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Sonicare Toothbrush Reviews: Is This the Best Option for You?

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Should you choose a sonic toothbrush?

Get ready to read some Sonicare toothbrush reviews so you can make an informed decision for your oral hygiene.

In this article, we'll also compare different Sonicare models so you can find the best Sonicare toothbrush for you. And we'll even go over some of the other sonic electric toothbrush options so that you can get a full picture of what's available on the market.

Stay tuned and get ready to read some sonic brush reviews so you can take charge of your oral health.

About Sonicare toothbrushes

Sonicare toothbrushes are made by health technology company Philips and are electric toothbrushes that combine two methods to brush teeth:

  • Conventional brushing that scrubs away plaque
  • Sonic technology that uses a high-speed brushing motion to disrupt plaque beyond where the bristles actually reach

More specifically to the Sonicare brand, the Philips Sonicare brush has advanced technology that “pulses fluid between the teeth and along the gum line” according to their website, while “brush-strokes gently and effectively remove plaque to improve gum health.”

Sonicare toothbrushes are clinically tested and most models have built-in smart sensors to help you improve your brushing technique.

The most powerful Sonicare brushes have 62,000 brush movements per minute, which they claim gives you the equivalent of a whole month's worth of manual brushing in just two minutes.

No, this doesn't mean that you only have to brush your teeth once a month if you have a Sonicare brush, it's just a bit of hyperbole on the part of Sonicare to really drive home the point.

Plus the majority of dentists would say that it's not so important what brush you use, the most important thing is that you brush twice a day, every day.

How to use a Sonicare toothbrush

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Brushing technique is an important factor

Using a toothbrush used to be relatively easy, although if you need to brush up on your technique, we've got an article for that.

But now, with all this newfangled technology you have to read a manual just to clean your teeth. Don't worry! It's not actually that difficult; if you're wondering how to use a Sonicare toothbrush, have a look at the instructions below, provided by the Sonicare site.

  1. Wet the bristles
  2. Apply your toothpaste
  3. Place bristles against teeth at a 45-degree angle towards the gum line
  4. Press the power button
  5. Applying light pressure, move the brush head slowly across your teeth in a short back and forth motion
  6. You don't need to scrub, the toothbrush will do this for you

Sonicare models

There are many Sonicare models you can choose from, but let's have a look at the three most popular:

ProtectiveClean 4100

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The 4100 is a mid-range model

The Sonicare 4100 is one of the most popular models on Amazon, combining advanced Sonicare technology with an affordable price. Features include:

  • Built-in pressure sensor
  • 1 cleaning mode
  • 1 x BrushSync feature
  • Battery life: 2 weeks
  • 2-minute timer with QuadPacer

DiamondClean Smart

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This luxe option has it all

The DiamondClean Smart is considered to be the Cadillac of Phillips Sonicare toothbrushes (or the Tesla, if that's more your thing). It has an almost overwhelming amount of features, including multiple modes, and a brush with soft bristles for sensitive teeth and gums, which you can read about in full depth on the Phillips website or the Amazon page. The main features include:

  • Sensors and an app to perfect your technique
  • 62,000 movements/min
  • Pressure sensor
  • 5 cleaning modes and 3 intensities
  • Replacement heads reordering service with automatic brush head delivery
  • Premium brush heads automatically select the optimal mode and intensity
  • Stylish charging glass
  • Deluxe travel case
  • Battery life: 2 weeks

Sonicare Essence

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The Essence is a basic model

If you're looking for a wallet-friendly option, then you may be more interested in the Philips Sonicare Essence rechargeable electric toothbrush. It's by far the most affordable option and a best-seller on Amazon. It has limited features but offers a gentle and effective clean between teeth and along the gum line. It is also said to remove twice as much plaque as a manual toothbrush. Its features are modest and essential:

  • 1 mode
  • 1 brush head
  • Two-minute timer
  • Battery life: 2 weeks

What is the best Sonicare toothbrush?

There is no one-size-fits-all answer for the best Sonicare toothbrush. Choosing the best Sonicare toothbrush for you all comes down to what you are looking for in a toothbrush. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you want a low price, a high price, or a mid-range price?
  • Do you want something with a lot of modes?
  • Does style matter to you?

