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Published: December 22, 2023

Philips One By Sonicare review

Author: Jon Love (Leave a comment)
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The best battery toothbrush - ideal for those traveling light

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The Philips One by Sonicare is a strong performing compact electric toothbrush.

Slip and grippy, the stylish brush comes with a practical travel case.

A great step up from a manual toothbrush, it will help you clean your teeth better.  But, it doesn’t quite offer the same cleaning power as a typical electric toothbrush. 

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Slim, light and grippy in hand


The cleaning power is a little weak


A travel case is included


The battery cover is potentially prone to damage (Philips One Battery)


Choose between a removable/rechargeable battery option


No battery charge feedback (Philips One Battery)


The rechargeable variant has a USB-C connector


No pressure sensor to alert you when brushing too hard


Option to buy with a subscription plan

Consider these other brushes

If I were buying a brush today, the Oral-B Smart 2000 would be my choice.

It’s affordable, cleans the teeth well, and has the features you need. It is our number 1 choice for the best electric toothbrush.

If you particularly want a toothbrush powered by a removable battery, then Quip is a potential alternative.

Oral-B Smart 2000
Oral-B Smart 2000
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Design, usability, clean & general use

Simply packaged, the Philips One comes with what you need and not lots of extras, which isn’t all that surprising for the price.

Out of the box, you get the toothbrush handle, a head, the travel case, and a AAA battery which is pre-installed in the brush handle.

One by Philips in box

If you opt for the rechargeable variant, you will get a USB-A to USB-C cable included in the box instead of the AAA battery.

In my opinion, Philips Sonicare have always done a pretty good job when it comes to the design of their toothbrushes and this is by no means an exception.

In truth, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.  Yes, I hoped for something that felt good in the hand, but I have been pleasantly surprised.

The handle itself is slim and grippy.  At approximately 0.7 inches (1.7cm) wide, it is somewhere between a writing pen and a marker pen in thickness, marginally thicker in the hand than a sharpie.

It feels grippy thanks to the contoured grooves in the handle.  

The images depict these best, essentially rather than being ridges that run straight down the handle, they sweep across the handle at a shallow angle to create not only an interesting look but the important in-hand grip. 

Miami coloured Sonicare one laid on side

The way it has been done is very subtle but very effective.

The Philips One is made of plastics and is not a metal handle as is common with the likes of Quip.

The textured grip runs all around and virtually the full length of the handle. It is approximately the top quarter of the handle that is smooth to the touch and free of additional grips.

It is on the front of the handle where the single power button is placed.  Quite a small button with a concave design, it provides a satisfactory level of feedback. 

Above the power button is the Philips (not Sonicare) brand label.

The whole handle is rounded as is the removable battery cap on the bottom of the handle.  As a consequence, this toothbrush does not stand upright.

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You have to lay the toothbrush flat on a countertop, but thanks to 2 small plastic notches on the back of the handle, just below the brush head, this does not easily roll around.

On both variants, the cap on the bottom of the handle is rounded.

The Philips One Battery cap can be removed by inserting a coin or screwdriver into the depression within it.  Unscrew it to access the AAA battery inside.

A small printed icon on the handle shows which way to insert the battery.  There are also 2 dots on the handle that align with a dot on the removable cap to clearly show when the cap is and is not locked in place.

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The removable end cap does what it needs to do.  I do find those that require a coin or a screwdriver a bit more awkward than a pull style cap.  They can be more secure, but I have found that the plastics on the cap can be prone to a bit of damage as the coin or screwdriver twists within the slot. 

It is not a massive issue, just a small observation.  Over many years I would be interested to know how it fares.  Thankfully you need only open the cap approximately once every 3 months.

This frustration is overcome with the rechargeable variant. You pull the cap out from the base of the handle using a fingernail. It comes loose, revealing the USB-C charging port. But, the cover remains connected to the handle thanks to rubber connector.

The Philips One Battery handle I have is what I would describe as a coral/pink colour, but Philips calls this ‘Miami’.

