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Proscenic P9 Review: Versatile and Cheaper Alternative to the Dyson

Last updated on July 17th, 2018 by Garrick Dee

There are lots of cordless vacuums that flood the market right now that have blatantly copied Dyson’s design. It makes me wonder why Dyson did not patent this design in the first place.

They could have made millions with all the clones we have here in the market.

But that’s beside the point. With such variety of options, prices will go down and for consumers it’s a win-win for use.

We’ll be having a look at one of these Dyson-clones, the Proscenic P9. Currently, it’s their latest cordless vacuum with one new feature that’ll make cleaning bare floors much easier.

This variant comes with the soft roller bar that Proscenic calls the electric floor brush. It is similar to Dyson’s soft roller head with one important difference. Dyson’s tool has a larger opening which means larger debris will be picked up.

Still this improvement from Proscenic deserves a close look if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative.

The price difference is huge – up to a hundred plus depending on what V6 variant you choose.

This cordless comes with the same toolset – crevice, variety of brush tools and a mini turbo brush.

Before anything else, let’s look at the features of this budget stick vacuum…

  • This vacuum uses a Nidec brushless motor that produces 15,000 Pa of suction
  • Two main cleaning heads (bristle and soft roller) for cleaning bare floor and carpet
  • Both these floor cleaning tools have LED headlights that illuminate the floor and track dust
  • Whole machine HEPA filtration
  • Aside from the two main tools it also comes with 4 additional tools that helps this clean a variety of areas around the house
  • Interchangeable tools make this as versatile as a Dyson cordless
  • 2,6000 mAh Li-Ion battery will run for up to 40 minutes (3 to 4 hours charge time)
  • 1 liter dust capacity
  • Weighs 8.37 pounds
  • 1 year warranty

Pros

  • Cheaper alternative to a Dyson V6 cordless – it’ll cost more than a hundred less than a V6 Absolute
  • Long 40 minute run time
  • LED headlights help with visibility
  • The Nidec brushless motor will last longer
  • Versatile that is capable of cleaning different parts inside homes

Cons

  • Quality not as good as a Dyson
  • Low profile head will snow plow large pieces of dirt
  • Smallish dirt din make this only suitable for spot cleaning

What to expect from the Proscenic P9?

Put the Proscenic P9 beside a Dyson V6 and you’d think that both of these vacuums come from the same brand.

That’s how both of these variants are similar and one bonus you’ll get is the price savings. To give you some perspective, the V6 Absolute will cost close to $400.

Choosing between the two will depend on two factors – how much you’re willing to spend and brand preference.

If you don’t mind using something that’s from China then the Proscenic is a good option. Quality won’t be as good obviously because of the price difference but you’ll still get a decent product.

Don’t expect this to have a good a cleaning performance as a Dyson.

Tools for bare floor and carpet

Perhaps the biggest improvement that the P9 has over the P8 is the floor tools. This variant comes with two separate attachments that’ll clean bare floor and carpet.

First would be the soft roller bar tool that will work great on bare floor.

It is almost the same as the one found in the Dyson V6 except this Proscenic’s version doesn’t expose the roller as much. But it does have an LED headlight for better visibility.

Second tool is the traditional bristled tool that works best on carpet.

Motor

This vacuum comes with the Nidec brushless motor that in theory is more efficient and will last longer than a brushed motor. It’ll also produce more power than the latter at the same wattage.

Proscenic says that the P9 will produce around 15,000 Pa of suction. This is easily twice more than the Dibea C17 that uses a traditional brushed motor. So in essence, the theory in the article is true. The P9 does produce two times more power than the C17.

Battery and Run Time

Another upgrade that the new P9 gets would be the battery. This latest variant comes with the 2,600 mAh Lithium-Ion battery that will deliver fade free suction up to 42 minutes.

Take note that the 42 minute run time will be applicable for the default power setting. If you turn on the max setting, run time goes down to 25 minutes which is still pretty good for a cordless.

Trigger mechanism with a twist

One common complaint by Dyson users would be the need to constantly squeeze the trigger. You don’t need to do this with the Proscenic P9. When you squeeze the trigger, it locks in place and stays on. Squeezing it a second time turns on the max function. To turn it off, you’ll need to squeeze it a third time.

If you have a condition that makes it uncomfortable squeezing the trigger for long periods, this would be a good option.

LED headlight

This variant also comes with an LED headlight on both bare floor and carpet cleaning tools to help with visibility. It’ll also help you track dust on hardwood, especially under furniture.

