By dentist Dr. Richard Mitchell
The range of brushes in the Philips Sonicare toothbrush selection covers a price range from $15 to over $200, both on Amazon. The entire range from Philips is good solid quality, and the main differences between the models involves the battery performance and lifespan, recharging options, and additional software features.
Let's take a look at the Sonicare range, starting with the least expensive and working our way up to the top-of-the-line model;
This is a fun version for young kids, at a lower price than the rest of the range. It comes in bright colors, and introduces your children to sonic toothbrushes.
This is a brush aimed at
children in the 4 year to 10 year age group. Almost all the kids that
come in to my office have one, after I recommend it to the parents.
They tell me it turns toothbrushing into a fun activity, and the kids all love it! The Sonicare for Kids has the same patented sonic technology as the adult models, but it also has a few extra features aimed at the younger brusher, such as reduced power, interchangeable stickers for the handle, Bluetooth connectivity and a timer. Read more about this brush HERE.
The Sonicare PowerUp toothbrush is the entry-level toothbrush
from Sonicare, and it replaces the Sonicare Xtreme. The Xtreme has been
discontinued by Sonicare, but was still available from Amazon while
The new PowerUp is the cheapest toothbrush in the Sonicare range, because it uses replaceable AA batteries. It is NOT rechargeable, and so does not have a charger or docking station. Read more about this brush HERE.
This is the entry-level toothbrush in the sonicare range that is rechargeable. That means you plug it in to charge it up, instead of replacing batteries.
This brush uses older battery technology to keep the price down, and the handle is therefore bulkier and heavier than other Sonicare models, BUT it can hold a charge for up to 2 weeks! Read more HERE.
The HealthyWhite uses the more recently designed "ProResults" brush
heads. These are clip-on heads that are faster to change out than the
e-series heads on the Xtreme and the Essence. They are also a little
cheaper than the e-series heads.
The HealthyWhite has a Lithium-Ion battery instead of the Nickel-Cadmium battery used in the Essence. The Lithium-ion battery is smaller, lighter, and doesn't suffer from memory effect compared to the battery of the less expensive Essence brush. This means that the HealthyWhite handle is smaller, neater and lighter to hold in your hand, and the battery doesn't need charging as often. Read more HERE!
The Platinum model is the current top-of-the-line toothbrush in the Philips Sonicare range, except for the DiamondClean Smart. It's the most recent addition to the Sonicare FlexCare range. BUT I RECOMMEND THE FLEXCARE PLUS.
WHY? It's much cheaper, and cleans your teeth just as well. It sells for about $90 on Amazon, as opposed to the Platinum model, which costs around $150.
The Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart toothbrush is now the top model in the Sonicare range. This is a sonic tooth brush from Philips that uses some advanced technology to make life a little easier! In common with other Phillips Sonicare brushes, the DiamondClean vibrates the bristle tips at up to 31,000 times per minute.
When you buy a DiamondClean, you will also get 2 brush heads, an induction charger glass and a travel case. The performance of the battery is extremely good. Philips claim up to 3 weeks of toothbrushing from one full charge. Read more about this premium electric toothbrush HERE.
There is a different Phillips Sonicare charger for each model of Sonicare brush.
So if you want to replace your charger, make sure you are getting the right one! The only Sonicare brush that does NOT have a charger is the PowerUp. It has 2 AA batteries, which you can replace as needed. They are NOT rechargeable, and the brush does not come with a charger.
The Sonicare Essence and Sonicare for Kids both have rechargeable Nickel Cadmium batteries.The Sonicare FlexCare, HealthyWhite and DiamondClean models all have a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery.
Also, find out how to get a free replacement Sonicare charger under guarantee, at my page on the Sonicare Charger.
Sonicare replacement brushes are different from all other electric toothbrush heads, so you have to make sure you are getting genuine Sonicare brush heads.
also have to check that you are getting the correct type of Sonicare
replacement brushes for your particular model of Phillips Sonicare
toothbrush. It sounds a bit confusing, but don't worry. I explain
what you should look for at my replacement brush head page here.