In the latest of our toothbrush review series, we take a look at the extremely popular Philips Sonicare Flexcare Plus. How does this toothbrush stack up against the competition? Let’s go through the features of this model.
Cleaning technology of the Flexcare Plus
As with all the Sonicare range of toothbrushes, this uses a patented sonic technology to drive 31,000 movements through the brush head every minute. The sonic technology also helps drive fluid into the space between the teeth, to help clean here. But note this is not a replacement for inter-dental cleaning.
This sonic technology has been proven, with clinical research, to be effective at cleaning teeth. The effect is up to twice as much plaque removal as with a manual toothbrush. The manufacturers also claim that using this brush also helps reduce gum disease and improve gingival health.
Note here, that as I explain in the article on electric toothbrush comparison, that most people should be able to achieve such cleaning with proper use of a manual brush. But there are some groups who definitely benefit from ‘going electric’.
There is some debate as to which technology is better in toothbrushes, the sonic used here or the rotation-oscillation used in the Oral-B range. Suffice to say that both do a great job and there appears to be little between the two on balance in the research produced thus far.
Philips Sonicare Flexcare Plus specifications
Beyond the basic cleaning technology, this model has a lot of extras that help ensure you clean your teeth properly. They include:
- Five brushing modes, so you can vary the cleaning you get depending on your needs. They include a gum care mode for those with gum disease and a sensitive mode for extra gentle brushing. A very neat little backlit illuminated display tells you which mode you are currently using. I am yet to be convinced of any huge benefit to be found with the various modes that accompany more expensive toothbrushes. But some people may benefit from the sensitive modes in particular, which should help reduce ‘over-brushing’
- A timer with ‘quadpacer’, ensuring that you brush for at least two minutes and each area of your mouth gets the same attention. Most electric toothbrushes have a timer, which is one of the best features, as so many people don’t spend long enough brushing their teeth. Reminding folk to spend thirty seconds in each quadrant of their mouths also has obvious beneficial effects on their dental health
- UV Brush Sanitizer, to keep the brush head disinfected. The need for such sanitizers is unproven but many people really like this addition
- Overall, the toothbrush looks really slick, has a great battery life and comes with two different types of brush head.
This promotional video gives you an idea of the look and size of the unit:
Downsides and Alternatives
The only real downside with this model is the price. But for the price it is pretty much as good as any brush. There are certainly more expensive models that don’t offer any better cleaning.
A direct alternative with similar pricing is the Oral-B Professional Care 5000. I’ve chosen this as the best electric toothbrush currently available. But it must be said there is very little to choose between the two. Cheaper models from the Flexcare range should do the same cleaning job for most buyers, but without the same extra gadgetry. A manual toothbrush is the cheapest alternative, and one that is fine for most so long as used properly!
Should you want to splash out, check out the DiamondClean model
Should you get one?
Certainly, this rechargeable toothbrush is one of the very best available. It features great cleaning technology with lots of (on the most part) useful extras. Whether you want or need to spend over $100 on this model, when similar cheaper options (with less options) are available, is a matter of personal choice.
If you do want one of the best, then this is certainly a great option. There are hundreds of reviews from very happy buyers of the Sonicare Flexcare Plus brush and it rates very highly in my book.
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