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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Superb Cleaner: Gentle on You but Tough on Plaque!

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    JimC
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    The Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100 electric is the most economical of the current offerings by Philips but its performance in the basic role of cleaning your teeth is absolutely unmatched by any other toothbrush. It is a superb device and an outstanding value! The Sonicare toothbrush was introduced about 25 years ago but Philips has continued to improve it with each new model. The latest version provides an incredible 62,000 brush strokes per minute! Having a long history of expensive dental work including crowns, a permanent bridge and an implant, I am extremely interested in good checkups to protect my investment in healthy teeth and gums. My dental hygiene has always depended upon an electric toothbrush for best results as recommended by my dentist and hygienist. For years I have used the “other” popular brand with rotating brush. But after using the Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100 for just a few days, I am not going back. The Phillips 4100 is a step up for many reasons. First of all, it has a gentle setting to keep onlays and other delicate dental work in place, its brush shape reaches hard-to-get to spaces but it still manages to eliminate those stubborn coffee stains and leave your teeth feeling like you have just had them cleaned by the hygienist. This model has a pressure sensor to keep you from brushing your teeth too hard which could cause damage to your enamel and very importantly does not shred your gums. It has a slender handle making it easy to hold and manipulate in tooth brushing. And it also has 4- 30 second timers to prompt adequate brushing for each quadrant of your mouth. This keeps you from brushing too much or too little. Phillips offers other brush heads that are click-on and interchangeable and a little light to let you know when it is time to change brushes. The “optimal range plaque control” head that comes with this unit is ideal in my book. The brush is quieter that the “other brand” and it is sleeker and cleaner looking on the counter. My number one reason for being so impressed with this toothbrush is this…..it has less splash all over my mirror when I brush my teeth. This is a huge and unexpected benefit. With the other brand’s spinning toothbrush I had been using before using the Sonicare, the mirror had to be cleaned each time I brushed my teeth. The Phillips Sonicare produces no splash. Sorry, Windex, your earnings are going to be slightly down because I will be buying a whole lot less glass cleaner now that I am using the Phillips Sonicare. What a fabulous side benefit: Clean, sparkling teeth! Clean, sparkling mirror in the bathroom! I am looking forward to my next trouble free dental appointment as I believe using this brush improves my oral health care daily routine. I highly recommend this toothbrush if you like a solid performer and do not need Bluetooth connectivity or other esoteric features that in my opinion have nothing to do with the performance of the product for its intended purpose.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice Features / Tooth Brush Too Small

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    TechTux
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    This was my first time using an electric tooth brush so decided to try it out with the Philips Sonicare. Overall I enjoyed the product however my only concern was the brush itself is way too small for my large mouth. For anyone trying out an electric toothbrush for the first time it does take a little getting use too as you find yourself going at a different pace along with having your mouth vibrate. The Philips Sonicare comes with 4 features that are helpful and you can disable them if you like which is a nice added bonus. Pros: Long Battery Life (2 Weeks) Quick Charging Easy to Clean Features Cons: Brush Too Small A little on heavy side Cost For Replacement Brushes BATTERY / CHARGING = The battery usage was good, it lasted for me about 2 weeks of 2 times a day usage. The battery is "Technically" removable however it says only to remove when disposing the product and voids your warranty so would advise against it unless absolutely necessary. The Charge station is nice, small and does not take up a lot of room. The time it takes to fully charge was surprisingly quick which is nice when having to pick up and run. FEATURES = Easy Start :: This is a "smart" feature that the Philips Sonicare learns your brushing habits after around 14 brushes and increases intensity over time. I believe they wanted to ease you in that way it would not be a complete shock feeling this sonic vibration in your mouth. I honestly have not noticed a difference for myself after using it over 20 times however if you have sensitive gums you may notice this more. The added bonus is you can disable this feature by following the included guide. Brush Head Replacement:: This feature tracks how often you have used the brush and the amount of pressure used over time. It is assuming the more usage the more the bristles wear down to where you have to push harder to feel it cleaning. You are able to deactivate this feature as well however I left it on as its a nice reminder when needing to replace the brush head. Pressure Senor:: I really like this feature because I always have a bad habit of pressing hard on my tooth brush. When the Philips Sonicare notices you are pressing too hard it drastically reduces the vibration to notify you to not press so hard. Once you relieve the pressure it resumes the normal vibration level. I would recommend leaving this feature on however you can disable this feature as well if needed. Quadpacer:: This feature has an interval timer that does a short beep then pause on the vibration to have you move to a different section of the mouth. After the 4 beeps for the 4 sections it auto turns off. This would work fine for those why small mouth cavities however I have a very large mouth and it is very annoying having to turn the toothbrush back on. Unfortunately you are unable to turn off this feature but I did not remove a star for this because it was very easy to hit the button to turn it back on.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Smile Upgrade by Sonicare 4100 Protective Clean

