Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 6100 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, Whitening, Pink
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A very neat feature, that appeals to new electric toothbrush users, is the Easy-Start technology that Sonicare builds into brushes. As with most electric toothbrushes, the ProtectiveClean 6100 has a built-in timer that will pulse every 30 seconds to encourage you to move onto the next quadrant of your teeth. It’ll turn itself off after two minutes of cleaning to tell you you’re done with brushing for now. The brush also sports a pressure sensor. Press too hard while brushing and this will give you pulse and red light on the brush handle warning you to ease off. When the brush is powered off, this button lets you choose the brush mode, alternating between clean, white or gum care. Once the toothbrush is powered on this same button adjusts the power, with three intensity settings available. The ProtectiveClean 4300 has 1 cleaning mode (Clean) compared to the 3 cleaning modes (Clean, White and Gum Care) of the 6100.
Each of these extra cleaning modes does offer something different and can potentially have benefit for you. But, don’t strive to buy a brush that might be outside of your budget, just because it has White mode for example. If the brush handle has Bluetooth connectivity and is connected to a smartphone the mode will last for just 2 minutes. If there is no active Bluetooth connection, the mode will run for the longer 3 minutes. Most brush heads on any mode are going to deliver a good standard of cleaning and be far better than a manual brush or nothing at all! The vast majority of Sonicare models offer 31,000 brush strokes and 62,000 movements. There are some exceptions to this though. 31,000 brush strokes/62,000 movementsIdeally suited to those who have mild sensitivity in their gums, with occasional bleeding and are getting or recovering from gum disease treatment.
However, we should note that this probably won’t last very long, especially if you don’t fully wash away all the toothpaste from the toothbrush after use. After a few weeks of allowing remnants of toothpaste to remain on the handle, our beautiful handle was soiled in white stains that we cannot scrub off for love nor money. This can be easily avoided, however, by simply giving it a good rinse after use.
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As a result, certain models, do give a brushing sensation that feels less intense compared to some other Sonicare toothbrushes. As with most sonic toothbrushes, this model is very quiet, at just 71.2dB. That’s loud enough that you can hear it, but the high-pitched buzz isn’t distracting or annoying. Why buy the Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 6100? There is an attention to detail and the small touches with the ProtectiveClean range and it is these small touches that take something good and make it great.