Numatic International 370 George Wet/Dry extractor vacuum review: carpet and upholstery cleaning plus vacuuming

We've reviewed the Numatic International GVE 370 George Wet/Dry Vacuum. It can do everything a Henry can, plus clean carpets and upholstery, and wash hard floors.

NaceCare GVE 370 George Wet/Dry vacuum
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Top Ten Reviews Verdict

The Numatic International GVE 370 George Wet/Dry Vacuum gets a thumbs-up from us as an all-in-one solution for vacuuming, upholstery, and carpet cleaning — it can even unblock sinks and valet your car! However, George is bulky and heavy to move around, and switching from dry to wet pick-up is laborious, so it won't suit everyone.


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    Excellent suction power

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    Impressive carpet and upholstery cleaning

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    Can even unblock your sink


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    Heavy and bulky

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    Incomprehensible manual

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    Switching from dry to wet pick-up is laborious

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Meet George, your new go-to cleaning buddy that's as powerful as it is versatile. Thanks to its strong 1.6 Hp vacuum motor, George is excellent at sucking up household debris, pet hair, dust, and water, boasting impressive capabilities with a 110" water lift and 95 cfm of airflow. 

Henry's sturdy big brother George is all set to tackle any cleaning job you throw its way. Whether dealing with carpets, upholstery, or hard floors, George's special turboflo vacuum turbine and power flo pump system promise professional-level cleaning. It comes with detergent, a wide selection of accessories for every household job, and two nozzle/extractors - one for carpet cleaning and one for your car, stairs, or upholstery. 

Our expert review examines how well the Numatic International George Wet/Dry Vacuum coped with sludgy spills, liquid messes, grainy debris, and fine dust. We also thoroughly test how well it cleans carpets and upholstery. Find out how we got on and discover whether it’s the best wet/dry vacuum cleaner for your home.  

If the Numatic International George Wet/Dry Vacuum isn’t the perfect new appliance for you, check out our best vacuum cleaners for every budget, tried and tested, and our guide to the best carpet cleaners.

Joanne Lewsley
Joanne Lewsley

Joanne Lewsley is a freelance health and lifestyle writer. She's also a Top Ten Reviews Customer Advisor for vacuums, air purifiers, and cleaning devices. She evaluates the quality of home gadgets in these areas, putting them through their paces in a natural home environment for reviews, updating buying guides, and speaking to industry experts on the latest product advances.

She reviewed the Numatic International GVE 370 George Wet/Dry Vacuum for two weeks, testing it out in her busy family home with a golden retriever, cat, keen gardener, and an 11-year-old kid.

Numatic International GVE 370 George: Key specs

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Model noGVE 370
Dustbin (capacity)4 gallons
Suction power30 psi pump and 1.6Hp vacuum motor
CordedYes, 42 feet
Suitable forCarpets, hard floors, laminate, tiles, upholstery, cars, stairs
Weight30 lbs
Dimensions14" x 14" x 20" (L x W x H)
Warranty2-year limited warranty
AccessoriesMattress nozzle, crevice nozzle, upholstery nozzle, dusting brush, combination floor nozzle, carpet shampoo tool, upholstery shampoo tool, hard floor scrub and dry tool, 4 x HepaFlo dust bags, 17oz shampoo

Numatic International GVE 370 George: Price & availability

The Numatic International GVE 370 George Wet/Dry Vacuum (known by the same name in the UK) retails for around $750.00 on Amazon and is also available through some third-party sellers.

While this is undoubtedly an expensive piece of kit, and the dustbags are an ongoing cost of $39.16 at Amazon, the sheer range of functionality you get with George makes it easier to justify. With a huge range of accessories, a separate carpet cleaning tool, an upholstery cleaning tool, four extra dustbags, and a bottle of carpet shampoo, George packs a lot for the price. 

Considering that George can clean and wash all floor surfaces, extract water, unblock sinks, valet cars, and more, you'll get several appliances in one package. That, combined with Nace Care's reputation for reliability and sturdiness, plus a 2-year warranty, means it's a sensible investment that could save you a lot of money in the long term.

