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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Exceptional Clean Every Time

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    Choosing a new electric toothbrush can be confusing. There are tons of options and price ranges, some offering features that you might never need. With the ProtectiveClean 6100, Philips has struck a great balance of performance and value. PROS: - Simple packaging and easy assembly. Just slide the brush head onto the body and you're ready to go. My toothbrush arrived fully charged. - Lightweight, ergonomic handle. I was worried this might be heavy, but it's not. It's very comfortable to hold for the entire 2-minute brushing period. - Excellent brushing performance. There are three levels of brushing intensity that can be adjusted with a button on the handle. I've been using the medium setting and I love the way my teeth feel after each use. You know that squeaky-clean feeling your teeth have after going to the dentist? This toothbrush can give you that feeling every day! - The toothbrush will beep and vibrate while you're brushing to tell you to move to another quadrant of your mouth. It's a useful reminder so you don't over-brush one area of your mouth. - If you apply too much pressure to your teeth, the toothbrush will also beep/vibrate so you don't damage your gums. OTHER THOUGHTS: - Only one brush head is included. For the price, I wish Philips would have included at least 2 brush heads. They aren't cheap, either, so be prepared to shop for deals on replacement brush heads. - If your bathroom does not have a power outlet in the perfect place, you might have a hard time keeping the charging base plugged in all the time. The cord is rather long and difficult to hide. - The product listing says that the toothbrush is supposed to come with a travel case, but my box did not have one. If you purchase this in-store, make sure the box says it includes a travel case. My box makes no mention of it and the model number is slightly different than the one listed here. My box says model number HX6877/48, which apparently does not include a travel case. If you want the case, make sure you get model HX6877/21. OVERALL: This is an excellent, no-gimmicks electric toothbrush. The price is just right and the features included are simple and useful. Highly recommended!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Toothbrush, Questionable 'Upgrades'

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    Wraith
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    I have been a long-time Philips Sonicare customer and I love their products. They last a very long time and do a great job at what they are intended to do. In addition to getting the ProtectiveClean 6100 to replace my previous Sonicare toothbrush I also purchased their Sonicare AirFloss Ultra. It may sound like I have issues but I just recently had an implant put in and it is a bit more complicated to take care of than I was led to believe. That being said, I do take care of my teeth very well and in my 40+ years of having teeth not a single one has ever had a cavity (humblebrag over). If you have ever used a Sonicare toothbrush or any of the other kinds of electronic toothbrushes, you will be well acquainted with how this one works. If you like you can go straight out of the box, put on some toothpaste, shove it in your mouth, hit power and clean away. The modes and intensities too me have always felt a bit too 'subtle'. I can tell it changes things up a bit but not enough to really change my experience. One of the benefits of the 6100 series is that the brush can now use some new brush heads with an integrated RFID chip that will set the brush to the optimal mode for brushing. I didn't notice this 'benefit' until after I had opened everything up and started reading the instruction booklet, but if I had noticed it I would have been wary assuming that this brush could only use these new fangled (and probably more expensive brush heads). To my pleasant surprise, I found that the old style brush heads fit/work just fine, which is good because I have a pack of them that I just recently purchased. A lot of times a company will make these upgrades to lock you in to more expensive and proprietary parts but Philips in this case is just giving you the option. That being said the RFID also syncs with the brush head to let you know when to change it out, though I've never really had a problem figuring that out and I'm sure that timetable is skewed to Philips' favor. My only real gripe about this RFID upgrade is that when you read the instructions is would seem that every style of brush head gets the same setting of level three intensity, it just changes the mode depending on the brush head type from the normal clean, to whitening, to gum care. All of these modes are really just set timings. The quadpacer feature gives you a cue to move to another quadrant of your mouth every 30 seconds for a full 2-minute routine, that is the normal clean mode. For white mode, it just adds 30 seconds to the end to polish up your front teeth some more, and in gum care mode it gives you a minute extra to use the brush to massage your gums. Great if you follow the quadpacer timings, but I'm pretty sure I've got this brushing thing down by now. One of the upgrades I did see that I was interested in and made me want this particular model was the pressure sensor to prevent you from beating up your teeth and gums. I have never been an overly aggressive brusher (my wife on the other hand absolutely destroys toothbrushes), but the dentist told me to be a little more careful than usual with the implant so I thought this might be a useful feature. It would be a useful feature if it didn't take an immense amount of pressure for the toothbrush to warn you. I have never brushed that hard in my life. I even had my wife put on her brush head to try it out and she even had to press harder than she normally does to get it to go off and like I said, she routinely gets yelled at by her dentist for her aggressive brushing. Perhaps I should talk to her... maybe she is taking out her pent up rage with me on her teeth. Oh well, that feature is pretty much useless. Here are just a few more likes/dislikes of this toothbrush from a longtime Sonicare toothbrush user: - Love that Philips has stuck with the same inductive charging base so I can use the UV disinfecting base that came with my previous brush or any of the other multitude of charge bases that I have. I also uses the same base as the AirFloss so I only have to take one with me on vacation (though charges usually last me a really long time - much longer than the 2 weeks that Philips states). - Love the new look of the brush, nice sleek and satiny. - Hate that that the new sleek and satiny finish is super slick and has fallen out of my hand twice already onto the floor (thank goodness for UV disinfection). The previous brushes had a rubber like back to them that was sticky enough to help you hold the brush. While I'm sure I'll adjust, it is annoying. That's it for the review, if you are a longtime Sonicare user or a first-timer, you will be very happy with this brush. It does its job, it does it well, and if my previous toothbrushes are any indication, it will do it for many years.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Technology-based cleaning, even for sensitive gums

