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A Henry or a Hoover (or another vacuum cleaner)?

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FoxesOnSocks Sat 22-Oct-16 10:59:00

I had a Miele, which seems to be unwell (weird noise, smells way too much like it's about to set on fire).

I'd get another Miele (it's our fault it's dying as somebody the husband used it to clear up chunks of plaster) but they are €€€ (and I'd like one that is useful for pet hair) and none on sale at the moment and I want to spend under €200 (in Ireland).

Always heard good things about Henry and Henrietta (not sure about the pet hair side of things) like the idea of the long lead thingie.

But I've also come across a Hoover: I know nothing about Hoovers (bar the fact the scoundrel husband refers to all vacuums as hoovers (least he'd be correct eh!?)

Any way any suggestions? I open myself to the MN expert panel for advice on my next vacuum; I have a mixture of flooring - carpet, tiles, and wood laminate, plus a somehow very hairy short haired cat

rabbit123 Sat 22-Oct-16 12:35:45

I wouldn't buy that Hoover, they have a very poor reputation. They had to deactivate their social media accounts due to the number of complaints they were receiving.

Henry's are great, but if you have multiple floor types and pets, go for the Henry Xtra. It comes with multiple floorheads - a turbobrush for carpets and a soft suction-only brush for hard floors - so you get the best on both floors.

PawWavingCat Sat 22-Oct-16 12:39:45

We have a Sebo and is been great, +15 years and counting.

llangennith Sat 22-Oct-16 13:17:43

Dyson. Not the huge one, the next size down.
I also have the V6 cordless. Brilliant but I wouldn't recommend it as the only hoover.

Robinkitty Sat 22-Oct-16 13:23:53

Henry. I used to work in a hotel and they used Henry's. I was told they use them in Windsor castle!
We've had 2 Henry's in 10 years. Heavy usage and still going strong.

Shannoncan Sat 22-Oct-16 15:07:33

I agree with the above poster I've had a Henry for the past 5 years and it's never failed me.

CremeEggThief Sat 22-Oct-16 16:39:39

I have a Hetty. She's amazing on hard floors and good on carpets, but rather heavy .

BlondiBleach Sat 22-Oct-16 17:16:03

Another Henry fan. Recommend you buy the Red Airo Power HiPro Brush carpet attachment. Without it, the suction on carpet can make it tricky to pull along.

TofuCat Sat 22-Oct-16 18:58:16

If you get a Henry you must get the airo brush if you have pet hair. I've got a hetty and it was rubbish with the normal attachment but amazing with the airo brush. I have a long haired cat that moults loads.

rabbit123 Sat 22-Oct-16 19:27:40

TofuCat, that's why I suggested the Henry Xtra. The normal tool is very difficult to use on carpets, the Xtra comes with the airo brush and the hard floor brush.

KittyLacey Sat 22-Oct-16 21:39:34

Henry and Hetty both give off an unpleasant smell when being used.

Doje Sat 22-Oct-16 21:43:28

I love my Henry. I had one given to me, so had no idea how old it was, and it lasted 10 years with me. Recently gave up the ghost and so I bought another one. Easiest decision ever.

Stevefromstevenage Sat 22-Oct-16 21:49:36


Mishaps Sat 22-Oct-16 21:58:29

Get a Roomba - brilliant!

sonlypuppyfat Sat 22-Oct-16 22:01:27

Please I beg you don't get a Henry he is beyond shit and back breaking, I bought a vax and couldn't believe how much it picked up after Henry

hollyisalovelyname Sat 22-Oct-16 22:08:21

Did you try Power City for the Miele Cat and Dog?
They are good on price and an Irish company.

lastnightiwenttomanderley Sat 22-Oct-16 22:15:55

Ah, I saw the title and cane on here to say 'don't get either, get a miele cat & dog instead'.

Then I read the op...

Is a miele totally out of the question?

lastnightiwenttomanderley Sat 22-Oct-16 22:17:10

PS. Have you spoken to miele? Their entire business based around products that last and are fixable. Are you sure it's terminal?

MrsNuckyThompson Sat 22-Oct-16 22:20:50

Henry. Dysons are completely overrated.

Scottishthreeberry16 Sat 22-Oct-16 22:22:06

Good things about Henry:

Lasts forever
Long cord
Good suction

Bad things:
Has a habit of toppling over
Face is a bit weird after a while

I like bag vacuum cleaners. I put lavender oil on the filters sometimes which counters any bad smells.

IreallyKNOWiamright Sat 22-Oct-16 22:44:38

I love my vax hoover you can take of the middle and shake all the dust and crap into your main bin outside. It has different attachments and quite easy to move around.

FoxesOnSocks Sat 22-Oct-16 22:46:46

Miele Cat and Dog is 260 in power city. My very top amount can be 200, but I'd prefer around the 100, 150. For 200 I want one that works itself.

This was my second Miele, I also killed off the last one too. I am a murderer of vacuums.

SpecialStains Sat 22-Oct-16 22:52:15

I have a Henry. They are solidly built - never had a problem in 6 years of owning one, but it's really heavy to get up and down stairs and not great for pet hair.

SuckingEggs Sat 22-Oct-16 23:30:08

Look! Miele at a v good price

hollyisalovelyname Sun 23-Oct-16 13:14:16

PowerCity / DID will probably price match. I just like buying from Irish companies if possible.
I have no involvement with any of them whatsoever.
On other vacuum threads the Henry didn't get great reviews.

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