There are 4 different colour options with the battery variant.  Your choices and their part numbers are:

  • Miami (Coral Pink) - HY1100/01
  • Mango (Yellow) - HY1100/02
  • Mint - HY1100/03
  • Midnight (Dark Blue) - HY1100/04

The rechargeable version comes in 3 colours. They are:

  • Shimmer - HY1200/05
  • Shadow - HY1200/06
  • Snow - HY1200/07

It is the shadow option that I have. It is essentially black. Shadow is a bit of a fancy name.

Now, extending from the top of the handle is the metal shaft onto which the supplied brush head fits.

It is straightforward to fit, simply push it on and pull it off.

This brush head is specific to the Philips One.  

Philips One by Sonicare brush head detached

Standard Sonicare electric toothbrush heads do not fit this brush handle and the Philips One brush head does not fit to Sonicare electric toothbrushes.

There is just 1 style of brush head for the Philips One, not numerous different styles like you get with Sonicare toothbrushes.

The brush head is colour matched to the handle, which is a nice touch.

They are sold in packs of 2.

The brush heads and their part codes are as follows:

  • Miami - BH1022/01
  • Mango - BH1022/02
  • Mint - BH1022/03
  • Midnight -  BH1022/04
  • Shimmer - BH1022/05
  • Shadow - BH1022/06
  • Snow - BH1022/07

Although you are likely going to use the head matched to your handle colour, you don't have to. They are interchangeable.

The head itself is similarly sized to the brush heads you would find on a typical Sonicare electric toothbrush.

From a side profile, you can see that it has a W profile to it, with slightly longer bristles at each end of the head and in the middle.

Close up of brush head of Philips One

Philips do not specifically state that these are soft bristles, but they certainly felt fairly soft.  A bit firmer than the softest brush heads I have used, but much more gentle on the teeth and gums than some of the firmer bristled heads I have used.

The brush has just 1 cleaning mode, which is activated by a single press of the power button.

The clean mode lasts for 2 minutes in total with the brush automatically turning itself off at the end of the 2 minute cleaning cycle.

During the 2 minutes it is active, at 30 second intervals there is a brief pause in the brush head motion, which in turn causes a change in the brushing sensation and sound.  This is the 30 second pacer.

The principle here is that you spend 2 minutes brushing your teeth, but it is important to clean all the teeth evenly.  To do this you break the mouth up into 4 sections (upper right, upper left, lower right, lower left), known as quadrants, and you spend 30 seconds cleaning each.  If you do this, twice a day, you should be well on your way to a healthy smile.

To me, the timer and pacer are really important features.  Too many of us fail to brush for the right amount of time, so these help encourage you to brush for longer.  Simply put, if the toothbrush hasn’t turned itself off, you need to keep brushing the teeth.

You can’t change the brushing time and there is no pressure sensor built into this brush.

A pressure sensor will alert you when you are brushing with too much force.  Scrubbing with lots of pressure does not produce a better clean.  The bristles just need to be lightly pressed against the teeth and gum surface.

When in use, the brush produces a quiet audible humming sound and a vibration sensation through the handle.  It is comparable to most other sonic toothbrushes in terms of the sound and vibration produced.

The actual cleaning power and performance of this toothbrush is satisfactory, particularly when you consider how slim the handle is. 

I was certainly very pleased with the overall cleaning results after each use.  My teeth and gums felt clean, but it does not deliver the cleaning power of a conventional electric toothbrush.

Philips One Rechargeable Front

To me, this is a crossover between manual and larger electric toothbrushes.

You get the benefit of significantly more movements in the brush head compared to a manual, but there isn’t the same power and intensity you get with a Sonicare toothbrush with a built-in rechargeable battery.

You feel it is necessary to move the brush at the same time the motor is running to get the maximum effect.

This isn’t a situation that is unique to the One by Sonicare.  I feel the same with Quip and Gleem.

I would say that this Philips One feels the most powerful of all 3.

A Sonicare toothbrush, like the 4100 Series, offers 31,000 brush strokes per minute.  

The Philips One is not as powerful as this.  

Sonicare’s website nor the official packaging makes any mention of how powerful the motor inside the brush handle is.  

I spoke with the customer service representative on live chat who advised me that the brush produces 31,000 brush strokes per minute.

I disagree with this.

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I have no hard evidence to confirm that the strokes or movements per minute are less, but in actual use, I could tell the difference.

