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Henry vacuum: all the best Henry vacs for your space

The best Henry vacuums for if you need a reliable cleaning companion

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A Henry vacuum is a staple of any home, but which is the best Henry vacuum you can buy? Designed and made in the UK, Henry hoovers will pick up all your day-to-day messes with their canister designs and (of course) smiley faces. And while Henry is the model we all recognise, there are a few different models that specialise in allergies or pet hair.

Our best Henry guide has Numatic options with cordless controls, as well as extra large ones for family-sized messes and compact ones for small spaces. Which Henry vacuum should you buy? Well, although the best vacuum cleaners may have evolved in recent years, there's no beating the classic Henry HVR160. It has a large capacity, long cable, and very powerful suction that works amazingly on pet hair. 

We've made an effort to review the majority of Henry vacuums below in order to give you a more in-depth look at the options out there, so for our expert opinions on the best Henry vacuums, keep on reading. 

The best Henry vacuum buys for 2022

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Our #1 Henry vacuum

Specifications

Container capacity: 6ltr
Weight: 7.5kg
Dimensions: H320 x W340 x D345mm

Reasons to buy

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Large capacity
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Great suction
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Long power cord

Reasons to avoid

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Tricky for storing in compact spaces
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Has some weight to it

The Henry HVR160 is (probably) our Appliances Editor Jen's favourite vacuum cleaner to date. It's so robust, versatile and easy to move around to clean up little and big messes, not to mention the affordable price tag.

Best features?
The suction. Hands down. It lifted up the biggest, heaviest rug Jen has in her house which says a lot. That means it can get deep into carpet pile to clean which is reassuring and satisfying at the same time. 

Although it isn't the biggest Henry vacuum, the 6 litre capacity was more than enough for Jen's family home too, even with ongoing DIY projects.

Our verdict
During testing, the Henry HVR160 proved itself to be a good all-rounder that would be a good fit in almost every household. There isn't much that can go wrong with it so it's mega reliable, and it also feels like good, solid quality so it's one that will last you, too.

Storing it does take a fair bit of space, however, since the flo-max hose is rather long - especially when connected to the stainless steel tube set which connects it altogether. You can clip the floorhead to the back of Henry HVR160 on the on-board tool storage but this does feel a little flimsy when challenged with the weight of the floorhead, etc. The on-board storage can only store 2-out-of-the-3 accessories, too, so you're going to be left with a rogue accessory.

Jen found that getting up the stairs with the Henry HVR160 isn't easy, either. And it was tricky to make an attempt to clean her car too, since it's got a power cable and 7.5kg of weight to it.

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This is the best Henry cordless vacuum

Specifications

Container capacity: 6 ltr
Weight: 6.4kg
Dimensions: H320 x W320 x D340mm
Charge time: 3.5 hrs
Running time: Up to 30 mins (one battery); up to 60 mins (two batteries)

Reasons to buy

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Cordless
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On-board tool kit
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Powerful

Reasons to avoid

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Can only run for up to 30 minutes before needing to be recharged

Love a Henry but want to go for one of the best cordless vacuums? The Henry HVB160 cordless vacuum cleaner is well worth a look.

Best features?
Henry fans who want to go cordless, this vac has your name on it. You don’t have to turn your back on that smiling face, but you can bid farewell to plugging in. The battery charges in a station, so you won’t be tripping over the machine as it powers up. Dust capacity is still generous at 6 ltr, however, so frequent emptying will not be your fate. There’s an on-board tool kit with all the attachments your home requires, too.

Our verdict
We were impressed by this cordless number after giving it a whirl. As with his plug-in mates, our tester Sarah found this Henry was capable of cleaning up carpets and hard flooring, cleaning the car (but, unlike the other Henry models, in a wire-free fashion), and was totally unfazed by vacuuming up after DIY. 

While our fave corded Henry HRV160 was a bit of a pain to use on the stairs, Sarah found that the HVB160 was comparatively stress-free, with ease of use thanks to the 2.2m hose which could reach every step with no trouble at all.

When it comes to battery life, the Henry HVB is equipped with two batteries that have 30 minutes of charge respectively. Sarah found that those 60 minutes of cleaning time were more than enough for dealing with all of the messes her home threw at her. 