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    greenrita
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    For all who “know it all” and don’t like to read directions, good idea to make the time to read the instructions BEFORE you start with this upgraded technology. Even though there’s a 3 Step Quick Start and even if you are a veteran Philips Sonicare user, you will want to know how to adjust the special features of this brush before Start Up. Since I may be a tad ‘know it all’, I unwittingly did the Quick Start correctly without reading the instructions; but, learned when I finally sat down with the booklet that, unless you deactivate the EASY START feature, you will not get the full force of the brush head at start up. The EASY START feature affords, the newbie with tender gums, a 14 day gentle build up to the full force of the Philips Sonicare brush head action. And, since I have been a ‘powered’ toothbrush user for some time, I wondered why the brush head action seemed restrained. I even imagined that the new sonic or sound wave technology that dentists use may be the latest evolution installed in the Sonicare. Nonetheless, even after using the tooth brush at its gentlest first day level, I detected a higher level of cleanliness of my mouth and gums after I finished. I will have to investigate at Customer Service whether there is a certain amount of vibrational frequency tech that may provide the user a deeper clean. If that next generation concept is not on the Sonicare R+D table by now, it should be. Backstory is that I had gone rogue from Sonicare for a while then decided to revisit the Philips brand. I found that the experiment was worth the investment. The updated Philips Sonicare has installed some new game changers that I have not yet seen in competitor models. As noted in the long version of their instructions, you can activate or deactivate the following: • EASY START …. BTW, the instructions state: “To achieve clinical efficacy, the EASY START needs to be deactivated.” • BRUSH HEAD REPLACEMENT REMINDER….it will be interesting to see if the mircochip’s idea of when I should replace my brush head coincides with my idea of when I need a new brush head. • PRESSURE SENSOR….novel idea that should keep aggressive brushers from hurting themselves. Their QUAD PACER has an audible timer to pace your brushing for each quadrant. QUAD PACER shuts off after 2 minutes, allowing recommended time to brush your entire mouth. The brush is also safe to use on BRACES and other dental RESTORATIONS. The latter reminds me that I tried the Philips Diamond Head brush a couple of years ago. Unfortunately, that brush head polished the ‘enamel’ off my teeth to the point of increased sensitivity and an immediate exchange for the Elite Precision. The brush head bristles on this 4100 Protective Clean, so far, have a more flexible and less harsh impact on my dentifrice. As well, the manual’s illustrations offer a couple of interesting suggestions that optimize access to angled tooth surfaces. Must say, I do like their 2 YEAR WARRANTY. I also like their encouragement and instructions to recycle the battery at end of product life. The Philips manual says: “The product is not intended to be repaired by service personnel in case of failure or component defect (unit can be thrown away).” (The run on sentence belongs to Philips.) Regarding environmental concerns, I am disappointed in the company’s lack of consciousness about the role that manufacturers must take as leaders in recovering post-consumer waste. At least in prior models, the consumer could extend the life of the tooth brush’s outer shell and electronics with the installation of a replacement battery. As we near the sixth extinction, more sustainable measures should be taken by manufacturers to protect the environment. I will email Philips CS to consider a post-consumer recycling program for the plastic case and all metal parts, especially since these times require all parts toxic to the consumer and the environment be channeled into a closed system that reduces our carbon footprint. With a rebate incentive, we could easily send the unit back to Philips for reintegration into their new editions. Short of new legislation that would institute sustainable behavior by manufacturers, I ask consumers to encourage Philips and all manufacturers to design strategies to repurpose our post-consumer waste. Keep smiling!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Cleans well; unclear about bells and whistles