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    It is nice to see that electric toothbrushes have improved over the years with the advancing technology. My last electric toothbrush didn’t do much more than turn on and off. The ProtectiveClean 6100 offers users several useful features to maintain a clean mouth. The toothbrush was fully charged right out of the box, so no need to wait to use it. There was a brush head included in the box that easily attached onto the base. FYI – there’s a microchip in the brush head that syncs with the handle to notify you when you need to replace the brush head. It is suggested replacing it every 3 months. My car fob battery works on a timer and notifies me every 2 years. This toothbrush will track the wear on the brush based on the pressure and amount of time used and notify you based on that. When the reminder light shines amber, that is when you need to get a new brush head. I looked up the cost of replacement brush heads on Bestbuy.com and they run about $50 for 4 replacement heads. PS You can deactivate the brush head replacement reminder… My toothbrush came with a hygienic travel cap, but I was disappointed that my model did not come with the travel case as I do a fair amount of travel for work and pleasure. If you want to change the mode (clean/white/gum care), make sure you turn the toothbrush off first. You cannot change modes while it is on. However, to change the intensity of the bristle movement, you need to do that by pressing the mode button while the unit is on. This toothbrush’s features help to retrain you to optimize your brushing habits. 1. Pressure senor feature - while brushing your teeth, there is a change in vibration and a sound alert you if you are putting too much pressure on your teeth. This feature can be deactivated. 2. Quadpacer feature - this will time you so you are brushing the four sections of your mouth for 30 seconds each section. If you use this function, the toothbrush automatically shuts off after 2 minutes. 3. Easy start feature – this feature is initially deactivated, but you can read how to turn it on in the directions. This feature increases the power over the course of the first 14 brushing to help you get used to using an electric toothbrush. I admit that I have to use this as the vibrating bristles tickle my teeth, making it difficult for me to use it for 30 seconds at a time in some areas. My three downsides are the following 1) if you are not used to an electric toothbrush and your teeth are extra sensitive, you may find it difficult to clean your teeth without the “ticklish” feeling. Not sure if you can return an item like this to the store and get your money back when it isn’t defective and 2) reaching into the back of my mouth on the side where my wisdom are was difficult and 3) the brushes recommended for Clean mode (C2) Gum care (G2) did not come with my box, but it is indicated that other models come with additional brush heads. Make sure the model your purchase comes with what you want to have (additional brushes, travel case), but be prepared to potentially pay more for them. Summing it all up, this is a very good toothbrush that seems to be competitively priced. It offers several helpful features that will keep your teeth clean and white.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The New Sonicare ProtectiveClean 6100 is FANTASTIC

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    Panther68
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    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.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A MUST FOR HEALTHY MOUTH

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    callmeageeth
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    I've been a Sonicare convert for years. I have been using the E-series (the cheap model) and it has been a blessing. You can immediately feel a "smoothness" on your teeth after switching to Sonicare from a manual toothbrush. So if you happen to be reading this and are on the fence about electric toothbrushes, if nothing else, get one, any one. But If you can afford it, this is the model to get. It's easiest for me to compare my e-series to this model. The e-series is bulky in comparison, both in the handle, toothbrush head and the charging stand. These are not knocks, just observations. They both operate for two minutes and then automatically shut off. This is a great feature, you never have to worry about how long you're brushing the handle does it for you. Now, in terms of straight performance (i.e. clean feeling mouth and teeth) I've already mentioned the noticeable difference between manual brushing and ANY electric toothbrush. But I must say, I could even tell a difference between the e-series and this ProtectiveClean Diamond brush. It performed even better. I could tell a difference after using it. Now onto the distinguishing features. This toothbrush comes with different modes, cleaning, whitening and healthy gums. To take advantage of those modes, however, you have to have separate toothbrush heads. Putting the cost of the heads aside, this is a pain. I haven't used them, but I can't see myself switching the heads back and forth for the long term. Maybe if you're gums are sore and you use the gum toothbrush head, but that's it. I don't see how a toothbrush IN AND OF ITSELF can make your teeth whiter. That feature to me, is a wash. But the toothbrush does have other nifty features (that require some thought to become muscle memory). You have 4 quadrants in your mouth (I'm not going to explain it, if you know it great, if you don't then guess) and the toothbrush vibrates indicating when you should switch to another quadrant. This is cool as it makes sure you get all of your mouth rather than say focusing on your back right molars because your right handed and don't think about it. But at the same time, it requires at least in the beginning, some mental processing because if you're like me, you don't typically brush your teeth in quadrants. It also vibrates if you're using too much pressure. This is something that will pay off in the long run. My wife's gums are actually receding in part because she brushes too hard. Now, I can't say that this feature will prevent it, I would like to think it's supposed to. And if nothing else, it makes you aware of it if you're brushing too hard. In terms of overall ownership costs, I was actually surprised that if you buy a 4 pack of diamond head brush heads, you are spending the same per head as the e-series. This was a big bonus for me because I do routinely install new brush heads every 3 months (via subscription on Amazon). It's about $10 per head which you should replace every 3 months, although this toothbrush supposedly tells you when to replace the head based on the pressure you use to brush your teeth and the frequency of brushing. The one big knock is that it doesn't come with a travel case. The listing online might say it does (I thought it did) it DOES NOT come with a case. That's a big deal to me, as I take my Sonicare with me when I travel. The battery lasts 2 weeks plus, so you don't generally have to take the charger with you when traveling but you need a case for it. Another plus is that the battery is replaceable. The e-series Sonicare, TO MY KNOWLEDGE, is not user replaceable. This bodes well for longevity of the product which is important when you are spending $120 on a tooth brush that you can get for 50 cents at the dollar store. All in all, if you care about your dental/oral hygiene you need a Sonicare toothbrush and this model is as good as any. You could get by with a standard e-series, but I actually like the "smart" features included in the 6100.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Smart Clean

