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  • Toothbrush Spotlight: Philips Sonicare DiamondClean. Bringing the sexy back.

    Toothbrush Spotlight: Philips Sonicare DiamondClean. Bringing the sexy back.

  • The Oral-B Professional Series. Power (toothbrushes) to the people.

    The Oral-B Professional Series. Power (toothbrushes) to the people.

Philips Sonicare

Philips Sonicare

The Philips Sonicare line has been releasing best-selling rechargeable electric toothbrushes for more than a decade. Unsurprisingly, they know what they're doing.
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Oral-B

Oral-B

Oral-B has been selling toothbrushes for more than 50 years. Hopefully it won't take me that long to review their products. Watch this space for future updates.
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Recs and Resources

Recs and Resources

Want to know which of the approximately 18 billion brush heads available fit your toothbrush? Who doesn't. This section (once it's up and running, anyway) should help with all your basic electric toothbrush questions.
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Toothbrush Spotlight

Toothbrush Spotlight

Today's featured brush is the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean. Recommended by dentists and beloved by the sort of people who make "Top 10 Electric Toothbrushes" lists, it's both a functional tool and a fashionable accessory. Still, watch out for that price tag.
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Oral-B Professional Care SmartSeries 5000: A Review

Oral-B Smart Series 5000
The Oral-B SmartSeries 5000 is a high-end model with the bells and whistles to prove it. Its five cleaning modes are similar to those of its Sonicare competitor, the Sonicare Flexcare R910, but fans of Oral-B’s characteristic oscillating brush heads will find they — and the SmartGuide, a quirky external display to track your brushing time — make all the difference.

 


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Q&A Cage Match: Sonicare EasyClean vs. Sonicare HealthyWhite


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Sonicare HealthyWhite (Healthy White) vs Sonicare EasyClean (Easy Clean) comparison
Sonicare EasyClean vs. Sonicare HealthyWhite

… Fight!

Okay, if you were expecting an all-out bloodbath like last time’s Sonicare EasyClean vs Sonicare Essence 5600, I’m sorry to disappoint you. These two brushes are pretty similar, so this week’s electric toothbrush cage match is going to be short and sweet. If you’re Sonicare toothbrush savvy, you probably noticed that there are two Sonicare HealthyWhite brushes on the market right now — the 710 and the 732. You can read my full review of the HealthyWhite 710, but we’ll be talking about the

HealthyWhite 732. It’s the better brush.

Brush Design

 Sonicare EasyClean  Sonicare HealthyWhite
  • new model
  • snap-on brush head design avoids buildup issues
  • compatible with both ProResults brush heads and newly-released DiamondClean brush heads
  • multi-voltage charger, no travel case
  • hygienic travel cap
  • new model
  • snap-on brush head design avoids buildup issues
  • compatible with both ProResults brush heads and newly-released DiamondClean brush heads
  • multi-voltage travel charger and hard travel case
  • hygienic travel cap
  • pretty

Winner:

Okay, so I’ll admit that’s a slim victory. The HealthyWhite features LED displays to indicate battery strength and setting selection. It also sensibly comes with a hard travel case for brushing on the go, a lot more useful than the little hygienic travel cap packaged with the EasyClean.

Settings

Sonicare EasyClean Sonicare HealthyWhite
  • 31,000 movements per minute
  • “Clean” – runs two minutes
  • “easy-start” mode for new users
  • Quadpacer
  • Pause function
  • 31,000 movements per minute
  • “Clean” (runs two minutes), “Clean & White” (whitens teeth), Sensitive
  • “easy-start” mode for new users
  • Quadpacer
  • Pause function

Winner: 

though not for the reasons you’d think. Essentially, “Clean & White” is two minutes of “Clean” with an extra 30 seconds of “White” to focus attention on your front teeth. “White” mode sounds and feels different from “Clean” mode (it’s it’s own setting, not just an extra 30 seconds of “Clean” for show) and Sonicare claims it will whiten your teeth two shades in two weeks, but I’m still a little curious how it works. What really impresses me about this brush is the “Sensitive” setting. If you have sensitive teeth and want a Sonicare brush, this is the cheapest option by far.

Note: “Sensitive” is only available with the HealthyWhite 732 brush. The lower-end model, the 710, only offers “Clean” and “Clean & White.”

Price

 Sonicare EasyClean Sonicare HealthyWhite 
  •  ~$90 (before sales)
  •  ~$120 (before sales)

Winner:

Not a huge shock, here. The EasyClean is a workhorse of a brush — it cleans your teeth and that’s about it. If you don’t want or need a brush that claims to whiten your teeth or caters to your sensitive gums, from a financial perspective, the decision’s obvious. In any event, try to

and save yourself some money. Keep an eye out for coupons in the “Special Offers and Product Promotions” section, too.

