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Another fantastic Philips sonic toothbrush with some child-specific features plus bluetooth for interactive app
on 24 March 2016
Philips Sonicare Sonic Electric Toothbrush For Kids
I've used a number of Philips Sonicare toothbrushes and without exception they have been excellent. My old Oral B electric toothbrush has been consigned to the back of the cupboard. This 'For Kids' toothbrush is essentially an adult-size toothbrush with some modifications for child use, together with a bluetooth connection for interaction with Philips' fun free educational and motivational coaching game app.
The child-specific features are:
* Bright colour, changeable stickers and fun timing interval alert (cute tones rather than the functional adult buzz)
* Extra gentle 1 minute mode (to get the child used to the ticklish sensation sonic toothbrushes are known for) before moving to the full 2 minute mode
The toothbrush can also be used without the app; and the brush is the same size as adult versions so there's no need to change it as the child grows (and indeed there's nothing from stopping an adult from using this toothbrush).
=== PROS ===
* Top quality sonic toothbrush - really does give an excellent clean
* Attractive turquose and white styling with matching toothbrushes and rubbery grip
* Unisex design with stickers in blue, green, purple & pink (rather than the tedious gendered colourways of some child products)
* Free app which provides motivation to keep brushing (if the usual egg timer isn't enough) and education about dental hygiene and, with the toothbrush's bluetooth connection, the app is interactive.
=== USING THE APP ===
The app is available to download free of charge for either Apple or Android phones. Anyone can use it, with any sort of toothbrush, but only these bluetooth toothbrushes can use the interactive functions. After downloading the app to the device you'll use, set up a user profile for each child then 'adopt a Sparkly' (choose which character you'd like to play with). The Sparkly learns & evolves as the educational game is played and there are rewards in the game. When the app is on, it recognises the toothbrush when it's turned on and the child is guided to brush all 4 quadrants of the mouth. The child can monitor their own progress and parents can also set up custom milestones and rewards.
=== NIGGLES ===
* The brush handle is the same as a full-size adult one so, although the product says it's suitable for use for children from age 3+, younger children may need assistance rather than just supervision
* Using the app does add a bit of time to the bathroom routine - not much, but say an extra minute setting up the phone/tablet & getting to the start of the program and watching the short tutorial videos
* The user guide contains the standard safety warning contained in every single Philips product which says it's not suitable for children under 8; this is sloppy work by the people at Philips who produced this user guide - but just ignore it
* Reward chart schemes aren't suitable for all children (but there's no need to use it)
* To use the app requires a smart phone, tablet or other device with a bluetooth connection that can be used safely in the bathroom
* There's quite a lot going on and some children will get really into it whereas others won't be interested or will get bored of the game
=== IN THE BOX, PACKAGING & PRICE ===
In the box is a toothbrush handle, charger, 2 brush heads (one small, one full-size), stickers (6 handle stickers and 28 small ones) and paperwork (guarantee, how to register, quick start guide and user manual). The product comes packed securely in a branded box with product details. At the time of writing this review, the product was for sale at £67.
=== PHOTOS ===
The photos show what's in the box; size comparison with my other 2 adult Sonicare toothbrushes (middle and right); and size comparison with adult Philips brush heads (the two on the right).