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Philips Sonicare Toothbrush Model Comparison

Our Favorite Model:

The latest ProtectiveClean 5100 has the right features at the right price. Lithium-Ion battery, brush speed control, BrushSync, and compatibility with all of the Sonicare snap-on replacement brush heads. Of course, the 5100 also has Sonicare’s helpful Smartimer and Quadpacer features.

If you need a simple brush with most of the new Sonicare features, but without the smartphone app, then 5100 is for you. The ProtectiveClean 4100 model has been awarded the ADA Seal of Acceptance, and is an a good choice if you’re fine with a single brush speed.

Previously, we recommended the ProtectiveClean 4100, however, it seems the brush speed options on the 5100 are something many people prefer.

Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100
Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100

Electric toothbrushes aren’t a magic wand that poofs away your dental health issues. You must have a routine that includes daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste, flossing between all teeth, and a diet that doesn’t consist of a ton of soda and sugar.

With that said, electric toothbrushes rely less on your ability to brush effectively and do much of the work for you. You don’t need a Bluetooth-capable toothbrush with a phone app to have clean teeth, which is why our top recommendation is the Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100 model.

Electric toothbrushes have been shown to reduce surface plaque, gingival inflammation, and gingival bleeding by nearly 100% over manual toothbrushes after just a few weeks of use. With excellent quality electric toothbrushes being so affordable these days, there’s no reason not to have one.

On the other hand, a more unbiased (maybe?) opinion from an ADA dentist states that in general its more about the user of the brush than the brush itself.  I can say with certainty that the several dentists I’ve been a patient of have recommended electric toothbrushes.

In short, an electric toothbrush is a step toward keeping your teeth as clean (and white) as possible between your yearly professional cleanings. It will not, however, make up for a poor dental health routine.

So, why should you consider switching to an electric toothbrush?

The three features that define the advantage that electric brushes have over manual brushes are the Smartimer, Quadpacer, and the 31,000 strokes per minute brush speed. The Smartimer feature will make sure you maximize every brushing session. The Quadpacer will let you know when to switch to each of the four areas of your mouth by beeping every 30 seconds.

 

Sonicare Feature Guide

Before you try to decide which Sonicare toothbrush you should buy, it’s a good idea to understand some of the feature definitions and jargon associated with Sonicare toothbrushes and electric toothbrushes in general. You may also notice similar features on Oral-B and Waterpik toothbrushes, but they’re called something different.

First off, we need to clarify how Philips defines their brush speeds. They use the terminology “brush strokes per minute” and “brush movements per minute,” which mean different things. According to the numbers they provide, the number of “brush movements” are double the number of “brush strokes.” So if you’re looking through specifications or product descriptions and see 31,000 strokes per minute, and then see 62,000 brush movements per minute on another, don’t get tricked into thinking one is faster than the other. Most recent Sonicare brushes all operate at the 31,000 strokes per minute speed, except the AA battery powered PowerUp Series – they’re at 15,000 strokes per minute.

Now, here is a quick overview of the major Sonicare features.

  • Smartimer – a 2-minute timer found on nearly all Sonicare brushes that turns off the brush once your brushing session is complete.
  • Quadpacer and BrushPacer – notifies you every 30 seconds and 20 seconds, respectively, to switch to different areas of your teeth. The Quadpacer divides your teeth into 4 sections, while the Brushpacer is 6 sections. The BrushPacer is usually on Sonicare models that work with the phone app.
  • Easy-Start – This feature slowly increases the intensity of your brush after each brushing session when you first start using it. It allows you to become accustomed to an electric toothbrush if you’ve just switched from a manual. You must brush for at least 1 minute to advance through the 14 total stages and reach maximum intensity.
  • BrushSync – Some brush models, ProtectiveClean and DiamondClean Smart, can sync with “Smart” brush heads and track how long you have used them, as well as switch to the brush mode intended for that brush head when you attach it. Note that you will need to be sure you buy the BrushSync compatible brush head replacements. The FlexCare Connected models do not have the BrushSync feature.
  • Smart Sensors – these are a suite of sensors that relay information to the Sonicare phone app and help you visualize your brushing habits. They include location detection, 3D mouth map, pressure sensor, and the TouchUp feature. TouchUp suggests areas you may have missed after your 2-minute brushing session.

The Smartimer and Quadpacer are ubiquitous features across Sonicare toothbrushes with only the basic Essence and PowerUp models lacking the Quadpacer. One of the best things you can do to reduce plaque and gum inflammation is to brush for 2 minutes, twice daily. This is enough time to be sure you’ve not missed any spots and wholly cleaned your teeth.

