This review covers the 2nd and 3rd generations of the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean and takes a look at the various colour options.
The price of each model in the Sonicare DiamondClean range varies significantly depending on which generation and which colour you choose, so I will be paying special attention to pointing out the where the best value lies.
Sonicare DiamondClean – 2nd Generation Colour Options
It’s rather unusual for any electric toothbrush to have a choice of colours so it’s good to see that the 2nd generation of Philips Sonicare flagship model comes with a choice of five colours.
- rose gold
Choosing from a range of five colours may not seem too daunting a task, but there’s a catch.
While the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean brushes are exactly the same apart from the colour – each colour varies in price.
These pricing variations based solely on colour wouldn’t be a big issue if it was only a matter of a couple of pounds but in some cases the price variation is very substantial.
For example the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean white model is around 30% more expensive than the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean black model – same brush – but a very different price. It’s good news if you like black – but I think you’ll agree it doesn’t seem fair to those who prefer the white model.
The second factor that influences the price is whether you choose a 2nd generation Sonicae DiamondClean model or one of the new 3rd generation Sonicare DiamondClean models.
Introducing the 3rd Generation Philips Sonicare DiamondClean
2nd generation Sonicare DiamondClean brushes has been around a good few years now; so it’s no surprise that Philips Sonicare have recently introduced a 3rd generation model.
The 3rd generation Sonicare Diamond brushes are currently available in just two colours; white and rose gold.
This latest generation of DiamondClean brushes has the following three differences from the previous 2nd generation models.
- the standard brush head has been redesigned to be less abrasive and remove more plaque
- the primary charging method has been redesigned
- a DeepClean cleaning mode has been introduced
These changes are significant enough to influence whether you go with the more expensive 3rd generation DiamondClean models or the more affordable 2nd generation DiamondClean models.
So let’s take a look at why Sonicare decided to make these changes in their latest models.
DiamondClean Head Versus the AdaptiveClean Head
The standard brush head of the 2nd generation models is the DiamondClean brush head.
Sonicare claim the diamond shaped head removes up to seven times more plaque than a manual toothbrush. I always take manufacturers claims with a pinch of salt; but the DiamondClean head is widely acknowledged to be very effective at plaque and stain removal.
The unique diamond-shaped bristles and central stain removal pad are tightly packed to effectively remove plaque and surface stains.
So why would Sonicare replace the DiamondClean brush head with the AdaptiveClean brush head in their 3rd Generation models?
Sonicare claim the AdaptiveClean brush head is even more effective at clearing plaque than the DiamondClean brush head. The new style brush head provides four times more tooth surface contact than the DiamondClean head and sweeps away more plaque as a result.
Sonicare also claim the soft, flexible outer bristles more readily adjust to the shape of each tooth’s surface while being gentle on the gums.
I think the softer bristles are in response to some dental professionals remarking the bristles of the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean brush head maybe slightly too stiff for some users.
The promise of even better plaque removal and the less abrasive bristles of the AdaptiveClean head does make a compelling reason to favour the 3rd Generation of DiamondClean brushes.
Money Saving Tip: Later in this post you will learn how you can get all the benefits of the AdaptiveClean brush head without needing a 3rd generation brush.
Charging Glass Versus Charging Stand
The 2nd generation models of the Sonicare DiamondClean come with a charging pad that plugs into a wall socket, nothing unusual there. What is unique is the accompanying charging glass, the glass uses the latest in conduction technology to charge the toothbrush as it sits in the glass.
It’s the reason you see some many images of the DiamondClean sitting in a glass beaker.
Some people find the charging glass a bit gimmicky but it does add style to the bathroom. The glass can also be used like a normal glass for mouth rinsing.
The 3rd Generation models replace this idea with a more traditional charging base, where the brush handle sits directly onto the base.
The charging base, or puck as Sonicare call it, is made of plastic but that doesn’t detract from how well it looks.
I know the charging glass of the 2nd generation model is popular, I like it myself; but it does tend to divide opinions, so I can understand why the 3rd generation brushes are packaged with the more universally accepted charging base.
I don’t think many users will be too fussed about whether they use a charging glass or the more traditional charging base as their main method of recharging the brush. Both are effective methods and I doubt too many potential buyers will consider it a big factor in their final choice.
Polish Mode Versus DeepClean Mode
The 2nd generation Sonicare DiamondClean Polish mode is intended for use after you’ve completed a full two minute cleaning cycle with the standard Clean mode. It gives you the chance to give your teeth an additional one minute of higher intensity brushing.
The 3rd generation Sonicare DiamondClean replaces the Polish mode with the DeepClean mode. This mode provides a stimulating three minutes of alternating cleaning and massaging to leave your mouth feeling clean and fresh. This is achieved by switching back and forth between clean mode and reduced-power mode several times.
The DeepClean mode of the 3rd generation DiamondClean does make more sense than the Polish mode of the earlier generations. Having said that, both modes really facilitate the same thing – they allow you to extend your brushing time from two minutes to three minutes.
Overall the DeepClean mode does offer a better brushing experience and should be viewed as another plus point for the 3rd generation brushes.
Before moving on to the features that are the same in both DiamondClean generations there is one more important thing to cover.
Unsurprisingly, there’s a price premium to pay for the 3rd Edition DiamondClean models.
I can’t give absolute figures but the difference can be anywhere between 15% and 30% depending on the colour.
