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I am a big fan of the Sonicare toothbrushes. I have the Philips Sonicare HX9172/10 FlexCare Platinum Rechargeable Toothbrush with UV Sanitizer, which is the best toothbrush I've ever had, but it is a bit pricey. I was delighted to get the chance to review this model, which I thought I would keep as my travel toothbrush. This brush has none of the bells and whistles of the Platinum model - there is one standard cleaning mode, one speed and it comes with a travel type charger and just one sensitive brush head. It has all the great sonicate technology when it comes to the brushing experience though, and many of us only use one mode day in day out anyhow. This toothbrush builds in power over its first 14 uses so that you can get used to the sonic vibration. There is no way of reducing this if you are already accustomed to it.

I am delighted with the toothbrush which does a great job and which delivers good value for money - especially when it is on offer, which it is at the moment. I have removed one star simply because of the plaque removal between teeth is only 2X manual brushing. If you can afford it then I'd recommend the Philips Sonicare HX9172/10 FlexCare Platinum Rechargeable Toothbrush with UV Sanitizer

+ Design is good - though the travel type charger is not as robust to use as other Sonicare chargers and the brush itself
+ Charge holds for 3 weeks
+ Sensitive brush head (which is supposed to be 25% softer than the ProResults model and certainly feels softer) but you can use up any from previous models too and this has reminder bristles to remind you to change the brush head
+ Good for those with braces or dental restorations
+ 2 minute tracker time with 30 second pacer to remind you to move on to the next section of your mouth
+ 31,000 brush strokes per minute
+ removable battery

- My sonicare platinum toothbrush does clean better. This claims 2X better than manual for plaque removal whereas the platinum claims 7X

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Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
Sonicare or Oral-B? I've used both brands over the years. It's hard to choose between them but this is certainly an excellent brush.

I'm using three electric brushes at the moment - Oral-B Triumph 5000, Oral-B Sonic and this Sonicare, alternating between them. I reckon it's worth using two (or more) different types, if you don't mind the outlay, so that your teeth benefit from two different actions and brush heads every day. It won't cost any more, in the long run, because with half the normal use the brushes and heads last twice as long.

All three brushes have their strengths and weaknesses and I don't have a strong preference.

The good things about this one are:

* Pleasant to use and to good effect, with a nice, gentle action (I wouldn't like to say whether the soft brush heads do a better or worse job than stiffer ones)
* The battery is replaceable! That gives it a huge advantage over Oral-B units that tend to need replacing every few years when the batteries die.

Not so good:

* Only one brush head supplied (same applies to current Oral-Bs, I believe)
* No Oral-B-style coloured rings to differentiate between heads, if more than one person uses the brush
* Bulkier than some and not very stable on its light-weight base
* Annoyingly switches off after two minutes - if you're not quite finished and want longer, you have to switch it back on
* No travel case

That sounds like quite a few negatives but they're fairly trivial. Given the 28-day satisfaction guarantee from Philips, you have little to lose by trying the brush, and that's what I'd recommend, if you think it might be the right one for you.
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The Philips Sonicare HX6511 is available in three different brush head fittings with this particular model having a sensitive brush in the pack. The handle and functions are the same but you are able to buy a head which suits your personal needs rather than a factory standard. Mind you, the price seems to differ depending on which one you want and it might even be prudent to check the prices of the other models on Amazon (at the time of writing the HX6511/50 was considerably cheaper Philips Sonicare HX6511/50 EasyClean Rechargeable Toothbrush).

I've used this type of Sonicare brush for some time and I'm very pleased with the results I get; my dentist usually comments on how clean my teeth and gums are so I must be doing something right. This particular brush is good to hold with a pleasant shape and good grip and is nicely balanced in the hand. It does last ages between charges too which I find to be a great bonus, particularly when travelling since it means that I can often go without taking the charger too. One tip I have is to rinse the mouth with water beforehand since it helps with the sonic cleaning action, but it's also worth trying the other brush heads in the range to find your own preference. I expect that this brush will last years (just like my old ones) and have no qualms in recommending it although I do wish the price of the replacement brush heads was lower.
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Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
The main feature of this otherwise basic toothbrush is a brushing intensity that increases slowly over about a month to the maximum. Combined with the sensitive head brush (one supplied with the unit, replacements easily available ) , the unit is therefore claimed to be particularly helpful for those with sensitive teeth/gums for whom transition straight away to a full power sonic toothbrush would be viewed with some trepidation.

You can certainly feel the difference with the slower brushing speed and experience is that the Somic toothbrushes deliver excellent cleaning performance. You can of course also fit a normal brush head to this unit once your teeth and gums are used to sonic tooth brushing.

I would however suggest that , if sensitivity is an issue and you are a family sharing a toothbrush by using multiple brush heads, you also consider other brushes in the range that offer standard multiple speed control . They are more expensive but might offer better overall flexibility in use.

Other than that, this is a basic electric toothbrush which performs well.
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Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
The Philips Sonicare HX6511/44 EasyClean Sensitive Rechargeable Toothbrush is a great budget sonic toothbrush. For those unfamiliar with the technology, sonic toothbrushes differ from standard electric toothbrushes in that they do not have heads which rotate, rather they vibrate at a high speed which offers a superior clean.