Potential Issues

SSonicare EasyClean   Sonicare HealthyWhite
  • Small and light means it’s easily knocked over
  • Old brush heads from earlier generation won’t work
  • Li-Ion batteries are complicated
  • No travel case
  • Small and light means it’s easily knocked over
  • Old brush heads from earlier generation won’t work
  • Li-Ion batteries are complicated
  • “Clean & White” has mixed reviews
  • Difficult to turn it off

Winner: This one’s tough. Like I said before, these two brushes are very similar. Of the two, the EasyClean probably holds up best, but that’s because it has less to do. I’m calling this a tie.

Clarification: Li-Ion batteries have to be treated a certain way to ensure their long-term health and, unfortunately, it’s not intuitive. Check out BatteryUniversity.com for more information.

Clarification #2: The HealthyWhite is considered difficult to turn off because the “On/Off” and the “Setting Selection” button are the same thing. If you decide to turn off  (or pause) your brush mid-use, you’ll have to cycle through the settings until it stops buzzing.

Customer Rating

 SSonicare EasyClean   Sonicare HealthyWhite
 4.6 stars  4.5 stars

Winner: 

 It may seem close, but when you consider that the EasyClean’s hard-earned 4.6 rating is the result of no fewer than 700 customer ratings (compared to the HealthyWhite’s 220 ratings), the number’s all the more impressive.

Drumroll, please…

Winner: … uh.

So here’s the thing. Both these brushes are actually pretty good. There can be no winner in this contest because people are going to pick different brushes based on their own needs and preferences. For most budget-conscious people, the

Sonicare EasyClean will be enough. It cleans well and, well, that’s the point of a toothbrush, right? But if you have specific concerns, like sensitive or stained teeth, the extra $30 for the Sonicare HealthyWhite

is probably worth it.

Personally, I’d take the HealthyWhite.

Q&A Cage Match: Sonicare EasyClean vs. Sonicare Essence

Toothbrush Reviews - Sonicare EasyClean Review Philips Sonicare Essence 5600 rechargeable electric toothbrush review
Sonicare EasyClean vs. Sonicare Essence 5600

… Fight!

In the last few weeks, I’ve noticed an influx of people looking to compare the Sonicare EasyClean and the Sonicare Essence 5600. Now, I mean, you could kick back and read the full reviews on each brush, but I have a better idea. But I’ll tell you right now, it’s not much of a fight.

Brush Design

 Sonicare EasyClean  Sonicare Essence
  • slimmer, lighter
  • newer model
  • snap-on brush head design avoids buildup issues
  • compatible with both ProResults brush heads and newly-released DiamondClean brush heads
  • heavy, clunky
  • older model
  • brush head design can lead to gunky buildup

Winner:

No contest here, really. The Essence did its part for years for the Sonicare line, but the EasyClean (and its current generation siblings) correct a lot of deficiencies in the brush design.

Settings

Sonicare EasyClean Sonicare Essence 5600
  • 31,000 movements per minute
  • “Clean” – runs two minutes
  • “easy-start” mode for new users
  • Quadpacer
  • Pause function
  • 31,000 movements per minute
  •  “Clean” – runs two minutes
  • “easy-start” mode for new users
  • no Quadpacer

Winner:

but not by much. The Quadpacer feature (for the uninitiated: your dentist recommends a two-minute brushing session, so Quadpacer times you and breaks each session into 30 second chunks so each section of your mouth gets equal attention) is the only major difference between them. I know it doesn’t seem like much, but I’ve seen Sonicare users who downgraded to the Sonicare Essence cite its absence as a disappointment. Oh, and that Pause function to let you slather on some extra toothpaste without losing your place is kind of handy, too.

Price

 Sonicare EasyClean Sonicare Essence 
  •  ~$90 (before sales)
  •  ~$70 (before sales)

Winner:

Yeah, yeah, it’s no shock that the Sonicare Essence’s list price is the cheaper of the two models, but I’ll tell you — I can’t remember the last time I haven’t seen it heavily discounted. Amazon.com has sales on all its electric toothbrushes frequently, but when it comes to this brush, they’re not shy about cutting back the price. If you’re looking for a bargain basement option that will still clean your teeth, the Essence has its price tag in its favour.

Potential Issues

Sonicare EasyClean   Sonicare Essence
  • Small and light means it’s easily knocked over
  • Old brush heads from earlier generation won’t work
  • No travel case, but it does support 100-240VAC and 50/60hz
  • Did I mention the weird gunky buildup? Ew.
  • Ni-MH battery suffers when at full charge, so treat it with care
  • Has travel case, but model available in the US only runs on 110v current
  • Different brush heads from the rest of the current Sonicare line

Winner: 

. It’s the gunk, man. I’ll admit, it’s frustrating that the EasyClean doesn’t include a travel case, but supporting 100-240v current makes it the obvious choice for travellers anyway.