Having completed the discussion on the differences between the 2nd and 3rd generations of this popular model, it’s time to take a look at the features of the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean that are the same across both generations.
Sonicare electric toothbrushes are renowned for holding their charge longer than any other brand of power brush.
Even brushing twice a day for the recommended two minutes, you can expect your Sonicare DiamondClean to last up to three weeks before requiring a recharge.
That compares very favourably with Oral-B brushes that last around just two weeks between charges.
Having an extra week of brushing between charges can be a real plus point, especially for frequent travellers.
There’s another feature that will get the thumbs up from those whose lifestyle involves staying away from home for extended periods.
Luxury Travel Case
The hard travel case is no ordinary travel case; it incorporates a USB connection that can be used to charge the handset using a laptop computer, iPhone or Android charger plug.
If travelling or holidaying you won’t have to pack additional plugs and adaptors and no worries if you forgot to charge your toothbrush before packing.
Note: The travel case functions the same in all the Sonicare DiamondClean models, however they are colour matched to go with the model colour you choose.
Very often the price of any model is dictated by the number of cleaning modes available, low cost models often just have one mode. The DiamondClean has five modes, which is pretty much standard for premium priced brushes.
Some users just opt for the sticking with the Clean mode without bothering with the other four modes but others find extra options are a nice addition to have.
The modes are selected by repeatedly pressing the power button to cycle around the mode of your choice.
The default mode is Clean mode which is the standard mode; the mode in use is indicated by back-lit labels on the brush handle.
The four modes below are common between the 1st and 3rd Sonicare DiamondClean generations.
- Clean – the standard mode for a whole mouth clean
- White – removes surface stains to whiten teeth
- Gum Care – gently stimulates and massages gum
- Sensitive – an extra-gentle mode for sensitive teeth
The fifth mode is the Polish mode for 2nd generation models and the DeepClean mode for 3rd generation models.
Studies show that most people who use a manual brush don’t brush long enough, don’t brush evenly across the zones and brush too hard.
The three key elements of a good brushing routine are:
- spending equal amounts of time brushing the four zones of your mouth
- brushing for a least two minutes twice a day
- avoiding brushing too hard
While these three essential components can be done with a good manual brushing technique not many are blessed with either the patience or the technique.
A good electric toothbrush helps you overcome these problems with the aid of a built in timer and pressure sensor.
One of the main features of the Smartimer is the quadpacer whose job it is to ensure all four zones of the mouth are brushed for equal amounts of time.
The Quadpacer will tell you when each quadrant of the mouth is complete so you don’t need to check the timings yourself.
Having brushed all four quadrants you will have completed a full two minutes brushing time.
If you start to brush too aggressively, the brush action will slow down until you reduce the pressure.
The Smartimer automatically stops your Sonicare DiamondClean toothbrush after the dentist-recommended brushing time of two minutes has elapsed (yes you can over brush your teeth).
If you switch the toothbrush off at any time during the brushing cycle, for any reason, the Smartimer interrupts its timing and resumes where it left off when you switch the brush back on again.
Although brushing for a full two minutes is recommended by dental professionals you can always stop or restart the toothbrush at any time by pressing the power button.
When the handset is placed in the charger the Smartimer automatically resets to ensure a complete two-minute brushing cycle the next time you use it.
The Smartimer also resets itself if you stop your Sonicare toothbrush for more than 45 seconds.
Money Saving Tip
The biggest benefit of the 3rd generation models is that they come with the AdaptiveClean brush head.
Evidence and user reaction indicates the AdaptiveClean head is an improvement on the DiamondClean brush head supplied with the 2nd generation models.
I’ve already touched on the fact that 3rd generation DiamondClean models are quite a bit more expensive than the 2nd generations models.
I also promised you a money saving tip so here it is.
There’s nothing to stop you using AdaptiveClean brush heads with a 2nd generation brush.
You’re likely to save between £14 and £18 by buying a 2nd generation DiamondClean brush; put this towards buying a pack of four AdaptiveClean brush heads (£30) and you will have a year’s supply of brush heads for between £12 and £16.
Not a massive saving I admit, but this workaround does make available the black, pink and amethyst options not offered in the 3rd generation Sonicare DiamondClean range.
2nd Generation DiamondClean Round-Up
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean White Model
Designed with a matte white ceramic finish the white model sets the standard for all other brushes.
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Black Model
The black model is most affordable DiamondClean available.
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Pink Model
The subtle pink finish makes for a really lovely looking electric toothbrush.
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Amethyst
With its bold purple finish, the Amethyst model certainly stands out from the crowd.
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Rose Gold
The subtle rose gold ring at the top of the brush handle gives this Rose Gold model a real touch of class.
3rd Generation Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Round-Up
There’s been a lot to digest so here’s a quick summary on the benefits of the 3rd generation DiamondClean.
- The AdaptiveClean brush head does provide better performing and gentler brushing experience
- Most people prefer the more traditional charging stand
- The DeepClean mode provides a three minute cleaning mode that alternates between cleaning and massaging mode to provide a stimulating clean
The 3rd generation DiamondClean models can anywhere between £15 and £30 dearer than their 2nd generation counterparts however I consider the 3rd generation Sonicare DiamondClean to be worth the extra cost.
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean White Model
Simple but elegant, this 3rd generation Sonicare DiamondClean white model looks really smart.
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Rose Gold
The Rose Gold model oozes style and class and is immensely popular.