What every best Electric Toothbrushes has:
- Simple operation.
- Helpful features.
- Good 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.