Hoover H-Handy 700 Express Handheld Vacuum Review

Written by James Hall |

Hoover H-Handy 700 Express HH710M

7.8

Value

8.0/10

Ease of Use

10.0/10

Cleaning Power

8.0/10

Features

6.0/10

Accessories

7.0/10

Pros

  • Powerful suction for such a lightweight handheld vacuum cleaner
  • Easy to use and LED light help illuminate dirt
  • Sleek design with a charging dock
  • 3-in-1 attachment for greater versatility

Cons

  • Tiny dust capacity means you need to empty it regularly
  • No motorised tool for pet hair
  • Short 12-minute maximum run-time

Thinking of buying the Hoover H-Handy 700 Express? Read our in-depth review to find out whether this powerful handheld vacuum is worth buying.

The Hoover H-Handy 700 Express is a cordless handheld vacuum cleaner weighing less than 1kg. Designed for quick clean-ups, the compact design adds to its convenience without compromising suction power.

But does the tiny 0.15 litre dirt capacity hold this vacuum cleaner back? And how does it compare to other handheld vacuums? Read our Hoover H-Handy 700 Express review to find out.

Overview of the Hoover H-Handy 700 Express’ Features

  • Cordless handheld vacuum
  • Lightweight at 0.66kg
  • 15 litre dust capacity
  • Compact design for easy storage
  • Includes a charging dock and 3-in-1 tool attachment
  • 12 minutes battery run time

Hoover H-Handy 700 Express Appearance and Design

Split image of the Hoover H-Handy 700 Express HH710M

The Hoover H-Handy 700 Express looks and feels premium from the moment you unbox it. It has a streamlined design, similar to the Shark WV200UK, and feels solid. Plus it has a stylish metallic front panel for added chic.

Weighing just 0.66kg, but with a tiny 0.15 litre capacity to match, everything about the Hoover is small and nimble.

It’s far more agile than the Dyson V7 Trigger, for example, which is bulkier and struggles in tight spots. But the trade-off is that the Hoover holds around 75% less dirt than the Dyson, so you need to empty it much more frequently.

The compact design continues to the charging dock, which can store both the vacuum and 3-in-1 multi-tool attachment. It also has a small footprint, so it’s easy to keep on the kitchen countertop without causing unsightly clutter.

The Hoover is stored with the handle facing up, so it’s easy to grab in a cleaning emergency, and turning it on also activates the LED headlight. It doesn’t use a trigger switch like Dyson cordless vacuums, so you don’t need to hold it down to maintain power.

Manoeuvrability and Ease of Use

The Hoover H-Handy is straightforward and comfortable to use. This is essential for a vacuum this size, as it’s designed for those quick clean-ups when getting your regular vacuum is too much hassle.

It’s easy to grab from the cradle, due to the grip-friendly rubber handle. The wand shape of the vac is intuitive and simple to move around thanks to its minimal weight. Hoover has also incorporated magnets into the motor design to reduce vibrations, although it’s hard to say how much difference this really makes.

At just under 42cm, the H-Handy is a good length for reaching both floors and higher areas. You can access tight spots, like under the sofa and baby car seats, with ease. The LED light is also great for illuminating dark corners.

The only real downside to the Hoover’s design is the fiddly 3-in-1 attachment. You have to adapt the setup each time to change to the accessory you want, which is less convenient than having separate tools. This is a small issue though – and makes storing the attachment easier.

Filtration

The Hoover H-Handy has an EPA washable filter with an extra metal mesh for air filtration. For most people, this is more than sufficient for trapping dirt particles – particularly during small cleaning jobs. But if you have severe dust allergies, a HEPA filter is more effective than an EPA filter.

For example, the Shark WV200UK uses a HEPA filter and has a similar design to the H-Handy.

Emptying and Cleaning

Emptying the bagless Hoover H-Handy isn’t as frictionless as we would like, but it’s certainly not the worst system we’ve seen. Although, with a tiny 0.15 litre capacity, you can expect to do it a lot.

To empty the vac, the body pulls apart into two halves. You then need to remove the filter before you throw away the dust. If you’re in a rush, it’s all too easy to throw the filter in the bin, so beware.

Once open, you’re then relying on gravity to empty the container. It’s not the most hygienic system we’ve seen from a handheld cordless vacuum cleaner, as you may end up having to pull out clumps by hand.

