Philips Sonicare 2 Series

Last updated date: August 15, 2019

DWYM Score
8.4

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We looked at the top 1 Electric Toothbrushes and dug through the reviews from 10 of the most popular review sites including BestReviews, New York Times Wirecutter, Moo Review, Dental Dorks, Tech Gear Lab, Reviews.com, Engadget, Electric Teeth, The Toothsayer, Best Electric Toothbrush Club and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Electric Toothbrush you should buy.

Overall Take

If you want all the benefits of a Sonicare at a lower price, the Philips Sonicare 2 Series is a great choice. The auto-shutoff feature will keep you from exceeding the two-minute recommended brushing time. An indicator also lets you know when it's time to recharge the battery. You can choose from an array of color options, including blue and coral. In our analysis of 106 expert reviews, the Philips Philips Sonicare 2 Series placed 4th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note August 15, 2019:
Checkout The Best Electric Toothbrush for a detailed review of all the top electric toothbrushes.

Expert Summarized Score
8.5
10 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.2
3,257 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Low cost yet with sonic technology.Easy to use.
- BestReviews
This brush is quieter than our recommended Oral-B model, with a more subtle motion (though the vibrations can feel slightly more uncomfortable when the back of the brush knocks against your other teeth).
- New York Times Wirecutter
The QuadPacer is a built in timer that causes the 2 Series to briefly pause and sound a tone each time 30 seconds has passed. The timer gets it’s name from the way in which Philips Sonicare suggests you brush your teeth.
- Moo Review
September 14, 2018 | Full review
Power builds up gradually over 14 uses, this means you can transition from a manual to electric without any discomfort.
- Dental Dorks
March 6, 2017 | Full review
The Sonicare Series 2, like most side-to-side electric toothbrushes, is quite comfortable to brush with — definitely much more comfortable than the rotation-oscillation types. The action is gentler, making it a definite plus for those with sensitive gums and has an overall smaller profile, making it easier to clean those hard-to-reach places in the back of your mouth, especially if you have a mouth that is more petite.
- Tech Gear Lab
The 2 Series is compatible with a wide range of brush heads (it comes with one ProResults plaque control head). (it comes with one ProResults plaque control head). More importantly, you can get brush heads with softer bristles specifically designed for sensitive teeth.
- Reviews.com
This brush is quieter than our recommended Oral-B model, with a more subtle motion (though the vibrations can feel slightly more uncomfortable when the back of the brush knocks against your other teeth).
- Engadget
August 17, 2018 | Full review
The 2 Series is a great brush, when picked up at the right price.
- Electric Teeth
January 18, 2019 | Full review
There are 31000 strokes per minute, meaning a more thorough clean.
- The Toothsayer
October 1, 2018 | Full review
The clinic kit edition with additional tongue brush and tongue spray leaves your mouth fresh and clean all day than other models.
- Best Electric Toothbrush Club
What experts didn't like
Auto shutoff annoys some users who want to brush longer. Only one brush ahead.
- BestReviews
The replacement brush heads for the 2 Series are slightly more expensive at $27 for three ($9 each).
- New York Times Wirecutter
The only downside to the 2 Series is it’s lack of a Sensitive mode that is found on the 3 Series Gum Health (The next model up) and higher.
- Moo Review
September 14, 2018 | Full review
When the battery indicator is signaling a low battery, it does require to be charged straight away.
- Dental Dorks
March 6, 2017 | Full review
Shorter battery life than other Sonicare models.
- Tech Gear Lab
Our biggest issue with the Sonicare 2 Series is that it has no pressure sensor.
- Reviews.com
The replacement brush heads for the 2 Series are slightly more expensive at $27 for three ($9 each).
- Engadget
August 17, 2018 | Full review
No pressure sensor to alert you when brushing to hard.
- Electric Teeth
January 18, 2019 | Full review
Only comes with 1 refill.
- The Toothsayer
October 1, 2018 | Full review
The original bundling brush head – ProResults is good at plaque control, but not suitable for those with sensitive teeth.
- Best Electric Toothbrush Club

