Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4300 Review

Medically Reviewed By: Dr. Gemma Wheeler

(GDC Number: 259369)

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Our Verdict

The Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4300 is a very good electric toothbrush, featuring Sonciare’s BrushSync reminder technology.

The built-in timer and pacer are very welcomed, as are the automatic power off and EasyStart technologies.

Simplicity comes in the form of just 1 cleaning mode, with the option of changing the cleaning intensity. And the battery life is fantastic.

This is one of most recommended brushes.

Pros

  • 1 cleaning mode
  • 2 brushing intensities
  • Built-in timer
  • BrushSync technology – reminder when brush heads need replacing
  • Pressure sensor
  • Long battery life

Cons

  • Limited box contents
Preview Product Rating Price
Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4300 Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4300 22 Reviews $ 89.00

The 3 BIG questions about the Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4300

If you are short of time, the answers to the following 3 questions should let you know all you need to about the ProtectiveClean 4300.  If I have missed something, let me know in the comments.

If you want more detail, you can read the full ProtectiveClean Plaque review further down the page or watch my video review.

1. Is there anything drastically wrong with this toothbrush?

No.  It has all the cleaning capabilities and features that make an excellent electric toothbrush.

It offers more than the basics and appeals to those looking for a quality option.

A built-in timer and pressure sensor are just 2 core features, but the intelligent brush head reminder system takes this brush to the next level and ensures you never forget when a new head needs fitting.

2. Which other brushes should I consider?

In truth, there are few better brushes for the money.

The BrushSync feature on the 4300 is just one element that makes this brush unique and much harder to compare to other models. And the battery life is superb.

The closest alternative is the Oral-B Pro 2 2000.

Picking between these 2 brushes is very difficult because they are so similar. The 2000 just edges it for value for money.

A different cleaning action the Pro 2 offers, but it misses out on the brush head reminder system. Then again, it comes with a travel case and visible pressure sensor.

All things considered, the ProtectiveClean 4300 is a very good electric toothbrush.

If the price is an issue, but you want to stick with the Sonicare brand, then the Elite+ could be worth consideration. Older and not as feature rich, it is still a solid electric toothbrush.

If you need more assistance and want to learn what are the most important features, take a look at our best electric toothbrush guide

Our Choice
Oral-B Pro 2 2000 Dark Blue Electric Toothbrush
Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4300 Sonic Electric Toothbrush with Built-in Pressure Sensor, 1 Cleaning Mode and BrushSync Feature, White/Mint, HX6807/06
Philips Sonicare Elite+ Sonic Electric Toothbrush with Advanced Sonic Technology, Blue, HX3215/03
Brush Name
Oral-B Pro 2 2000
Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4300
Sonicare Elite+
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
5/5
5/5
3/5
Price
$ 87.00
$ 89.00
$ 49.00
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Our Choice
Oral-B Pro 2 2000 Dark Blue Electric Toothbrush
Brush Name
Oral-B Pro 2 2000
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
5/5
Price
$ 87.00
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Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4300 Sonic Electric Toothbrush with Built-in Pressure Sensor, 1 Cleaning Mode and BrushSync Feature, White/Mint, HX6807/06
Brush Name
Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4300
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
5/5
Price
$ 89.00
Prime
Philips Sonicare Elite+ Sonic Electric Toothbrush with Advanced Sonic Technology, Blue, HX3215/03
Brush Name
Sonicare Elite+
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
3/5
Price
$ 49.00
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3. Where is the best place to buy the Sonicare ProtectiveClean Plaque?

There is no single best place to buy this toothbrush from.

Typically we recommend Amazon because it is very competitive on price.

But this is one of the most widely stocked models. You can buy from Harvey Norman, The Good Guys, Myer, Shaver Store, Philips themselves as well as JD HiFi and David Jones.

Be sure to shop around, check your options and buy from a retailer that you trust.

Why should you listen to us?

Electric Teeth is an independent organisation with a mission to simplify dental health.

Our team is a mixture of consumers and dental professionals.

We strive to create honest, informative content, telling you the facts, good or bad.

We are not sponsored by big brands or healthcare companies. Our site is funded by affiliate revenue and ads, but we only recommend products that we have tested and truly believe to be worth your money.

Why not watch this short video to find out all about us?

Video Review

The following video is the UK version of the 4300. There are subtle differences, notably the handle colours, travel case, charging stand and price. But the general message is the same.

Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4300 Review - UK

And now for a bit more detail…

The name Philips Sonicare is one that is long associated with oral healthcare and for the most part producing excellent toothbrushes.

From an everyday cleaning and usability point of view, the ProtectiveClean 4300 seems to be no exception to this model.

Launched in the Summer of 2018, it offers advances on technology first introduced in 2017, in a more cost effective, lesser featured package.

Variants of this toothbrush

At the time of review, there are 2 variants of the 4300, also known as the ProtectiveClean Plaque. Although there are different ProtectiveClean models with different features.

The difference is nothing other than the colour of the handle and charging stand.

  • White and mint – HX6807/06
  • Black grey – HX6800/06

Not all retailers stock each variant.  So, if you have a particular one you want, then you may have to shop around to find it; best to go to Sonicare’s website, and see who is stocking that particular colour option.

Please note: Some of the images used in this review are for illustration purposes and are of the blue coloured handle, not currently available in Australia.

What’s in the box

  • 1 x Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4300 electric toothbrush
  • 1 x C2 optimal plaque defence brush head
  • 1 x Charging stand
  • Documentation

Key Features

  • Sonic cleaning action – 62,000 movements per minute
  • 1 cleaning mode
  • 2 intensity settings
  • Built-in pressure sensor
  • 2 minute timer and 30 second pacer
  • Automatic power off
  • Brush head reminder system

Pros & Cons

Here are what I believe to be the advantages and disadvantages of the ProtectiveClean 4300 Plaque toothbrush.

The Positives

  • Design – Smart and comfortable to hold in hand with different colour options available.
  • 1 cleaning mode – Simple and easy to use, just 1 mode to clean your teeth well.
  • 2 intensity settings – Increase or decrease the power of the brush motor for a softer or more invigorating clean.
  • Built-in timer and pacer – Get warnings of when it is time to change quadrant, so you can clean your teeth evenly.
  • BrushSync – A system that alerts you when it is time to change your brush head.
  • Pressure sensor – A vibration in the brush handle alerts you when you brush too hard.
  • Automatic power off – Such a simple but effective feature that saves battery power and tells you the clean is over.
  • Battery life – Exceeded expectation quite considerably.

The Negatives

  • Pressure sensor – Would be better if it was a visible pressure sensor, turning on a light to alert you.
  • Box contents – Would be nice to get an extra brush head or 2 along with a travel case.

Design, usability, clean & general use

I want to start this main part of the review off by praising Sonicare on their approach to packaging the 4300.

Compared to previous models, the box is smaller, which means less cardboard use and better from a shelving and transportation perspective.

Both the outer and inner tray are recyclable.

The brush handle, head and charging stand are wrapped in plastic, which is a shame, but they are labelled as recyclable.

It is a small thing, but I feel significant.  Compare this to Oral-B who use a polystyrene inner tray as part of their packaging, in today’s world is this right or required?

Out of the box and in hand the ProtectiveClean 4300 is a lovely solid and premium feeling electric toothbrush.

It is hard to explain, but there is something about the way Sonicare products feel in hand.  There is a certain quality and feeling of ‘premium’ over and above the competition.

In the box you get the brush handle, the brush head and charging stand in addition to the instruction manual.

It would be nice if there was an extra brush head or basic travel case included for this price. But, sadly not.

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The handle is available in a 2 different colours, black gray and white mint.

As a nice touch, the white handle comes with a white charging stand and the black a black stand. Both have a white coloured brush head.

The brush is made up of 2 key parts, the handle and the detachable brush head.

The handle is rounded in its shape and has the fairly typical electric toothbrush look to it.

The finish of the plastic has a matt feel rather than the quite common glossy white you see.

Despite the minimal gripping points, it feels like you can hold the brush quite securely.

It would be nice if there were a few strategically placed pieces of rubber to grip onto, but this may detract from the clean design.

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Around the power button on the brush handle is a plastic panel.  

On the white mint, this is mint in colour to contrast with the handle. Whereas on the black it is a more glossy black than the handle itself.

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On the front of the handle, at the top, is the Philips Sonicare logo.

Sitting roughly a third of the way down the handle is the round power button. The button itself is concave and makes for a natural place to rest the thumb.  It is made of rubber and has a power symbol embossed on it.

It is around this button that sits the aforementioned panel, which offers the colour contrast.

