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Which are the best Sonicare brush heads? – We compare Sonicare’s replacement heads according to design, intended purpose, brushing effectiveness, interchangeability, size.

– Brush heads covered – All-in-One, Plaque Control, Gum Care, White, AdaptiveClean, DiamondClean, InterCare, SimplyClean, ProResults, Sensitive, For Kids, TongueCare+ | C3/W3/G3/C2/G2/C1 Series heads | E-Series | BrushSync | Replacement intervals and indicators. | Click-on vs. Screw-on heads.

Sonicare replacement brush heads.

If you own a Sonicare that uses their standard-version click-on brush heads (most models do), you’ve made a good choice.

That’s because even though your toothbrush came with a specific type of head originally, when it’s time to buy replacements, you can choose from any of the other click-ons we show on this page. And that’s a big assortment, and a powerful option to have.

What should you look for in a replacement brush head?

There are a number of factors that you should consider. They of course include brush design and intended purpose along with cleaning effectiveness. But other factors need to be considered too such as their convenience of use, head size, interchangeability, replacement intervals, and cost. We discuss all of these issues on this page.

As a companion page, we also explain what Sonicare’s BrushSync feature is because you may need one of these “smart” heads in order for all of the features of your toothbrush to work.

Which Sonicare brush heads do we think are the best ones?

In terms of effectiveness (plaque removal), we’re inclined to lean toward the A3 Premium All-in-One, C3 Premium Plaque Control, and W3 Premium White. We’ve used these and like the results we get.

But our experience doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll feel the same way because your mouth and your needs may be very different than ours. And because of that, you owe it to yourself to scroll through this page to get an idea of which heads may make a good choice for you.

For each head, we show its picture and explain what characteristics it has and how it differs from others. From there, you should be able to make an educated decision about which to try.

What brush head choices (styles/designs/sizes) does Sonicare offer?

We periodically visit the Sonicare (USA) website to see what brush heads they currently have listed. Right now, this is the group of replacement heads they show.

The Sonicare brush head lineup.

Except one, all of these brush heads are universal Click-On style.

With the exception of their E-Series (and also the PowerUp and Philips One brush heads which are generally not discussed on this page), Sonicare’s other heads feature their Click-On (snap-on) design. It’s this kind of head that can be used universally with Sonicare’s toothbrush lines, with the exception of the PowerUp Battery, Philips One, and Essence.

Preface to the remainder of this page.

For the most part, our information below is self-explanatory. It’s all been taken directly from the Sonicare (USA) website and various promotional materials it links to. It’s just been formatted into a single page so it’s easier for you to make comparisons between each kind of head.

Sonicare’s brush head “ratings.”

We think it’s important to mention the “rating” information Sonicare promotes for each of their heads on their website and in advertising and informational materials.

Our impression of these statistics (“20X more …,” “10X more …,” “100% more …,” etc…) is that they’re generally qualified statements primarily concocted as selling points for advertising copy. But beyond even just that impression, the other problem with this data is that Sonicare doesn’t always provide the same precise set of statistics for each head, thus making a true apples-to-apples comparison between all of their styles of heads technically impossible.

Despite this deficiency, we’ve still chosen to show these ratings on this page because we know of no other source for similar information. And as such, we consider it the only available proxy, no matter how incomplete or inconsistent, for making any level of comparison between individual Sonicare brush heads.

Beyond that specific application, however, we assign no value to this rating system at all and just consider it fodder for creating advertising hype.

Pictures of Sonicare toothbrush brushheads.

Our affiliate links can be used to shop  Sonicare replacement brush heads  on  Amazon.com  or  Walmart.com

Tip:  Keep in mind that if your toothbrush model uses standard click-on heads (all but Essence, Philips One and PowerUp do) you’re not restricted to just using the kind your brush came with. You can choose from any of the click-on designs.

The Sonicare brush head lineup.

►  A3 Premium All-in-One –

Notes and impressions –

This is their best one.

Sonicare’s newest brush head is the A3 Premium All-in-One. And its design is repeatedly referred to in Sonicare promotional materials (like those for the 9900 Prestige toothbrush which comes with it) as being their “all-time best brush head.”

How much better?

Well, these same promotional materials do cite statistics spouting the effectiveness of this brush head’s design. However, and like mentioned above as a common problem, in the case of the All-in-One only some of the benchmarks given correspond directly with the statistical claims for other brush head designs. Thus making a truly valid head-to-head comparison across the whole line essentially impossible.

The statistical proof.

Among the stats cited for the A3 Premium All-in-One are that it can “remove up to 20x more plaque even in hard-to-reach areas*,” “remove up to 100% more stains in less than two days***,” and “clean deep for gums that are up to 15x healthier in just two weeks**.”

We’ve left Sonicare’s attached asterisks in the statements above just so you can get an idea of how qualified/restricted those claims are. The liberal use of asterisks in conjunction with Sonicare statistics is very common in their promotional materials for all of their brush heads.

You can assign whatever value you want to them. We simply long for the day when Sonicare chooses to state facts that can simply be taken at face value without further qualification.

Other All-in-One properties and characteristics.

The A3 Premium All-in-One is one of Sonicare’s microchipped BrushSync brush heads.

(Some toothbrush models require the use of a BrushSync head for full functionality. – The Brushsync system manages brushing mode/brush head syncing and brush head replacement reminders. For more information, see our BrushSync Explained page for details about this system and which toothbrush models and brush heads are BrushSync capable.)

As a final point, we’ll also state that besides being Sonicare’s best brush head, we find that the All-in-One tends to also be their most expensive one. (Possibly the current pricing premium associated with this head is simply because it’s still new.)

The All-in-One brush head.

Picture of a Sonicare A3 Premium All-in-One brush head.

Details about the A3 Premium All-in-One.

  • Sonicare ratings for:
    Plaque removal (in hard-to-reach areas) vs. manual toothbrush = 20X.
    Plaque removal vs. manual toothbrush (like shown below for other heads) = No number is reported.
    Stain removal = 100% more in 2 days.
    15x healthier gums in 2 weeks.
  • How does Sonicare seem to rank the brushing effectiveness of this brush head?
  • Bristle stiffness = Soft
  • Standard size only.
  • BrushSync head = Yes.
  • Replacement interval = 3 months.
  • Estimated cost per brush head = $15.00

What’s different about the All-in-One’s design?

There are a couple of factors that make this brush head different than Sonicare’s others.

Angled bristles.

The outer bristles on the All-in-One are flared outward and Sonicare states that this aids with plaque removal. In our picture, the head’s top and bottom bristles give a hint of this flare, especially when compared to the other pictures of heads on this page.

Longer bristles.

A similar comparison of pictures on this page also shows how the All-in-One’s bristles are longer than most other heads.

Triangular bristle tips.

The All-in-One has been designed with triangular-shaped bristle tips. Sonicare says this shape helps to remove stains more effectively.

Historically, toothbrush manufacturers have rounded and polished toothbrush bristle tips, primarily as a safety feature for the gum and tooth surfaces they scrub against. We don’t know what testing Sonicare performed regarding this issue but do trust them to make an appropriate, safe choice for consumers.


We’ll take Sonicare’s word for it that the All-in-One head is their most effective head. We’ll also mention that with the introduction of the 9900 Prestige (the first brush to come out with this head already installed), Sonicare seems to be significantly downplaying the need to use different brush heads paired with a specific brushing mode to accomplish various goals (like whitening or gum health). Evidently, they feel this brush head (when paired with full-intensity Clean mode) does just as well.

Picture comparing Sonicare C3, G3 and W3 Premium brush heads.

C3 Premium Plaque Control | W3 Premium White | G3 Premium Gum Care.

►  C3 Premium Plaque Control –

Details about the C3 Premium Plaque Control.


Sonicare promotional materials use the phrase “our deepest cleaning brush head” on their website for the C3. (Still, even with the introduction of the All-in-One head.) We’ll take that as meaning they still feel it’s one of their most effective brush head designs for removing dental plaque.

►  W3 Premium White –

Details about the W3 Premium White.

  • Sonicare ratings for:
    Plaque removal vs. manual toothbrush = 10X.
    Surface contact = 4X.
    Stain removal = 100% whiter in 3 days.
  • How does Sonicare seem to rank the brushing effectiveness of this brush head?
  • Bristle stiffness = Medium soft. Side bristles are embedded in soft plastic to give them greater flexibility.
  • Standard size only.
  • BrushSync head = Yes.
  • Replacement interval = 3 months.
  • Estimated cost per brush head = $10.00



From its name, one would assume that Sonicare considers this to be their best brush head for removing surface staining from teeth. We don’t have much to say about that claim.

We will point out that in regard to stain prevention, any of their “10X” plaque removers should be an equivalent choice. That’s because preventing tooth staining (in terms of something that toothbrushing can remedy) has to do with completely removing plaque and debris from tooth surfaces before it has had a chance to calcify and subsequently pick up discoloration.

Bristle design.

We couldn’t help but notice how similar the bristle arrangement of the C3 and W3 heads are (see picture above). And with an essentially identical design, one would have to assume that any extra benefit that the W3 can provide would primarily be due to differences in bristle stiffness.

We do notice that Sonicare uses the term “polishing bristles” when describing the W3. But whatever difference that specifically entails, they describe both brush heads as being “medium soft.”

►  G3 Premium Gum Care –

Details about the G3 Premium Gum Care.

  • Sonicare ratings for:
    Plaque removal vs. manual toothbrush = 10X.
    Surface contact = 2X.
    7x healthier gums in 2 weeks.
  • How does Sonicare seem to rank the brushing effectiveness of this brush head?
  • Bristle stiffness = Soft
  • Standard size only. (But this head is comparatively smaller than the C3 and G3.)
  • BrushSync head = Yes.
  • Replacement interval = 3 months.
  • Estimated cost per brush head = $10.00



Sonicare suggests that this brush head provides “superior plaque removal at the gum line.” And they state that the soft sides of this head (the portion that holds the bristles, see picture above) are able to flex, thus allowing them to “adapt to the contours” of the person’s gumline.

This “flexing sides” design is also mentioned in regard to the C3 and W3 heads. Although in our picture above, you can see how the design of the W3 is slightly different, which may allow it to provide more of an effect.

Notes and impressions –

This next brush head is similar to the C3, W3 and G3 in the sense that Sonicare categorizes it as a “10X” head (in regard to plaque removal). But note, this is not a BrushSync-capable head.

►  AdaptiveClean –

Details about the AdaptiveClean.

  • Sonicare ratings for:
    Plaque removal vs. manual toothbrush = 10X.
    Surface contact = 4X.
    “Improves gum health” in 2 weeks.
  • How does Sonicare seem to rank the brushing effectiveness of this brush head?
  • Bristle stiffness = Regular
  • Standard size only.
  • Replacement interval = 3 months.
  • Estimated cost per brush head = $10.00



In terms of bristle appearance, this head seems essentially identical to the C3 Premium Plaque Control head shown above. And Sonicare tends to describe it in a very similar fashion (flexing sides, similar rating values, etc…).

Notes and impressions –

The next heads we discuss (C2 Optimal Plaque Control, G2 Optimal Gum Care, W DiamondClean and i InterCare) are all BrushSync capable.

But different than those above, Sonicare evidently considers these heads to have a less effective design. (They are designated as “7X” brush heads in regard to plaque removal.) Some of these are “top” designs from previous years.

Picture comparing Sonicare C2 and G2 Optimal brush heads.

G2 Optimal Gum Care | C2 Optimal Plaque Control

►  C2 Optimal Plaque Control –

Details about the C2 Optimal Plaque Control.

(Formerly the ProResults plaque control.)


►  G2 Optimal Gum Care –

Details about the G2 Optimal Gum Care.


Picture comparing Sonicare W DiamondClean and i InterCare brush heads.

W Diamond Clean | i InterCare

►  W DiamondClean –

Details about the W DiamondClean.


►  i InterCare –

Details about the i InterCare.

