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Sonicare Electric Brush

A review of Sonicare models and their features. (Updated November 2016)

- Brush features (by model number) for - DiamondClean, FlexCare Platinum Connected, FlexCare+, HealthyWhite+, 3 Series Gum Health, 2 Series Plaque Control, For Kids, Essence+, Essence, PowerUp.

This page is a review of all of the current models of the Sonicare electric toothbrush line.

For each toothbrush, we cover what features it has, point out how that differs from other models, and give you our opinion about the brush's collection of features as a whole, both pro and con. [If you're interested, here's the same type of breakdown for Oral-B electrics.]

As a companion piece, don't overlook reading through our Best Sonicares page, which explains what to look for and how to pick out a toothbrush that has just the features you really need.

What are the current Sonicare models?

Here's a listing of the brushes we found on the Philips Sonicare website (USA) under the category "current products" on November 11, 2016.

Differences from our last review.
  • As compared to the list of brushes we reviewed last go around, Sonicare has dropped the FlexCare Platinum line in favor of its Flexcare Platinum Connected brushes. These are the first "adult" Sonicare toothbrushes whose usage is integrated with a smartphone app.
  • The HealthyWhite model has been dropped but the HealthyWhite+ still exists and has been upgraded.
  • Whereas previously a 31,000 strokes-per-minute brushing motion was standard on all of the better Sonicares, some models now feature a 62,000 brush movements/minute action. (See DiamondClean, Flexcare Platinum Connected and Healthywhite+ reviews.) We give our opinion about the importance of this change below.

Manufacturer suggested retail prices.

The brushes listed on this page are ordered according to their "suggested retail price" (per information taken from the Philips Sonicare website). So as you work your way down our list, each next brush is a little cheaper than the one before it.

Prices range from around $250 all the way down to just $15 (we've included each model's MSRP price with its features list below.) Some brushes have come down since our last review, others have gone up (although now sporting slightly different features). The prices of most brushes have stayed the same.

Be sure to shop around.

We've looked on the web to make certain that we could find all of the above models currently for sale (which we did).

During our search, we were a little bit surprised to find that some (very big name) online retailers listed a MSRP that was higher than the one shown on the Sonicare site. Of course, doing so makes it look like their price has been more heavily discounted than it really is.

We mention this simply to remind you to make sure you compare several vendor's prices before you buy.

Discounted models.

It seemed to us that we found some of the older Sonicare toothbrush lines more heavily discounted than comparatively newer ones. Thus making them even more of a bargain.

If you want to see these models first hand ...

We've noticed two retailers who typically have various Sonicare models, as well as other brands of electrics, on display so you can pick them up and hold them (although they're just mockups, they don't actually run). They are Target and Bed, Bath and Beyond.


Reviewing Sonicare options and features.

Throughout this page we link to other areas of our website that give more detailed information about specific toothbrush features (such as its purpose, how it works, pros/cons). You can either use those links as you come to them or one of the buttons to the right, they all lead to the same places.

If you're interested in our opinion about what we feel is the value of having specific features, we tend to provide more of that on our "Which Sonicare models make the best buy?" page.

If you have a question that we didn't cover in this or that review, you can post it as a comment at the bottom of either page and we'll try to answer it.

Features that Sonicare models tend to have in common.

Rather than describe the same set of options repeatedly, here's a list of features that most of the toothbrushes on this page share. For those that don't, we make mention of it both here and in their respective review.

a) Full-power brushing mode.

With the exception of the PowerUp product line, all of the models on this page feature Sonicare's "31,000 brushstrokes-per-minute" brushing action. (With some models this is termed "62,000 brush movement/minute.")

Our recommendation.
  • We feel strongly that a brush must offer "31,000 brushstrokes-per-minute" capabilities.
  • We also think that the single setting the vast majority of owners should use is their brush in full-power mode (which is the "Clean" setting on a Sonicare).

b) Lithium-ion battery.

With the exception of the PowerUp, Essence, Essence+ and 2 Series models, the standard Sonicare rechargeable battery is a lithium ion one.