Score: 4/5

Numatic International GVE 370 George: First impressions

Where on earth do we start? The NaceCare GVE 370 George Wet/Dry Vacuum comes with almost every possible accessory you can think of and then some. Designed as a 3-in-1 solution to household cleaning, the George comes with several accessories, two hoses, and multiple cleaning tools to clean stairs, upholstery, carpets, and hard floors. It also has extra dustbags and a bottle of carpet shampoo to get you started.

Given all that, plus an almost incomprehensible manual made up only of images, it takes at least an hour or more to set up the George for your first use. You'll need to know that the setup for dry vacuuming is very different for wet vacuuming/carpet cleaning, from a different hose and toolset to using a different switch on the machine itself.

Frustrated at the manual's lack of usable information, I turned to YouTube, which was much better at getting me up and running and helping me understand how to switch between the two cleaning modes. 

Setting up for dry vacuuming is pretty straightforward, like setting up a Henry vacuum if you've ever tried one. However, wet vacuuming/carpet cleaning is quite different in setup. Be prepared to set aside a few hours to get to grips with it, as I had to. 

Dry vacuuming: You'll need to ensure you use the dry vacuum hose and insert a dust bag and filter into the George before use. Then choose your attachment, whether that's the standard floor tool or one of the accessories, such as the dust attachment or crevice tool 

Wet-vacuuming and/or carpet cleaning: You'll need to remove the dustbag and insert the float valve and the solution tank (if you're also shampooing). If you're just using it for wet pick-up, you only need the float valve to stop water from entering the electrical part of the unit. Then, choose one of three options depending on what you're cleaning or removing: the floor unit for carpet cleaning,  the handheld trigger unit for stairs or upholstery cleaning, or the hard floor scrubbing and washing attachment. This can all be rather fiddly at first as it requires attaching the solutions tube to the hose and the nozzle and unit, but it gets easier with time. 

Numatic International GVE 370 George: Design

The NaceCare GVE 370 George Wet/Dry Vacuum is bigger and heavier than a standard Henry vacuum. Like Henry, big brother George features the famous eyes and smile synonymous with the brand. 

The four-gallon tub of the unit is bigger than Henry's to aid in wet vacuuming. At the back are two large wheels, and at the front are two sturdy swivel castors. This makes it very maneuverable during use, which is handy as it's a fairly heavy unit and will get heavier with water. 

George switches

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The front of the unit has two waterproof switches. The green power switch is for suction only, and the blue switch turns on the pump for carpet cleaning and floor washing. There is also a connection point for the solution hose.

Similar to Henry, there are two latches you slide out either side to release the top. There is also a siphon tube for putting into the solution tank for floor washing and carpet cleaning. The large bucket has a handle for emptying dirty water. There's also a small clip for securing the hose and floor nozzle to the back of the machine. 

Yet, unlike Henry, George doesn't feature a cord rewind function. Instead, there's a pull-out tab at the handle to secure the looped 42-foot electric cord.

George cord

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Taking the top of the unit that houses the motor off, you can either pop in a dustbag and the filter for dry vacuuming, the solution tank for washing, or the float valve to stop water from entering the motor. Everything is easy to click on and secure, and it's intuitively designed to pop each component correctly. 

Everything feels super sturdy and well-designed. Valve and connection points are made of brass for a professional finish, and all connections click easily into place. Each accessory pushes smoothly into the hose for use. The accessories are also sturdy and well-made, and the dust brush is super soft, so you can feel comfortable dusting all the surfaces in your home without worrying about damage or scratches. 

Score: 5/5

Numatic International GVE 370 George: Performance

I was excited to try the NaceCare GVE 370 George Wet/Dry Vacuum at home. Having paid for professional carpet cleaning in the past, I was hoping George could do the same job, as well as tackle stairs, rugs, and my car's interior, all of which could do with a good professional- finish clean! With a cat, a dog, and a child in the house, the upholstery has seen better days, so a refresh is in order, too, not least to remove pet odors. 

During testing, I also looked at how well George tackled different types of liquid and debris, using sauces, milk, spilled cereal, oats, and flour on various surfaces and using it as a general vacuum daily. 

Let's talk about dry vacuuming first. Like Henry, George features great suction. It's so powerful that it takes a bit of heft and push to move the floor attachment around a carpet! You'll need some upper-body strength for this. However, it quickly dealt with spilled flour and porridge oats on a carpet - vacuuming up every last piece of debris. 

