Numatic NRV200 Commercial Review → Power and Performance


The Numatic NRV200 commercial bagged cylinder vacuum cleaner delivers a lot of power in a whimsical package. While it may seem odd at first to have a vacuum that smiles at you while you clean, this vacuum is no toy. Its performance is amazing, and it even blows some of the more well known vacuum brands out of the water. Although the NRV200 might not be right for everyone, you’d be surprised at just how versatile this vacuum can be. It certainly won me over, and now that I have been using it, I can’t imagine going back to a different brand. Even the face on the front of the vacuum has grown on me, and other vacuums just seem kind of dull without it.

Features of the Little Vacuum

When I first saw the NRV200, I have to admit that I laughed at the face on the front of the vacuum. It looked like something out of a cartoon, and I wasn’t sure just how seriously I could take a vacuum cleaner that had a smiling face on the canister and which used the vacuum hose as a “nose” and the canister top as a “hat.” It just seemed a bit too ridiculous.  Fortunately, I eventually looked beyond this and decided to find out exactly what this little vacuum had to offer.
Numatic NRV200 Commercial
When I started reading up on the vacuum’s features, that’s when I started to get impressed. The vacuum features 1200W of power with its Twinflo suction system and uses a 240 volt power supply. It’s a bagged vacuum, but it has a decent 9-litre storage capacity and the Microflo bags are easy to install and remove (even when they’re full.) On top of that, the brush head has adjustable high and low settings, letting you use it on different carpet heights to ensure proper suction. It seemed like a decent deal, even with a silly little face on the front, so I decided to give it a go. I’m glad that I did.

Versatility

One of the things that I was surprised about when I finally tried the NRV200 was just how versatile the vacuum is. The wheels are set up a bit differently than a lot of vacuums, with casters on the front of the canister and larger wheels on the back. This makes it easy to turn and maneuver while you’re cleaning, ensuring that you’re not going to wind up with a tipped-over canister every time you try to pull it in a new direction.

The canister has a built-in handle that folds down when you’re not using it, and this is pretty handy as well. The vacuum isn’t necessarily light, but it’s also not excessively heavy so carrying it to a new location isn’t that big of a deal. If I had to say anything about its construction, I’d say that it’s sturdy more than anything else. The weight is reasonable given the size of the motor and the amount of dust and dirt that the canister can hold, and it doesn’t waste space for the sake of making a larger-but-lighter unit.

Stairs are especially easy with this vacuum as the hose is long enough to let you do several stairs at a time before the canister needs moving. Then it’s just a matter of picking it up, placing it a few stairs higher and going back to work. The cord even retracts into the unit when you’re finished to make transport even easier.

Cleanliness

When you’re looking at a vacuum, the big question is obviously how well it cleans. In this case, the answer is quite well indeed. The NRV200 has plenty of suction, even when you’re not adjusting the height of the brush head based on the carpet you’re cleaning. It uses a robust filtration system, too, keeping dust and small particles from blowing out into the air once you suck them up. It might not work as well if you’re in an environment that produces a lot of dust, but it’s been amazing everywhere I’ve used it. If you’re cleaning your home or an office or other non-industrial settings, it will probably do just fine.

Cons

I’m happy with this vacuum, though I wouldn’t say that it’s flawless.  Probably the biggest drawback is that it can be a bit of a workout to use at times, especially if you have deep carpet; the wheels and casters make it easy to turn, but that “sturdy” construction that I mentioned can be a lot to pull around on deep pile. Some of the attachments work better, though I guess that’s the case with just about any vacuum. I’ve read that some people have had problems with the main vacuum head coming apart at the pipes, though I’ve never encountered this; still, it’s something to consider if you’re looking for a vacuum that’s lightweight and low maintenance.

Verdict

I’m pleased with the Numatic NRV200 and think that it’s definitely worth what I paid for it. While it might not be right for everybody, it’s certainly right for me. I don’t think that it’s too heavy and I haven’t had any connection problems that some other reviewers have mentioned, and it definitely provides all of the suction and power that I need. If you’re on the fence about this vacuum, stop and think about what sort of areas you’d be using it.  If you’re going to be in really deep-pile, carpeting and want something that’s easy to get around, this vacuum will give you the power that you need but might be a little hard to drag along. If you need something for shorter carpet and general house or office cleaning, though, then you will not find a better vacuum for what you’d pay for the NRV200. If you’re like me, then it will meet your needs and then some.

by Richard Floyd