Philips recommends changing your brush head every 3 months, and with that recommendation, they are assuming you complete two brushing sessions per day using the Smartimer described above. This is the basis for the BrushSync feature, and it keeps track of the time the brush was turned on with that particular Smart brush head attached. The BrushSync feature on the ProtectiveClean models behaves slightly different than the DiamondClean Smart models since the ProtectiveClean models aren’t capable of using the phone app. There is a light at the bottom of the handle that turns on once it’s time to swap out the brush head. The indicator light is on the DiamondClean as well, but in addition to that you get real-time monitoring of how long the brush head has been used via the app.

Best Value Sonicare Models – Comparison Table

These Sonicare toothbrushes have been chosen from each category because they have all the features you need to get your brushing routine on the right track. That doesn’t necessarily mean they’re the most expensive or have all the flashy features. These are just our recommendations based on clinical studies, customer experiences, and cost vs. benefit considerations.

Philips Sonicare PowerUp (HX3631/06)
Philips Sonicare Essence Plus (HX3211/02)
Top Pick
Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100 (HX6817/01)
Philips Sonicare FlexCare+ (HX6921/04)
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean (HX9351/57)
Fully Featured
Philips Sonicare DIamondClean Smart 9300 (HX9903/41)
Preview
Philips Sonicare HX3631/06 Powerup Battery Toothbrush, Medium, Scuba Blue
Philips Sonicare Essence + Sensitive,  Light Blue, 1 count
Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100 Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush, Plaque Control, White
Philips Sonicare FlexCare+ rechargeable electric toothbrush,Standard Packaging
Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Classic Rechargeable  5 brushing modes, Electric Toothbrush with premium travel case, Black, HX9351/57, 1 Count
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart 9300 Electric Rechargeable Power Toothbrush, For Complete Oral Care, includes 3 brush heads, glass charger and travel case, Black
Max Brush Speed (Strokes per minute)
15,000
31,000
31,000
31,000
31,000
31,000
Brush Heads Included
1 - PowerUp Medium
1 - Sensitive Standard
1 - C2 Optimal Plaque Control
1 - ProResults Gum Health
1 - DiamondClean Standard
3 - C3 Plaque Control, 2 - G3 Gum Care, 2 - W3 White standard
Brush Modes
1
1
1
5
5
5 Modes, 3 Intensities
Smartimer
Pacer
No
Quadpacer
Quadpacer
Quadpacer
Quadpacer
BrushPacer
Battery Type
2 AA
NiMH Rechargeable
Lithium Ion
Lithium Ion
Lithium Ion
Lithium Ion
Battery Life
120 2-minute brushing sessions
10 Days
2 Weeks
24 Hours
3 Weeks
14 Days
Pressure Feedback
BrushSync
Bluetooth/Phone App
Accessories
-
Compact Charger
Compact Charger
Deluxe Charger with cord wrap, Travel Case
Premium Travel Case, Glass Charger Base
Travel Case, Glass Charger
Voltage Compatibility
N/A
110-220V AC
110-220V AC
110-220V AC
110-220V AC
110-220V AC
Warranty
2 Years
2 Years
2 Years
2 Years
2 Years
2 Years
Philips Sonicare PowerUp (HX3631/06)
Preview
Philips Sonicare HX3631/06 Powerup Battery Toothbrush, Medium, Scuba Blue
Max Brush Speed (Strokes per minute)
15,000
Brush Heads Included
1 - PowerUp Medium
Brush Modes
1
Smartimer
Pacer
No
Battery Type
2 AA
Battery Life
120 2-minute brushing sessions
Pressure Feedback
BrushSync
Bluetooth/Phone App
Accessories
-
Voltage Compatibility
N/A
Warranty
2 Years
Philips Sonicare Essence Plus (HX3211/02)
Preview
Philips Sonicare Essence + Sensitive,  Light Blue, 1 count
Max Brush Speed (Strokes per minute)
31,000
Brush Heads Included
1 - Sensitive Standard
Brush Modes
1
Smartimer
Pacer
Quadpacer
Battery Type
NiMH Rechargeable
Battery Life
10 Days
Pressure Feedback
BrushSync
Bluetooth/Phone App
Accessories
Compact Charger
Voltage Compatibility
110-220V AC
Warranty
2 Years
Top Pick
Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100 (HX6817/01)
Preview
Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100 Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush, Plaque Control, White
Max Brush Speed (Strokes per minute)
31,000
Brush Heads Included
1 - C2 Optimal Plaque Control
Brush Modes
1
Smartimer
Pacer
Quadpacer
Battery Type
Lithium Ion
Battery Life
2 Weeks
Pressure Feedback
BrushSync
Bluetooth/Phone App
Accessories
Compact Charger
Voltage Compatibility
110-220V AC
Warranty
2 Years
Philips Sonicare FlexCare+ (HX6921/04)
Preview
Philips Sonicare FlexCare+ rechargeable electric toothbrush,Standard Packaging
Max Brush Speed (Strokes per minute)
31,000
Brush Heads Included
1 - ProResults Gum Health
Brush Modes
5
Smartimer
Pacer
Quadpacer
Battery Type
Lithium Ion
Battery Life
24 Hours
Pressure Feedback
BrushSync
Bluetooth/Phone App
Accessories
Deluxe Charger with cord wrap, Travel Case
Voltage Compatibility
110-220V AC
Warranty
2 Years
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean (HX9351/57)
Preview
Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Classic Rechargeable  5 brushing modes, Electric Toothbrush with premium travel case, Black, HX9351/57, 1 Count
Max Brush Speed (Strokes per minute)
31,000
Brush Heads Included
1 - DiamondClean Standard
Brush Modes
5
Smartimer
Pacer
Quadpacer
Battery Type
Lithium Ion
Battery Life
3 Weeks
Pressure Feedback
BrushSync
Bluetooth/Phone App
Accessories
Premium Travel Case, Glass Charger Base
Voltage Compatibility
110-220V AC
Warranty
2 Years
Fully Featured
Philips Sonicare DIamondClean Smart 9300 (HX9903/41)
Preview
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart 9300 Electric Rechargeable Power Toothbrush, For Complete Oral Care, includes 3 brush heads, glass charger and travel case, Black
Max Brush Speed (Strokes per minute)
31,000
Brush Heads Included
3 - C3 Plaque Control, 2 - G3 Gum Care, 2 - W3 White standard
Brush Modes
5 Modes, 3 Intensities
Smartimer
Pacer
BrushPacer
Battery Type
Lithium Ion
Battery Life
14 Days
Pressure Feedback
BrushSync
Bluetooth/Phone App
Accessories
Travel Case, Glass Charger
Voltage Compatibility
110-220V AC
Warranty
2 Years

