We don’t think it’s exaggeration to say the Numatic Henry is one of the most well-loved vacuum cleaners of all time. But did you know that the Henry Hoover family has expanded in recent years? One of these additions is the Hetty Hoover – also known as the HET200 – which features a fetching pink colour scheme, complete with over-sized eyelashes.
But how does the Hetty differ from the Henry – if at all? And how does it compare to other cylinder vacuum cleaners? Let’s find out!
Note: The Hetty is short for the Numatic Henrietta, so if you see people talk about the Henrietta this is actually the same vacuum.
Overview of the Hetty Hoover
- Large 9 litre dust capacity
- A-rating for energy efficiency
- Numatic’s TriTex filtration system
- Automatic cable rewind function
- Extended 26.4 metre cleaning radius
- Two power options
- Excellent reliability
- Relatively low noise output (72dB)
- Accessory kit with stainless steel tubes
In-Depth Look at the Hetty’s Features
The first thing to note about the Hetty is that it’s effectively a “re-skin” of the Henry. It has identical features, performance and accessories. The only difference between the two vacuums is the price. With that out of the way, let’s see how the Hetty stacks up against other cylinder vacuum cleaners.
Appearance and Design
In a world filled with black and grey vacuum cleaners, the Hetty certainly stands out. The bright pink colour scheme isn’t to everyone’s tastes, but the smiley face shouldn’t detract from that fact that this is a solid and professional vacuum.
The dirt capacity of the Hetty is 9 litres. This makes it one of the largest we’ve reviewed, so you won’t need to empty it as often. On the flip side, it’s a surprisingly bulky cleaner (dimensions of 34cm x 36cm x 37 cm) – especially if you haven’t used a Henry before. There are also two castor wheels combined with fixed wheels, so it’s not as manoeuvrable as models with four castors.
As you probably know, the Hetty is a bagged vacuum, so you’ll need to purchase additional bags. As the Henry range is so popular, finding these bags isn’t difficult and they are also reasonably priced.
Additionally, the combination of extension tubes, long 10 metre cable and hose mean that the cleaning range is over 26 metres. This is much larger than many other cylinders, and means you won’t need to change plug socket so often. The hose is also well-built so it won’t get crushed.
Of course, the circular design of the Hetty has some drawbacks. The biggest is that it’s difficult to place it safely on stairs. You can use the upholstery nozzle for this, but the standard hose isn’t long enough to clean most staircases with the Hetty at the bottom. There’s the option of buying an extra extension for the hose though.
It’s also a relatively heavy cylinder at 8kg, so it’s probably not the best model for elderly people or anyone with a back injury. The carry handle is useful and strong, but this isn’t a compact or lightweight vacuum by any stretch.
One area that Numatic vacuums stand out is reliability. The Hetty vacuum’s motor is built for professional cleaning, so it’s designed to last. In fact, Numatic models are rated as some of the most reliable in the industry.
Suction Power and Performance
With a C rating for hard floor and carpet pickup, the Hetty isn’t the most powerful cylinder vacuum on the market. It does a decent job of cleaning most surfaces, and the suction power doesn’t feel weak, but there are better vacuums for raw cleaning performance.
The Hetty comes with a combination floor head and you can switch between carpets and hard floors using a convenient foot switch. The sole plate is made from metal to help the head glide over surfaces more easily.
There are two cleaning modes – “Hi” and “Lo.” The vacuum defaults to the low mode when first switched on, but for extra power you can activate “Hi” mode. Despite the metal plate, it can be difficult to push the head on carpets due to the strong suction. This is solved by using the lower suction mode, although this isn’t as effective at cleaning.
In general, hard floor pickup is decent, although it might need several passes. The combi floor head sometimes struggles to pick up larger debris though – especially on hard floors. It’s more likely to push the debris along than suck it up. With smaller particles it performs much better. Unfortunately, it’s not as effective on carpets.
The good news is that reducing the vacuum’s wattage to meet EU regulations doesn’t seem to have greatly affected its suction power. Many Numatic customers were worried about this reduction, so we’re happy to report that suction is still reasonable even when in lower power mode. It also has an A-rating for energy efficiency.
One thing we like about the vacuum is its low noise output. At 72dB, it’s not the quietest vacuum we’ve reviewed, but it’s considerably less noisy than most.
Ease of Use
- Like most Numatic vacuums, Hetty comes with a cable rewind function. This saves a lot of time, although we would have liked an automatic rewind function.
- There is on-board storage for the wand and one accessory.
- The handle can be folded down for storage.
- If you want a more professional appearance, the face can be removed!
- A vent can be used to adjust suction power if required (this is useful if the floor head is getting stuck on carpet.)
A TriTex filter is included with the Hetty. This is a standard filter, although you can purchase more effective or odour-reducing filters separately.
The Hetty also uses HepaFlo bags. These are considerably more durable than regular paper bags and also hold plenty of dirt and dust.
Note: There is the option to use the Hetty without the bag, although more dust and dirt will escape into the air. Considering the low price, we recommend purchasing genuine Numatic bags.
With an RRP of £150, we think the Hetty is reasonably priced considering the large capacity, cleaning performance and range of accessories. Fortunately, it’s often available for considerably less than the RRP, making it easy to recommend if your home has mainly hard floors and you’re looking for a large vacuum.
The Hetty is sold with Numatic’s AS1 Combo kit of accessories. This includes an array of tools, including an upholstery nozzle, 2.2 metre hose, dusting brush and crevice tool. Two extension tubes are also included.
A bonus is that the Hetty comes with an extra adaptor for tools. If you’re working in a cramped space, you can remove the steel tube that tools usually attach to so you less restricted.
Frequently Asked Questions
How is the Hetty Hoover different from the Henry?
We’ve mentioned this earlier in the post, but, in short, there is no difference between the two aside from the colour scheme. Both have the same motor, filtration system, dust capacity and accessories – so the only reason to choose the Hetty over the Henry is if you prefer the colour!
If you’re looking for a sturdy vacuum cleaner with a huge capacity, large cleaning radius and strong suction, the Numatic Hetty HET 200 is an option to consider – especially if your home has mainly hard floors. It’s also a reliable machine, so you probably won’t need to worry about it breaking down.
There are some drawbacks though. Its performance on carpets isn’t great, especially as there’s no motorised brush bar to stir up deeper dirt. The Hetty is also bulky and heavy, so it’s not the most manoeuvrable or convenient.