Monday, February 18, 2019
Sonicare Flexcare+ Review
Sonic technology (31,000 strokes/min) with 5 cleaning modes
Very expensive and doesn't have a built-in pressure sensor
Gentle but deep cleaning for superior oral health
$170 – $190 (2-year limited warranty)
Developed by Philips, the Sonicare Flexcare+ is a rechargeable electric toothbrush that works to improve your brushing habits and to help fight against gum disease. It uses sonic technology to deliver up to 31,000 strokes per minute and provides a deep but gentle cleaning action between your teeth and along your gum line. Depending on your individual needs or preferences, you can customize your experience by choosing between 5 cleaning modes and 5 different brush heads (2 are included with purchase). You will also receive 3 different color brush head rings, so you can share the base with your family members. The Flexcare+ has a 2-minute timer that goes off in 30-second intervals to make sure you have spent enough time brushing each quadrant of your mouth. When you are finished brushing, the Flexcare+ also has a built-in UV brush head sanitizer that kills up to 99% of bacteria and viruses on the brush head in only 10 minutes (E coli, S. mutans and Herpes simplex). Philips claims that the FlexCare+ removes up to 83% of plaque in hard-to-reach areas and is proven to improve gum health in only 2 weeks.
You can purchase the Flexcare + toothbrush on www.usa.philips.com, and it has a suggested retail price of $190.
Product Report Card Grade
We give the Sonicare Flexcare+ an A- because it features the most advanced sonic technology and provides a deep and thorough clean, even in hard-to-reach areas. The toothbrush is also compatible with multiple brush heads and can operate in 5 different cleaning modes, so you can easily customize your brushing routine. Additionally, it comes with a UV brush head sanitizer and has a built-in timer to help you brush each quadrant of your mouth for the recommended amount of time. We had to deduct a few points because it is very expensive, but, if you can afford it, the Sonicare Flexcare+ is the best way to improve your overall dental health.
Good at removing plaque in hard-to-reach places and along gum line; built-in UV Brush Head Sanitizer; includes portable charger and travel case; 2-minute timer and pacer; Compact brush head good size for kids; includes 3 different brush head color rings so you can share with family members; has an easy-start program that gradually increases power over first 14 uses to help you ease into the Sonicare experience
Has a pressure sensor that stops pulsations when you're brushing too hard; triple action brush provides a great cleaning; 2-minute timer and pacer; includes portable SmartPlug charger and travel case; toothbrush automatically alerts you when you are 10 days away from needing a replacement brush head, and brush head also has Indicator® bristles fade as another reminder to replace your brush head every 3 months
Inexpensive; removes more plaque than manual toothbrush; timer and quadrant technology
Expensive; doesn't have sensors to tell you if you are brushing too hard
Expensive (but it seems like there are good discounts/rebates out there); some reviewers felt the brush head was too big and cumbersome when compared to Sonicare
Limited brush head options
Rechargeable / Sonic
Rechargeable / Sonic
$170 - $190
$100 - $130
$25 - $30
2-Year Limited Warranty
2-Year Limited Warranty and 60-Day Satisfaction Guarantee
It features sonic technology, which pushes water and toothpaste in between teeth and slightly under the gum line for a deeper cleaning. The brush head delivers up to 31,000 strokes per minute.
It features a triple action brush head that rotates, oscillates and pulses. It provides 40,000 pulsations and 8,800 oscillations per minute.
It features micro-sweeping and advanced sonic technology. The brush head delivers up to 16,000 precision micro-sweeps per minute, while the sonic technology works by pushing water and toothpaste in between teeth and slightly under the gum line for a deeper cleaning.
It features 5 cleaning modes including Clean, Sensitive, Massage, Refresh and Gum Care.
It features 4 cleaning modes including Daily Clean, Sensitive, Whitening and Deep Clean.
It features 2 cleaning modes including maximum clean or gentle massage.
Brush Head Options
It comes with 2 brush heads including the ProResults Standard (daily, all-around cleaning) and the ProResults Compact (more focused clean /cleaning hard-to-reach places). There are also 3 additional brush heads that fit the wand sold separately including the EasyClean, HealthyWhite and Xtreme brush heads.
It comes with 3 brush heads including the Oral-B FlossAction, the Oral-B Pro White and the Oral-B Sensitive. There are also 6 additional brush heads that fit the wand (sold separately) including the Oral-B Precision Clean, the Oral-B Dual Clean, the Oral-B Power Tip, the Oral-B Ortho, the Oral-B Braces Care Essentials and the Oral-B Tongue Freshener.
It only comes with 1 replaceable brush head.
Yes, the toothbrush features a 2-minute Smarttimer and Quadpacer. Every 30 seconds, the Quadpacer will signal that it is time to move on to the next quadrant of your mouth.
Yes, the toothbrush has a 2-minute timer, and, every 30 seconds, it will signal with a "stuttering sound", so you can keep track of how long you've been brushing a certain area of your mouth.
