Oh the glamour. I am about to write about my new Sonicare HealthyWhite rechargeable toothbrush which I have been using for two weeks. I clearly must be very impressed with it.

I bought this Sonicare toothbrush to replace my Braun Oral-B electric toothbrush which I managed to leave behind in Nice. I took the opportunity to see whether a sonic toothbrush was actually any more effective than other electric toothbrushes.

Actually to tell you the truth, I tweeted out to the world asking whether I should bother getting a sonic toothbrush and a very helpful someone on Twitter told me that she swapped hers for an Oral-B for six months and her dentist noticed and advised her to switch back. I’m such a sucker for that kind of story.

This particular model, Sonicare HealthyWhite Deluxe HX6731/02, was £59.99 from Boots… half price from £119.99.

The toothbrush itself is a little taller and slender than an Oral-B toothbrush. It actually looks more elegant too.  It’s for the discerning brusher I’d say.

Philips Sonicare HealthyWhite HX6731 02
I’m used to the Oral-B style small, round oscillating brush head, so it took a while getting used to a skinny one that grooves and peaks, especially when trying to brush behind my front teeth. The bristles are soft and don’t feel abrasive on my gums even when fresh out of the pack.

Philips Sonicare HealthyWhite HX6731 02 brush head
The “sonic” movement of the brush head feels like a vibration rather than the physical “brushing” motion that you get with Oral-B brushes. You can’t really see it tilt side-to-side like they make out in the ads and on the pictures on the box.

The theory behind the sonic technology is that it whips toothpaste and saliva into an oxygen-rich foamy liquid and then directs this liquid between and behind teeth and under the gum line to dislodge the plaque that would otherwise build up and harbour bacteria (causing all sorts of issues e.g. gum disease and bad breath).

Basically, a sonic toothbrush creates powerful little jets from water and toothpaste and doesn’t rely so much on the physical brushing motion as a traditional electric toothbrush does.

And you know what? I think it does actually work. Because despite being so seemingly gentle during brushing, my teeth look and feel much cleaner around my gum line, including the rough areas above my upper canine teeth where my veneers join my natural teeth. I even think my teeth are a little whiter.

This model has three modes:

  1. Clean – standard mode for superior cleaning
  2. Sensitive – gentle yet through cleaning for sensitive teeth and gums
  3. Clean and White – 2 minutes of clean mode, with 30 seconds of white mode

I use the “Clean and White” mode purely because it lasts longer and not because I think the whitening mode is any more effective than the Clean mode. Personally, I resent the “quad timer” which stops and starts every 30 seconds to indicate that you can move onto the next quadrant of your mouth, and then stops completely after two minutes. It’s quite annoying if you normally brush your teeth for more than two minutes like I do.

The charger that came with my Sonicare toothbrush is better than my old Oral-B charger too.. it’s much more compact and clean-looking with no jagged edges or annoying grooves that trap old dried on toothpaste and limescale. Take note, Braun.

Philips Sonicare HealthyWhite HX6731 02 charger
I also found Sonicare ProResults toothbrush heads half price in Boots. They were £9.99 for three heads instead of £19.99… so I stocked up on two packs.

Philips Sonicare replacement brush heads
If you’re looking to “enjoy good oral health every day” (in Philips’ words), I’d really recommend trying a Sonicare toothbrush. I have definitely moved over!

You can find out more about the benefits of Sonicare sonic toothbrushes on the Philips Sonicare website.

I’m not sure how long the promotion is for on this particular model, but at the time of writing this post, you could still buy it for around £60 at the following stores:


10 comments on “Philips Sonicare HealthyWhite Deluxe sonic toothbrush review: I’m converted

  1. I have a Philips Sonicare toothbrush as well and I love it, I get a better feeling of clean teeth than I did with my manual toothbrush.

    Enjoy it =).

  2. I’ve had one of these for a while now – and I’m impressed.

    Having a horrible smoking habit, everytime I went for a dental check-up, I had to have the staining removed. But at my last check-up, I didn’t have to have this, nor did I have to have any build up of plaque removed! All in all, a good result.

    I think this is particular effective for those that ‘over brush’ their teeth – I was guilty of that too.

    Likewise, the 3 minute timer (clean and whiten) is not long enough, but I simply run it twice.

  3. i got this one to try for Cosmo at the end of the summer! I really lie it, As you say, my gum line feels cleaner! But I dont see any difference in the whitening part though 🙁

  4. I had an Ultrasonix toothbrush which QVC used to stock and that was fantastic at whitening and brightening, sadly they no longer seem to stock this and I am sorely tempted by this especially at the reduced price. Once one has tried sonic toothbrushing, much like sonic cleansing (ie Clarisonic) it is hard to go back to plain old electric toothbrush or indeed manual face cleaning! Thanks for the post. Jan

  5. Ha, this is such a timely post – I was just thinking this morning whether I should change my toothbrush and if it would be worth going sonic! Thanks for your review, I think I will make the switch 🙂

  6. Hey Helen, your scribble convinced me Sonicare way for and I must admit, even though it’s a little pricey, it’s definitely worth it for that all round clean and fresh feel. I could never go back to a standard throw away toothbrush! Thanks for the review! Mimi x

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