Philips Sonicare electric toothbrushes are brilliant for taking care of your teeth and gums. The problem is that there are so many in the Sonicare range that it’s impossible to pick. In this article, we offer a comparison of the Philips Sonicare electric toothbrushes currently on the market. Our expert, Dr Andrew Wilson guides you through the range and lets you know which one he thinks you should buy. He’s also a dentist expert for BBC Radio and ITV News so he knows his stuff when it comes to dental care.

Philips Sonicare toothbrushes are excellent. The head of the toothbrush vibrates to disturb and lift away plaque (a soft build up of bacteria). The vibrations work on the visible surfaces of your teeth and, according to Philips, send pulses between your teeth to clean where most other toothbrushes cannot reach. I have personally used several Sonicare toothbrushes and I think they’re excellent. However, I am not a fan of the extra gadgets and apps that come with the top of the range brushes. For me, all they add is expense. That’s why the model you should be buying is the Philips Sonicare EasyClean Electric toothbrush.

It’s one of the cheapest in the Sonicare range but I love it. It’s simple. It’s affordable. It’s brilliant at removing bacteria from your teeth. It just does what a toothbrush is supposed to do. It has a built-in timer that lets you know every 30 seconds and tells you when you’ve done 2 minutes of brushing. It has a single mode of brushing and that’s all you need. Forget the toothbrush with thirty different modes; it’s completely unnecessary. This is a great, reliable brush and this is the Sonicare brush that I recommend to my patients.

Below, I will describe the rest of the toothbrushes in the Philips Sonicare range if you are interested. However, if you just want to buy the recommended brush from Amazon, there is a link here. It’s called the Philips Sonicare EasyClean. If you have the choice, buy it with the DiamondClean brush head.

Philips Sonicare EasyClean
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Philips Sonicare EasyClean
  • Removes up to 7x more plaque than a manual toothbrush
  • Easy-start programme eases you into using an electric toothbrush
  • 2 weeks battery life on a full charge
  • Inbuilt smart-timer signals when your dentist recommended 2 minutes of brushing are up
  • Our sonic technology is suitable for use with braces, fillings, crowns and veneers

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart Sonic Toothbrush

Here, Philips have excelled themselves at adding as many useless gadgets to an already excellent toothbrush as they can. There is an app to show you how well you are brushing but these things never really work. As a dentist, I get to try out all of the latest apps that toothbrush manufacturers make. You spend your whole time concentrating on your phone and you forget you’re supposed to be brushing your teeth. The toothbrush and the app never link up particularly well. For me, it’s a waste of time. And £260? Wow. If you want the most expensive toothbrush you can buy, be my guest. But you really don’t need to spend nearly this much money.

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Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart Electric Toothbrush
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Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart Electric Toothbrush
  • 3 in built Smart Sensors: Location, Pressure and motion
  • 5 modes: Clean, White+, Deep Clean+, Gum Health and Tongue Care+
  • 4 Premium brush heads giving exceptional results with 10x more plaque removal*, whiter teeth in just 3 days**, up to 7x healthier gums in just 2 weeks* and long lasting fresh breath
  • Stylish charging glass and USB charging deluxe travel case
  • Connect to FREE Philips Sonicare App for real time feedback and coaching to improve your technique

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean

So this is pretty much the same toothbrush as mentioned above but without the smart phone apps. It’s a very good toothbrush. It has a great battery life as well. This will do the job for you without a doubt. The only downside is that I am not convinced that this toothbrush is any better than the Philips Sonicare EasyClean. I know the handle looks fancier and they’ve added a few extra (unnecessary) cleaning modes. But the DiamondClean is nearly three times more expensive than the EasyClean. The DiamondClean has a very pretty charger but who cares?

Philips Sonicare HealthyWhite+

No toothbrush can whiten your teeth. Let me say that again. No toothbrush can make your teeth whiter. This is a little fib from Philips. Now, toothbrushes can remove stain that builds up on the outside of your teeth and this is obviously what Philips think that this HealthyWhite+ toothbrush will do. They’ve even added a mode of cleaning to this brush which is specifically designed to remove stain. I would not recommend this toothbrush. If you want a toothbrush to remove stain, I would personally go for the Oral-B Pro 2 2500N toothbrush. The mechanical cleaning of this brush is much more likely to remove stain than the vibrating head of the Sonicare brushes.