From The Manufacturer

Remove more tooth-decaying plaque and avoid cavities with the philips sonicare hx6211/30 2 series plaque control rechargeable toothbrush. The snap-on proresults plaque control brush head features curved bristles to match the shape of your teeth for a superior clean that removes up to 6x more plaque than a manual toothbrush. The easy-start feature slowly increases the power of the brush as you get used to the sonicare experience and the smartimer encourages a full 2 minutes brushing time. An ergonomic handle with intrinsic grip makes it easy and comfortable to hold the brush, and the two-color battery charge indicator lets you know when it's time to recharge. This kit includes 1 philips sonicare 2 series rechargeable toothbrush, 1 proresults plaque control brush head, and 1 charger.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 7
2. Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 3
3. Oral-B White Pro 1000
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 19
4. Philips Sonicare 2 Series
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 10
5. Waterpik Ortho Care
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 6
6. Oral-B Genius Pro 8000
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 12
7. Oral-B 7000 SmartSeries
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 14
8. Oral-B Pro 5000 Smartseries
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 11
9. Philips Sonicare Essence
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 8
10. PURSONIC S500
Overall Score: 7.4
Expert Reviews: 6

An Overview On Electric Toothbrushes

Experts recommend brushing your teeth twice each day for two minutes at each session. If you brush too hard, you can irritate your gums. But if you don’t brush hard enough, you may not help with plaque buildup. Figuring it all out can seem complicated, but an electric toothbrush will be a big help.

Today’s electric toothbrushes have a variety of features that ensure you brush long enough at just the right pressure. The bristles on an electric toothbrush vibrate to boost plaque removal without excess pressure. In addition to that, you’ll also get features that will help you brush exactly the way you should.

A good electric toothbrush starts with the bristles. Each brush has its own way of moving in order to clean. For some people, the vibration can create a bit of a tickling sensation, causing the experience of brushing to be uncomfortable. Still others prefer the vibration to oscillation, and some dentists believe vibration does a better job at cleaning.

Next up are the sensors and alerts. Pressure sensors notify you when you’re brushing too hard, with some even stopping the vibration to let you know. Still others have a built-in alert for when it’s time for a brush head change, which can keep you from using a brush with worn-out bristles.

Another feature that can help make your dentist happy is timing. Some electric toothbrushes even have quadrant timers to let you know when it’s time to shift from one area of your mouth to another. You’ll find others shut off at the two-minute mark, which can be annoying if you aren’t completely finished when the shutoff happens.

Electric toothbrushes typically run off a battery, so you’ll need to factor battery life into your decision. You’ll likely set it back on a charging base between uses, so you shouldn’t have a problem getting the two minutes of use you need twice a day, but the charging base will also take up space. Keep that in mind as you consider where you’ll set it so that it’ll be close enough to a power outlet.

Chances are, you aren’t changing your toothbrush as often as you should. Electric toothbrushes feature interchangeable heads at a far lower cost than what you spent on the base. Some toothbrushes build in alerts to let you know when it’s time to change your brush heads. This is based on wear on the bristles, which reduces the effectiveness of each cleaning.

DYWM Fun Fact

Although “sonic” is a word for sound, on the surface, sonic toothbrushes operate similarly to other electric toothbrushes. What differentiates them is simply that they move at a faster speed than other types of electric toothbrushes. You’ll get 31,000 brush strokes per minute with a Sonicare toothbrush, compared to the typical speed of non-sonic toothbrushes, which is between 2,500 and 7,500 strokes per minute.

The higher speed adds a separate cleansing action to the scrubbing you’d get with non-sonic toothbrushes, supposedly making it better able to reduce plaque on the teeth. This scrubbing action is built on the laws of fluid dynamics, which has an energy transfer level believed to be able to disrupt biofilms on a tooth’s surface, resulting in a better clean.

