Philips has added one more toothbrush to their arsenal of pearly white cleaning machines. Well, maybe it isn’t so much an addition, as it is an upgrade to their very popular FlexCare model electric toothbrush. The FlexCare Platinum has gotten an upgrade and an a facelift, and our teeth couldn’t be more ready.
So let’s begin with the facelift. The FlexCare Platinum has now been granted an impressive InterCare brush head, that will sweep away plaque and other meals left over in your mouth from days, or even months ago. This new brush head digs deep and sweeps away the plaque in between your teeth and along your gum line. It has also replaced the controls on the brush handle with durable buttons.
Fortunately, the FlexCare handle is still as robust as the other Sonicare toothbrushes. To that effect, it feels great to hold, and the physical buttons offer you greater control of your brushing experience. Shockingly, the DiamondClean (which is kind of the Cadillac of Sonicare toothbrushes) uses a single button which is actually less convenient, because it forces you to cycle through all of the modes to get to the one you want. The FlexCare Platinum on the other hand, makes it easy to not only choose your mode quickly, but also the intensity of the brush head on your teeth.
Once you get started brushing the FlexCare, just let the brush guide you. The pressure sensors will alert you if you are brushing too hard, while the Quadpacer and Smartimer prompt you to move to different parts of your mouth, for an overall better and more thorough brushing experience.
While we have never been let down by Sonicare toothbrushes in the past, the FlexCare Platinum is no different. It is a well rounded toothbrush that offers a new brush head that is guaranteed to get in deep and sweep out that dirty mouth of yours. That said, we’re actually the most disappointed with the FlexCare’s price. Certainly these toothbrushes last a good long while but for the price, it would have been nice if the FlexCare Platinum included a few more bells and whistles. In comparison, the Sonicare DiamondClean retails for just $10 more now and includes a USB charging case and glass, at almost the same price-point. That said, the FlexCare does come promising a battery life of 3 weeks, which means that most travelers won’t need to to have a USB charging case for charging on the go anyway. It’s also important to note that the FlexCare offers a more traditional design than the DiamondClean, and it is also geared towards gum care with its specialized brush head. That said, when it comes down to your teeth, both brushes offer superb care. However, the DiamondClean offer a more sleeker and more modern design , and it also comes with more premium accessories.
Price gripes aside, the FlexCare Platinum is an excellent toothbrush with a very modest, but much needed facelift from its predecessor. For $179, it’s as if you are getting a dental hygienist’s cleaning at home everyday.
The Good: The FlexCare Platinum’s facelift includes improved dedicated buttons on the brush handle that is complimented with a porcelain-like finish. New and improved brush heads make this a plaque killing machine.
The Bad: For the price, it would have been nice if Philips had included a few more extras.