Sonicare brush heads explained, compared and reviewed: which is best?

Medically Reviewed By: Dr. Gemma Wheeler

(GDC Number: 83940)

Sonicare Brush Heads: the ultimate guide

You might think that one style of brush head will suit everybody, but that is not necessarily the case.

Sonicare have adapted to that need and produced a number of different brush head styles to meet the needs and demands of users today.

Sadly, the variety and choice make things a little confusing.

On this page, I have tried to cover everything you will need or want to know about Philips Sonicare toothbrush heads.

Find out what the differences are, how they work, which is best for you and where to buy them.

Read the page in its entirety or use the navigation links below to jump to different sections.

What’s the best Sonicare brush head?

It is quite difficult to say that one brush head is the ‘best’.

Each head offers different things and is engineered slightly differently.

The G2 Gum Care brush head might be more suitable to those with periodontal disease, whereas the W DiamondClean brush head is most suitable for those looking to whiten their teeth.

However, there are a couple of brush heads that are good all-rounders and suitable for most people.

Best all-round Philips Sonicare brush head

You want to opt for the Sonicare C1 Pro Results or C2 Optimal Plaque Control brush head is my choice for superior every day, all-round cleaning.

The C2 Optimal Plaque Control is better suited to those brush handles that have BrushSync technology (more on that below).

Preview Product Rating Price
Genuine Philips Sonicare Proresults Replacement Toothbrush Heads, Hx6013/63, White, 3 Count Genuine Philips Sonicare Proresults Replacement Toothbrush Heads, Hx6013/63, White, 3 Count 31 Reviews $26.43
Genuine Philips Sonicare C2 Optimal Plaque Control Toothbrush Head, 3 Pack, White, HX9023/65 Genuine Philips Sonicare C2 Optimal Plaque Control Toothbrush Head, 3 Pack, White, HX9023/65 440 Reviews $29.99 $24.95

There may well be one better suited to you, which you can decide upon based on the information provided below. I explain all the different Philips Sonicare Sonic brush heads in detail on this page and make it easier for you to understand which brush head to opt for.

I’ve also created our own comparison chart, which lists all the brush heads available to buy.

Best Sonicare brush head for sensitive teeth

Sensitivity in the teeth and gums is a common occurrence for many people and subsequently, the use of a firm bristled brush head is very unappealing.

Periodontal disease is a common cause of this sensitivity, but it is brushing the teeth regularly and correctly that can actually improve pain felt when brushing, for a large number of people.

The Sonicare S Sensitive or G2 Optimal Gum Care brush head is the head you want for your brush.

Preview Product Rating Price
Genuine Philips Sonicare Sensitive replacement toothbrush heads for sensitive teeth, HX6053/64, 3 pk Genuine Philips Sonicare Sensitive replacement toothbrush heads for sensitive teeth, HX6053/64, 3 pk 1,158 Reviews $29.95
Genuine Philips Sonicare Optimal Gum Health Toothbrush Head, 3 Pack, White, HX9033/65 Genuine Philips Sonicare Optimal Gum Health Toothbrush Head, 3 Pack, White, HX9033/65 236 Reviews $29.99 $24.95

For maximum effect, use the Sensitive brush head with the sensitive or gum health cleaning mode available on many Sonicare toothbrushes.

It is possible to use any of the Sonicare brush heads with the sensitive cleaning mode on Sonicare brush handle, but the clean and experience may not be as enjoyable if you suffer from sensitive gums.

The G2 Optimal Gum Care head is better suited to those brush handles that have BrushSync technology.

If you regularly experience sensitive teeth and gums, you should seek further advice from a dentist as you may need to consider a change in diet, specialist toothpastes or even dental work.

Best Sonicare brush head for braces

One of the most common bits of advice when wearing a brace is to brush your teeth regularly and well.

Hey, that is good advice, brace or not, but for those with braces, particularly fixed, the importance is greater.

The surface area and small gaps in the brace offer lots of ideal places for food particles to get trapped and bacteria to form and develop

You want to opt for the Sonicare C1 Pro Results or C2 Optimal Plaque Control brush head.

The C2 Optimal Plaque Control is better suited to those brush handles that have BrushSync technology.