Sonicare Models with Variable Intensity – Comparison Table

Being able to change the intensity settings in each mode, or at least have a mode that operates at a lower intensity, is important for some people. Here we’ve picked out the Sonicare models that provide some degree of variable intensity.

The Gum Health mode provides an extra minute of brushing at reduced intensity after the initial 2-minute session. This doesn’t qualify as a reason for a brush to be in this section since you have to brush at full intensity for 2 minutes before getting to the less intense speed. However, some models do come with the Sensitive Mode which allows for reduced intensity for the entire 2 minutes, and that makes the cut.

The models that give you the option to change the intensity in all modes provide you with maximum control over your brush. So that means you have two options: you can get a brush with a single mode that has reduced intensity or you can get one with several intensities for each mode.

Philips Sonicare HealthyWhite+ (HX8911/02)
Great Value
Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 6100 (HX6877)
Philips Sonicare FlexCare (HX6964/77)
Phlips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected (HX9192/01)
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean (HX9392/05)
Philips Sonicare DIamondClean Smart 9300 (HX9903/41)
Preview
Philips Sonicare HealthyWhite+ electric rechargeable toothbrush, HX8911
Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 6100 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, Whitening, White
Philips Sonicare FlexCare Whitening Edition Rechargeable Toothbrush Premium 2-Pack Bundle HX6964/77 (2 FlexCare Handles, 2 DiamondClean & 2 Plaque Control Brush Heads, 2 USB Charging Travel Cases)
Philips Sonicare Flexcare Platinum Connected Rechargeable Toothbrush
Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Rechargeable Toothbrush, Rose Gold
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart 9300 Electric Rechargeable Power Toothbrush, For Complete Oral Care, includes 3 brush heads, glass charger and travel case, Black
Max Brush Speed (Strokes per minute)
31,000
31,000
31,000
31,000
31,000
31,000
Intensity Options
3 Intensities for each mode
3 Intensities for each mode
Reduced intensity on Sensitive Mode
3 Intensities for each mode
Reduced intensity on Sensitive Mode
3 Intensities for each mode
Brush Modes
2
3
4
3
5
4
Brush Heads Included
1 DiamondClean Standard
1 - W DiamondClean
2 - DiamondClean standard, 2 - AdaptiveClean
1 - AdaptiveClean, 1 - InterCare
1 - AdaptiveClean, 1 - DiamondClean standard
1 - C3 Prem. Plaque Control, 1 - G3 Prem. Gum Care, 1 - W3 Prem. White
Smartimer
Pacer
Quadpacer
Quadpacer
Quadpacer
BrushPacer
Quadpacer
BrushPacer
Bluetooth/Phone App
Smart Sensors
BrushSync
Voltage Compatibility
110-220V AC
110-220V AC
110-220V AC
110-220V AC
110-220V AC
110-220V AC
Warranty
2 Years
2 Years
2 Years
2 Years
2 Years
2 Years
Philips Sonicare HealthyWhite+ (HX8911/02)
Preview
Philips Sonicare HealthyWhite+ electric rechargeable toothbrush, HX8911
Max Brush Speed (Strokes per minute)
31,000
Intensity Options
3 Intensities for each mode
Brush Modes
2
Brush Heads Included
1 DiamondClean Standard
Smartimer
Pacer
Quadpacer
Bluetooth/Phone App
Smart Sensors
BrushSync
Voltage Compatibility
110-220V AC
Warranty
2 Years
Great Value
Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 6100 (HX6877)
Preview
Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 6100 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, Whitening, White
Max Brush Speed (Strokes per minute)
31,000
Intensity Options
3 Intensities for each mode
Brush Modes
3
Brush Heads Included
1 - W DiamondClean
Smartimer
Pacer
Quadpacer
Bluetooth/Phone App
Smart Sensors
BrushSync
Voltage Compatibility
110-220V AC
Warranty
2 Years
