Meet the New Henry HVB160 Cordless Cylinder Vacuum Review


Henry is a classic brand, and for many of us, it was the vacuum cleaner of our childhood. Whether it was at home or school, you are sure to have seen a Henry in action at various points in your life.

I was excited when I first saw the Henry HVB160 cordless cylinder because it not only kept the traditional Henry Hoover design, but it’s also a cordless cylinder vacuum cleaner – something I haven’t seen before.

It’s certainly proved itself useful around the home, in this Henry HVB160 review guide, I take a closer look at the pros and cons of this henry hoover. 

Review Summary


Product Name:

Henry HVB160

Product Type:

Cylinder vacuum


Around £300


With a classic Henry Hoover design, this cylinder vacuum features powerful suction as well as being cordless.

Perfect for those that want the benefits of a classic Henry but without the hassle of sockets while they vacuum.

Plus, it has a great runtime as well as on-board storage for accessories.

Things to Consider Before Buying a Henry HVB160

Regardless of whether you have pets or not, powerful suction is something that everyone can benefit from – especially if you have carpets in your home.

This vacuum cleaner has been designed to be powerful, removing even the deepest dirt and debris from your flooring, and it will work to the best of its ability to leave your home feeling perfectly clean.

If you suffer from asthma and allergies, it can be tough to find a vacuum that does a good job of keeping your reactions at bay. After all, there is nothing worse than an asthma attack or an allergic reaction when you are vacuuming your home.

The Henry HVB160 cordless cylinder has a brilliant HEPA filter installed, capturing even the smallest allergens so that you are left with clearer and more breathable air. 

Presenting the Henry HVB160

Henry HVB160

The Henry HVB160 cordless cylinder is a surprisingly lightweight model of vacuum cleaner, and it is also quite a flexible one, especially considering its bulky body.

It offers excellent levels of suction for all floor types, so both carpets and hard floors alike can benefit from an equally excellent level of cleaning.

While not designed for pets, it can certainly handle one that has low levels of shedding throughout the year.

It is easy to take around the home with you while you are vacuuming, and it even comes with a number of useful attachments to help you reach those difficult places and corners in an effective manner.

Plus, the vacuum cleaner itself is very easy to maintain, especially when it comes to the filter and the dust bags inside. You won’t have any problems with this smooth-running vacuum.

However, while the Henry HVB160 cordless can tackle the stairs, it is not always an easy (or safe) job due to the bulky size of the vacuum cleaner’s body.

As a result, a smaller and slimmer model of Henry Hoover might prove to be a little more beneficial when it comes to both your safety on the stairs and the effectiveness of the clean. After all, a smaller model will allow you to focus on those tricky parts of the stairs. 

Features and Benefits

Henry HVB160

The Henry HVB160 is a cylinder vacuum cleaner, providing you with the power and suction you need in order to keep your home clean.

 The most exciting feature, however, is that the vacuum itself is cordless – something that you don’t usually see in cylinder vacuum cleaners.

This makes it ideal for those who want a little less hassle, but also for people who don’t have enough sockets in their home for the vacuum to get around the whole house.

It is also the perfect model for those with asthma and allergies thanks to the HEPA filter and the specially made Hepaflo bags that come with it.

While there may be some hesitation from sufferers when it comes to using a vacuum cleaner that still has bags, but these ones will ensure that no allergens reach your lungs – leaving you free from reactions and still able to empty your vacuum cleaner quickly and efficiently. Plus, the bag itself has a 9L capacity, perfect for large homes.

While it does have a bulky appearance, as with most Henry Hoover models, you may be surprised by how lightweight it actually is.

It’s relatively easy to store away in your cupboard un the stairs (as well as other locations), and the hose comes off to make it that much more compact.

Plus, it is relatively easy to steer as you drag it along with you, just make sure you watch out for sharp corners on your cleaning run, or you might find it knocks into them. 

Henry HVB160

It comes with a great selection of tools as well, making cleaning a little easier for you. Plus, there is on board storage so that they can go everywhere with you.

 The crevice nozzle is perfect for those tight corners and hard to reach places as it works to remove all of the dust and debris from them.

You also have the upholstery tool, ideal for furniture as well as the inside of your car. 

This is good for the regular removal of dust and general grime, as well as tidying up after your pet has had a nap on your sofa.

The dusting brush is perfect for things like bannisters and tables (if you have dogs, you will understand), as well as other delicate areas.

Finally, the combination floor nozzle provides you with the perfect opportunity to really address each of the floor types in your home and ensure that they are as clean as possible.

The floorhead itself is also adjustable, giving you plenty of options when it comes to keeping your home perfectly clean. It even has side suction so that every inch of your home is covered.

As it is a cordless vacuum cleaner, it does need to be charged. It has a removable battery pack that takes approximately 3.5 hours to charge fully.

This provides you with 30 minutes of cleaning time on the Lo setting, or 20 minutes if you decide to use Hi instead.

It also has a low battery alert to let you know when it needs to go back on charge – so you won’t ever be caught out while you are cleaning your home.

It can be a little tricky to use on the stairs as well due to its larger design. It can be a little difficult to balance on the stairs and often falls onto its side.

This was tested on average sized stairs, and I found that a handheld vacuum did a better job. The hose size is good, but due to the build of the vacuum, it is still a little tricky to use on the stairs. 

How Does It Compare?

When doing our research, we could not find any other cordless cylinder vacuums. So, if you are looking for an alternative model, here are some other Henry Hoover’s you might want to consider:

Henry HVR200

This vacuum cleaner also features the classic Henry Hoover design, and it is one of the most popular models that they produce.

Easy to use and store, it features a HEPA filter for asthma and allergy sufferers, as well as several settings to help you get the most out of your cleaning experience. Plus, it comes at a very low price.

Read Here for the full review of the Henry Pro Hoover

Hetty 160-11

Hetty is Henry’s pink counterpart, and she is just as popular as the traditional model.

Energy efficient and with excellent suction, this vacuum cleaner may just surprise you when it comes to how effective it is.

 It also has a brilliant filtration system to remove allergens from the air, as well as a great tool and accessory selection that will really benefit your cleaning routine.

Read here for the full Hetty Hoover Review

James JVP180A1

James is the final member of the Henry Hoover family, and this is the vacuum that you will want to use if you need to give things a tough and professional clean.

With a massive capacity for big jobs, as well as easy storage for tools and accessories, James is the vacuum cleaner that can keep you going for longer.

Give your home or workplace a professional clean with this top vacuum.

Read here for the full James JVP180A1 Review.


Q: Does the Henry HVB160 come with a bag and filter?  

A: Yes it comes with both ready to use and 3 spare bags for future use. 

Q: Does it come with all the attachments needed?

A: Yes, it comes with a short crevice tool, a round dusting brush, a combination suction only floor head with fixed bristles for hard floors, a snap on slide off upholstery tool with added brushes for doing curtains etc.

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For those who want something that is both powerful and effective, the Henry HVB160 cordless cylinder might just be the perfect model for you.

Cordless, it is the only cylinder vacuum cleaner of its kind, and it is sure to produce results that will leave you feeling amazed.

 Of course, there are a couple of issues when it comes to the stairs, but other than this it makes for a very effective model. Ideal for homes with and without pets, this reasonably priced vacuum cleaner makes for an excellent buy.

Have you tried out a Henry HVB160 cordless cylinder review? Did it meet your expectations? We love hearing from you, so tell us about your experiences in the comment section below.

Last Updated on December 7, 2020 by Gemma Tyler Protection Status