Lithium ion offers some technical advantages related to recharging. Probably more noticeable to users is that the models that have them tend to have a smaller, sleeker body style. (More about batteries.)

c) 110 - 220V charging.

The chargers that come with Sonicare rechargeable brushes are designed to operate with either 110 or 220 volt power supplies, a point that may be important to world travelers. (More about charging units.) (PowerUp models use disposable off-the-shelf AA alkaline batteries.)

d) Smartimer / KidTimer.

All of the brushes on this page feature a 2 minute brushing timer. (More about Sonicare timers.)

Not all models come with the additional QuadPacer function, so if that's important to you take note. Instead of QuadPacer, the FlexCare Platinum Connected models feature the similar BrushPacer function.

e) Easy-start.

This feature is an introductory mode that helps you to get used to the sensation of using your brush by gradually increasing its brushing intensity. (More about Sonicare Easy-start.)

Many, but according to Sonicare's website not all, models have this feature. It was our impression that those that didn't tended to be those that had intensity settings, which conceivably could be used as somewhat of a substitute. Check the packaging of the specific product you are considering to know for certain if you are getting this feature or not.

f) Brushing pressure sensing.

When excessive force is used, the brushing action of Sonicare models will tend to stall out. Beyond that general characteristic, the Flexcare brushes feature excessive brushing pressure indicators (use link for more details).

g) Click-on brush heads.

With the exception of the Essence models (not to be confused with the newer Essence+), all of the brushes mentioned on this page utilize some type of click-on (snap-on) brush head.

While there are some convenience factors associated with this design, what's more important is that this gives you a very wide range of brush head styles and sizes to choose from when selecting replacements. All click-on heads are universally interchangeable between models that use them. (The exception being the PowerUp line.)

For this reason, when selecting a toothbrush model, we place little emphasis on which types of brush heads it comes with because you'll be replacing them soon enough anyway (Philips recommends every 3 months). (More about brush heads.)

h) QuadPacer

This is a quadrant timer. It signals when each 1/4th of your brushing session has elapsed, so you know when to move on to brushing the next section of your teeth. (More about QuadPacer.)

The Sonicare website and the available online user manuals don't always agree on which models have the QuadPacer. We've tended to show what the website states, assuming it is the more up-to-date information. Check the packaging of the model you are considering to be sure about what you are getting.


The Sonicare toothbrush lines: A review of features, by model names and numbers.

a) The DiamondClean electric toothbrushes -

DiamondClean models:
HX9393/90 - (MSRP $250)
HX9392/05, HX9372/10, HX9362/10, HX9352/10, HX9332/10 - (MSRP $220)

(Compare Sonicare prices at Walmart.com.)

Differences within the DiamondClean line up.
  • Each of the above models also vary by way of color: HX9393/90 (black), HX9392/05 (rose gold), HX9372/10 (amethyst), HX9362/10 (pink), HX9352/10 (black), HX9332/10 (white).
  • The HX9393/90 (the most expensive model) features Sonicare's wireless charging pad and a travel pouch, whereas the others come with Sonicare's glass charger and USB travel charger/case. (See below for more details about these features.)

    Selecting one over the other would simply come down to personal preference.

  • The HX9393/90 comes with 2 DiamondClean (standard) and 1 AdaptiveClean brush heads whereas the other models come with 1 DiamondClean (standard), 1 AdaptiveClean and 1 InterCare (standard).

    Having a variety of heads is nice in terms of experimentation and determining which type you prefer. But these are disposable items that you'll just be replacing every three months anyway (with any other kind of head you want), so this difference between models isn't very significant.

DiamondClean features -

  • Color: See "other differences" section above.
  • Top vibrational speed: Stated as either 62,000 brush movements/minute or 31,000 brush strokes/minute, depending on model (we consider these equivalent).
  • Brushing modes: 5 total - Clean, Deep Clean, Gum Care, Sensitive, White.

    Clean mode = 31,000 strokes/minute. (Except for having Sonicare's "Clean" setting, we place very little importance on a brush having any additional modes. We explain our reasoning here.)