The brush handle is smooth to the touch, and the plastic construction has been coated to give a matt finish, but one that also has the feeling of grip to it.

Unlike some glossy white handles of the past, this does not feel too slippery in hand.

Towards the bottom of the brush handle sits the BrushSync LED and symbol, below this is the battery LED and symbol below that.

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Taking a look at the back of the brush, you would normally expect to find ridges or raised dots to offer up grip, but not here.

The rear of the handle of the ProtectiveClean Plaque is smooth to the touch, the only exception being a little protrusion just before the bottom of the handle.

Some may wonder what it is.  Well, this very simple notch is ingenious in what it offers.  Should you lay the brush flat on a worktop, this notch stops the brush from rolling, even if knocked.  No more dirty brush bristle. Simple, but effective.

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The base of the brush handle allows for it to stand upright on a flat surface.  But the base does have a recess in it, into which the prong on the charging stand fits.

Moving to the top of the brush handle is where you find the metal shaft that the interchangeable Sonicare brush heads connect to.  This metal shaft feeds into the motor sealed inside the handle.

Brush heads simply push on over this metal shaft and clip in place and pull off with ease.

With a head fitted, when you look side on at the brush handle you will see the head is at a slight angle.  The reason for this is that it helps give a better reach towards the back of the mouth. A subtle but important design feature that enhances the overall usability.

There is only 1 cleaning mode available on the ProtectiveClean 4300.

This Clean mode uses the full power of the internal motor, moving the brush head bristles at up to 31,000 times per minute.

I like the simplicity of just 1 mode.  It suits most users well and does not complicate matters with additional choices that will rarely be used.

As a result of the 1 cleaning mode, there are no LEDs or symbols on the handle to show you which mode is selected.

Nor are there any icons for the brushing intensity that is selected.

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The ProtectiveClean 4300 offers the choice between a high and low intensity, to give you the choice of a softer or more invigorating cleaning experience.

In many respects it is equivalent to having a powerful ‘Clean’ and a ‘Sensitive’ mode on the handle, albeit not labelled as such.

My preference is for the high setting where you get the full power of the motor, but the low setting is certainly more gentle and will appeal to many.

This lower setting is most useful for those with inflamed or sensitive gums.

Pressing the power button turns the brush on, it is then a case of pressing the power button 1 or 2 more times to change the intensity.

It will be obvious, which is which during use.

Press and hold the power button to turn the brush off.  Or alternatively, you can let the brush turn itself off.

One of the extra features it comes with is automatic power off, this happens when the 2 minute cleaning cycle has ended.

2 minutes is the dentist recommended cleaning time.

You need to brush twice a day for 2 minutes.

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Sadly, too few of us brush for this time, so the automatic power off helps encourage us to brush for longer.

But there is another core feature built-in and that is the pacer.

The pacer activates at 30 second intervals, by pausing the brush motor briefly.

This pause alerts you, via the change in brush sound and the lack of movement in the brush head, that it is time to change quadrant.

If you are not familiar with the quadpacing setup built into the 4300, allow me to explain.

Whilst dentists recommend 2 minutes of cleaning twice a day, what this does not help with is ensuring you and I brush our teeth evenly.

The idea is that you break the mouth up into 4 sections.  Upper right, upper left, lower right and lower left.

You spend 30 seconds cleaning each section, that way, over the 120 seconds (2 minutes) of brushing time, you will give a relatively even clean to the teeth and gums.

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The pacer acts as an alert to you, to change quadrant as you brush, to encourage this even clean.

Of course, you don’t have to follow it, but it is good practice.

Do be aware, that there is a particular recommended technique with cleaning the teeth.  The brush head should be held at a 45 degree angle to the teeth. If you want to learn the correct way, check out our helpful guide, to brushing with an electric toothbrush.

Offering 31,000 brush strokes (62,000 movements) per minute, the bristles of the brush head move rapidly over the surface of the teeth and gums to dislodge bacteria, plaque and food debris.

Those bristles need only skim the surface of the teeth and this is in part why Sonicare have built a pressure sensor into the brush handle of the ProtectiveClean 4300.

When the brush detects too much force is being applied, the handle vibrates and the brushing sensation changes.

The BrushSync replacement reminder LED flashes amber when the sensor is activated too.  Given its position and size, it is not the easiest to see.

It is these changes that alert you to the issue.

Relieve the pressure to stop these alerts.

