Little Henry Review

LittleHenry with accessoriesLittle Henry Toy Vacuum Cleaner Review (Casdon)

Our rating: 2.5 stars

Kids love to help Mom and Dad with the grownup things that they do! With the Little Henry toy vacuum cleaner and his sister Little Hetty, they can do exactly that.

Little Henry and Little Hetty are very cute toys that allow kids to help with the cleaning. But are they are much fun as they look, and do they actually work? Let’s see what customers say.

Features

Henry and Hetty* Comes in red (Little Henry) or pink (Little Hetty)
* Includes brush and pan
* Low-powered suction action
* Hose attachments
* Retractable power cable
* Uses 4 C batteries (not included)
* Age 3-8 (we think 3-4)

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(Note: Little Henry is not designed for kids this young, but for age 3+)

Little Hetty/Little Henry Vacuum Review

Little Henry with boyThe Little Henry and Little Hetty toy vacuum cleaners are great for toddlers age 3 or 4 to pull around the house while mom or dad is vacuuming. However, they are pretty small and we don’t think they will really suit kids age up to 8 as the makers suggest. You can see from the picture on the right, the hose would likely not be long enough for that kid to hold standing upright – which is probably why he’s pictured sitting with it!

The Little Hetty and Little Henry vacuum cleaners have a low-powered suction action that is supposed to be able to pick up certain things like little bits of paper or small poly beads. These are sucked into a removable drawer that you can empty into the garbage or onto the floor for the kids to pick up again.

What You Need To Know

Unfortunately a lot of customers say that the sucking action is not great and can be frustrating for the child because it just doesn’t pick up easily enough to be satisfying. Another problem with Little Henry and Little Hetty is that they are very light so they fall over easy.

Their hose attachments do not fix on firmly according to many buyers. They easily come off when kids are using them. Some parents finally glue everything together to stop this happening.

One real weird feature is that the on/off switch on the top of the Little Henry or Little Hetty doesn’t work. Instead there is a power switch on the underneath. This is presumably a safety measure to stop kids being able to switch it on in dangerous situations, but it would be better not to have that non-functional switch on the top. It’s just confusing for kids and doesn’t teach them anything.

These toy vacuum cleaners are designed for toddlers and could be a great toy for a little kid to pull around the house imitating adults vacuuming. Some kids love it. But when you order it, don’t have high expectations of its functionality as a vacuum.

The Verdict

The bottom line is that if your own vacuum cleaner is a Henry or similar cylinder cleaner that you pull around, your child may just adore to have one like it and that will make this purchase well worthwhile – especially for a smaller child (age 3 or 4). If not you might want to look at other toy vacuum cleaners.

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Our rating: 2.5 stars

Published November 11th, 2012

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