Philips Sonicare FlexCare Rechargeable Sonic Toothbrush
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Innovative technology delivers better results. Now there's a guaranteed way to better oral health. The Philips Sonicare FlexCare adapts to your oral care needs. PCTA, TPE Brush Head with nylon bristles
The Sonicare FlexCare R910 toothbrush features the latest innovations in oral hygiene from Philips to deliver the cleanest, most refreshing teeth you can get between dentist visits. Featuring new ProResults brush heads, multiple cleaning modes, and built-in timers, the FlexCare is clinically proven to remove more plaque than Oral B Triumph and even the Sonicare Elite.
The Sonicare FlexCare R910 Toothbrush offers:
Three cleaning modes including Clean, Sensitive, and Massage
Lithium ion battery that lasts up to 2 weeks between charges.
ProResults brush head for more effective clean teeth.
Smartimer that automatically shuts off the toothbrush after the recommended 2 minutes.
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New Brush Heads for Better Cleaning The FlexCare uses the newly designed ProResults brush heads with increased tooth coverage and a broader sweeping motion that results in better plaque removal. Combined with Sonicare's sonic technology, the high-speed bristle action allows a powerful yet gentle cleaning action that ensures a deep cleaning between teeth and along the gum line. With a slim, angled neck, the FlexCare makes it is easy to access hard-to-reach areas of the mouth. The ProResults brush heads come in two sizes: "standard" for a regular cleaning, and "mini" for precision in hard-to-reach areas.
The toothbrush handle also has a new tapered design that is easier to grip, and with a non-slip soft grip for better control. Compared to the Sonicare Elite, the FlexCare is 30 percent smaller, 16 percent lighter, and has 80 percent less vibration, but achieves superior results.
Multiple Cleaning Modes The FlexCare offers maximum flexibility with your teeth cleaning. There are three two-minute brushing modes that offer "Clean" mode for full power and optimal cleaning, "Sensitive" mode for gentler brushing in sensitive areas, and "Massage" mode for a stimulating, soothing cleaning action.
The FlexCare also offers two routines: "GoCare" is a quick one-minute routine for between regular brushings, and "MaxCare" is a three-minute cleaning mode that combines two minutes of "Clean" mode with one minute of "Massage" mode.
Thanks to the FlexCare's Quadpacer, the toothbrush beeps every thirty seconds to let you know it is time to move on to the next quadrant of your mouth. The brush also features a Smartimer that automatically shuts off the toothbrush after the recommended two minutes of cleaning (unless using the MaxCare routine).
The FlexCare is clinically proven to remove significantly more plaque than Oral-B Sonic Complete.
New ProResults brush heads have increased coverage for more plaque removal.
And for first-time users of FlexCare, an "easy-start" feature allows you to work your way up to full strength by gently increasing the power over your first 14 uses.
Long Lasting Battery With a lithium ion battery, you don't have to worry about running out of power when you're traveling; with regular brushing, the FlexCare lasts up to two weeks between charges! Lithium ion technology offers more energy and is more environmentally safe as compared to other rechargeable battery technologies. A deluxe recharge gauge on the handle keeps you notified of the amount of charge left.
The Sonicare FlexCare R910 is backed by a 2-year warranty.
What's in the Box: Sonicare toothbrush, one ProResults standard brush head, deluxe charger with cord wrap and brush head storage, luxury soft travel case, hygienic travel cap, three additional color code rings.
Rechargeable toothbrush uses sonic technology and new brush head design for outstanding plaque removal
Three modes of cleaning: maximum cleaning, sensitive area cleaning, and massage
Built-in timer lets you know when to move to a new brushing zone
Lithium ion battery offers 2 weeks of brushing between charges
Includes brush head, travel case, and recharger; 2-year warranty
Broke after just a few months This is my 3rd Sonicare toothbrush, and I've been a big fan so far. I bought this one because my existing model had the problem with stuff building up inside the brush head and it was very hard to clean out.
I agree with all the positive reviews as far as the improved design, lighter weight, more options, and it's much easier to keep clean than the previous model. However, the metal shaft on mine came loose within a few months and got so bad that I finally called Norelco service. I gave them the model number and serial number and they immediately offered to send a free replacement, with a postage-free box in which to return my broken one. That was over two weeks ago, and it hasn't arrived yet. I phoned back a couple days ago and was told it was on back-order and should arrive within a few more days.
The service representative was friendly and I didn't have to wait long on the phone, but I have noticed that several other reviewers here on Amazon have had the same problem I have had. I'm wondering how long my replacement will last.
So, when it worked, it was excellent, but it should not have broken so fast and the replacement shouldn't take so long to be shipped from Norelco. Meanwhile, I'm using my old model which I'm glad I didn't throw away. It still works fine after more than two years.