Philips Sonicare FlexCare (HX6964/77)
Preview
Philips Sonicare FlexCare Whitening Edition Rechargeable Toothbrush Premium 2-Pack Bundle HX6964/77 (2 FlexCare Handles, 2 DiamondClean & 2 Plaque Control Brush Heads, 2 USB Charging Travel Cases)
Max Brush Speed (Strokes per minute)
31,000
Intensity Options
Reduced intensity on Sensitive Mode
Brush Modes
4
Brush Heads Included
2 - DiamondClean standard, 2 - AdaptiveClean
Smartimer
Pacer
Quadpacer
Bluetooth/Phone App
Smart Sensors
BrushSync
Voltage Compatibility
110-220V AC
Warranty
2 Years
Phlips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected (HX9192/01)
Preview
Philips Sonicare Flexcare Platinum Connected Rechargeable Toothbrush
Max Brush Speed (Strokes per minute)
31,000
Intensity Options
3 Intensities for each mode
Brush Modes
3
Brush Heads Included
1 - AdaptiveClean, 1 - InterCare
Smartimer
Pacer
BrushPacer
Bluetooth/Phone App
Smart Sensors
BrushSync
Voltage Compatibility
110-220V AC
Warranty
2 Years
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean (HX9392/05)
Preview
Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Rechargeable Toothbrush, Rose Gold
Max Brush Speed (Strokes per minute)
31,000
Intensity Options
Reduced intensity on Sensitive Mode
Brush Modes
5
Brush Heads Included
1 - AdaptiveClean, 1 - DiamondClean standard
Smartimer
Pacer
Quadpacer
Bluetooth/Phone App
Smart Sensors
BrushSync
Voltage Compatibility
110-220V AC
Warranty
2 Years
Philips Sonicare DIamondClean Smart 9300 (HX9903/41)
Preview
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart 9300 Electric Rechargeable Power Toothbrush, For Complete Oral Care, includes 3 brush heads, glass charger and travel case, Black
Max Brush Speed (Strokes per minute)
31,000
Intensity Options
3 Intensities for each mode
Brush Modes
4
Brush Heads Included
1 - C3 Prem. Plaque Control, 1 - G3 Prem. Gum Care, 1 - W3 Prem. White
Smartimer
Pacer
BrushPacer
Bluetooth/Phone App
Smart Sensors
BrushSync
Voltage Compatibility
110-220V AC
Warranty
2 Years

If you haven’t noticed, the ProtectiveClean Series has a lot to offer and consistently makes our top picks when considering price versus features.

Below we’re going to give you a brief overview of the features and models available for each type of Sonicare brush. If you want to read more details and a more specific comparison between the models, then click the link directing you to our review for that set of models.

We’ve organized the summary section below starting with the simpler, less techy, models, up to feature-packed, Bluetooth-capable DiamondClean Smart Series.

Philips Sonicare PowerUp Toothbrushes

You’ve just finished eating your in-flight meal and decide to pull out your trusty Sonicare toothbrush, saunter over to the bathroom, and brush away that microwaved mystery meat taste. A dollop of toothpaste on the brush, and in your mouth it goes. You press the button.

Nothing happens.

Doh! You forgot to put the handle on your charger before packing, and now you’re left with the unsavory taste of artificially flavored peppermint toothpaste, which you quickly spit out. With your manual toothbrush long retired, you reminisce the good old days when electronics weren’t so integrated into our lives.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

If this scenario sounds like it might happen to you, then the advantages of the Sonicare PowerUp are apparent. Check out these features and if you’re interested in a link to our in-depth review is below.

The PowerUp toothbrushes are powered by AA batteries, which eliminates any charging requirements – great for frequent or international travel – and still retains the power and features you need. They aren’t quite as fast as the other Sonicare toothbrushes but deliver 15,000 brush strokes per minute which far outperforms a manual toothbrush.

