Philips Sonicare HX6511 Toothbrush

Over the years I’ve used both Sonicare and OralB electric toothbrushes, there is no doubt in my mind that they are much better than a standard toothbrush.

My 4 year old OralB was starting to get a little tired with poor battery life and no matter which head I used it seemed to struggle with my teeth at times.
I saw a version of this in Boots (HX6511/50) which being a slightly higher number should be better, but it turns out the main body is exactly the same but this model has a DiamondClean brush head instead of the normal brush head – it then dropped in price and was cheaper than Boots so I bought one.

The packaging is all recycleable with no annoying plastic to peel off or break into with the skill of a safe cracker, instead the box is easy to open and contains the main body, diamondclean brush (inc plastic cap), charger and instruction manual/warranty information.

Having used an electric brush for years, the first thing I did was disable the easy start that is programmed by default – this is a 14 day ease you into using it setting, basically it lowers the intensity of the vibrations and gently increases them over 14 days until you reach full power, to disable it hold the power button for a couple of seconds until you hear a single beep, to turn it back on, hold it again until you hear a double beep.

With all toothbrushes, the first time you use it, you teeth feel very clean, well several days in and its still the same, smooth feeling, clean looking teeth and gums.

Now all the major brushes have a 2 minute timer broken down into 30 seconds segments (one for each 1/4 of your mouth) – the OralB 30 second timer was odd, the first 30 seconds was only 20 seconds, the breaks between the segments were so small you could miss them easily. The sonicare is a defined break and each segment is 30 seconds.

The only downside of this compared to the OralB is the brush heads are quite a bit more expensive, but they do last twice as long and are often found on offer in places. For example the HX9002/26 Intercare heads cost just over £13 for a pair from Amazon, about £6 cheaper than Boots.
The charge on this toothbrush has averaged 5 weeks since having it, which compared to the 4 days on the Oral B makes a massive difference.

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