Electric toothbrushes are so advertised so much nowadays that you cannot ignore them anymore. However, regardless of what the marketing campaigns want us to think, one thing remains clear: They’re definitely not cheap. So why is the latest Philips Sonicare line worthy of your money?
With a price range of $50 to as high as $500, electric toothbrushes can get quite expensive. However, given that they do a much better job than cleaning your teeth with a manual brush, it’s worth looking into the most luxurious options currently on the market.
New Philips Sonicare Line
This year, Philips announced a new addition to the Internet of Things (IoT) with the first Bluetooth-connected Sonicare toothbrush. Who would’ve thought that even our tooth brushing habits could be strictly monitored by our smartphones?
With the help of an iOS companion app, you can now keep track of your tooth brushing, receive brushing tips, and make sure you’re always brushing right.
Even though we will present some of the other toothbrushes included in the new Philips Sonicare line (scroll down), we will first talk about the most impressive of them all, the Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected. Priced at $199, the new tool takes the experience of tooth brushing to a whole new level.
Design and Best Features
The Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected is a long-awaited upgrade to the popular FlexCare brush. With the innovative iPhone connectivity, it’s easier than ever to track how long you brush, where you brush, and how hard you brush.
The FlexCare brush head is somewhat of a downgrade from the Philips DiamondClean – which is considered to be the top of the line brush. The FlexCare doesn’t have as many features (3 cleaning modes instead of 5) and a rougher design, according to reviews.
However, in terms of features, the FlexCare looks follows the standard in electric toothbrush. It comes with a removable brush head (which should be replaced every three months), a power button, and buttons for adjusting various settings. Given the removable brush heads, the FlexCare Connected base can be shared among family members.
Three cleaning modes are included in the new Philips Sonicare toothbrush:
- Clean – the standard two-minute cleaning mode that should be used daily;
- White – a shorter mode that helps remove stubborn surface stains;
- Deep Clean – a three-minute mode that provides a periodical deeper clean.
Button Functions and Brush Heads
The main button on the FlexCare base is the power button; the longer button allows you to switch through the various modes. The button located at the bottom of the brush is used for switching between three intensity options: low, medium, and high.
Do you have sensitive teeth or gums? Choose the low option, ensuring a thorough brush without any damage. Use the higher option after consulting with your dentist; if you’re clear to use it, it will result in a quicker clean given the 62,000 brush strokes a minute.
The new Philips Sonicare toothbrush comes with two brush heads: The AdaptiveClean and the InterCare. Both of them are significantly larger than the previous Sonicare brush heads; this allows them to cover a lot of surface area at once.
Why choose the InterCare brush? Its design will allow you to have a deeper reach between the teeth. Why choose the AdaptiveClean brush? With its flexible sides, you can brush hard-to-reach sport and have a wider cover of the tooth for a better clean.
Keep in mind: You should replace the Sonicare brush heads every three months. It is an expense to be aware of, given that the costs are around $10 to $15 per brush head. Much of the promise of better plaque removal lies with the integrity of the brush head.
Sensors and UV Sanitizer
The FlexCare Platinum Connected features a set of sensors that make it possible for you to use the companion app. Three sensors are incorporate: (1) a location sensor that follows the movement of the brush, (2) a pressure sensor that allows you to adjust the pressure for zero gum damage, and (3) a scrubbing sensor that makes sure you let the toothbrush do its thing.
Also, you can opt to purchase the FlexCare Connected with or without a UV sanitizer (it adds $20 to the price). The UV sanitizer is used to sanitize the brush heads. You just put the brush head in the container, shut it close, and turn on the light to get rid of the germs.
You must know that the Sonicare’s app isn’t primarily for helping you track your brushing habits over time. It’s more like a friend who helps your brush the right way in the moment.
As soon as you turn the brush on, the app displays a 3D model of a mouth, guiding your brushing through each quadrant of your mouth. Quite motivating is the fact that the teeth in the 3D model go from yellow to white as you brush them.
As far as the movement sensors of the FlexCare Platinum Connected go, they are rather decent, but certainly not perfect. While the app can detect which side of your teeth you’re brushing by the way you hold your brush, it can’t tell if you’re actually following the guidance.
What we mean is that if the app tells you to brush the upper right quadrant and you do lower left instead, the app can’t tell the difference. In order for the app to be effective, you have to follow the provided steps.
At the same time, the app is ideal for people who need motivation to brush. The companion app also offers you goals that help you achieve healthier gums, fresher breath, and significantly whiter teeth. You can reach most of these goals by brushing twice a day for two minutes and flossing afterwards.
Below are some of the Philips Sonicare electric toothbrushes that you can buy for a better brushing experience.
Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected
As the most expensive electrical toothbrush by Philips Sonicare, the FlexCare Platinum Connected is worth investing in. We have already presented most of the features, such as motion sensors and the companion app on your smartphone. The brush itself comes with soft bristles and long battery life.
Philips Sonicare for Kids
The children version of the electric toothbrush we presented before, this Philips Sonicare option is significantly cheaper. It also comes with a companion smartphone app that uses games to encourage kids to develop solid dental hygiene habits at an early age. Successful brushing sessions comes with exciting rewards and animations.
Philips Sonicare 2 Series Plaque Control
This Philips Sonicare offering was marketed as the best in removing tooth-decaying plaque. The snap-on brush head is ideal for avoiding cavities with its curved bristles that fit perfectly on the shape of your teeth.
The result is a superior brushing experience that cleans up to 5x more plaque than a traditional manual toothbrush. The Plaque Control toothbrush features an ergonomic handle that makes it easy to hold, and a battery charge indicator that warns you when it’s time to recharg
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean
Before FlexCare Platinum Connected was launched, the DiamondClean held the No.1 spot in the Philips Sonicare line. Thanks to the patented sonic technology, the brush removes up to 100% more plaque, cleaning even the hardest-to-reach spots in your mouth.
DiamondClean is also ideal for whitening teeth in just one week of using the toothbrush, as well as for promoting healthier gums in only two weeks. It comes with five brushing modes: clean, gum care, white, polish, and sensitive. Results are guaranteed in 28 days. The kit includes a dual charging pad, a charger glass and USB charging travel case.
Philips Sonicare Essence
One of the most appreciated and best reviewed Sonicare toothbrushes, this rechargeable power version comes with soft contoured bristles, an angled neck for better reach, and patented sonic technology. Moreover, thanks to the easy-start feature, you can adjust the Sonicare experience to fit your needs. The brush also comes with a two-minute Smartimer that helps you brush thoroughly.
Philips Sonicare Replacement Toothbrush Heads
Even though they were designed for the Philips Sonicare Plaque Control toothbrush, the brush heads can also be paired with other Sonicare models. These snap-on replacement brush heads are more efficient in plaque removal than a manual toothbrush. Bristles will fade when it’s time for replacement, which is about every three months, according to the American Dental Association.
Bottom line is that the new Philips Sonicare toothbrushes do indeed offer a better brushing experience. If you don’t mind investing the money into a new electric toothbrush, the Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected is a solid choice.