Key Features:

  • Powered by 2 AA Batteries
  • Batteries last for about 120 2-minute brushing sessions (about 2 months).
  • Smartimer
  • 1 Year Warranty
  • You can use rechargeable batteries.

Being powered by AA batteries, you might be concerned with a lack of power, but rest assured some reviewers are complaining about how hard these brush. Given that they’re about half the speed of the other Sonicare models that’s surprising.

We can certainly say these brushes don’t feel like the traditional Sonicare models below, most likely because of the slower speed. However, if you’re having trouble with the brush heads banging on your teeth, then you might need to improve your technique. Switching from a manual toothbrush to an electric takes some getting used to and may even take a couple of weeks to get comfortable.

The reason we included the table of models with intensity options in the above section is that the issues some customers have with adjusting to the power of an electric toothbrush. We’re confident you can make the switch from a manual toothbrush, but having options and knowing them is always nice.


Philips Sonicare Essence & Essence Plus Toothbrushes

Philips Sonicare Essence

Philips Sonicare Essence

  • 31,000 brush strokes per minute
  • NiMH Rechargeable Battery – 2 weeks of battery life
  • Only compatible with e-Series brush heads
  • Smartimer
  • Voltage Compatibility: 110-120V
  • 2-Year Warranty
Philips Sonicare Essence+

Philips Sonicare Essence+

  • 31,000 brush strokes per minute
  • NiMH Rechargeable Battery – 10 days of battery life
  • Compatible with all snap-on brush heads.
  • Smartimer & Quadpacer
  • Voltage Compatibility: 110-220V
  • 2-Year Warranty

Entry-level prices with bare necessity features have made the Essence and Essence Plus popular choices for people just switching to an electric toothbrush. However, we feel the ProtectiveClean 4100 model has effectively replaced them. Having similar prices, at the time of this publication, and the more preferred lithium-ion battery, we have to recommend the ProtectiveClean 4100 over the Essence Plus for the user looking to buy a simple-featured brush.

Both the Essence and Essence Plus come with a single brush mode, like the ProtectiveClean 4100, which many people prefer for its simplicity.

NiMH batteries are a bit more temperamental than Lithium-Ion batteries. Be sure to follow the instructions for charging the battery. For example, Philips recommends charging the battery for a complete 24 hours before first using the toothbrush. In addition to that, you don’t want to store the handle on the charger after it has completed charging. That means every day after you finish brushing you don’t want just to set it on the charger and forget about it.

That’s just how NiMH batteries work and leaving them on the charger can reduce their life. On the other hand, lithium-ion batteries, where reducing the depth of a recharge cycle actually prolongs its life.

The Philips Sonicare Essence uses the e-Series HX7022 toothbrush heads. They have indicator bristles that will fade when it’s time to change the brush. This generally works out to about 3 months per toothbrush head.

As for the Sonicare Essence Plus, you can use all snap-on Sonicare replacement brush heads, such as the DiamondClean or AdaptiveClean brush heads. More details on these in the detailed review linked below.

With the release of the ProtectiveClean Series, the Essence and Essence Plus are becoming a hard sell. We have noticed some small price decreases on the Essence Series, which might help convince you to purchase them. The Essence Plus isn’t a bad choice, but the ProtectiveClean 4100 brings a lot to the table with a modest price tag.

 

Philips Sonicare HealthWhite+ Toothbrush

Philips Sonicare HealthWhite+ Toothbrush

The HealthWhite Plus has a couple of advantages over the Essence models above: you get 3 intensity settings for each of the two brush modes and a lithium-ion battery.

Despite those advantages, we have to say the HealthWhite Plus is another model that doesn’t quite make sense purchasing anymore, unless you get it at a lower price than the ProtectiveClean 6100 model. The ProtectiveClean Series is really taking the wind out of some of these older model’s sails.

Key Features

  • Two modes: “Clean” and “White”
  • 31,000 Strokes per minute
  • 3 intensities in each mode
  • Travel Case & Compact Charger
  • Smartimer and Quadpacer
  • 2 Year Warranty

Reminder: You can use any snap-on Sonicare brush head with the Sonicare HealthWhite Plus, such as the DiamondClean brush head.

DiamondClean brush head

The DiamondClean brush head is standard with the HealthyWhite+ and is one of Sonicare’s most popular brush heads. Like all Sonicare brush heads, the brush color will fade when it’s time to replace them. You get about 3 months of use with Sonicare brush heads. If you’re looking for a gentle brush head, check out the ProResults Gum Health or Sensitive brush heads.


Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean Toothbrushes

The ProtectiveClean brushes are where you want to start if you’re unsure what to purchase.

