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Philips Sonicare HX6311/07 Rechargeable Toothbrush for Kids
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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My 8-year-old daughter has almost been spoiled by the selection of toothbrushes she's had in the past few years. I got a very good tooth brush, and gave her my old mid-range Braun electric toothbrush, which actually really encouraged her to brush her teeth well. She then inherited her mum's slightly better Braun toothbrush because SHE got a new one!

Despite these good brushes, however, and despite my daughter's diligent efforts to keep on top of it, there was a persistent bit of tartar that kept building up on her bottom two middle teeth. She (and we) have been really aware of this issue for about the past 9 months. Even after descaling by the dentist, these bits of tartar came back after a few weeks.

Within a week of starting to use this Sonicare toothbrush, it has gone. I put this down to the significantly higher frequency of the Sonicare brush. The idea of the brush is that it vibrates so fat, you get an element of sonic cleaning too. What is beyond doubt, anyway, is that it's very good at keeping teeth clean, and also very easy to use.

When you open the box, you find a selection of stickers. There are 8 custom-size stickers that fit very neatly on the handle, on the side with the buttons - a decent selection of smart and cool stickers for boys and girls alike. There is also a sheet of other stickers that seem to serve no purpose other than for your child to play with. They don't look like they'd stay on the brush well anyway, and (maybe I'm a bit strict!) I believe that if you position your toothbrush as something not to be played with, your child will respect it more and look after it better. My little girl picked her favourite 'proper' sticker for the handle and I stuck it on carefully, and that's the extent of our decoration!

Otherwise, there's not much else to report in terms of contents. A neatly-shaped and compact charging dock, and a little clear plastic cover for the head when travelling (which look a wee bit flimsy and brittle if I'm brutally honest).

There's nothing flimsy about the tooth brush in use, however. There are two simple buttons, both nice and sturdy, with a very pleasing action. The bottom one toggles between gentle and firm brushing (the idea being that the gentle mode is for younger children - 4-6 years old, notionally, and the firmer one for older children). My daughter's very happy with the firm mode anyway. The top button starts the brush, and it's remarkably quiet in use. There are gentle but very sonorous and cheery sounds which indicate progress through the 2-minute programme. These have been great for our wee girl, actually, because she sometimes would forget which 30-second bleep she'd heard on her old one.

The other thing worth mentioning, I think, is that this Sonicare is a really good size for a child. In theory, Sonicare seem to indicate it's suitable for 4 and up, but I suspect a 4-year-old might find it a bit big and difficult to handle. From 5ish would seem more sensible to me, but it's the perfect size for my daughter, and she loves using it.

All in all, I'm so impressed that when my Colgate ProClinical toothbrush wears out, I think I'll get myself a Sonicare one too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 18 August 2014
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I got this toothbrush for my six year old. I didn't expect it to be very different from her electrical toothbrush. I was wrong!

This toothbrush is perfectly made for children. The rubber material used ensures that it is easy to hold and doesn't hurt their mouth at all. It doesn't make much noise and unlike with her electrical toothbrush there isnt toothpaste flying everywhere from strong vibrations.

She can lie the toothbrush flat to put on her toothpaste which is really good. At night I usually brush her teeth to ensure she cleans them properly. Using this brush is great, it lets you know when thirty seconds have passed so that you don't just brush the same part of you mouth for too long. It switches itself off after two minutes.

It came with as selection of stickers that are attractive. The stickers were easy to put on and have remained stuck to the toothbrush very well. I did have to buy a shaver adapter plug as that is how you charge the brush, we dont have a shaver socket.

I am so impressed with this brush that I will be buying my older children a toothbrush head each for this brush, which works out at £6 each, which I think is reasonable as it really ensures clean teeth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Philips only give you the huge age 7+ toothbrush head with this version of the toothbrush. The previous version (red toothbrush) came with both the smaller age 4+ and the age 7+ toothbrush head. Had I known this only came with the huge 7+ toohbrush head I would have bought the older version (same price, still widely available), as the toothbrush heads themselves are extortionately expensive at £8 per toothbrush head.

The age 7+ tootbrush heads are far too big for my tall 9 year old and even for my 13 year old and I suspect most children and adults prefer the smaller 4+ toothbrush head as it gets into nooks and crannies and corners that the large 7+ toothbrush head simply can not.

At this price, the Philips Sonicare kids toothbrush should come with both the small and the large head, not just the large head. This is a children's tootbrush, and hence it should come with the children's toothbrush head as standard, not the adult one.