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It does not have the large visible pressure sensor like the light that the Oral-B Pro 2000 and Sonicare’s own DiamondClean Smart offer.

Personally, I do think the light makes it more obvious, particularly when most of us tend to brush in front of a mirror.

Sadly, the flashing amber light on the ProtectiveClean is on the wrong side of the handle for you to really notice,  but you should notice the other changes and reduce the pressure applied, and this will draw your attention to the excess pressure, even if the light does not.

The vibration will kick in every time too much pressure is applied.

Within a few days, you will get used to how much pressure is appropriate.

Brushing too hard long term can potentially damage your teeth and gums. Excess pressure can also wear out the brush heads you use sooner too!

The average life of a brush head is 3 months.  So, every year you should replace your brush head 4 times.

The 1 x C2 optimal plaque defence brush head that comes supplied in the box with the 4300 lets you know when it needs replacing.

It does this in 2 different ways.

The first is a way that applies to all Sonicare brush heads, fading indicator bristles.

As the head is used, the blue bristles fade to a very pale almost white/translucent colour.  When they are this colour, it is time to change the head.

But a stand out feature of the ProtectiveClean Plaque is the BrushSync replacement reminder system.

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Inside the brush head is a small microchip.

When the brush head is fitted to the brush handle, the chip is detected and the warning light will flash 3 times. This acts as confirmation that the handle has detected the head and that the electronics inside the handle will now keep track of it.

As you use the brush head, the handle continues to track how often it has been used.

The handle knows that the brush head should be replaced every 3 months, so once the handle detects that the brush head has been used for this amount of time, the ‘BrushSync’ LED on the brush handle will light up an amber/orange colour to tell you it is time to change the brush head.

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But, the brush is cleverer still.

If it detects you have brushed 3 times a day every day or brushed with more pressure, it will activate the BrushSync alert system sooner, as the bristles will have worn out sooner than the typical 3 month time period.

By the same token, it will delay alerting you to replace the brush head.  If you used that head just once a day over 3 months, it would not tell you to replace it until it had been used for the equivalent to 4 minutes a day for 3 months.

This is a very neat touch and shows how technology can be used in a positive way to better the nations oral health whilst also being cost effective (by not replacing brush heads too soon).

The C2 optimal plaque defence brush head is just one of a range of different brush heads available from Sonicare.  Some are BrushSync compatible whilst others are not.

Key differences between them are the length, cut and shape of the bristles to achieve different results.

Some are engineered for plaque removal, whilst others are designed for helping the gums or whitening teeth.

It would be great if a couple of different styles or even another plaque defence head were included in the box.

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The range of heads is confusing.

It is worth knowing that it is perfectly possible to use a non-smart brush head on the 4300 as it is perfectly fine to use a smart brush head on a handle that does not offer BrushSync technology.  But, do be aware, the BrushSync will only work when a compatible head is used on a compatible handle.

Do also note there are ‘premium’ brush sync compatible heads that can command a premium of $2-8 per head!

You can find out more about the heads and how each one differs by reading our ultimate guide to Sonicare brush heads.

The combination of the Plaque Defence head and the power of the motor built in the 4300 is great.

I have found the clean to be super and after several weeks of testing not felt let down or concerned by the results.  I would have no issue using this on a daily basis or for a prolonged period of time.

Personally, I prefer the smaller round brush heads from Oral-B from a cost and convenience point of view, but I did not struggle too much with the Sonicare heads.

When you might be thinking can the 4300 offer any more, the answer is yes. it does.

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EasyStart is a system that gently increases the power over the first 14 brushings to help you get used to brushing with the Philips Sonicare.

A simple, but innovative touch that shows an extra level of attention and care for first time electric toothbrush users.

If you are not used to the power of an electric toothbrush, the full 62,000 movements per minute can seem quite intense on first use.  EasyStart eases you in.

Inside the handle, is the rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery that offers 2 weeks usage between charges or so Sonicare claim.  I managed 5 weeks!

When the power is low, the brush will indicate this through the battery indicator LED.  Just pop it on the provided charging stand for up to 24 hours to fully recharge. You can get more information in the ‘Battery Life’ section of this review.

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Designed to resist water, toothpaste and saliva, the handle of the 4300 is not designed to be used in the shower or the bath.  A quick rinse of the handle is fine, but don’t go immersing it in water.

