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

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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


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.


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


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.


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


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


. 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


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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Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush: A Review

Philips Sonicare DiamiondClean rechargeable electric toothbrush
The happy family.

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.

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Philips Sonicare Flexcare R910 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush: A Review

Philips Sonicare Flexcare R910 rechargeable electric toothbrush reviewFrom 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.

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