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Philips Sonicare DiamondClean 3rd Generation Electric Toothbrush, Black Edition (UK 2-pin Bathroom Plug with USB Travel Charger)
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- Philips Sonicare's most elegant electric toothbrush just got better
- NEW AdaptiveClean brush head removes up to 10x more plaque than a manual toothbrush
- NEW Deep Clean mode offers an extended 3-minute brushing time for an effortless deep clean
- Improves gum health in only two weeks compared to a manual toothbrush. Gum Care:Gently massages gums
- Bespoke charging puck and stylish USB charging travel case
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1 x DiamondClean Handle; 1 x AdaptiveClean Brush head; 1 x Glass charger 1 x Travel case; 1 x USB travel charger
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The Philips Sonicare brand is one of the leaders in oral health care, and is backed by more than 140 publications and abstracts representing clinical and laboratory studies conducted at more than 40 universities and research institutes worldwide. Over 22 million enthusiastic users worldwide testify to the great experience of using Philips Sonicare toothbrushes.
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Deep Clean HX9351/52
From the sonic toothbrush brand recommended by dental professionals worldwide, comes the most stylish toothbrush yet. Philips DiamondClean toothbrush is finished in sleek matte black ceramic, with hidden led controls. The simple, elegant design is highlighted from within by lights that glow and fade when not in use, for a sleek, minimalist look.
Not only is the DiamondClean the most stylish toothbrush on offer but it delivers unbeatable performance. Now with Deep Clean mode for an invigorating clean, the AdaptiveClean brush head will remove up to 10 times more plague and achieve healthier gums in just two weeks compared to a manual toothbrush. With Philips Sonicare DiamondClean, you’ll experience a thorough yet gentle clean that delivers clinically proven results.
10x Plaque Removal*
DiamondClean is clinically proven to remove up to 10 times more plaque in hard-to-reach areas *than a manual toothbrush.
Better Naturally Whiter Teeth
Daily use of the White mode with the addition of DiamondClean’s speciality whitening brush head you can achieve teeth that are noticeably whiter in just one week.
Most adults suffer from gum disease at some point in their lives. Thankfully, DiamondClean is clinically proven to improve gum health in just two weeks.
Clinically Proven Safe and Gentle
Your Sonicare is safe to use on: braces (brush heads wear out sooner when used on braces), dental restorations (fillings, crowns, veneers) and periodontal pockets.
5 Cleaning Modes
Personalise your clean with 5 different cleaning modes: Clean, White, Sensitive, Gum Care and Deep Clean.
Adaptive Clean Brush Head
Cleaning hard-to-reach trouble spots just got a lot easier. Our AdaptiveClean brush head enables four times more surface contact compared to our DiamondClean brush head.
Two-minute timer automatically tracks brushing time, ensuring recommended brushing regime is followed and turns the toothbrush off when brushing is complete.
Quadpacer Interval Timer
30 seconds interval timer indicates when you have completed each quadrant of your mouth and signals for you to move on, resulting in more consistent cleaning throughout your mouth.
|Philips EasyClean HX6511/50||Philips 3 series Gum Health HX6631/13||Philips HealthyWhite+ HX8911/04||Philips FlexCare Platinum connected HX9191/06||Philips DiamondClean Deep Clean HX9351/52|
|Key benefit||Remove 3x more plaque||Improve gum health up to 100%||Whiter teeth in one week||Healthier gums in two weeks||Deep Clean for a whiter, healthier smile|
|Bluetooth with app||-||-||-||✓||-|
|Number of modes||1||1||2||4||5|
|Number of intensities||1||3||3||3||1|
|Dynamic cleaning action drives fluid between teeth||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Ways of charging||1||1||1||1||2 (smart USB charged travel case; charging puck)|
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Do you really need to take your mobile phone to the bathroom with you to tell you you've cleaned your teeth properly? Do you need your toothbrush to know which brushhead's been plugged in, there's only one button to press, you can change it yourself, it's not that much to ask. I think it just smacks of tech for tech's sake together with the obligatory 'nerd tax' to push the price ever upwards.