  • Brush heads provided: Three total, see above.
  • Replacement brush heads: The full line of Sonicare universally interchangeable click-on heads can be used with these models.

    This includes: DiamondClean (standard, compact), Adaptive Clean (standard), Intercare (standard), ProResults Plaque Control (standard), ProResults Gum Health (standard), Sensitive (standard) and SimplyClean (standard). (More about brush head options.)

  • Smartimer and QuadPacer: Yes. - Quadpacer divides Smartimer's 2 minute time frame into 4ths, therefore signaling when you should switch to brushing the next quadrant of your mouth. (More about Sonicare QuadPacer.)
  • Integrates with Sonicare smartphone app: No.
  • Charger: Glass charger - With glass-charger DiamondClean models you also have the option of charging your brush using it's travel case (see below).

    Wireless charging pad - (HX9393/90 only) This unit uses (Qi) technology, just like that used to wirelessly recharge some smartphones.

  • Operational voltages: 110-220V
  • Travel case: Yes. - USB travel charger. - The case acts as the charger, so you don't have to take your "glass" one. It hooks up via a USB port.
  • Battery type: Lithium ion.
  • Operating time after fully charged: "Up to" 3 weeks.

Our opinion about the DiamondClean line.

This is Sonicare's "top" product line, in the sense of a traditional electric toothbrush (no connectivity with a smartphone app or special sensors).

There's no question that these are good brushes. But you can probably get all of the features that you really need in a lesser model, for a lower price. (Figuring that out is what our Which are the best Sonicares? page is all about.)

Features to keep in mind about this product line:
  • The DiamondClean line is the only one that features models that have the wireless (Qi) charging, the glass charger and the USB travel charger/case options.
  • Some DiamondCleans have Sonicare's newer 62,000 brush movements/minute brushing action

b) The FlexCare Platinum Connected electric toothbrushes -

FlexCare Platinum Connected models:
HX9192/02 - (MSRP $220)
HX9192/01 - (MSRP $200)

(Compare Sonicare prices at Walmart.com.)

Differences within the FlexCare Platinum Connected line up.

The difference between the two Platinum Connected models is that the charging stand of the HX9192/02 has a UV brush head sanitizer while the HX9192/01 does not. Other than that, these brushes are the same.

FlexCare Platinum Connected features -

  • Color: White.
  • Top vibrational speed: Stated as 62,000 brush movements/minute.
    (equivalent to 31,000 brush strokes/minute.)
  • Brushing modes: 3 total - Clean, Deep Clean, White. These models also feature 3 Intensity settings: Low, medium, high. (Clean mode at High intensity = 31,000 strokes/minute.)

    While we don't generally see great value in having multiple brushing modes available, the ability to change brushing intensity can be a valuable option in special cases (i.e. debilitated or elderly brush users). The HealthyWhite+, 3 Series Gum Health and For Kids models (see below) also share this capability.

  • Brush heads provided: 3 total. 1 AdaptiveClean, 1 InterCare (standard) and 1 ProResults gum health.
  • Replacement brush heads: The full line of Sonicare universally interchangeable click-on heads can be used with these brushes.
  • Smartimer and BrushPacer: Yes. Note: FlexCare Platinum Connected models feature Sonicare's BrushPacer as opposed to the (similar) QuadPacer found on other models.
  • Integrates with Sonicare smartphone app: Yes. (Features of the brushing app.)
  • UV brush head sanitizer: Model HX9192/02 only. The sanitizer is incorporated into the brush's charging stand. - We don't see a great value in having this feature. We outline our argument here.
  • Charger: Traditional charging stand. A smaller travel charger separates from this unit.
  • Operational voltages: 110-220V
  • Battery type: Lithium ion.
  • Operating time after fully charged: "Up to" 2 weeks.
  • Travel case: Yes.
  • Pressure sensor: Yes. - This feature signals that too much brushing pressure has been detected in two different ways. The brush handle gently pulsates to alert the user. The phone app shows a warning on its screen.
  • Additional sensors and indicators: The phone app signals when too much scrubbing motion is detected in your brushing technique. From information gathered from the brush's timer and pressure sensor, the app notifies you when your current brush head should be replaced.