Preview Product Rating Price
Genuine Philips Sonicare Proresults Replacement Toothbrush Heads, Hx6013/63, White, 3 Count Genuine Philips Sonicare Proresults Replacement Toothbrush Heads, Hx6013/63, White, 3 Count 31 Reviews $26.43
Genuine Philips Sonicare C2 Optimal Plaque Control Toothbrush Head, 3 Pack, White, HX9023/65 Genuine Philips Sonicare C2 Optimal Plaque Control Toothbrush Head, 3 Pack, White, HX9023/65 440 Reviews $29.99 $24.95

Brands like Oral-B have specialist ‘Ortho’ brush heads (view them here on Amazon), but when using a Sonicare electric toothbrush, you don’t need a special head, all of the range will pass over and around your braces to help deliver a fantastic clean.

This video explains the cleaning process around braces with a Sonicare brush.

Best Sonicare brush head for whitening teeth

The W DiamondClean brush head is the ideal brush head for helping to whiten the teeth.

Preview Product Rating Price
Sonicare W DiamondClean Brush Head Sonicare W DiamondClean Brush Head 436 Reviews $48.99 $39.90

Having shiny white teeth can be a real confidence boost and there are few nicer compliments that ‘you have a lovely smile’ or ‘your teeth look great’ and what if you can achieve this without having to undergo cosmetic dentistry.

The W2 DiamondClean brush head is optimized to remove surface stains from the exterior surfaces of the teeth, to restore the natural, often whiter color of your teeth.  Diet and lifestyle habits can cause staining to build-up on the tooth surface that makes the teeth look dull and discolored.

The tightly compacted diamond shaped bristles create a stain-removal pad and offer a superior clean.  This brush head is BrushSync compatible too.

If you have a whitening mode on your toothbrush handle, this is the ideal mode to pair with this brush head to achieve the best whitening effect.

Sonicare Brush Head Comparison Chart

The chart below lists the entire range of Sonicare replacement toothbrush heads, gives a brief explanation about them, and shows which is best for which cleaning mode. (Click image to enlarge)

Which brush head should I use?

This is a question you are best off answering yourself.

I hope that the information within this article will help make that decision process easier.

Whilst the Sonicare C2 Optimal Plaque Control brush head is my choice for superior everyday use, you might find another is better suited to you.

All heads will deliver a very good overall clean, make no doubt about it.

The sweeping motion and the power delivered from the brush head will lift and move more plaque and debris than a manual toothbrush and generally aid your overall oral health.

Sonicare Brush Heads Explained

It is time to dig a bit deeper into the different brush heads and their differences.

It can get quite overwhelming as there are so many options on offer from Sonicare, particularly as so many of the heads appear to do the same thing, or achieve extremely similar results.

But it can get even more complicated with different pack sizes and different brush head colors too.

You then have to worry as to whether they are compatible with your Sonicare brush handle.

The remainder of this article goes into much more detail, but hopefully breaks things down and explains everything in a way that makes sense.

The main brush types:

At the time of writing, I calculate that there are some 13 different types of brush heads.

  1. C1 Pro Results
  2. C2 Optimal Plaque Control
  3. C3 Premium Plaque Control
  4. G2 Optimal Gum Care
  5. G3 Premium Gum Care
  6. I InterCare
  7. S Sensitive
  8. W DiamondClean
  9. W3 Premium White
  10. T1 TongueCare+
  11. SimplyClean
  12. E-Series
  13. PowerUp

There is also then the Kids range, but more on that later.

Each head has different features which in theory make them unique and more appealing to different users.

The following gives a brief overview of each style of brush head.

  • C1 ProResults – A contoured profile to the brush head achieves twice the plaque removal thanbu a manual brush.
  • C2 Optimal Plaque Control – BrushSync compatible it is possible to remove 7 times more plaque than a manual brush head, thanks to the soft bristles and specially curved power tip makes reaching the teeth at the back of your mouth a breeze.
  • C3 Premium Plaque Control  – BrushSync compatible the bristles on this head offer up to 4 times more surface contact whilst the flexible sides are soft on the cheeks and gums.
  • G2 Optimal Gum Care – BrushSync compatible this head is gentle, yet effective plaque removal, particularly along the gumline, improving your gum health.
  • G3 Premium Gum Care – BrushSync compatible the head absorbs excess pressure through the bristles and flexible sides and can remove 10 times more plaque than a manual toothbrush.
  • I InterCare – BrushSync compatible, within 2 weeks bleeding and inflammation at the gumline will be reduced. Long bristles read deep between teeth to dislodge more plaque and bacteria within interdental spaces.
  • S Sensitive – Ultra-soft bristles for gentle, effective cleaning. It also features a special trim profile to cushion teeth for a gentler brushing experience.
  • W DiamondClean – BrushSync compatible effective surface stain removal offers up to a 100% whiter smile in just 7 days thanks to the Diamond shaped bristles.
  • W3 Premium White – BrushSync compatible, in just improvements in your oral health can be seen in as little as 3 days.  Removing plaque and surface stains, the bristles make plenty of contact with the teeth and gums, but is able to flex and adapt to the differing shapes to ensure maximum results at all times.
  • T1 TongueCare+ – BrushSync compatible, this paddle shaped brush head has 240 MicroBristles that clean deep into the pores of the tongue surface.
  • SimplyClean – Click on brush head with the authentic Sonicare cleaning experience. Bristles cut and shaped to differing lengths gives a thorough clean.
  • E-Series – The classic Sonicare brush head with a contoured profile to naturally fit the shape of your teeth for a thorough clean.  Screw on style brush head.
  • PowerUp – Designed specifically for the battery operated PowerUp the large head is designed for a good overall clean and even features crisscross bristles on the side for effective gumline cleaning