Back to this DiamondClean 3rd gen, do yourself a favour and buy yourself this, a Tung brush, some Tung Gel, a stainless steel tongue cleaner (look up HealthAndYoga's stainless steel Tongue Cleaner) AND, if you're feeling flush, a good oral irrigator like Oral-B's Water-Jet or Oxy-Jet.
Once you become accustomed to it, you'll enjoy cleaning your teeth, your mouth will feel like a pool of freshness. Your teeth will feel great and your hygienist will notice improvements to your oral hygiene. Designed to allow you to improve your oral routine at home and easily when travelling. All well thought through.
In my opinion, the DiamondClean is the finest cleaning machine for your teeth with a few issues that Philips would be wise to address.
1) The handle's button is prone to catching once a little limescale starts to form. Make sure you keep an eye on it (either dab some distilled white vinegar or some bathroom cleaner and leave it for a few minutes to dissolve the first signs of limescale, but at an unknown cost to the plastic). You'll know when it's time to look after it as you'll press the button and it will react as if you've pressed it multiple times or not register a thing.
2) The travel charging case is very useful as its has an embedded charging circuit, based upon USB it allows you to top-up the brush's charge whilst on the go e.g with a powerbank or when you get there with a mains powered USB charger. The case should be slightly redesigned internally to allow you to accommodate the brush plus its transparent brush head cover to reduce soiling of the case. As it is, you need to ensure that you position the brush head fully vertically or you run the risk of bending some of its bristles during transport, which will impact its cleaning efficiency.
Dear Philips - Why don't you update the ye olde mini USB connector to micro, or even type C? There are too many cables in our lives, do we need to carry around another one just for our toothbrush? Mini USB is pretty much dead.
3) The transparent puck that sits above the silver charger solves and creates problems compared to its glass beaker predecessor. You need to concentrate for a second to dock the brush accurately (try doing that after a long day followed by the office party). The handle is more prone to toppling over because there's now only a few mm's grip offered by the puck compared to being able to just chuck it in fairly safely in to the glass beaker offered from gen.1 & 2. The only benefits offered by the puck, are:
- It's less likely to break in the bathroom, as it appears to be made of plastic.
- It forces you to correctly position the brush to ensure that charging does take place. (On rare occasions you could leave the brush in the old glass beaker only to find it had settled at too much of an angle, or something had dropped in preventing the handle's charging circuitry from being within range of the silver charging puck beneath it.) No longer having the beaker may encourage you to take more care of and maintain the handle.
If you have the beaker from an older unit, this brush works fine with them. Maybe Philips foresee more toothbrushes falling with this new puck and that's why they've introduced it - who knows - but its inclusion is most definately based around Philips increasing its profits.
4) I am not convinced on the new AdaptiveClean toothbrush head the 3rd gen is supplied with. Its predecessors were supplied with DiamondClean heads which were a revelation at the time. I mean the device is called Sonicare DiamondClean, so why change the brush head? 1st & 2nd gen DiamondClean came with both sizes so you could try to see which suited you best, but the 3rd gen gave Philips the opportunity to shrinkflate what you get for your money and now just provide you with one toothbrush head - the 'adaptive' (but problematic) brush-head.
I think it's an attempt to encourage you to become accustomed to it and get conditioned into purchasing the more expensive refill type. Philips has a large range of different brush heads, all use the same mounting, so feel free to take your pick but avoid the ones aimed for the 'Smart' brush - why pay for the sensing chip you'll not be using?
Mind you, when the DiamondClean was first introduced, it sold for close to the RRP of £250. Then for a while you'd find it for close to 50% off and you thought you'd grabbed a bargain. The last one I purchased I paid just under £79 for. Use a price tracker and the next time the price dips, grab another. It looks like Philips might be phasing this DiamondClean out in favour of the smart version to replace its place as the flagship product and with it, its brushes with sensors. It's no longer listed on their website. (Sneaky little b.....ds).