This model is suitable for people with dental work such as caps/crowns and braces, unlike some others in the genre. The battery life is excellent, lasting up to three weeks from a single charge. As is common (yet irritating - WHY can't they just put an adaptor in the box?) with such items, a shaver plug adaptor is required if you do not have a suitable shaver plug socket in your bathroom. If you are unaccustomed to a sonic toothbrush, it has a feature which starts off slower than usual and gradually builds up over the first week to full speed so that you don't feel any discomfort from the vibration.

This model lacks the bells and whistles of the ones higher up the range, but is still superior to standard electric toothbrushes.
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Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
This is the second Sonicare that I have owned and I would happily keep buying them, as they're about the best electric toothbrush on the market. Not that I will need to buy another, since they tend to be built well and last a long time; something that's seems to be true for this latest model.

In fact this Sonicare model is pretty much identical to the older versions. The changes are mostly cosmetic and on the whole they're changes for the better. Gone, for example, are the blue rubbberised sections on the handle which used to become stained and grubby. In their place is a plain white, sleeker finish that should wear better.

Other than that and a slight change to the on-off button, this is pretty much the same Sonicare as before; which means it quiet, has a decent battery life and provides an excellent clean. As before the only downside are the expensive replacement brush heads, but as each head tends to last a reasonably long time that's a minor niggle.

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on 22 September 2014
Good entry level toothbrush if your new to the sonicare range. Cleans and helps whiten teeth. I bought this for my mother as she wanted a better toothbrush than the manual offering she had. It has helped whiten her teeth (smoker) and overall she is reporting that her teeth feel much cleaner. Also this was a bargain at the sale price of £25!
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on 19 December 2014
great toothbrush, long charge, and leaves your teeth feeling like you just come from the dentist after having clean & polish, sorry I did not buy sooner, did lots or research, and just took a chance with this one, for once got it right...
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Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
I have been using Oral B toothbrushes for the last 15 years. I have had two Triumph models and my current toothbrush is a TriZone Triumph, I bought for £35 on a Amazon Lightening Deal in December. An Oral B brush is a rather mechanical type of brush action, compared to the drill like sensation of a sonic type brush. I have tested both types for the Vine and am starting to come down on the side of sonic brushes for their superior cleaning ability.

The quality of the other Phillips toothbrushes I have tried has been exceptional. This is the least expensive Sonic brush they make and quite frankly it shows. This is quite a lightweight brush that felt very flimsy and made from what appears to be mediocre quality plastic. The brush has minimal technology included, but it is made for sensitive teeth. This means that when you start using the brush, the vibration is quite low and over the space of the first two weeks, it builds upto the maximum vibration speed of 31,000 strokes a minute. Phillips claims that it then cleans, twice as well as a manual brush. This is in stark contrast to the Phillips Diamond Clean brush that has the same 31,000 strokes but cleans 7 times better than a manual toothbrush. This difference is because this brush is aimed for the sensitive teeth market, and so focuses on less drill like sensation and so I can only presume cleans less well because of this.

I have so say, I prefer the quality, style, feel in mouth and quality of the clean, of a Philips Sonicare diamond brush over this product. The Diamond Clean does its job very well, but may not be good if you have very sensitive teeth. Overall this is a good toothbrush at the bottom of the Phillips price scale, which cleans teeth for almost two weeks on one charge..

So how does the brush do in cleaning teeth? As already indicated I have been an Oral B fan for years. There is no doubt that an electric brush cleans better than a hand held one. As already stated the action of this brush is a bit less intrusive and so feels as if the mouth is not as clean as when using the Diamond Clean. This is the price you pay for buying a sensitive toothbrush. This brush is good, but it is merely a growing personal preference for the better sonic action of the Phillips Diamond Clean, that stops me from giving it 5 stars.

Overall this is a good, reasonably well made brush. It does what it says on the box. I am happy to recommend this product, but prefer another Phillips Sonic brush
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Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
Philips have been making excellent sonic toothbrushes for some time now, this is one of their basic starter level brushes but cleans in the same way as the high level models do, it just has less features.

This brush is supplied with just one brush head, heads are readily available from Amazon Philips Sonicare Pro Results Brush Heads Sensitive 3pk. The Sonicare HX6511/44 fits nicely into the hand and is not too heavy. Using this brush is easy, I suggest following the instructions supplied if you have not used a sonic toothbrush before, the brush has a 'quad' timer that divides the two minute cleaning time into quarters so you can clean upper front/ upper back/ lower front / lower back equally. The cleaning results are excellent leaving your teeth felling very clean. This brush has just one cleaning program unlike the Sonicare Platinum I have that has 3 programs and a variable speed control, but it is adequate and will improve oral hygiene.

The battery in this toothbrush needs charging before use, charging turns off automatically when charging is finished, the battery is Lith Ion which does not suffer from memory problems as the old NiCd batteries did. The charging base supplied is very small and portable so you can take it away with you on holiday or business trips.

If you still use a manual toothbrush then this is the ideal 'beginner' sonic toothbrush, it's not overly complicated with bells and whistles but it will clean your teeth very well, your dentist will be delighted with the results and your oral hygiene will be much improved.
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