  • Sonicare ratings for:
    Plaque removal vs. manual toothbrush = 7X.
    “Improves gum health” in 2 weeks.
  • How does Sonicare seem to rank the brushing effectiveness of this brush head?
  • Bristle stiffness = Regular (This head is designed with extra-long bristles intended to aid with removing plaque from in between teeth.)
  • Standard size only.
  • BrushSync head = Yes.
  • Replacement interval = 3 months.
  • Estimated cost per brush head = $10.00


Notes and impressions –

The remainder of the brush heads described on this page are not BrushSync capable. Generally, they are either specialty or else older (less efficient) Sonicare designs.

►  InterCare –

Details about the InterCare.

  • Sonicare ratings for:
    Plaque removal vs. manual toothbrush = 6X.
    “Improves gum health” in 2 weeks.
  • How does Sonicare seem to rank the brushing effectiveness of this brush head?
  • Bristle stiffness = Regular (This head is designed with extra-long bristles intended to aid with removing plaque from in between teeth.)
  • Standard size only.
  • Replacement interval = 3 months.
  • Estimated cost per brush head = $10.00


►  C1 SimplyClean –

Details about the C1 SimplyClean.


Picture comparing Sonicare DiamondClean and ProResults brush heads.

DiamondClean and original ProResults brush heads.

►  C1 ProResults –

Details about the C1 ProResults.

►  SimplyClean –

Details about the SimplyClean.


►  S Sensitive –

Details about the S Sensitive.


This seems to be Sonicare’s head specially designed for those whose gums and teeth are ultrasensitive and therefore require a soft-bristled brush head.

We will point out that it would be expected that a head that has ultra-soft bristles would be a less efficient plaque-remover than those that feature Sonicare’s “Regular” or “Medium Soft” ones.

This point is possibly evidenced by the fact that Sonicare does not state a “plaque removal” rating for this brush head like it does its other ones.

►  For Kids –

Details about the For Kids.


The For Kids heads are intended for use with the For Kids toothbrush handle. The heads (both sizes) are smaller and have softer bristles than Sonicare’s heads intended for use by adults.

►  TongueCare+ –

Details about the TongueCare+.

  • Bristle design = 240 latex-free rubber MicroBristles.
  • Standard size only.
  • Estimated cost per brush head = $5.00


FYI: The use of this head is just one way of cleaning your tongue. Here’s our page that covers manual tongue brushing and scraping.

►  E-Series –

Details about the E-Series.

  • Sonicare ratings for:
    Plaque removal vs. manual toothbrush = No number is reported. (Historically this was reported as a 2X brush head.)
  • How does Sonicare seem to rank the brushing effectiveness of this brush head?
  • Bristle stiffness = Regular
  • Standard and Compact sizes.
  • Replacement interval = 3 months.
  • Estimated cost per brush head = $6.50


Note: Unlike every other brush head described on this page, the E-Series has a screw-on design (not click-on). It can only be used with a very limited number of Sonicare models (Essence or other old-style Sonicare toothbrush models.)

About the prices we show in the information above.

It’s been our experience that we’ve found the MSRP information reported on the Sonicare (USA) website incomplete (some brush head models do not have an MSRP stated). As a workaround for this shortcoming, we’ve chosen to list actual prices we’ve found on online retailer websites.

Since we assume that most people will buy in quantity, we’ve looked for offerings where the head comes packaged in multiples (usually 3 but in some cases 2 to 5). And then based on that product’s price, we’ve calculated the per-brush-head cost we show above.

FYI: It would have been our assumption that as you descend on down our page that each brush head listed would tend to be lower in cost. As it turns out, we absolutely didn’t always find this to be the case, so pay attention when you compare or shop. You may find that older, less-efficient brush heads may not be any less expensive than one of Sonicare’s current models.

Pictures of Sonicare toothbrush brushheads.

Our affiliate links can be used to shop  Sonicare replacement brush heads  on  Amazon.com  or  Walmart.com

Tip:  Keep in mind that if your toothbrush model uses standard click-on heads (all but Essence, Philips One and PowerUp do) you’re not restricted to just using the kind your brush came with. You can choose from any of the click-on designs.

Brush head features and issues to consider.

Which Sonicare brush heads are the most effective?

Sonicare has a couple of different “rating” systems that they cite when touting the effectiveness of their various brush heads. Three of these “statistics” that we’ve taken from their website (USA version) and included in the information above are their claims about plaque removal, tooth surface contact, and gum health.

a) Which Sonicare brush heads are best at removing plaque?

Here’s how Sonicare ranks the comparative effectiveness of their heads in regard to “plaque removal as compared to a manual toothbrush.”

  • “20x more” – A3 Premium All-in-One

    (Note: Here the statistic is given as 20X more “in hard-to-reach areas” vs. a manual toothbrush. That’s different than for the brush heads below where the phrase “in hard-to-reach areas” is not included.)

  • “10x more” – C3 Premium Plaque Control, W3 Premium White, G3 Premium Gum Care, Adaptive Clean
  • “7x more” – C2 Optimal Plaque Control, G2 Optimal Gum Care, W DiamondClean, i InterCare
  • “6x more” – InterCare
  • “3x more” – C1 SimplyClean, C1 ProResults,
  • “2x more” – SimplyClean, For Kids, E-Series.


Using the ratings – Observations and comments.

a) Sonicare brush heads vs. a manual toothbrush.

We want to point out that a person can be very effective in removing dental plaque from their teeth just using a plain-old manual toothbrush. And in fact, suggesting that using an electric brush is substantially more beneficial than a manual one is generally the more difficult case to make. (Note: With either method, flossing is still needed to complete the job.)

When cited on its website’s pages (USA), Sonicare doesn’t link to the study parameters, data or statistical analysis on which their rating system is based, so we don’t have that information to look at and understand.

But we would suggest that whatever first goes through your mind when you see the words “10x more” probably isn’t what was actually measured by their study and rating system. So we wouldn’t be overly swayed by the statement.

b) Sonicare brush head vs. Sonicare brush head.

We would expect that the rankings above probably do fairly accurately reflect the comparative effectiveness/efficiency of Sonicare’s brush heads.

So when trying to pick out a head that is best for removing plaque, choosing a 20X or 10X head probably does make a better choice than a 2X one. (We tend to think of it as the higher-X head probably does a better job when identical amounts of time and effort are expended.)

But beyond that, we’ll simply state that their 10X heads are a relatively new design, and there are literally decades of published scientific studies that have documented that using previous generations of Sonicare models are good plaque removers.

So, apparently you can be effective with either. And as stated above, we would think that whatever goes through your mind when you see the term “10X more” probably isn’t exactly what was actually measured by their study and rating system, so don’t be overly swayed by it.

b) Brush head surface contact.

This rating that Sonicare bestows on some of their brush head designs is an indication of the level of tooth-to-bristle contact that takes place during use. A higher value would generally be associated with heads that are more effective plaque removers.

The basis of comparison used is “X” times “more surface contact than a DiamondClean brush head.”

c) Gum-health rating.

This rating system has the qualifiers: “X” times “healthier gums” in “X” weeks, with the toothbrush set in Gum Care Mode vs. a manual toothbrush as measured by GBI (Gingival Bleeding Index, which is a measure of gum tissue bleeding when probed).

We have no comment to make here other than to say that we’re not unduly impressed by this “statistic.”

Which Sonicare models can be used with which brush heads?

a) Click-on style –
Sonicare came out with their click-on brush head design a number of years ago. These heads snap in place over a rod that extends from the toothbrush’s body. (We discuss the advantages of this design below.)
To their credit, each major model that’s come out since then has continued to support this design. And this gives owners a very wide selection of replacement brush heads to choose from.
In regard to which models can use this style of head, you’ll find that click-on heads fit current Sonicare toothbrush lines with the exception of the PowerUp Battery, Philips One and Essence.
b) Screw-on style –
In contrast to the above, screw-on (E-Series) brush heads can only be used with older style Sonicares, like the Essence.

How long do Sonicare brush heads last?

Suggested replacement intervals.

Sonicare’s standard recommendation is that brush heads (all styles) should be replaced every 3 months.

Blue indicator bristles.

Sonicare incorporates blue “reminder” bristles into their heads. Their color gradually fades to white with use.

We will point out that Sonicare has used the word “reminder” when naming these bristles, meaning they’re not necessarily a precise indication. We’ve read online user comments that suggest that the color change sometimes signals replacement before a full 3 months has elapsed.

BrushSync brush head replacement indicator.

Toothbrush models that utilize Sonicare’s BrushSync system and compatible brush heads can track brushing session pressure and duration. Using that information, the brush then calculates and signals when brush head replacement is due.

An equally good test.

A perfectly reasonable evaluation of brush head integrity is to just compare it to a new one. For example: Do the bristles look frayed and worn? Does the bristle arrangement itself look misshapen or damaged? After using the head, do you notice a lack of effectiveness?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, then it’s time for a replacement.

Other things to know about brush head longevity.

Here are some additional points we’ve noticed when reading Sonicare user manuals.

  • It’s recommended that brush heads that have bent or crushed bristles should not be used. Damaged bristles may break off while brushing.
  • If the toothpaste you use contains peroxide, baking soda or other types of bicarbonate (these are ingredients frequently found in “whitening” toothpaste), be sure to rinse your brush off thoroughly after use.

    Residual amounts of these compounds can cause damage to plastic components, like brush heads or even your toothbrush’s handle.


Brushing efficiency- New vs. old brush heads.

There is no question that newer brush heads tend to clean more effectively than older ones. But of course, this would be true for any type of brush, manual or powered.

To quantify this effect for Sonicare brush heads, a Philips “data on file” paper compared the plaque-removing effectiveness of new and used (3-months-old) ProResults heads. They found that the new ones removed 28% more plaque.

▲Section references – Jenkins

BrushSync brush heads.

Sonicare’s newest toothbrush lines require the use of BrushSync/Smart brush heads (for full functionality). Features of the BrushSync system are:

  • Brushing mode paring – The toothbrush handle is able to identify the type of brush head that’s been mounted. It then switches the brush’s mode and intensity to the optimal settings for that head.
  • Brush head replacement reminders.


Toothbrush models vary by way of which BrushSync capabilities they feature. Our BrushSync Explained page makes note of these differences and lists which brush heads are BrushSync capable.

Standard vs. Compact brush head sizes.

For some people, the choice of using a smaller brush head size might be an option that they’d like to have. Unfortunately, Sonicare seems to have discontinued some of its previous “Compact” offerings (DiamondClean, ProResults).

  • We’re under the impression that the For Kids is the only click-on head that currently offers a Compact option. (Note: Both the Standard and Compact versions of the For Kids are already smaller in size than Sonicare “adult” brush heads.)
  • Sonicare states that the G3 Premium Gum Care head is smaller in size than its other “adult” heads.
  • The screw-on E-Series head comes in both Compact and Standard “adult” sizes.


Which size should you use?

As you might expect, Compact heads are frequently favored by people who have a relatively small mouth or limited oral access (children, some adults).

Additionally, people who have special needs or circumstances, such as hard-to-reach locations or dental braces, frequently find using a smaller head helps.

Size vs. brushing efficiency.

You might anticipate that just using a Standard-sized head makes the best choice for most adults. They may, but research doesn’t necessarily seem to confirm this.


#1 –We ran across a Philips Sonicare “data on file” document (Putt) that included an evaluation of the brushing effectiveness of both DiamondClean heads, Compact and Standard.

As compared to the study’s reference brush, the Standard version showed a performance improvement of just 33%, whereas the Compact was documented at 45%. Yes, the Compact head was the more effective brusher.

#2 –We also found a published research study (Biesbrock) that included the evaluation of Sonicare e-Series brush heads in both Compact and Standard form.

It determined that when compared to the study’s reference toothbrush, the Compact style was more effective in removing dental plaque than the Standard.

▲Section references – Biesbrock, Putt

You’ll need to consider all factors.

The discussion above is meant to simply point out that you owe it to yourself to experiment. Don’t just use a Standard-size head because you think you’re supposed to. If you struggle with the larger size, try a smaller head and determine which seems best to you.