Customer Rating

 Sonicare EasyClean   Sonicare Essence
 4.6 stars  4.4 stars

Winner:

Drumroll, please…

Winner: Sonicare EasyClean

And there you have it. I’ll be honest with you, this is probably as close to a blowout as this website is likely to ever see. If you’re looking to save money and don’t mind a strict cleaning regime (for your toothbrush, not your teeth — I mentioned the gunk, right?), the Essence is reasonable choice, but the

is the better brush by far.

Q&A: Sonicare Electric Toothbrush with a Gum Setting?

This modern age of invention is great for a lot of things, but simplifying the toothbrush purchase process is not one of them. I know  people have been trying to figure out which of Sonicare’s electric toothbrush models has a gum (“Gum Care” or “Massage”) setting, so here you go:

The Sonicare DiamondClean

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean: Bringing the Sexy Back
  • Top of the Sonicare line with the fancy accessories and high-end price tag to prove it
  • Settings include Clean, Gum Care, Polish (quick mode), Sensitive, White (whitening)
  • Uses new

    but is compatible with the

    used by Sonicare’s other models

Read my complete  Sonicare DiamondClean review for more information. Otherwise,

and see what they have to say.

The Sonicare FlexCare R910

  • Philips Sonicare Flexcare R910 rechargeable electric toothbrush review
Similar to the DiamondClean in terms of raw cleaning power, but lacking the sleek design or fancy accessories

  • Settings include Clean, Sensitive, and Massage. Also includes “routines” — essentially, settings that let you set the duration (GoCare for one minute and MaxCare for three) of the brushing session
  • Also available: the Sonicare FlexCare RS930 (identical brush, more accessories)

If you want to know more about the Sonicare Flexcare R910, you can read my review or

The FlexCare Plus

Toothbrush Reviews - FlexCare Plus
  • Settings include Clean, Gum Care, Refresh, Sensitive, and Massage.Gum Care is two  minutes of regular brushing followed by an extra minute of gentle cleaning  along the gum line.Massage is two minutes of gentle gum stimulation.
  • Otherwise, very similar brush to the FlexCare R910. Setting names are different, but the results are essentially the same.

Because this brush is so similar to the FlexCare R910, I haven’t reviewed it separately (at least not yet.) Instead,

The Sonicare FlexCare Platinum

Toothbrush Reviews - Sonicare FlexCare Platinum
  • This brush is new, new to the point that I don’t even have a review written yet.
  • Superficially, it appears to be a reskinned FlexCare brush with a default 
  • Includes a pressure sensor to warn if you’re brushing too hard (unusual for Sonicare brushes).
  • Settings include Clean (low intensity, medium intensity, high intensity), White (low intensity, medium intensity, high intensity) and Gum Care (low intensity, medium intensity, high intensity). The first brush in the Sonicare line to let you toggle White and Gum Care strength.

As I said before, this brush is so new, I don’t have a formal review completed of it yet. Instead,

 

And the winner is…

Hopefully this list will have given you a solid sense of what gum health-savvy brushes are available from the Sonicare line, but if you’re looking for a winner, here’s what I think:

The line between the FlexCare R910’s “MaxCare” (a three minute session, with two for teeth and one for gums) and FlexCare Plus’s “Gum Care” (essentially the same thing)  is slight to the point of being non-existent. If you’re not worried about sensitive teeth and don’t care about style or nifty accessories, I’d take the cheaper of those two models.

But the FlexCare Platinum is very tempting. Being able to toggle the strength of your Gum Care routine is a useful feature, and the little sensor that monitors if you’re brushing too hard will help to keep your gums intact. If you don’t care for the (better but admittedly more expensive) DiamondClean brushes, you can always buy ProResults brush heads instead.

Check the prices for all three brushes and ensure you’re getting the accessories and the settings you want, but based exclusively on gum care I think I’m giving this one to FlexCare Platinum.

 

Philips Sonicare EasyClean Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush: A Review

Sonicare EasyClean reviewThe EasyClean is the cheapest of the newer models in the Sonicare line. It’s slimmer, sleeker and uses Sonicare’s new, snap-on ProResults brush heads, eliminating some of the older models’ hygiene issues. Otherwise, however, its functions are basic — its built-in two-minute SmartTimer keeps your brushing session on track, while its Quadpacer technology makes sure each of the four quadrants of your mouth receive equal attention.

Yeah, that’s it.

If you’re looking for a reasonably priced sonic toothbrush and don’t care about fancy settings or largely superfluous accessories, then this is the brush for you.

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