It’s 2016. We’ve been to the moon, have instant video conferencing and Ben & Jerry’s is up to 74 flavors. If you don’t have an electric toothbrush you gotta get on that.
Seriously, the step up from manual toothbrush to big-boy-electric is literally a paradigm shift in dental health. The question though, is which one? If you’ve look around you’ve found dozens of impressive looking electric toothbrushes – choosing the best can be quite the task. Furthermore, what business does this little, bottom-of-the-line $40 toothbrush have in the decision? Can it really hold up to the competition?
We’re about to find out in our Philips Sonicare 2 Series review. Hold on to your butts!
The Straight Shooter
If there’s one thing we can say about the Philips Sonicare 2 Series toothbrush it’s this: it’s simple. There aren’t any crazy biometrics or super-mega-ultra plaque cleaning lasers on board. No fancy shmancy bells and whistles. Just a simple, straightforward electric toothbrush with a timer and a charging station.
That’s not a bad thing though – not in the least. We love the idea of this being a toothbrush that does one thing: clean your teeth. There are only three notable features that come with this brush:
- Easy-Start: If you’re converting over from the dark side (manual toothbrushes) Sonicare has included a built-in Easy-Start mode. This basically ramps up the speed and intensity of your brushing experience over a 14 day period. This feature comes preinstalled and will begin on your first use. If you need to check if it’s enable or not, simply hold down the power button for two seconds while the brush is on the charging station. A green light means Easy-Start is activated. A yellow one means it is not.
- Smartimer: The Smartimer is a two minute timer that begins when you turn the brush on. It will notify you after your (dentist recommended) two minutes of brushing is up. That’s it. This model does not come with the more advanced quadpacer but that’s fine. You’ve been brushing your teeth for your whole life – you’ll be good without the extra guidance.
- Sonic Technology: The Philips Sonicare 2 Series utilizes Sonicare’s patented sonic technology to help you clean your pearly whites. This means the 2 Series works at up to 31,000 strokes per minute and uses dynamic fluid action when in operation. You can read more about Sonicare’s dynamic fluid action here.
The result is a simple, capable toothbrush that removes up to 6x more plaque than that manual toothbrush you’ve been using. It moves faster, it vibrates more, it cleans better. Simple as that.
Built To Last
If you’re anything like me you’ll want to know how sturdy this thing is before you drop $40 on it. Well rest assured the Philips Sonicare 2 Series is built to last. You’ll inevitably find yourself dropping it once or twice but it won’t skip a beat.
The designers thought ahead too. They figured you’d be dropping this thing so they included some soft-touch rubberized coating along with some rubberized feet. This makes it way less likely to slip off the countertop or from your hand and also makes it a lot more comfortable to hold.
Speaking of comfort, but 2 Series is easy to hold and manipulate. It’s a slight adjustment from your standard manual toothbrush but you’ll get over that soon enough.
Another thing that will last a long time is the battery life. The Philips Sonicare 2 Series has a charge that lasts up to two weeks. Initially you’ll need around 48 hours to charge it (give or take) in the included charger. After that you’ll only charge it when the two-color indicator light shows that it’s low on battery.
This also means that the 2 Series takes up very little counter space. You can have the charger hidden away in a drawer for the vast majority of the time.
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The Easy-Start mode will give you a nice transition from the standard manual toothbrush into the brave new world of electronic teeth cleaning. Even once it’s up to full speed though it’s not anything that’s scary. The biggest issue we’ve found is that users tend to push the brush head into their teeth.
This is definitely not necessary with the 2 Series.
Just let the brush glide along the surface and you won’t have any problems with the intensity of the brush. Even with the quick speed it’s recommended for patients that have orthodontics (braces), veneers, implants such as crowns or bridges and anyone who’s had dental work done. There are tons of stories about the harshness of electric toothbrushes but you won’t have any problems with that.
However, on the off chance that you do find the 31k strokes-per-minute a bit rough on that smile of yours, you’ve still got options. The Philips Sonicare 2 Series is compatible with six brush heads:
- ProResults Plaque Control
- ProResults Gum Health
The ProResults Plaque Control brush head is included with the purchase of the 2 Series – all others can be purchased aftermarket. These brush heads are super simple to attach and detach. Simply snap them on and off and you’re good to go.
Every brush will come with blue “wear” bristles that will turn white when they become warn out. Just keep brushing until you see those blues turn white and then it’s time to replace. Finally, there will be a small gap between the brush head and the toothbrush itself – that’s okay! It’s supposed to be there and the 2 Series will work just fine if you see that.
We really like the Philips Sonicare 2 Series toothbrush. The only major downside we found was the lack of sensitivity adjustments. Being able to tweak the speed and strokes-per-minute would be a fantastic add-on but it makes sense that a toothbrush in the $40 doesn’t have that included. Otherwise we found the 2 Series to be a fantastic and capable brush that does one job, and does it well. If you’re using a manual toothbrush and you’re looking for an introduction into the world electric teeth cleansing we think that the Philips Sonicare 2 Series is an excellent fit.