Have a look at the following Sonicare toothbrush comparison table so you can figure out what may be the best model for you.

Philips Sonicare Essence Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100 Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart
Head type/technology Side-to-side sonic vibration Side-to-side sonic vibration Side-to-side sonic vibration
Brush head placement reminder? No Yes Yes
2-minute timer Yes Yes Yes
Pressure sensor No Yes Yes
Charging method Dock Dock Glass Charger
Battery life (one charge) 14 days 14 days 3 weeks
Settings 1 cleaning mode 1 cleaning mode 5 modes and 3 intensities
Travel features N/A N/A USB charging case
Accessories Charger Charger Different heads available; Bluetooth connection to tracking app, charging travel case, stylish glass charger

Sonicare toothbrush reviews

One great way to find out if a toothbrush delivers on all its promises is to find out what other people who tried it thought. So buckle-up and get ready for some Sonicare reviews.

Youtube Sonicare review

This reviewer talks about the most expensive Sonicare on the market: the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart.

He likes how easy it is to connect with the Bluetooth on your phone, and how easy it is to use the app.

He spends some time going over the different brush heads you get in the box, talks about the charging glass and the charging case, and intensity levels and esthetics.

He overall really likes the guidance for proper brushing technique that is provided by the app and says that it seems like something that can help you build better brushing habits.

He personally says he doesn't think it's necessary to spend so much on a toothbrush, but if you really care a lot about your teeth, then it might be worth it to make the investment.

You can watch his full video report below.

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Amazon Sonicare reviews

Now let's have a look at some shorter customer reviews from Amazon.

Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100:

“Great toothbrush for the money, has everything you need, nothing you don't.”

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart:

Was hesitant at first due to the price. After much thought decided to go ahead and take the plunge. In all honesty it was the best decision. The clean you feel after just one time is amazing, it feel like out of the dentist clean. I'd recommend this toothbrush to anyone.”

Philips Sonicare Essence:

“Love these! Got a great buy on an older model several years ago, and it was time to replace. Got this at a really good price for a solid, reliable toothbrush. Considered the one with the quarter timer, but I'm pretty good about not needing an alarm to tell me to brush my other teeth so it wasn't worth the extra few bucks.”

All three of these toothbrushes receive a majority of 5-star reviews on Amazon. A look at 3-star reviews is mostly people who aren't impressed with the quality for the price, and 1-star reviews were overwhelmingly faulty products. If you do receive a toothbrush that stops working soon after purchasing it, you should be able to return it and receive a new one at no additional cost.

Other sonic toothbrush reviews

Obviously Sonicare is not the only sonic toothbrush out there, in fact, there are many great brands on the market today. Here's a brief summary of just some of the best alternatives to Sonicare.


The Burst Sonic toothbrush can be purchased as part of a subscription wherein you receive a new brush head every 3 months for just $6, and an initial payment of $70. After you make the initial purchase, you can cancel the subscription any time and just order new brush heads when you want them. There are lots of other goodies that you can add onto your subscription like charcoal floss refills, white strips, oral biome supplements and toothpaste. It also features an incredible cleaning ability. Burst uses 33,000 sonic vibrations per minute to remove plaque and keep teeth clean and healthy.

The Burst bristles are infused with charcoal for gentle whitening and the battery lasts for four weeks and can be charged via USB.

See what one happy reviewer has to say about their Burst brush:

“Love the BURST toothbrush! It came highly recommended from my co-worker. Let me tell ya, after brushing your teeth with this toothbrush, your teeth feel like you just had your teeth cleaned at the dentist! It’s wonderful!”


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Oral-B brushes oscillate

Oral-B brushes aren't actually sonic, instead, they use a rotating, oscillating movement to remove plaque from teeth, but they are worth mentioning here since they are one of Sonicare's top competitors. They also offer a wide range of electric toothbrushes, with versions from basic to luxe. In fact, we mention the Braun Oral-B Genius Pro 8000 in our electric toothbrush article as one of the best options for adults.

Oral-B was the first power toothbrush brand to receive the ADA Seal of Acceptance. The Genius connects to an app on your phone so you can receive guidance for proper brushing, and a pressure sensor to let you know if you are brushing too hard. You also get a travel case that allows you to charge both your smartphone and your toothbrush!