Works great for a short time This toothbrush cleaned my teeth very well, but only lasted about 2 months before it broke down. This is the second Sonic toothbrush that only lasted a few months....more info
Philips Sonicare FlexCare Rechargeable Sonic Toothbrush Have owned other sonicare tootbrush for about 12 yrs. and this new one performs up to its stated expectations. All pros, no cons about it. I completely recommend this product. Not much more to say. ...more info
Great Product! This new model works much better than the older Sonicare model. Smaller to hold and travel with, easier to keep toothbrush head clean (gunk doesn't build up), has different mode cleanings (one for a quick brush when i'm running late for work and another mode that's longer and also lower setting that massages gums), quadrant beep so you know when to switch sections on your teeth. Overall this product is great and I'm very pleased with my purchase. I highly recommend this model!!!...more info
Philips Sonicare FlexCare Rechargeable Toothbrush A friend convinced me to try an electric toothbrush insisting that I would fall instantly in love with it. Unfortunately that wasn't the case. The toothbrush is great and I've had no problems with it but it takes some getting used to if you've never used one before. You have to be more aware of how you're brushing and what you're doing. I can't tell you how many times I've taken the toothbrush out of my mouth while brushing to either spit or get a better angle and the next thing you know toothpaste is spattered all over your bathroom mirror because it vibrates like crazy. It was funny the first couple of times but it just got annoying. Now that I've been using it for a few weeks and I've adapted to the quirks I actually enjoy it. My mouth and teeth definitely do feel cleaner and more fresh using this brush, especially if you try to go back to old school brushing after using it consistently even just a few days. My favorite feature is the timer that lets you know when to change brushing areas. I haven't really used many of the other features like the gum massage setting because it kinda creeps me out a little. Anyway long story short... or long... it took me awhile to adjust to the new brush but now I find myself not wanting to be without it....more info
Great product! I had an elite model but this is much better. First it has spots for multiple heads which allows more than one person to use the device. It does a great job of cleaning your teeth and has some nice options/features that improve upon the prior elite model....more info
Much improved design! Short and simple: This fantastic brush is just like the other Sonicares but without the screw-on design flaw of the other Sonicare models. The other models, which are still being sold everywhere, have this hideous design where the saliva and other brushing liquids seep down into the inner mechanisms of the brush which pool up in a really disgusting way. This new design eliminates all that slew of slime. This brushing action is fantastic just like the older one. ...more info
A great improvement over the older models, Has many new features that the older Sonicare models didn't have. I am very happy with this purchase. Not only is it invaluable for teeth cleaning, but it and it predecessor Sonicares have made a tremendous difference in the healthiness of my gums....more info
Great Product and Much Improved Design This is my second Sonicare product and I remain very impressed. I previously used the Elite for two years and my only annoyance was the design of the Elite brush head and handle. The Elite brush consisted of a screw-on dome that no matter how hard I tried to keep it dry and clean on the inside, it would always get dirty and gross and there was no way to clean it. Similarly on the Elite handle, a deep well that the magnet from the brush head would insert when brush and handle were joined would also collect dirt and was impossible to keep clean. This wasn't a health issue but it was just gross to look at when you disassembled the brush after each use. I found that if I didnt disassemble, a black mold type substance would grow. Even taking it apart after every use would not deter this growth eventually.
The new Flexcare brush fixes all of these issues. Gone are the deep crevices and unreachable traps for dirt and moisture. The brush head simply inserts onto a pin on top of the handle. The handle on the Flexcare is smaller than the Elite. As for the reduction in sound and vibration, I can't agree with the packaging because it sounds and feels the same as the Elite to me. There are many more cleaning modes however I just use the clean mode as I did before.
Both products clean my teeth nearly as good as the dentist. I always thought an electronic TB was a waste and was finally convinced by my dentist to try one. If you never have used one, you will be amazed at the difference from a manual brush. It takes some getting used to but you will see and feel the difference. See for yourself. After a couple of weeks try a manual brush and your mouth just doesnt feel clean at all. The package contains a charger, travel pouch, travel charger, UV brush sanitizer, 1 regular and one small brush head. My only gripe is that the travel pouch is soft where the Elite had a hard plastic case that held and cradled both the handle and brush. The new cloth pouch offers no protection from crushing or keeping the brush from hitting and possibly scratching the handle.
The instructions say you can put the handle in the dishwasher however at this price, I'm not brave enough to try that one. A Great product. If you are shopping for an electric TB, this is the one to get. Your teeth and gums will thank you. I also endure less scraping at the dentist since using this product so that alone is worth the price of this product....more info
Excellent upgrade from older models. I also like many others here had their sonicare toothbrush die after three years and was looking for a replacement. I have been using the flexcare for a couple weeks and found each of the functions useful, like maxcare and clean....more info
Best yet The Sonicare Flexcare brush is certainly the most effective cleaner/massager I have ever used. I bought it at the repeated urging of my dentist. I had been using an Oral B electric, which was effective. Indeed I was quite satisfied until I started with the Sonicare. It gets into more spaces, loosens debris better and maintains gums better than a rotating brush. I use a saline solution (1%) only - no toothpaste - and my teeth come out literally squeaky clean in two minutes of brushing. I have only had it for a few months, but I have had zero problems....more info
love it I love this new brush, cleans very well. however i only paid 119.00 for mine at the dentist office and it came with 2 brush heads compared to the one at amazon...more info
Best Sonicare Yet I have owned the 2 prior models of this brush. Although not all of the updates are great, most of them are. No more obnoxious gunk between the brush head and the handle! The charger is better designed and easier to keep clean. The battery seems to last forever, even when the indicator lights claim there isn't much power left. Most importantly, the brush leaves you with a cleaner and cleaner feeling mouth and than before.
I have no regrets upgrading to this brush from the Sonicare Elite. It is arguably the best consumer dental hygiene product available. I recommend it....more info
Superior Technology & Features I have used an Oral-B sonic toothbrush for several years. I have been quite happy with the results I get from it. I wondered whether there is something better so I selected this toothbrush. Quite simply, I am amazed.
The first thing I noticed is that this toothbrush is lighter. Second, the head has a thinner stem than my current toothbrush, making it easier to maneuver around my mouth. Third, the toothbrush seems to hold a charge longer than my current toothbrush, and it seems to hold one longer than when my current toothbrush was new. Fourth, this thing is loaded with settings.
This toothbrush features three two-minute cleaning modes that are selectable from the handle. The most vigorous mode is "Clean," followed by "Sensitive," and then "Massage." As you are going through the routine, a beep sounds every thirty seconds to let you know to move to another quadrant in your mouth. The toothbrush shuts off automatically at the end of these modes.
Two other modes serve other purposes. GoCare is a one minute routine for quick cleanings between regular brushing. MaxCare features a two minute "Clean" period followed by a one minute "Massage" period. I like this brushing mode the best.
Some people may find the various modes to be overkill. I personally like the MaxCare feature and the ability to choose between "Clean" and "Sensitive." Those choices may not seem like a big deal until you have oral surgery. I do not use all the modes, but who knows, some day I might.
