The Harry Hoover is the pet vacuum of the Henry Hoover family. It has many of the same features of the Henry, including the classic happy design, but also comes with an activated charcoal filter to remove pet odours and a turbo brush for pet hair. These features, on paper, make it a better option for cat or dog owners than other Numatic models.
But how does the Harry Hoover HHR200 compare to pet vacuums from other brands? And is it worth paying extra to get it instead of the Henry or Henry Xtra? Keep reading our Numatic Harry review to find out.
Overview of the Harry Hoover
- A “Henry Hoover” for pet owners
- Comes with a MicroFresh charcoal filter to remove odours
- Includes a powered tool for pet hair
- Large 9 litre capacity
- Quiet when in use
- Two motor speeds
- A-rating for dust re-emission
- Two year manufacturers guarantee
In-Depth Look at the Harry’s Features
We’ve already reviewed the Henry/Hetty range in detail, and Harry the Hoover isn’t too different from either of these models. It has several additional features that aren’t found on the basic models though, which is why we think it deserves its own review.
Appearance and Design
The first thing you notice about the HHR200 is its green colour scheme. All Numatic vacuums are bright and cheerful, and the Harry is no exception. It also has the classic smiley face, although this can be removed.
Aside from the colour, the Harry Hoover HHR200-11 has the same body and hose design of the Henry. With a large nine litre capacity, it isn’t a vacuum you’ll need to empty regularly. It also has a long 10 metre power cord and a 2.4 metre stretch hose, which provides a wide cleaning radius. If you hate short power cords and needing to change plug sockets whenever you move rooms, you’ll love the Harry.
As we mentioned in our previous reviews, Numatic vacuums tend to be quite bulky. Weighing 7.3kg and with its circular design, it probably isn’t the best option for elderly people or anyone who struggles carrying heavy items up and down stairs. Speaking of stairs, it isn’t suitable for placing on a step, so you’ll need to use it from the bottom and top of staircases.
It also isn’t the easiest vacuum to move around the home. With two fixed and two castor wheels, Numatic have opted for stability rather than manoeuvrability. This is fine for larger rooms, but can make the Harry inconvenient in smaller spaces.
Like all Henry Hoover vacuums, the HHR200 is a bagged vacuum. It uses Numatic’s HepaFlo bags, which are large and easy to dispose. The bags are also relatively cheap, so it’s a good idea to use the official versions rather than those from a third-party.
Suction Power and Performance
The HHR200-11 is powered by a 620W motor, which is more powerful than the previous HHR200-2A. This is only a 40W boost, but the Harry can provide great suction power and does a decent job on most floor types. It’s not the most powerful cylinder on the market and there are vacuums with better dust pickup, but it can handle most cleaning jobs.
There are two power models – “Lo” and “Hi.” The high mode is great for hard floors, where suction power is vital. This mode can make it difficult to push the floor head across carpets though, so the lower power mode is better for this.
Like the Henry, the HHR200 comes with Numatic’s combination floor tool. This has a width of 29cm and a foot-switch for changing between carpet and hard floors. While there’s nothing special about the combination tool, it does the job and the metal plating means it slides easily over carpets.
The vacuum is most comfortable on hard floors, where it does a good job of cleaning both small particles and larger debris (although you may need to tilt the head to prevent it snow plowing larger items). It only has a D-rating for carpet pickup though, so if your home is mainly carpeted it probably isn’t the best choice. Take a look at our list of the best carpet vacuum cleaners for alternatives.
One of the biggest differences between the Henry and Harry is that the HHR200 comes with a motorised turbo tool (the “HairoBrush). This is designed to remove pet hair from upholstery and carpets more effectively than the standard Numatic floor head. While it does an OK job at getting rid of pet hair, it’s certainly not the most effective turbo tool on the market (check out the Miele C3 Cat and Dog).
As a bonus, the Harry is still highly energy efficient despite its increased power. It’s been awarded an A-rating for efficiency, so you’ll spend less on electricity when using it.
It’s also worth noting that Numatic manufacture some of the most reliable vacuums on the market. They are less likely to develop a problem or fault than other brands, which is one of the reasons the Henry Range is so popular in commercial locations.
Ease of Use Features
If you’ve used a Henry before, you’ll know that Numatic vacuums are designed to be simple and efficient. For this reason, they don’t come with many advanced features, such as the wireless remote found on the Miele Blizzard. Even so, there are several features designed to make the Henry easy to use.
- Like other Numatic vacuums, the Harry has a manual cable rewind system.
- There is on-board storage for the wand.
- It’s quick and easy to change the bags.
- One thing we love about the Harry is how quiet it is. With a noise output of 72dB, it’s one of the quietest cylinder vacuums on the market.
Another difference between the Harry and other Henry Hoover models is that it comes with an activated charcoal filter. This absorbs odours, which can make your home smell much fresher if you own a dog or cat.
While the charcoal filter is a welcome feature for a pet vacuum, the dust re-emission rating of “C” shows that this isn’t the best model for people with pet or dust allergies. If you have an allergy, you might want to look at a vacuum with a HEPA filter instead.
The price of the Harry is only slightly higher than the Henry or Hetty. This isn’t surprising, as the only real differences are the charcoal filter and turbo tool. If you have pets, these features make upgrading to the Harry a no-brainer if you want a Numatic vacuum.
Accessories and Tools
The Numatic Harry pet vacuum comes with the company’s HS1 Hairo Brush dry kit. Aside from the combination floor head and HairoBrush, this kit includes an upholstery nozzle, crevice tool, dusting brush and two extension tubes.
A common criticism of Numatic vacuums is the accessories and tools can be stiff. Unfortunately, this is also the case with the Harry. Once tools are pushed onto the hose or tube, they can be difficult to remove.
The Numatic Harry HHR200 is a solid vacuum cleaner that does a decent job of most tasks – without excelling in any area. It has strong suction power, a huge capacity and a useful turbo tool, but is let down by its carpet pickup and how difficult it is to use on stairs. If you’re looking for a reliable cylinder vacuum for general cleaning, the Harry could be a good option. If you have pets that shed lots of hair, there are better pet vacuums out there.