Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Toothbrush Review


Earlier I told you about the Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Toothbrush I was sent to review. Well we gave it a go for three weeks and the results are in.

Now, I would have preferred a gadget the was more audio/video than dental, but you know what, it was fun to try out an electric toothbrush for the first time.

Philips certainly made a cool looking brush that any tech lover would jump at the chance to try. It is so sleek looking I was expecting WiFi.

But let’s be honest, a pretty toothbrush is useless unless it performs well. The Flexcare Platinum claims to remove six times more plaque than a manual brush, and offers various intensity levels, from normal to extra soft – so unlike some electric brushes it won’t make your eyeballs rattle in their sockets.

This was my biggest worry. Would it be too hard on my teeth or loud on my brain.

There’s also a “quadpacer interval timer”, if you’re too dumb (or really into it) to remember to stop brushing the left hand side of your mouth and swap sides, and it alerts you when you’re brushing too hard. For the germ-phobic, it also comes with a UV sanitiser, a mini version of what hospitals use to blast MRSA off their surgical instruments. It also says the battery should be good for three weeks’ scrubbing, too.


Let me say, we tested it for three weeks and the charge was kept.

My wife and I both tried it out (as it comes with two brushes) and I found it interesting to learn more about my brushing habits.

I found the Sonicare Technology quite interesting as I read more about how the toothbrush works to clean your teeth and gums. It drives fluid between your teeth and along the gumline and is considered one of the most sophisticated toothbrushes on the market today.

I don’t think I am doing that when I manually brush with one of those old-fashioned brushes.

Here are some more details before I get to the final verdict.

The Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum toothbrush offers the following:

Three Brushing Modes: Pick and choose from the three brushing modes. Clean is for plaque removal; White removes surfaces stains and polishes teeth; GumCare combines cleaning mode with a gentle gum massage to keep your gums healthy.

Timers: The Quadpacer interval times give a short beep and pause to help you know when it’s time to move to the next quadrant in your mouth. It works in all three modes and intensity levels. The Smartimer indicates when your brushing cycle is completed helping to make sure you get in the dentist recommended 2 minutes of brushing.

Customizable: Pick the intensity and the mode you want. In addition to the timers, there’s also an alert to tell you if you’re brushing too hard.

Easy-start Feature: Activate this feature to help introduce your teeth slowly to the Sonicare brushing experience. It gently increases the power over the first 14 brushings.

Clinically Proven Cleaning Ability: The Sonicare FlexCare Platinum is clinically proven to improve gum health in just two weeks of regular use. It also removes up to 7 times more plaque between your teeth.

Sanitizing Chamber: It has a UV sanitizing chamber to kill up to 99% of bacteria and viruses.

Long Battery Life: It has a three-week battery life which is great when you’re traveling as well as a travel case and charger.


So now you know what it has to offer, how did it fair?

The Final Verdict

Don’t get me wrong, it was cool to give it a try. But it’s a toothbrush. Pretty hard to get excited about that. But I will admit, it made the boring ritual of brushing your teeth a little more fun. Plus all that arm energy I saved by just letting the brush do all the work.

It made my teeth feel cleaner and I loved that post-brush feel in my mouth. More like a professional cleaning than the usual brush.

The speeds are fun to try out and see the results over a period of a few days.

The brush basically promises cleaner teeth and that is certainly the case.

The only thing I did not like about it is, if you leave it plugged in, it makes this high-pitched noise that is not nice to have in your bathroom when you are trying to sleep.

But once unplugged the noise stops.

Other than that, the Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum toothbrush is an optimal product for cleaning your teeth and gums and having a mouth that feels like it gets professionally cleaned whenever you want.

Now the retail price sits around $200, so that is something to consider. I mean, brushing manually gets the job done for most and that is certainly way cheaper that a few hundred bucks.

I would also warn that some of you would spend all day brushing your teeth due to how much fun it is.

Now only if it transformed into a car, so our son would want to try it out.

Do you have one? What do you think? I am pleased that I got to review this product and we are certainly going to keep on using it in the future.

Disclosure: I was provided with this product to facilitate this review post, opinions are my own and genuine.