Philips Sonicare Essence

Last updated date: May 9, 2019

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 104 expert reviews, the Philips Philips Sonicare Essence placed 9th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
12,853 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Philips has gone into good detail in their instruction manual on how to get an effective clean with the Essence. I was impressed that they had even included brushing instructions for those of you with braces, dental restorations and periodontal pockets.
- Moo Review
September 18, 2018 | Full review
This toothbrush lasted for a whopping 29 days on a full charge, making it more than reasonable to travel with this brush and leave the charger behind for all but the longest trips.
- Tech Gear Lab
It is pretty easy to operate, due to the fact that the power button and charging mechanism is conspicuous in the middle and gives you the opportunity to access it whenever you would like. The brush is pretty easy to grip and comes with a charging station.
- Dental Dorks
The toothbrush is backed by a two-year warranty and runs for up to two weeks on a single charge.
- Much Needed
Battery life – 2 weeks battery life is pretty good, especially when you compare it to Oral-B’s offerings at this price point.
- Electric Teeth
January 25, 2019 | Full review
A screw on head is easy to fix to make it ideal for any user.
- Best Electric Toothbrush Club
The Sonicare Essence toothbrush has a battery life of 2 weeks, which is longer than the Essence+ model. While brands like Oral B having an average battery life of 7 days, Sonicare’s battery life is relatively high and more eco friendly than most electric toothbrushes.
- The Toothsayer
October 1, 2018 | Full review
Comes with all the accessories necessary for travelling.
- Get Healthy Teeth
What experts didn't like
As I turned on the Sonicare Essence for the first time I was greeted with a rather loud sound as the vibrating brush head jumped into motion. The sound is more of a loud humming sound as opposed to the churning gear sound you hear from the Oral-B range.The sound is loud enough that anyone sleeping one or two rooms over will be able to hear it, particularly if your bathroom echoes.
- Moo Review
September 18, 2018 | Full review
There is a little more effort to swap brush heads with their screw-on attachment system than the click-on system favored by most other models.
- Tech Gear Lab
One of the knocks against this particular toothbrush is that it does not come with a travel case. It also does not come with a travel charger.
- Dental Dorks
The replacement brush heads are expensive.
- Much Needed
Size & weight – This is not the slimmest of brushes.
- Electric Teeth
January 25, 2019 | Full review
Sometimes mildew percolates in the opening of between the brush head and its body.
- Best Electric Toothbrush Club
While Sonicare’s immediate battery life is usually praised, its longevity is sometimes criticized because most brushes only last 1-2 years.
- The Toothsayer
October 1, 2018 | Full review
Though mostly the reviews for Sonicare Essence are positive, there’re some complaints from users. One of them is the noise. Some of the users, though not many, have found the brush quite noisy.
- Get Healthy Teeth

From The Manufacturer

Taking care of your dental health is easy with the Philips Sonicare Essence Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush. This rechargeable power toothbrush features an angled neck, soft contoured bristles, and patented sonic technology to gently remove plaque in hard-to-reach areas. An easy-start feature helps you adjust to the Sonicare experience, while the two-minute Smartimer ensures you brush thoroughly. Essence Rechargeable Toothbrush remains charged for up to two weeks.

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
Overall Score: 7.4
Expert Reviews: 6

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