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Henry Vacuum cleaner with eight hoses
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Everyone knows that Henry makes the best vacuum cleaners in the planet, but only one person at a time can use them as they only have one hose. Octo-Henry solves this omission by providing 7 additional suction hoses all feeding into the one larger container, with a complex system of interconnected valves ensuring there is no loss of suction.

To avoid entanglement, a little choreography is required, for the 8 person vacuuming team to perform an effective cleaning routine. (strictly come vacuuming?)

Medusa-Henry under development.

xenzag, Dec 04 2015

Henry! https://www.argos.c...29693/brands:henry/
totally Excellent even with only one hose [xenzag, Dec 04 2015, last modified Dec 08 2019]


       Nature abhors eight vacuum.
normzone, Dec 04 2015

       You could reverse the connections, and attach eight Henry devices to a single hose and nozzle, for octo-suction-action.
pocmloc, Dec 04 2015

       aka "Henry The Eighth", I'm now thinking in retrospect.
xenzag, Dec 04 2019

       The solution for parallel whole-house vacuuming is surely to install a large turbofan engine in one room, with its back-end ducted up out of the chimney. Simply fire it up, and the entire house will be free of dust, debris and small appliances in a couple of minutes.
MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 04 2019

       Ah, so nothing to do with Henry Repeating Rifles, then...
FlyingToaster, Dec 06 2019

       I wonder how you define "best vacuum cleaner". Henries are certainly popular, and I'm not saying they're not good, but best overall, by what criteria?
notexactly, Dec 08 2019

       How about simplicity, robustness, reliability, suction power, and the ability to make you laugh every time you look at someone dragging a henry along an office corridor by its 'nose hose'? Henry vacuums are the epitome of affordable good design, and they're made in the UK, unlike Dyson's hyper expensive, flimsy, overcomplicated rubbish.
xenzag, Dec 08 2019

       //hyper expensive, flimsy, overcomplicated rubbish //   

       Yes, in retrospect partnering with Apple was a dreadful mistake.
8th of 7, Dec 08 2019

       Dysons don't even have a vacuum cleaner bag, which means you risk being enveloped with their contents in the form of a cloud of detritus every time you empty them.
xenzag, Dec 08 2019

       The V10 is supposed to be designed so that you can stick it deep down in the garbage bag before opening it, but I've never been really inclined to do that (maybe because the garbage bag is already mostly full), so it does indeed get everywhere a bit. I turn on the hood fan over the stove first, and I also make sure the vacuum is charged when I empty it so I can close it as soon as it's empty and suck in the airborne dust. That and the non-swappable battery are the only things I don't like about it.   

       Everything else about it is wonderful. It's so easy to get out and use for a quick job that I end up vacuuming way more often than I would with anything else, so the floor is clean more of the time. And it's so easy to drive (with the steerable soft roller head—the "torque drive" head is nearly as easy) that I actually enjoy using it, because it only needs one hand and hardly any force to control where it goes*, and so I usually end up doing the whole house. And, according to independent testing (Vacuum Wars on YouTube, at least), it cleans better than most corded vacuum cleaners, including carpet deep-cleaning.   

       *{I haven't seen this mentioned online anywhere, but I'd like to popularize an understanding of the different ways of steering a vacuum cleaner. You've got at least these kinds: 1. ones that drive straight forward most of the time and need some effort to turn (like most uprights, and most powerheads for canisters), 2. those that have no directional control whatsoever and just go wherever you push them but also go elsewhere unless you continually apply a large force in the desired direction from the end of a long class 2/3 lever (like the basic floor heads on canisters and sticks, e.g. Henry), and 3. those that are steerable by just twisting the handle about its long axis, and then automatically go in the designated direction when you push forward (like the Dyson V10 and several other, less expensive, cordless sticks).   

       I find the third type the most pleasant to drive, because it just goes where I tell it to without any fighting or need for using two hands. Lots of heads of the second type, including Henry heads, actually use a similar mechanism for turning the head when you twist the handle, but, because they have no wheels to make them go in a particular direction, that's pointless and achieves no steering. Seriously, just stick some fixed-direction wheels to the sides of your Henry's head and see how much more pleasant it is to use when it goes in the direction you point it. (Then just keep using it like that instead of getting a Dyson or other stick, if you're happy with it. I don't own any Dyson stock.)}   

       My mom complains about having to wash the V10's filter too often, but that's not an issue when I'm the only user of it for a couple of weeks. (Actually, it's weird that that's the case. I usually only use it on power level •, while she uses it on power level •• or MAX* despite acknowledging that this is unnecessary. Lower power levels are supposed to fill up the filter faster, because slower airflow makes the cyclones less effective. But she has to wash the filter a lot more often than I do.)   

       *OK, there's another thing I dislike: the power level naming scheme. But you can just put a piece of tape on it and write 1, 2, 3 or LO, MED, HI.   

       HOWEVER, I do acknowledge that Dyson's corded vacuum cleaners (which I think are all discontinued now, because James Dyson decided the motors in the cordless ones are superior) aren't very good. Maybe the Cinetic ones are okay; I haven't tried them. The cordless sticks before the V-series aren't worth getting either, and those before the V10 are at best okay. So I agree that the Dyson anti-hype was accurate, a few years ago. The V10, though, is the closest they've come to perfection in my opinion. The V11 is more powerful and has an easier-to- wash filter, but the V10 is already powerful enough to deep-clean carpets and the V11's user interface looks cumbersome and needlessly color LCD-equipped.   

       Your criteria above are fine, and I take no issue with you liking your Henry on those bases. (Also, did you spot the tip for improving your Henry that I hid in the middle of what I wrote above?) But I thought you were French?
notexactly, Dec 08 2019

       French? Mais non.
xenzag, Dec 09 2019


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