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Great toothbrush, but not a significant improvement on Sonicare's much cheaper models
September 15, 2015
There is no question that Sonicare makes great toothbrushes. Each of my last three dentists recommends them, and I’ve been using one for more than ten years. However, I get the feeling their differentiation between models is more about incremental profit than a better clean.
My wife recently upgraded to the Sonicare Flexcare Platinum having previously used an entry-level Sonicare. Her verdict – no noticeable difference. And, even Sonicare’s product descriptions bear that out. This brush delivers the same 31,000 strokes per minute as the cheapest Sonicare, but is (currently) selling at more than three times the price.
The supposed differentiators this model includes:
- The pressure sensor – actually a unique feature that Sonicare’s cheaper brushes do not offer, but you’ll have to decide for yourself whether you’re so concerned that you’re pressing too hard that you’ll pay this much more (seems like the amount of wear on your toothbrush head could provide similar information)
- Three different brushing modes – according to the user manual these modes just adjust the timer (i.e., if you want to get the White mode from your entry-level Sonicare, just run it for an extra 30 seconds).
- Three intensity settings – available in all but Sonicare’s very cheapest model
- Quadpacer – (a great feature but) also available in all but Sonicare’s cheapest model
- Brush heads – interchangeable, so you should not base your brush decision on which heads are included
Do I recommend using a Sonicare? Absolutely. Would I recommend paying three times more for one of their most advanced models? Not unless you’ve got money to burn.