We do need to point out that the studies above involved Standard and Compact versions of the same brush head model, an option that’s not available in today’s lineup. And choosing the comparatively smaller G3 vs. the C3 or W3 heads can’t be considered a truly lateral alternative because of differences in bristle arrangement and stiffness. So you’ll need to pay attention to how these factors affect your brushing experience.

From reading consumer comments online, it’s our impression that people frequently prefer using a smaller brush head. However, these same posters also frequently mentioned that smaller heads tend to wear out more quickly than Standard ones, thus making them the more expensive option.

Click-on vs. screw-on brush heads.

Almost all current Sonicare models have a design where their brush head snaps into place over a rod on the toothbrush handle. This is in comparison to the older-style e-Series brush heads that have a large screw-on fitting (currently, only the Essence model uses this type of head).

a) Snap-on heads are more convenient.

If your situation is one where you’ll share your brush, the click-on design is convenient because it makes the process of switching heads easier and quicker.

b) Brushes that use click-on heads are easier to keep clean.

Due to their design, toothbrush models that use snap-on brush heads tend to be easier to keep clean than screw-on ones.

With the latter, gunk tends to accumulate underneath the head’s screw-on collar. Debris entry is via gasket joints where the stem of the brush passes through the head’s casing, and then also where the casing meets the brush’s body.

Especially in the case where the brush head is seldom removed, the amount of debris that can accumulate can be surprising. In online reviews on retailer websites, this is a very common mention.

There are some solutions for this problem:

  • Placement of a silicone cover (e.g. Sonic Seal) over the brush head. It acts as a barrier to seepage.
  • Removal of the brush head after each use and cleaning and drying both it and the toothbrush body (This is the most time-consuming option.)
  • The application of silicone grease at each joint may help to prevent/minimize leakage.


Brush head identification.

If you share a Sonicare toothbrush, how do you keep track of which brush head is yours?

Unfortunately, all we have to report is that the current design of Sonicare brush heads isn’t very helpful in dealing with this issue.

In the past …

Historically Sonicare has used a couple of different methods for brush head identification. This includes interchangeable colored rings that could be slipped onto the base of a head’s stem. And geometric shapes (triangle, square, etc…) or colored dots printed near the stem’s base.

Nowadays, we simply don’t see these markings, and we’re at a loss to explain why they’ve been discontinued.

DIY solutions.

As suggestions, try marking the head with an indelible marker in some location that doesn’t get much wear and tear. Or whittle a notch (like by using a knife or fingernail file) somewhere on the head’s stem or base.

As a point of irony, when using a BrushSync brush head (on a BrushSync capable handle), your toothbrush can identify the mounted head as being unique but a human user can’t.

[Philips and Sonicare are registered trademarks of Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.]

Pictures of Sonicare electric toothbrushes.

Our affiliate links can be used to shop  Sonicare toothbrushes  on  Amazon.com  or  Walmart.com

Tip:  The higher-end Sonicare models are great toothbrushes, and more refined, but they’re pricey too. It’s our opinion that the mid-price models HealthyWhite+ and ProtectiveClean 6100 make a good middle-of-the-road, best-value purchase.

 Page references sources: 

Biesbrock AR, et al. Clinical Evaluations of Plaque Removal Efficacy: An Advanced Rotating-Oscillating Power Toothbrush versus a Sonic Toothbrush.

Jenkins W, et al. Plaque Removal in vivo study Plaque removal efficacy of “new” vs. “old” Philips Sonicare ProResults brush heads.

Putt M, et. al. Plaque removal efficacy of two novel Philips Sonicare DiamondClean brush heads.

All reference sources for topic Electric Toothbrushes.

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Sonicare Toothbrush Replacement Heads

Sonicare toothbrush replacement heads are compatible with any Philips Sonicare electric toothbrush, and helps remove plaque, improve gum health and make your teeth whiter.

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In this comprehensive guide to Sonicare toothbrush replacement heads, you’ll learn all about

  • the different kinds of Philips Sonicare brush heads,
  • their unique features and drawbacks, and
  • how to pick the perfect brush head for your needs.

Which are the TOP Sonicare toothbrush replacement heads?

What Else Is In This Guide?

This report about Sonicare replacement brush heads will also reveal

  • the best places to buy replacement brush heads,
  • the right way to pick your ideal electric toothbrush model, and
  • exactly how a Sonicare brush head keeps your teeth clean and oral hygiene great.

And if you haven’t yet read our Buyer’s Guide to the Best Electric Toothbrush, be sure to read it for some helpful tips.

You’ll learn how to select the right electric toothbrush brand and model for yourself. And you’ll know where to find them at the best rates, and more.


There are many different types of Philips Sonicare brush heads. And each type varies slightly in features and actions. So they are ideal matches for users with specific needs and desires.

It’s difficult to pick one as the ‘best Sonicare toothbrush replacement head‘.

At the same time, for a busy person in search of quick recommendations on which Sonicare brush head to buy, a complex review isn’t very helpful.

That’s why this review of replacement brush heads is structured to help you come to a quick decision.

  • Skim each section in this detailed article.
  • Focus on the model or type of Sonicare toothbrush replacement head that you might want to purchase.
  • Then study it carefully to examine its pros and cons before making your decision.

As always, feel free to leave a comment. Or ask any questions that you couldn’t find answered in this report.

Best Sonicare Toothbrush Replacement Heads

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If there’s a model of Sonicare brush head that’s best for most users, then it has to be the ProResults. It’s perfect for almost everybody looking for an all-round teeth cleaning solution.

Also popular among Sonicare toothbrush replacement heads is the C3 Premium Plaque Defence brush head, which is specifically designed for brush handles with the BrushSync function.

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However, this is not to say that you should only pick from these two models. There’s probably another kind of replacement brush head that’s better suited to your unique situation.

So you’ll find in-depth explanations of other Sonicare toothbrush replacement heads. That will help you understand the special features of each type. And enable you to make an informed decision.

Best Sonicare replacement brush head for Sensitive Teeth

If you suffer from sensitive gums and teeth, it can be quite a challenge to use an electric toothbrush.

Sometimes the sensitivity is because of gum or tooth infections. Others have a problem because of prior dental work or surgery.

Whatever the reason, using a regular electric toothbrush can be painful or uncomfortable.

The Sonicare Sensitive brush head is designed especially for people who have sensitive teeth and gums.

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The bristles are softer than other brush heads. Also, they are trimmed so that they won’t rub harshly against your gums.

The overall cleaning experience should be gentler and pain-free. That matters a lot if your gums and teeth are over-sensitive.

Sonicare Sensitive toothbrush replacement heads are compatible with most models.

If your electric toothbrush has BrushSync functionality, you could get the G2 Optimal Gum Care brush head instead.

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But it doesn’t really matter very much.

Any of the Sonicare toothbrush replacement heads used with sensitive cleaning mode can deliver a gentle experience.

However, if even sensitive brush heads used with the correct brushing mode continues to be uncomfortable, you might have to consult a dentist for treatment, or modify your eating habits and the type of toothpaste you use.

Best Sonicare toothbrush replacement head for Braces

If you’re wearing braces, cleaning your teeth effectively around the braces can be quite a challenge.

You’ll also want to avoid the possibility of your teeth getting stained and looking ugly by the time you remove the braces.

Another problem is that food particles and grime tend to accumulate in the tiny crevices and nooks around and between your braces and teeth.

While there are some special electric toothbrushes for braces, you don’t really need one of them because there are Sonicare toothbrush replacement heads crafted to meet your needs.

The all-rounder ProResults is excellent for cleaning teeth while wearing braces.

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It is also very cost effective and durable, as well as being extremely good at clearing off plaque and removing food particles after meals.

Ideal Sonicare replacement brush head for Teeth Whitening

Many users want bright, clean, gleaming teeth after a cleanse. It can feel nice to have someone compliment your lovely smile or healthy teeth.

With the right brush head and cleaning mode, you can achieve this with your Sonicare toothbrush.

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When it comes to teeth whitening, the best Sonicare brush head is the DiamondClean head.

This brush head comes in Compact and Standard sizes and its compact diamond-shaped bristles deliver a fantastic cleaning effect while removing stains and leaving your teeth white and shining.

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You’ll be amazed at how clean and white your teeth become in just a week of regular use.

If you already own a Sonicare electric toothbrush with BrushSync function, the W3 Premium White brush head will deliver a great teeth whitening effect.

The toothbrush will automatically select ‘Whitening‘ mode when it detects the W3 Premium brush head and delivers specially programmed vibratory effects and pulsations designed to eliminate stains and whiten your teeth.

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As you combine this with whitening toothpastes that help improve stain removal, you’ll find your teeth whiter in record time.

Which Sonicare toothbrush replacement head is right for you?

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The decision to pick the right Sonicare toothbrush replacement head is individual to you – and every other user.

It’s based on what you need.

All brush heads have some common features and benefits. They deliver a sweeping movement similar to a manual toothbrush, instead of the oscillatory motion of an Oral-B electric toothbrush.

Any brush head from the Philips Sonicare stable will work beautifully to remove plaque and improve dental hygiene and oral health.

The varieties of brush heads offer extra advantages for certain kinds of users, and you’ll learn about them next.

Brush Head Varieties

Regardless of which kind of brush head you choose, you must understand that the degree of effectiveness depends also on how regularly and thoroughly you clean your teeth.

Most dentists recommend cleaning your teeth twice in a day, for 2 minutes each. The optimal brush head can make this easy by turning the experience pleasant and pain-free.

Understanding Sonicare Brush Heads

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At first glance the diverse range of Sonicare toothbrush replacement heads can seem overwhelming. There are different styles, designs, bristle arrangements, number of heads in a pack.

Then, there’s the question of whether or not a particular brush head is compatible with your Sonicare electric toothbrush handle.

To help make this process easier, here is an overview of the different Philips Sonicare toothbrush heads.

There are 11 distinct Sonicare brush heads, in addition to the separate Sonicare kids brush heads range:

  • ProResults
  • DiamondClean
  • Sensitive
  • InterCare
  • AdaptiveClean


  • W2 Optimal White
  • C2 Optimal Plaque Defence
  • G2 Optimal Gum Care


  • W3 Premium White
  • C3 Premium Plaque Defence
  • G3 Premium Gum Care

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Each of these Sonicare brush heads come in two sizes – Standard and Compact.

The Standard brush head looks just like a manual toothbrush head and covers a larger surface area with each sweep.

The Compact brush head is smaller and better suited to those with smaller mouths or if they have special needs. The head covers a smaller area, but can be more easily manipulated within the mouth and reach into crevices and behind your back teeth.

The smaller brush head is comparable to Oral-B brush heads that are smaller than Sonicare heads.

Pack Sizes

Sonicare toothbrush replacement heads come in packages containing varying numbers of heads. Smaller packs have 2 heads.

The most popular sellers are 4-pack brush heads, though there are also jumbo packs containing 6 or 8 brush heads.

The bigger packs of 6 or 8 brush heads are usually limited to select models and Standard brush sizes, not Compact ones.

However buying these larger packs can help lower your overall cost because the per brush head expense is lesser.

Special Brush Heads

Although each of the types of Sonicare toothbrush replacement heads are indeed special in some way, there are a few that are designed primarily to carry out a certain action.

In fact, you could even think of them as specialized instruments rather than just ‘brush heads’.

The Air Floss and Air Floss Pro are dental flossers that pulse jets of water into your mouth to flush away debris and clean hard-to-reach corners of your mouth.

This is intended to clean between teeth and the nozzles are replaceable, which is why it is included with Sonicare electric toothbrush replacement heads.

Sonicare Toothbrush Replacement Heads Types

Brush Sync Brush Heads

An interesting Philips Sonicare innovation is a technology known as Brush Sync.

It is essentially a convenient reminder to let you know when it’s time to replace a worn out brush head for your Sonicare electric toothbrush.

Using RFID technology, the brush head communicates with your Sonicare brush handle to keep track of usage via an embedded chip in the brush head.

This helps do two things:

  • automatically matches certain brush heads to brushing mode
  • reminds users when it is time to replace the head

An LED glows on the handle whenever the brush head has run for a pre-programmed number of minutes, reminding you to change it to a new one for best effectiveness.