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    Drj5j
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    This is my first experience with an electric toothbrush, so I have no basis for comparison. Nonetheless, I can say that it does the most important thing a toothbrush is supposed to do, which is to clean teeth. The toothbrush comes with some special features. But as I will explain, they are pretty subtle because I had some trouble detecting them. The product comes with a quick guide and a full manual. I suggest reading the manual because it contains important instructions that are not in the quick guide, such as the correct orientation for attaching the brush head and the best angle for brushing the outside and inside of your teeth. The manual is not long and is worth the read. The manual says that the toothbrush is equipped with a feature called "clean mode." This means that after pressing the start button, the brush will run for 2 minutes, giving you 30 seconds to clean each quadrant of your teeth (which is the suggested amount of time for a good cleaning). Furthermore, a feature called Quadpacer is supposed to beep every 30 seconds, alerting you to move on to the next quadrant of your teeth. Another feature of the toothbrush is a pressure sensor. You are supposed to keep the brush gently on your teeth and gumline. If you press too hard, the pressure sensor is designed to alert you to back off by a change in vibration. However, the first few times I used the toothbrush, I did not notice a beep every 30 seconds and I did not notice any change in vibration when I increased pressure. Although fairly quiet, the vibrations from the toothbrush felt pretty strong, as if there were a genuine power tool from my shop in my mouth. I went back to the manual and found that the toothbrush comes with a feature called EasyStart activated. EasyStart is a feature that gradually increases the power of the brush over the first 14 uses to get you used to the toothbrush. It was not clear whether EasyStart affected the Quadpacer and pressure sensor features. But the manual explained how EasyStart can be turned off and on (you have to put the brush in the charger, push the start button, and listen for beep tones), so I tried turning it off to see what happens. After deactivating EasyStart I did not really notice any difference in the power of the toothbrush. Nor did I detect any change in vibration when I purposely increased the pressure of the brush against my teeth. The only change I detected was when I accidentally touched the non-brush side of the toothbrush to teeth that I was not cleaning. This created a quite unpleasant sound/sensation, teaching me to be careful not to do that. In my test run with EasyStart turned off, I listened carefully for the Quadpacer beep every 30 seconds while looking at a clock with a second hand. Indeed, there was the slightest pause in vibration with a faint beep. It might have been there with EasyStart turned on; it is not loud so you really have to listen for it. Another feature of this toothbrush is a brush head replacement reminder. This feature is supposed to let you know when it is time to replace the brush head by turning on an amber light. It is based on the pressure you apply with the brush and the amount of time used. In the past, I have always simply changed toothbrushes every three months (a common recommendation) on the first day of a new season. I will be interested to see whether the replacement reminder will come around the first day of summer or earlier or later, I should mention that the toothbrush comes with a nice hygienic travel cap to protect the brush head. Although some models also come with a travel case, this one (HX6817/01) did not. Also, the instructions say that there is no problem with keeping the brush on the charger all the time, although this is not necessary. A full charge is said to last two weeks if the brush is used twice a day. I haven't had the brush long enough to confirm that. In summary, this toothbrush performs its basic task--cleaning teeth--very well. It has some extra bells and whistles, some of which are so subtle that I had difficulty detecting them. Others may have less trouble than I did. Overall, I am very satisfied with my first electric toothbrush.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Make your dentist proud!