The handle feels robust and will generally take a few knocks in its life and I have no immediate concerns about the handles reliability.

Sonicare do offer a 2 year warranty that covers any mechanical or workmanship faults, but not user damage.

The design and features definitely beats the older Sonicare models.

Oral-B’s Pro 2 2000 is the best example of true value for money and it competes well with the 4300.

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The Sonicare wins out for the BrushSync technology, design and overall quality but you do pay for this.

The ProtectiveClean Plaque cleans the teeth well, has all the core features of an electric toothbrush, plus a few more for added benefit.  Sonicare have made a fantastic toothbrush.

Summary of design, usability, clean & general use

  • Slim and comfortable brush handle
  • Different colour options
  • Sonic cleaning action with up to 62,000 movements per minute
  • 1 cleaning mode
  • 2 brushing intensities
  • 1 brush head included
  • Various styles of brush head available separately
  • Brush head replacement reminder
  • EasyStart programme
  • Built-in timer and 30 second pacer
  • A pressure sensor to stop you brushing too hard
  • 2+ week battery life
  • Water resistant handle
  • 2 year warranty

Battery life

The importance of battery life certainly differs from one person to another.

Some of us may be on the road or travelling more frequently requiring better usage time than those generally at home. Nonetheless, it is a nice to have as is a battery life that will last the time we are likely to be away for.

Most people tend to go away for a night, a long weekend, maybe a week or 2 on vaction.

I am pleased to say that the built-in battery within the ProtectiveClean will last in these instances.

Sonicare claim a 14 day battery life from the built-in (non-user removable) lithium-ion battery.

That is a total of 56 minutes usage time, based on 2 cleans per day of 2 minutes in length.

That is 2 weeks or 28 brushing sessions between charges.

The reality is though, that for me in my hands-on testing, I got a lot longer usage time.

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From full charge to empty I got just over 5 weeks from the brush!

That is 2.5 times longer than Sonicare suggest.

75 cleaning sessions, on high intensity, each 2 minutes long is what I recorded.

Quite simply brilliant!

I can’t guarantee you will get quite as long, but it is safe to say that 2 weeks will be the absolute minimum you will get from this brush handle.  In reality, you are going to get much longer.

You do get feedback on the battery and the remaining charge via the LED battery/charging icon on the front of the brush handle.

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The way in which it flashes and the colour it is lit tells you how much power is in the Lithium battery.

A solid green LED means a full battery.

A flashing green LED means a medium battery.

A flashing amber LED and three beeps means a low battery.

A flashing amber LED and five beeps means no brushing sessions left, you need to charge the toothbrush.

A charging stand is provided in the box.

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White in colour, the stand allows the brush to sit on top of it.  A prong on the stand fits into the recess on the base of the brush handle.

Wired into it is a power cable with a 2 pin plug suitable for Australian bathrooms.

Place the handle onto the charging stand and 2 beeps are emitted to let you know that its on charge.

The flashing light of the battery level indicator shows that the toothbrush is charging.  When the handle is fully charged, the battery light shows goes a solid green for 30 seconds and switches off.

It can take up to 24 hours to recharge the battery fully.

A nice touch is that the stand does support voltages of 100-240v.

This ultimately means that should you need to take it with you when you travel, it will work anywhere in the world so long as there is power.  You might just need a plug adapter to ensure it can connect to the power supply in the country you are using it within.

When not in use it is fine to leave the brush on the charging stand being topped up so it is ready for next use.  However, best practice is to keep it off the charging stand (or not have it plugged in) until you need to charge it to achieve maximum life from the battery.

Summary of battery life

  • Lithium-Ion battery technology
  • Sonicare suggest 2 week battery life
  • Achieved 5 weeks usage
  • A solid green LED means a full battery
  • A flashing green LED means a medium battery
  • A flashing amber LED and three beeps means a low battery.
  • A flashing amber LED and five beeps means no brushing sessions left.
  • A charger included in the box
  • Works on 100- 240 volts
  • Takes about 24 hours to charge fully
  • Can be left on the charger

Price & where to buy

I have included links to buying options here at the start of the review.

In the section below, I discuss the price more generally and in relation to similar products.

Right, so up until talking about price, things have been very positive for the 4300 and for good reason, Sonicare have done a top job.

And to be fair that continues with the price.

Some might think it is a little high, but given the competition, it is actually pretty much spot on.

