Philips PowerPro Expert FC9745/09 review

The Philips PowerPro Expert FC9745/09 is recommended by many web shops as the best vacuum cleaner. But is this correct? This bagless vacuum cleaner would have a good suction performance on any floor type and is also suitable for vacuuming pet hair. I have put it to the test and have extensively tested this bagless vacuum cleaner. Curious about my experiences? You will discover that in this extensive Philips FC9745/09 review. Little time? Then jump straight to my conclusion!

Philips PowerPro Expert FC9745/09 review
8.6Expert Score
A bagless vacuum cleaner for all floor types

The Philips PowerPro Expert FC9745/09 is a super powerful bagless vacuum cleaner. This vacuum cleaner performs very well on every floor type. Thanks to the included parquet brush, wooden floors remain well protected. The small turbo brush makes removing pet hair very easy. This is a bagless vacuum cleaner that is very easy to empty. Take into account a somewhat noisy vacuum cleaner: with 70.9 decibels, it is not the quietest choice.

Accessoires
7.5
Suction performance
8.5
Usability
9.5
Maintenance
9
Pros
  • Good suction power on all floors
  • With mini turbo brush (not motorized)
  • Super easy to empty
  • Soft dusting brush on the handle
Cons
  • Makes a lot of noise
  • Few suction nozzles

Accessories: unboxing the Philips FC9745/09

Like every other vacuum cleaner review, I start with the unboxing of the Philips FC9745/09. When lifting the large box I immediately feel that it will probably be a heavy vacuum cleaner: how heavy is that! Because this vacuum cleaner is labeled by many web shops as an all-round choice, I expected a lot of suction nozzles. Unfortunately I discover few extra suction nozzles.

Philips PowerPro Expert FC9745/09 unboxing
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  1. Philips FC9745/09 PowerPro Expert: a bagless vacuum cleaner
  2. TriActive combi brush: a combi suction brush for hard floors and carpet
  3. Parquet brush: a parquet brush with soft bristles that protect wooden floors
  4. Turbo nozzle: a small brush for removing pet hair
  5. Crevice tool: a narrow nozzle for crevices and small corners
  6. Vacuum cleaner hose: a vacuum cleaner hose with integrated dusting brush
  7. Vacuum cleaner rod: an adjustable vacuum cleaner rod (telescopic)

Suction performance: how well does this bagless vacuum cleaner perform?

How well does the Philips PowerPro Expert FC9745/09 perform? To answer this question, we tested the suction power on various floor types. As we have just seen, it comes with a multi-surface brush and a parquet brush, among other things. We tested the bagless vacuum cleaner on a wooden floor (hard floor), low-pile carpet and short-pile carpet.

Suction performance low pile rug

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I first tested the Philips FC9745/09 PowerPro on a low-pile carpet. How well does the supplied multi-surface brush suck up different types of dirt? During my test it became clear that the vacuum cleaner does not seem to have any problem with small dirt: both the rice and the puffed rice grains are vacuumed well. I do notice that heaps of dirt can quickly form in front of the suction brush: this is pushed forward by the vacuum cleaner, which is clearly visible with rice in the image above.

Suction performance long pile carpet

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In addition to the test on a low-pile rug, I also researched the performance on a long-pile rug. Is the dirt thoroughly sucked into the fibres? It turns out that the PowerPro Expert has no problem with medium-sized dirt: there is almost nothing left. With large amounts of small dirt, a pile can form in front of the suction brush. This remains at the end: you will have to vacuum back and forth several times.

The large dirt again proves to be a problem here: the suction brush gets clogged and slides over the dirt.

Suction performance (wooden) hard floors

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I also investigated the suction performance on hard floors. I use a wooden floor, so that I can immediately check whether the vacuum cleaner protects this floor type. As I mentioned earlier, the vacuum cleaner comes with a TriActive combi brush. I put this on the parquet position, so that the hairs come out and the wooden floor is protected.

It is noticeable that all the dirt is pushed forward by the brush: the opening at the front of the suction brush turns out to be too small to prevent the accumulation of dirt. See above result.

Suction and Airflow

With vacuum tester, one of the fixed parts of my vacuum cleaner reviews is the suction power measurement. I use a specially developed tester, with which I can measure the suction power. The Philips FC9745/09 PowerPro Expert scores 14 kPa. It’s good to know that I only use these measurements to compare vacuum cleaners. For example, I measured 16.5 kPA in the Philips Performer Silent FC8784/09 review, which means I can conclude that the suction power is slightly higher with that model.

