|Proscenic P8||Candy CAS10|
|Type of stick vacuum||Stick||Stick|
|Filter type||HEPA, Cyclonic||HEPA, Cyclonic, Foam|
|Operating mode||light switch||light switch|
|Storage||base to fix on the wall||base to fix on the wall|
|Accessory (s) provided||brush, motorized brush, mini-brush, nozzle, furniture and textiles brush||brush, crevice|
|Additional options||turbo mode, charge indicator||charge indicator|
|Weight||2.5 kg||2.3 kg|
|Sound level||75 dB||NC|
|Autonomy announced||35 mins||25 mins|
|Filling capacity||1 L||0.7 L|
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The forces involved
There are many reasons to want to get a stick-type stick vacuum cleaner: first purchase, replacement, willingness to get a backup device … However, “cheap” does not rhymes not necessarily with “bad product” as we showed the Candy CAS10 and the Proscenic P8. We find these two references at less than 100 €, but they were able to convince us and show enough qualities to get a satisfactory score of 3 stars during our tests. Between the two, which one to choose?
Convenience of use: Proscenic P8
One thing is certain: it is not because of their designs that we choose the CAS10 or the Proscenic P8. But the main thing is not there and both seem to be made of materials strong enough not to fall apart after a few uses. It is not their respective weights in suction mode on the ground (2.3 kg for the Proscenic, 2.12 kg for the Candy) that will decide in favor of one or the other. However, the Candy CAS10 seemed a little more maneuverable than its challenger of the day.
The handling differs from one model to another. The P8 uses a trigger switch: a first press starts a continuous suction and a second stops it. The CAS10 is also equipped with a trigger, but it must be kept pressed for the device to work; this makes it possible to extend the range since the engine is no longer used as soon as the handle is released, to move a piece of furniture for example. On the flip side, this system can tire the index in the long run. To overcome this problem, Candy has provided an ingenious latch to block the trigger.
Another difference, the CAS10 has only one suction power, while the P8 is a little more versatile with its two levels. This makes it possible to adapt to the surfaces to be cleaned as well as to the quantity of waste to be collected. In addition, the Taiwanese reveals an assessment of autonomy thanks to a trio of LEDs, while you have to be satisfied with a single diode (which flashes once the battery at a certain level) in the Italian.
Both of our competitors benefit from a removable battery, which, theoretically, should make it possible to have a backup battery to extend the cleaning session if necessary. However, if this possibility actually exists at Proscenic (the battery accommodates a female socket to connect it), this is not the case at Candy. Surprisingly enough, the CAS10 battery has no socket to connect the transformer and, de facto, only recharges when plugged into the vacuum cleaner. It is not possible to carry out this operation when it is extracted from its housing; a strange choice from Candy.
Stick-type stick vacuums like our two competitors need a base to store them efficiently. Often this must be fixed to the wall using screws and dowels and this is the case here. Another common point, these wall bases are not equipped with connectors and it will therefore be necessary to connect the CAS10 and the P8 after placing them there to charge: draw on this side therefore.
At such a price point, you should not expect to find many accessories. The Candy CAS10 is delivered with a long nozzle and a flexible nozzle (but without mini brush) while the P8 is equipped with a mini round brush and a flat nozzle. In either case, we are a little hungry.
With its better designed battery, two levels of suction power and a more precise autonomy indicator, the Proscenic P8 wins the first point.
Suction: Candy CAS10
Our two competitors were quite comfortable in this area.
Note, however, that the Proscenic P8 appeared to be more in difficulty on long pile carpets since after 2 minutes of effort, at maximum power, it recovered only 64% of the grains of rice that we scattered. It is better than a good number of stick vacuums in our comparison, but it is less good than the CAS10 which picked up 92% under the same conditions.
On fine carpets, the results are better for both vacuum cleaners and it only takes a minute to remove all the waste. Note that this result is obtained thanks to the maximum power of the Proscenic P8.
Finally, it is on hard ground that we obtain the best results, in one case as in the other. Candy swallows 99% of the rice in 30 seconds and 100% in one minute; a performance very similar to that of the Proscenic P8 (98% efficiency in 30 seconds, all in one minute) regardless of the power level chosen.
Despite its unique suction power, the Candy CAS10 wins this round thanks to better results on long pile carpets.
Maintenance: Proscenic P8
Emptying the Candy Cas10 and the Proscenic P9 requires pressing a button at the base of the waste collector. The articulated bottom then opens and the trash is discharged into the trash: simple, fast, hygienic.
The maintenance of the rotating brush is also the same on both devices. It is enough to handle a small plastic part placed under the suction head in order to free it from its housing to remove the hairs and long hair which could be tangled there. Refitting is no more complicated.
Despite their low prices, our two stick vacuum cleaners benefit from perfect filtration since the HEPA filters of the two devices did not gain weight after we had them ingested 20 grams of cocoa powder. This means that the dust is not released into the air during the cleaning session, which would annihilate any desire for cleanliness of course. However, the Candy CAS10 seemed a little more dirty than its counterpart. And even if the maintenance of the filters is not really a problem, as it is simple to disassemble the Candy model (just like the Proscenic P8 by the way), it will have to be more regularly maintained.
This last point allows the Proscenic P8 to win.
Autonomy: Proscenic P8
The maximum usage time of the Candy CAS10 (23 min 10 s) corresponds to that of the Proscenic P8 used to the maximum of these capacities (23 min 30 s). The latter can nevertheless hold 31 min 15 s at the minimum suction power.
On the other hand, the recharge of the Italian battery is twice as fast as that of the Taiwanese: 2 h 3 min against 3 h 55 min.
It is therefore very difficult to decide between the two, but the Proscenic being more enduring, it is up to him that this round returns.
Noise: Proscenic P8
Even when used at full power, the Proscenic P8 is more discreet than the Candy CAS10. Its sound level reaches “only” 74 dB (A), against 76 dB (A) for its competitor. To be completely complete, the noise of the P8 does not exceed 71 dB (A) at the minimum power.
The last point is therefore awarded without any possible dispute to the Proscenic P9.
Verdict: Proscenic P8
It was ultimately an unquestionable victory for the Proscenic P8, which proved to be more enduring and quieter than its competitor. Of course, Candy’s stick vacuum cleaner proves to be more effective on long pile carpets, but this advantage is not enough in the face of its rival whose handling is better thought out; one thinks in particular of the detachable battery provided with female socket of P8, which is not the case on CAS10.