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    aarondr
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    Personally I’ve used a couple cheaper electric toothbrushes, but never a Sonicare. Before you look any further, I can tell you that the Sonicare does an amazing job, has great build quality, relevant features, and plenty of options. You do pay a decent price, but the quality is here in spades. It’s light, solid, and ergonomic. What anyone will tell you is that using a Sonicare brush is an odd feeling. The vibration is fast and intense, yet gentle. The 6100 does a good job in warming you up over a period of 14 days – slowly increasing the intensity to the full capabilities of the brush. However odd, it’s impossible to deny clean, polished feeling that exudes from your mouth. It feels like you’ve just been to the dentist. Probably the biggest contributor to that clean feeling is the default ‘quadpacer’ setting. This feature of the brush pauses briefly every 30 seconds to remind you to move to the next quadrant of your mouth. It sounds silly, but I’ve found myself using this feature religiously and it keeps me brushing the right amount of time. This isn’t much of an exclusive feature, but it’s highly effective. I’ve found brushing with my old electric brush (cheap AA battery operated) leaves my teeth almost as clean feeling (at least initially). Its amazing how effective such a simple feature can be. I believe what really sets the Sonicare apart is the high brush-head speed (62000 movements per minute). While I said that the length of time had a direct effect on how clean my teeth felt, it definitely didn’t directly correlate to how clean my teeth actually were. After brushing with the 6100 for just a few days, my teeth feel cleaner all day long, even only brushing in the morning. Another great feature of this brush is the pressure feedback. If you press to hard, the brush will pulsate to let you know. I actually found it pretty natural to not over-do it with the Sonicare. The high speed brush lends itself to gliding over your teeth and gums. I am one who presses too hard with manual brushes, and always wear out my heads too soon. Its nice to have that feature, even if you’re less likely to apply too much pressure. Build quality wise, the Sonicare 6100 is quite solid. It’s water resistant using a contactless charger method. I keep it on the charger, but the battery is rated for 2 weeks away from the base. It comes with a really nice travel case with room for 2 brush heads, so if you do travel, it’s ready to go. Interestingly, the manual shows you how to remove the battery. Unfortunately, this procedure is a one way trip – utilizing a hammer and irrevocably cracking the case. On one hand this is good, as it effectively prepares the device for electronic recycling, but it’s sad that you cannot simply replace the cell. The good news is that the battery in question is lithium ion, so you should expect at least a few years, if not more from a cell like this. This model is interesting in that it uses a variant of brush head that communicates with the base. It communicates what type of brush head (to select the best mode), as well as its wear level. This is an interesting concept, and I’m happy to see that the cost per brush head isn’t exorbitantly higher than the non-brush sync compatible heads (around $10-15 a head). While the cost of the heads is nothing to sneeze at, it is at least a manageable cost when you should go through about 4 a year. Overall, the Philips Sonicare 6100 is a great toothbrush. While offering a plethora of settings and options, it also chooses good defaults and smart defaults due to how it communicates with the brush head. I love that it takes the thinking out of it, and chooses the best settings based on the intent of the user (what brush head you purchased). If you’re looking to improve your oral hygiene, I definitely recommend the Sonicare 6100!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My dentist will be pleased.

