Hoover H-Handy 700 Express review: Everything you need to know

YOU'RE spoilt for choice when shopping for a handheld vacuum cleaner these days, with the latest model we've got our hands on being the Hoover H-Handy 700 Express.

We put the handheld vacuum cleaner through its paces to see if it's worth spending your money on.

Hoover H-Handy 700: Pros

  • Looks nice and charging stand is presentable
  • Comparatively good battery life
  • Powerful suction

Hoover H-Handy 700: Cons

  • Noisy
  • Power button placement

Hoover H-Handy 700: Out the box

  • Hoover H-Handy 700, £79 at Amazon – buy here

We've tried out our share of handheld vacuum cleaners and we would have been disappointed if the Hoover H-Handy 700 had been anything other than plug-and-play.

Luckily, getting the vacuum going was a piece of cake and we've yet to look at the instruction manual because everything is so straighforward; there's no fancy set-up you need to be aware of, just charge it up and go.

Hoover H-Handy 700: Performance

  • Hoover H-Handy 700, £79 at Amazon – buy here

Right off the bat, the Hoover was able to handle pretty much everything we asked of it: it picked up spilt rice from the sides, did a decent job of dusting down cabinets and pulled dust and grime from down the sides of the sofa.

It comes with a two-in-one attachment that has an extendable dust brush as well as a regular suction nozzle which is easy to switch around mid-clean.

The H-Handy 700 doesn't excel at pulling pet (or any other) hair from upholstery, but you can buy a pet attachment for an additional £20 at the time of writing. We didn't try it ourselves, but does seem to be a hit with other reviewers.

We don't have a fancy tool to measure the exact power the Hoover delivered in testing, but it seemed like enough for small jobs around the house.

The Hoover will need emptying quite frequently with its 300g dust bin, but we didn't find it held us back as its quite an easy process to empty, re-attach and resume cleaning.

The H-Handy is also useful tool for cleaning the crevices in your car, although you'll still want a cordless stick vacuum if you want to clean every inch of your motor, as you'll probably run out of battery life before you cover every inch of your interior.

Hoover H-Handy 700: Battery life

Hoover saysthe H-Handy will go for 12 minutes from full charge, which may not sound like a lot, but it's actually more than you'll get from comparable models from Shark.

For instance: the comparatively priced Shark WV200UK goes for just eight minutes on a full charge, although in our testing, we ran the Hoover from fully charged to flat and it took 10 minutes and eight seconds before it gave out.

In terms of charging, Hoover say it'll take the H-Handy three hours to charge from flat to full.

Hoover H-Handy 700: The verdict

  • Hoover H-Handy 700, £79 at Amazon – buy here

 Overall, we liked how the Hoover H-Handy performed in our testing.

It had enough power to pick up most spills, the two in one head was versatile and the design was nice to use.

It seems like decent value as a stylish cleaning accessory, although there are cheaper, more rough and ready handheld vacuums to be found.

We liked that it out-performed Shark's rival cleaner, the WV200UK for battery life, although we found their cleaning capabilities to be pretty similar.

In terms of faults, we found the Hoover to be a bit noisy; it was louder than our cordless stick vacuum (the Shark IZ201UK). The noise isn't unbearable but it's worth keeping in mind.

Also, the placement of the power button (and the ease that it was pressed) meant that we accidentally switched the Hoover off a few times when doing our cleaning. You learn to change your hand placement fairly quickly, but it could be a bit more ergonomic in this sense.

Find our Shark IZ201UK review here.

Find our Hoover H-Free 500 review here.

Find our Lupe Pure Cordless Vacuum review here.

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