The Good: Easy to maneuver around your mouth with the slender head. The charge lasts a long time. This model has lots of features.
The Bad: Whoa! This model is expensive. Most sonic toothbrushes are expensive when compared to your typical manual toothbrush, but this one seems expensive for what you get. I confess that I really like this model, but I struggle with the price. Also, all that money and only one brush? Wait until you see how much replacement brushes cost!
There are a lot of ways to brush your teeth. Sonic toothbrushes are nice because they help massage your gums in addition to cleaning your teeth. The built-in timer is nice too. However, you have to justify spending quite a lot on this model, and then spending even more on replacement heads. I love this model and will use it until it breaks, but I doubt I will purchase anything as fancy (read expensive) to replace it.
The four stars are for the features. It would have been five stars but for the price.
Easy to use, leaves my teeth feeling clean I've been use the FlexCare for a month. It's considerably lighter and has a longer neck than the Sonicare I had from about five years ago. I put it into clean mode immediately as I have been using the
Ultreo Ultrasound Toothbrush
for several months and didn't expect I would need time to adjust to the FlexCare's clean mode. The brushing instructions for the FlexCare differ from those of the Ultreo: without the waveguide that that Ultreo has, the FlexCare is easier to adjust to. I felt comfortable using the FlexCare the first day, whereas (as the Ultreo instructions say to expect) it took me a week to get used to the Ultreo.
My teeth felt clean after brushing with the FlexCare, at least as clean as with the Ultreo. I did prefer the handle of the Ultreo a little, it seems to balance and fit better in my hand. I still haven't gotten used to the placement of the FlexCare's on/off button and every few days I accidentally stop my brushing too early.
What is more of a concern for me is that after using the FlexCare, I've felt a return of some sensitivity along my molars that had gone away when I used the Ultreo [I have a dry mouth condition and have to take extra care of my teeth including more frequent brushing, use of a WaterPik, a brush pick, and a mouthwash]...and when I have switched back for a few days to the Ultreo during the past month that sensitivity went away. Whether that was due to some benefit of the Ultreo it is too soon for me to say. I had one dental cleaning after using the Ultreo for one month and one more after using the Ultreo another two months and then the FlexCare for most of the last month (sometimes using the Ultreo) and both times the hygienist was pleased overall with the condition of my teeth and gums.
Note: I haven't been using either the Ultreo or FlexCare long enough to have a certain preference between them myself. I haven't used any other electric toothbrush currently on the market. Starting with the Ultreo and getting used to it may have biased me in its favor. I can't tell yet if the Ultreo's ultrasound makes a difference so I don't know if it is worth adjusting to having the waveguide (and extra expense of the brushes). At this point, if I had to recommend one to a friend who did not have special dental needs, I might recommend the FlexCare but if someone had a dry mouth condition like mine I might suggest the Ultreo. But I am not a dental professional nor do I have the benefit of long-term controlled studies or even any long-term usage of my own. I'll go back to using the Ultreo now unless a future cleaning indicates problems and if so I'll try the FlexCare again ... but if I had started with the FlexCare it is possible I would have gotten accustomed to it and after reviewing the Ultreo I'd be going back to the FlexCare for now. Either seems preferable to me to using a regular toothbrush and there's been some improvement in my gums since using each that there hadn't been when I was using a regular toothbrush (even attentively).
I love Philips products and FlexCare didn't disappoint I love this toothbrush. One thing that really made the difference for me is the fact that there is significantly less vibration that other products I've used so far. Believe me, I love the tickle I get from holding the brush handles of my Ultreo Ultrasound, but after a while it gets irritating. What the makers of FlexCare have accomplished is to practically eliminate this buzzing in their product (by as much as 80% according to the statement on the box).
Another interesting feature has to do with the bristles. I feel like I'm reaching some parts of my mouth a lot easier and I believe it has to do with the fact that FlexCare offers a wider sweeping motion and the bristles are more rounded than the average toothbrush. This combination makes for a more pleasant experience when after turning off the bathroom light and heading to bed, I feel refreshed. I guess the toothbrush does make a difference.
Since I'm one of those cases
With hard to reach spaces
In most of my mouth's thirty-twos,
I gave this brush a try,
After all, decided I
What in the world could I lose?
Obviously, I wasn't very optimistic that any brush could adequately clean teeth that make my good dentist heave a resigned sigh but I learned! The smaller brush head is perfect for reaching those previously annoying spots that could only be reached by a dental hygienist.
That was more than enough for me but to have three brushing modes - clean, sensitive or massage, and a timer, well, this is simply the best electric toothbrush I've used.
Near-Professional Quality Dental Cleaning! My wife and I have been using the Philips Sonicare Rechargeable Toothbrushes for several months. My wife has been using the model sans UV Sanitizer and has been pretty happy with it. The rechargeable base is interchangeable with the higher end model (which includes the Sanitizer), allowing my wife and I to share a unit (and give us more bathroom counter space). This particular model offers the same three modes of brushing that the higher model does. Initial setup involves plugging the base unit into an AC outlet and letting the brush charge.
The toothbrush easily fits into its charging unit, and does a thorough job in cleaning our teeth and gums, especially in harder to reach places. The three modes are easy on sensitive teeth, and apply enough pressure to clean the gums without causing them to erode. The unit itself is easy to clean and maintain, and appears to be well thought out in terms of both holding the toothbrush, as well as placement of the mode buttons.
It is important to note that brush refills are on the expensive side, but, from our experience, the brushes themselves appear to last longer than conventional toothbrushes do. We very much like our Philips Sonicare toothbrushes and would recommend them to others wholeheartedly....more info
After trying others, I have found perfection This is the third electric toothbrush I have tried in the last year and this one stands heads and shoulders over the other two. The first I tried was the Ultreo Ultrasound Toothbrush which always felt awkward and replacement heads were expensive and not in my local stores. On the other hand, the Phillips Sonicare just seemed to fit the first time. Perhaps I am more adjusted to the feel of electric toothbrushes, but this one did not feel like I was brushing with a tennis racket. Also, replacement brushes are readily available and reasonably priced.