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Oral-B Pro 2 2500N Electric Toothbrush
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Oral-B Pro 2 2500N Electric Toothbrush
  • Up to 100 percent more plaque removal: Round head cleans better for healthier gums in 30 days vs a manual toothbrush
  • Protect your gums: Pressure control reduces brushing speed and alerts you if you brush too hard
  • Gently whitens your teeth starting from day 1 by removing surface stains
  • Know you brush the right amount of time with the 2 minute professional timer
  • Two brushing modes: Daily clean and gum care

Philips Sonicare 3 Series Gum Health

I would not bother buying this toothbrush. The best way to keep your gums healthy is to brush your teeth to remove plaque. This is the job of any toothbrush so to say that this electric toothbrush is designed for gum health is like saying ‘this toothbrush is designed for brushing your teeth’. I do not believe that it is any more effective at removing plaque than the Philips Sonicare EasyClean toothbrush.

Philips Sonicare EasyClean

As mentioned at the top of this article, this is the Sonicare toothbrush that I would recommend. It’s one of the cheapest Sonicare brushes but it’s actually extremely effective. This makes it brilliant value. The battery life is good. It has a built-in timer. This is a fantastic brush and I have no hesitation in recommending it to you.

Philips Sonicare EasyClean
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Philips Sonicare EasyClean
  • Removes up to 7x more plaque than a manual toothbrush
  • Easy-start programme eases you into using an electric toothbrush
  • 2 weeks battery life on a full charge
  • Inbuilt smart-timer signals when your dentist recommended 2 minutes of brushing are up
  • Our sonic technology is suitable for use with braces, fillings, crowns and veneers

 Philips Sonicare: What is the downside?

From the feedback that I get from my patients, it seems that the battery life of the Philips Sonicare range is not brilliant. My patients report that the battery stops holding charge after around 18 months. I had a similar experience when I used a Sonicare brush. I think that the Philips Sonicare EasyClean is a fantastic toothbrush because of how gently it removes plaque. However, if you want to consider a different brand of toothbrush, why not find out about what we think is the best electric toothbrush on the market right now?

If you’re set on buying a Philips Sonicare, here’s a comparison table to help you.

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Philips Sonicare  EasyClean Electric Toothbrush with DiamondClean Brush Head (UK 2-Pin Bathroom...
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart Electric Toothbrush - Black Edition (UK 2-Pin Bathroom Plug)...
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean  3rd Generation Electric Toothbrush, White Edition (UK 2-pin Bathroom...
Philips Sonicare HX8911/04 HealthyWhite+ Electric toothbrush (UK 2-Pin Bathroom Plug)
Philips Sonicare
EasyClean
DiamondClean Smart
DiamondClean
HealthyWhite+
Excellent toothbrush
Value for money
10/10
2/10
5/10
7/10
Price
£45.00
from £298.16
from £199.99
from £77.44
Buy
Don't bother
Don't bother
Recommended
Philips Sonicare  EasyClean Electric Toothbrush with DiamondClean Brush Head (UK 2-Pin Bathroom...
Philips Sonicare
EasyClean
Excellent toothbrush
Value for money
10/10
Price
£45.00
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart Electric Toothbrush - Black Edition (UK 2-Pin Bathroom Plug)...
Philips Sonicare
DiamondClean Smart
Excellent toothbrush
Value for money
2/10
Price
from £298.16
Buy
Don't bother
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean  3rd Generation Electric Toothbrush, White Edition (UK 2-pin Bathroom...
Philips Sonicare
DiamondClean
Excellent toothbrush
Value for money
5/10
Price
from £199.99
Philips Sonicare HX8911/04 HealthyWhite+ Electric toothbrush (UK 2-Pin Bathroom Plug)
Philips Sonicare
HealthyWhite+
Excellent toothbrush
Value for money
7/10
Price
from £77.44
Buy
Don't bother

Which Philips Sonicare replacement toothbrush heads should I buy?

There are plenty of options to choose from here. You must always go for a genuine Philips Sonicare head because the unofficial replacements are just not as reliable in my opinion. A small downside of the Philips Sonicare electric toothbrush range is that the replacement heads are quite expensive. However, they are excellent. Some of the heads made for Philips are way too big. When choosing, you should look for a reasonably small head. The best head in the Philips range is the Diamond White head. It’s a compact head that is easy to get into those hard-to-reach places at the back of your mouth.

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Philips Sonicare DiamondClean replacement toothbrush heads
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Philips Sonicare DiamondClean replacement toothbrush heads
  • Diamond-shaped bristles in a high-density bristle pattern
  • Suitable for Philips SoniCare FlexCare+, FlexCare, HealthyWhite, HydroClean, EasyClean and DiamondClean handles
  • Push-on brush head easily slips on to the handle
  • Reminder bristles fade indicating when to replace
  • Four pack

This article was written by our award winning dentist, Dr Andrew Wilson (GDC number 209563). Andrew was the winner of Young Dentist of the Year for the UK 2018. He helps BBC Radio and ITV News as an expert on everything dental. Andrew has no links to any toothbrush manufacturers. This article simply represents his opinion on the best Philips Sonicare toothbrush available.

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