One reviewer on Amazon says:

“Very powerful toothbrush! In all hopes it will make the dentist happy. Very well made. I love the different modes for it. Very organized accessories. The app is also very handy, which you can put yourself on goals to whiten your teeth! Which is awesome”


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Fairywill is waterproof

Fairywill makes an all-in-one electric toothbrush that is sonic and rechargeable. It features a smart two-minute timer, a pressure sensor, five different brushing modes and is waterproof so it can be used in the shower. Check out this sonic electric toothbrush on Amazon here.

Here's what one happy customer has to say:

“This is the first rechargeable toothbrush I tried. It arrived with enough power to last a few weeks and I only charged it once in the two month's I used it. I brush twice daily. The head on the brush is small, a great benefit to me because my gums used to bleed with manual brushing. This stays on the teeth, and has multiple modes depending on the power you want. Note that it pauses very briefly at 30-second intervals as a timing feature. It goes off automatically at two minutes as a recommended duration of use. Just turn it back on if you desire additional time. I have no complaints about the product, and purchased additional brush heads for future use. My teeth feel great. I love it.”


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The Brio has a long battery life

The Brio SmartClean electric toothbrush is a mid-range model that features a built-in two-minute timer that also alerts you when to brush the next quadrant. Its charge lasts for 6 weeks and it has 4 brushing modes, but has no pressure sensor.

One customer was very pleased with customer service:

“This is a wonderful toothbrush! Very powerful. More importantly they have amazing customer service! My toothbrush randomly stopped working at about the 2 yr mark and I had a 2 yr insurance plan. I called them up, they answered right away and sent me out a new brush no problem! Well turns out we caught a guy on camera stealing it from the front of my house! Thankfully, I called up customer service and they sent me out a new one with total sympathy and no hassle. Best service ever!”


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Eight heads will last you two years!

Aquasonic makes electric toothbrushes with a luxe look and feel but a lower-midrange price tag. It comes with 8 heads and a travel case. The battery lasts for 4 weeks and it also has a whitening mode, although there is no pressure sensor.

This customer loves the price:

“Great product. Comparable to more expensive sonic toothbrushes on the market at less than 1/3 the price. Great bristles on the brush and only complaint is the hard plastic back of the brush head. Other top brand heads are rubberized to prevent chatter on teeth. Definitely recommend.”


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Sonic or not, the important thing is to brush your teeth twice a day

Many people consider sonic toothbrushes to be the best way to brush teeth. With so many options on the market and a wide range of prices, it can be hard to figure out which is the best for your oral hygiene. But if you begin by choosing your price range and deciding which features you'd like, you can narrow it down to find your ideal brush. Ultimately, the important thing is that you keep proper brushing habits. You can achieve stellar oral health with either a manual or electric toothbrush, it's just up to do you decide whether you also want some extra features to help with your brushing.


Are sonic toothbrushes or electric toothbrushes really better?

Yes and yes. You can find studies like this one that show better results for rotating, oscillating electric brushes like those from Oral-B, and you can find studies like this one that promote Sonic toothbrushes as the superior brush. You'll probably also find that the answer varies from dentist to dentist. Most dentists, if not all, will agree that it doesn't matter if you use a sonic, electric or manual toothbrush, the important thing is that you brush twice a day using proper brushing techniques.

Can sonic toothbrushes damage teeth?

If used properly, a sonic toothbrush won't damage your teeth. Just like with any toothbrush, you should make sure that your toothbrush head has bristles that aren't too hard on your teeth and gums and you shouldn't apply too much pressure while brushing.

Is Sonicare or Oral-B better?

Both Sonicare and Oral-B will do a great job cleaning your teeth. And both offer basic electric brushes and super ultra-luxe brushes. So you'll just have to decide if you prefer a rotating oscillating motion (Oral-B) or back and forth brushing motion with sonic vibrations (Sonicare). Both will get the job done!

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Natalie Asmussen
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Natalie used to work as a Community Health Worker and Health Insurance Navigator. She continues to follow her passion for connecting people with the healthcare they need by writing informative content about dentistry and medicine.