The Electric Toothbrush Buying Guide

  • Any good toothbrush starts with the bristles. This is especially true of electric toothbrushes, which use movement to get the job done. The Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Rechargeable Toothbrush and Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush use the power of sonic technology to make as much as 31,000 brush strokes per minute, driving fluid between your teeth. The Oral-B White Pro 1000 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush uses 3-D cleaning action to surround each tooth, providing around 8,800 rotations and 20,000 pulsations per minute.
  • One big benefit of the Oral-B White Pro 1000 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush is that its movement doesn’t seem to tickle as much as the Sonicare, making it more comfortable for brushers who are sensitive to that.
  • Most electric toothbrushes follow a similar design, with a base that’s far wider than a standard toothbrush. Looks are a matter of personal preference, but the Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Rechargeable Toothbrush has a full black design that’s a refreshing departure from standard white toothbrushes. The Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush utilizes that same solid black design for its base, but its heads are white. Although the Oral-B White Pro 1000 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush looks similar to Sonicare’s brushes, the base is slightly thinner, which can make it easier to hold.
  • One thing to note on the Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Rechargeable Toothbrush is that it works with every Philips Sonicare snap-on toothbrush head, so you can choose the one you prefer.
  • Not every person needs the same level of cleaning each day. In fact, even you may need more on one day versus another. The Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Rechargeable Toothbrush has the most options with five modes: clean, white, sensitive, gum care and deep clean. With the Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, you get three modes: clean, white and gum care. You’re limited to only one option, daily clean, with the Oral-B White Pro 1000 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush.
  • Most electric toothbrushes run on a battery, which you’ll need to recharge between uses. The Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Rechargeable Toothbrush has the option of charging either via a wall outlet or a USB outlet, which can come in handy while you’re traveling. With that toothbrush, you also get a strong battery charge that can last for weeks of normal use, also great for traveling. The Oral-B White Pro 1000 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush also has a long battery life, going as long as 11 days with twice-daily use between charges.
  • Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Rechargeable Toothbrush also wins the award for most useful charging base. It’s a glass that can also serve double duty by holding your rinsing water.
  • One downside of the Oral-B White Pro 1000 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush is that it doesn’t have an indicator to let you know when the battery needs to be recharged. The Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Rechargeable Toothbrush and Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush all have that feature.
  • It can be tempting to bear down when you’re brushing your teeth. The practice of overbrushing can cause something called “toothbrush abrasion.” Over time, it can wear down the protective enamel on your teeth and cause your gums to recede. For this reason, dentists often recommend electric toothbrushes for those who have the tendency to overbrush. A pressure sensor will take the overall benefits of electric toothbrushes one step further by alerting you if you press too hard. The Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush makes a pulsing sound to alert you when you’re brushing too hard. You’ll also get a pressure sensor with the Oral-B White Pro 1000 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush. However, that one may be a little less convenient since it temporarily stops pulsing altogether when you brush too hard.
  • The American Dental Association recommends consumers change their toothbrushes every three months. Unfortunately, many wait far longer than that. Unfortunately, frayed bristles aren’t as effective at cleaning your teeth. The Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush alerts you when it’s time to change your brush head based on wear on the bristles.
  • Dentists recommend you brush for two minutes, twice a day. But how do you know when the two minutes are up? With an electric toothbrush, you’ll have the benefit of a timer. Sonicare excels in this area, offering a feature called the QuadPacer, which forces the toothbrush to pause slightly every 30 seconds to remind you to remove to the next quadrant. The Oral-B White Pro 1000 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush has a similar quadrant timer, but it stutter-pauses at each interval as a reminder.
  • Electric toothbrushes are, of course, more expensive than traditional brushes. But sure you’re to find one that fits your budget either way.
  • If you’re concerned about noise, Sonicare brushes are your best bet. The Oral-B White Pro 1000 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush is noticeably louder than Sonicare’s models.
  • One way to get your toothbrush extra clean is to use one of the UV sanitizers that have become popular. You can buy UV sanitizers made specially to work with your electric toothbrush head.