This Philips Sonicare Toothbrush review covers how well these brushes clean your teeth. Before we get into the efficacy of Sonicare toothbrushes and how well they remove dental plaque from my teeth, we will look at the important specs of the toothbrushes for cleaning your teeth. By the end of the article, you will be able to assess whether you want to purchase a Sonicare toothbrush and if paying more for a Sonicare is worth the cost.

I like to lump most Sonicare brushes into one because they are mostly the same, except for a few bells and whistles.  The features most responsible for the plaque removal are the same no matter which brush you buy. For example, most Sonicares make 31,000 vibrations or 62,000 movements a minute. The biggest exception is the Philips Sonicare One which we will cover in another video. 

Pro's of Philips Sonicare

2 Minute Quad Timer

~ 2.5 mm Vibration Amplitude

31,000 Vibrations Per Minute

Wireless Charger

2 Weeks Per Battery Charge

Pressure Indicator (Higher Models)

Soft Bristles

Soft Bristles

Con's of Philips Sonicare

Poor Brush Head Designs


Mediocre Plaque Removal

Brush Each Quadrant
30 Seconds

Bristles at 45° to the Tooth

Light Pressure

Small Circlular Brushing Movements

Soft Bristles

What is the Difference Between Philips Sonicare Toothbrush Models?

If you go to Sonicares website, you will see many toothbrush models that vary in cost by hundreds of dollars, which can be confusing. However, you should know that this does not change their toothbrushes' cleaning power per se. On their website, their high-end toothbrushes all clean at the same frequency of 62,000 movements per minute, or 31,000 vibrations per minute, and all use the same brush heads interchangeably. Sometimes they will use deceptive terms like brushstrokes to make it seem like their lower models do less, but one brushstroke, or vibration, is equal to two movements. You can see from the comparison diagram next to this section that their cost is very different but still brush at the same rate. 

The important thing to note about Sonicare is the amplitude of their sonic vibrations. The amplitude must be enough to remove plaque or all the vibrations mean nothing. Sonicare touts about a 2.5 mm amplitude in vibration. The cleaning power only decreases in Philips electric toothbrushes once you get into the Philips One toothbrushes with lower power and less amplitude in their electric vibrations. It doesn't matter the lower models their vibrations per minute because the amplitude is not enough to loosen much plaque. 

Some of the high-end Sonicare Toothbrushes have different modes. However, once you look up the different modes, you realize they are not different types of movements rather a combination of standard or lower vibration frequencies and amounts of time in those frequencies. For example, each model has a clean mode which 31,000 vibrations a minute for two minutes.

The most significant differences in Philips Sonicare Toothbrush models are bells and whistles that have little to do with their cleaning power. However, one feature is might be worthwhile: the pressure indicator, which tells you if you're pressing too hard while brushing. Pressing too hard while brushing causes gum recession and tooth wear. So the pressure indicator might be worth it, but on the other hand, you can just try not to press too hard and brush lightly.

Are Philips Sonicare Brush Heads Interchageable with Different Models?

Brush heads are crucial for the cleaning capability of a toothbrush. While each Sonicare toothbrush may come with a different brush head, all click-on Philips Sonicare brush heads are interchangeable, with a few notes and exceptions. So if the model you want doesn’t have a brush head that you want, you can likely buy a different one that will work.

The exceptions are the Sonicare twist-on brush head models, the Philips One, The Power Up Battery, and Essence model toothbrushes that will not accept the different click-on brush heads.

It is important to note that you can use smart brush heads on most other sonicare brushes for cleaning purposes. But, only the smart brush heads can perform all their capabilities on the smart toothbrushes.

Differenc of Philips Sonicare Toothbrush Models
Difference in cost of toothbrushes but their rate of vibrations are exactly the same
Interchangeable Philips Sonicare Brush Heads Fit Click-On
Philips Sonicare brush heads are interchangeable

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