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3. Henry Pet 200

Pet owner? The Henry Pet 200 is the model for you

Specifications

Capacity: 9ltr
Weight: 8kg
Dimensions: H340 x W360 x D370mm

Reasons to buy

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Removes pet hair
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Reduces pet odour
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Extra pet friendly features

Reasons to avoid

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Tricky for storing in compact spaces
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Heavy to lift

If you love Henry (the vacuum) and you have pets, then the Henry Pet 200 would be a excellent shout for you since it has all the great features of a Henry with the added bonus of extra pet-friendly features.

Best features?
The EcoBrush came in mega handy during testing for giving upholstery and stairs a once over, according to our vacuum expert Jen. Other standout features include the impressive suction, seeing as this is a Henry and a universal floorhead that you can use on both carpets and hardfloors.

Our verdict
If you're looking for a bagged, cylinder vac to take care of pet hair on a budget, then the Henry Pet won't disappoint. After using this vacuum for a number of weeks, Jen was sure that this could easily become her family vac, and loved the simplicity of cleanly disposing of the dust bag rather than being met by a cloud of debris when it came to emptying the tank. A good bagged, canister vacuum can be hard to find, especially if you don't want to spend a fortune, and the ten metre cleaning range and attachments definitely go far enough here to make this vac worth your while.

Henry Allergy HVA160 vacuum cleanerReal Homes Rated Silver Badge

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4. Henry Allergy

This is the best Henry vacuum for household residents with allergies

Specifications

Capacity: 6ltr
Weight: 7.5kg
Dimensions: H350 x W320 x D340mm

Reasons to buy

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Advanced filtration filter
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British Allergy Foundation approved
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Easy to clean and store
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Excellent large capacity 

Reasons to avoid

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Difficult to manoeuvre on carpet 
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Stiff pipe connections

The Henry Allergy HVA160 vacuum cleaner is our pick of the best Henry vacuums if you have a moulting pet or are a sufferer of sniffles thanks to your allergies.

Best features
Like many of the best vacuums for pet hair, this Henry vac has a HEPA filter to trap common allergens such as pollen, pet dander and dust mites. The three-stage filtration system stops them from escaping from the machine, and it’s approved by the British Allergy Foundation. The HepaFlo bags also have a self-seal tab, keeping dust in when the machine’s emptied. The cleaner comes with a combi floor head – put brushes down for hard floors, and lift them for carpet – but there’s also a special hard floor tool.

Our verdict
Our reviewer Linda was the perfect candidate to try out the Henry Allergy vac, with a busy family home with three dogs and a family member who suffers from allergies. In her testing quest, she discovered that the HEPA filter at work here is good for keeping dust at bay, and that the large capacity and bagged design mean you're more likely to keep allergens out of social spaces. In terms of performance, Linda found that the Henry Pet aced the tests she set out for it, whether that was taking care of spilled flour or getting behind her radiators to banish dust. 

The Henry Pet fell down slightly when it came to its floorheads. Linda found them to be lacking the sophistication of other vacs she has tested, with no motorised head or LED light to really manage dust and debris. She also found that like the Henry HVR160 cleaning the stairs is not made simple with such a hefty design, meaning she had to attempt to keep the vac in place with one leg after wedging it onto a stair as she cleaned.

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5. Henry Xtra HVX200

Best Henry vacuum for family-sized mess

Specifications

Container capacity: : 9 ltr
Weight: 8kg
Dimensions: H340 x W360 x D370mm

Reasons to buy

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Large capacity
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Long cable
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Powerful

Reasons to avoid

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Tricky for storing in compact spaces
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Heaviest on our list (so far)

The Henry Xtra HVX200 vacuum cleaner is a powerful, highly rated model that gives our number one choice a run for its money. The downside? It's a little heavier.

Best features?
A 9 ltr capacity ensures your time will be spent cleaning rather than emptying this machine. Like other corded Henry models, this has a generous 10m cable that lets you keep going rather than switching sockets. Tools are on board, too, so there’s no need to go back to the cupboard to get what you need for every job.

Our verdicts
Big home, messy occupants, want to save time? This is the Henry model to go for in our opinion. Its design features will keep you cleaning without pause, and it’ll cope admirably with all the dust, debris and fur you need to remove from your home or car.

