Sonicare's trend ever since the Elite replaced the A-series has been toward smaller, lighter brush heads, which require a less powerful motor to create their brushing action.

In fact, we ran across a web page that described rigging Elite heads to work on A-series handles. And it describes how much more powerfully that smaller head is driven when that is done. So the reduction in power (level of agitation) is by design, and should not necessarily be confused with the brush's inability to clean effectively (plaque is a soft substance and harsh scrubbing isn't required to remove it).

As side from that, and as we describe elsewhere on our pages, higher-end Sonicare products tend to have "stronger" motors. A difference that is most noticed by previous Sonicare owners when buying economy models.

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