Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean

Last updated date: May 29, 2019

DWYM Score
9.0

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We looked at the top 1 Electric Toothbrushes and dug through the reviews from 7 of the most popular review sites including BestReviews, Best Reviews Guide, Wiki EZ Vid, Groom and Style, Electric Teeth, Best Electric Toothbrush Club, 10 Awesome Gears and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Electric Toothbrush you should buy.

Overall Take

Although slightly pricier than other Sonicares, the Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean packs in all the best features, including five separate modes for a customized clean. You also get the option to charge via a wall plug or a USB cable. The toothbrush can typically operate on a full charge for weeks, so you may not even need to charge it while you're on the road. In our analysis of 103 expert reviews, the Philips Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean placed 1st when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note June 12, 2019:
Checkout The Best Electric Toothbrush for a detailed review of all the top electric toothbrushes.

Expert Summarized Score
9.1
7 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.0
4,553 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Impressive features,attractive and customizable cleaning. Includes charging glass,case and USB charger.
- BestReviews
Can charge via usb or wall outlet.
- Wiki EZ Vid
One battery charge lasts for weeks of normal use, and it can be charged either by USB (for those on the go) or in the included charger which is kind of neat – it looks like a cup so it blends right into your bathroom décor.
- Groom and Style
March 13, 2019 | Full review
An impressive 3 weeks of battery life is available from the fully charged Lithium-Ion battery and it is simple and easy to charge.
- Electric Teeth
April 5, 2019 | Full review
Dual charging system (inductive charge cup or charging in the travel case). Long battery lifespan that lasts up to 3 weeks on a single charge.
- Best Electric Toothbrush Club
April 27, 2017 | Full review
It is mainly the charging system that has made the product different. You can charge it wirelessly, and thus, you don’t have to place the brush rightly on the dock. There is a charging glass, having conduction system, it helps in charging your brush that is placed on the glass. And you may also use this glass for rinsing your mouth.
- 10 Awesome Gears
January 1, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
More expensive than the other brushes. A few reports of defects, but the 2-year warranty covers that.
- BestReviews
The charger doesn’t do the “UV sterilization” that some models perform, and there’s no Bluetooth capability to tell you how terrific a job you’re doing on your teeth.
- Groom and Style
March 13, 2019 | Full review
No pressure sensor to alert you when brushing to hard.
- Electric Teeth
April 5, 2019 | Full review
Lack of the popular functions like pressure sensor and smart APP (I think the timer and quadrant will be more sufficiently if you can saw the real-time instructions display that tells you when to move to the which section on the APP).
- Best Electric Toothbrush Club
April 27, 2017 | Full review
The package content must be better.
- 10 Awesome Gears
January 1, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Everybody loves a healthy, bright smile. Featuring patented Sonic technology, 5 brushing modes and advanced brush head technology, Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Rechargeable toothbrush offers Philips Sonicare' s best whitening system and superior plaque removal. Choose from Clean, White, Deep Clean, Gum Care or Sensitive modes for a custom cleaning experience. Proven to naturally whiten teeth in just one week, Diamond Clean will also gently remove coffee, tea, tobacco and red wine stains. With the new Deep Clean mode and Adaptive Clean brush head, Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean goes beyond traditional cleaning to deliver up to 10x more plaque removal vs. a manual toothbrush. Also features Quad pacer and Smart timer to encourage attentive brushing of each quadrant of the mouth and reinforce the recommended brushing time of at least 2 minutes. Its charging travel case allows you to take your toothbrush on the go, and it connects to your laptop via USB or can be charged by wall outlet. The included charging glass can be used for charging or to rinse your mouth after brushing.

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, Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush and Philips Sonicare 2 Series 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. The Philips Sonicare 2 Series Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush has multiple color options for its base: black, white, coral, steel blue, guacamole green, emerald aqua and deep blue. The brushing head on all colors is white.
  • One thing to note on both the Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Rechargeable Toothbrush and Philips Sonicare 2 Series Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush is that they work 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, and the Philips Sonicare 2 Series Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush only has one mode which it refers to as SimplyClean.
  • 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, Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush and Philips Sonicare 2 Series 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.
  • The Philips Sonicare 2 Series Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush has an auto-shutoff feature that keeps you from exceeding the recommended two minutes. However, this can be problematic, as sometimes you may not be fully prepared to stop brushing at the two-minute mark.
  • Sonicare toothbrushes are known for being pricey, but that’s usually when compared to traditional toothbrushes. You can find the Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush and Philips Sonicare 2 Series Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush for less than $100, and even the newer Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Rechargeable Toothbrush sells for less than $250. For the least expensive electric toothbrush, choose the Oral-B White Pro 1000 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, which packs in plenty of great features for less than $60.
  • 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.