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The recommended retail price of the 4300 is $109.

The actual selling price tends to be around the $90-100.

You can achieve a $10-20 discount, subject to where and where you buy it. But, do not expect to see significant discounts of 50% like you do with Oral-B models.

In fact, the Pro 2 2000 that I recommend as a possible alternative comes in at a very similar price, once discounted.

The Elite+ from Sonicare is around $40 cheaper, but I really do strongly believe the 4300 is worth this extra spend, particularly when you factor in that premium over the life of the brush.

Whilst a toothbrush will generally last 5+ years, here at Electric Teeth we price them over a 3 year period to give a bit of a benchmark to compare brushes to one another.

Over 3 years, the 4300 will require an additional 11 brush heads which work out at approximately $12 each.

In truth there can be quite some variance in price of brush heads, particularly the BrushSync enabled heads the 4300 uses, as outlined in our guide to Sonicare brush heads.

Assuming you pick up the 4300 at the discounted selling price of $90, once you add on the heads, you have a total cost of $222 of $0.20 per day.

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Compare this to the Oral-B Pro 2 2000, at $0.14 per day, and the 4300 is quite a bit more expensive.

This is all because of Sonicare heads, they are nearly twice the price of Oral-B’s.

These prices do exclude the cost of water, toothpaste and electric to charge it, but you get a rough idea.

Sharing the brush handle, but switching heads with other users in your household will only help bring the cost down and drive more value from it.

Please note that all prices quoted are approximates and will vary based on location, supplier and time of purchase.  These figures were correct at the time of writing and should not be relied upon as hard fact, but used as a guide during your decision process.

Summary of price & where to buy

  • Recommended retail price of $109
  • Actually selling for approximately $90-100
  • Brush heads vary in price, on average $12 each
  • Works out at around $0.20 per day over 3 years
  • Oral-B Pro 2 2000 is cheaper
  • Live price comparison of 4300 here

Reliability & long term use

There are many reasons why Sonicare remain as one of the biggest and most trusted brands within the oral healthcare space. Product quality and reliability are just 2 reasons as to why.

The very nature of the product, moving parts and electronic circuits, used in an environment that contains water increases the likelihood of product failure.

However, my own experiences have been very positive. The quality of their products is excellent.  The ProtectiveClean Plaque is no exception.

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Materials feel great, the workmanship and fitting of parts are to a very high standard and you can see why Sonicare is often priced at a premium.

Whilst the failure rate is generally very low, should something go wrong then the 4300 is backed by a 2 year manufacturer warranty.

Conclusion

The ProtectiveClean 4300 is a very good electric toothbrush.

I can praise it on many levels.

Importantly it cleans well, but in today’s world, that is not enough.

The built in timer and pacer are very welcomed as are the automatic power off and EasyStart technologies.

Simplicity comes in the form of just 1 cleaning mode, with the option of changing the cleaning intensity.

The BrushSync replacement reminder is clever and a brilliant example of how technology can be used in simple but effective ways to improve our oral health.

And the battery life is fantastic.

Overall there is a lot to like here.  Sonicare have done a top job and I have no issue recommending this brush.

The Pro 2 2000 is definitely the better value over the long term and will be more appealing to many.

Our Choice
Oral-B Pro 2 2000 Dark Blue Electric Toothbrush
Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4300 Sonic Electric Toothbrush with Built-in Pressure Sensor, 1 Cleaning Mode and BrushSync Feature, White/Mint, HX6807/06
Philips Sonicare Elite+ Sonic Electric Toothbrush with Advanced Sonic Technology, Blue, HX3215/03
Brush Name
Oral-B Pro 2 2000
Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4300
Sonicare Elite+
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
5/5
5/5
3/5
Price
$ 87.00
$ 89.00
$ 49.00
Prime
Our Choice
Oral-B Pro 2 2000 Dark Blue Electric Toothbrush
Brush Name
Oral-B Pro 2 2000
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
5/5
Price
$ 87.00
Prime
Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4300 Sonic Electric Toothbrush with Built-in Pressure Sensor, 1 Cleaning Mode and BrushSync Feature, White/Mint, HX6807/06
Brush Name
Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4300
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
5/5
Price
$ 89.00
Prime
Philips Sonicare Elite+ Sonic Electric Toothbrush with Advanced Sonic Technology, Blue, HX3215/03
Brush Name
Sonicare Elite+
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
3/5
Price
$ 49.00
Prime

