We review all manner of gadgets here at Hypertext, but there still remain some devices that are yet to land on our review desk. One such device is an electric toothbrush, but that changed recently as we got the chance to review the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean in black.
Being our first electric toothbrush, approaching how to handle this review proved a tad difficult initially, but like many a new device, the best method was to simply use it to see whether its large price tag and feature-rich design are truly worth it.
With a couple of months under our belt, here’s our thoughts on the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean, and why it is worth every cent, provided you can afford it.
The first thing to know about the DiamondClean is that it’s not a simple on and off operation. Instead Philips has seen fit to five the toothbrush five different brushing modes, which may seem like overkill, but it starts to make sense the more you look at it.
There is of course a regular brush mode that uses a mix pulses and vibrations that’s unlike any other electric toothbrush experience we’ve encountered before.
The upshot is that it can remove up to seven times the plaque compared to normal brushing, according to Philips. While we do not have the instrumentation to check whether this is indeed the case, after a few months of use, things just feel cleaner.
There’s also a white and polish mode for when you’re wanting to get those pearly whites back to the previous shine, but we were more interested in the gum care and sensitive modes, both of which have more practical applications than the more superficial white and polish modes.
Here the DiamondClean starts to show its value, especially as the intensity (62 000 brush movements per minute) in the standard clean mode would normally be too much for working on gums or any areas of the mouth that are sensitive. As such this electric toothbrush can tick multiple boxes regardless of what your oral hygiene may be.
A few handy extras
Along with the different brushing modes, Philips have added a few other elements to the brushing experience of the DiamondClean. There is a two minute timer for example, which is the recommended time that one should be brushing for (yes there is such a thing as over-brushing).
This timer notifies you every time 30 seconds passes while brushing before powering off. It’s a very simple and effective way of ensuring you’re handling each quadrant of the mouth in a timely fashion.
Philips also boasts about the other oral benefits of the DiamondClean, with it reportedly improving gum health in two weeks and whitening teeth twice as effectively as a normal brush.
Many of these benefits are down to the special DiamondClean brush heads that Philips has designed, but much like its plaque claims, it’s tough to determine precisely if the DiamondClean is doing all that the Dutch company says it does.
That said, there is a mental aspect to using the DiamondClean that makes you think that it’s just working that much better than a normal toothbrush. Regardless of whether it can match the claims that Philips says it can, the peace of mind that comes with using a premium product like this cannot be overstated.
Now for the perhaps the best aspect of the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean – battery life. The rechargeable lithium-ion unit in this toothbrush can last up to three weeks according to its Dutch manufacturer, and here the claims are spot on, with the toothbrush only starting to flash an orange low battery light after 18 days of use.
With battery life being one of those elements often forgotten about when using an electric toothbrush or shaver, having the knowledge that you don’t have to charge the DiamondClean every two or three days is most welcome. Having also travelled overseas recently, a charger isn’t something you need to worry about for your dopp kit.
Once you do need to charge it though, the DiamondClean has two methods – a glass/charging plate combo and a microUSB touting case. The former is best for charging at home and latter is great while on the road.
As such if there is one thing you need not worry about on the DiamondClean, it’s the battery performance.
Having run through all the features and spoken about the premium design of the DiamondClean, you’re probably thinking it costs and arm and a leg. Well not quite, but it is indeed expensive.
At a recommended of R3 100 depending on the retailer, that’s a large premium to be paying for a toothbrush, not to mention the brush heads which cost around R250 and are listed to last for about three weeks.
As such that will add up to quite a bit over the course of a year, and it may not be a premium that many people will feel comfortable about making. That said, if oral hygiene is important to you, the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean is the Rolls-Royce of electric toothbrushes.
Should the price tag not put you off, the DiamondClean is an electric toothbrush that can last you a lifetime.
FULL DISCLOSURE: THE SONICARE DIAMONDCLEAN WAS GIVEN TO HYPERTEXT AS A SEEDING DEVICE BY PHILIPS.