The second brush I tried was the cheaper Waterpik Sensonic Professional Toothbrush, which I was very happy with it. But a few friends kept raving about their Sonicares so I figured I better try one. The Sonicare probably costs twice what the Waterpik costs but it's worth it. It was kind of like driving a BMW when you are used to driving a PT Cruiser. The Waterpik was good and got the job done, but this brush just had a feel of quality.
This brush also has some great features, like the quick brushing, and although I didn't try it, there was a setting to ease new users into the world of electric toothbrushes. I have to say I'm am not that into the whistles and bells, I just wanted my teeth brushed, and I feel this brush was noticibly better than the other two. It's a well constructed, effective brush and my first recomendation to anyone looking for a brush. If you want a cheaper brush, I was happy with the Waterpik, but I would lean toward spending the extra....more info
Works great, but it is way over priced for the features I want to stress that this brush works superbly. My 3 stars are for the value/bang for your buck aspect of this product.
I have used three other electric brushes besides this one. One was a very early model Sonicare, the other two were Braun Oral-B models. ALL of them worked great. The three other brushes I've used have all had excellent durability. And I never had a single cavity with any of them.
There are really just two major differences between these two brands. Brauns tend to have smaller heads and they have a kind of rotating pulsing motion. Sonicare models have more of a vibration motion and, in my experience, tend to tickle a bit more. Your mileage may vary. In my experience, Braun brush heads also tend to be a little cheaper.
All the electric toothbrush makers make claims about being the "best." However, as one major dental site commented, "There are currently no studies that we are aware of that compare objectively electric toothbrushes. The choice is really a personal one." If you look at multiple objective dental sources you'll find the same kind of advice - choose according to your own preference, not the PR spin of the companies making the brushes.
This specific model has 3 cleaning modes, 2 "routine" modes, 2 minute timer, a quad pacer (30 seconds per quarter of your mouth), and a few other lesser features. The thing is, all of these exist on many other brushes, many of them about $50 (or more) cheaper than this one. If you're looking for just a good electric brush then I can't recommend this model. For about $50 less you can get, for example, the Braun 8850 . . . or the Sonicare e5500, to name just two. They both have most of the exact same features as this model.
For the exact same money you can get the Oral-B Triumph 9900 with Smart Guide. That model tells you, graphically, when you're brushing too hard (which causes major permanent gum damage) and when you need to replace the brush head. Those are the kind of extras I'd be willing to pay for. All the extra modes and timers I find to be a bit useless.
Pros: This Sonicare model works and works well
Cons: It's over priced for the features. There are better choices on the market....more info
Takes some getting used-to, but cleans very well I have never used an electric toothbrush before this one - the "old-fashioned" way always seemed just fine. But since our dentist has recommended that we use a sonic toothbrush (he made no specific brand recommendations) I decided to give this a try.
Another reviewer has compared this brush to a "bee" in your mouth. I'd say it's more like a jackhammer - at least to begin with. It took several days and some adjustments to my brushing style before I started to get used to it. I still find it annoying and almost painful when the shaft of the brush head accidentally touches my teeth but with practice I'm getting better at avoiding that. My previous habit was to brush for a very long time, but this model gives a slightly different buzz every 30 seconds to prompt you to change which part of your mouth you're brushing. I've gotten used to that as well, and am able to time myself a little better now so that I've covered all the teeth in each section. It still feels like it stops rather abruptly, however, when the 2 minutes are up but I guess I can always turn it back on, right? Unfortunately, us "low-tech" brushers don't get up to speed so quickly, and I'm still trying to figure out all the features this brush has, but it seems to work well on the standard setting.
But lest you think I've hated this brush, I will agree that it leaves my teeth feeling exceptionally clean. I don't know if it works any better than the Braun Oral B that my wife and kids use, but I can feel a definite difference to a "manual" brush. My gums also feel better, and my thinking is that a sonic brush might be healthier for them. I like the feel of the rubberized grip, although the buttons are right where you hold it and I've accidentally pushed them before. And my only other complaint is that it comes with only a single head. For the high price of this model I would think it could have included a few. But overall, I'm sold on this one and will continue to use it... and try to figure out all those other features....more info
A valuable addition to your dental routine. For most people, tooth brushing is a necessary but boring chore. If you brush incorrectly or quickly, you may end up being a permanent fixture in the periodontist's office. Alas, this has happened to me, much to my dismay. To keep your teeth and gums healthy, you might want to try an ounce of prevention: the Sonicare Flex Care 910 Toothbrush. It's rechargeable (a full charge lasts for two weeks), features a timer to tell you when to move on to another section of your mouth, and includes three cleaning modes. In addition, the "easy start" feature enables you become gradually accustomed to your new cleaning routine. The grip is very comfortable and the brush head is easy to maneuver, even in hard-to-reach areas. I still don't love having to brush my teeth, but since it's a necessary evil, I am thankful to have the Sonicare brush to do most of the work for me. Along with proper flossing (which you should never neglect), it's one of the most helpful ways to make sure that you don't end up with serious gum problems....more info
decent brush, but only recommended if money is no conern to you I have used many rechargeable toothbrushes in the recent years - many different models of Oral B and very recently the latest WaterPik Sensonic. This is actually the first time I'm using a Philips SonicCare. Here are my impressions/opinions:
- Brush body is light and highly portable. Many competitor models that offer comparable brush speed/features tend to be bulkier.
- Decent clean and polish. The model claims to be better than competitors, I have no way of verifying this claim myself. However, I find the brushing result to be at least as good as higher-end Oral-B and the WaterPik Sensonic.
