Philips Sonicare Guide
Philips Sonicare toothbrushes offer fantastic options to clean your teeth with. They consistently receive rave reviews from both critics and users alike. The only problem is deciding which one to buy!
This guide includes brief descriptions on each model. On some of the more expensive brushes their are also links to more descriptive reviews. Sometimes certain premium models go on offer and end up being cheaper than lower spec brushes. That’s why we have a special comparison chart that will show you special offers as well as features. You can see it here.
If you know you want a sonic toothbrush but you are not sure what features you want then this chart is just for you. You can compare features and the exact price from the UK Amazon.
The powerup is the cheapest rechargeable sonic toothbrush in the Philips Sonicare range. It has a smaller battery life than the rest of the range, vibrates at half the speed and has no extra features. It is also half the price of next model up.
As an entry point to the sonicare range, it is not a bad brush. However, people who owned Sonicare brushes in the past and downgraded have been bitterly disappointed with it. If money is tight, then this is one option but if you can afford it then it is worth going to the next model up, the EasyClean.
This sleek designed sonic toothbrush, with basic features. The pro result head that comes with it gets the balance between being soft enough to be gentle on your gums but hard enough to remove plaque. In fact Which magazine gave it their best buy award.
It is also compatible with the other brush heads in the Sonicare range if you prefer to use them instead.
To fully charge it takes 13 hours and then it will last you for 42 2 minute sessions which is roughly three weeks. The light on the on/off switch lets you know how much battery life you have left. Solid green means fine, flashing light means running low and flashing green light followed by three beeps means that their is less than 5% battery left and you need to charge it.
If you want a basic but very effective way of eliminating plaque then this is the perfect toothbrush for you.
The diamondclean brush heads have a higher density of bristles so should remove more plaque and whiten your teeth much faster than a regular head. They are labelled as medium stiffness though, so if you have sensitive teeth and gums then you may want to try an alternative one instead. Full analysis here: philips sonicare diamondclean review
Sonicare For Kids
Philips Sonicare have created a sonic toothbrush for children from as young as 4. The brush has been specifically designed to use with kids. For example, it starts with a short timer for brushing teeth and then builds up the time to the recommended two minutes. The timer uses musical tones rather than a harsh beep.
There are specialist toothbrush heads for ages 4-7 (compact) and the 7-10 (standard). The main handle will not roll when it is on its side and is sturdy when it is upright. The handle is nice and soft and perfect for little hands. The brush head itself is really soft and perfect for little ones.
Check out our more in depth review here: Children’s Electric Toothbrush
Sonicare TongueCare+ Head
Philips have added a new addition that you can attach to your Sonicare toothbrush. It is called the TongueCare+ and as you may have guessed from the title, is designed to clean your tongue. The head looks the same as other heads but rather than regular long bristles it has 240 micro ones on a blue contoured surface.
The researchers at the company say that 80% of halitosis (bad breath) comes from your tongue. It is caused by bacteria that hide within the absorbent area of your tongue.
The Tongue Care head also comes with a two ounce spray called BreathRX. The idea is that you spray the brush (not your tongue) and then brush your tongue. You will be glad to know that you will not need to do this for two minutes. A few seconds should suffice which is good because the sensation is tickly to start off with. However, after you have used it for a while you do get used to it. It is similar to the sensation you get when you first ever used a sonic toothbrush.
Although some people may see this as a cynical product, people who regularly suffer with bad breath will be pleased that a tongue cleaner like this exists and early users have been impressed with the results they get from using it.
The Tongue Care is compatible with all Sonicare toothbrushes from Easy Clean up to the Diamond Clean and is currently only available from Boots. They are currently on offer for under £10. Click on the link below to see it for yourself.
The airfloss is Philips entry into the world of water flossers. What makes it different from its rivals like Waterpik is that it uses much less water. It uses a combination of air and a small amount of water to blast in between your teeth and remove plaque and food debris. Sonicare say that it is just as effective as Waterpik water flossers and dental floss. However, people who regularly floss so that they do not think that this is not the case. If you are someone who flosses regularly then this product may disappoint you.
However, it is good for people who hate traditional flossing or they can no longer use dental floss. You can hold the airfloss in one hand and floss in under two minutes. This is the ideal gadget for people who don’t floss and know they need to. Check out our full Philips Airfloss review.
Not sure which one to buy? Click on the link to check out our Philips Sonicare comparison chart