DiamondClean brush-heads moved the game into the next zone when they were first announced. I personally don't see the addition of further complications to the construction of the brush-head as a positive step. It just introduces another potential point of failure.
The newer types of brushes seem to rely on marketing blurb to convince you to part with even more cash. See how many people mention the adaptive brush head dropping brush tufts. Why wasn't this device renamed the Adaptive then?
For me it's DiamondClean all the way.
A look at the cost of the newer replacement brush varieties soon reveals an inflated price over the DiamondClean heads. What's probably known in Phillipsville as 'increased revenue strategy'.
5) It would be great if Philips designed a brush handle unit that could be serviceable. There are plenty of YouTube videos demonstrating how people swap out an expended rechargeable battery, but I think the RRP price of this brush should mean that the unit is designed to either last close to a decade, or at least be user serviceable. Lots of reports of brush units failing after two years - I too can vouch for that as I've had seven different Sonicares in the last 14 years, all of them failing due to recharging issues. Not what one could describe as reliable. Just make sure you don't drop it on bathroom tiling. If it lands head down on the brush shaft - get ready to buy another one and some new tiles.
So why do I keep buying Sonicare?
Since I spotted the Sonicare back in 2004 - I convinced myself to part with £100 to a high-street chemists that's named itself as a footwear shop.
Part of that decision was my acceptance that teeth need looking after.
The first Sonicare models had various obvious design shortcomings, but since then they've introduced >30 variants. They've tinkered with the toothbrush design, they've mucked about with the handle design. Charging stations that came with UV sanitisers, handles that tell you you're applying too much pressure - 75% of the improvements were gimmicks. The first and 2nd models had mould growing on the inside of the handle, this was when the brushes used to be screwed on to the handle. Generally batteries didn't charge particularly well, or water ingress eventually killed the handle. Followed by others with different cleaning modes, until, the DiamondClean came onto the scene with its lithium ion battery, more thought through design and its one button! 'But how am I going to change brushing modes?' you ask.
Quite simply, the more buttons, the more failure points. I adapted to the multi function single button Sonicare because having used their previous products, I witnessed the design compromises. Units featuring a rubberised button eventually degraded to the extent that they allowed water to penetrate its way to the internal electronics and it was just a countdown to destruction when the toothbrush would eventually signal its passing into the afterlife.
It's a little annoying having to press the DiamondClean's button multiple times to get to the cleaning mode you want, but you soon learn to live without a dedicated button for this or for that and acclimatise to the one button does it all approach. It is better in the long run.
They've improved waterproofing of the internal electronics, battery life has become better due to the Lithium ion battery, it reports it can last up to 3 weeks on a single charge, healthy pinch of scepticism, but it's a darned sight better than the last however many units I had (I think before DiamondClean they all came with either NiCd or NiMH batteries).
Brush heads have come down a little in price but only when you buy in bulk packs of 8 when they're on promotion. Amazon have been known to temporarily drop the price for a pack of 8 DiamondCleans to £19.99. Do NOT be tempted to buy the copycat brushes - it's not worth the effort. The whole point of buying the DiamondClean is the cleaning improvements offered by the brush head together with the better executed handle design.
This isn't the perfect toothbrush, it doesn't exist and they don't want it to exist. More or less every piece of consumer electronics is designed with built in redundancy and this Sonicare is no exception. The design refinements over the years indicate that Philips understand the issues that plague its product, but why fix it totally, when you can fix it jjjjusssttttt a little bit and get a repeat purchase a few years later? Eh! Crafty Dutch.
MOST important to prolong its life is to make sure you don't drop the thing. It will still appear to be working but if the internals suffer too much of a jolt, it will negatively affect the cleaning action. It will appear to vibrate, it may sound louder, but there won't be the same amount of force moving the brush-head, you may start to notice your teeth not feeling as great as you remember. At some point the battery will give up the ghost and it will start to exhibit charging issues (you'll become well acquainted with the orange battery warning light) and when/if you buy a new one you'll realise you've been missing out on the cleaning intensity of a fully functional unit.
