Hard to maneuver
Bought with our money
The Hetty 160 is exactly the same as the Henry 160, other than the color, and...
You get the picture. Other than the looks they're the same vacuum. Therefore this Hetty 160 vacuum review is just as relevant for the equivalent Henry.
In this review you're going to see Hetty in multiple different cleaning scenarios, including on carpets, wooden flooring, pet hair, & cars.
There is also a quick comparison to the Henry Xtra, as I know many of you are struggling to choose between the two!
By the end of this review, you'll have all the details to decide if this is the right choice for you.
Our cleaning tests consist of vacuuming different sized debris from various surfaces.
The derbies include sugar (small), rice (med) & cheerios (large). We use different size debris to find out how good the vacuum is at deep cleaning and removing larger material.
The surfaces we vacuum are carpets, wooden flooring, rugs and laminate. These are the most common floor types in properties, therefore we included all four to cover what the majority of you would want to know.
When conducting the tests, we use a 3 pass manoeuvre everytime. What we mean by this is we push the vacuum forward, back, then forward again to complete the test.
Once the test is complete we weight the bag/dustbin, minus off what the item wighed beforehand, then add the difference up.
We then work out the score out of 100.
Medium sized debris on Carpet, Rug, Wooden Flooring & Laminate
This is about average for a vacuum cleaner. To put that number into perspective, a lawn mower comes in on avg. at about 90 dB, with a normal conversation being about 60 dB.
Anything over 85 decibels can cause permanent hearing damage over extended periods of time, luckily this comes below that level.
If a vacuum cleaner does measure at them levels; the manufacturer should be able to tell you. You may want to consider something different.
Here is a audio recording of the machine in use:
Overall the Hetty/henry 160 is not the quietest, but also not the noisiest either.
Ease Of Use
Length of cord: While it’s a long cord, it will still need to be unplugged and plugged back into different sockets around most properties.
Unlike a cordless, however, as long as you’re paying your electricity bill this will never run out of power.
There is also the potential tripping hazard.
Carrying up/down stairs: Being heavy it’s not the easiest to pick up and carry.
On stairs: While the pipe is long, you’re going to likely need to do half the stairs from the bottom, half from the top.
When vacuuming from the top there is potential for the vacuum to fall down them and onto you. That would be bad.
Cost of Bags: Being bagged this is an additional, reoccurring cost. Although you can pick them up pretty cheap, usually under a tenner for ten.
Storing space: This vacuum is the opposite of compact. You will need a decent sized storage area.
Young Children: Obviously you'll need to be careful it doesn't fall on them/roll over etc, but the main reason you'll need to consider children is because the bloody buggers like to turn it on and off!
I can't tell you how many times my 1 year old has done it to me!
Where To Buy
I’ve been using Hetty by Numatic now for a good few weeks.
I purchased it because I wanted a vacuum cleaner that was not too expensive but did have really good power.
After some research and the fact I’ve already used both Henry and Hetty Vacuums in the past, plus it was on sale for £99 with cashback at the time it was a no brainer.
For the people who want an in-depth review please continue..