The Sonicare for Kids does an excellent job of cleaning teeth and making brushing fun for kids. With a two-minute interval timer, the toothbrush also teaches kids how to brush for the proper amount of time. The soft, kid-size bristles and the gradual increase in brushing time and intensity add to its ease of use. While it isn't as durable as some adult-size toothbrushes, Philips willingly honors the warranty.
Kids look forward to brushing their teeth. In a 2012 study, published in Pediatric Dentistry, the Philips Sonicare for Kids was shown to be significantly more effective at removing plaque than a children's manual toothbrush. The Philips Sonicare for Kids uses rapid side-to-side vibrations to clean teeth and users at Amazon.com say that it does an excellent job of cleaning teeth. The toothbrush, at maximum settings, produces up to 31,000 brush strokes per minute. It has two brushing modes: low mode (gentler) for children ages 4 and up and high mode (more powerful) for ages 7 and up.
Brushing made fun and easy. The Sonicare for Kids is loaded with features that make it fun and easy to use. One owner at Walmart.com says, "This is the first toothbrush my daughter really seems to enjoy using." The toothbrush has a two-minute timer that chimes musical tones at 30-second intervals to alert children to move to a different area of the mouth. The toothbrush has smaller brush heads that are made to fit comfortably in children's mouths. Some users, however, say it's heavy and cumbersome for small hands. Others say the non-slip grip handle is easy to hold for all ages. Note: Manufacturers recommend that parents perform tooth brushing for children under the age of 8.
Loaded with kid-friendly features. Owners say their kids are more excited about brushing with the Philips Sonicare for Kids than with other models. The toothbrush is loaded with features that make brushing fun, including a base with interchangeable panels and musical tones. Users say the toothbrush is quieter than full-size models and has soft bristles that are gentle on young teeth. It also has a slow-start feature designed to acclimate kids to power brushing and increase brushing time over 90 days.
Keep your receipt. Like other Sonicare models, the Sonicare for Kids loses points for durability. Several owners at Amazon.com say the unit stopped working properly after just a few months. One user suggests using a regular adult-size Sonicare toothbrush because they are more durable. The toothbrush comes with a two-year warranty, and most reviewers say the company honors it willingly and has great customer service. While the brush itself is less expensive than full-size models, the replacement brush heads are nearly $10 each -- above average for adult brush replacement heads.
1. Pediatric Dentistry
This study compared the efficacy of the Philips Sonicare for Kids to an Oral-B manual toothbrush for kids. Sixty-eight children, ages 4 to 7, participated in the study. The Sonicare for Kids removed significantly more plaque than the manual toothbrushes after one brushing.
Review: Comparing Efficacy of Plaque Removal Using Professionally Applied Manual and Power Toothbrushes in 4- to 7-year-old Children, M. Taschner, et al., January 2012
The Sonicare for Kids toothbrush gets an overall rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from more than 500 reviewers at Amazon.com. Owners say their kids are more excited about brushing their teeth with this toothbrush because it has kid-friendly features. Some say that it's a bit cumbersome for small hands, however, and we saw several complaints about product failure after just a few months.
Review: Philips Sonicare HX6311/02 Sonicare for Kids Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2014
Reviews for the Sonicare for Kids at Walmart.com aren't as detailed as those at Amazon.com, but they are still useful. More than 340 owners give the toothbrush an overall rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars. Reviewers say their children are eager to brush with the Sonicare; it's easy to use and does an excellent job of cleaning teeth.
Review: Philips Sonicare HX6311/02 Kids Electric Toothbrush, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of March 2014
The Sonicare for Kids is the top-rated kids' toothbrush at Drugstore.com with an average of 5 out of 5 stars from more than 50 reviewers. Parents say this brush cleans well, even hard-to-reach spots. However, some protest the high price.
Review: Philips Sonicare for Kids Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, Contributors to Drugstore.com, As of February 2014