Electric Teeth Rating

Electric Teeth 5 Star Rating

Size Guide

  • Height (without head) – 19cm/7.4 inches
  • Height (with head) – 25cm/9.8 inches
  • Width – 2.8cm/1.1 inches
  • Thickness – 3cm/1.1 inches
  • Weight (without head) – 125g/0.27lb
  • Weight (with head) – 130g/0.29lb

All are approximates

FAQ

  • Is the ProtectiveClean 4300 an oscillating brush?
    • No.  It is a Sonic electric toothbrush.
  • How many cleaning modes does the ProtectiveClean 4300 have?
    • The 4300 has just 1 cleaning mode known as ‘Clean Mode’, it lasts for 2 minutes.  It does, however, have the ability to change the cleaning intensity between high and low.
  • What brush head does it come with and what alternative ones can be used?
    • The brush head supplied with the 4300 is C2 Optimal Plaque Defence.  You get 1 included in the box.
  • Does the ProtectiveClean 4300 have a pressure sensor?
    • Yes, it does.  The handle vibrates to alert you.  There is no visible pressure sensor.
  • Does the ProtectiveClean 4300 have Bluetooth?
    • No, it does not.
  • Does the 4300 come with a warranty & how long is it?
    • Yes, it comes with a 2 year warranty.
  • Does the ProtectiveClean 43000 have a built-in timer?
    • Yes.  At the end of a 2 minute cycle, the brush automatically turns off signalling the end of the cleaning time.  If you want to extend your clean, you will have to power the brush back on. It does also have a 30 second pacer also referred to as a quadpacer.  At 30 second intervals a slight pause in the brushing mode to tell you to change quadrants. There are 4 quadrants to the mouth.
  • How long does the battery last?
    • Sonicare claim 2 weeks.  Hands on testing achieved 5 weeks!
  • Does it come with a charger?
    • Yes, a charging station is included with the ProtectiveClean.
  • Can this be fixed to a wall?
    • The ProtectiveClean 4300’s charging station or brush head holder has not been designed to be fixed to a wall.
  • Can I use the ProtectiveClean 4300 in the shower?
    • No. Although the handle is designed to be water resistant, Sonicare do not advise use in the shower.
  • Does it come with a travel case?
    • No, a travel case is not included in the box.
  • How to turn on and off EasyStart
    • Put the handle on the plugged-in charger.
    • Press and hold the power on/off button while the handle remains on the charger.
    • Keep the power on/off button pressed until you hear a single short beep (after 2 seconds).
    • Release the power on/off button.
    • Triple tone of low-med-high means the EasyStart feature has been activated.
    • The brush head replacement light and battery light will also blink green 3 times in unison to confirm activation.
    • -Triple tone of high-med-low means the EasyStart feature has been deactivated. The brush head replacement light and battery light will also blink amber 3 times in unison to confirm deactivation
  • How to turn on and off brush head reminder
    • Put the handle on the plugged-in charger.
    • Press and hold the power on/off button while the handle remains on the charger.
    • Keep the power on/off button pressed until you hear a series of two short beeps (after 4-5 seconds).
    • Release the power on/off button.
    • Triple tone of low-med-high means the Brush head replacement reminder feature has been activated. The brush head replacement light and battery light will also blink green 3 times in unison to confirm activation.
    • Triple tone of high-med-low means the Brush head replacement reminder feature has been deactivated. The brush head replacement light and battery light will also blink amber 3 times in unison to confirm deactivation.
  • How to turn on and off pressure sensor
    • Put the handle on the plugged-in charger.
    • Press and hold the power on/off button while the handle remains on the charger.
    • Keep the power on/off button pressed until you hear a series of three short beeps (after 6-7 seconds).
    • Release the power on/off button.
    • Triple tone of low-med-high means the pressure sensor feature has been activated. The brush head replacement light and battery light will also blink green 3 times in unison to confirm activation.
    • Triple tone of high-med-low means the pressure sensor feature has been deactivated. The brush head replacement light and battery light will also blink amber 3 times in unison to confirm deactivation.
    • If you continue holding the power on/off button after the three short beeps, the activate/deactivate sequence repeats.

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About Jon Love

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After spending 12 years in consumer technology, it was in 2014 that he focused his attention on dental health, having experienced first-hand the challenge of choosing a new toothbrush.

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