24 May Philips Sonicare 2
Philips Sonicare 2 Series Toothbrush with Easy-Start, HX6211/04
Electric toothbrushes aren’t a new innovation. In fact, the first electric toothbrush, known as the Broxodent, was first introduced way back in 1954. That first electric toothbrush actually had to plug into a regular wall outlet; the first cordless model was introduced in the 1960s. Today electric toothbrushes are much slimmer than those early models and a lot more powerful. Simply put, a lot has changed since those early days. The point to this little history lesson is that just because you may not have been convinced about the merits of electric toothbrushes in the past, that doesn’t mean you wouldn’t be impressed with one of today’s devices.
Until recently my opinion of electric toothbrushes was based on what I’d seen as I was growing up, and I wasn’t impressed. Older family members of mine that had owned one had complained about their unreliability, and normally ended up switching back to traditional manual brushes. On the advice of a friend I decided it was time to give electric toothbrushes another look, and that’s what took me on a research journey which led me to write these reviews.
In an effort to maintain a strict budget for my purchase I decided I was probably looking for something less than $50 (although there are some impressive devices that cost a little more than this). With this target in mind the Philips Sonicare 2 Series HX6211/04 seemed like a good fit at just under $50. It’s got some great innovative features and it comes with a two-year warranty, which I liked as well.
What really caught my eye with this model was the claim by Philips that this brush was capable of removing six times the plaque that manual models could. That’s a big difference and it definitely had me intrigued. If you don’t already know, plaque is a big culprit in tooth decay, and removing that much plaque can certainly make your dental visits a lot easier.
The way it does this is by taking advantage of vibration technology. Essentially, as you move the brush across your teeth the vibrations drive fluid in between your teeth, getting at all those hard-to-reach areas and resulting in a whiter smile. It will make your mouth feel a little tingly, but that tingly feeling is an indication of the brush doing its work.
The Power of Innovation
They are impressive, the features included in this reasonably-priced electric toothbrush. Besides the vibration technology we’ve already talked about, the brush also performs up to 31,000 strokes each minute, which is another reason you’re bound to achieve a whiter smile. It also has curved bristles, which are more effective in getting at those hard-to-reach areas; the ergonomically-designed handle helps as well.
This brush also has a built-in timer to help you track how long you’ve been brushing your teeth at each session. As you may know, dentists recommend that you brush your teeth for about two minutes. Once you’ve reached the allotted two minutes there is a pulse that lets you know that you can wrap things up.
Perhaps the feature that impressed me the most about this brush was something they call Easy-Start – for the first 14 times you use the brush, the speed will gradually increase. This feature is designed to help you get used to using an electric brush gradually over time. It’s a very different experience from brushing with a manual brush and the folks at Philips recognized this, so they included this feature to help you with the transition.
Your brush heads won’t last forever with any electric toothbrush, in fact with this brush it’s recommended you change them about every three months. To help make it easier to recognize when it’s time to change your brush head, the Sonicare brush heads bristles are designed to fade when they’re approaching the end of their life span. This is a nice feature which takes a lot of the guesswork out of the process. Brush heads seem to be widely available, either through an online purchase or at your local Walmart.
The battery is a rechargeable model and the charger is included in the package. The manufacturer claims that the charge will last you about two weeks, but some customers have complained that you’ll be lucky if you get a week’s worth of use out of this brush before you have to recharge it. Generally it takes about 24 hours to recharge once the battery runs low. You’ll know when the battery is running low from the low battery indicator that changes color when it’s time to recharge.
The biggest issue with the battery on this model is that it can’t be replaced. As long as you can recharge it you’re fine and you can keep replacing the brush heads, but once the battery loses its ability to charge you’ll have to replace the entire unit. Most customers seem to concur that the toothbrush will last you at least a few years so this may not be a major issue for you, but it’s certainly something to consider.
It’s important to recognize that the HX6211/04 is an entry-level product in the Sonicare line. Consequently it’s not the most durable electric toothbrush that Philips offers, and some customers complain that the level of vibration as you brush your teeth doesn’t seem to be strong enough. This isn’t a common complaint though, as the overwhelming majority of customers seem to like this toothbrush.
A Great Price and Great Features
In spite of a few complaints, overall this Philips Sonicare brush seems like good value for money. It’s got some great features at a price that won’t break the budget. I really loved the Easy-Start feature and the fact that replacement brush heads are relatively easy to find.