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    SteveL
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    Bottom Line: You won’t find a better cleaning toothbrush than a Philips Sonicare. Pros: Cleans teeth really well; easy to install and remove brush head; easy to clean handle and base; thin and lightweight; Pressure Sensor Cons: does take some getting used to if switching from a manual or spin toothbrush; might cause some discomfort for people with sensitive teeth; price of replacement heads Review: I’ve been using a Sonicare E-series toothbrush for years, and the results of a Sonicare are amazing. My dentist recommends them, and my hygienist always complements how I am able to keep the stain off my teeth. As much as I love the results, the E-series did have some drawbacks: they’re difficult to keep clean, bulky, and heavy. Fortunately, the ProtectiveClean 4100 solves all of those issues. The ProtectiveClean uses the C-series head, which works by sliding the brush head onto a metal rod that sticks out of the base of the brush. It’s really easy to put them on and take them off, which makes swapping them for different family members really easy. Additionally, to keep the brush clean you just need to rinse the head, pop it off, and rinse the rod. I can’t even begin to explain how much easier and simpler this is than the E-series. I was also pleasantly surprised by how much lighter and thinner the ProtectiveClean is than my old E-series, which feel - in both size and weight - like an electric toothbrush. The ProtectiveClean, while still bulkier and heavier than a manual toothbrush, feels amazingly thin and light in comparison. The other feature I really like is the pressure monitor. Sonicare brushes work best with light contact against your teeth (the sonic vibration is what breaks up the plaque), so pressing too hard is actually counterproductive. This brush gives you a quick pulse to let you know to back off, which is helpful to maintain the right pressure and contact. There aren’t any real drawbacks per se, but there are a couple of things to keep in mind if you haven’t used a Sonicare before. First, it’s quite a different experience than using a manual or electric spin toothbrush, and new users might feel some discomfort until they get used to it. Fortunately, the ProtectiveCare 4100 includes a feature that gradually increases the intensity over the first dozen or so uses to help acclimate new users. Second, it’s possible that the sonic vibrations can ‘zing’ a sensitive tooth. This occasionally happens to me if I’ve already made the tooth sensitive due to eating the wrong thing (like a bunch of chewy candy) and then hit the right spot with the toothbrush. Finally, if you’re considering picking up a Sonicare, make sure you’re prepared for the cost of replacement heads. They’re considerably more expensive than a manual toothbrush, but in my opinion they’re well worth it for the results you’ll get with this brush.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Protect your Enamel and have a clean teeth

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    Indiaj0nes
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    What's in the box ----------------- 1. Battery charger 2. Gum care brush head 3. Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100 Rechargeable Toothbrush 4. Travel case Summary ------- Good Compact High Speed Toothbrush with Alert for too much Pressure and a Lithium Ion Battery and a good price! The Details ----------- I have 2 soniccare toothbrushes (Essence & Series 2)and 1 braun toothbrush. Braun being the cheapest of all. I think toothbrushes have progressively gotten more and more expensive due to these becoming high tech, powerful and high speed. However, the good part is that, as you get older, you get gingivitis and in some cases periodontis which means you have pockets in your gums. You need more than just a regular electric toothbrush. you really need a high speed toothbrush to make sure you have lesser visits to the dentist. One Important and big issue with electric toothbrushes is that you apply pressure and the brushes also becoming more powerful exerts a lot of pressure on your teeth and cause abrasions. This will wear out your enamel and thats the reason why you have sensitive tooth. This brush has a sensor which will alert you when you are applying too much pressure. This tooth brush is super fast with 62k movements per min you can be rest assuraed that your tetth will be super cleean. This brush also has a sensor to tell you if your brush head is wearing out, i have not tested it but i am pretty sure it is going to be more conservative and you will need to make your own judgement than relying on the sensor

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  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Prefer My Basic Toothbrush

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    Janine
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    The Philips Sonicare Protective Clean 4100 rechargeable electric toothbrush, boasts a clean, streamlined design offering the next gen of teeth-cleansing technology. However, in my opinion, this particular model falls short. Overall, simply using this toothbrush was an unpleasant experience. The included brush head was too stiff and hard, but it was the vibration which really made this toothbrush uncomfortable to use. Not only did the side-to-side vibrating head make my teeth hurt, but the ‘firm’ bristles of the brush head were very rough along my gum line. I’m sure that for some, the vibration won’t pose a problem, especially if they are well familiar with using this type of toothbrush before. Nor will, the stiffness of the brush head, for those who prefer their toothbrushes on the more ‘firm’ side. But for me, not being able to enjoy a pleasant, satisfying experience straight out of the box, was just not good enough. All that being said, I’m sure the Philips Sonicare Protective Clean 4100 does the job as well as any other rechargeable electric toothbrush of this type out on the market today. Its featured technology certainly sounds impressive: - Three brushing modes for specialized oral hygiene and BrushSync technology that notifies you when it's time to replace the brush head. - Quad-pacer and smart-timer that encourage a thorough brushing of every quadrant of your mouth. I’ve no idea if the ‘pressure sensor’ - which is meant to protect teeth and gums from excessive pressure during brushing - works as described, because I wasn’t able to endure using the toothbrush for very long. This toothbrush is also designed to adjust the power level over the course of your first 14 uses in order to help you get acclimated to this Sonicare toothbrush. But again, I couldn’t use it long enough to find out. Final thoughts - I had been anticipating finally being able to try one of these types of electric toothbrushes for myself so as to improve my dental health. But, unfortunately, this Philips Sonicare Protective Clean 4100 just didn’t work for me.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Light, soft, smart, a bit small