The ProtectiveClean Series brings together the features we liked from the HealthWhite Plus and 3-Series into newer, updated models. Multiple intensities and brush modes with the BrushSync capability that lets you know when to change your brush head.

The ProtectiveClean Series is robust with all the core features that the majority of people want or need. There are no Bluetooth/App features, which many people prefer not to deal with anyway. If you want Smart Sensors with the phone app, then you need to check out the DiamondClean Smart or FlexCare Connected.

  • Single Mode or Multiple Modes/Intensities Available
  • BrushSync Compatible
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • 31,000 Strokes per minute
  • Smartimer & Quadpacer
  • Global Voltage, 110-220V
  • 2 Year Warranty

Since there’s no phone app for these models, the BrushSync feature uses a light at the bottom of the handle that indicates when you need to change the brush head. The brush heads for this feature have to be the “Smart” versions as the standard one’s arent’ compatible with BrushSync. More details on that are in our review linked below.


Philips Sonicare FlexCare Series Toothbrushes

The FlexCare Series is the largest group of Sonicare toothbrushes available, though the FlexCare Platinum seems to be in its sunset phase.

The FlexCare Platinum line is not listed as having “current” models on the Sonicare website at this time. It’s possible it’s just being phased out in favor of the newer ProtectiveClean. We still include it here for completeness, and they’re still available for purchase. They’re a great option if you find them at a discount from the ProtectiveClean models.

Philips Sonicare FlexCare

Philips Sonicare FlexCare Whitening
  • 3 or 4 Modes (Single Intensity)
  • Lithium-Ion Battery
  • 31,000 Strokes per minute
  • Smartimer & Quadpacer
  • Global Voltage, 110-220V
  • 2 Year Warranty

Philips Sonicare FlexCare Plus

Philips Sonicare FlexCare Plus
  • 5 Brush Modes (Includes Sensitive Mode)
  • Lithium-Ion Battery
  • 31,000 Strokes per minute
  • Smartimer & Quadpacer
  • Global Voltage, 110-220V
  • 2 Year Warranty

Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum

Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum
  • 3 Brush Modes, 3 Intensities Each
  • Lithium-Ion Battery
  • 31,000 Strokes per minute
  • Smartimer & Quadpacer
  • Global Voltage, 110-220V
  • 2 Year Warranty

Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected

Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected
 
  • 3 Brush Modes, 3 Intensities Each
  • Sonicare iOS/Android App with Smart Sensors
  • Lithium-Ion Battery
  • 31,000 Strokes per minute
  • Smartimer & Quadpacer
  • Global Voltage, 110-220V
  • 2 Year Warranty

As you can see, the FlexCare Series has slight variations with each different model, but nothing major until you get to the FlexCare Connected with the App capabilities. Also, none of the FlexCare models have BrushSync capabilities, even the Connected versions.

The FlexCare Platinum and Connected models are nearly identical to the DiamondClean Series. There’s a lot of overlap here with other models, and it seems the FlexCare Series is falling behind with the latest ProtectiveClean and DiamondClean Smart models providing all the same features and more.

Again, it comes down to price. FlexCare brushes are great, and you may not even be interested in BrushSync or the phone app, which means you just want the best deal. Check the prices in our tables and see what makes sense for you.


Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Series Toothbrushes

All the features!!! That’s what you get with the Sonicare DiamondClean Smart brush handles. The DiamondClean Series are the flagship Sonicare toothbrushes.

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean

  • 5 Brush Modes
  • DiamondClean or AdaptiveClean Brush Heads Included
  • Lithium-Ion Battery
  • 31,000 Stokes per minute
  • Smartimer & Quadpacer
  • Global Voltage, 110-220V
  • 2 Year Warranty
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart

  • 4 or 5 Brush Modes, 3 Intensities
  • Brush Heads Included: 1 C3 Plaque Control, 1 G3 Gum Care, 1 W3 White (1 TongueCare+ Tongue Brush with some models)
  • Lithium-Ion Battery
  • 31,000 Strokes per minute
  • Smartimer & BrushPacer
  • Smart Sensors, BrushSync, and iOS Android App
  • Global Voltage, 110-220V
  • 2 Year Warranty

The most notable change from the FlexCare is the 2 additional brush modes, so that’s 5 total now: “Clean”, “White”, “Sensitive”, “Gum Care”, “Deep Clean”.

  • Clean: 2-minute standard clean mode for everyday cleaning.
  • White: 2 minutes of cleaning to remove surface stains plus 30 seconds to brighten and polish front teeth.
  • Sensitive: Gentle teeth and gum cleaning.
  • Gum Care: clean mode with an additional minute to stimulate and massage gums.
  • Deep Clean: 3-minute mode to clean trouble spots and hard-to-reach areas.

