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Numatic is entering the USA properly!
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Post# 456553   9/6/2022 at 17:07 by Ilovehoovers (England)        

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They've recently started selling their machines on QVC USA! There may have been some TV demos but I'm yet to see them, no doubt there will be some soon!


Post# 456555 , Reply# 1   9/6/2022 at 19:50 by luxlife (Under a Pecan Tree)        
Interesting that they’re using the name “Numatic”…….

I say this because the machine is already being sold in the USA through Nacecare. I’m sure the devil is in the details of some license agreement with a non competition clause between the two company names. QVC is certainly a very different distribution channel than Nacecare.

Post# 456563 , Reply# 2   9/7/2022 at 09:54 by dysonman1 (the county)        

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Two of the three major suppliers to the vac shop industry have taken on Henry. DESCO has the Allergy Model while Steel City does not. Both carry all the other models. We will be seeing them in more and more vac shops now that it's easy to order them along with repair parts, bags, belts, etc. from our normal suppliers. QVC does nothing but help vac shops. So many people see them demonstrated on TV but wait to see one "in person" before buying.

Post# 456569 , Reply# 3   9/7/2022 at 11:03 by Ilovehoovers (England)        

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I'm excited for their future! Everyone should know about Henry

Post# 456571 , Reply# 4   9/7/2022 at 11:40 by electromatik (Taylorsville, North Carolina, U.S.A.)        

They appear to be nice machines. I can see them making an appealing choice for those with mostly (or all) hardwood floors. The "faces" are a whimsical touch.

An interesting note about QVC and the competitor HSN is that they have been known to sell "exclusive" versions of many products. One time they sold Electrolux USA machines to the surprise of many because Electrolux USA was a door to door seller. I wonder just how long the distribution agreement will last? It was pretty short term for Electrolux as far as I can tell.

Post# 456572 , Reply# 5   9/7/2022 at 12:11 by luxlife (Under a Pecan Tree)        
I remember Luxes on the shopping channel.

That was also about the same time that they were available at Sam’s.

Post# 456583 , Reply# 6   9/8/2022 at 01:09 by huskyvacs (Gnaw Bone, Indiana)        

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It is highly possible this is a "testing the water" scenario. If Henry floats, they might move more production units over here. If Henry sinks, you might see just this batch and no more. However, saying that, Henry is expanding their factory grounds already anyway to make the Henry Quick and maybe they might be able to ramp up production to make orders for US market.

USA has a TON of tub-style vacuums and to us here, we associate them with Shop-Vacs and stuff for cleaning up industrial waste. Not something for the house - not in the living room anyway. And that $600 price tag they are getting on HSN will completely obliterate them from the working environment. Will take some convincing to get these to shift in America. Most people will be like "I have a shop vac why would i need this?"

I suspect just like in the UK, they will be highly popular in houses with children, so that will be your strong market leader. Maybe schools or daycares might grab one?

Will be interesting to see how it goes, to me it seems kind of unusual to see a Henry vac not in England - it seems like that's a piece of Britain that belongs at home.

Post# 456594 , Reply# 7   9/8/2022 at 11:35 by Ilovehoovers (England)        

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Hopefully if they sell well enough the prices will come down a bit

Post# 456604 , Reply# 8   9/8/2022 at 15:27 by electromatik (Taylorsville, North Carolina, U.S.A.)        
Six hundred dollars!?!

Oh my gosh. There is no way they will survive that. Without even a power nozzle?? No way. Shop-Vac, Ridgid, and Craftsman vacuums sell machines for well under $100...

Post# 456605 , Reply# 9   9/8/2022 at 15:32 by huskyvacs (Gnaw Bone, Indiana)        

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Yup, you are right I did not even realize that. NONE have power nozzles. Straight wands only.

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Post# 456606 , Reply# 10   9/8/2022 at 16:09 by Ocscott3085 (DMV)        

These have actually been on the QVC website for about a year. I think if they were going to showcase them on TV we would have seen that by now. I do remember when one of those channels sold the plastic Electrolux machines. My mom got one for our beach house. It lasted a long time before being replaced by a Miele canister.

Post# 456607 , Reply# 11   9/8/2022 at 17:11 by dylanmitchell (San Diego)        

Good to see Nacecare/ Numatic expanding into the US. We're happy with our Charles. There are barriers to entering the US market. Most homes have carpet, Henry is priced at a premium here, and Tradesman often uses inexpensive shop vacs. A new HVR200T could help with carperted homes and promoting long life motors and quietness may appeal to tradesman. PPR240/390 has 2,000 hour motor vs 600 to 700 hour shop vac motors.

Henry is also more versatile than a shop vac and tougher than other canister vacs.. Quiteness and filtration it much more usable than a shop vac is indoors.

Post# 456641 , Reply# 12   9/9/2022 at 22:35 by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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The Numatic Xtra has a turbine head, but those never really caught on here. If they lowered the price I'd buy one. I know they last forever.

Post# 456642 , Reply# 13   9/10/2022 at 01:11 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

The vac shop here can order these machines if you want one.Two "James" were ordered for a cleaning woman-she only bought one of the vacuums-I bought the other.James is a good little vacuum.These are considered maids vacuums-for cleaning services that go to peoples homes.These services are common for move out and move in cleanings.These machines ARE NOT shop vacuums and are not intended to be shop vacuums.

Post# 456722 , Reply# 14   9/13/2022 at 02:03 by Tseg (World Traveller)        

My first proper vac in the US was a Miele C3. It was the Alize, with suction nozzle. 2/3 of my house is wood floors. It was my first suction nozzle vac and I hated the experience on carpet. So much so I (luckily?) could spend another grand to buy powered hose and nozzle to upgrade the machine. So much better. After my suction nozzle experience there is no way I would spring for one of these despite their strong brand recognition by vac enthusiasts. But maybe others can look past this?

Post# 456723 , Reply# 15   9/13/2022 at 06:21 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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I just find electrified hoses and wands and hose handles and their electrical connections so prone to problems…and they are heavy and bulky. I find carpet cleaning is best done with an upright, cleaning of all other surfaces is best done with a separate canister. And you can get an excellent pair of vacs for under $1,000 (eg Henry or Miele or Sebo canister plus Hoover Windtunnel upright).

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