Toothbrush heads aside, this is a very good product, but it is largely unusable with the larger head supplied. We have had the red version for many years, and the tootbrush cleans well and the battery lasts well between charges.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Firstly I write this review as a parent of a child using the brush, not the person using the brush.
The toothbrush is almost the same size as an adult electric toothbrush. It has a normal toothbrush shaped head rather than the round heads on a regular electric toothbrush for adults which is nice and familiar to a child changing from a manual brush to this one. It is not too big nor too heavy for small hands and has a nice feel to it.
The brush comes with a separate front panel which your child can apply their choice of the provided stickers...some very girly and some more boyish in their design, a nice touch to get your child interested in their new brush and to actually want to try it out and clean their teeth.
The brush has two setting of power, one for older independent brushes and one for younger children who have their teeth brushed for them which is a little less powerful than the other setting, which is a good idea.
When you start to brush after 30 seconds.it changes tone, this is to tell you to change brushing zone( it suggests starting with the outside of the top teeth until the tone then moving on to the inside, then at the next tone to the outside of the bottom teeth etc) this is a nice touch to make sure that the teeth get a very good chance of all being cleaned well.
At the end of 4 time zones it switches itself off, which is also nice.
The instructions where you find all this stuff out as well as how to charge it, how much toothpaste to use etc are a little troublesome as there are several languages and to accommodate them all it opens out like an old fashioned map, not too easy to handle! This is a minor thing though and after a read through you really shouldn't need them again because it is either obvious or very simple to work this brush.
My 10 year.old used the brush and liked it, I felt confident that it left his teeth clean and his mouth fresh. He happily chose to use this brush and preferred it to his manual one, so a big thumbs up from me and him on a personal front.
The price of the replacement heads is the only down side and why it lost a star because they are expensive no two ways about it Altherwise this is a great toothbrush with a nice touch of the stickers to personalize it and we really like it.
I have now found replacement heads that are compatible for under £3 for a pack of 4 which are just as good as the on supplied with the brush and are significantly cheaper which makes this even better because you haven't signed up to have to spend a fortune when your child needs to change toothbrush heads.
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My girls have been using an Oral B electric toothbrush, but both thought that our grown up Phillips Sonicare was more exciting (I think it was the noise that it makes that drew them!) and we let them try ours out to see whether or not they enjoyed the sensation, as it is quite a different feel and they both not only enjoyed it, but independently stated that their teeth felt cleaner.

I know that having used Phillips Sonicare for quite some time now, I wouldn't want to use a normal electric toothbrush again, so I was happy for my children to use the same technology, knowing that their teeth would be cleaner as a result.

This set it nice because it allows you to alter the look for your child and their style with a set of different fascia designs for your child to choose from along with additional stickers should they be needed, although we didn't really see a place for these small stickers to fit on the design my children chose. The large stickers are well made and look as though they should last for quite some time - we haven't noticed it coming adrift at the corners as one might expect, but even if over time it does - then we have 7 more designs to choose from!

The two minute timer, which automatically switches off the toothbrush at the end of the brushing time is great and means that both of my girls brush for the full two minutes. One press of the button will start it up again, so then next child can use it straight away without any delay (other than changing the head over).

The rubber at the back of the head is good as my younger daughter is a bit clumsy on occasion when moving the toothbrush around her mouth and this just prevents her clattering her teeth and thus prevents any discomfort or even damage in doing so.
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I already use a Philips Sonicare brush (Philips Sonicare HX6511/43) and my older son uses a Braun Electric toothbrush (•Braun Oral-B PRO 4000 CrossAction). This Philips children's brush works, so it seems to me, identically to the adults' version. The vibrating brush head and the toothbrush itself are basically the same, except that the body of the toothbrush is chunkier (and rather coolly decorated) making it easier for a child to grip it.

Philips seem to have recognised that for some users a small issue with all sonic brushes is that on full power, they can tickle your gums in such a way that, for some users presumably, it makes cleaning less easy. In my case, I found that this required nothing more than a bit of care with where I put the vibrating brush in my mouth and experience. For me, my adults Philips brush cleans second to none. I am convinced my teeth are cleaner using this brush. I have to add that my son prefers his Braun toothbrush with its multi action rotate and sideways brushing but for me the Philips seems more aggressive in its cleaning but without being overly so. My teeth simply feel cleaner. My nephew, who is using the "Kids" version is enjoying the experience and, looking at his teeth, it works well. He says that his teeth feel very smooth and clean - that is my feeling, too. It is as if you have been to the dentist's for a descaling and polish.