- Essential timers - 2-minute brushing timer and 30-second quad timers. All other models have them, it is good these essential features are left untouched.
- Portable, all-voltage charger that's perfect for international travelers. While we are on the subject, folks who tend to travel internationally and are shopping around for a power toothbrush, should pay particular attention to this minor detail. Many models do not have international charger.
- Too many useless modes. Speed setting is good, but I feel Philips has taken this too far and came up with a list of different "cleaning modes". Basically, all these modes are nothing but pre-programmed sequence of speed/time settings. Most other models have one button where you can toggle between the speed modes. Realistically, that's all I need. I don't need these cheap, cheesy, and completely useless simple IC logics.
- Price. Perhaps due to all the cleaning modes, this brush is priced at 130+. IMHO, there are equally good models you can buy for much less.
- Only one brushhead included in the package. Come on, for around 140 a pop, you can't throw in at least a pair of brushheads?
Another very good product from Phillips Packaging: The packaging of the device was appealing and organized. The pictures and the white coloring definitely inspired cleanliness. The listing of the features of the toothbrush on the box was short but still informative.
Portability: The toothbrush comes with a travel case that is compact enough to fit in most toiletry bags, however, the brush head needs to be detached in order to fit in it. The charger is very compact and readily able to travel.
Operation: The R910 features 3 brush modes: clean, sensitive, and massage. The clean mode was very intense and takes a little while to get used to, however, once you do it is definitely the most effective mode. It gets teeth very clean as the vibrations are at a significant amplitude. The sensitive mode is a good compromise if you have very sensitive gums. While it does not clean as thoroughly as the clean mode does, it is sufficient for daily use. I would personally not recommend using the massage mode. I felt that it did not make my gums any less sensitive than the sensitive mode, but the difference in cleanliness was noticeable. The R910 also featured timers and personalizeable routines which I didn't find useful.
Overall: Overall, I would say that the toothbrush is very good. The brushes modes are definitely more effective than normal brushing. While the personalizeable routines weren't very useful, the brush modes more than made up for it....more info
Excellent toothbrush - very easy to use and effective I have used other Sonicare products for a number of years, but have found that this unit easily surpasses other products. It has great features, is very easy to use, and most importantly, seems to leave you with feeling that your teeth are very clean.
The unit and charger are quite compact (and the charger has a base that can be removed to make it smaller for traveling) , so don't take up a lot of counter space. As a result, the toothbrush is quite manueverable and easy to use, an important feature if you use it for the recommended 2 minutes.
The toothbrush is very easy to use, in that you basically push a button to descide which of the clearning modes you want to use (basically there is a 2-minute clearning cycle, with the option of a one-minute quick clean or a3 minute cycle that works in a minute of gum massage. There is also a light that indicates how well charged the battery is.
One nice feature of the toothbrush is that it briefly stops (i.e., for a second) as you brush to remind you to move the brush to another quadrant of your mouth, helping assure that your brushing is complete. After two minutes, the unit shuts off.
This is an excellent product that does a great job and is easy to use. It really helps meet your brushing needs in that you can set it for different lengths of time (also there is a setting for sensitive teeth). The feature that tells you to move the brush to another part of your mouth is very helpful and really makes it easy to give your teeth a thorough brushing.
An interim report I've been using this product for the past couple of weeks (since the date of my last visit to the dentist for an exam and cleaning) and am very happy with it--it's very easy to use, and it seems to be doing a great job. The proof of its effectiveness and value will come some six months from now, however, when I return to the dentist's office for my bi-annual visit. I will report back then with a final evaluation, based on the results of that visit. Until September...!...more info
Sonic the toothbrush Having been a longtime Oral B user the claims that were made about this brush were enough to make a Vine request.
This is an excellent though noisy system. Though working at sonic frequencies it does not celan any better than its slow predecessor, while being very noisy.
In addition, this system came we just one single brush, thus requiring an extra purchase to make it a multi-person tool....more info
Works Great I have been using the Sonicare Elite 7300 brush for a couple of years now, so it was no surprise to me that the FlexCare line is also a very good brush. All-in-all, using the new FlexCare is not all that much different than the Elite series, it feels about the same despite the advertised 80% less vibration. That being said the vibration does not bother me at all. The two biggest differences I noticed with the FlexCare are the significantly smaller handle size, which could be good if you have smaller hands and the somewhat larger brush head size, which I kind of like, because it seems to clean more areas faster. Of course the new ProResults brush head also means that I can't use the same brush heads that I have already bought for my older brush, but I like the new head design and also the way that it just presses on instead of screwing on like the older heads did.
As for all of the brushing modes and cleaning routines offered with this brush, I have not even bothered with them, I like brushing my normal 2 minutes (30 seconds each quadrant) which is what the standard clean mode does, so that is what I use. The charger station is also nice because it can hold two extra brush heads so that up to 3 people can share the same space easily. It also has a "travel charger" which is just the main charger without the extra brush head spaces and also a cloth-like travel case. The battery life also claims to be longer than any of the previous versions, so taking this on longer trips without even worrying about the charger is more of a possibility.
So, in conclusion, I never had any problems with my Elite series brush and I don't expect to have any with the new FlexCare either. It also seems to work just as well if not better and I have had wonderful dentist check-ups for the past several years with no cavities and very little plaque despite the fact that I only brush once a day, so I'm pretty happy with the Sonicare brushes and plan to use them for a long time to come. If you are switching from a regular manual brush up to this it does have a little bit of a weird feeling at first, but other than that first week or so of getting used to it, I really have nothing negative to say about this product....more info
Head and Shoulders Above the Rest I've tried just about every electronic toothbrush on the market (Sonicare Elite, Braun, Ultreo, and Waterpik), and the new Sonicare Flexcare beats them all.
1. Using the regular setting for a two-minute brush leaves my teeth feeling clean, the cleanest of any of the brushes I've tried.
