Review and Giveaway: Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Toothbrush

Saturday, December 21
By Ed



Months ago we made a list of brands and products that we truly believed in.  These are products that we could endorse without reservation and recommend to our readers with confidence.  We were excited to hear that the Philips Sonicare Platinum toothbrush people were looking for bloggers to test and review their product.  They were on our list!  We were giddy to be given a newer model to review. 


You see, we've been using a Sonicare toothbrush for a half dozen years already.  We debated replacing our old model (which still works!) with a newer version.  Would it be worth it?  That's what we're writing about here.


And, since this is the season of giving, we've decided to buy one to give one lucky reader with our giveaway below!  (Valued at approximately $199.)



Sometimes you just have to recognize that certain cliche expressions came into existence because there is just no better way to express a certain idea. Take, for example, the feeling of leaving the dentist's office, after a cleaning. The cliche thing to say is that you rub your tongue across your teeth to feel how smooth they are, because, of course, many of us actually do this, myself among them.

I came to believe that this level of clean was really only possible from an oral hygienist. A home brushing can try its best, but it will never stack up.

The first brushing with a Philips Sonicare changed my mind. You do that tongue-across-your-teeth thing and it feels like a real dentist office cleaning. And then it gets better from there.


Philips Sonicare first use impression = outstanding.


If I wasn't already a regular user, I may have used the Easy-Start program to ease my gums into the experience, but I jumped right in at the maximum level. This is a great feature for those new to the electronic toothbrush experience, as the depth of cleaning is so much greater than a manual toothbrush.





I know "how cool it looks" isn't supposed to be priority-1 on the list of review items for a toothbrush, but the Philips Sonicare is pretty easy on the eyes. And for gadget geeks (me), "Look at all those buttons!"
 


The other feature I really like, but didn't initially give much consideration to, is the 2 minute timer. The Philips Sonicare cycles through four 30-second brushings for a total of 2 minutes per use. This is to remind you to move to new sections of your mouth and is especially helpful for people (like myself) who tend to space out and think about the day ahead while brushing.


Years ago, when I used a regular toothbrush, I overheard my dentist and hygienist talking about how right-handed I was during an exam. That doesn't exactly scream balanced brushing to me. Our Sonicare has not made me ambidextrous, but it has reminded me to move the brush to new parts of my mouth that I probably overlooked before.


Robin likes that she can totally space out and brush her teeth while multitasking.  Making the bed and putting away laundry while brushing your teeth is probably not the safest idea, but folks, that's our life.  She likes that she gets two minutes of high quality tooth-brushing done on autopilot - with no clock-watching required. 



New!  UV Sterilizer System:


After brushing, we use the new UV sterilizer system that the Sonicare Platinum has built-in to its stand.


This was a brand new feature for us, and I have to admit, the idea of storing my toothbrush somewhere hygienic has a lot of appeal. When I look at some of the other places my toothbrushes have lived - cups on the counter or trays in a drawer - a dedicated clean-space has a lot going for it.


And the UV light that kills 99% of germs probably is better than the 5 seconds of rinsing under kinda-warm water I used to do.



Go towards the light little germs!




Long term, we can report nothing but positives.

I am a guy with teeth set so close together that oral hygienists (professionals!) typically get floss stuck between them or break floss altogether during cleanings. As you might imagine, I am not the biggest fan of flossing at home. 


The Philips Sonicare has likely saved me from many, many costly/unpleasant fillings, however, as the cleaning it gives is so thorough most of my checkups go like clockwork. I've even had a hygienist tell me that I could lie and say I floss regularly and probably pass it off convincingly as the Sonicare does such good work around the gum-line.


The Cost.

Yeah, there's definitely more upfront than a disposable toothbrush.  But, if you don't have dental benefits, the Philips Sonicare could pay for itself the first time it saves you from getting a filling. And if you use it regularly, I am sure it could do that.


Prior to getting a Sonicare, I likely averaged a filling every 12-18 months due to my mediocre flossing and lower quality toothbrush use. Since we began using a Sonicare I've had maybe two fillings in 8 years. Not a scientific study, I know, but anecdotally, my mouth health has improved greatly from its use.


With this new model, the replacement toothbrush heads are cheaper, too.  Since that's the ongoing cost of operation, we consider that a Big Win.



The Giveaway!

Just for fun (and to thank you for reading) we're buying a Sonicare Flexcare Platinum Toothbrush (with UV Sanitizer) for one of our lucky readers.  Just enter using the Rafflecopter gadget below (it may take a few seconds to load):


a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

20 comments:

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    1. That's a great idea, Dee! I cut my kids hair, but I haven't been brave enough to do my own. I used to cut Ed's but it was a dorky looking disaster. :)

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  2. Haha i love this Go towards the light little germs! good one!

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    1. I love that one, too, TatiAnna. I say it out loud pretty much every time I turn the sanitizer on - and then laugh maniacally. :)

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  3. We use Freecycle, both to rehome items that we no longer need or love, and to find items that we do need.

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    1. I always forget about Freecycle, Colleen. That's a great idea!

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  4. I save money by using a shopping list, and buying things I really need.

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    1. Just buying what we need is really the essence of how to save isn't it, Debbie. I swear by shopping lists too. :)

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  5. Plan your meals, shop the sales and price match as much as possible :)

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    1. There are so many great reasons to meal plan - saving money is a big one for me, too. I love the piece of mind it brings, my day seems to just go better when I have a plan for meals. Thanks for sharing, Tabitha!

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  6. I always use coupons, and I try my best to only get things I absolutely need!

    stephanie ann

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    1. Coupons are great - I'm still trying to perfect a way to organize them - and to get Ed on board with using them. I'd love to hear your method, Stefanie! :)

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  7. I try to save by buying on sale only what we will use or need, plan using flyers, use coupons when possible, buy in season or for clothes at end of season and make as much home made as possible eg freeze/can home grown tomatoes, corn and carrots, roast my own red peppers, dry leftover fresh herbs from garden, to use in tasty winter meals. We try to save energy by using major appliances during off peak times.

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    1. You're a pro, Mary! Really great ideas. Good on ya! :)

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  8. I always bring my recycling in, and try to use as much of the things that I buy for food in bulk that can be used for multiple different meals throughout the week!

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    1. Yup! Every couple months I bring it all in and get about $20!

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    2. Cool. I'm not sure that's an option in our community - but it's something I need to look into - Thanks for sharing, Emily! :)

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  9. When we eat out, we always split a dish...and rarely get a drink with the meal. Love this giveaway!

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    1. A really healthy way to eat out too, Kelly. Take advantage of those massive portions. We often just eat half of our plate and take the rest home for an awesome lunch. :)

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