Although parents don’t like having to clean the house very much, children just love following their mum or dad around the rooms with their own toy vacuum cleaner. The real cleaners are often referred to as ‘Hoovers’ because this was the US company that monopolised the suction floor cleaning market for several decades from the early 1900s. With many different firms now making vacuum cleaners though, toy suppliers have been quick to sign licences for many of the popular brands and turn them into realistic toy vacuum cleaners.
Electrolux, Dyson, Hoover, Miele and everyone’s favourite Henry have all had the miniature treatment and been turned into toy vacuum cleaners. British toy company Casdon have made their name creating chuildren's household products including fridges, ovens, sink units and high chairs. They even make a Henry cleaning trolley complete with accessories like a broom, dust pan, mop and cleaning cloths.
As well as these houehold cleaning toys, firms like Smoby and Klein make generic equipment that includes floor sweepers, whilst Fisher Price create toy cleaning equipment with sounds and action for even more play value. Lego and Playmobil often have models of street sweeping vehicles in their ranges, and some may even be branded with kid’s favourite characters.
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