On the Numatic website it has scored 4.9 out of 5 stars for ease of use, reliability and power. We're looking forward to seeing what else the Henry Xtra HVX200 has to offer, in comparison to our #1 in this guide.

Please note: the Henry Xtra HVX200 is currently being reviewed by our editor.

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6. Henry Eco

The best eco-friendly Henry

Specifications

Container capacity: : 6 ltr
Weight: 7.7kg
Dimensions: H320 x W340 x D345mm

Reasons to buy

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Uses 30% less power without loss of performance.
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80% recycled packing used

Reasons to avoid

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Tricky for storing in compact spaces

The Henry Eco is one of the newest kids on the block and is one which is bang on trend. It's one which will save you money on the rising energy bills, whilst being perfect for tidying up big and little messes.

Best features?
Driven by an advanced, high-energy efficient motor, the Henry Eco delivers a 30% reduction in energy usage without dropping in any power. It also comes with a handy EcoBrush which easily picks-up stubborn dust, dirt and pet hairs from carpets and stairs.

The verdict
We're in the process of reviewing the Henry Eco but from what we've read it sounds very good. On the Numatic website it has received 4.4 out of 5 stars. Baring in mind there are just 16 reviews because this is a relatively new vac to the range, that's a good score. The power, design, tools and low noise levels have all been repeatedly shared with praise. There's just a couple of red flags to the review scoring, one which has been filled out incorrectly and the other which sounds like an isolated incident.

Please note: the Henry Eco is currently being reviewed. 


What is the best Henry vacuum?

To recap... the best Henry vacuum (in our opinion) is the Henry HVR160 vacuum cleaner. It's one of our favourite vacuum cleaners which we can not fault. It can withstand literally what life throws at it, even house renovation dust. This particular model is also very quiet and tames pet hair incredible well, too.

How we review Henry vacuum cleaners

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As part of our commitment to how we test products that we feature, we've made sure to get hands-on experience with every single Henry you can see in this guide. We test in our our own homes, for several weeks or months (sometimes longer), in order to put these vacs in real-life situations. We use the vacuum cleaners on our hard floors, rugs, carpets and stairs, and in the car if the cable / battery allows. Our experience with each of the products we test is then shared with you, our Real Homes readers, to help you buy the perfect vacuum cleaner for you.

Between us, we must have reviewed almost 100 vacuum cleaners by now so we know what to look out for. The factors we like to test the vacuum cleaners on include important things such as suction, length of cable / battery, ease of manoeuvrability and storage and maintenance. The price factor also comes into it, too, which makes our Best Henry guide a good read because they are all priced around the £150-mark.

Below you can find out more about who has tested each of the Henry vacs you see before you:

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Jennifer (Jen) Oksien

Jen is now Homes Editor on TechRadar. Previously she has written for Ideal Home, Real Homes, and Homes & Gardens as our Appliances Editor. She is a big fan of Henry vacs, and thinks they make the perfect reliable, robust appliance for cleaning at home. From this list, she's tried and loved the Henry HVR160 and the Henry Pet 200, and has compared their performances side by side in reviews too. The Henry HVR160 tops this list and is one of Jen's favourite vacs ever (and she's tested a lot of them). 

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Sarah Warwick

Sarah is a freelance journalist and editor writing for websites, national newspapers, and magazines. She tried out the Henry HVB160 cordless vacuum cleaner for us to see how it contended against the classic Henry HVR160 model. Her experience of the HVB160 was good, with the vac a seriously useful appliance with a strong battery life.

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Linda Clayton

Linda is a freelance journalist who has specialized in home tech, interior design and fitness for more than two decades. She has tested plenty of vacuums for Real Homes, including the Henry Allergy and the Henry Eco from this list. She tests out vacuums in her Devon home, to find out how well they performed across various floor types and how well they coped with busy family life, and her three super-fluffy, world-class-molting dogs. 

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Molly Cleary
Ecommerce Writer, Homes

Molly is the Ecommerce Writer for RealHomes and spends her time searching the internet for the next best thing for your home. With previous experience within the Home section of TopTenReviews, another Future site, writing about everything from ride-on lawnmowers to robot hoovers, she has knowledge of all of those niche areas of your home and garden that you might need a new purchase for. Shopping and buying content are now her biggest area of focus, with an emphasis on cleaning products and home gym equipment. 



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