The first time you attach a new brush head to the handle, a warning light flashes thrice to indicate that the device has sensed it. The electronics now turn on to tracking usage.
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Typically a Sonicare electric toothbrush replacement head lasts for 3 months of regular use.

After the embedded chip senses this duration of use, it will turn on the BrushSync LED on the handle, which glows orange/amber to serve as a visual indication to you that the brush head must be changed.

But this isn’t just an automatic time-keeper.

It’s actually a ‘smart’ technology.

If you brush using more pressure, or if the frequency is higher (say three times daily), then because your bristles will wear out sooner, the Brush Sync is activated sooner and tells you to replace the head – even ahead of the usual 3 month deadline.

On the other hand, if you are a less vigorous user who only brushes once in a day, you won’t receive an alert to replace the brush head until it has been used for the equivalent of 360 minutes.

Another function of this ‘smart’ technology is that it pairs the appropriate cleaning mode to your brush head.

So if you get a Sensitive Sonicare toothbrush replacement head, then your brush will automatically select Sensitive mode for cleaning.

Or if you fit a W2 Optimal White head, you’ll find that the White cleaning mode is automatically selected.

The aim of this process is to ensure that you get the best cleaning effect possible.

However, not all brush handles have both of these Brush Sync features. And for optimal results, you must use a brush head that is compatible with Brush Sync like

  • W2 Optimal White
  • W3 Premium White
  • C2 Optimal Plaque Defence
  • C3 Premium Plaque Defence
  • G2 Optimal Gum Care
  • G3 Premium Gum Care

However you may use a non-BrushSync compatible brush head with a handle with the capability.

While you won’t get the LED indication or auto-mode selection advantages, you’ll save some money – because Brush Sync heads are a little more costly.

Interchangeable Sonicare brush replacement heads

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All Philips Sonicare brush heads are interchangeable.

It’s true that certain models come with particular kinds of brush heads in the box. But that doesn’t mean they are the only ones to use. All heads are fully interchangeable with any handles.

There may be a few exceptions, especially involving the much older Sonicare models which had brush heads that required to be screwed on instead of snapping into place.

Apart from these rarities, all others can be mixed and matched. You can use the same brush heads for a DiamondClean or ProtectiveClean or Sonicare Essence electric toothbrush.

The biggest advantage from this is that you can switch between different brush heads based on your needs, or even try out another kind to see if it’s better for you without having to buy a new electric toothbrush.

Another benefit is when a family shares a single brush handle, just by switching to different brush heads.

While third party manufacturers do make Sonicare compatible brush heads, it is generally advisable to use only Philips Sonicare brush heads for the best results and long life of the brush handle.

The company doesn’t guarantee performance when you use other alternatives.

Diamond Clean Sonicare toothbrush replacement head

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These brush heads are unique in being able to remove stains and leave your teeth gleaming white in record time. In many trials, the DiamondClean Sonicare toothbrush replacement head removed 100% of stains in just 7 days.

The diamond-shaped bristles are specially designed to whiten your teeth. There’s a stain removal pad in the middle of the brush head that’s comprised of dense diamond-shaped bristles.

If your teeth have stains due to smoking or the kind of food you eat, this brush head will clean them up quickly.

The design team has done a great job of matching the sonic cleaning effect of a Sonicare toothbrush replacement head to the desired result of stain removal.

The high-speed vibration of the brush head drives fluid streams deep in between teeth and along your gums, cleaning even hard to access areas effectively.

The DiamondClean Sonicare toothbrush replacement head snaps on to your brush handle and is compatible with all except the Essence and PowerUp Battery models.

The head has ‘reminder bristles‘, which are blue colored when new but fade away to white – which lets you know its time for a replacement.

As you use the brush head, the bristles lose their stiffness and wear down. For the best results, plan on replacing it with a new head every 3 months.

Adaptive Clean Sonicare toothbrush replacement head

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This model has a larger head which allows for four times more surface contact than other kinds like the DiamondClean. The head is designed to allow good contact with your teeth and gums all along the jaw line for the best cleaning effect.

The brush head is made of soft rubber that allows better adjustment of bristles to the surface of your teeth.

As a result, the Adaptive Clean brush heads are nearly ten times more effective at plaque removal than any other kinds. The design is such that reach is maximal, letting you clean effectively even behind your back teeth.

The bristles also absorb a certain amount of pressure, guarding your teeth against too much pressure while brushing.

But to take the best advantage of its 31,000 oscillations per minute, you must combine this brush head with the perfect handle and the right toothpaste.

It’s easy to snap the head on and off after use. It fits any handle securely and is easy to clean and store away. The only Sonicare models it doesn’t fit are the Essence and PowerUp Battery.

Like the DiamondClean Sonicare toothbrush replacement head, this one also has ‘reminder bristles’ that fade with use, and indicate that it’s time for a new one when the blue color changes to almost white.

InterCare Sonicare toothbrush replacement head

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The InterCare brush head’s special feature is being able to reach into areas of your mouth that other models cannot comfortably manage.

Its high density bristles are longer than other brush heads and this enables removal of dental plaque from between and behind teeth.

InterCare Sonicare brush heads come in two sizes – standard and compact.

Combined with the Sonicare electric toothbrush’s rapid 31,000 strokes per minute brushing action, the InterCare head is able to effectively transmit the power to the tip of the brush head to deliver an excellent cleaning and whitening effect.

This head is suitable for those who wish to enhance gum health. The effects are quick to show up and most users agree that they notice significantly better gum and oral hygiene within a couple of weeks.

It’s easy to snap the InterCare brush head on and off a handle, and the head is compatible with all Sonicare brush handles except Essence and PowerUp Battery.

Like many other Sonicare heads, the InterCare also has ‘reminder bristles’ which indicate through a color change from blue to white that the time has come for replacing your old, worn out brush head. Ideally, you should change heads once in 3 months.

ProResults Sonicare toothbrush replacement head

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Unless you have special needs for your oral hygiene, the ProResults brush head is probably the best choice for most users. It delivers an overall good cleaning action without any discomfort or pain.

The design of the ProResults bristles helps to remove dental plaque, enhance gum health and access even difficult-to-reach areas in your mouth.

It is contoured to fit the gum and teeth in a manner that achieves excellent cleaning. The head clicks on and off any Sonicare electric toothbrush handle.

Reminder bristles‘ change color from blue to white as the brush head wears out, indicating that it is now time for a replacement. Typically, a new brush head will last for 3 months of regular use.

The ProResults Sonicare toothbrush replacement head is compatible with all handles except the PowerUp Battery and Sonicare Essence models.

Like other Sonicare brush heads, the ProResults also delivers 31,000 oscillations per minute, generating enough power to thoroughly clean your teeth and remove any food debris that might accumulate between teeth.

The brush head comes in standard and compact sizes to suit your requirements.

Sensitive Sonicare toothbrush replacement head

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You may have sensitive teeth and gums as a result of infections or previous dental procedures.

Whatever the cause, sensitive teeth and gums can make it painful or uncomfortable to use an electric toothbrush. That’s where Sonicare’s Sensitive brush head comes into the picture.

It is designed to make cleaning comfortable and pleasant, even if you suffer from hypersensitive teeth and gums.

The bristles are softer by 20% than regular brush heads and don’t feel as abrasive when they skim over the surface of your teeth or when they touch your gums.

As a further design addition, the Sensitive Sonicare brush head has a trim profile. This cushions the teeth and prevents rough contact between the toothbrush head and sensitive tissues.

All Sonicare electric toothbrush handles can accommodate the Sensitive brush head except Essence and PowerUp Battery models. Paired with brushing modes like Sensitive, Massage or Gum Care, you’ll enjoy the greatest cleaning benefit without any harmful side effects.

The brush head is easy to click on and remove to replace with another head. This makes maintenance and cleaning simple. You also have visual indication of whenever it’s time to replace the head with a new one when the ‘reminder bristles‘ turn from their original blue color to a paler blue or white.

It regularly takes 3 months of use for this change to happen, but depending on your intensity of usage, could be shorter or longer than that.

Sensitive Sonicare toothbrush replacement heads are compatible with Sonicare 2 Series plaque defence, 3 Series gum health, DiamondClean, FlexCare, HealthyWhite and ProtectiveClean model brush handles.

Cleaning Modes of Sonicare Toothbrush Replacement heads

Different models of Sonicare brush heads offer a range of cleaning modes to operate. Which ones you are able to use will depend upon the kind of brush head you choose, as well as the model of electric toothbrush handle you’ll fit it to.

All Philips Sonicare electric toothbrushes offer the basic ‘Clean‘ mode. Other options that are available with specific models include:

  • White
  • White+
  • Deep Clean
  • Deep Clean+
  • Gum Health
  • Gum Care
  • Sensitive
  • Massage
  • Polish
  • Refresh
  • Tongue Care

How To Make Sense of Brush Head Model Numbers?

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Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to this question. Philips Sonicare uses unique serial numbers internally to differentiate its range of brush heads.

However, this numbering isn’t intuitive and makes it difficult to know what the combinations stand for.

The part numbers typically begin with HX, with a string of 4 to 6 numbers that follow. Some figures represent how many brush heads are in a pack. Others are to reference a specific model of brush head.

But whatever the internal logic behind the naming system, it is of little help to a consumer.

So ignore the model number when it comes to purchasing brush heads and look at the features and specifications instead to help you decide.

Where to buy Sonicare toothbrush replacement heads?


You can order most models of Sonicare brush heads online from retailers like Amazon, Ebay, Boots, Walmart and Target. These businesses have robust websites offering home delivery of your online purchases.

Of course you’ll also find these brush heads in larger retail chains and supermarkets offline. The downside is that at times these outlets may run out of stocks of the specific model of brush head you’re looking for and will have to order it specially for you.

Pricing is usually better online, with special deals and discount coupons further lowering the amount you’ll pay for comparable items offline.

Which Sonicare brush heads are compatible with your toothbrush?

All Sonicare models are interchangeable with the others when it comes to brush heads. So you won’t have to worry too much about whether or not a specific brush head will fit your brush handle.

The only Sonicare toothbrushes that have compatibility problems with brush heads are the Sonicare Essence (E-Series) and the Sonicare PowerUp toothbrushes.

There are just two Sonicare brush heads that aren’t quite cross-compatible – the Airfloss Nozzle and Sonicare For Kids brush heads.

These require the specific brush handle to fit on, which is sensible because a kids electric toothbrush has unique requirements that can’t be fulfilled by an adult brush head.

When do your Sonicare toothbrush heads need replacement?

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Despite appearing normal, your brush heads undergo constant wear and tear. After a while, the cleaning efficiency drops. This is because stiffer bristles get softer and less effective at removing food debris or clearing away plaque.

That’s the reason why Sonicare brush heads are best replaced every 3 months. At typical usage of 2 minutes per brushing, and two cleaning sessions every day, this adds up to around 120 minutes in total.

The bristles grow frayed and soft over use. If they are not promptly replaced, this can actually harm your gums and teeth. The closely knit bristles tend to separate and this lowers cleaning effectiveness.

You’ll know it’s time for a change when the ‘reminder bristles’ on a Sonicare brush head turn white from the initial blue color.

If your electric toothbrush comes with BrushSync technology, a glowing LED will indicate when it’s time to replace your brush head with a new one.

The condition of your bristles also give you an indication of when to replace a head. If all the bristles look uniform, closely packed, and point in the same direction, you’re good.

But if there’s splaying and fraying, or some bristles appear faded and worn, then you’re better off changing to a fresh brush head.

How to replace Sonicare brush heads?

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It’s extremely easy to replace an old Sonicare electric toothbrush head… just two stages.

1. Use a bit of force to pull the head off from the brush handle. With a click, you’ll feel the head release off the toothbrush, exposing a metal prong. This prong is the link between a motor inside the handle and your brush head.

2. Fit the metal prong into a hole in the replacement brush head base and push them together. Again, with a gentle click, the head will snap into place. The head is now attached.