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    I've been using an electric toothbrush since sometime around high school. It worked well enough and was definitely more effective at getting me to brush the recommended two minutes than any manual brush, but it was definitely starting to show signs of its age for a while before it finally gave up the ghost and refused to charge anymore. When I saw the Philips Sonicare brush I figured that it would be a worthy replacement just for the fact that it not only made sure you brushed long enough, but also made sure that you'd devote the correct amount of time to each area of your mouth. And my first impression is that wow, they've changed these A LOT since I was in high school. I had heard of ultrasonic toothbrushes before, but I had never really tried one. My first impression was, admittedly, shock. The thing buzzed so strongly that I splattered toothpaste all over the mirror and made my lips go numb. But then I went back, read the instructions very carefully, and tried again. And this thing is so much better than my old toothbrush that I'm kind of regretting that I didn't upgrade sooner! The hardest thing to get used to really is the experience of brushing your teeth with the thing. Unlike older brushes which had bristles that spun or brushed over your teeth, this one simply vibrates at a speed that I could only begin to imagine. While this can feel a little harsh on your lips, it's actually remarkably gentle on your teeth and gums. That part especially is worth the price of entry to me - my old toothbrush was thorough, but did have a tendency to leave my gums sore and bleeding from time to time. This one, so long as you use it with the light touch recommended in the operating manual, can go straight up to the gum line without irritating them at all, and that's with the brush head specifically designed for whitening your teeth. It's also got just about the right number of smart features for me. It doesn't have the ability to interface with an app, like some of the more expensive Philips brushes, but honestly I can't say that I think I need that. It does monitor the pressure you use when brushing (giving you a slight buzz if you're pressing down too hard) and uses that information to track the wear you're putting on the brush head so that it can advise you when you need to replace it. It also features an option to help you get used to the harsh vibrations if you've never used a brush like this before, where for the first fourteen uses it'll slowly scale up the intensity. I admittedly opted not to use that feature since I was more interested in getting the "clinical efficiency" boasted on the cover which promised to whiten your teeth within a week, but it's appreciated all the same. Unfortunately, I can't really speak to if the claim about it whitening your teeth holds up. They do certainly feel cleaner having been regularly using the brush for about a week, and there are a few spots that might have gotten a bit brighter than they were, but frankly it's hard to tell if that's actually the result of the brush or just the result of me looking for signs that it worked. I also have to say that I don't really care. This thing works so much better and is so much easier on my gums and sensitive teeth than the electric brush I was using before that I'm completely sold on it. If you're looking to establish a more enjoyable working relationship with your dentist, I don't think there's any way you can go wrong with this one!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Efficient, and Leaves Teeth Feeling Clean!

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    My experience with power toothbrushes is limited to just this one, but the Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 6100 is a great device. I prefer now using a power toothbrush over a manual, and so I expect my experience to grow in time. In the box, you get a charging base, the toothbrush handle, a cap, and a W DiamondClean brush head. The ProtectiveClean 6100 is designed to detect which type of brush head is attached via a microchip in the brush head that communicates with the handle. The handle automatically selects the suggested mode and intensity levels, so it's ready to go without needing to manually change any settings. With that said, the toothbrush should already have some charge in it for a quick start. All you need to do is attach the brush head, which is very easy to do, and press the power button. If you prefer a more control, you can change the mode and intensity yourself with a few button presses on the front. The box claims that the ProtectiveClean 6100 is capable of 31,000 brush strokes per minute. I don't know if this is true, but based on how clean my teeth feel and look after brushing, I don't worry about that number so much. What's great is that you do not need to apply a lot of pressure, and if you do, the vibration of the handle will change to alert you that you're using too much pressure, as it can sense this. I haven't fully tested the white mode or gum care modes, and so I cannot review much of that. I can say that they don't feel much different than the standard clean mode. The manual makes mention of optimal brush heads for each mode if you'd like to be thorough as possible when cleaning your teeth or gums. One feature that I'm still unsure of is the quadpacer. The timer built into the handle has a short beep and pause to let you know when you should begin a new section of your mouth. The cleaning mode lasts for two minutes before turning off. Though it's just a reminder, I often feel rushed and as if 30 seconds per quad isn't long enough, so I usually restart the toothbrush once it shuts off. Unlike the other features built into the ProtectiveClean 6100, this feature cannot be deactivated. This is probably my only real qualm with the product. Just like manual toothbrushes can wear over time and need replacing, so do the brush heads. The handle tells you when it's time to replace your brush head, which is very convenient. I haven't had to replace mine yet, so I can't comment on how long a brush head typically lasts. Overall, I really like this power toothbrush. I haven't gone back to a manual toothbrush and have no plans doing so. I love how clean my teeth look and feel after every use. My dental hygienist has a Sonicare product, and that says a bit, too.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great upgrade from Oral B