So with the combination of the additional brush modes and AdaptiveClean brush head Philips claims you can remove 10x more plaque than a manual toothbrush. You will notice that they provide a particular multiplier for how much more plaque each brush head is capable of eliminating relative to a manual toothbrush. We’re not aware of any clinical studies that clearly lay out the statistics for each different brush head, but there are plenty demonstrating an electric toothbrush significantly outperforms manual brushing.

We think it matters less which brush head you choose, but rather that you brush consistently and for the recommended 2 minutes.

For accessories you get a convenient charging glass and travel case with most of the Sonicare DiamondClean brushes. The charging glass charges the toothbrush while it’s sitting in the glass.

Check out our detailed breakdown of the current DiamondClean and DiamondClean Smart models in our review linked below.


Philips Sonicare for Kids

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If you can motivate your kid to brush twice daily for 2 minutes, then you’re doing a great job. However, will the phone app help motivate your kid to get to that point? We’re not optimistic, but one thing you might consider is it’s an excellent way to keep them honest.

You can connect with their toothbrush on your phone and see how often they’ve been brushing. This is probably the single best use for the phone app on the kid’s model.

You only get one brush mode, but this makes things less complicated. The “KidTimer” and “KidPacer” are the same features as the Smartimer and Quadpacer found in the adult brushes.

Key Features

  • 30,000 Strokes per minute
  • KidPacer and KidTimer (2 minute timer and 30 second beeps for switching to the next quadrant of the mouth)
  • Interactive App that explains how to brush and tracks brushing sessions.
  • Customization Stickers

The tracking feature of the app connects to the toothbrush over Bluetooth and records the length of each brushing session.  You get tons of stickers to choose from so your kid can customize the look of their toothbrush.

Sonicare for Kids Replacement Brush Heads

Sonicare for Kids Replacement Brush Heads

The kid-sized compact brush heads are designed for the smaller mouth of a child and have soft bristles for gentle cleaning. Like other Sonicare brush heads, these should be changed every 3 months.


Philips Sonicare 2-Series & 3-Series Toothbrushes

Philips Sonicare 2 Series plaque control

Philips Sonicare 2 Series plaque control

 

  • Single Brush Mode
  • 1 ProResults Plaque Control Brush Head
  • NiMH Battery
  • 15,000 Strokes per minute
  • Smartimer
  • 2 Year Warranty
Philips Sonicare 3-Series Gum Health

Philips Sonicare 3-Series Gum Health

 

  • Single Brush Mode with 3 Intensities
  • 1 ProResults Gum Health Brush Head
  • Lithium-Ion Battery
  • 15,000 Strokes per minute
  • Smartimer & Quadpacer
  • 2 Year Warranty

We’ve relocated the 2-Series and 3-Series section below the rest of the Sonicare models because they are redundant at this point. Though the 3-Series is a respectable option, at the right price, but the 2-Series is a lousy choice.

The Sonicare 3-Series is still popular and remains a solid choice with the lithium-ion battery and 3 intensity options. It is not listed on the Philips Sonicare product webpage as being a “current” model, so it’s in its sunset phase.

We consider the 2-Series to be dead, though it’s still listed on the Sonicare website as being “current.” With the new ProtectiveClean and Essence Plus currently available, there’s no reason to go for the much slower 2-Series with the inferior battery.

We go into more details in the review linked below, but this is pretty much all you need to know about these two brush models.


Sonicare iOS/Adroid App

Below are some screenshots from the Sonicare App introduction. This covers most of the features you’ll see with the DiamondClean Smart and FlexCare Connected toothbrushes.

While the BrushSync feature is available on both FlexCare Connected and DiamondClean Smart, the DiamondClean will switch to different brush modes automatically depending on which Smart brush head you attach. Also, the non-Smart brush heads aren’t able to be tracked by the app in the same level of detail as the Smart versions.

What does that mean exactly? Well, the Smart brushes can be tracked individually even if you swap to a different brush head between brushings. The handle will not know which brush head you have attached to it or if you’ve changed the brush head at some point, it just keeps a 3-month timer that you have to manually tell when you’ve changed the brush head.

In other words, there’s no unique identifier to the non-Smart brush heads, so the app can’t know any specific information about them.

First off, the focus areas feature lets you identify areas of your mouth that need particular attention. For example, if you have a lot of plaque buildup in an area, you can select it, and your brushing routine will prompt you to spend more time there.

sonicare problem area highlight on app

 

The location detection is somewhat sketchy and unreliable, but you have to make sure to start in the correct area or else it will throw the whole thing off. It does seem to have issues keeping this 100% accurate, which is frustrating if you wanted to like the app. The good news is they are probably updating the app as they improve their algorithm, so you’re not stuck with a static product.

