I don’t like to think of myself as a shallow person, but, man, this is an gorgeous toothbrush. It’s all clean white and bright apple green, with an attractive backlit LED display that’s invisible until it turns on and a cool ceramic finish.
It might seem an odd choice to lead with the DiamondClean’s looks but, sitting pretty at the top of the Sonicare line, that’s largely what you’re buying.
From a design perspective, the Sonicare Flexcare R910 isn’t much different from its cheaper cousin, the HealthyWhite R710. It’s sleek and modern — thanks in part to its smaller, lighter Li-Ion battery — and uses the new ProResults brush head.
What sets the Flexcare R910 apart is its settings. The toothbrush features three cleaning modes — Clean, Sensitive and Massage — and allows users to set their “routine” (which dictates the length of the brushing session) as well.
The added flexibility is a nice touch, but whether it’s worth the extra cost is a matter of personal preference.
The Philips Sonicare HealthyWhite 710 is a mid-range electric toothbrush that whitens teeth (… apparently), cleans beautifully and features a modern design that makes it easy to clean, easy to use and easy to store.
UPDATE: This is a review of an older iteration of the HealthyWhite 710 brush. A new version, featuring a sturdier charger that offers storage for multiple brush heads, a clean new look, sensitive mode and a hard travel case, is now available for sale. I’ll revise this review as soon as I can, but in the meantime,
The Philips Sonicare Essence 5600 is a dependable entry-level electric toothbrush that delivers dentist-clean teeth for a very reasonable price.
But it isn’t all sunshine and roses. This is an older model and it shows. The features have also been stripped down to the bare essentials. If you’re an experienced Sonicare user, check the features list to make sure you know what you’re getting.