Our opinion about the FlexCare Platinum Connected line.

If you're looking for a brush that offers most of Sonicare's newest bells and whistles, then this is the line for you.

However, our opinion would be that while we can see how any or all of these features and functions might appeal to some people, for the person who just needs a good electric toothbrush there are other equally capable, less expensive choices.

Features to keep in mind about this product line:
  • FlexCare Platinum Connected units are the only "adult" brushes that integrate with the Sonicare smartphone brushing app.
  • This line is the only one to feature location, pressure and scrubbing sensors.
  • The FlexCare HX9192/02 is the only Sonicare brush that has a UV brush head sanitizer.
  • While we feel that Clean mode on its own almost always makes the best brushing choice, we can see how having the option of intensity settings (a feature this line has) might be beneficial in some situations.
  • These brushes feature Sonicare's newer 62,000 brush movements/minute brushing action.

c) The FlexCare+ electric toothbrushes -

FlexCare+ (plus) models:
HX6921/04 - (MSRP $150)

(Compare Sonicare prices at Walmart.com.)

FlexCare+ features -

  • Color: Cooper Frost (white)
  • Top vibrational speed: 31,000 brush strokes/minute.
  • Brushing modes: 5 total - Clean, Gum Care, Refresh, Sensitive, Massage. (Clean mode = 31,000 brushstrokes-per-minute.) As compared to the Flexcare Platinum Connected, this line does not feature changeable brushing intensities.
  • Brush head provided: One total. ProResults Gum Health.
  • Replacement brush heads: The full line of Sonicare universally interchangeable click-on heads can be used with this brush.
  • Smartimer and QuadPacer: Yes. (Quadpacer can be deactivated on this model.)
  • Integrates with Sonicare smartphone app: No.
  • Charger: Traditional charging stand. A smaller travel charger separates from this unit.
  • Operational voltages: 110-220V
  • Battery type: Lithium ion.
  • Operating time after fully charged: "Up to" 3 weeks.
  • Travel case: Yes.
  • Pressure sensor: Yes. The brush handle gently pulsates when too much brushing pressure is detected. (In general, we don't see a big need for this feature. We explain why here.)

Our opinion about the FlexCare+ line.

Except for the ability to deactivate the QuadPacer (which evidently is an annoyance for some people), there's nothing especially noteworthy about this brush. Cheaper alternatives exist.

Features to keep in mind about this product line:
  • This is one of only two Sonicare lines that features a true excessive brushing pressure indicator.
  • This is the only model we're aware of that allows you to deactivate the QuadPacer function.

d) The HealthyWhite+ electric toothbrushes -

HealthyWhite+ (plus) models:
HX8918/10 - (MSRP $130)
HX8911/02 - (MSRP $120)

(Compare Sonicare prices at Walmart.com.)

Differences within the HealthyWhite+ line up.

These models only vary by way of the fact that the HX8918/10 comes with an additional tongue cleaner brush head (TongueCare+, HX8072/80), along with a small bottle of antibacterial tongue spray (DIS359/03).

Keep in mind that these same items can be bought separately and used with any other Sonicare model that uses click-on heads. Also, there are other (possibly more effective and cheaper) ways to clean your tongue. We discuss them here.

HealthyWhite+ features -

  • Color: Frost White
  • Top vibrational speed: Stated as 62,000 brush movements/minute.
    (equivalent to 31,000 brush strokes/minute.)
  • Brushing modes: 2 total - Clean, White. 3 brushing intensity settings are also featured: High, medium, low. (Clean mode at High intensity = 31,000 brush strokes/minute.)
  • Brush head provided: One DiamondClean (Standard).
  • Replacement brush heads: The full line of Sonicare universally interchangeable click-on heads can be used with this brush.
  • Smartimer and QuadPacer: Yes.
  • Integrates with Sonicare smartphone app: No.
  • Charger: Conventional charging stand.
  • Operational voltages: 110-220V
  • Battery type: Lithium ion.
  • Operating time after fully charged: "Up to" 3 weeks.
  • Travel case: Yes.

