Monday, 12 January 2015

Review: The Phillips Sonicare DiamondClean

This is the year that I knew I was getting old, as my boxing day present to myself was not the normal pile of perfumes, clothes or camera - instead, I bought myself a toothbrush. And not just any toothbrush, a toothbrush with the recommended retail price of £250! (who even knew toothbrushes went up to that price? I certainly didn't) 

This is the Phillips Sonicare Diamondclean toothbrush, which is basically what would happen if Apple decided to get into the tooth cleaning industry. It's an extremely nicely designed bit of kit, to the extent that the first thing I did upon receiving it was to go and show my housemate what a ridiculous toothbrush I'd just bought. It's pretty, nicely designed, comes with this travel case, a charging glass, and two heads - a regular sized one and a smaller one. 

This is the glass you get with it - see, go high end, get a free promotional glass, eh? This is actually one of the chargers for it. You pop the toothbrush into it and then use it as a charger. I actually can't tell you how well this works as I don't actually have one of the sockets that you use for it, or any plug socket at all in my bathroom, so I just use this as a holder more than anything.

What I use to charge mine is this travel case! I think this is a great idea. The travel case is really sturdy and strong and feels really well made. It fits the toothbrush and two heads - and more importantly, has space for a USB charger in the bottom which I think is such a great idea. You can charge it up through your computer, but I use mine with one of my HTC chargers as it fits well enough and I can easily swap them out. The battery life is supposed to be about three weeks assuming that you use it twice a day for two minutes each time.

It's all very well going on about the fancy accessories, but at the end of the day it is a toothbrush of course. So what does it do? Well, the main appeal for me is that this brush has different modes to it. It has the regular Clean mode, a White mode, Polish mode, Gum Care mode, and Sensitive mode. Something I like about this brush is that over the first couple of uses it gradually increases in intensity. I was really worried about this as I haven't had an electric brush in a few years, obviously I had jaw surgery quite recently so was worried about it feeling horrible on my jaw - but starting it off gently is a really good idea. And if you still don't like the resulting force, stick it in Sensitive! The Gum Care mode is the one that appealed most to me - it gives you a regular two minute clean and then has an extra minute to gently massage your gums. My gums are really rebelling after years of braces and obviously they've had to go through quite a lot with the surgery, so I thought the extra gum care would be great for them.

My main complaint about this toothbrush is that it automatically stops after the two minutes. It goes in thirty second cycles, pausing briefly after each cycle and then stopping completely after the two minutes. By that point, I haven't yet finished. It seems minor, but it quite irritating. Of course, most people my age have not made the silly decision to get braces, so for you it probably doesn't take you quite so long to clean your teeth as you probably don't have hardware to get around, so this may not be a problem for you.

The RRP for this toothbrush was £250, but I'd be surprised if you had to spend that much! I bought mine as a boxing day deal so got it for around £60, at time of writing it's currently £99 if you buy through amazon here!



  1. It always surprises me how expensive electric toothbrushes are! I used to have one and really like it. Now I am back on the good old manual toothbrush but the dentist is always happy so I have no complaints. Hope the braces go well, I had them for years but they are so worth it! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

  2. I have to save this for my husband, he like electric toothbrushes. I don't like them at all, I always feel funny about the noise :D

    Anca @ ancaslifestyle | UK


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