It is perfectly normal to have a tiny gap between the head and handle after attaching them together.

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Which are the best Sonicare toothbrushes?

– Our take about which of the current Sonicare models make the best choice in terms of value (features and function vs. price).    Which features are the most important ones to have?   Which models have just these core features and little more?

This page walks you through a process we’ve been using for a number of years now to compare and then single out those models in the Sonicare toothbrush lineup that seem to make a best-buy choice in terms of value (features and function vs. price).

(If you’re interested, we offer this same type of comparison process for Oral-B rechargeables.)

The method we use to pick the best Sonicares.

Step #1 – We take a look at all of the models that are currently available.

As you probably know, Sonicare has organized its toothbrushes into product lines (Prestige, DiamondClean, FlexCare, etc…). And in doing so, you’d expect that the member models of each line share a core set of basic features and capabilities.

In many instances, this is true. And often, the difference between two brushes having different model numbers is as minor as the color of the brush’s handle.

Unfortunately, with other lines (the ProtectiveCleans are especially egregious in this regard), the features and capabilities of individual models are so disparate that it’s hard to understand how they are related at all.

So, as an initial task, we look at the entire lineup of Sonicare models. Take note of what features each one has. And then, when considering the entire range of Sonicare toothbrushes, figure out where each fits in.

Where do we get our information?

The sole source we use for model information comes directly from Sonicare, via their (USA) website, promotional leaflets, user manuals, and support representatives (chat, email & telephone).

Related page ► A comparison of the features of the individual Sonicare toothbrush lines.

Step 2 – Once we know what features are available, we then form an opinion about them.

While we do have high regard for the Sonicare brand, we’re hardly Sonicare Kool-Aid drinkers.

  • We are avid believers that some of the features that their toothbrushes offer do provide a credible benefit for the user and therefore are important to have.
  • But the keyword in that statement is “some.” Because we feel just as strongly that others do not, and that just piling on additional (frivolous, superfluous) features doesn’t make a brush better, just more expensive.


So, after we’ve determined exactly what features are available, we look for reasons why we should feel that each one is important to have.

We also look through dental literature.

We actually do read through published research studies to see if we can find documentation of a feature’s benefit or worth. After all, if Sonicare’s in its advertising harps on end about a feature, we’d like to think that that hype is based on some level of actual scientific evidence.

It’s been our experience that it’s easy to document the importance of having a brush that offers Sonicare’s full-power hallmark brushing action (the Clean setting on most brushes). But beyond that, evidence documenting the benefit of other features is substantially more limited.

Dental instinct.

To fill in where we’ve found scientific documentation lacking, a lot of what we formulate our opinion on is simply “dental instinct.”

Ask any dentist. It’s easy for a dental professional to see through the claims touted for some toothbrush features. The way a word is used, or a sentence is phrased. And when we notice this kind of “truthful untruthfulness,” we don’t hesitate to sound off about it on our pages.

Step 3 – We also factor in perceived toothbrush quality and reliability.

As it turns out, just comparing features isn’t really all that’s needed when trying to pick out the best Sonicares.

As noted on our Sonicare Toothbrush Lines page, there’s an amazingly large price difference between the top and bottom Sonicare models (over 20 fold). And realizing that factor alone, it’s easy enough to expect that while some brushes may share some similar features and specifications, they’re probably not really equals in terms of design, build quality and user experience.

Judging model quality and reliability.

We won’t pretend that we run dozens of each of Sonicare’s models, for weeks on end, to evaluate their reliability. We would like to think that Sonicare does do that kind of testing. But even if so, we don’t know of any source for that information.

We will say that we’ve been using Sonicares for the past 25 years and reporting about them here on our pages for over 15. So we do think we’re a pretty good judge of comparative Sonicare model build and quality. But admittedly, how that corresponds with the issue of reliability is certainly a question.

In lieu of hard evidence, we do what everyone else does. We turn to online reviews found on retailer websites and look for what’s reported by owners about their experiences. Especially those who have owned Sonicares before.

Bottom line, we don’t feel that the data we have can be used in stating which specific Sonicare models are the most dependable ones. But we do think that this input can certainly help to identify the clunkers. So we bring it into our mix.

Related page ► Sonicare vs. Oral-b: Whose toothbrushes are more reliable?

Step 4 – With all of the above considered, the last step is to simply sort through the Sonicare lineup and pick out the best ones based on those issues.

Performing that process is what’s outlined on the remainder of this page.

Which models did we include in our evaluation?

We included all of the brushes we found listed on the Philips Sonicare (USA) website on June 4, 2021. This includes brushes found in each of these Sonicare toothbrush lines.

  • 9900 Prestige
  • DiamondClean Smart (Including: 9700, 9500, 9300)
  • DiamondClean
  • ExpertClean (Including: 7700, 7500, 7300)
  • FlexCare Platinum Connected
  • FlexCare Platinum
  • FlexCare+ (plus)
  • HealthyWhite+ (plus)
  • ProtectiveClean (including: 6500, 6100, 5300, 5100, 4300, 4100)
  • Sonicare for Kids
  • 2 Series Plaque Control
  • DailyClean (2100)
  • Essence
  • EasyClean
  • Philips One

(If you’d like more information about the differences between each of these lines, use this link.)

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So, let’s get started …

Our comparison process for picking out the best Sonicares.

Setting the criteria.

As the basis for a best-value evaluation, we set the following criteria: The “best” Sonicare toothbrushes are those that …
  • Feature Sonicare’s hallmark 62,000 brush-movements-per-minute brushing action (you’ll learn about this in our next section) …
  • Have a majority of the basic core functions discussed below but as few additional features as possible (as you read on below, we explain why we feel many of Sonicare’s most promoted features aren’t necessities at all) …
  • Cost as little as possible. (However, it’s our opinion that you tend to bet a better brush and brushing experience if you don’t go too far toward the bottom of the Sonicare lineup. A cut-off at around $100, plus or minus, tends to make a safe choice.) …
  • And seem to have a reputation for performance and reliability.


We set our criteria up this way because we wanted our conclusions to be …
  • A balance between features and price. After all, why buy more toothbrush than you really need?
  • A recommendation for brushes that should make a good choice, in the sense that people who own them seem to be satisfied that they’re good products and do a good job.


Sonicare’s hallmark brushing action. – The most important feature.

You may not be aware of this fact but the whole reason to buy a Sonicare is because of its full-power 62,000 brush movements-per-minute brushing action. (Historically, Sonicare has stated this as the equivalent 31,000 brush strokes/minute.)

Sonic brushes generate a cleaning effect beyond where their bristles actually touch.

Animation showing the fluid-dynamics cleaning action of a Sonicare toothbrush.
Why is this brushing action so important to have?
  • As a primary cleaning action, toothbrush bristles scrubbing against the surfaces of your teeth at this rate of speed constitute a very effective brushing motion.
  • Additionally, brush vibrations at this (sonic) frequency are also able to create a secondary (not as effective but still valuable) cleansing action that extends beyond where the brush’s bristles actually touch. (Yes, beyond.)

    This secondary cleaning effect is termed “fluid dynamics” and it’s something that sets a sonic brush apart from other electrics. (If you’d like to read more about how sonic toothbrushes work, use this link.)


Which models offer Sonicare’s hallmark setting?

This used to be a very simple criterion for us to report about. But currently, we find we have concerns about the information that the Sonicare (USA) website contains because it seems to contradict what’s been stated there in previous years.

We can report with confidence that these toothbrush lines do feature Sonicare’s 62,000 brush movements-per-minute brushing action …
Prestige, DiamondClean Smart, DiamondClean, ExpertClean, FlexCare Platinum Connected, FlexCare Platinum, FlexCare+, HealthyWhite+, ProtectiveClean, Sonicare for Kids

So these models are still candidates in our “best Sonicares” evaluation.

And can state with confidence that these lines don’t … and therefore are no longer in contention in our evaluation.

(If the DailyClean is really just the old Essence+, which we think it possibly may be, we would instead place it in the group below.)

And these models lie in question to us … and therefore have been cut from contention in our evaluation.

2 Series plaque control, Essence, EasyClean

Our concern – This last group of toothbrush lines includes ones that in previous years Sonicare has reported do feature their hallmark 31,000 brush strokes/minute (equivalent to 62,000 brush movements/minute) brushing action but currently do not. (A fact that seems questionable to us.)

But we don’t consider not including these lines to be all that much of a loss – That’s because these are some of Sonicare’s lowest-end models. And as such, it’s our impression that most users, especially those who have owned Sonicares before, are more favorably impressed with the brushing experience delivered by the models still included in our evaluation. And some of these have a low price too.

Sonicare features we tend to feel aren’t needed, or don’t offer much value.

Our pages have always expressed a fairly strong opinion about which of the Sonicare features we feel are worth having.
In many ways, we’re probably too critical. But we have high regard for sonic toothbrushes in general, and Sonicares in particular. And therefore feel that the features they offer should be more about substance than hype. Based on science more so than marketing schemes.
[If you want additional details about a particular feature (both pros and cons), select from the buttons to the right.]

a) The UV brush-head sanitizer – Hype not science.

Some years ago this was one of Sonicare’s newest, most-promoted options. At this point in time:
  • Rather than growing in availability, it’s been faded from the FlexCare line (where it originally premiered). It is, however, featured on one ExpertClean model.
  • It’s not a feature offered on any of the models of the newer, higher-end Prestige, DiamondClean or DiamondClean Smart product lines.

We’d take that as evidence that consumers generally didn’t find it to be an especially important feature or good value.

We have always stated on our pages that we see no purpose for it. We based our opinion on that of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) whose website states that toothbrush sterilization holds little benefit.

So, another model must come off our list.

Since one of our core comparison criteria is not to include toothbrushes that have unneeded options, we’ll go ahead and scratch the ExperClean model that has the UV sanitizer off our list.

b) The Sonicare smartphone app – We just don’t feel that this is a must-have.

We really do think that Sonicare did a good job with their smartphone app. Especially as implemented with the Prestige, DiamondClean Smart and FlexCare Platinum Connected lines.

But we primarily only see the app as a brushing discipline or motivational tool. (Having it doesn’t make the toothbrush brush better. It makes you brush better.) And if you are seeking that type of assistance, having it may make a good choice.

But in terms of identifying best-value models for people who just need a good effective electric toothbrush, and not really any coaching, it’s hard to justify this option.

So in light of that opinion, at this point, we’ll also mark the remaining ExpertClean models off our list, as well as the Prestige, DiamondClean Smart and FlexCare Platinum Connected brushes too.

c) Multiple brushing modes – What’s the purpose?

You couldn’t have found a website that has less faith in the importance of the various (and ever-changing on each new model) Sonicare brushing modes.

Just one mode (Clean) is all most people need.

We do think that a Sonicare toothbrush can be a valuable product to own. But just for one main reason, its full-power 62,0000 brush-movements-per-minute brushing action. This is labeled as “Clean” mode on almost all models.

Yes, we’ll concede that a few people may have special circumstances (like the need for a “sensitive” mode, or reduced-intensity setting). But these cases are the exception. For the vast majority of users, the best, most effective, most efficient brushing mode they can use is their brush’s constant full-power one.

  • This is the brushing action that Sonicare invented and has built its reputation on.
  • This is the mode that has been used to establish the benefits of using sonic toothbrushes in scientific research.

    (Related page: Oral-b or Sonicare: Whose brushing action is more effective?)

  • Read your brush’s manual. Many literally state: “When the Philips Sonicare is used in clinical studies, the default 2-minute Clean mode with high intensity must be selected.”

    To us, that’s confirmation of how valuable using this mode is. When studies are performed, Sonicare only wants its most effective brushing action used.

(We explain the basis of our opinion in further detail on this page.)

It’s only human nature that you won’t really use all of the modes.

We find it hard to believe that over the long-term a brush’s multiple brushing mode options will continue to be used.

We’d anticipate that even those people who originally enjoyed this novelty will have long since forgotten that these options exist once the newness of their brush has worn off.

It’s not so much that we think a brush shouldn’t have multiple modes, we just wouldn’t buy one specifically because it does.