Our opinion about the HealthWhite+ line.

We really don't have all that much to say about this brush. It lies in that middle ground between those models that are clearly top-of-the-line and the more budget-oriented ones.

Features to keep in mind about this product line:
  • This is one of the Sonicare lines that features switchable brushing intensities.

Note: From this point on down, each model tends to get more and more basic, sometimes to the point of having just one brushing mode ("Clean"), and of course Sonicare's original 31,000 brush-strokes-per-minute brushing action.

While we do think the models above are good products, it seems to us that the brushes below tend to make the better buy, as explained on this page that outlines how to pick out the best Sonicare in terms of value.


e) 3 Series Gum Health electric toothbrushes -

3 Series Gum Health models:
HX6631/02 - (MSRP $90)

(Compare Sonicare prices at Walmart.com.)

3 Series Gum Health features -

A Sonicare 3 Series sonic toothbrush.

Sonicare 3 Series HX6631/02

  • Color: Persian Green.
  • Top vibrational speed: 31,000 brush strokes/minute.
  • Brushing modes: 1 total - Clean. It also has 3 brushing intensity settings: High, medium, low. (Clean mode at High intensity = 31,000 brushstrokes-per-minute.)
  • Brush head provided: One ProResults Gum Health.
  • Replacement brush heads: The full line of Sonicare universally interchangeable click-on heads can be used with this brush.
  • Smartimer and QuadPacer: Yes.
  • Integrates with Sonicare smartphone app: No.
  • Charger: Conventional charging stand.
  • Operational voltages: 110-220V
  • Battery type: Lithium ion.
  • Operating time after fully charged: "Up to" 3 weeks.
  • Travel case: Yes.

Our opinion about the 3 Series Gum Health line.

We generally like this brush. In fact, it's one of the models (actually the most expensive one) we picked out on our Best Sonicare's to buy page.

This model seems more akin to the more modern designs above (including having a lithium ion battery) than some of the more primitive ones below.

It's only brushing mode is the only one we think is important to have ("Clean"), and it has intensity settings to boot (for those who have an application where a lower-intensity setting is needed).

Features to keep in mind about this product line:
  • This brush is one of the Sonicares that offers different brushing intensities.

f) The 2 Series Plaque Control electric toothbrushes -

2 Series Plaque Control models:
HX6218/10 - (MSRP $80)
HX6211/07, HX6211/28, HX6211/04, HX6211/48, HX6211/47, HX6211/46 - (MSRP $70)

(Compare Sonicare prices at Walmart.com.)

Differences within the 2 Series line up.
  • These models vary by way of their colors: HX6211/07 (black with white highlights), HX6211/28 (white with red highlights), HX6211/04 and HX6218/10 (white with blue highlights), HX6211/48 (green with white highlights), HX6211/47 (red with white highlights), HX6211/46 (blue with white highlights)
  • The HX6218/10 comes with a tongue cleaner brush head (TongueCare+, HX8072/80), along with a small bottle of antibacterial tongue spray (DIS359/03).

2 Series Plaque Control features -

A Sonicare 2 Series sonic toothbrush.

Sonicare 2 Series HX6211/04

  • Color: See above.
  • Top vibrational speed: 31,000 brush strokes/minute.
  • Brushing modes: 1 total - Clean. (Clean mode = 31,000 brushstrokes-per-minute.)
  • Brush head provided: One ProResults Plaque Control.
  • Replacement brush heads: The full line of Sonicare universally interchangeable click-on heads can be used with this brush.
  • Smartimer and QuadPacer: Yes.
  • Integrates with Sonicare smartphone app: No.
  • Charger: Conventional charging stand.
  • Operational voltages: 110-220V
  • Battery type: NiMH. - This is the slightly less advantageous style of battery. Also, notice a lower operating time of two weeks (vs. three for the 3 Series).
  • Operating time after fully charged: "Up to" 2 weeks.
  • Travel case: No.

Our opinion about the 2 Series Plaque Control line.

