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Post# 193232   8/4/2012 at 14:51 (2,797 days old) by rutger (England)        


I'm thinking of picking up a second hand Numatic Henry-Hound.

Has anyone any experience of this model (good & bad) & in particular its plastic tubes?

Is it worth me bothering with over my standard Henry?



Post# 193233 , Reply# 1   8/4/2012 at 15:30 (2,797 days old) by Scaniabebe ()        

I've personally never owned a Henry Hound, but, I do own a new Autosave Henry. The Stainless Steel or Aluminium Tubes are tougher than the plastic tubes. Really, just buy yourself an Airo Brush for you current Henry, and it'll be as good (if not better) than a Henry Hound.

Hope this helps!:)

Post# 193255 , Reply# 2   8/4/2012 at 17:26 (2,797 days old) by sensotronic (Englandshire)        

I had a Henry Hound and liked it very much apart from the tubes it comes with were too short so I had to buy another long tube to make it more comfortable to use. It comes with one short and one long electric extension tube.

I have also owned a Henry Extra with the turbo brush and I can say that the electric head is far superior performance wise and as far as noise levels go, you can hardly hear it when it's on. The tubes are black painted metal with plastic ends and I found them to be durable. They also click together nicely and are easy to separate.

I like the fact that with the Henry Hound, you can remove the electric hose and fit a regular hose and tool kit if you want. You can pick up very long hoses for the Henry which makes it more versatile when cleaning above the floor. I had a 5 meter hose for mine which was great for cleaning stairs and the car.

It's funny that this thread has come up because only today I was thinking of getting another Henry Hound or the similar Henry Turbo.

Post# 193256 , Reply# 3   8/4/2012 at 17:36 (2,797 days old) by ryry_87 ()        

I've tried the Henry Hound. Still prefer my original Henry with the TurboElectric head, it does a fantastic job on carpets, really grooms well


Post# 193268 , Reply# 4   8/4/2012 at 18:58 (2,797 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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I have to agree with sensotronic, no air driven turbo brush can compete with the electric powerheads in terms of performance or grooming carpet. For starters, they don't slow down when in contact with the carpet. The Hound is the same great performance we all know from the standard Henry, but with the addition of the electric powerheads which I found to do an excellent job.

Post# 195476 , Reply# 5   8/16/2012 at 15:06 (2,785 days old) by rutger (England)        

Hi all

Thanks very much for the input, it helped !



Post# 195482 , Reply# 6   8/16/2012 at 15:40 (2,785 days old) by madabouthoovers ()        

I have the standard Henry with the AiroBrush and think it is a great cost effective solution as the Henry Hound is fairly expensive. If you have fairly short pile carpets like I do, the airobrush works fine, but its best to use it on the HI setting if your Henry has 2 speeds. Its a bit noisy, but does a good job!
I paid 90 for the Henry and 24 for the airobrush so a fair bit cheaper than the Henry Hound, and you can choose what colour combination you want too:

Post# 195484 , Reply# 7   8/16/2012 at 15:50 (2,785 days old) by madabouthoovers ()        

Dont think they sell the Henry Hound now though - would have to be the Henry Turbo I suppose if you wanted a new one.

Post# 195486 , Reply# 8   8/16/2012 at 15:53 (2,785 days old) by beko1987 (Stokenchurch, United Kingdom)        

I've owned a Henry Hound (still have it, need to sell it) and a Henry Xtra (sold years ago).

The hound is good if you have lots of space, but the hose is larger than normal, and a lot stiffer. The poles are too short, and I found them to bow in use. The turbo brush is ok, but due to the size of it, I found it didn't bite into the pile very well, and the brushes were soft. Trying to use the standard floor tool on the electric pipes near bent them in half. The small tools are not easy to use with the electric hose either, due to the convertor and size of the hose.

Henry Xtra on the other hand, the Airo brush is the second best turbo brush I've ever used, after the Miele Cat and Dog one on my S5210 (as seen in my link). Over the two, I would have to choose an Xtra / an Airo brush on a standard Henry.


Post# 195487 , Reply# 9   8/16/2012 at 15:56 (2,785 days old) by beko1987 (Stokenchurch, United Kingdom)        

and the brushroll.

