power cable with a rewind system. 33 FEET! My lousy 6 gallon ShopVac only came with a 6 foot cable, and the higher up model only features a 14 foot cable.
Henry is also said to have an excellent filtration system, and its power savings setting ensures an appropriate amount of suction for low/medium duty and heavy duty cleanup jobs.
To truly appreciate Henry’s size, scroll down to the bottom of this page to watch a quick video tour of the product. Henry is SMALL!
Unfortunately, Henry requires 240V, and is quite expensive here in the USA, if you can even find one. The Henry vac and some of Numatic’s other vacuums are priced starting at $450 on Amazon.com yet are only $130-200 via Amazon.co.uk and other UK-based retailers.
Henry’s not a shop vac (although many folks apparently use it as one), and will probably be a bit cutesy for many of you, but from its description and specs, it looks to be a very solid performer.
Over at Amazon’s UK site, there are 169 reviews for the Henry vacuum with 141 “5 /5” and 17 “4/5” ratings. Some users have called their Henrys “tough and indestructible.” I wish we had an affordable vacuum like that here.