You can clean the bin with a dry cloth, and Hoover provides a handy brush to clean off the filters. These can also be rinsed under running water, just make sure they’re 100% dry before using the vac again.

Hoover H-Handy 700 Express Battery Life

Hoover claims you get 12 minutes of run time with the H-Handy 700’s lithium battery, but you could get a little over or under this depending on how you use it. Regardless, this isn’t a vacuum that’s suitable for long cleaning sessions.

There also aren’t multiple power settings. A lower suction option would have been useful for extending battery life, but this sadly isn’t an option.

It takes around 3 hours to charge the Hoover empty, but it’s easy to keep the level topped up by storing it in the charging dock. You can also buy extra batteries if you want to keep a spare one charged up.

The run time of this Hoover sounds short, but keep in mind that it doesn’t serve the same purpose as your main vacuum cleaner. The H-Handy is designed for small amounts of clutter, spills, and quick clean-ups. So, we think the shorter run time is a worthy trade-off for its powerful cleaning performance.

That said, the Dyson V7 Trigger has a lengthier 30 minutes run time from a 3.5-hour charge. Of course, its price reflects this, so be prepared to pay more for a superior battery.

Hoover H-Handy 700 Express Tools and Accessories

Primary Cleaning Tool

The nozzle is the main cleaning head on the Hoover H-Handy. Without any motorised brushes or attachments, it relies on suction power for effective cleaning.

Thankfully, it manages debris of all sizes. And the wand shape is superb for a range of surfaces and tight spots.

With that said, the compact nature of this vacuum means the nozzle is quite small. While it’s great for those tight spaces, it can be time-consuming to clean larger spills.

Other Tools and Accessories (Including 3in1 Tool)

There’s a 3-in-1 tool attachment included with the H-Handy 700 Express. You can use it as a crevice tool, which has a sliding collar to convert into a dusting brush. Or, you can turn it around for an upholstery tool with a felt-like micro brush.

As this vacuum cleaner is all about convenience, we like the added versatility this tool brings. It also clips onto the docking station, keeping everything neat and tidy. It’s just a shame the charging dock can’t be wall-mounted to save more space.

We should also point out there isn’t a mini motorised tool included with this model. It comes with the pet model, the Hoover H-Handy 700 Pets, if this is something you’re looking for.

Hoover H-Handy 700 Express Suction Power and Cleaning Performance

The Hoover H-Handy 700 Express generates excellent suction power. The 120W brushless direct impulse motor offers similar performance to that of the pricier Dyson V7 Trigger, or even a mid-range full-size cordless vacuum. There’s only one power setting, but it will cover most household tasks.

It’s also powerful enough that the nozzle doesn’t need to have contact with the surface to get decent results. The H-Handy doesn’t leave any mess behind and is consistent, even when the battery gets low.

Keep in mind that the strong suction power will fill up the small dust canister very quickly, especially when sucking up larger debris such as cereal. So, even though it’s powerful enough to clear up your Cheerios, you’ll need to empty it a few times to pick up a whole bowl.

The H-Handy 700 Express can also be a little noisy, but as it’s only used in short bursts this is bearable.

Around the Home

The combi-tool accessory makes the Hoover H-Handy 700 Express versatile enough to tackle a range of surfaces around the home. Whether you want to clean sofas, textiles, or hard surfaces, the Hoover can handle most tasks.

The dusting brush is a good size for cleaning blinds, for example, while being gentle enough for a computer keyboard. The crevice tool is also useful for cleaning under furniture or in tight locations, while the regular nozzle is fine for floors.

It’s a good size and weight for higher areas, and the suction is strong enough for the stickiest spider webs. It will manage bigger debris from a log basket without dropping any bits back out, which is quite a feat for a compact cleaner. Of course, the small nozzle does limit how large a job it can handle, so don’t expect to clean a whole floor with it.

Car Interiors

Car interiors are often the reason people buy a handheld vacuum cleaner. The H-Handy is certainly easier than using a full-size cordless, or a corded cleaner that requires an extension lead. But you will have to be quick!

The slimline design allows the vac to squeeze into small cars, or even lorry cabs and caravans. The LED cleaning light makes it easier to see hidden dirt under the seats, while the furniture nozzle does a decent job. You can then convert the attachment into the crevice tool for getting between the gaps.