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    I have used Oral B toothbrushes for several years prior to getting this Sonicare 6100 Protective Care toothbrush. In my opinion, the Oral B small round toothbrush heads perform better when you focus on each tooth. Even then, I had a couple spots that didn't feel as clean as they should have been, even after switching to a brand new brush head. But I had no problems from my dentist. I've read reviews of earlier Sonicare models where people have been quite disgusted when they finally clean their brush head. The Sonicare new brush heads are much easier to clean and much easier to keep clean. So I am thankful for that design change. To me, the Sonicare 'diamond' shaped brush head allows me to brush my teeth more like a manual toothbrush. That's supported by Sonicare's definition of a quadrant. Oral B's quandrant system is: bottom right, bottom left, top right, top left. Which is fine for such a small brush head. Sonicare's is: bottom inside, bottom outside, top inside, top outside. When I'm brushing my teeth with a manual toothbrush, It's done more like Sonicare's definition. In terms of cleaning power, I think the Sonicare 6100 has my Oral B model beat quite soundly. Admittedly, I have a cheaper Oral B model. I think its rated rotational count is somewhere below 8,000 oscillations per minute. The Sonicare 6100 has a whopping 31,000 pulses per minute. It takes a little getting used to the frequency change, but even after the first brushing session, the trouble spots I mentioned earlier were gone. Other features include: 2 minute timer (which turns off the brush, instead of Oral B's momentary stutter pulse), quad pacer where the brushing action pauses for a second to help you brush each quadrant of your mouth. 3 intensity settings, and 3 brushing modes (clean, white, gum care). The handle of the Sonicare is pretty sleek. It has a very fine matted texture. There is no other texture nor contours to help you grip the handle. Which is unfortunate because it is used in a wet environment so slipping is of concern. I also like that the indicator lights are very small. My Oral B indicator lights are large and pulse while recharging and it is quite annoying when I can see the pulsing light reflecting from my bathroom area. I am disappointed that the cost of the brush heads increases as I switch to the Sonicare line. To be honest, I could not tell the difference between the 3 brushing modes. I was expecting a different intensity between clean and gum care modes. After reading the instruction booklet, it seems these modes are paired best with different brush heads. To clarify, by pairing, I refer to the BrushSync feature where certain brush heads have an RFID chip added where the handle will pair and flip to the optimal mode for the attached brush head. I couldn't test that out with the single brush head that was included. I'm not sure I want to flip between different brush heads during my brushing sessions. I find the Brushsync feature rather gimmicky and it's not something I would seek out in my next electric toothbrush. I also found that the Sonicare gets a little messier while brushing. If I happen to hit a pocket of saliva, the Sonicare will spray it more so than the manual or Oral B brushes. Some of this could be resolved by changing some brushing habits. I'm really glad to have made the change to the Sonicare line. I hope that it continues to perform well for several years.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Improved model

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    This is my 4th Philips Sonicare, which in average seem to last about 3 years. Other brands lasted much longer, but I much prefer Sonicare's system. While older toothbrushes were made in either Holland or USA, this is made in China, although replacement brush heads are made in the US. Like in other Philips personal care products, the battery is not replaceable, so be prepared to throw away the handle when the battery dies, and they make it very difficult to remove the internal battery in order to dispose of it correctly. (The instructions even illustrate how to crack it open correctly with a hammer without breaking the Li-Ion battery). My previous toothbrush handle is the Series 2, that used for about a year (and it's still working) but I much prefer this model. Like most other Sonicare handles, it uses an induction charger and takes about 24 hours to charge completely. With new batteries, it should last about two weeks before it needs to be charged again. The charger appears to be the same as in all my previous models, with a 110V plug but takes 110/220v (works abroad). This model has a very useful feature that detects when one puts too much pressure while brushing and alerts by changing the vibration pattern. I tend to put too much pressure sometimes, and this might've been a contributing factor for the relatively low lifetime of the previous Sonicare handles that broke after about three years. I find it really useful. Another new feature, is that by using 'BrushSync compatible' toothbrush heads, it detects the type of toothbrush and programmed lifetime, changing its brushing pattern and indicating when to replace it (about three months). These newer brush heads have an embedded RF chip to sync with the handle. Note that it still works just fine with older brush heads, just without the replacement indicator. It works normally without any complains. That was a concern because I still had fresh replacement packs without the RF chip. The toothbrush handle has two buttons: The On/Off, which also doubles to control the vibration intensity, and a brushing mode button. The intensity is shown with three white bars, and there are three modes: Clean, which is what one would use every day, that lasts two minutes, announcing every 30 seconds to switch sections to brush (Philips calls this 'QuadPacer'). The White mode lasts 2.5 minutes and ads a pulsating mode after the first 2 minutes. The last is a gum care mode that lasts 3 minutes and it has a different vibration mode. This model also comes with a plastic traveling case that holds the handle and up to two brush heads, but not the charger. Also note that while the brush heads are completely washable, the handle can be rinsed but doesn't seem to be completely waterproof. Never had any issues getting them clean though. Aside from difficulties in recycling it and waste of not being able to replace the battery, it's a great and effortless brushing system and the introduction of the pressure sensor makes it a worthwhile upgrade.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Electric Toothbrush