Like the 3 Series, the 2 Series models probably have all of the brushing options you really need. But there are some differences:

  • It only features a NiMH battery (see above).
  • It doesn't have the 3's ability to change brushing intensity. But if your application doesn't involve special cases (elderly or debilitated brush users) you probably have no use for this option.

g) The Sonicare for Kids electric toothbrushes -

Sonicare for Kids models:
HX6321/05, HX6321/02 - (MSRP $50)

(Compare Sonicare prices at Walmart.com.)

Differences within the For Kids line up.

These two models only vary by way of the stickers (decoration for the toothbrush handle) that they come with.

Sonicare For Kids features -

A Sonicare For Kids sonic toothbrush.

Sonicare For Kids HX6321/02

  • Color: Aqua, with 8 different "jazzy" stickers you can apply.
  • Top vibrational speed: 31,000 brush strokes/minute.
  • Brushing modes: This brush features 2 settings: High and low. The lower setting is intended for use by smaller, younger children. (The High setting = 31,000 brushstrokes-per-minute.)
  • Brush head provided: One Sonicare for Kids (Standard).
  • Replacement brush heads: The full line of Sonicare universally interchangeable click-on heads can be used with these models.

    For-Kids brush heads come in both Standard and Compact sizes and feature softer bristles than the adult ones. The Compact heads are intended for use with smaller, younger children.

  • Smartimer and QuadPacer: Yes, however with this brush these features are referred to as KidTimer and KidPacer.

    (If you're an adult and are considering using this brush yourself, you must read this section that describes how these functions work.)

  • Integrates with Sonicare smartphone app: Yes. (For Kids app, see below.)
  • Charger: Conventional charging stand.
  • Operational voltages: 110-220V
  • Battery type: Lithium ion.
  • Operating time after fully charged: "Up to" 2 weeks.
  • Travel case: No.
The For Kids Smartphone brushing app.

Via Bluetooth connectivity, this brush can communicate with an app installed on your smartphone (free - iOS and Android).

The app tracks each brushing session and its duration, gives brushing tips and provides games that can help to increase brushing motivation.

Our opinion about the Sonicare For Kids line.

This model is a good choice for children, or families that would like to share a single brush. It can also make a reasonable budget choice for an adult (if you don't mind using a toothbrush that's geared towards children).

Features to keep in mind about this product line:
  • This brush offers two brushing intensities.
  • Just like with "adult" models, the For Kids can use the full range of Sonicare click-on brush heads.

h) The Essence+ electric toothbrushes -

Essence+ models:
HX3211/17 - (MSRP $40)

(Compare Sonicare prices at Walmart.com.)

Essence+ features -

  • Color: White with blue rubber grips.
  • Top vibrational speed: 31,000 brush strokes/minute.
  • Brushing modes: 1 total - Clean. (Clean mode = 31,000 brushstrokes-per-minute.)
  • Brush head provided: One SimplyClean (Standard).

    Note: This brush has a snap-on brush head design that means it can be used with the full line of Sonicare universally interchangeable click-on heads. That's a nice advantage over the regular Essence model.

  • Smartimer and QuadPacer: This model does not feature QuadPacer.
  • Integrates with Sonicare smartphone app: No.
  • Charger: Conventional charging stand, similar in design to more modern Sonicares.
  • Operational voltages: 110-220V
  • Battery type: NiMH. - The non-lithium ion battery option.
  • Operating time after fully charged: "Up to" 10 days.

    Note: In comparison, the specs for the standard Essence say "up to 2 weeks."

  • Travel case: No.

Our opinion about the Essence+ line.

Even though this brush just seems to be the old (ancient) Essence design with a modern click-on brush head placed on it, it still makes a perfectly reasonable choice. (Because it has "Clean" mode and a 31,000 brush-strokes-per-minute brushing action.)

However, it must be said that as compared to all of the more modern brushes above, this unit is a bit larger, heavier, louder and its handle vibrates more. It may not make the right choice for debilitated or elderly users.

i) The Essence electric toothbrushes -

Essence models:
HX5611/01 - (MSRP $25)

(Compare Sonicare prices at Walmart.com.)