The brushing sensation is different. The motor in the Philips One is less intense when it cleans.

I felt like I needed to move the toothbrush the same way I would a manual one.  

I suspect the motor is offering something like 15,000 strokes per minute.  This would be equivalent to 30,000 movements.  That is half the power and number of strokes/movements of the 4100.

If the Philips One is truly supposed to offer 31,000 strokes per minute, the unit I have is faulty.  I don’t think it is though. 

If it is possible to get such power from a motor so small, which are most other electric toothbrushes so much larger?

Update: Sonicare have since confirmed the Philips One offers 13,000 brush strokes per minute.

I could happily use this on a daily basis, but having used more powerful electric toothbrushes I notice the difference. 

To me, the One is a crossover from manual and electric, a best of both if you like.  More cleaning power but still slim, lightweight and easy to use.

The data suggest that in reality, the extra cleaning power won’t make a significant difference in how clean the teeth are, providing you are using the correct brushing technique.

That said, I suspect like me, existing electric toothbrush users would be underwhelmed and prefer the more powerful options.  Even if partly psychological, the clean feels better.

Whilst Philips do not advise bathing with the One, it should survive a rinse under the tap.  It will resist splashes, toothpaste and saliva.  It is not waterproof though.

The last thing to talk about is the travel case that comes provided with the Philips One.

Philips One in travel case

Colour matched to the handle, it is a slim and well thought out case, I like it a lot.

Describing the case is quite tricky, the hands-on images are best looked at to really understand it.

Essentially what you have is a cylindrical tube.  Now imagine that tube has been cut open lengthways and hinged on one side, opening up a bit like a book cover might.

This hinging gives you 2 parts, the bottom and the top of the case.

The bottom of the case, on the outside surface, has been flattened out, so that it does not roll about. Instead, it sits still on a countertop.

On this flatter, bottom edge are some contours that help provide the grippy surface to stop it moving.  2 slits in the case here also allow airflow to the toothbrush that sits inside.

The toothbrush itself lays on the inside of this bottom half of the case, with the bristles pointing into the case.There is a ridge on which the toothbrush head aligns within the case that allows the brush to sit securely inside.

The top cover then closes over the handle.  But, this cover only stretches a third of the way down the handle, covering just the brush head.  This leaves a part of the toothbrush handle (not the head) exposed.

The smaller cover adds a unique style to the case, but also does away with unnecessary bulk.  The reality is that once inside, the head is protected under the cover and the part of the handle that is exposed is very unlikely to become damaged.

Philips One Rechargeable In Case

There is a slightly tapered design to the case.  It is wider at the top than the bottom.

A Philips logo is embossed on the lid.

I am not sure of the exact material, but the case has a grippy soft touch to it.  It essentially has a rubber coating/finish to the case which is really nice.

The whole design works well to not only protect the handle, but allow airflow to access the head to dry it out and keep the overall weight and size down.

Philips have always done a pretty good job with their electric toothbrushes and this is really no exception.

In fact, in many respects I am more impressed with this than I am with some of the top of the line products, the simplicity is great.

I could use this as my daily toothbrush.  But, in truth, I prefer the power of Sonicares other electric brushes.  

The size and portability are definitely the biggest draw.

The Philips One by Sonicare is a great product.

If you want a compact, travel friendly electric toothbrush, then this has to be the one to go for.

Summary of design, usability, clean & general use

Slim and comfortable electric toothbrush
Grippy handle
Does not stand upright
1 style of brush head
1 cleaning mode
Satisfactory cleaning performance
The motor is weaker than a conventional electric toothbrush
Powered by AAA battery or rechargeable battery (subject to variant)
Built-in 2 minute timer and 30 second pacer
No pressure sensor
Compact and stylish travel case included

Battery life

The Philips One is powered by a single AAA battery or a rechargeable Nickel Metal Hydride battery. It depends on the version your pick.

Starting with the Philips One Battery. You get 1 battery included in the toothbrush when you purchase it.

It is not a rechargeable battery, although there is no reason why you could not use a rechargeable AAA in it.

Sonicare suggests that the battery should last about 90 days.  This is based on the toothbrush being used twice a day for 2 minutes each time.