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    I’ve owned 2 older versions of this toothbrush for over 10 years, so I’m already a fan. When I originally sought to purchase an electric toothbrush, research showed Sonicare appeared to be the top of the line, and from my experience, it still is. Once I started using Sonicare on a regular basis years ago, my dental hygienist confirmed that my teeth & gums were in far better shape than when I used a manual brush alone. The good news is: this new model keeps what works & incorporates some nice improvements. If you’re new to Sonicare, operation is very simple & easy. The unit arrives pre-charged; so it can be used instantly out of the box. It comes with one brush head which easily slides onto the handle. The handle has just 2 buttons—1 for turning the unit on/off & the other for selecting 1 of 3 brush modes (clean, white, or gum care). LEDs immediately illuminate when you pick up the handle, indicating the intensity level selected, the brush mode selected, the battery status, & whether or not you need to replace the brush head. A full instruction book is enclosed, but operation is intuitive if you’re not one for reading instructions. The new look is very sleek & hi-tech. The feel of the handle casing is much smoother than the older versions. One of the most notable improvements is to the brush head. With the previous models, I was often concerned that I might be applying too much or too little pressure with the brush head. I also wondered whether I might be overusing the brush head before replacing it, or underusing it & thus replacing a brush head too early. The new smart brush head takes away all the guesswork by incorporating a microchip in each brush head which syncs with the handle to track brush head wear for you. An advanced pressure sensor measures the pressure you apply while brushing. If you apply too much pressure, the toothbrush gives immediate feedback—changing the vibration & therefore the brushing sensation—alerting you of the need to reduce the pressure you’re applying. By measuring the pressure you apply & the # of hours of use, the system reminds you when it’s time to replace the brush head. The only downside is the need to keep a manual toothbrush handy just for brushing your tongue after you’ve finished brushing with the Sonicare. Overall, this is my top pick for an electric toothbrush.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Toothbrush

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    This is a great electric toothbrush. It’s been a long time since I’ve had one and I don’t think I’ll go back after using this. The toothbrush has 3 different modes and 3 intensity settings, along with a built-in pressure sensor to let you know if you’re brushing too hard. I didn’t notice a huge difference between the different modes, but the included brush head seems to made for the whitening mode. Each mode runs for a set amount of time and it’s nice to have that encouragement to brush until it stops running. I’ve been using it for a few days and it feels like I just came from a cleaning every time. I only have a couple of small gripes, one being the intensity modes, which are great, but with the included head and toothpaste I use it literally vibrates the toothpaste off if I start on the highest intensity mode. It’s only slightly annoying and I just have to make sure I start at the lowest setting and increment it up once I start brushing. The other is the replacement brush heads do seem a little expensive, at least compared to regular toohbrushes. There’s a brush head replacement indicator light on the toothbrush, but I don’t know how long the heads are supposed to last between replacements; hopefully at least a month or two. These two things don’t really affect my overall feeling that this is a really good toothbrush and the job it does make it and the replacements head well worth the investment.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A definite upgrade to my routine

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    I had an Oral-B electric toothbrush that I thought was amazing, until I tried this toothbrush. The technology that goes into the sonic vibrations of the Sonicare, are far superior to the almost mechanical feel of the Oral-B. When I was trying the 6100 out, I judged it based on ease of use, ability to clean, and overall technology. It is very easy to use. Out of the box, you charge it on the provided charger and wait until it is ready. It also comes with a handy travel case, which is common with all models these days. Also common is the two minute interval timer. I have not used a toothbrush that does not have such a timer, with the exception of helping my daughter brush with her “trolls” toothbrush. You simply brush in one quarter of your mouth for 30 seconds and you will feel a different pulse when it is time to move to the next section. Easy as it gets. It cleans VERY well. I think superior to my Oral-B as I previously mentioned. Both clean well on the surface, but I feel the 6100 really gets between the teeth and in the hard to reach places like behind your back molars. It does not hurt my gums at all. Also, it has three modes. Clean, White and Gum Care are the three different modes, and there are also three different intensities. So in essence there is a mode for everyone. As far as the tech goes with the 6100, it pretty cool. First off, I like the fact it has a sensor between the head and the smart handle. It will tell you when you need to replace the head, and I have not seen that before. It seems like something that would be pretty obvious as a feature, but I have never had a brush with that sort of feature. I like that idea. Also, if you brush too hard, the brush will make a pulsating sound to remind you to back off a little. Very smart. I have to says it will literally give you that fresh from the dentist feel to your teeth. Like they are polished. I do caution you to make sure to keep the 6100 in your mouth while it is on, as it is very intense and will shoot toothpaste all over if you don’t. I am not a big fan of cleaning off my mirror twice a day, so take the little bit of advice. Given that small consideration, this thing is amazing and worth the investment in your oral health. I highly recommend it to anyone.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Serious piece of healthcare equipment