Post# 195489 , Reply# 10   8/16/2012 at 16:00 (2,785 days old) by madabouthoovers ()        

I have the Miele S6220 (Cat and Dog) with the Turbine head, and I'd say the Henry with Airobrush performs just as well as the Miele - they are on a par with each other, although I feel the Miele turbobrush is better quality than the Numatic version.

Post# 195491 , Reply# 11   8/16/2012 at 16:03 (2,785 days old) by beko1987 (Stokenchurch, United Kingdom)        

On my mums thick carpet there's not much in it, the Meile's 2200w motor puts it in-front of the Numatic's 1100w one. On the short pile carpet in my flat I'd say they would be as good as each other. Need to get hold of one for a test now!

Post# 195493 , Reply# 12   8/16/2012 at 16:04 (2,785 days old) by beko1987 (Stokenchurch, United Kingdom)        

Nice Miele BTW! Can't edit the incorrect spelling on the above post...

Post# 195494 , Reply# 13   8/16/2012 at 16:05 (2,785 days old) by madabouthoovers ()        

Comparison of the Henry and Miele turbobrush heads:

Post# 195495 , Reply# 14   8/16/2012 at 16:06 (2,785 days old) by madabouthoovers ()        

Note the Numatic has an inspection flap:

Post# 195496 , Reply# 15   8/16/2012 at 16:07 (2,785 days old) by madabouthoovers ()        

The miele has an air bleed valve that enables better rotation on different carpets:

Post# 195499 , Reply# 16   8/16/2012 at 16:16 (2,785 days old) by beko1987 (Stokenchurch, United Kingdom)        

Mine didn't have the inspection flap, you had to unscrew the whole thing to un-block it. Was from 2008 IIRC. My daughter cries if I open the flap on the Miele brush, the airflow scares her. Have to keep it closed to keep her happy!

Don't have an underneath picture of mine, 90% sure something broke on it after heavy use and it got binned. Gave the machine away years after to a friend for his holiday house.

Post# 195501 , Reply# 17   8/16/2012 at 16:26 (2,785 days old) by madabouthoovers ()        

For the money they cost, I just cant fault the Henry, I mean, they have been going virtually unchanged since the early 80's, thats even longer than Kirby has been producing the Generation series, and Henry's parts are so reasonably priced too, that if the airobrush breaks down or wears out you can get a new one for 24 on some websites in the UK. Henry's are so versatile, and hardwearing, and can take a real bashing, thats why builders, tradesmen, industry etc uses them - they might look like a childs toy, but they are damn good cleaners, and the airobrush turns a standard Henry into an excellent competitor to Miele on carpeting, for a fair bit less money too of you are on a budget.
I'd say to the opening poster to keep his current Henry and buy an airobrush - there are plenty of online suppliers for them at a reasonable price.

Post# 195502 , Reply# 18   8/16/2012 at 16:31 (2,785 days old) by beko1987 (Stokenchurch, United Kingdom)        

Same here. Where abouts in England are you Rutgear, you're welcome to have a play with mine if you're near Bucks...

Post# 195912 , Reply# 19   8/17/2012 at 20:48 (2,784 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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Steve - another reason to why Numatics are so popular is that they can be used bagless if you run out of bags or if you have forgotten to buy more. When I'm doing my other job as a contract cleaner, I don't particularly like using a Henry that doesn't have a bag installed, but there have been times when I've had to use a Henry without s bag, and it's very versatile to clean out. That's one aspect Miele would never be able to do - they'd have to protect their motors a heck of a lot better. 


I also have an S6. The only thing I like about it is the auto cord rewind "comfort" function. Useless exterior body though - just doesn't stand up to scratches and scrapes very well, but then its a heck of a lot smaller and easier to store than Henry - for the mean time - I'd be interested in the 2012 Henry machines that are coming out with the park slot on the back. 

Post# 196169 , Reply# 20   8/19/2012 at 12:02 (2,782 days old) by rutger (England)        

Hi all

After all your excellent input etc & considering the potential advantages i've decided to stick with an airobrush (I have one already) & give the 'Hound a miss as I don't think i'd be gaining much apart from another Henry (not that that's a bad thing.)

Cheers for the kind offer anyway beko1987!

It's great to see all these positive comments about Numatic, I must admit the more I have to do with the brand the more I like them.

I have though after consultation with my other half decided I do need another Numatic (a George) Another thread will i'm afraid follow shortly !!


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