Base of Philips One Toothbrush

My own hands-on testing has shown that the battery will actually last a little longer.  Even after 140 days or 280 brushing sessions, the brush was still going.  That is over 4 months from a single AAA battery.

By 150 days (5 months), the brush movements had decreased significantly and the battery was very close to running out.  You would want to replace the battery by now.

Whilst you probably want to drain the battery as much as possible before replacing it, there is a logic to replace the battery every time you replace the brush head.

With the Philips One Battery, there is no indication of how much power remains in the battery.  There is no charge/status indicator for the remaining power.  

The reality is the brush will gradually get slower and you will notice that the brushing sensation is not as intense.  Eventually, it will stop.

It ultimately seems a shame to dispose of a battery that has some working life left in it, given that on average it is lasting 50 days longer than Sonicare suggests, but having a refreshed battery every 3 months keeps things nice and simple.

The performance in terms of battery life is comparable to other products of this type and there is a certain convenience to having the power source be an easily sourced AAA battery.

Philips One Battery vs Rechargeable Charging

With the Philips One Rechargeable on the other hand, you get feedback on the remaining battery power.

The NiMH battery is designed to last up to 60 brushing sessions. This is equivalent to 30 days, based on 2 brushing sessions a day, each 2 minutes in length.

My own hands-on testing has shown that the battery will actually last quite a bit longer.  I achieved around 86 brushing sessions. That is 43 days on a single charge. That is 13 days longer than Sonicare quotes.

A small battery status indicator is located just below the power button.

This is how it behaves:

  • Solid white light - 40-60 brushing sessions remain
  • Fading up and down white light - 7-39 brush sessions remain
  • Amber flashing light - Less than 6 brushing sessions
    • 5 beeps after the brushing session
  • Aber flashing light and 5 bleeps twice - 0 brushing sessions remain

Just be aware that the battery life appears to be better than Sonicare claim. So in each instance, the brush will last for longer than the stated sessions.

A full charge of the battery can take up to 8 hours.

When the power cable is plugged in, you will get beeps twice to indicate it is charging.

When the Philips One Rechargeable is on charge the battery indicator light fades up and down with a white light.

Once fully charged the light turns a solid white and turns off after 30 seconds.

You need to use the supplied USB-C cable to recharge the brush.

At one end is a USB-C connector that can be inserted into the charging port inside the handle. You need to pull open the cover on the base of the brush handle to reveal this. One the other end is a male USB Type A connector. This needs to be connected to a USB socket on computer or plug adapter.

A plug adapter is not provided. You should use only a 5V USB wall adapter.

Summary of battery life

2 battery options, removable AAA or built-in rechargeable
Philips One Battery
Powered by a single AAA battery
1 x battery comes supplied with the toothbrush
Suggested to last 90 days
Achieved 140 days of use from the battery
Makes sense to replace at the same time as the brush head, every 3 months
Philips One Rechargeable
NiMH battery sealed inside the handle
Suggested 30 days of use on a single charge
Achieved 43 days of use from the battery
USB-C to USB-A cable provided
Takes up to 8 hours to charger
Battery status indicator on the handle to alert you to the remaining power

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.

Within the US, the Philips One has been primarily designed to be a subscription based toothbrush service.

Some might wonder why you need a subscription for a toothbrush, but data shows us that only 4 in 10 replace their brush head at the recommended 3 monthly intervals.

No toothbrush subscription can actually make the physical switch of the brush head for you, but they can certainly help prompt you by delivering a replacement head just when you need it.

The idea here is that you set up the subscription and forget about it and then at the 3 monthly intervals a replacement head and battery are delivered to your door.  

The task of buying replacement brush heads is taken away because the subscription manages this for you.

Sadly, the subscription option is not yet available in Canada. Therefore it is up to you to purchase the replacement heads when you need them

At the time of writing the price of the Philips One Battery toothbrush is CDN $34.99.

The Philips One Rechargeable is CDN $54.99.

Philips One and travel case

Brush heads are sold in packs of 2 for CDN $14.99, making each head $7.50 each.

You would too need to purchase AAA batteries (if applicable).

Typically here at Electric Teeth we like to work out the cost of ownership of a toothbrush over 3 years, to give an idea of the cost and act as a benchmark for comparison to others.