Yes, the toothbrush features a 2-minute timer that lights and pulses every 30 seconds to indicate when it is time to move on to the next quadrant of your mouth.
It has built-in pressure sensors that stop the toothbrush to alert you when you are brushing too hard.
It features a built-in UV brush head sanitizer that kills up to 99% of bacteria and viruses on the brush head in only 10 minutes (E coli, S. mutans and Herpes simplex).
It has a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 3 weeks (~42 brushes) between charges. There is also an illuminated icon to show how much of the battery is drained.
It has a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 10 days (~20 brushes) between charges. There is also a charge-level display to show how much of the battery is drained.
It has a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 5 days (~10 brushes) between charges.
It comes in white with soft sky blue accents/grip, and it has an illuminated display panel in chrome. It also has an ergonomically-designed handle with rubber grip and an angled brush head to get hard-to-reach plaque.
It comes in silver and white and has an illuminated display panel in chrome. It also has with an ergonomically-designed handle for a comfortable hold.
It comes in red and white or blue and white with an ergonomically-designed handle for easy grip and control.
Change Brush Head Notification
It has blue reminder bristles on the brush head that gradually fade to remind you to replace your brush head every 3 months.
It has Indicator® bristles that gradually fade in color to remind you to replace your brush head every 3 months. The toothbrush will also signal 10 days before you need to replace your brush head.
It has Color Wear™ bristles that gradually fade to help remind you to change your brush head every 3 month.
ProductReportCard Editors' In-Depth Review
Pros And Cons
- Good at removing plaque in hard-to-reach places and along gum line
- Built-in UV Brush Head Sanitizer
- Includes portable charger and travel case
- 2-minute timer
- Compact brush head good size for kids
- Includes 3 different brush head color rings so you can share
- Has an easy-start program that gradually increases power over first 14 uses to help you ease into the Sonicare experience
- Doesn't have sensors to tell you if you are brushing too hard
unknown, but Amazon claims it is 3.7 x 6.7 x 9.2 inches
The Flexcare+ is white with soft sky blue accents/grip and has an illuminated display panel in chrome. It has an ergonomically-designed handle with rubber grip and an angled brush head to get hard-to-reach plaque
Brush Head Options
2 brush head sizes included - one ProResults Standard brush head for daily, all-around cleaning, and a ProResults Compact brush head for a more focused clean or to more easily reach posterior teeth. Also fits EasyClean, HealthyWhite and Xtreme brush heads.
Sonic technology delivers up to 31,000 strokes per minute. You can also choose from 5 different cleaning modes including Clean, Sensitive, Massage, Refresh and Gum Care.
Yes, it has a Smarttimer and quadpacer. This is just a two-minute timer (dentist-recommended brushing time), and it signals in 30-second intervals so you can keep track of how long you've been brushing a certain area.
Rechargeable battery that lasts 3 weeks (~42 brushes) between charges. There is also an illuminated icon to show how much the battery is drained.
2 year warranty from Philips
The Flexcare+ has received excellent online reviews from customers. On Amazon, it has received 4.5 stars from 450 customers and there are few negative reviews. While it is definitely on the expensive side, it has an amazing list of features that make it easy to improve your overall dental health.
Customer Responses, Reviews, or Complaints
Overland Park, KS
Sonic Care Tooth Brush
Review submitted: 2013-10-10
I brush with the sonic care twice daily. How ever I feel that my teeth are not quit clean yet. Most times I brush for a min with my Oral B tooth brush. Then I floss with a floss pick, and rise with Listerine. My Dentist says that I have very healthy teeth. We orginally got the sonic care for my daughter who is 11. She has a very hard time brushing her teeth right. It has improved her over all dental health care. I really like the timer and how it tells you to switch. I also like the different settings as well. I kind of feel that the head for it is a little to small for adults. It would be great if it included the tongue cleaner on the back of the head. I have the diamond clean head and I like the fact that it changes color when it is time to replace it. Over all I was kind of disappointed in the product for how much it cost. There are many things that I like about it but I truly don't feel like my teeth are clean after I get done brushing my teeth. It feels like there is still build up on my teeth. I love it for my 11 year old who did a very poor job at brushing her teeth.
A wonderful electric toothbrush for cleaning and whitening
Review submitted: 2013-10-03
I love my sonic care electric toothbrush with the built in sanitizer. It is so much easier to clean as well compared to my old sonic care elite toothbrush with the circular cup toothbrush heads.
I feel my teeth are whiter and cleaner from using twice a day. I have even been complimented by my dental hygenist at my dentist's office.
I use the brush in the morning and again at night. I also floss after each meal and I also use a gum stimulator with a rubber tip manually once a day for a few minutes.
I try to take great care of my teeth and gums and also watch what I eat to maintain good oral health. I go to the dentist as well each six months and have my teeth cleaned as well while there. My toothbrush is a big part of my good oral health.
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