2. Multiple power settings include a low power gum massage that's just great. This massage feels as though it stimulates blood flow to the gums, and that just has to be helpful.
3. Plus, for new users, there's an Easy Start program built into the brush that allows the brush speed to start slow and increase in power over several days. For users familiar with electronic brushes, however, starting with the regular (full power) setting won't be a problem.
4. The charger is solid and heavy enough to avoid the tipping over problems I've experienced with some other brushes. And there's a place to conceal the excess wiring beneath the charger.
5. The replacement brushes are reasonably priced. I won't be spending the price of a new setup every year just to get new brush heads. And I appreciate the fact that Phillips is not holding their customers hostage for replacement brush heads.
All in all, the new Flexcare is just about perfect. I highly recommend it!...more info
Wow, this is great! After seeing some of the preliminary reviews, I was excited to try this. I had an electronic toothbrush, probably about 10 years ago, and I stopped using it for some reason I can't remember. I think that was a Braun. Since then, I've bought a couple of Crest spin brushes. I used to think they were all pretty much the same, but the Sonicare is in a whole different league. Besides the superior cleaning you get with the sonic action, my favorite parts are the timer that tells you how long to brush in one area and the different modes. I like the massage mode but will use the clean mode for daily use. Since I hadn't used an electric toothbrush for a while, I used the Easy Start mode, and that was nice, but I think most people can probably handle jumping right in to clean mode. I also find the brush to be comfortable in my hand. This product is highly recommended!...more info
nre product satisfaction [[ASIN:B000EHNDD0 Philips Sonicare Elite e9500 Custom Care Power Toothbrush]
excellent product--perfect for more complete dental care- ...more info
fantastic My dental hygienist says best model on the market. I have to agree. Curved brush does a great job. Fantastic product....more info
Best Toothbrush I have been using Sonicare Toothbrushes for years and when I needed a replacement there was only one logical solution..Buy a new Sonicare.. I love this brush and it really does a great job removing plague too!...more info
Liked my old Sonicare better I've had this toothbrush since June, 2008. I bought it when my old Sonicare's battery died. I had the old Sonicare for 3 years and liked it very much--it did an excellent job cleaning my teeth.
Unfortunately, this new Sonicare does not seem to clean my teeth as well as the old one, especially where two teeth meet and up by the gums. I think this is because of the brush shape. It seems too rounded for my teeth and the bristles on the edges of the brush seem too short. I get my teeth professionally cleaned every 6 months and, at my last cleaning, I was surprised to have some tartar on my teeth (usually I do not have any, or I only have a very small amount).
They do sell other brushes for this toothbrush aside from the one which I am currently using (which is the model of brush that comes with the toothbrush), but these other brushes are very small and I also find that they do not do a very good job cleaning. I really wish they would make some of the old-style brushes to fit this Sonicare. I also think that this toothbrush is overpriced (I paid 89 dollars).
There are some things that I do like about this toothbrush. I like the long battery life and I like the fact that a lot of grime does not build up where you attach the brush head (which was a problem with my old Sonicare). It's also nice that there is a built in timer which alerts you every 30 seconds so that you can change quadrants while you are brushing your teeth. I do, however, think it's silly that it shuts off after 2 minutes (my old Sonicare did this too) because I am often not done brushing my teeth.
The massage function is okay. I tried it, but do not use it because you have to set the toothbrush up for it before you start brushing (and I always forget). The only reason that I would be interested in going through this extra step would be because it adds 1 minute to the overall time of the brushing cycle (so the toothbrush would not shut off before I was done brushing and I wouldn't have to turn it on again to finish).
Overall, I think the toothbrush is okay--it is way better than a manual toothbrush--but I really wish I had my old Sonicare back. I'm thinking about replacing this Sonicare and maybe trying a Braun....more info
Consider the battery This model uses a lithium ion battery (the HealthyWhite also uses Li-ion). This is the reason I chose this product over oral B or the other cheaper sonicare models. All the Oral-B models that I could find used either NiCad (toxic) or nickel-metal-hydride (NiMH). Previous experience with NiMH batteries that they wear out quickly. And since you cannot replace the batteries in rechargeable toothbrushes, I didn't want to have to purchase another one in 2 years. I've had very good luck with Li-ion batteries in laptops, cameras, phones, etc. They hold their charge better and last longer.
Justifying the price is difficult. Although I got a very good deal at a warehouse store for the flexcare with 2 handles and UV sanitizer. The replacement brushes are also more expensive. However, if I can get a few more years out of this because it uses a better battery, then the price will be more comparable to cheaper models.
As far as cleaning ability, I feel that it is doing a better job than I would do with manual brushing. I would be surprised if the cleaning ability is significantly better than the oral-b models....more info
The best I have used SOnicare for a long time but this new one is the best I can recomend it to everyone
I wish I had one years ago! This is a fantastic product! My hygienist has recommended a Sonicare tooth brush for years and finally I got one. It is so easy to use and you actually get better results in less time, so it's very efficient. My problem area is behind my bottom teeth; even with a regular tooth brush I just accepted all the plaque build up all these years! I am 28 now and it's time I started taking better care of my teeth and gums. Since I have been using this Sonicare toothbrush with regular flossing and mouth wash, I have noticed that my breath is fresher, even in the morning and for some reason I don't get headaches often like I used to, so I give credit to having excellent oral health.
This product is a must have for your health and smile!
