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Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 6100 Electric Toothbrush with Travel Case, 3 x Cleaning Modes, 3 Intensities & Additional Toothbrush Head - Black (UK 2-pin Bathroom Plug) - HX6870/47

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Our panel of triallists rate how noisy each electric toothbrush is during use, to help you pick a quieter brush if you clean your teeth while other members of the household are sleeping. Available in six colours (black, blue, pink, white, blue and purple), it’s easy to find one that suits your tastes. While the likes of Oral-B utilise oscillating-rotating toothbrush heads, Philips toothbrushes essentially involve a vibrating brush head that moves bristles side-to-side at high speeds (up to 62,000 brush movements per minute, to be exact). This brush did earn some points by being one of the more silent models, lacking any overly irritating or annoying tones and being quieter on the whole than many other brushes. After a few weeks of allowing remnants of toothpaste to remain on the handle, our beautiful handle was soiled in white stains that we cannot scrub off for love nor money.

Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 6100 Sonic electric toothbrush Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 6100 Sonic electric toothbrush

The Oral-B Pro 1000 cleaned a lot better than the 6100 in our tests and is a lot simpler to use, but it can be a bit a bit aggressive and uncomfortable for anyone with sensitive gums and has an inferior battery life. This is a pretty high-spec toothbrush despite lack of Bluetooth connectivity, packing three cleaning modes, a pressure sensor and a smart brush replacement reminder. Philips Sonicare's advanced sonic technology pulses water between your teeth, and its brush strokes break plaque up and sweep it away for an exceptional daily clean. You may not notice if you're brushing too hard, but pressure sensor on your electric toothbrush will.The ProtectiveClean 6100 ships with two of Philips’W2 Optimal White brush heads, which have bristles around the outside for getting in between teeth, and a pad inside for whitening and polishing.

Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 6100 Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 6100

However, there were a few judges that missed significant amounts of plaque in the harder to reach areas of their mouths, such as the inner surfaces of their teeth or back by their molars, precluding the 6100 from one of the top scores in this test.To test, I loaded up my test teeth with beetroot and spinach, pushing bits of food between the gaps in the teeth. The charging dock is a bog-standard one, and the travel case feels rather cheap and doesn’t have an integrated charger. Another thing to mention is that this toothbrush is super quiet, especially compared to some of Oral-B’s high-end offerings. You do get two weeks of regular use from a single full charge, but the charger's just the ticket for longer trips. However, we should note that this probably won’t last very long, especially if you don’t fully wash away all the toothpaste from the toothbrush after use.

Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 6100 review - Which? Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 6100 review - Which?

If you want clean teeth with the minimum of fuss, this is the best sonic toothbrush that I’ve tested. On top of that lukewarm performance, this toothbrush is also a bit on the more expensive side, making it overall somewhat unappealing to recommend. Our QuadPacer lets you know when you've spent just the right amount of time cleaning each part of your mouth, while our Smartimer tells you when you've brushed for the recommended two minutes. Starting life on the consumer PC press back in 1998, David has been at the forefront of technology for the past 20 years. Testing on myself, the lightweight brush was easy to manoeuvre, and the sonic vibrations did a good job cleaning my teeth and leaving me with a fresh mouth.The interface can be slightly confusing, as it has three cleaning modes — Clean, Whiten, Gum Care — that can each be ran in three different intensities. It also got a bit of a mixed response from our judges when it came to comfort — have of them were so-so, while the other half felt it was reasonably comfortable. From national newspapers to specialist-interest magazines and digital titles, Lee has written for some of the world’s most respected publications during his 11 years as a journalist. The ProtectiveClean 6100 lasted for 23 days before quitting, with a low battery indicator triggering on the 19th day of our test, which put it roughly in the middle of the group. Saying that, this is nothing compared to the innovation built into the Sonicare toothbrush heads, which are each fitted with radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags.

Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 6100 Review | Tested by GearLab Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 6100 Review | Tested by GearLab

Press too hard while brushing and this will give you pulse and red light on the brush handle warning you to ease off.As with most electric toothbrushes, the ProtectiveClean 6100 has a built-in timer that will pulse every 30 seconds to encourage you to move onto the next quadrant of your teeth.

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