Henry (vacuum)

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A Henry vacuum cleaner without the "Henry" on the top
TypeVacuum cleaner
WebsiteNumatic Homecare Range

Henry (also known as Henry Hoover) is a canister vacuum made and sold by Numatic. It is most notable for its human-like face on the body of the vacuum cleaner. The vacuum has several variations, including different names on the cap (the most popular being Hetty) as well as different models designed for different applications. Henry vacuums are manufactured and mainly sold in the United Kingdom, however, it is possible to get them in the United States and other countries through the use of online shopping. Henry has most notably been popular among children for its look. The vacuum is available in 9 litre and 6 litre sizes.


Numatic vacuums with faces on the body/canister (Numatic Henrys did not actually say "Henry" on the cap until 1981) were invented first in 1979, 123 years after the first invention of the vacuum. In 1981, the first Numatic model to say a name on the cap (Henry) was created. The first model of Henry started as somewhat of a toy, with the functionality of a vacuum. The face appealed to children and adults alike, and was very popular for its lovable face. Henry was also one of the first vacuums to use Microfiber dust bags, which are large capacity dust bag known as HEPA-FLO bags which are made of a strong material that carry dust and other unwanted materials into the HEPA-FLO and stay in there unlike any paper bags which tend to rip and leak dust. Since the introduction of Henry in 1981, it has sold 7-8 million units, with around 20,000 more being sold each week (roughly 2857 per day). In 2017, the EU introduced a new law that gave vacuum cleaners a limit to their wattage, making 900W the maximum.[1] This required Numatic to change about 80% of their vacuums, because most of them were 1200W. The new law was meant to conserve power, and also bringing the average cost of vacuum cleaning per year from £11 to £7.

Generic Henrys and Hettys can be found on online shopping websites and in stores. It is uncommon to come across a generic Harry, George, Charles, James, or Jack. They are most common in the UK but can also be found in the United States.

In 2014, Chris Duncan (founder of Numatic, the company who created Henry) got #96 on Management Today's Britain's Top 100 Entrepreneurs and was said to have a worth of £103m.[2]

There are also mops sold under the Henry brand as "Henry Spray Mop".[3]


A Henry HVR200 and Hetty HET200
  • Henery Professional - Vacuums made for professional and retail applications.[4]
  • Henry Compact - Smaller and more compact versions of the Henry series of vaccumens, 6 litre capacity.[5]
  • Henry Xtra - Ideal for cleaning pet hairs and carpet care, 6 litre capacity.[6]
  • Henry Cordless - Cordless, high and low power modes to reduce power consumption.[7]
  • Henry Allergy - Designed to capture allergens.[8]
  • Henry Wash - Blue, carpet cleaner.[9]


The vacuums are available with different names. All the original series are based on British names. The names of the vacuum are shown on the cap. Vacuums with different names are generally different colors and usages. The face stays the same throughout all models, but depending on the size of the head/body, the distance between the eyes and the mouth can vary.

  • Henry - Base model.
  • Hetty - Short for Henrietta, pink, female version of Henry. The face includes eyelashes.[10]
  • James - Professional vacuum and high performance.[11]
  • Harry - Green, designed for pet owners.[12]
  • George - Green, wet or dry vacuum. 15 litre dry, 9 litre wet capacity.[13]
  • Charles - Blue, "all-in-one' vacuum, 15 litre dry, 9 litre wet capacity.[14]
  • Jack - Tesco exclusive, discontinued.
  • John - John Lewis exclusive, discontinued.
  • Lewis - John Lewis exclusive, discontinued.
  • Basil - Halloween special, discontinued.

Some Henry models opt to instead say "Numatic" on the cap, such as the NBV190. Some even say nothing on the cap and provide a more standard look, like the WV 370, but these are mostly not considered Henrys because models that say nothing on the cap don't have a face. Some models (very few) put other words on the cap, like the MFQ370 which says "Micro-filter."


  1. ^ Wheaton, Oliver (1 September 2017). "This is how the new EU laws on vacuum cleaners will affect you". Metro. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  2. ^ Beresford, Philip (24 October 2014). "Britain's Top 100 Entrepreneurs 2014: No. 96 - Christopher Duncan, Numatic". Management Today. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Numatic International Ltd. | Hetty Spray Mop HM40". www.numatic.co.uk. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Numatic International Ltd. | Henry Professional HVR240". www.numatic.co.uk. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Numatic International Ltd. | Henry Compact HVR160". www.numatic.co.uk. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Numatic International Ltd. | Henry Xtra HVX160". www.numatic.co.uk. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Numatic International Ltd. | Henry Cordless HVB160". www.numatic.co.uk. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Numatic International Ltd. | Henry Allergy HVA160". www.numatic.co.uk. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Numatic International Ltd. | Henry Wash HVW370". www.numatic.co.uk. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  10. ^ "Numatic International Ltd. | Hetty HET200". www.numatic.co.uk. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  11. ^ "Numatic International Ltd. | James JVP180". www.numatic.co.uk. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  12. ^ "Numatic International Ltd. | Harry HHR200". www.numatic.co.uk. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  13. ^ "Numatic International Ltd. | George GVE370". www.numatic.co.uk. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  14. ^ "Numatic International Ltd. | Charles CVC370". www.numatic.co.uk. Retrieved 14 April 2019.