Is the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean electric toothbrush worth the price?

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean

The Philips Sonicare DiamondClean electric toothbrush comes with two brush heads, a USB travel case and a special glass that can charge the unit. Photo courtesy of Philips.

For the past few years my dentist has been recommending I switch to an electric toothbrush. I’ve contemplated it a couple of times but have always walked away after seeing the price of them and not believing the benefits matched the product. My feelings on electric toothbrushes changed when Philips sent me one of their Sonicare DiamondClean models to test.

The Philips Sonicare DiamondClean is a beautifully designed electric toothbrush and I knew it was a high quality product as soon as I took it out of the box.

WATCH: Unboxing the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean electric toothbrush

It comes in a variety of colour options, but the white model I received was perfect for my needs (and looks quite lovely on my counter).

The built-in rechargeable battery can be charged in multiple ways, including a unique glass that you just set the brush in. There’s also a durable (and classy) USB travel case and a coaster-like stand (which I thought was a lid to the cup when I unboxed it) that can charge it as well.

The handle fits comfortably in my large hands and the vibration from the motor is barely noticeable. It’s also much quieter than I expected and doesn’t wake my kids up when I’m using it in the morning or late at night.

The Sonicare DiamondClean has five brushing modes to choose from depending on the level of cleaning you want. “Clean” is good for an overall standard brushing, while “Gum Care” and “Sensitive” are more gentle modes that also massage your gums. “Polish” and “White” do deeper cleaning to help brighten your teeth.

Two brush heads are included with the Sonicare DiamondClean kit (one standard and one compact) and they easily click into place onto the handle. The brush heads do come with plastic covers but don’t fit into the travel case with them on. This was the only real downside I found with the unit as I would prefer to have the brush heads covered inside the case (especially when travelling).

No doubt, there is a huge difference in how clean my teeth are after using the Sonicare DiamondClean as opposed to a manual toothbrush. I immediately noticed a difference upon first use and after a couple of weeks of testing which modes work best for me, my teeth feel much cleaner and appear a lot whiter. My gum health also seems to be doing better (which is the reason my dentist recommended I get an electric toothbrush in the first place) and I actually get excited to brush my teeth now.

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While it’s not as fancy as their connected “smart” toothbrush (which tells you via an app on your phone if you didn’t brush enough), the Sonicare DiamondClean is well worth the money if you care about your dental health. I don’t think I could ever go back to a manual toothbrush again.

The Sonicare DiamondClean electric toothbrush retails for around $199.99 on Amazon.ca. Extra brush heads are available in packs of two for around $30. For more information, visit philips.ca.

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Philips launches Sonicare connected toothbrush

Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected

The Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected syncs with your iOS or Android device to give you a 3D view of your brushing habits.

Your dental hygiene is about to get smarter with the launch of the Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected.

Made for adults, the Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected syncs via Bluetooth to an iOS or Android device to give a user live feedback of their brushing habits.

“At Philips, we look for ways to innovate and provide smart solutions for healthy living,” Alexander Harris, Senior Marketing Director of Philips Oral Healthcare, said in a statement.

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When synced with the Philips Sonicare app (for iOS and Android), users will get a 3D “mouth map” that tracks missed spots and the amount of pressure and scrubbing a user is brushing with. The app will then tell a user if they need to keep brushing and give advice on brushing techniques.

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“Working closely with dental professionals, we developed Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected to offer people a view into their oral health routine that will ultimately help them achieve optimal cleaning results between dental visits,” Harris said.

Other features of the Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected include a monitor that informs a user when it’s time to switch the brush head, a long-lasting rechargeable battery, three brushing modes and the option to share brushing data with a dental professional.

The Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected is currently available in the U.S. for $199USD. At the time of writing there is no release date set for Canada. For more information and to see the toothbrush in action, visit philips.com.

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