George wet dry vacuum carpet dry pickup

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On a hard floor, the results were similarly great, although the floor nozzle tends to push the oats around at first, so you need to lift and place the floor attachment a little to ensure you get every last crumb.

George wet dry vacuum

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The vacuum unit is easy to roll around but can be tricky to carry up and down stairs. The electric cord can get in the way a bit, but perhaps that's because I'm so used to my regular cordless vacuum.

The regular floor vacuum tool does a great job removing all visible dust, debris, and pet hair, and you can get right up to the edge of the floor for thorough cleaning. The attachments are standard Nace Care Henry attachments and include a super soft dust brush, an upholstery and stair tool, and a crevice tool—ideal for tight corners. The brush is gentle enough to dust photo frames and ornaments, so it's perfect for dusting down shelves.

Numatic International GVE 370 George Wet/Dry Vacuum dry attachments

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On to wet vacuuming, where the fun starts! First, though, you have to switch the dry hose for the wet hose, remove the dustbag and filter from the unit, insert the solution bucket and float valve into the unit, and then assemble the wand using the new wet hose (you'll need to clip the solution tube to the hose and connect it to the pump on the unit). Finally, pop the blue pump switch and the green suction switch on. Rest assured — all of this does get easier after you've done it a few times.

NaceCare GVE 370 George Wet/Dry Vacuum

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Before washing the floors with the floor washing tool, I thought I'd check to see how well George coped with sludgy spills and sauces. It did a fantastic job at sucking up cereal and milk on the floor but tended to smear sauce and honey around instead of removing it. George is designed for wet extraction (for example, sucking up water while you're defrosting your freezer), but perhaps sauces and sticky liquids are a step too far.

The hard floor scrub and dry tool is a revelation for washing hard floors. On one side, it has bristles for scrubbing. Flip it 180 degrees, and the other side has a squeegee opening to extract the dirty water off your floor, leaving it almost dry. This functionality feels like a game-changer and much more hygienic than a mop and bucket, as only clean water/solution is pushed through the pump, while dirty water is sucked clean away, leaving a gleaming floor.

NaceCare GVE 370 George Wet/Dry Vacuum clean floor

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Next, it is time to see how well the upholstery and carpet cleaning tools work. The upholstery tool can also be used for spot cleaning and features a built-in trigger for pumping up the cleaning solution, while the wider fishtail-shaped tool suits larger areas, such as carpets.

It's super easy to use both tools on sofas, chairs, stairs, carpets, and car upholstery. You can see the solution being sprayed into the fibers, and watch as it's sucked back up into the tool. 

NaceCare GVE 370 George Wet/Dry Vacuum wet cleaning tools

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Over the course of my testing, the sofa was given a new lease of life with old food stains removed and no more doggy smells; the hallway runner was spot-cleaned and came up brighter; my son's desk chair was finally rid of an old coffee ring, and I gave my car's carpets and seats a mini valet. I even managed to unblock my drain—yet another task that George can do. Evidence of what came out is below, if you're not too squeamish.

NaceCare GVE 370 George Wet/Dry Vacuum, detritus from sink drain

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I found ground-in dirt, for example, on some old carpeted stairs reaching down into our bathroom, was harder to shift. Some stains may need a stronger or spot cleaning solution first, so bear that in mind. I also had to factor in drying time as the carpets, rugs, and couch were left slightly damp after cleaning, so that's something else to be aware of. 

Once you're done cleaning, emptying the dirty water from the Numatic International GVE 370 George Wet/Dry Vacuum is a breeze. Simply lift out the float valve and solution bucket and unplug the hose. Then, using the carry handle, take the unit to your nearest drain and empty the contents. 

I needed to refill the solution bucket and empty the unit of dirty water quite a few times over longer tasks, such as cleaning the carpets and the car upholstery, so make sure you're not too far from a drain and a faucet if you're tackling a big job. 

While it's not deafening, it's not quiet either, reaching 61 decibels during testing. That's the same as a normal conversation or an air conditioning unit. However, many vacuums are much louder than this, so George scores well on volume. 

Overall, there was little to fault in George's performance. It's set up to easily tackle vacuuming, floor washing, and carpet cleaning and delivers excellent results for a wet/dry vacuum. While it may not replace a professional deep clean, it's more than capable of tackling everyday stains, and your carpets and upholstery will thank you for the refresh.