Essence features -

  • Color: White with blue rubber grips.
  • Top vibrational speed: 31,000 brush strokes/minute.
  • Brushing modes: 1 total - Clean. (Clean mode = 31,000 brushstrokes-per-minute.)
  • Brush head provided: One e-Series (Standard). - This is the older screw-on type head.
  • Replacement brush heads: Only e-Series brush heads can be used with the Essence. That means you have a much more limited choice than with other models, however they do come in both Standard and Compact sizes.

    (Possibly e-Series heads are less efficient brushers than other styles. This page provides more information.)

  • Smartimer and QuadPacer: This model does not feature QuadPacer.
  • Integrates with Sonicare smartphone app: No.
  • Charger: Conventional charging stand.
  • Operational voltages: 110-220V
  • Battery type: NiMH. - The non-lithium ion battery option.
  • Operating time after fully charged: "Up to" 2 weeks.
  • Travel case: No.

Our opinion about the Essence line.

For anyone who has used Sonicares for a long time, you'll recognize this model as "newer" old-style technology. It's a decent brush, just dated.

  • It should be mentioned that this unit is a bit larger, heavier, louder and vibrates more so than the newer Sonicare designs, so it may not be the right choice for elderly or debilitated brushers.
  • It uses the less convenient (and less diverse in available designs) e-Series style brush heads.

j) The PowerUp electric toothbrushes -

PowerUp models:
HX3631/06, HX3631/10 - (MSRP $15)

(Compare Sonicare prices at Walmart.com.)

Differences within the PowerUp line up.
  • The HX3631/06 is White/Scuba Blue in color and comes with a Soft PowerUp brush head.
  • The HX3631/10 is White/Pink in color and comes with a Medium PowerUp brush head.

PowerUp features -

  • Color: See above.
  • Top vibrational speed: 15,000 brush strokes/minute.
  • Brushing modes: 1 total - Clean. - IMPORTANT! - Clean mode = 15,000 strokes-per-minute. That's 1/2 the speed of the other models on this page.

    There can be applications where a low-power brush is desirable (use with elderly or debilitated persons who can't handle full-power mode). But if you're looking to buy a Sonicare because of it's exceptional cleaning ability, these models don't make the right choice.

    Having said that, as compared to other low-end brush brands, the PowerUp probably makes a reasonable choice.

  • Brush head provided: One PowerUp (soft or medium, see above).
  • Replacement brush heads: Only PowerUp brush heads can be used with these brushes. Two styles are available, Medium and Soft.
  • Smartimer and QuadPacer: These brushes do not have QuadPacer.
  • Integrates with Sonicare smartphone app: No.
  • Battery type: Powered by 2 AA alkaline disposable batteries. - This is the only Sonicare on this page that has replaceable batteries. Depending upon your application, you may find this to be an advantage.
  • Operating time on fresh batteries: 120 two-minute brushings.
  • Travel case: No.

Our opinion about the PowerUp line.

For the vast majority of users, any other brush on this page would make a more effective brushing choice than a PowerUp (due to this brush's low-speed brushing action).

Features to keep in mind about this product line:
  • This is the only Sonicare electric that uses replaceable, off-the-shelf batteries.

Still need help in deciding?

If you've read through everything we've said above and you still don't know which model suits you best, read this page that explains how to sort these models out.

[Philips and Sonicare are registered trademarks of Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V. Easy-start and QuadPacer are registered trademarks of Philips Oral HealthCare, Inc.]

 

 
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Comments

Is Sonicare really that good?

My Sonicare just died. It was a good brush except for the fact that it didn't last very long. Do other people complain about this? I'm looking at these prices and wondering if it's really worth it.

Did you call Sonicare?

Reliability is a hard thing to judge. We consider Sonicare and Oral B to be reputable manufacturers but don't have any hard statistics to back that up.

We've read some pretty interesting user reviews where Sonicare owners called the company and told them their complaints (evidently politely). And as a result had their broken units unexpectedly replaced, evidently for free. It's worth a try. It seems if the customer has a legitimate complaint that Sonicare listens (at least sometimes).