However, the rigid design is a drawback. Unlike a vacuum with a flexible hose, the Hoover can’t bend to get into awkward tight spots. At around 42cm in length, it’s harder to manipulate in small spaces.

The short run time is also apparent when cleaning a car interior. You’ll need to act fast to get a whole car cleaned before the battery runs out. And, unless your car is already very clean, it will involve several empties of the dust canister.

For these reasons, we don’t recommend buying the Hoover H-Handy 700 Express specifically for cleaning cars. Take a look at our guide to the best car vacuums instead.

Stairs

The ultra lightweight nature of the H-Handy makes it a good option for cleaning stairs. However, the small nozzle is time-consuming, so we’d suggest using the dusting brush attachment. It would have been nice to see a motorised attachment included, particularly for carpeted stairs.

Even so, the attachments available can reach right into the many corners and edges on a staircase. And the battery should give enough run time to manage a whole flight, depending on how thorough you are.

Pet Hair

There isn’t a dedicated pet tool included with this model, but you can get it with the H-Handy 700 Pets. If you have animals, we suggest you opt for the pet version instead, as the extra motorised tool is invaluable for cleaning embedded hair.

That being said, the H-Handy 700 Express can still handle pet hair on various surfaces. It’s best with the upholstery tool, but it doesn’t quite cope with stubborn mess and fur. It tends to clog the tool, which then needs to be pulled out by hand. But for a non-pet model, we’re impressed with its performance.

Hoover H-Handy 700 Express Price and Value for Money

The Hoover H-Handy 700 Express is a tad pricier than many other handheld options on the market. But is it worth it?

Well, the suction power is superior to most of its competitors, while the vacuum is still lightweight and simple to use for quick clean-ups. Its appearance is a huge part of the appeal, as you don’t need to hide it away, and it retails for less than the similarly designed Shark WV200UK.

We think it’s worth buying for the convenience, especially if your main vac can’t convert to a handheld. Just remember that it’s designed to work alongside a full-size cleaner, rather than replacing it.

So overall, we think the H-Handy 700 Express is a great addition to any home. It offers value for money if you’re looking for this specific purpose.

Comparison With Other Vacuums

Hoover H-Handy 700 Express vs Hoover H-Handy 700 Pets

In short, both of these Hoovers are the same cleaner but with different accessories. The Pet model includes an extra motorised nozzle with a velvet-like agitator for pulling up pet hair. This disturbs the fibres of fabrics, cleaning them deeper than a non-motorised nozzle.

Even if you don’t have pets, anything made from fabric will benefit from this deeper clean. So, having this attachment included adds to the overall versatility of a handheld vac.

While it’s undoubtedly more effective at cleaning up pet hair, the 700 Pets nozzle reduces battery life. The motorised element drains the battery quicker, so you could get a little under 10 minutes before you need to recharge. When the battery life is already short, you’ll have to decide if the trade-off is worth it.

Hoover H-Handy 700 Express Handheld Vacuum Cleaner Specification

Ninja Column 1Ninja Column 2
TypeHandheld
BagBagless
FilterWashable (Standard)
Price Range££
Battery (V)11.1
Maximum Run-Time12
Charge Time (h)3
Weight (kg)0.66
Capacity (Litres)0.15
Motorised ToolNo
HoseNo

Hoover H-Handy 700 Express Review Verdict

The Hoover H-Handy is more like an electric dustpan and brush than something to replace your main vacuum. It’s convenient, easy to use, and great for keeping your home clean between vacuuming sessions with your main vac. The powerful suction also makes light work of spills, which is what you look for in a handheld.

But it really is only good for small jobs, like toast crumbs on the countertop, or dried mud in the hallway. The short battery life and tiny dust canister mean it’s not suitable for anything bigger.

We would have liked a longer run time, but you can overcome this by storing it in the charging dock between uses. The small dirt bin is harder to overlook, and this is our main gripe with the Hoover H-Handy 700 Express.

Still, if you want an easier way to deal with quick cleaning tasks than dragging your main vac out, this Hoover won’t disappoint. But there are better ways to spend your money if you’re looking for a larger vac to handle most of the household cleaning.

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