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    JustBeingHonest
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    So, if this is your first electric toothbrush, I have a feeling you will really like it. If you are a previous owner, you will likely appreciate some of the features, but not be as impressed. This toothbrush is not one of the higher end models, but it does pack some neat and very useful features. Here are some of the features: - Pressure sensor that lets you know when you are pushing down too hard on your teeth. It does this by pulsing if you need to ease the pressure. - It will beep every 30 seconds after you turn it on, to ensure that you cover the 4 quadrants of your mouth (for a total of 2 minutes) - It automatically shuts off after 2 minutes - It has a "smart" brush head which syncs with your handle and it will remind you to replace your brush head when it's time. It'll do this by lighting a little light at the bottom of the handle, which will turn amber. -Battery states it'll last up to 2 weeks, though that really depends on how many times you brush, so I can't confirm that as I've only owned it for one and I always place it back on the charging stand. - The last interesting feature I found, was that over the first 14 uses, the toothbrush will gradually increase in intensity, so as to get you used to the vibrations, so that it's not uncomfortable for your teeth and gums. My experience with this toothbrush was that it leaves your teeth feeling really smooth, soft bristles on the brush head, and a good brushing experience. What I didn't particularly like, was that I feel like the brush head is slightly small for my liking. I have larger teeth and I've had other electric toothbrushes, but i'm not sure if larger brush heads are available. I'm only speaking for the one that came with the box. I would recommend this toothbrush though, as Philips Sonicare is synonymous with dental hygiene.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant Toothbrush

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    vrs99
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    What you first discover if you have been brushing your teeth with a manual toothbrush, after the first use of the Sonicare 4100 you will notice that your teeth feel much smoother – they are in fact cleaner. My family and I have all noticed this the first time using Sonicare products. As they say the proof is in the pudding. Sonicare has been in the electric toothbrush industry for a long time and their technologies have advanced brilliantly over the years. A few Features: EasyStart which comes activated and gently increases the power over the first 14 brushings. Reminds you when to replace your brush head. Pressure sensor which protects your teeth from excessive pressure. A feature that I love over the older models are the new handles, they have an excellent feel to them, svelte with an elegant look – looks good on the counter. Bottom-line, if you want clean teeth with proven technology give the Sonicare 4100 a look.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Simple but effective

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    Out of the box: The Philips Sonicare 4100 comes with a charge, but it is recommended that it be charged for 24h after first use. Accessories: The unit comes with one rather small brush head. There was no carrying case with the unit. Physical Design The handle is nicely balanced and ergonomic. It is also fully waterproof and easy to clean. The charging base is simple and easy to use. Software design The “EasyStart” feature slowly increasing the power level over the first 14 seconds of each use. This may be OK for first-time users, but it will soon become unnecessary. It is easy to disable. Instructions to do so are in the User’s Guide. There is only one power setting, but this should be fine for most users. The “Quadpacer” feature reminds you to move to another quadrant of your mouth every 30 seconds. This is a nice feature, but I prefer the 6-step pacer available in more advanced models. This feature can be disabled. The “BrushSync” chip enabled brush head tells allows the unit to tell you when it is time to change the brush head. I have never had a problem telling when a tooth brush needed replacement. The cynic in me wants to believe that the intended purpose of the feature is to sell more brush heads, but I have not used it long enough to make an objective assessment. This feature can be disabled. Overall: The Philips Sonicare 4100 is a cut above most electric toothbrushes I’ve tried (except for other more expensive Sonicare brushes). This and a good flossing twice a day will keep you and your dentist happy.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great toothbrush