A great toothbrush Much better than the battery powered model I replaced; gives you the same fresh mouth feeling you get right after a visit to the dentist...more info
Good Product Was using a medium vs. soft hand tooth brush, either a Oral B or Reach. This only has a soft bristle but with this product you only notice an improvement. I have many eroded enamel areas near the gum line which were tender with normal brushing. Tenderness has resolved and teeth feel similar to hygienist's cleaning results. Fewer episodes of "stuff" getting stuck between my teeth. Yes it does automatically turn off after 3 minutes but just turn it on again and away you go. It will be interesting to see what my checkup will show when I see the dentist again. ...more info
Great Toothbrush My original Elite 7300's "on"button wore out after four years. I decided to purchase this new model, the Flexcare, and use the smaller brushes. It really does a great job and has multiple settings for clean and massage. I did not buy the unit with the brush cleaner as you can clean the brushes with mouthwash and get the same results as mentioned to me by my dentist. The dentist also recommended Sonicare products, which has dramatically improved my dental hygene!...more info
Awesome Brush This toothbrush is awesome. It is a little pricey, but absolutely worth it. I am not a fan of electric brushes at all, used many, but by far this brush is the best. It leaves your teeth squeaky clean, and feels good while you use it. Does not damage gums, and it actually ramps up over 2 weeks to full power so that you are not jarred by its power. It's also smaller than any I've used before. Pricey, but worth it....more info
My teeth are whiter. Easy to use and the timer helps me brush longer. I noticed my teeth were whiter after the first use....more info
like this toothbrush a lot We've had the Flexcare toothbrush for about 2 months now. The biggest improvement (over the Sonicare Elite one we had) is that it is quieter and brushes with less force (though it is said to be more effective in tests for plaque removal). I also like the slimmer handle,the smaller head and lighter weight. A negative is there are several choices for brushing mode and there is the chance you will accidentally change to another mode without knowing it by hitting the wrong button....more info
Worth the Price I've used Sonicare at my dentist's recommendation since they first came out. Spending the extra money on the Flexcare was well worth the investment. I especially like the smaller brush head and the additional timing features....more info
Excellent Toothbrush With only using this product for a little over a month, I can already see a difference in my teeth. My teeth are whiter and feel cleaner after using this brush as opposed to my manual toothbrush. The quadrant timer is great feature also. ...more info
Yes. The other reviews are Right - Its AWESOME. Recently I had been seeing (actually feeling with my tongue) plaque deposits on my teeth and decided to try out a power-brush. Being a kind of buyer that believes in spending a little more but getting the best product I finally bought the Flexcare toothbrush.
While reading reviews that said "feels like dentist clean" I was like yeah right, as if its really that cool, its essentially a vibrating toothbrush!
But, I was so damn wrong :) The first time I used it, immediately I could feel that "clean gap between the teeth", just like you do after flossing. It was such an awesome feeling that immediately I felt nice spending $100.
Oh, and after the second use this morning, I could already feel a difference in the plaque, its much less! hurray! :)
I would recommend this toothbrush to anyone who wants that just flossed feeling every morning....more info
Quick, Fantastic Clean After two minutes with this thing in the morning, my teeth feel clean all day. It took some getting used to this (I was had been using an Oral-B, and the movement of the brush head is completely different) but ultimately, I find using this brush more soothing--and more effective. Isn't that the perfect combination?...more info
Great product, but pricey I like the R910 much better than my previous Sonicare 4100. The unprotected brush head is a huge improvement. I find the slimmer body easier to hold and maneuver, and it takes less room in my travel bag. I'm hoping the Lion battery in the R910 lives longer than the 3 years I got from the NiCad in the 4100. The second button is somewhat annoying, as I frequently push it accidentially and unexpectedly end up doing something to my teeth other than giving them a normal brushing......more info
Big improvement on already terrific product I've used the Sonicare toothbrush for years because simply it cleans my teeth and gums really well and my dental hygienist can attest to that - better checkups since I started using it. My only complaint with the older models is that they were harder to clean. I did it anyway, but this one makes it a lot easier to clean AND easier to put the brush on and take it off. It's also lighter and has more options for different brushing modes if you like those. So glad I bought the new model!...more info
Great Brush with Terrible Reliability, Warranty Service I had originally given this toothbrush a five-star review.
It's compact, quiet, and works like a champ.
Until it broke after only eight months.
I called Philips and to their credit got a Customer Service rep who actually sounds American. I could understand him!
They promised to send a replacement unit under warranty, but that was more than two weeks ago. I called today to see what was going on and was told replacement units were on back order and -- "we'll send it to you as soon as they come in".
And when might that be? I'm going in for a checkup with my dentist tomorrow, and I don't think he will be happy with what he finds.
At least I can blame my rotting gums on this unreliable toothbrush and Philips' sluggish warranty service.
I think I may go back to Braun Oral B next time; I got at least a few years of service out of their sonic toothbrush....more info
Starts like a bee in your mouth . . . ends up as a workhorse This Sonicare electric toothbrush is, simply put, an excellent product. I've been using a Braun (which I believe is the same as Oral B) electric toothbrush for years, and it does not compare with this newest generation of dental hygiene products.
This model comes preset with a step-up program that gradually increases the speed of the brush head over 14 uses until it reaches maximum effectiveness, a feature designed especially to those new to electric toothbrushes. Although I've used an electric toothbrush for years, I decided to try out the pre-programmed sessions to see how it worked. On the first day, the toothbrush sounded like a bee in my mouth; it was gentle, with enough high-speed vibration to clean my teeth better than my old, full-speed Braun. Over the fourteen uses -- I did it in a week, but those new to electric toothbrushes might want to use it only once a day at first -- the brush lost its whine and gradually moved to its final, more authoritative vibration that cleans exceptionally well. Even at maximum power, this toothbrush does not vibrate through my entire skull the way my Braun does.
The coolest part of the Sonicare is the option of selecting different modes. The sensitive teeth setting is more like a mosquito than a bee; although I have sensitive teeth, I find that the regular cleaning doesn't bother me and is more thorough. You may select "Go Care" (a one-minute touch up between regular brushings), "Massage" for the gums, and MaxCare for a 30 second tooth brushing following by a fifteen second gum massage for each quadrant (total time = 3 minutes.) To remind you to switch "quadrants" of your mouth, the pitch changes slightly. After the routine time is up, the toothbrush stops.
