The Sonicare Toothbrush
The Sonicare toothbrush is made by Phillips and has been around for many years now. Originally costing hundreds of dollars, the brush’s price has gone down considerably over the years and has brought the electric toothbrush in reach of the average consumer. With almost ten Sonicare models on the market and dozens of look-alikes from competitors, many consumers are often confused about which Sonicare toothbrush best fits their need and if they even need one. This review from a Sonicare user explains the benefits of the brush and provides an overview and comparison of the most popular Sonicare models. Anyone looking to buy a toothbrush or who simply wants to improve their dental hygiene should read it.
What makes the Sonicare different from other toothbrushes?
From my experience, the Sonicare is much better at removing plaque and food particles than traditional toothbrushes. While you still must move the Sonicare around in your mouth and brush with it like any other toothbrush, the rotating head does the job much more effectively. I purchased the brush at the recommendation of my orthodontist after getting braces, and haven’t looked back since. Granted, the brush is a little hard to get adjust to for the first few days, so powerful that it vibrates your entire jaw, but it doesn’t take long to get used to and leaves your teeth feeling slick and smooth. My teeth felt like they have been cleaned at the dentist every time I use it, and my gums thank me every time I brush them.
Unlike some electric toothbrushes, the Sonicare toothbrush has a rechargeable battery. Brushing twice a day, I find I don’t need to recharge mine that often. However, all Sonicares come with a base station where you can set your brush that charges it automatically, so remembering to charge it isn’t that difficult. The brush works differently than mechanical or rotor action brushes, using a magnet-driven brush head that turns 31,000 times/minute and low acoustic frequencies to clean.
Which Sonicare toothbrush should I buy?
Quite a few Sonicare brushes have been released over the years. Among the most recent and popular are the Sonicare Elite e7300, the Essence 5300, the Essence e5500, and the pricey but feature-filled FlexCare. All of them clean your teeth with the same effectiveness, but the pricier models have some pretty neat bells and whistles.
When asked where the best place to purchase the Sonicare is, I often refer people to Amazon.com.
Sonicare Essence e5300
This is the least expensive Sonicare model and the one I own. For around $50.00 you get the Sonicare brush base, one brush head, the charging station, and a handy carrying case. It includes a two-minute timer to ensure you brush for the proper amount of time. Some may consider the carrying case to be a gimmick, but I have found it quite useful. It has carried my Sonicare all across the country and even as far as Japan. If you’re on a budget, the e5500 offers the best value for the money. It is pretty much the same as the more expensive models, only lacking fancy features like a battery level indicator and updated handle.
Sonicare Elite e7300
This is the midrange Sonicare toothbrush. It has all the features of the e5500, but priced at around $80.00, this brush offers an updated handle and carrying case as well as dual speed controls. It also sports a battery level indicator and more advanced charging station. Though it is more expensive than the e5500, had it been available when I bought my Sonicare, I would have opted for this model. The included features, in my opinion, justify the $30 difference in price.
This toothbrush is the best model of the Sonicare line. It uses a new, improved ProResults brush head that is supposedly better at removing plaque, more comfortable to use, and cheaper to replace. It also has a battery level indicator and brush speed control, but most notably, comes with an UV sanitizer integrated into the charging base. The sanitizer, which retails for $49.99 separately, uses UV technology to kill 99% of bacteria from the brush head in just ten minutes. Is the sanitizer along with the brush’s other improved features worth the $149.99 retail price tag? That’s up for you to decide. Note that because the brush heads on this model are less expensive, this model could be cheaper to operate in the long run.
The Sonicare is a great toothbrush everyone should own. Though some may gawk at its price, it could end up saving you money at the dentist in the end if it keeps your teeth in better shape. Since I bought my toothbrush, several other friends and family have invested in their own Sonicare, and all have had great praise for the sonic teeth cleaner. With models prices as low as $55.00, the Sonicare is well worth looking into.
Disclaimer: This guide is no substitute for dental advice from a qualified medical professional. It is simply the views of one Sonicare user. The writer is not a dentist, and readers should follow recommendations in this guide at their own risk. When in doubt, always contact a qualified dental expert.