We do have to note, however, that as mentioned elsewhere on this page, we do feel that there are some advantages to purchasing a mid-range Sonicare as opposed to the lowest-end ones (better build, design and brushing experience).

And those models characteristically do feature more than one brushing option. So in practice, totally escaping this point isn’t entirely possible.

Trimming a few more model lines from consideration.
Considering that Sonicare’s all-important Clean mode is a feature shared by all of it’s high and mid-ranged toothbrush lines, in terms of identifying best-value models, it’s hard to recommend the former. And as such, at this point we’ll go ahead and remove the following additional lines from consideration in our evaluation:

Prestige, DiamondClean, FlexCare Platinum, FlexCare+

Note: We’re not suggesting that these aren’t good toothbrushes.

We want to point out that we consider all of the higher-end Sonicare models that we’ve nixed so far from our evaluation (Prestige, DiamondClean Smart, DiamondClean, FlexCare Platinum Connected, FlexCare Platinum, FlexCare+, ExpertClean) to be superior brushes.

And if their expense was not a consideration, all would make excellent choices. But in terms of a best-buy (in terms of features, performance, AND price), we don’t consider them contenders.

Basic features that are common to most Sonicares.

At this point in our evaluation, we’re just down to three Sonicare toothbrush lines:

HealthyWhite+, ProtectiveClean, Sonicare For Kids

(The lower-end models have been culled from consideration because they aren’t reported as having Sonicare’s hallmark brushing action. And we’ve decided, rather arbitrarily, that the higher-end lines don’t really represent a best-buy opportunity, based on their high prices and an overabundance of features.)

As a last section of FYI details, the remaining group of brushes still being considered in our best-Sonicares evaluation has the following features in common.

  • SmarTimer (or KidTimer) – All of the models come with a 2-minute brushing timer.

    Some people like having a timer because it helps them to achieve a higher level of brushing discipline. Others find them annoying because they may turn the brush off before they feel they have been able to complete their brushing duties. (This feature typically cannot be deactivated.)

  • Quadpacer (or KidPacer) – This is basically a brushing timer too. It signals four times as you brush your teeth, indicating when you should move on to cleaning the next quadrant of your mouth (UL, UR, LL, LR).


  • Excessive pressure indicator – The brushing action of all Sonicare models will tend to stall when the user applies too much force. And then beyond that, the ProtectiveClean models offer a dedicated excessive pressure indicator.

    We’re of the impression that studies tend to show that the use of excessive pressure isn’t generally a major concern with Sonicare use. And for that reason, we don’t place great emphasis on having this type of feature. (More about Sonicare brushing pressure indicators.)


  • Easy-Start – The Easy-Start feature helps you get used to the vigorous nature of a Sonicare by gradually ramping up its power over a period of several brushing sessions. (The Sonicare For Kids does not have this feature.)
  • A charging unit that can run on both 110 and 220 volt electrical systems.

    This capability can be an important one for world travelers. However, you will need plug adapters for the various types of outlets you encounter.


Some model differences.

Pictures of Sonicare brush heads.

Sonicare DiamondClean and original ProResults brush heads.

a) Brush heads.
You’ll find that the different Sonicare models still in contention in our evaluation come packaged with different styles of brush heads.
For us, this is a non-issue because they all utilize Sonicare’s click-on (snap-on) design. That’s a really big deal because it means that you’ll be able to select from their whole assortment of click-ons when you buy replacements.
For this reason, we don’t place any emphasis on which type(s) of head(s) comes with any models. You can just switch to whatever one you prefer later on.

(We discuss Sonicare brush head options in greater detail on this page.)

b) Battery type.

Sonicare rechargeable models come with either a NiMH or Lithium-ion battery. A Lithium-ion one offers some advantages:

  • Due to its smaller size, the handles of models that have one tend to be lighter and sleeker.
  • The nature of this type of battery offers some performance and recharging advantages.


To us, the battery type isn’t an insignificant consideration. But if a particular model met our needs in all other ways, we’d let this one slip by. However, as a point of convenience, it just so happens that all of the models we’re still considering have a Lithium-ion one.

(This page discusses the subject of battery options in greater detail.)

Our Best-Sonicare list.

Here’s where we finally cut to the chase. Based on what’s been discussed above, the brushes discussed below on this page are those Sonicares that we consider to be the best ones, in terms of features and function vs. price. The product lines represented are:

HealthyWhite+, ProtectiveClean, Sonicare For Kids

For each, we list what distinguishes that line from others. More importantly, we also provide a link to our Sonicare Toothbrush Lines page where you can learn specific details about that group of brushes.

Have questions?

If you have a question about something you read on this page, or Sonicare models in general, leave a comment below and we’ll see if we can get an answer for you.

Double-check brush features before you buy.

We’ve gone to a lot of effort in compiling this information, trying to make sure we got everything right. But before you buy, do us a favor and just double-check what we state against the packaging or description of the actual product you plan to purchase. We don’t want you to be disappointed.

You may have an out if you’ve made a poor choice.

Philips Sonicare has traditionally offered a 90-day money-back guarantee with their toothbrushes, allowing you to return yours if you’re unsatisfied with it.

Obviously, we don’t speak for Philips. So if having this option is important to you, use the link above or read the packaging of the product you’re considering before making your purchase, just to make sure you have all of the details straight.

Pictures of Sonicare electric toothbrushes.

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The best Sonicare toothbrushes – From highest MSRP to lowest.

Per all of the discussion above on this page, we think it’s easy enough to make the case that the following Sonicares make the best choice when features, function and price are all taken into consideration.

Picture of a Sonicare HealthyWhite+ sonic toothbrush.

Sonicare Healthy White+ HX8911/02

► The Sonicare HealthyWhite+ (plus).

Associated model numbers: HX8911/02
This is one of the more expensive models that has made its way onto our best-Sonicares list. And we generally like this brush, and have in fact included it as a finalist on this page for some years now.
Brushing experience vs. cost.
We generally feel that it’s money well spent to splurge for a mid-range Sonicare.

That’s because we think that within their lines, a model’s price makes a reasonably good proxy for its level of design, build quality and refinement (all of which directly influence the user’s brushing experience). (Right around $100, plus or minus, seems to be the comfort spot for us in regard to this issue.)

Based on the comments we’ve seen posted on both our own and retailer websites, it seems to us that the HealthyWhite+ is one that most purchasers are happy with.

First-time Sonicare buyers, and those who previously owned lower-end models, are usually favorably impressed. Those who previously owned higher-end models seem to notice a difference. But in light of the substantially lower price they have paid, find it understandable and just minimally objectionable.


With the current era’s emphasis on planned obsolescence and lowest-possible-cost manufacturing, we don’t consider the electric toothbrushes made by any brand, including Sonicare, to be notably reliable. And feel that what any one owner can expect to experience in terms of product longevity/reliability to simply be a roll of the dice.

Reliability vs. cost.

We also don’t really feel that spending more on a Sonicare improves the owner’s outlook substantially. (This is easily confirmed by reading reviews on retailer websites.)

All of this simply means that only you can determine at what price point you should buy. If you feel that the sting of having a brush die prematurely would be too great at this level, we discuss cheaper models below that we feel can make a reasonable choice too.

Details about the HealthyWhite+.

The features that the HealthyWhite+ shares with the other “best Sonicares” below have been outlined above.

This brush differs from others by way of having:


The following link provides a full outline of the HealthyWhite+’s features, more opinions from us about it, and information about other Sonicare lines for comparison.

Review ► HealthyWhite+ – Features, details, comparisons to other Sonicare lines.

► The Sonicare ProtectiveClean.

Regular MSRP range: $170 to $50.

Associated model numbers: HX6877/84, HX6877/41, HX6877/21, HX6876/21, HX6871/49, HX6871/41, HX6857/11, HX6853/11, HX6850/60, HX6829/71, HX6817/01, HX6815/01, HX6810/50, HX6809/81, HX6481/13, HX6481/12, HX6481/11, HX6463/50, HX6462/05, HX6462/06, HX6461/04, HX6423/34

This is a comparatively new Sonicare line. When we first started reporting about this line, we were generally leery of it. That’s because Sonicare has a history of introducing new models to meet specific price points in their lineup, and in some cases, we haven’t been so favorably impressed by them.

Now, with a longer history, we feel more comfortable with the ProtectiveCleans. And the statistics found on retailer websites seem to confirm that owners tend to consider these reasonable brushes.

There are a plethora of ProtectiveClean models.

This toothbrush line has a number of member models the 6500, 6100, 5300, 5100, 4300, and 4100). And each one of them has its own unique features list and price, which makes keeping things straight about this line difficult.

The 6500.

At a price of $170 (MSRP), and considering that the lesser models also have the brushing action we feel that’s important to have, we don’t really consider the 6500 to meet the criteria of a best-value toothbrush.

The 6100.

The typical price for the 6100 is $120 (MSRP), which puts it slightly above the HealthyWhite+.

A part of the expense of this model seems to be due to its having BrushSync (brushing mode pairing, brush head replacement reminder) and advanced sensing (brushing pressure sensor) capabilities, which are features that we don’t feel add much value.

We’ll also point out that for the first two functions to work, the microchipped BrushSync type of Sonicare brush head must be used, which means an added expense with owning this brush. (For more details, see our BrushSync Explained page.)

The 5300 and 5100.

With a reduction in its number of features and a cost in the range of $90 to $100 (MSRP), these models fall back into what we consider best-value territory. And it still resides at a level within the Sonicare lineup (low end of the mid-range models) where we feel brush design and build quality aren’t terribly compromised.

Once again, it must be pointed out that for this model to function fully (brush replacement feature) it must be used with the more expensive BrushSync brush heads. (So owning a HealthyWhite+ would likely prove less expensive in the long run.)

The 4300 and 4100.

With MSRP’s in the range of $50 to $70, these models fall into that category where we have concerns about the refinement of the user’s brushing experience. This would tend to be most notable to previous Sonicare owners, especially those who have used high-end models.

However, new-to-Sonicare users may find this brush to be an improved experience over their current situation. (We will state that online reviews seem to suggest this.)

Details about the ProtectiveClean models.

The features that the ProtectiveCleans share with the other “best Sonicares” on this page have been outlined above.

These brushes differ from others (depending on model) by way of having:

  • 1 or up to 3 brushing modes. 0 or up to 3 intensity settings.
  • Requires the use of BrushSync (microchipped) brush heads for full functionality.
  • Excessive brushing pressure sensor. (We don’t feel strongly about a need for this feature. But we will note that this is the only one of our best-value lines that has it.)
  • Brush head replacement reminder. (We consider visual inspection to be a perfectly adequate way to evaluate the status of a brush head.)


  • BrushSync brushing mode paring (6500, 6100). (The brush automatically switches to the brushing mode matched to the installed brush head. Without this feature, you would simply switch modes manually, if you chose to do so at all.)
  • Not all models come with a travel case, so take note. The 6500 comes with a USB charging travel case.
  • Sample promotional leaflet: ProtectiveClean toothbrush.


The link below provides a full outline of the ProtectiveClean line’s features (according to model), more opinions about the line from us, and information about other Sonicare lines for comparison.

Review ► ProtectiveClean – Features, details, comparisons to other Sonicare lines.

Picture of a Sonicare For Kids sonic toothbrush.

Sonicare For Kids HX6321/02

The Sonicare For Kids.

Associated model numbers: HX6351/41, HX6321/02, HX6352/42
This is Sonicare’s toothbrush for children, and it’s a model that’s been around for many many years. It’s also been on our list of best Sonicares ever since our first rendition of this page.
We’ll also mention that this toothbrush could conceivably make an acceptable budget choice for the entire family.

Details about the Sonicare For Kids.

The features that the For Kids shares with the other “best Sonicares” on this page have been outlined above.