There are other aspects to the Philips brushes that I like - and more specifically the brush heads. The head on the Philips is longer and less bulky than the Braun equivalent, and I find that this makes it easier to reach into various areas of the mouth; also there is no "mechanism" at the brush "end", thus there is no liquid or toothpaste "going" anywhere "inside" the brush head, down the inside of it and into the handle mechanism. The Philips handle remains dry and the brush head cleans easily - much like a manual toothbrush.

These things are not cheap, but I feel they are worth paying extra for. The product is very well put together and looks as if it would easily stand being dropped, as is bound to happen. It works really well, is fun for kids to use and is easy to keep hygienically clean. It gets my vote.
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VINE VOICEon 26 August 2014
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This was a gift for my five year old, who has a decent concept of dental care, however finds solo brushing tricky. The experience she has with this toothbrush encourages her to use the required amount of time, dedicating time to all four sides of her teeth (upper, back and front, bottom, back and front). The handy buzz (common in most of these devices) is a great way to embed decent dental practice at any age reminding the user to move on to another part of the mouth.

The initial setting is very short, ideal for very small mouths, and I found the second setting gave enough time for a solid clean. It's very easy to clean and maintain. The first setting is useful to allow familiarity with the technology.

The stickers applied easily (although I bodged it twice - and they still stuck) and have not peeled or become dog-eared al all. There is quite a range of stickers, so of they do become damaged due to little fingers, they can be replaced. The set includes material suited to boys and girls.

The battery length is great too, I haven't needed to recharge it since it arrived (she only uses it in the morning).

This is a great starter to get children in to the higher end of tooth-care.
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This is a great little gadget. I've always resisted electric toothbrushes for kids as being not worth the money and rather gimmicky. But this has changed my mind.

I love the fact that it has a timer set to go off every thirty seconds for two minutes to make sure that a) the children move the brush around their mouth to the appropriate areas and b) they actually brush for the whole two minutes without skipping.

I would have preferred the brush to have come with more than one head if I'm honest. I have three children and rather than saw the toothbrush into thirds I had to order a packet of two more heads to make sure this got a fair trial amongst them. At nearly £17 for two extra heads it isn't cheap, so I am really expecting these heads to last a long time.

I liked the fact you could custom decorate the body of the toothbrush. It made the children feel that it was really theirs. I know it's a small thing, but in matters pragmatic and/or traditionally dull, it is these little touches that make a difference. I was also amazed that they actually agreed on the stickers to decorate it with. I had envisioned a fight breaking out.
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VINE VOICEon 5 August 2014
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I use this with my 5 yr old boy. The dentist recommends using a manual toothbrush to get him used to brushing properly but he is only 5 so while I heed her advice I will be teaching him how to brush properly but also relying on an electric toothbrush doing its job a little more effective than a manual one.

It came with the startup mode enabled which starts it on a softer vibrate and a minute clean to get them used to the sensation, my lad had already used electric toothbrushes so I disable this quickly. The full power is quite good (tried it on the tip of my nose) and it sounds like a sonic experience and less of a vibraty one. It beeps every 30 seconds to promote spending time on the quarters of the mouth (top front, top back, bottom front, bottom back) which is a good structured way to learn. The unit also turns itself off after two mins so you dont need to time them any more.

Its easy to hold and with the stickers its an added touch of making it his. Nice rubber bits to lay it down as well as standing up. The charger cable is short though and it could benefit from a standard UK plug on it rather than a shaver plug.
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My eight old year old lad is a bit of a nightmare when it comes to brushing his teeth - don't get me wrong he will brush them in that "I could be doing something much more interesting" kind of way, but it's difficult to get the Two Minutes thing out of him.

This brush has changed all that. At first he wasn't sure but once I'd convinced him this was a "gadget" then he started to come round. The stickers are great and makes it ideal for a boy or girl, so he enjoyed choosing one of designs and sticking that on.

The brush obviously vibrates but not too much so it doesn't feel uncomfortable in the hand. It has a nice, non-slip rubberised feel to it too. The Sonicare also alerts if the brush is left in the same place which encourages the child to move the brush around the mouth to clean all their teeth. It handily switches itself off after two minutes which is marvellous as then my son knows exactly how long he needs to brush for.

I'm not saying he's a super keen tooth brusher now or anything, but the Sonicare has certainly helped. And that can only be a good thing.
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