If you want to consider an Oral-B instead, we have a whole section on them that could help you get started picking one out.
Good luck. Report back if you don't mind.

they all die pretty fast

2 of my Philips brushes died after 1.5 years of use. Water gets inside them....

POOR Quility POOR company service

We have owned many sonicare toothbrushes in the past. All USED to be a very good product. I think they have tighten their belt and outsourced to the CHEAPEST manufacturer possible. Being a dental professional we USED to buy these in numbers and use as giveaways/promotional to patients. This is NO LONGER the case. They are a piece of junk now. Had problems with the "new" brush head falling off. I was basically told your problem.. NO, not my problem any longer. I attend many dental meeting with other dentist. I have been a one man wrecking crew telling my story.. I WONT EVER recommend the Phillips Sonicare to ANYONE again. I hope you will boycott this product too.

Thank you!

I have been using the Sonicare Essence for many years now. My first one lasted about 8 years before it finally stopped holding a charge. Got a new one and it died within warranty so they replaced it, no charge to me, with the same model but it had the quad pacer, which my broken one did not have. It's still working fine after 3 years but I am looking at getting the Series 3 as I was told my gums are getting "soft". I had been looking at the more expensive models but thanks to your information I see I'd be paying for things I wouldn't really be needing or using. Thanks for saving me some $$ that will be put towards dental visits for replacing ancient fillings! I appreciate all the information I found here-thank you!

Thanks for posting Laura.

Thanks for posting Laura. Thanks for mentioning your experience with Sonicare and how their replacement policy worked out for you.

Models?

Went to look at ......... yesterday and they have a Flexcare Whitening model with the UV thing. The model is #HX6962/73 -- I don't see that model in your list? Does it fall in to the Flexcare + line somewhere but maybe packaged for sale at Costco with a different number?

Mitch

Our information is based on what Sonicare's website stated were it's "current" models on 10/20/2015.
For specific details about items sold at ........ you'll need to contact them.

Our Google search for that model number suggested to us that that package likely contains two motorized Flexcare brush handles. That fact should be easy enough to confirm next time you're there shopping.

Your information couldn't

Your information couldn't have been more helpful. Terrific research. Saved me $110 !!!
Thanks so much!!

Model not listed

I saw a model at COSTCO called Essential Clean. Is this an older model or one that was named specifically for COSTCO? Also do you know anything about the quick brushing mode? Is it just a short time timer?

Jim

That model isn't listed here because it's not listed anywhere on the Sonicare website. Others have been asking about it. Here's all we know.

This site is a gem

My wife had an ancient Essence type Sonicare brush which she wanted to replace. In checking the current Sonicare product line we were baffled by all the various Sonicare models, brush heads and features. Then your wonderful web site came to the rescue, cleared away all the verbiage and made it crystal clear what characteristics are the important ones. As a result my wife bought a simple Series 2 brush on sale which we are sure will suit her needs. Thanks for your help!

Holder for the brush heads

The older screw on brush head models included a holder that allows you to store two brush heads in the upright position. Other than the UV models, do any of the newer click on Sonicare models include a similar brush head holder? If not, how are you supposed to store them between brushings?

Roxanne

You'll need to look closely at the packaging of the products you are comparing.
The charging bases of some Sonicare models have an extra numb (one, possibly two) sticking up that you can store extra brush heads on.
We see storage nubs on the Flexcare models as well as some of the HealthyWhites.
The DiamondClean, since it features the "glass" charger doesn't offer this feature.
We don't believe you'll find it on the lower-end Sonicares either but to be sure you'll simply have to look.

HX6211 is US only

The HX6211 model seems to be US only. The nearest I can find in the EU is the HX6231, which seems to come with Quadpacer. Philips, what a bunch of idiots - make a great brush and then annoy the hell out of everyone with two annoying features which I am putting some serious effort into trying to *avoid*.

Private

Look for a FlexCare model in your country. Then Google around for its user manual. Check to see if with this line you can't deactivate the QuadPacer. (You should be able to on the FlexCare+ and FlexCare Platinum Connected)

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