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    Our family has gone through a number of electric toothbrushes over the years from the cheap throwaway types to higher end Oral B's. The Philips is quite a noticeable upgrade. While there are a number of feature improvements here, I think the higher frequency of pulsing (3100!) is probably the most useful in getting that clean fresh feeling. If you're upgrading from an older style, it's immediately apparent that you're using a better technology. Some of the other features are not necessarily new, but take a different approach - such as the two minute timer which turns the brush off (opposed to Oral B's momentary pulse), and the quad pacer which tells you to shift left or right, up or down. Same with the excess pressure notification, although the way the Philips operates at a higher frequency, you'll probably find a lesser need to press harder. I would like to try the varying modes, however that necessitates purchasing an additional brush pack. Each of the 3 modes requires an individual brush; the head identifies the brush that's currently installed and adjusts the mode accordingly. I'll probably try a different mode once it's time for a brush change (which is also timed.) They're not exactly cheap, at near $50 for a 4 pack, but then again, neither are the other brands. I usually look for a sale ahead of time. The lithium battery as opposed to Ni-Cad is great, NiCads not only don't last as long, but degrade over time, so I expect this unit will give me longer usable life. The other thing is bathroom counter space is always at a premium, as are electric outlets. As I'm getting at least a week's worth of charge at a time, I've actually placed the charging unit on a small shelf I have right outside the bathroom - leaving the plug free for daily use like the hair drier, shaver, etc. One small but appreciated feature - having a bathroom in close proximity to the bed, I was always annoyed after brushing my teeth, turning out the light & going to bed, only to be greeted by the flashing light of the charging. The light on the Philips is small & unobtrusive, and in any case, don't have to charge it that often anyway. That might sound a little trivial, but something I appreciated. If you're in the market for a new brush, this one is worth a look.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Really Clean Teeth!

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    I've been using the Philips Sonicare 6100 for about a week now. Combined with a whitening toothpaste it does a terrific job controlling coffee stains, much better than manual brushing. I had switched back to manual brushing after my old electric died. After several weeks my teeth didn't feel really clean and I was starting to show the effects of a serious coffee habit. There really is quite a difference. I really like this particular model. It has all the features I wanted and would actually use. - Slim, easy to manuever handle. - Three modes for cleaning, whitening, or gum care. The modes are really run time settings. - Three intensities, which you can set once the brush is on (the mode button becomes the intensity button when the Sonicare is running). It's really nice to be able to reduce the intensity around that sensitive tooth, or increase it when you're trying to get the caramel off. - Pressure sensor that alerts you that you are pressing too hard. This is really useful in combination with the switchable intensities. - Quadpacer which tells you when to brush a different quarter of your mouth. Nice to have a signal how long to brush a segment, especially if you tend to brush too quickly. - Nice travel case. There is also a 'Brushsync' pairing, which detects a chip in the (newer) heads and automagically sets the suggested mode and intensity. It also helps monitor the brush lifetime. I found this to be the one gimmick I could easily live without. Fortunately, the (much less expensive) non-chip heads can be used without any issue. Compared to the Oral-B, Sonicare is quieter and the battery lasts longer (I've been brushing 3 times a day for the past week on the same charge). Whether it does a better job seems to be a matter of personal preference. I have tightly spaced teeth and the Sonicare seems to get into the crevices better, so for me, this is it. Highly recommended, especially over manual brushing.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great brush! Improves your oral health

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    I have some prior experience with Oral B electric toothbrushes, although the last one I owned was several years ago. I did not expect that much of a different experience with this new model, but I was wrong. Not that the ones I used in the past were bad, but this one clearly is improved. The build quality is excellent, feeling light, yet sturdy and solidly built. It feels good in the hand. You definitely have a sense this is a product that will survive your bathroom with all its moisture and hard surfaces. This can be said for the brush itself as well as the charger. As for the battery life from that charger, it is also excellent. The brush is rated for 2 weeks away from the base, which is a nice convenience, when needed, but I do find myself simply keeping it on the charger. It works best in my bathroom setup. Now, how does it, well, do its job? This is the most impressive part to me. In an age when there is an app and a gadget for everything, perhaps too many things, I feel this brush performs more than well enough to justify its use and cost. My teeth feel nearly dentist clean after every use. With how important, yet neglected, dental health is these days, having a product that improves that on a personal level is a wonderful thing. Between brushing aides, timers, modes, tracking, pressure feedback and simply the technology used in the brush itself, using this brush will absolutely lead to improved dental health. Yes, there is an upfront cost. Yes, there is the cost of replacement heads (which I find to be reasonable). That said, do you know where there are plenty of other higher costs? At the dentist, when you need work done due to improper care of your mouth. This brush is a small investment that pays for itself many times over and in many ways. Ultimately, this is a great toothbrush. It is well-built, has a very rich feature set, performs well (and intelligently), and is a great value. I can confidently recommend this brush to those looking to move from a manual, upgrade their electric or simply, anyone looking to improve their oral health.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great 1st Electric Toothbrush

