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Henry Hoover Vs Dyson

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You’re in the market for a new vacuum cleaner and you’ve heard so many people talking about how they’ve invested in a Dyson and it’s the best thing they’ve ever bought, or that their Henry Hoover is their new best friend.

With all the raving reviews, which one do you actually spend your hard earned money on? Well, let us do the hard work for you. We’ve compared the Henry Hoover against the Dyson to bring you all the hard facts you need to make the best decision for your household.

We give the pros and cons of both appliances, as well as their price bracket, specs and features, then finally giving our overall verdict.

Before we get into these two cleaners that really are beautiful pieces of kit (I’ve had the pleasure of owning both!), let’s take a look at some of the features you may find useful when choosing a vacuum cleaner.

Floor head features

Flooring in a household is all down to personal preference and every home is different.  Factors such as having pets, larger families, sports kits, and muddy boots, as well as lots more, all contribute to the type of flooring you will have in your home.

So, if you have a lot of traffic coming through your hallway or living room for example, you may opt for hardwood or laminate flooring which would be much easier to keep clean. Whereas you will find most homes have carpet upstairs because it is warmer and more comfortable on your feet, especially when you get out of bed on those colder mornings!

When choosing your next hoover this is one of the most important features to look for. Nowadays you will find that most have different heads to do different flooring types. If you have mostly carpet in your home then choose a hoover that has a good brush and if you have mostly hard floors, again make sure there is a setting or head to change to in order to accommodate this.

Cord or cordless

Depending on the layout of your home and the size of it, you may need a hoover with a relatively long cord or no cord at all.

If you live in a smaller sized home, you will probably find a corded hoover will be adequate for your needs. Most cords are long enough to do a set of stairs without needing to change the plug to another socket. The same can be said for doing multiple rooms without having to keep stopping because the wire won’t reach.

If you would rather just whizz round every room without having to fumble with a cord or multiple plug sockets, then the cordless hoover is probably a better option for you. As long as you charge it up before you begin your housework you will have the freedom to clean every room without stopping.


Again, this will probably depend on the size of your home. If you are in a smaller household or you will not use the hoover too often then you will only need a smaller capacity cleaner. This makes sense because often you will find the larger a hoover, the higher the cost – so definitely one to think about.

Bagged or bagless

There are benefits to both bagged and bagless hoovers – it really does just come down to personal choice. I have had both and find them to be just as good as the other.

If you would rather have the dust and dirt all collected in a bag which you then just remove and throw away, then a bagged hoover would work best.

On the other hand, having a bagless hoover can be a lot friendlier to the planet. Having less rubbish to throw in the bin is a plus and you also don’t have the extra cost of having to buy replacement bags.


When you’re not using your hoover – where do you keep it? Do you have a designated spot for it, or does it just get left in the hallway or downstairs loo – sometimes when you’ve finished cleaning and you just haven’t got that last bit of energy to put it away it will just end up anywhere – no judgement here, I’ve done it myself!

Wherever you do store your hoover, before you purchase your next one, make sure you have room for it. They come in all different shapes and sizes. You’re probably already aware that the Henry hoover looks very different to the Dyson, so you need to take this into account when thinking about storing it away.

That’s a few things to think about and you may want to come back to those after we’ve reviewed the Henry and Dyson. So, let’s get straight into it.

Henry Hoover

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Model: Henry HVR 200-11

Weight: 8.1kg

Noise level: 72 dB

Capacity: 9 litres

Cable length: 10 metres

There are different versions of the Henry, and it can get a little overwhelming to choose the right one, but we’ve opted for one that sits just under £150 and has some great features. Let’s look at those in more depth.

Floor type – You can use the Henry on both carpet and hard floors. There is a switch that you can push up or down on the head. When pushed down, the bristles of the head will come out meaning you can use it on hard floors. The suction will clean up any mess, while the brush will protect your floor from being scratched. If you flick the switch up, the brush will retract, and you will be able to clean carpeted areas effectively.

Large capacity – If you have a larger household and want to get through the chores quickly (let’s face it, who doesn’t!) this Henry is ideal for you. It will hold a lot of dust and dirt before you have to change the bag.

Bagged hoover – This means that when it is time to change the bag, you can do so simply and without the worry that you are going to spill out any of the dirt that you have just cleaned up. With a self-seal tab, it is easier than ever to keep your home tidy.

Versatile tool set – The Henry provides a number of tools which means you can get into most places. There’s nothing worse than spotting a cobweb in a corner or hard to reach place and not being able to get rid of it. With an extending tube, soft dusting brush, taper hose, crevice tool and upholstery nozzle there are definitely enough tools to get into every nook and cranny.

Corded hoover – You get 10 metres of cable from this hoover which is useful for larger households. You won’t have the constant stopping to change plug sockets or wondering why you have suddenly lost power, only to find out you’ve pulled the plug out of the wall because you’ve reached the end of the cable. With this range of length those worries will be a thing of the past.