Philips PowerPro Expert FC9745/09 suction power
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In addition to the suction power in kPa, I always measure the AirFlow; the airspeed. With an air speed of 44.6 m/s, there is a very good AirFlow.

Philips PowerPro Expert FC9745/09 airflow
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User-friendliness: how easy does the vacuum cleaner work?

Apart from the suction performance and the supplied accessories, it is of course very important to zoom in on user-friendliness. When considering the user-friendliness of a vacuum cleaner, I always look at the following factors:

  • Maneuverability
  • Service
  • Ergonomics
  • Weight
  • Noise level
  • Cord length (and radius of action)

In my opinion, these factors are all important for a user-friendly vacuum cleaner.

Maneuverability, handling and ergonomics

If we look at the maneuverability of this Philips FC9745/09 PowerPro Expert, it’s all right. It is equipped with super large wheels with a rubber edge (which I have encountered before with vacuum cleaners from Philips). This makes the vacuum cleaner very easy to follow behind me. The vacuum cleaner itself has two large buttons on the top: a button to roll up the cord and an on and off button. On the handle I discover two more buttons to set the power.

The vacuum cleaner comes with a vacuum cleaner rod that you can easily adjust in length. When you disconnect the rod, you will discover an integrated handheld vacuum on the handle. This is super handy for vacuuming furniture or small surfaces.

Noise level, weight and cord length

Those looking for a vacuum cleaner that is as quiet as possible may make a less good choice with the Philips PowerPro Expert FC9745/09. In my noise measurement I arrive at 70.9 decibels, which is not very quiet. It is certainly not a loud noise, but if I compare it with the noise measurement in my AEG VX82-1-ÖKO review (54.9 decibels) it is really a lot louder.

Philips PowerPro Expert FC9745/09 noise level
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The vacuum cleaner is also not a light choice: with 5.5 kilograms without accessories, it can be heavy for some people. However, I discovered a very nice handle on top of the vacuum cleaner, which makes lifting the vacuum cleaner very easy. If we measure the weight with the vacuum cleaner hose, vacuum cleaner rod and the combi suction brush, we arrive at 6.2 kilograms.

The cord of the vacuum cleaner is 7 meters long. If I measure the total vacuum cleaner’s range – the distance from the plug to the suction brush – I arrive at 10 meters. This is a great working range for the average living room.

Maintenance

The Philips FC9745/09 PowerPro Expert is a bagless vacuum cleaner: with this type of vacuum cleaner you will have to maintain the filters more often than with a vacuum cleaner with a bag. This model has a washable filter, which can be found behind the dust container. The filter can be removed from a plastic frame, after which you can wash it under the tap. You must let the filter dry for at least 24 hours before you can use it again.

Philips PowerPro Expert FC9745/09 air filter
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At the bottom of the vacuum cleaner we discover another filter, the H13 filter system from Philips. The filter system captures 99.9% of fine dust particles. According to Philips, the filtration level is equal to that of a HEPA 13 filter.

Philips PowerPro Expert FC9745/09 hepa filter
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The dust container of the vacuum cleaner is very easy to empty: you can click the dust container out by pressing the button on the handle. You can then empty it above the trash. To date, I have not experienced a lot of dirt remaining in the dust container during emptying.

Specifications

View all my research results of the Philips FC9745/09 PowerPro Expert below.

SpecificationTest results
Suction power14 kPa
AirFlow44.6 m/s
Cord length7 meters
Work range10 meters
Weight6,2 kilograms
Noise level70,9 dB

Conclusion Philips PowerPro Expert FC9745/09 review

The Philips PowerPro Expert FC9745/09 is a very versatile canister vacuum. Because this is a bagless vacuum cleaner, you will never have to buy vacuum cleaner bags again. The vacuum cleaner has an extremely good suction power on all floor types. Thanks to the included parquet brush, you don’t have to worry about damaging your wooden floor.

What you have to take into account with this vacuum cleaner is a somewhat higher noise level: with 70.9 decibels, it is not a quiet choice. The weight of the vacuum cleaner is also on the heavy side: with 5.5 kilograms without accessories, it is not a lightweight choice.

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