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    I have been wanting an electric toothbrush and I am very pleased with this product. It is lightweight and comfortable to hold. The only problem that I have is where the buttons are located. When I hold the brush, I am used to gripping my normal toothbrush, so I continuously pressed the button to turn off or change the settings. After my second/third time using, I did however, loosen my grip and brushed with ease and allowed the brush to do its job. I love the standard brush that comes with this product and there are quite a few options to buy for the replacement. (It is recommended to change the brush after 3 months of use.) I kept mine on the clean option and I love that the brush was small enough to get all the way in the back to my wisdom tooth with no problem. I kept the mode on clean but there is a white and gum care mode but it is recommended that you change the brush head to the specific brush for those modes. Beware, this particular model did not come with the travel case, so be sure to check the packaging and make sure yours comes with the travel case. The product does have enough charge for one use and then it should be charged for 24 hours afterwards. There is also an indicator light (amber light) for when it is time change the brush. Also beware, the brush head does not fit completely smooth with the body of the product, there will be a little gap. In the instruction manual there is also a guide on how to properly use the product for brushing all angles of your teeth. I highly recommend that you pay close attention for the best clean! I truthfully have no other negatives to this product and I would like to add that I love the timer that alerts me after 30 seconds to switch quadrants. It's really faint at first but after a couple of uses you will notice the beeps. After the first use, I did have a much cleaner feeling in my mouth and some of the areas in between teeth were even cleaner before flossing. Would I buy this product again? Absolutely! Would I recommend this product to friends and family? Yes!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    a massage for the mouth!

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    Once you use this brush for the first time, you will realize just how worth it it is. In fact I joked after my first use that my mouth just received a massage. I noticed after my very first use and continue to notice, that my mouth felt cleaner after the two minute timer than my mouth does after my usual 3+ minutes with my manual toothbrush or my knockoff $20 “sonic” toothbrush. That brings me to my next point, any electronic toothbrush I have used up to this point has been powered by a battery that needed to be replaced which came with a whole slew of problems like it dying quickly, having to tap the base on the counter a certain way to get the battery to sit better and have a connection, having to keep a seal clean so water does not get near the battery, I could keep going, but those days are long gone with this unit! It makes life so much easier to have this sealed unit that tells you when it needs a charge boost, never cuts out due to the battery not sitting right, it's just amazing, it seems small but it's just one less little frustration to have during the day. The brush’s different modes are easy to figure out as well as the intensity adjustment within the first minute of taking it out of the box, but it does come with a quick startup guide, and for those that like to read even more, a more detailed booklet that does give useful information is also in the box. It is also nice that this unit comes with a travel case as I noticed it is pretty large, especially lengthwise, compared to a traditional brush. My only minor complaint is that the brush head that it comes with is fairly small, I’ve gotten use to the small size but I still would prefer a larger bristle area. But I do see that there are several different sized brush head replacement options so that really is a minor complaint, the overall unit itself is great. This particular models technology and features are not so ridiculous and over the top, it is just enough to make your day to day life easier and even more enjoyable. I really recommend it.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Smart and caring toothbrush

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    Phillips SoniCare Intro - This is my second Sonicare electric toothbrush and I’ve had an Oral-B as well. They all did the same thing. They cleaned teeth a lot better than regular toothbrushes but at the same time, they make sensitive teeth and gums hurt. This Sonicare ProtectiveClean 6100, however, cleans very well and it has customizable settings for us that have sensitive gums or teeth. It has three cleaning functions - Clean, White & Gum care. It has an interval timer that vibrates when it’s time to change to another quadrant of your mouth, 30 second intervals for each quadrant. White gives you two extra intervals of 15 seconds each. In addition to those cleaning functions, there’s also three intensity settings so you can really dial in your toothbrushing preference. It also pulsates when you apply too much pressure. The bristles on the brush is soft and easy on the gums. Battery life is great. Good enough for the week long road trips. The box says that it will whiten your teeth in a week. I think it did take a layer or three of coffee stains off my teeth. If I had to complain about this toothbrush, it would be that it can be a bit slippery. Pros - Customizable settings - Pressure sensor - Let’s you know when brush head needs to be replaced Cons - brush heads are costly Outro You want that just out of the dentist clean feel on your teeth every time you brush your teeth then you want this Sonicare 6100 toothbrush. I’m satisfied and would definitely recommend it.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic upgrade from your old toothbrush

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    PROS: * Feels like it does a fantastic job keeping my teeth+gums clean (I'll find out at my next checkup). * Timer is pretty helpful, especially when you're not completely awake yet in the morning. * Comes with a compact travel case and dust cap for the brush in the box. * Indicator light to show when to replace the toothbrush head. CONS: * Not really a con, but if I had to nitpick, the pitch from the motor is much higher than my previous electric brush (it sounds like there's an angry robo-bee in the brush). My previous electric brush was really starting to show its age, and I had to order all replacement heads online since local stores stopped carrying them, so I felt it was time for an upgrade. This new Sonicare is AMAZING. It looks+feels like it does a great job of keeping my teeth and gums clean and healthy. There's also a sensor in the toothbrush that will let you know if you're pressing down too hard. There's an indicator light near the battery light that shows when to replace the brush head. While the replacement heads aren't cheap, they only need to be replaced every three months, so it's not too bad. There's a coupon in the box that gives you 50% your first order of replacement heads if you join the Philips newsletter. I know it's something very minor, but I really appreciate that the travel case and brush cap are included in the box. It's a minor detail, but nice for Philips to pay attention to. If you're looking to switch from traditional toothbrushes to electric, or need to replace your old electric toothbrush, I highly recommend checking this one out.

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