This brush differs from others by way of having:

  • A single (preset) brushing mode and two brushing intensity settings (High, Low).
  • KidTimer and KidPacer (features that correspond to SmarTimer and QuadPacer found on other Sonicares).
  • This line supports integration with a smartphone brushing app. (This is more limited than Sonicare’s app for “adults.” However, it does aid with brushing fun and motivation, and tracks brushing sessions.)
  • This line does not feature the EasyStart function.
  • No travel case is included.
  • Sample promotional leaflet: Sonicare For Kids toothbrush.


The link below provides a full outline of the Sonicare For Kids line’s features, more opinions about the line from us, and information about other Sonicare lines for comparison.

Review ► Sonicare For Kids – Features, details, comparisons to other Sonicare lines.

If you’re an adult considering using a For Kids.

There’s no question that everything about this brush is focused on children. That includes the way it looks, and the way its timers (which you can’t turn off) function and sound. (So familiarize yourself with them before buying.)

As one of Sonicare’s models that utilize click-on brush heads. An adult using this brush will be able to choose from any of Sonicare’s line of click-on heads. Not just the ones designed for children.

What about the other Sonicare models?

Higher-end Sonicare lines.

Except for their price, we don’t think you can go wrong with buying any of the higher-end Sonicare models. They are generally exceptional toothbrushes (design, build quality, brushing experience), they’re just not best-buys in terms of value (features and function vs. price).

Additionally, as a reminder to what’s stated above, we don’t really feel that spending more for a Sonicare brings you any substantial benefit in terms of improved product reliability or longevity. That, in our opinion, still remains a wild card with all lines and models. And if you’ve chosen to buy one that’s comparatively more expensive, it will just sting that much more if it dies prematurely.

Lower-end Sonicare lines.

Purchasing low-end models can be problematic. We feel that even in the $70 to $50 range that the brushes seem to noticeably operate more crudely, and don’t deliver the same polished brushing experience that even the $100 to $150 brushes do.

And based on the primary tenant of this page, we wouldn’t consider buying any Sonicare model that can’t be documented as featuring their full-power, 62,000 brush-movements-per-minute brushing action. And at this point in time, it seems that many of them don’t, or at least can’t be confirmed that they do.

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What to read next?

If you have any questions about the features of any of the models mentioned on this page (which you should), our “Review of the Sonicare toothbrush lines” page will likely answer them.

[Philips and Sonicare are registered trademarks of Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V. Easy-start and QuadPacer are registered trademarks of Philips Oral HealthCare, Inc.]

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Which brush head fits my Philips Sonicare Toothbrush?

The information on this page applies to the following models: HX9990/11, HX9990/13, HX9990/12, HY1100/01, HY1100/04, HY1100/03, HY1100/02, HX9645/02, HX9924/65, HX9690/06, HX9690/07, HX6351/41, HX6352/42, HX9924/62, HX9944/12, HX9944/11, HX9685/03, HX7533/04, HX9610/17, HX9690/05, HX9924/91, HX7533/03, HX7533/01, HX9903/30, HX9957/61, HX9957/38, HX9924/37, HX9924/36, HX9924/35, HX9924/34, HX9903/33, HX9903/32, HX9903/31, HX9903/61, HX9924/61, HX9954/56, HX6325/70, HX9192/30, HX9984/08, HX9984/48, HX9984/28, HX9984/19, HX9957/51, HX9194/53, HX9194/54, HX9903/01, HX9924/41, HX9924/21, HX9924/11, HX9924/01, HX9903/41, HX9903/21, HX9903/11, HX9945/01, HX3211/23, HX3211/33, HX9985/01, HX9985/48, HX9985/41, HX9985/28, HX9985/21, HX9985/18, HX9985/11, HX9945/08, HX9985/08, HX9193/05, HX9192/01, HX9194/08, HX9193/04, HX9193/03, HX9192/02, HX3281/32, HX6392/05, HX6031/11, HX6381/02, HX6341/02, HX6321/05, HX3211/17, HX3211/30, HX6321/02, HX6392/02, HX6315/71, HX3631/06, HX3631/08, HX3631/07, HX6382/07, HX6311/07, HX6341/07, HX6381/07, HX5620/20, HX5630/50, HX3631/02, HX3631/04, HX3631/03, HX5610/02, HX5610/34, HX5610/30, HX5610/26, HX5610/04, HX5910/81, HX5610/01, HX5610/03, HX5910/71, HX6023/05, HX5350/02, HX5752/02, HX6023/82, HX6003/60, HX5351/55, HX5352/55, HX6003/72, HX6311/02, HX6003/80, HX6012/82, HX6013/60, HX6023/62, HX6023/60, HX6013/11, HX6011/90, HX6023/90, HX6015/70, HX6015/16, HX6013/90, HX5752/71, HX6311/55, HX6311/33, HX6015/50, HX6013/62, HX6013/21, HX5753/71, HX6003/62, HX6023/21, HX6021/21, HX6017/70, HX6003/90, HX6003/82, HX5581/02, HX6021/82, HX6013/82, HX6021/11, HX6023/11, HX4101/02, HX6011/21, HX6011/11, HX5251/33, HX5351/46, HX5351/30, HX5302/33, HX5352/46, HX4101/72, HX3351/02, HX3551/02, HX3881/02, HX3881/03 . Click here to show more product numbersClick here to show less product numbers

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Which brush head fits my Philips Sonicare Toothbrush?

If you are wondering which Philips Sonicare brush head is the right fit for your toothbrush handle, follow the guidelines below.

Finding Your Brush Handle’s Model Series

Philips have an extremely confusing naming of their Sonicare model numbers, e.g. the model number listed on the packaging maybe ProtectiveClean 5100 series HX6856/12, but by the time you want to know the model to order new replacement brush heads, you may had already throw away the packaging box, the model number you can find at the bottom of the brush handle is however, HX685J, which is very different from the actual model number of the Sonicare you had purchased.

As for the replacement brush head compatibility, most only give the model series of Sonicare, e.g. EasyClean, FlexCare etc. Therefore you will need to know what Sonicare series your Sonicare belong to.

How to find out the Sonicare series of my model?

a) By Googling
You can simple Google search by enter e.g. “Sonicare HX6568”, and the search results should contain the Sonicare series with the model number. E.g. “ProtectiveClean 5100 series xxx…”
and you will know your Sonicare series is ProtectiveClean.

b) By making reference to official
You can click on the link below and search for your product number on the list, and you will see what Sonicare series does the product belong to.

Where to find correct model number for your Sonicare toothbrush or airfloss?

Once you know your Sonicare series, you can easily know which replacement brush heads are compatible with your product.

The following range of Sonicare Replacement brush heads are compatible

With the exception of the E-Series, all of the replacement brush heads listed below feature Sonicare’s newer Click-On (snap-on) design. It’s this style that can be used universally with all of Sonicare’s toothbrush lines, with the exception of the PowerUp Battery and Essence.

  • 2 Series Plaque Defence
  • 3 Series Plaque Defence
  • 3 series Gum Care
  • DiamondClean / DiamondClean Smart
  • EasyClean
  • ExpertClean
  • Essence+
  • FelxCare / FlexCare Platinum / FlexCare Platinum Connected / FlexCare+
  • For Kids
  • HealthyWhite / HealthyWhite+
  • PowerUp
  • ProtectiveClean

Brush head and toothbrush handle guide

There are two types of Philips brush heads: Snap/Click on and Twist/Screw on. Below you will find details on the differences between these two types of brush heads.

  • The snap on or click on brush heads are compatible with most of the current rechargeable Sonicare Toothbrush handles. These will fit all Philips Sonicare toothbrush handles except for the PowerUp Battery and Essence model.
  • The twist on or screw on brush heads are Philips’ original and standard brush heads and are compatible with the old models of Philips toothbrushes. 

You can refer to Philips Sonicare brush head advisor page  choose which brush head is right for your toothbrush handle.

EXCEPTION: The Philips One toothbrush is only compatible with Philips One brush heads.

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Sonicare Electric Toothbrush Heads Explained 2020

Even the best electric toothbrushes aren’t a magic wand that poofs away your oral health issues. You must have a routine that includes daily brushing technique and habits with fluoride toothpaste, flossing between all teeth, and a diet that doesn’t consist of a ton of soda and sugar.

With that said, electric toothbrushes rely less on your ability to brush your teeth effectively and do much of the work for you. You don’t need a Bluetooth-capable toothbrush with a phone app to have clean teeth, which is why our top recommendation is the Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100 model, the best Sonicare toothbrush overall.

Electric toothbrushes have been shown to remove plaque, gingival inflammation, and gingival bleeding by nearly 100% over a traditional brush after just a few weeks of use. With excellent quality electric toothbrushes being so affordable these days, there’s no reason not to have one.

Some, like the 5100 and DiamondClean Smart models, also include a pressure sensor that lets you know if you’re brushing too hard and thus cleaning less efficiently.

On the other hand, a more unbiased (maybe?) opinion from an ADA (American Dental Association) dentist states that in general its more about the user of the brush than the brush itself.  I can say with certainty that the several dentists I’ve been a patient of have recommended electric toothbrushes.

In short, an electric toothbrush is a step toward keeping your teeth as clean (and white) as possible between your yearly professional cleanings. It will not, however, make up for a poor oral health routine.

So, why should you consider switching to an electric toothbrush?

The three features that define the advantage that the best electric brushes have over a manual brush are the Smartimer, Quadpacer, and the 31,000 strokes per 60 seconds brush speed. The Smartimer feature will make sure you maximize every session when you brush. The Quadpacer will let you know when it’s time to move to each of the four areas of your mouth by beeping every 30 seconds.

Sonicare Toothbrush Feature Guide

Before you try to decide on the best which Sonicare electric toothbrush you should buy, it’s a good idea to understand some of the feature definitions and jargon associated with Sonicare toothbrushes and electric toothbrushes in general. You may also notice similar features on Oral-B and Waterpik electric toothbrushes, but they’re called something different.

First off, we need to clarify how Philips defines their Sonicare brush speeds. They use the terminology “brush strokes per 60 seconds” and “brush movements per 60 seconds,” which mean different things. According to the numbers they provide, the number of “brush movements” are double the number of “brush strokes.” So if you’re looking through specifications or product descriptions and see 31,000 strokes per 60 seconds, and then see 62,000 brush movements per 60 seconds on another, don’t get tricked into thinking one is faster than the other. Most recent Sonicare brushes all operate at the 31,000 strokes per minute speed, except the AA battery powered PowerUp Series – they’re at 15,000 strokes per 60 seconds.

Now, here is a quick overview of the major Sonicare toothbrush features.

  • Smartimer – a 2-minute timer found on nearly all Sonicare brushes that turns off the brush once your brushing session is complete.
  • Quadpacer and BrushPacer – notifies you every 30 seconds and 20 seconds, respectively, when it’s time to move to another quadrant of your mouth. The Quadpacer divides your teeth into 4 sections, while the Brushpacer is 6 sections. The BrushPacer is usually on brush models that work with the phone app.
  • Easy-Start – This feature slowly increases the intensity of your brush after each session when you first start using it. This is good for sensitive teeth and gums, and allows you to become accustomed to an electric toothbrush if you’ve just switched from a manual. You must brush for at least 1 minute to advance through the 14 total stages and reach maximum intensity.
  • BrushSync – Some brush models, ProtectiveClean and DiamondClean Smart, can sync with “Smart” brush heads and track how long you have used them, as well as switch to the brushing mode intended for that brush head when you attach it. Note that you will need to be sure you buy the BrushSync compatible replacement brush heads. The FlexCare Connected models do not have the BrushSync feature.
  • Smart Sensors – these are a suite of sensors that relay information to the Sonicare phone app and help you visualize your brushing habits. They include position detection, 3D mouth map, pressure sensor that lets you know if you’re brushing too hard, and the TouchUp feature. TouchUp suggests areas you may have missed after your 2-minute session.

The Smartimer (two-minute timer) and Quadpacer (beep every 30 seconds) are ubiquitous features across high-end Sonicare electric toothbrushes with only the basic Essence and PowerUp models lacking the Quadpacer. One of the best things you can do to remove plaque and to reduce gum inflammation is to brush for two minutes, twice daily. This is enough time to be sure you’ve not missed any spots and wholly cleaned your teeth.