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    I bought this Sonicare toothbrush to replace an old Sonicare toothbrush in which the battery had finally died (it happens to all rechargeable batteries eventually). My old Sonicare toothbrush had given me many years of service, so I bought this Sonicare as a replacement. It is more powerful than the one I had before. Word of advice - READ THE MANUAL. This Sonicare toothbrush starts with a reduced power setting for the first fifteen uses, and gradually increases power after each of the first fifteen uses. There is a override code that allows the Sonicare to go to full power immediately - it's in the manual. Handy for those people who used a Sonicare toothbrush before buying this one. Sonicare is SO much better than brushing teeth with a manual toothbrush. The replacement brush heads are a little pricey (approx 25.00 for 3 brush heads). Since I just bought this Sonicare, I don't know how long each brush head will last. Sonicare says they last three months, depending on amount of use. Hey, if this is the price of really clean teeth, I'll pay it. It's better than paying to have cavities fixed. I have had NO cavities since I started using Sonicare. So, is Sonicare worth the price? I think so.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not a bad Electric toothbrush.

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    I can't say I'm a big fan of this toothbrush. It seems like it can be very good, however my issue is with the replaceable heads. I would have given the review a higher star rating but I just can't at this time. The head that does come with this is just awkward to use. There's not a lot of contact area and it was rather difficult to use and make sure I was hitting all my teeth. Sadly there is only one included and it appears it's their cheapest one. Ideally there should have been at least one other head included or a different head offered initially. In looking at their other versions of the ProtectiveClean line, this is the entry version and range all they way up to the Diamond Luxury line which go for around $250. The biggest drawback of these things are the price, not of the unit itself, but the brushes. Considering a brush head likely get's you 3-6 months of use, $30 for a pack of 2 fuller sized or even the ones this model comes with is quite the expense, if not luxury. I imagine, once I can afford to drop the $30 for another set of replacement brushes I will likely get more use out of this. For now though it's just the tried and true method of brushing my teeth with your run of the mill toothbrush that runs on Hand power.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Vibrate your way to clean teeth

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    This is my first try of sonic toothbrush. I’ve had the rotating bristle designs before but felt they never did anything more than manual brushing. This is not the case here – the Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100 rechargeable toothbrush definitely does an incredible job. However, after my first use, I was not sure if I was able to continue using it. I have sensitive teeth and gums and the vibration was too much. Since then, I have gotten used to it and appreciate the fine job it does. I can see this being a problem for some people though. If you have sensitive teeth, you may want to look at the more expensive Sonicare tooth brushes ( 6100 and up) that have multiple modes and intensities. It does the job for me but if I could, I would have spent the extra money on the ones with multiple modes. In summary : Pros - Does a great cleaning job. Powerful. Very long battery life. Well built Cons - Small brush head One mode and intensity. Overall, I recommend the 4100 albeit I would recommend the 6100 even more simply for the other modes and intensities. For such small device, it is powerful and does a great cleaning job. A note on Philips products overall, I've owned various shavers and trimmers all my life , they were always quality. This toothbrush is no different.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best Cleaning toothbrush I ever had!

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    Idoc
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    The Phillips Sonicare 4100 toothbrush is an ultrasonic tooth cleaning device. This makes it more than an ordinary toothbrush. The ultrasound vibrates the head to clean the surface and between the teeth including the gum line. You may have tried many other toothbrushes but none get your teeth this kind of clean except a professional cleaning at your dentist. I am not kidding, I have had several electric and manual brushes and none of them leave my teeth feeling like this. The brush has a built in program guiding you through a 2 minute cycle, 30 seconds per side upper and lower. A pressure sensor that lets you know if you are brushing too hard by changing tone. There is a built in program to increase the ultrasonic energy over the first few uses so you can get used to it if you have sensitive teeth otherwise you can bypass that by holding the power button on while it is on the charging stand and wait for the three tones hi, medium and low. Since I started using this brush my teeth feel great, I don’t think I will ever try another brand. I plan on buying my wife one soon.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Much Better Than a Manual Toothbrush

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    This Sonicare toothbrush does exactly as advertised. It cleans your teeth better than a manual toothbrush and it helps you regulate your brushing to two minutes with its built in timer. I have had several Sonicare toothbrushes over the years. I have also tried the other electric toothbrushes. I prefer to use the vibrating (i.e. sonic) technology because it can clean near the gum line without damaging the gums. While I am not a dentist, the toothbrushes that spin in circles seem to tear up your gums and only brush in one direction. I also like that simpler models of the Sonicare toothbrush, like this one. I have had versions that have lots of settings and options and find that on a daily basis all I use is the on and off button. I would say that it is nice that this one has an indicator as to when the brush head should be changed. Because these brush heads are built so well, they don't wear out like manual brushes and I often find myself using the same head for months longer than I should. In my opinion there is no negatives for this brush and I would highly recommend it.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Sonic toothbrush!!!