Easy to empty bin

To empty the bin, you’ll need to press the red latch on front of the bin. This will release a trap door to empty the contents. Just in case there are dirt like dust that cling on the plastic walls, you can fully disassemble the bin and empty it this way.

All the parts of the bin are washable just you need to remove dust. Whereas the Cyclonic filters of a Dyson cordless isn’t.

HEPA filtration

The P9 now comes with HEPA filtration which means allergens will stay inside the bin. These filters are washable but you’ll have to replace them every 6 months to a year. Replacement filters are available in Amazon for less than $20 for a pack of three so it isn’t expensive.

Handheld mode

One of the biggest selling points of the P9 would be versatility. Detach the extension wand and this vacuum turns into a handheld capable of cleaning upholstery and stairs. All the tools that come with this can be plugged in directly on the vacuum itself.

Wall charging mount

This also comes with a wall mountable charger that’ll help you save space and give you easy access to the vacuum anytime you need it.

Mini motorized tool

You’ll now be able to clean carpeted stairs, fabric upholstery and even mattresses thanks to the mini-motorized tool. If you’re not familiar with this, it is a tool with a motorized brush that helps agitate and clean hair, dust mites and allergens from carpet and fabric upholstery.

It is also usable inside vehicles to clean carpet and fabric seats.

This tool adds to the versatility of this machine.

Other tools

The P9 also comes with the following tools:

  • Crevice tool
  • Combination brush and crevice tool
  • Upholstery tool
  • Mini motorized brush

How is this different from the Proscenic P8?

To give you an idea how the P9 is different from the P8 let’s look how both compare in the spec sheet.

Model
P9
P8
Attachments
Crevice tool

Combination tool

Upholstery tool

Mini motorized brush

Soft roller floor tool

Main motorized cleaning head
Soft Dusting Brush

Multi-Angle Brush

Slit Cleaning Soft Hair

Main motorized cleaning head
Brush roll on/off
No
No
Detachable battery
No
Yes
Motor
Nidec brushless
Digital motor
Battery
2,600 mAh Li-Ion
2,200 mAh Li-Ion
Max suction
15,000 Pa
7,000 Pa
Run time
Up to 45 mins
Up to 35 mins
Net weight
5.51 lbs.
4.5 lbs.
Cleaning path
10.3"
10.3"
Filter type
Washable (HEPA)
Washable
Dust capacity
0.3 dry quarts
0.3 dry quarts

Bare floor cleaning

The soft roller head is a huge improvement over the bristle brush that the P8 offers. There will be less risk of scratching and it does a better job at pulling dirt in.

One issue I have would be clearance. The Proscenic P9 does not have as much clearance as the Dyson V6.

What does this mean?

It simply means that it’ll plow through larger piles of dirt unlike the V6 Fluffy that’ll pull dirt in.

Carpet cleaning

This variant also comes with the traditional bristled brush that will do a decent job on carpet. Unlike the bristles on the Dibea F6 and C17 that are soft, the P9’s bristles are stiffer. So it’ll do a better job in terms of agitation.

What consumers say?

Consumers like this product because it is light, light enough for an old lady in her seventies to use. Power is decent and is a good spot cleaner. Take note that this machine will not deep clean carpet. But for cleaning surface dirt it is decent. This machine is twice more power than the Dibea so expect it to do better on carpet.

Another thing that consumers like would be versatility and price savings versus a Dyson. You don’t need to spend more than $300 to get the same functionality.

But one potential issue with Proscenic and other Chinese brands would be quality. This brand will not match a Dyson when it comes to quality. And the short warranty is a concern for a cordless vacuum at this price range.

Where can I buy this?

You can buy this versatile cordless vacuum in Amazon for less than $200 and it’ll be eligible for the free 2-day shipping if you join Prime.

To wrap up

The Proscenic P9 is a step up from the Dibea C17 and F6 thanks to the more efficient Nidec brushless motor that products almost twice more suction.

It also comes with the soft roller cleaning head that’s similar to the Dyson V6. But take note that it won’t perform as well as the Dyson because the roller isn’t as exposed.

It will perform better than the C17 on bare floor and carpet because it has more suction and better agitation.

Garrick Dee
 

Garrick is the founder of the Cordless Vacuum Guide that originally focused on cordless vacuums but he has now expanded to reviewing corded vacuums and carpet cleaners to be able to provide a more complete guide in terms of choosing the right cleaner.

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