Philips recommends changing your brush head every three months, and with that recommendation, they are assuming you complete two sessions per day using the two-minute timer described above. This is the basis for the BrushSync feature, and it keeps track of the time the brush was turned on with that particular Smart brush head attached. The BrushSync feature on the ProtectiveClean models behaves slightly different than the DiamondClean Smart models since the ProtectiveClean models aren’t capable of using the phone app. There is a light at the bottom of the handle that turns on once it’s time to swap out the brush head. The indicator light is on the DiamondClean as well, but in addition to that you get real-time monitoring of how long the brush head has been used via the app.

Best Sonicare Toothbrush Models – Value Comparison Table

These high-end Sonicare toothbrushes have been chosen from each category because they have all the features you need to get your brushing routine on the right track. That doesn’t necessarily mean they’re the most expensive or have all the bells and whistles. These are just our recommendations based on clinical studies, customer experiences, and cost vs. benefit considerations.

Philips Sonicare PowerUp (HX3631/06)

Philips Sonicare Essence Plus (HX3211/02)

Top Pick

Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100 (HX6817/01)

Philips Sonicare FlexCare+ (HX6921/04)

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean (HX9351/57)

Fully Featured

Philips Sonicare DIamondClean Smart 9300 (HX9903/41)

Max Brush Speed (Strokes per minute)

Brush Heads Included

1 - C2 Optimal Plaque Control

1 - ProResults Gum Health

1 - DiamondClean Standard

3 - C3 Plaque Control, 2 - G3 Gum Care, 2 - W3 White standard

Brushing Modes


Battery Type

Battery Life

120 2-minute brushing sessions


Deluxe Charger with cord wrap, Travel Bag

Premium Travel Bag, Glass Charger Base

Travel Bag, Glass Charger

Voltage Compatibility


Philips Sonicare PowerUp (HX3631/06)


Philips Sonicare HX3631/06 Powerup Battery Toothbrush, Medium, Scuba Blue

Max Brush Speed (Strokes per minute)

Brush Heads Included

Battery Life

120 2-minute brushing sessions

Voltage Compatibility

Philips Sonicare Essence Plus (HX3211/02)


Philips Sonicare Essence + Sensitive, Light Blue, HX3211/02

Max Brush Speed (Strokes per minute)

Brush Heads Included

Battery Type


Voltage Compatibility

Top Pick

Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100 (HX6817/01)


Philips Sonicare HX6817/01 ProtectiveClean 4100 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, White (Packaging May Vary)

Max Brush Speed (Strokes per minute)

Brush Heads Included

1 - C2 Optimal Plaque Control


Voltage Compatibility

Philips Sonicare FlexCare+ (HX6921/04)


Philips Sonicare FlexCare+ rechargeable electric toothbrush, Standard Packaging

Max Brush Speed (Strokes per minute)

Brush Heads Included

1 - ProResults Gum Health


Deluxe Charger with cord wrap, Travel Bag

Voltage Compatibility

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean (HX9351/57)


Philips Sonicare HX9351/57 DiamondClean Classic Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, Black

Max Brush Speed (Strokes per minute)

Brush Heads Included

1 - DiamondClean Standard


Premium Travel Bag, Glass Charger Base

Voltage Compatibility

Fully Featured

Philips Sonicare DIamondClean Smart 9300 (HX9903/41)


Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Black Edition Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush

Max Brush Speed (Strokes per minute)

Brush Heads Included

3 - C3 Plaque Control, 2 - G3 Gum Care, 2 - W3 White standard

Brushing Modes


Travel Bag, Glass Charger

Voltage Compatibility

Sonicare Models with Variable Intensity – Comparison Table

Being able to change the intensity settings in each mode, or at least have a mode that operates at a lower intensity, is important for some people, including those with sensitive teeth and gums. Here we’ve picked out the Sonicare models that provide some degree of variable intensity.

The health mode for your gums provides an extra minute of brushing the gum line at reduced intensity after the initial 2-minute session, which can reduce gum recession. This doesn’t qualify as a reason for a brush to be in this section since you have to brush at full intensity for two minutes before getting to the less intense speed. However, some models do come with the Sensitive Mode which allows for reduced intensity for the entire 2 minutes, and that makes the cut.

The models that give you the option to change the intensity in all modes provide you with maximum control over your brush. So that means you have two options: you can get an electric toothbrush with only one mode that has reduced intensity or you can get one with several intensities for each mode. The table below will help you determine the best Sonicare toothbrush with variable intensity for your needs.

Philips Sonicare HealthyWhite+ (HX8911/02)

Great Value

Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 6100 (HX6877)

Philips Sonicare FlexCare (HX6964/77)

Phlips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected (HX9192/01)

Philips Sonicare DIamondClean Smart 9300 (HX9903/41)

Max Brush Speed (Strokes per minute)

Intensity Options

3 Intensities for each mode

3 Intensities for each mode

Reduced intensity on Sensitive Mode

3 Intensities for each mode

3 Intensities for each mode

Brush Heads Included

2 - DiamondClean standard, 2 - AdaptiveClean

1 - AdaptiveClean, 1 - InterCare

1 - C3 Prem. Plaque Control, 1 - G3 Prem. Gum Care, 1 - W3 Prem. White


Voltage Compatibility


Philips Sonicare HealthyWhite+ (HX8911/02)


Philips Sonicare HX8911/02 HealthyWhite+ Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, White

Max Brush Speed (Strokes per minute)

Intensity Options

3 Intensities for each mode

Brush Heads Included

Voltage Compatibility

Great Value

Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 6100 (HX6877)


Philips Sonicare HX6877/21 ProtectiveClean 6100 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, White

Max Brush Speed (Strokes per minute)

Intensity Options

3 Intensities for each mode

Brush Heads Included

Voltage Compatibility

Philips Sonicare FlexCare (HX6964/77)


Philips Sonicare FlexCare Whitening Edition Rechargeable Toothbrush Premium 2-Pack Bundle HX6964/77 (2 FlexCare Handles, 2 DiamondClean & 2 Plaque Control Brush Heads, 2 USB Charging Travel Cases)

Max Brush Speed (Strokes per minute)

Intensity Options

Reduced intensity on Sensitive Mode

Brush Heads Included

2 - DiamondClean standard, 2 - AdaptiveClean

Voltage Compatibility

Phlips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected (HX9192/01)


Philips Sonicare Flexcare Platinum Connected Rechargeable Toothbrush, White

Max Brush Speed (Strokes per minute)

Intensity Options

3 Intensities for each mode

Brush Heads Included

1 - AdaptiveClean, 1 - InterCare

Voltage Compatibility

Philips Sonicare DIamondClean Smart 9300 (HX9903/41)


Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Black Edition Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush

Max Brush Speed (Strokes per minute)

Intensity Options

3 Intensities for each mode

Brush Heads Included

1 - C3 Prem. Plaque Control, 1 - G3 Prem. Gum Care, 1 - W3 Prem. White

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Sonicare is the brand name of an electric toothbrush produced by Philips.

Product and technology[edit]

A Philips Sonicare 5100. This model has 2 cleaning modes

The brush head vibrates at hundreds of times per second, with the latest models at 31,000 strokes per minute or 62,000 movements per minute[1] (517 Hz). Rather than connecting to its charger with conductors, it uses inductive charging—the charger includes the primary winding of the voltage-reducing transformer and the fat handle of the brush includes the secondary winding. The replaceable head is also driven magnetically. Currently, there are multiple types of Sonicare brushes to appeal to every consumer. Typically, the sonicare costs over $100 but new models are available for the price conscious consumer. Also, there is a Sonicare for kids that has 2 different heads that works with a wide variety of ages.

Clinical research[edit]

Individual clinical research has shown Sonicare toothbrushes to be more effective than comparable Oral-B electric toothbrushes in reduction of gingival inflammation and therefore improvement in periodontal health.[2] However a 2004 review of 29 studies concluded that only electric toothbrushes with rotational/oscillation movement removed more plaque than other brushes when correctly used.[3] A second review found no clinical evidence for the dynamic fluid activity of the Sonicare toothbrush being more effective in plaque removal than an Oral-B oscillating/rotating electric toothbrush.[4] A 2007 study comparing the two found the rotation/oscillation brush to be more effective in single-use plaque reduction.[5]

An additional study showed that while both Sonicare and Oral B electric toothbrushes do better than manual toothbrushes in removing plaque, reducing gingival inflammation, and reducing probing depths, the Sonicare showed significantly more improvement than Oral B. The percentage reduction in inflammation from baseline at 6 months was 31.9% for Sonicare and 18.1% for Oral B. In regards to probing depth, Sonicare showed a mean reduction of 0.84 mm from baseline at 6 months, while Oral B showed an average reduction of 0.39 mm.[6]

Individual studies have shown that Sonicare toothbrushes are more effective at removing plaque and reducing gingivitis than manual toothbrushes.[7][8]


In 1987, David Giuliani, an entrepreneur with a background in electrical engineering, met with University of Washington professors Drs. David Engel and Roy Martin. They formed a new company named GEMTech to promote a dental hygiene device using a piezoelectric multimorph transducer. After several years of research and creating prototypes, the Sonicare toothbrush was introduced in November 1992 at a periodontal convention.

In 1995, GEMTech changed its name to Optiva Corporation. In October 2000, Philips Domestic Appliances and Personal Care, a division of Philips, acquired the company. A few months later Optiva Corporation changed its name to Philips Oral Healthcare, Inc. By the end of 2001, Sonicare had become the number-one selling rechargeable power toothbrush in the United States.[9] In 2003, to improve Philips brand recognition in the US, Philips rebranded the Sonicare toothbrush as "Philips Sonicare".

See also[edit]


  1. ^"Press Information - Philips IFA 2016"(PDF).
  2. ^Robinson, PJ; Maddalozzo, D; Breslin, S (1997). "A six-month clinical comparison of the efficacy of the Sonicare and the Braun Oral-B electric toothbrushes on improving periodontal health in adult periodontitis patients". J Clin Dent. 8 (1 Spec No): 4–9. PMID 9487838.
  3. ^Penick, Catherine (2004). "Power toothbrushes: a critical review". International Journal of Dental Hygiene. 2 (1): 40–4. doi:10.1111/j.1601-5037.2004.00048.x. PMID 16451451.
  4. ^Warren, PR; Cugini, MA; Chater, BV; Strate, J (December 2004). "A review of the clinical efficacy of the Oral-B oscillating/rotating power toothbrush and the Philips Sonicare toothbrush in normal subject populations". International Dental Journal. 54 (6): 429–37. doi:10.1111/j.1875-595X.2004.tb00300.x. PMID 15633499.
  5. ^Biesbrock, AR; Bartizek, RD; Walters, PA; Warren, PR; Cugini, M; Goyal, CR; Qaqish, J (2007). "Clinical evaluations of plaque removal efficacy: an advanced rotating-oscillating power toothbrush versus a sonic toothbrush". J Clin Dent. 18 (4): 106–11. PMID 18277740.
  6. ^Robinson, PJ; Maddalozzo, D; Breslin, S (1997). "A six-month clinical comparison of the efficacy of the Sonicare and the Braun Oral-B electric toothbrushes on improving periodontal health in adult periodontitis patients". J Clin Dent. 8: 4–9. PMID 9487838.
  7. ^Pelka, Anna-Kristina; Nagler, Tonia; Hopp, Imke; Petschelt, Anselm; Pelka, Matthias Anton (August 2011). "Professional brushing study comparing the effectiveness of sonic brush heads with manual toothbrushes: a single blinded, randomized clinical trial". Clin Oral Investig. 15 (4): 451–60. doi:10.1007/s00784-010-0411-0. PMID 20387085.
  8. ^Moritis, K; Jenkins, W; Hefti, A; Schmitt, P; McGrady, M (2008). "A randomized, parallel design study to evaluate the effects of a Sonicare and a manual toothbrush on plaque and gingivitis". J Clin Dent. 19 (2): 64–8. PMID 18763689.
  9. ^"Sonicare - Our Story". Sonicare.com. Retrieved 2008-06-04.
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