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.

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 Essence 5600 Electric Toothbrush Review

Philips Sonicare Essence 5600 rechargeable electric toothbrush review 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.

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