Donald: Okay, I know it sounds kind of nerdy, but I've wanting to do toothbrush reviews for quite some time. Why? Because I've been using toothbrushes for a long time.
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Wait a minute. Hopefully I've been using toothbrushes for a long time. What I meant to say is that I've been using electric toothbrushes for a very long time. Actually, the first toothbrush that I brought was back in 1999, maybe even early 2000. But well over a decade, and the very first toothbrush I brought was in fact a Sonicare. I'm going to say it was a Sonicare Elite.
So I think it's only fitting that my first big review be about a Sonicare. And the reason I'm making this video in the first place is because of this guy. So the current brush that I'm using, or was using, is the Sonicare FlexCare, and for some reason something happened with the rod that's in the top of my Sonicare, and it's not vibrating the way that it normally should, and I'm not getting a really good brush. It's almost like I'm not feeling the tension when I'm brushing so I had two options, I could either send this back and try to get it fixed, which would take time and energy, or I could just upgrade.
And since I've been using this for three or four years maybe, I just decided to go ahead and go up to the next model. So what model are we going to be reviewing today?
If you click this video you probably already know, but I have upgraded to ... That's the drum roll sound. ... the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart. And for those you ... See this, this a lot of Japanese writing on this box. Reason is I actually live in Tokyo. Have for quite some time. But hopefully if you're watching this there'll be a comparable model should you be interested in getting one yourself. And now it's time to ask the question ...
Brad Pitt: What's in the box?
Donald: Now that you know what's inside the box, I'm going to try to do this in one minute or less if I can, but I'm going to tell you all the features of the toothbrush itself. Let's work our way from the bottom of the brush up.
So at the base of the DiamondClean Smart there is a light indicator which lets you know when you're brushing too hard. So when I'm brushing, if I use too much pressure, this light will flash, and I'll be able to see it right in the mirror. At the base of the brush there is a battery indicator that lets you know how you're doing for charge. And you have your five different modes, which are clean, white plus, gum health, deep clean plus and tongue care. And the button that I was just pressing serves two functions.
So on the DiamondClean Smart when it's off, powered off, this toggles between your different modes. When it's powered on, this toggles your different intensities. So you have your highest intensity level, low and medium. That of course is the power button. And as we work our way up to the brush head, every brush head comes with a plastic case, we'll just remove that for now, with the exception of the tongue cleaner, no case on the tongue cleaner. But when we take this off, this is your rod and the rod vibrates really fast. That's how you get so many brush strokes with the Sonicare DiamondClean or any of the Sonicares actually.
And on your toothbrush head itself, all DiamondClean Smart heads have this little mark on them. That wifi mark lets you know that inside of this brush there's a chip, and that chip is how your toothbrush connects to the app on your phone. So that way you can know exactly how you're doing, and where you're brushing. And that pretty much wraps it up. Took a little longer than a minute, didn't it? Sorry.
How much does the DiamondClean Smart cost? Per the Philips Sonicare website it ranges from about $229 to $329, just depending on the package that you buy.
Let's briefly talk about some of the pros and the cons of the DiamondClean Smart. In the interest of time we're going to talk about two things that I really like about this toothbrush, and two things that I don't like about it so much. And we're going to limit this to features that are unique to the Sonicare DiamondClean Smart.
One of the things that I really like about the DiamondClean Smart is that it clearly lets you know when you're brushing too hard, and it does it in two ways. First way is the pressure sensor on the brush head. Hear the change in sound? So that's a very clear audible signal that you're brushing too hard, but that is not unique to the DiamondClean Smart. I like the DiamondClean Smart because you can see it too, so if I'm pressing too hard, that purple light will flash. So it's a very clear visual cue that you're brushing too hard.
And for those of you who are culprits of over-brushing, like me, I think this is essential. The second thing I like about the DiamondClean Smart is the app that it connects to on your phone.
Now I think this is Sonicare's first hack at a toothbrushing app, so it isn't perfect, and I just wanted to say that straight up, but it's something that will develop and will get better over time. And I think the implications behind it are huge, so it's a great way to find out where and how you're brushing, and it's a great way to keep track of your dental hygiene, and most importantly, it's a great way for you to show your dental health care professional what you're doing, and they can better assist you and let you know what things you can do to improve your dental hygiene.
And now for my two dislikes. The first one for me with the DiamondClean Smart, it's got to be toothbrush heads, guys. I think they're over-priced. Feels like toothbrush heads with Sonicares get more and more expensive. And I don't know if the extra cost is justified.
So for example the gum care brush, I don't even use it. I don't necessarily think you need it. When you go to a dental office to get a cleaning done, and they use their professional-grade hand tool, they don't have a hundred different pieces for that thing. They have one type of brush head, and, sure, if it wears down they replace it, but they don't have so many different brush heads. They clean you with that same type of tool every time, and then they just floss you up at the end.
Now if you got rid of that brush, that would save money. And I really just stick to the standard brush and the tongue cleaner, because I think that's great too. But I don't think all of the brushes are necessary. That's one issue.
And my last dislike, or con, about the DiamondClean Smart is the case. I think they took a step back with this case. The DiamondClean's traveling case was amazing, was great, and the USB was right there on the side, you could just plug it straight in, boom, easy. This one, you've got this little piece that flips off that can get lost and it's just a little bit more cumbersome. It's still not bad, I like the USB aspect of it, but, yeah, they need to go back to the old case.
Time to wrap this one up, guys. So if I had to give the DiamondClean Smart a grade ranging from A to F, A being excellent and F being a failure, like the grades you got in school, I would give it a very solid B+. I wouldn't say it's the best toothbrush out there, but it's a great toothbrush if you're serious about your dental hygiene. Well, that's it from me today, guys, and I'll catch you on the next review. Bye.
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Donald Ash is an Atlanta, Georgia-born, American expat who has been living in a Japanese time warp for the last eleven years. While in that time warp, he discovered that he absolutely loves writing, blogging, and sharing. Donald is the creator of thejapanguy.com blog. Wanna know more about this guy? Check out his "What's Your Story" page.