Score: 4/5

Numatic International GVE 370 George: Care & maintenance

Regular emptying and rinsing of the solution tank and tank when in wet mode and replacing the dustbag when needed in dry mode will help prolong the life of the NaceCare GVE 370 George Wet/Dry Vacuum. You get four dustbags with it, and spares are readily available online.

Every month, brush the dry dust filter using the dust attachment to remove any build-up of dirt and debris. 

The membrane covering the float valve for wet mode can also be removed and rinsed under running water. Leave to dry for at least 24 hours before refitting.  

Should you buy the Numatic International GVE 370 George Wet/Dry Vacuum?

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Score card
Price & availabilityGood value as acarpet cleaner, upholstery cleaner and vacuum all in one, but cheaper brands are available. 4 / 5
DesignWhat can we say? It's adorable yet sturdy, with all fittings and accessories well-crafted and durable. 5 / 5
PerformanceA great performer in our at-home tests but it won't replace a professional carpet clean for us.4 / 5

Buy it if...

You want a total cleaning solution for your home

The Numatic International GVE 370 George Wet/Dry Vacuum does everything, from vacuuming to valeting your car, spot cleaning, carpet washing, and even unblocking your sink!

You have storage for all those accessories

There's a lot to store away when not in use, so make sure you have enough room for all those wands, accessories, and hoses, as well as the hefty unit. 

You value reliability and sturdiness

The Numatic International GVE 370 George Wet/Dry Vacuum has a great reputation for reliability and longevity, and the excellent 2-year warranty provides extra peace of mind. All the hose connections have a professional finish, and the accessories and tools are sturdy and well-made. 

Don't buy it if...

You want to switch functionality quickly

It takes a while to switch out from dry extraction to wet - you'll need to change hoses, tools, and the tank inside the vacuum. If you want something that switches at the touch of a button, you may be disappointed with the George. 

You want a cordless model or at least a cord rewind function

Unfortunately, the George doesn't feature a cord rewind and storage feature; that 42-foot cord can get in the way during cleaning. 

You have limited mobility or strength

At 30 lbs and with a lot of hose and wand length to contend with, plus a powerful suction that requires strength to move over carpets, the George needs an owner with muscle to move it around. If you have limited mobility or lack upper body strength, you will probably find it too heavy and cumbersome.

How does the Numatic International GVE 370 George Wet/Dry Vacuum compare?

Suppose you'd prefer an upright wet/dry vacuum cleaner. In that case, the Ultenic AC1 Cordless Wet Dry Vacuum promises to vacuum and mop your hard floors or sealed wooden floors simultaneously, taking care of two chores in half the time. While it won't vacuum carpets, it was impressive at picking up dirt and debris on hard floors in our testing, and despite being cordless, it has a more than adequate runtime of 45 minutes per charge. 

If you'd rather have a hands-free experience, the Eufy X10 Pro Omni will do everything for you, including vacuuming, mopping, and self-emptying. But you'd better have a much bigger budget as it retails for hundreds of dollars more!

If you just want a compact and affordable option, the Black+Decker Dustbuster QuickClean Cordless Wet/Dry Handheld Vacuum could be ideal.  It's fantastic at powering through dry and wet messes in the home and car. Plus, it's small enough to store away when not in use. However, the 10-minute battery runtime could disappoint some users.

How I tested the Numatic International GVE 370 George Wet/Dry Vacuum

Over two weeks, I evaluated the Numatic International GVE 370 George Wet/Dry Vacuum, using it around my home for vacuuming, carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, and floor washing. I tested how well it coped with sludgy messes and sauces, thin liquids, and dry debris, such as oats and flour.  I also used it to valet my car and unblock my sink. I cleaned laminate floors and carpets with the Numatic International GVE 370 George Wet/Dry Vacuum and used a decibel meter to record volume output.

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  • First reviewed: March 2024
Joanne Lewsley
TTR Customer Advisor, Vacuums

Joanne Lewsley is a reputable freelance writer specializing in evidence-based health and lifestyle content. With a background in journalism and extensive experience working for known brands, Joanne rigorously tests and evaluates home gadgets. Her passion for writing is complemented by her love for the outdoors and live music.