I’ve owned a few Sonicare electric toothbrushes over the years, going back to one of their first models. In truth, I’ve liked them all, with each “replacement” being better than the previous unit. Most recently, I’ve been using the HX6750…until I received the new HX685T (aka 6100). In so many ways, it’s a LOT better…although, in one particular way, it’s somewhat worse.
Starting with what makes the HX685T/6100 better, the most important factors are the adjustable modes, as well as the adjustable intensity levels. Both models provide a feature for those new to electric toothbrushes, but whereas said mode is turned ‘on’ by default in the HX6750, it’s ‘off’ by default on the 6100. Personally, I believe defaulting to ‘off’ is better, as most people would probably dislike having to turn this feature off every time they get a new Sonicare. Getting back to the new features, there are three brushing “modes”: Clean, White, & Gum Care. “Clean” is the standard mode, which has been around for years, providing 2 minutes of “Quadpacer” brushing. “White” provides 2.5 minutes of brushing time (again, using “Quadpacer” timing), with the first two minutes moving the brush head in a different ‘pattern’ (to assist in removing stains), followed by the last 30 seconds in “Clean” mode. Finally, the “Gum Care” mode provides 3 minutes of brush time (I’m assuming, as I haven’t tried it yet, it also utilizes “Quadpacer” timing). As for the “Intensity” levels, it offers low, medium, and high. While the intensity levels can be changed while brushing, the mode must be selected prior to turning on the toothbrush.
Another new addition is the inclusion of Sonicare’s “BrushSync” technology. Inside the base of the toothbrush head, a microchip has been imbedded. This allows two features to work. The first, Smart Replacement, is just what it sounds like…a notification of when it’s time to replace your head. This notification isn’t based purely on some pre-programmed period of time, but is determined by how often you brush, the length of time you brush each time you brush, and the type of head you’re using. Speaking of toothbrush head type, that brings up the microchips second feature, that being Smart Pairing. With previous electric toothbrushes, you typically had two types (soft & hard), with two length options (short & long). When it comes to Smart Pairing, there are (currently) seven options, broken into three “categories”: Premium, Optimal, & Specialty. I won’t give complete info on each head, but I will mention that the “Premium” line includes “Plaque Control (C3), Gum Care (G3), & White (W3), the “Specialty” line includes DiamondClean (W) & InterCare (i), and the “Optimal” line includes Plaque Control (G2) & Gum Care (C2). Based on their numbering system (current choices include ‘2’ and ‘3’), it’s safe to assume that there could very well be a forthcoming line with ‘1’ in the numbering system…but that’s just my guess. Quickly back to those imbedded microchips, they inform the toothbrush handle which head was inserted, and it automatically adjusts the “mode” & “intensity” to match the particular head. Of course, as with all heads (including those without embedded microchips, as they ARE still compatible with the 6100), you can adjust the “mode” & “intensity” to your liking/preference.
Final thoughts: While I haven’t been using the Sonicare 6100 long enough to drain the battery, but I’d assume that it would last at least as long as any previous Sonicare model. Beyond that, I’m loving the new model. As great as the inclusion of different “modes” is, I’m thinking a lot of people will find the “intensity” levels more useful. Normally, one would stick to ‘high’, but, for those with occasionally sensitive teeth, being able to lower the intensity to ‘medium’, and even ‘low’ will be a HUGE benefit. I’ve been recommending Sonicare toothbrushes to people for many years now (even got my wife to switch from a “regular” toothbrush, to Sonicare), I would, most definitely, recommend the 6100, as well as any other Sonicare models including all these new features/functions. Some people complain about the high cost of electric toothbrushes, not to mention the higher-than-average cost of their replacement heads, but, let me ask you a question – HOW important is having good teeth to you? If you don’t care about your teeth, then you might as well stop taking care of them…stop brushing and stop flossing. On the other hand, if your teeth are important enough to you to seriously take care of, then spending some extra money on them is WELL worth it. Besides, after spending the thousands of dollars already spent on them (braces, crowns, bridges, fillings, etc), don’t you WANT to take great care of what you’ve spent your hard-earned money on? Do yourself a favor – get an electric toothbrush. And, if you want one that has been PROVEN to be “better”, get a Sonicare…better yet, get the 6100.
Disclaimer: This product was provided free, or at reduced cost, for the purpose of reviewing the product. Nevertheless, the above review, be it positive, negative, or somewhere in-between, is a 100% honest review, and the price paid played absolutely no part in my review.