Neat and tidy – When not in use, the tools are stored on board the Henry which means you haven’t got to remember where you put the tools. This is a brilliant feature and if you’re anything like me who puts things in a safe place, only to forget where that safe place is, this a life saver! The cord rewinds back into the Henry, which is brilliant considering its length.



  • Large capacity
  • Long cable
  • Bagged for convenience
  • Variety of tools
  • Used on multiple floor types
  • May be a bit bulky for smaller rooms
  • The size could make it awkward to clean stairs


The Henry hoover has a lot of great qualities and if you can get past its bulkiness to experience all of them then you’ll be getting a sound investment. It is a product that is built to last and with such a well-known household name (the Henry was invented in 1979) it is a brand that is well trusted.

Its powerful suction means you will cut your cleaning time in half because you will not be going over and over the same area. If you don’t mind carrying it around when required and you don’t want the mess of emptying the dirt, go for the bagged Henry hoover and you will not be disappointed.

Dyson Vacuum Cleaner

dyson v8 handheld pipe and head


Model: Dyson V8 Absolute + handheld vacuum cleaner

Weight: 2.5kg

Noise level: 82 dB

Capacity: 0.54 litres

Cable length: Cordless

Just like the Henry, there a lot of different models with the Dyson. This particular V range includes a V6, V7, V8, V10, V11 and V15. We have tried to go down the middle and chosen the V8 Absolute which is a wonderful piece of kit.

The Dyson is the most expensive of the two, but if you are in the market for a vacuum cleaner that has some useful features and gadgets, and you aren’t compromised by budget, then this should really be at the top of your shortlist.

Let’s delve a little more into why the price tag at just under £400 is justified.

Floor type – The design of this cleaner is brilliant. Because of its brush you do not need to adjust anything when you are switching from hard floor to carpeted rooms. Giving high suction on a variety of surfaces you can clean your home with minimal effort.

Capacity – This vacuum cleaner has a bin volume of up to 0.54l which means it can adequately store the dirt and debris collected from rooms without needing to be emptied too often. While it doesn’t hold as much as the Henry, you can still get a good chunk of hoovering done before you have to stop – it is always a risk that when you are interrupted or have to stop any kind of housework that you may not start it back up again!

Bagless – This is such a useful feature and one that has become more and more popular over the years. By choosing a bagless hoover you will not need to worry about any more costs after your initial purchase of the Dyson and you also won’t be stuck without a bag when your current one is full after you’ve forgotten to buy any more. You simply pull the lever and the lid will open for easy emptying.

Cleaning accessories – You get a crevice tool for narrow spaces, a mini motorised tool for smaller areas and stubborn dirt, and a combination tool. The long pipe allows you to clean skirting boards without bending down too much, as well as higher up places where dust can sometimes gather because it is just out of reach. The Dyson gives you the option of making it into a handheld which is ideal if you need to venture out of the home to hoover your car or you need to get into tighter spaces in your home.

Cordless Vacuum – There are a lot of benefits to having a cordless vacuum and this is one of the features that impacts the price. It is so convenient – I could guarantee after I’d cleaned the house that my husband would come home from work and kick off his dirty boots, only to leave grit and dirt in the hallway. All I had to do was get out the Dyson and within a couple of minutes it would be clean again. No unravelling cords or finding an empty plug socket, just hold the button down and away I’d go (again!).

Charging station – Due to the V8 being cordless, there has to be another way it gets its power. There is of course – the Dyson has a power lead which is attached to a charging port. The vacuum cleaner is then placed in the port which will give it all the power it needs in around 40 minutes. This charging port can be attached to a wall which will also double up as a storage solution – ideal if you have a utility room or even a smaller living space where you don’t have much storage space – the station allows you to keep the vacuum neat and tidy, without being a trip hazard.



  • Convenient and easy to use
  • Good suction
  • Used on multiple floor types
  • Great features
  • Bagless and cordless
  • You have to make sure it’s charged enough before use
  • Capacity of dirt collected may be too small for some users


Dyson have been making products since 1991 and they are now a massive household name. With a brand like this, comes a higher price tag, but you really do get your money’s worth from their V8.  

The design is sleek, the accessories are useful and the bagless and cordless functions are convenient. Is there anything more you could need from a vacuum cleaner?


There you have it – we have given you all the things to consider when choosing your next vacuum cleaner, the benefits of both the Henry and Dyson V8 and we hope you can now choose which one is right for your household.

From experience, all I will say is they are both really brilliant pieces of equipment. If you prefer a hoover that won’t need emptying too often then go for the Henry or if you like the idea of having no wires to trip over then go for the Dyson.

Whichever one you choose, you will be surprised how much you start enjoying the housework and how quickly you can get it done!

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Meet our reviewer – Michelle Vernon

Michelle is one of the lead writers at Washing Check and also holds an editor role. She is a busy parent who understands the needs of daily domestic life and the challenges it can bring.

She genuinely loves cleaning products and equipment, which although is quite strange to many, is a blessing to us here at Washing Check.