For the Philips One Battery. In year 1, you have a total cost of CDN $57.49 and then a cost of $30 in year 2 and 3.  

This brings the total cost to CDN $117.49 or $0.11 per day.

For the Philips One Rechargeable. In year 1, you have a total cost of CDN $77.49 and then a cost of $30 in year 2 and 3.  

This brings the total cost to CDN $137.49 or $0.13 per day.

Quip is one of the possible products you may consider as an alternative to the Philips One. Quip works out at $0.12 per day.

Quip uses a removable AAA battery like the Philips One Battery. Therefore the Philips One Battery option is cheaper by $0.01 per day or $10.95 over 3 years.

The Philips One Rechargeable works out $10.95 more expansive than Quip.

For the sake of comparison, the 4100 Series, which is one of the most popular Sonicare electric toothbrushes, works out at $0.19 per day.  It is nearly twice the price, but it does offer some notable benefits.

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

Philips One Battery costs CDN $34.99
Philips One Rechargeable costs CDN $54.99
2 pack of brush heads costs CDN $14.99
Philips One Battery has a total cost of $117.49 or $0.11 per day over 3 years
Philips One Rechargeable has a total cost of $137.49 or $0.13 per day over 3 years

Reliability & long term use

This is a completely new type of electric toothbrush from Philips.

It does not share the same design and features of any other model, so there isn’t the track history that you might have with some other toothbrushes.

I tested this toothbrush for a few weeks to be able to write this review and found no significant cause for concern surrounding the reliability of the product.

Being an electric toothbrush it will be exposed to water and is more prone to going wrong.  That said the construction is good and I have no immediate concerns.

Battery compartments can be a weakness, for letting water seep in.  The design is such that it is unlikely here. 

My biggest concern, if I can call it that, is the durability of the cap on the bottom. This applies more to the Philips One Battery. I fear the thread could wear if you are not careful. All being well it will be fine.

Both variants come with a 1 year warranty, so if things should go wrong, you are covered. It is a shame it is not a 2 year warranty like most electric toothbrushes.


The Philips One is a great toothbrush.

The size, weight and portability are what make it so appealing.

I really like the travel case.

Ultimately I still prefer the more powerful brushes over the Philips One.  The more intense cleaning action gives a greater level of satisfaction.  

Existing electric toothbrush owners will be a bit disappointed and if you are considering this as your first electric brush, I advise you consider the likes of the Oral-B Smart 2000.

If you want a product that is a crossover between manual and electric, then this is a fantastic option.

And of the 2 variants, my pick is the rechargeable.

Size guide

  • Toothbrush height with head - 20.3cm / 8 inches
  • Toothbrush height without head - 15cm / 5.9 inches
  • Width - 1.8cm / 0.7 inches
  • Depth/thickness - 1.8cm / 0.7 inches
  • Weight with head - 39g / 1.4oz
  • Weight without head - 34g / 1.1oz
  • Travel case size - 21cm / 8.3 inches (L) x 6.2cm / 2.4 inches (W) x 3.4cm / 1.3 inches (D)
  • Travel case weight - 30g / 1.1oz without brush or 69g / 2.4oz with brush
  • Package weight - 99g / 3.5oz


  • 71dB

Country of manufacture

  • China

Philips One Battery vs Rechargeable

There are 2 main variants of the Philips One by Sonicare.

  • Philips One Battery
  • Philips One Rechargeable

As the name implies, one is powered by a removable AAA battery whilst the other has a rechargeable battery built-in.

Both variants offer the same cleaning performance. The difference is their power source.

The battery version should last 90 days with a new battery. The rechargeable will last 1 month (60 brushing session) on a single charge.

The rechargeable variant does have a battery status indicator light below the power button.

Each variant is then available in a number of different colour options.

The choices and their official part codes are:

  • Philips One Battery
    • Miami (Coral Pink) - HY1100/01
    • Mango (Yellow) - HY1100/02
    • Mint - HY1100/03
    • Midnight (Dark Blue) - HY1100/04
  • Philips One Rechargeable
    • Shimmer - HY1200/05
    • Shadow - HY1200/06
    • Snow - HY1200/07

Each variant has a colour matched brush head and travel case.

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