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    EAR1965
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    My dentist told me to get one... The toothbrush is a typical sonic toothbrush, however it is not as loud as my house-mates so that is a BIG plus. To be fair his is older... So, it comes with 1 head and it was charged. The charging footprint is small so it fits nicely on my little shelf. My first time using it was also my first time using a sonic so it was OK. Tickles a bit but I was told I will get used to it. I notice I use much less tooth paste and that is a plus. It runs for 2 minute timer to make sure you get that time in which is nice. It makes a different sound when I push too hard which is a plus for me as I tend to brush too hard. There is only one speed with this so it is a basic unit. The brush head comes off easily for a thorough rinsing (nothing worse that old dried up toothpaste clogging things up on the handle). The Quick Start Up instructions were not for the toothbrush I received- it was for a different model with other options. I like it. I think my teeth and gums are a bit more happy now.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great toothbrush, new model, great price

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    DanR
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    I bought this toothbrush to replace a similar model I had purchased a few years earlier. I find that this toothbrush works well and is a great replacement. It has some fancier features that were absent from my earlier model. For example it has a better indicator for the "charge status" of the toothbrush. It also has an indicator to remind you when you should consider replacing the brush head. It also will let you know if you are applying too much pressure when you are brushing. These features can also be disabled easily enough, such as if you would prefer less frequent replacement of the brush heads. (You must have a brush head with a special microchip to use the replacement notification feature. I still have some old brush heads that do not have such a microchip.)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I really like it

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    Jeff
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    I've never had an "electric" toothbrush before. I really like using this Philips model (which is the least expensive of their "smart" models) for a few reasons. First, the built-in timer lets you know how long you should be brushing. It beeps every 30 seconds for 2 minutes so that you can spend 30 seconds brushing each quadrant of your mouth. Which revealed to me that I was spending far too little time brushing my teeth. Another feature I like is that it lets you know if you are brushing with too much pressure. The vibration changes if you are pressing against your teeth too hard; pressing too hard can can erode your tooth enamel quite quickly which can lead to other serious problems. The toothbrush also tells you when it is time to change the brush for a new one. And if the battery runs out you can still just use it like a regular toothbrush. The only thing that isn't perfect is that replacement brush wands are a little pricey and I don't yet know how long they will last.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Strong cleaning and good ergonomics

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    buckeyestargazer
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    This is a two part review. Both my wife and I tried the Sonicare Protectiveclean 4100 toothbrush. My wife really liked the toothbrush and will enjoy using it. The smaller toothbrush head reaches all the way to the back and the backside of teeth easily. It is comfortable to hold and the 2min brushing timer is a nice feature. The toothbrush sits nicely on the charger. One thing I like about the charger and bottom of the toothbrush is that there is no exposed metal contacts to corrode. Both the toothbrush and the charger are completely sealed. So in a way this is sort of a "wireless" charger in that there are not metal contacts but it somehow charges. The toothbrush does not need to stay on the charger all the time when not in use and will remain charged for at least a few days of use (maybe more, I didn't test). I must have sensitive gums and teeth. The vibrations were much to strong for my taste and I couldn't stand to use the toothbrush more than once.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Sonicare Clean, Basic Feature Set

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    EricJay
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    There appear to be a lot of products in the Sonicare lineup these days. This model, the ProtectiveClean 4100, seems to be one of the more basic options. I've used a few different Sonicare toothbrush models, and they all do a great job cleaning teeth. This being a newer model, it's quieter, lighter, and has a smaller brush head than some of the older ones. I like the smaller brush head as it fits into tighter spaces around my back molars. There are just a few extra features on the ProtectiveClean 4100. Like most (all?) Sonicare toothbrushes, there's a 2-minute timer, this one has a reminder every 30 seconds to move from one quadrant of your mouth to the next. It also keeps track of your brush heads and a reminder light comes on to let you know when it's time to change. Other than that, just a great Sonicare clean in a lightweight package. This did not come with a travel case, however, which would have been nice.

    I would recommend this to a friend