(If you dismantle one, you see where they've focussed on the minimising of vibration to the circuit board and electromagnet. They're surrounded by a not inconsiderable rubber gasket, so it's obviously something they're keen to protect. Key to getting great results are the 31,000 cycles (or 62,000 pulsations) per minute.
Not all sonic toothbrushes are created equally. In order to qualify as a 'Sonic' toothbrush a certain number of brush strokes or cycles must be achieved. If you take a look at some of the cheaper models or copycat brands, you'll notice some have fewer strokes per minute listed within their specifications.
Braun tried to 'diss' sonic brushing technology when Sonicare started taking away some of its market share, stating rotary brushes were better and that most dentists recommend Braun/Oral B. Next time their advert is on, check to see what they are actually claiming.
UK dentists simply don't get approached by Philips to stock or endorse their products. Oral B however swamps them with little enticements.
The dentists I've spoken with ALL recommend Sonic toothbrushing and a number of different dental hygienists have made the "you're doing a good job of keeping your teeth clean and your gums healthy" comment.
Braun, who said sonic brushes were a waste of time later tried releasing their own, but failed - good! Hypocrites!
Colgate with Omron's help also have had a go, but they've never really made a dent in the market. (Omron were one of the pioneers in sonic toothbrushes but they couldn't make their financials work against the titans of personal hygiene). Colgate's collaboration was a downgraded design/quality approach in order to make it more affordable for the public to get stores interested to stock it. It's sort of failed though, it's seen as the runner up's distant relative. Reports of it being unreliable could be linked to a feature it offers on some models that detects the brush's orientation, which determines whether you are brushing sides, front/backs or tops of teeth and changes the brushing action accordingly. Something that didn't need solving. Anyway, it's slowly moving away from shelves into the discount stores. I expect it will be a dead concept within another year or two and it's only Colgate-Palmolive's money that is still keeping it alive.
Panasonic do a sonic toothbrush but it's rarely stocked.
Braun/Oral-B oral hygiene products have lost their edge since Braun first disrupted things in the late 60's. First branded solely as Braun they became partially acquired by Procter & Gamble (the people that sell us soap and toothpaste) and more recently Braun became a wholly owned subsidiary of P&G.
It's all about mass market appeal, and that's why Colgate-Palmolive also tried to get into the game.
In my opinion, Braun/Oral-B's toothbrushes haven't really changed all that much, being still based on a yesteryear approach to cleaning which relies on the scrubbing action of a brush. It tends to be favoured by people that like using a smaller brush head.
Sonic cleaning goes a step beyond just scrubbing, with its fluid cleaning motion. They also offer miniaturised versions of some of their toothbrush heads, DiamondClean included.
To be fair to lil ol' P&G, I do recommend their Braun/Oral-B irrigators. They feature a large 600ml capacity water tank which is shatter resistant and dishwasher friendly so easy to keep clean. An adjustable pressure dial, are available with two varieties of tips (the Oxy-Jet with its aerated water spray 'cone' pattern - good for gum massage - and the more recently introduced Water-Jet which offers a single jet of water - very good for dislodging trapped particles). Both relatively easy to find on the high street or places like the Bezos emporium.
1. One button isn't enough and it's annoying to not be able to switch on and off without going through the cycle of modes - also looks like it'll get filled with limescale as there's a gap around it.
2. The travel case uses a very old style mini usb not the micro usb that is common to most android phones. So another cable to carry around. Last saw this connector on a digital camera from 2005 so seems an odd choice.
3. Brush cover doesn't fit in the travel case which is just silly for a few mm more space.
Note that the usb charger supplied has a European 2 pin plug but that makes sense for travel. Meanwhile the main charger is the usual 2 pin bathroom plug.
It'll probably fail within 2 years like every other sonicare I've had but Phillips have always been good at sending replacements quickly.
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