First time electric toothbrush users should note the instructions about angling the brush head and moving gently side to side. You do not move the brush much yourself as you would with a traditional tooth brush; otherwise, you'll irritate or even rip your gums. My dentist has always advocated using an electric toothbrush once a day, not twice, with a traditional brush doing the work for the second brushing, although I find that the Sonicare, unlike my old Braun, is gentle enough to use twice. Still, users might not want to throw out their toothbrushes.
The Sonicare comes with a stand charger, one standard brush head, user identification bands, a soft carrying case, and a plastic cap to protect the brush head while traveling. Those who have smaller mouths will want to buy the optional Philips Sonicare Elite (E-Series) Replacement Brush Head, Compact (2-Pack) since it's not easy maneuvering the head behind, say, the front teeth. If you are concerned about sanitizing the heads, you might prefer to buy the version with the sanitizer (Philips Sonicare Flexcare Professional with UV Sanitizer), although you can always buy a sanitizer separately later (Philips Sonicare UV Sanitizer.)
I have only two complaints about this product: you cannot attach it to the wall to keep counter space free, and the automatic stop feature is annoying if I'm not quite done brushing. The inability to mount it on the wall is especially frustrating since the handle is incredibly easy to knock off the charger. Some people might not like the fact that it tickles like the Dickens when you hit the roof of your mouth while on the brushing speeds.
I highly recommend this toothbrush. Electric toothbrushes promote oral health through both cleaner teeth and gum stimulation, and the Sonicare is an exceptional entry into the market.
Also look at Oral-B Pulsonic Power Toothbrush....more info
Great toothbrush, but dumb features Since there are many other reviews, I'll just mention the highlights. I've been using the low-end Sonicare model for years and was happy with it, except for poor nickel cadmium battery life. It was annoying to have to throw away an expensive toothbrush because the battery would no longer charge. I'm hoping the lithium ion battery in this model will last longer.
This model does seem to get my teeth cleaner. It feels like it's doing a better job, and after getting used to it the low-end model feels really wimpy. I like the LED battery indicator because I travel a lot and don't have to guess about when the toothbrush needs to be charged.
My only complaint about this toothbrush is that it has some useless features that annoy me. For example, it turns itself off when it thinks you've brushed long enough. I always have to turn it back on. It's not a big deal, just dumb. There doesn't seem to be any way to disable this feature. The instructions indicate you can disable the "Quad pacer" feature, which I did, but the toothbrush still turns itself off.
For a toothbrush in this price range, it's surprising that it doesn't come with at least one extra cleaning head, or a holder for the spare heads.
Overall I'm very happy with this toothbrush and plan to use it from now on....more info
Our dentist recommended this My husband had some problems with his gums and the dentist recommended he try this for a month and also have a professional cleaning during that time. His gums had major improvement in only one month. He says his teeth have never felt so clean and he will never go back to a regular brush. Our dentist also said the sanitizer feature on the other model is unnecessary. I am going to start using one too. The price has recently gone up by almost $40 since we bought it here, so you might want to shop around. ...more info
Phillips sonicare flexcare tooth brush is the best I've ever used! For those you of you who are in need of help choosing a sonicare toothbrush your search is over! This is the best electronic toothbrush i've ever used. I have used an older braun oral-B that crapped the bed after only a month of use! Not sure what happened there but that brush was decent. Then came the oral B vitality. What a worthless brush that is. Yes, it's cheap but you don't get half as many rotations as you would with the older oral-b models. Can't forget after a year of use I was lucky if the charge would last a full week without having it sit in the charging cradle. You could also tell as the days went on that it was losing it's power.
That Being said here are the pro's about this toothbrush: Smaller head then of the past sonicare toothbrushes. The charge definitely lasts more then a week without charge! I would say it would last just about a full 2 weeks without it sitting in the charging cradle. 2- compared to my oral b, i really love the "sonic" action you get with the toothbrush. I've had stuff stuck in my teeth plenty of times and instead of using floss(which is a better choice) i just use the one minute"go care" selection and bam, it blasts it away!. 3 you may not find this important, but the battery indicator is a luxury. I didn't have this with my past electric toothbrush, and without warning would have a dead toothbrush half way through my brushing!
4 All the different modes. When i say modes i really mean the "clean" , "go care" and max care" i believe these are the best and most used. The clean mode is for 2 minutes worth of cleaning, go care as i've mentioned above is for a brief 1 minute brushing for in between brushings, and the max care is my favorite- three minutes or 2 1/2 minutes of cleaning. 2 minutes of regular cleaning with about a minute extra of messaging. I can't forget the great feeling you get AFTER using this toothbrush. You get that just been cleaned by the dentist feeling- Nice and smooth every time!
Cons: The extra modes that can be used with the 2 minute "clean" massage and sensitive setting really aren't needed since phillips added the"max care" that includes the massage with regular cleaning. The sensitive could come in handy but i never use it
2- the toothbrush automatically shuts off! if you aren't paying attention you might not have the best teeth cleaning that day. i dont really find this to be a huge problem. If i'm having one of those days and it just turns of, i just turn it on again and finish.
3- this toothbrush is a bit pricey! Although i'm very happy because i chose this toothbrush over an older model due to the fact that this had more features, was the newest out there AND it was cheaper or about equal to the price of the older model.
For those looking to buy this toothbrush just take the plunge! To save some money do not buy it with the uv sanitizer. That's a major rip off and how much does that really work? When the bulb breaks you have to dispose of it properly due to mercury! so much for going green. Excluding the price, the few "extra" unnecessary modes, this is worth your money. I have never had such a good cleaning in my life excluding from the dentist. I love this toothbrush so much i use it at every opportunity....more info
CLEAN!! Bought this product for my teen son. It's very quiet and he tells me it does an amazing job and feels great. Took a little getting used to, but it has a program for acclimating the user to the vibration. ...more info