The pressure sensor works just fine without using the app, but this gives you another way to visualize the amount of pressure your using.

 sonicare pressure sensor on app

 

The monthly overview is one way to hold yourself accountable to brushing twice daily and going for the full 2 minutes.

sonicare brushing calendar on app

 

Lastly, possibly the most helpful part of the app is tracking how often you need to change the brush head. It’s easy to forget, and if you log in to the app to do this, it will probably be worth it. Remember, if you aren’t using a Smart brush head, then you have to let it know when you change the brush head manually.

Sonicare brush head replace on app

 

Some people report having issues with the app tracking their brush location accurately, which isn’t surprising. We think the app is unnecessary for improving your dental health and is challenging to make use of it consistently. It just comes down to not wanting to pull out your phone and fire up the app when you’re just trying to get ready to work or go to bed.

Sonicare Smart Replacement Brush Heads

These brush heads are compatible with the BrushSync feature.

They work with the DiamondClean Smart and ProtectiveClean Series. You’re not required to get the Smart versions if you have no interest in the BrushSync feature, and you can get the non-Smart versions we’ve linked in the next section.

Premium Plaque Control (HX9042/65)

Premium Plaque Control (HX9042/65)

 

  • BrushSync Compatibile
  • Adjusts to the contours of your teeth for more surface contact.
  • Removes up to 10x more plaque than a manual toothbrush.
Premium Gum Care (HX9052/65)

Premium Gum Care (HX9052/65)

 

  • BrushSync Compatibile
  • Specializes in reducing Gum inflammation.
  • Removes 10x more plaque than a manual toothbrush.
Premium White (HX9062/65)

Premium White (HX9062/65)

 

  • BrushSync Compatibile
  • Specializes in Stain Removal.
  • Removes 10x more plaque than a manual toothbrush.
TongueCare (HX8072/80)

TongueCare (HX8072/80)

 

  • BrushSync Compatibile
  • Cleans between tongue grooves to reach bacteria below the surface.
Optimal Plaque Control (HX9023/65)

Optimal Plaque Control (HX9023/65)

 

  • BrushSync Compatibile
  • Specialized in Plaque removal.
  • Removes 7x more plaque than a manual toothbrush.
InterCare (HX9003/65)

InterCare (HX9003/65)

 

  • BrushSync Compatibile
  • Specialized in cleaning between teeth and for patient with increased risk of periodontal disease.
  • Removes 7x more plaque than a manual toothbrush.

Sonicare Regular Replacement Brush Heads

These are the standard Sonicare brush heads that work with the majority of their brushes. You can’t use them with the Sonicare Essence (Essence Plus will work with them), Sonicare PowerUp or Sonicare for Kids. They do not work with the BrushSync feature.

SimplyClean Brush Head

SimplyClean Brush Head

This is a basic brush head that Philips claims removes 2x as much plaque as a manual toothbrush.

ProResults Plaque Control Brush Head

ProResults Plaque Control Brush Head

Removes 6x as much plaque as a manual toothbrush. Primarily designed for plaque removal.

ProResults Gum Health Brush Head

ProResults Gum Health Brush Head

Removed 6x as much plaque as a manual toothbrush. Gentle on gums.

InterCare Brush Head

InterCare Brush Head

Removes 7x as much plaque as a manual toothbrush. Primarily for interdental cleaning.

DiamondClean Brush Head

DiamondClean Brush Head

Removes 7x as much plaque as a manual toothbrush. Primarily for stain removal.

Adaptive Clean Brush Head

Adaptive Clean Brush Head

Removes 10x as much plaque as a manual toothbrush. Primarily for deep cleaning and is gentle on gums.

Philips Sonicare Vs. Oral-B Pro Series

These two very different electric toothbrush brands are always being compared to each other.

The differences are simple.

The Sonicare toothbrushes make sideways movements, while rotary/oscillation toothbrushes (Oral-B) make rotating and back & forth movements. As you can see the rotary brushes are circular and spin, while the sonic brushes are oval-like and vibrate sideways.

sonic vs rotary brush head example

 

You might wonder whether or not this makes any difference and if you should care.

Rather than provide you anecdotal evidence from our individual experiences with these electric toothbrushes, it’s best we refer to clinical research from scientists that have spent their lives studying dental health.

If you want to learn more checkout the Sonicare Wiki.

To summarize here, any modern electric toothbrush is going too far outperform a manual toothbrush in every aspect of your dental health. Sonicare toothbrushes excel at reducing gingival inflammation and improving periodontal health, but Oral-B rotary/oscillation toothbrushes may be slightly better at plaque removal.

In a side-by-side comparison, are you going to be able to tell if someone brushed with a rotary or sonic toothbrush? Probably not.

What we can say is that the two brush types feel entirely different in your mouth. The Oral-B rotary brushes are smaller and require you to focus on a single tooth at a time. The Sonicare brushes are oval-like and span more than one tooth.

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