Philips Sonicare for Kids Review

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Bottom Line

The Sonicare for Kids electric toothbrush does an excellent job of cleaning teeth and making brushing fun for kids. With a two-minute interval timer and Bluetooth-enabled interactive app, 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. Be warned though, it's for kids ages 4 and up, it may be too large and unwieldy for children younger than that. The app is available for iOS and Android devices, but there are a lot of complaints about how difficult it is to sync.

ProsSized for kids' mouths, Soft, gentle bristles, Timer with two-minute intervals, Customizable, Interactive appConsApp is panned for complexity

Breaking it down

Performance

Parents say it does a better job than a manual brush. 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 doing so. 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. Many parents note that, since they moved their child to the Sonicare from a regular toothbrush, their dental hygienist has noted better overall oral hygiene and easier professional cleanings.

Ease of use

Brushing made fun and easy. Many parents say that the Sonicare for Kids is the first toothbrush that their child 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. It also has smaller brush heads that are made to fit comfortably in children's mouths, but it's really best for ages 4 and up, quite a few parents buy it for younger children only to be disappointed that it's too large and cumbersome for them. The Bluetooth connectivity can be finicky -- the app tends to cut in and out, parents say -- and they get tired of having to haul out their phone or tablet every time their kid brushes their teeth; a few also aren't crazy about having their expensive devices in the bathroom to begin with.

Features

Loaded, maybe over-loaded, with kid-friendly features. The Philips Sonicare for Kids is loaded with features that are supposed to help make brushing fun, including a base with interchangeable panels and musical tones, not to mention the Bluetooth-enabled app. While many parents say their child loves the app, plenty of others say their kids get bored it very quickly. Others note that the many prompts to change to a different area of the mouth can get confusing (although, there will be a learning curve, especially for younger children). If you find a Bluetooth connected toothbrush to be a bit much, you may want to take a look at the previous version of this electric toothbrush, the Philips Sonicare for Kids HX6311/07 (Est. $50). It's no longer on the Philips website, but is still available at Amazon.com.

Cost of ownership

Keep your receipt. The Sonicare for Kids loses a few points for durability. Several owners at Amazon.com say the unit stopped working properly after just a few months. However, 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.

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Our Sources

1. PCMag.com

Philips Sonicare for Kids, Timothy Torres, Aug. 11, 2016

After a thorough, hands on (or, in this case, tooth on) review, tester Timothy Torres awards the Philips Sonicare for Kids an Excellent rating as well as making it an Editors' Choice. While he's not crazy about the idea of having water-sensitive electronics in the bathroom, he says this is a great tool for making brushing your teeth seem more appealing.

2. Amazon.com

Philips Sonicare for Kids Bluetooth Connected Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, HX6321/02, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of September 2016

In more than 600 reviews for the Philips Sonicare for Kids it earns an overall rating of 4.7 stars out of 5. Many parents say that their child loves their own power toothbrush and that it's easier to get them to brush. We did see more than a few complaints about the app though; that it's difficult to get it to sync or that their child got bored with it quite quickly.

3. Walmart.com

Philips SoniCare for Kids Electric Toothbrush Kit, 13 pc, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of September 2016

The Philips Sonicare for Kids gets an overall rating of 4.8 stars out of 5 in nearly two dozen reviews; 100 percent would recommend it. However, about half of the reviews appear to have been giving in exchange for a free product. Still, verified purchasers praise this power toothbrush, saying it does a good job cleaning their teeth -- it's very popular, too, with those kids that have braces.

4. Target.com

Philips Sonicare for Kids Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush - HX6321/02, Contributors to Target.com, As of September 2016

There are nearly 100 reviews of the Sonicare for Kids here, although most appear to be culled from the Philips website, and it earns about 4.5 stars out of 5. Many reviewers say this toothbrush is a good choice for adults too, they just don't use the stickers or app.