Given that each brush head offers something a little different, it is easy to think that you should use more than 1 different style, but that is not the case.

There may be benefits to you if you did do this, but greater benefit will come from regular cleaning, with the correct technique.

You then have different brush head colors

Philips Sonicare produces toothbrush handles in a range of different colors.

White is the default color for the plastic used to make the brush heads.

White tends to compliment most colors, but in some instances a color matched brush head can look better.

In addition to the white colored heads, Sonicare do offer black colored brush heads.

The only difference with these black colored heads is the color of the plastic used.  There are no design or function differences.

The black colored heads can be purchased in most of the 7 ranges.  However, at the time of writing, you cannot get black colored versions of:

  • C2 Optimal Plaque Control
  • G2 Optimal Gum Care
  • I Intercare
  • C1 ProResults
  • SimplyClean
  • S Sensitive
  • E-Series
  • PowerUp

You then have different pack sizes:

Brush head design style considered, the next thing to contend with is the size of the pack they come provided in.

When you buy replacements or spares, you can get them in different pack sizes.  We are not talking about the physical size of the packaging, but the number of brush heads included.

You can’t buy just 1 brush head at a time.

The smallest pack size is 2 brush heads, but most common in the USA is a pack of 3 heads.

However, packs of 4, 5, 6 and 8 also exist.

If you want to save money when buying heads, buying a larger pack, is typically the best way to save a few dollars.

Specialist brush heads

In many respects, each brush head within the range has particular capabilities that make it better than another.

Take the DiamondClean heads, they are specifically engineered to whiten the teeth with the Diamond shaped bristles.

However, I want to bring up a particularly specialized brush head, well I say brush head, it’s more of a nozzle.

These are the replacement heads for the Sonicare Airfloss.

Airfloss

If you are not familiar, the Airfloss is a dental flosser, that fires jets of water into the mouth at pressure.  It is a complementary tool or alternative for some to regular string floss.

Although not brush heads, you will likely see them on the shelves at your local stores, so I want to make sure you understand the compatibility.

They are not to be used with any Sonicare brush handle and work only with the Airfloss unit.

The options you have for spare/replacement nozzles are as follows.

  • Sonicare Airfloss
    • Green nozzle – HX8012/64 (2 pack)
  • Sonicare Airfloss Pro
    • Grey nozzle – HX8012/64 (2 pack)
    • Pink nozzle – HX8032/94 (2 pack)
Sonicare Airfloss Replacement Heads

BrushSync (Smart) brush heads

A new innovation in electric toothbrush technology, BrushSync was first introduced in 2017 with the Sonicare DiamondClean Smart.

It is a technology that offers communication between the brush handle and brush head.

The following video explains what you need to know, but a written explanation is included below too.

Philips Sonicare BrushSync Explained

BrushSync compatible brush heads communicate with the handle via an RFID chip they have built-in.

The technology comprises of two different functions.

  • Brush head replacement reminder
  • Mode pairing

The brush head replacement reminder tells you — via an LED on the brush handle — when it is time to change or replace your brush head.

When a brush head is fitted to the brush handle for the first time, the chip is detected and the warning light will flash three 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 three 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 color.  It is at this point you should fit a new head.

But, things get more intelligent.

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

It will also 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.

As the BrushSync mode pairing name kind of implies, the brush automatically selects the appropriate cleaning mode and intensity based on the brush head attached.

This means that if you fit the W DiamondClean head to the handle, it will automatically select the whitening cleaning mode.

If you were to buy and fit the C2 Optimal Plaque Control brush head to the handle, it would pair with the ‘Clean’ mode whilst the G2 Optimal Gum Care brush head will pair with the Gum Care mode.

The idea of this pairing is to achieve the best cleaning results possible.

Not all brush handles have both BrushSync features. The most common is the head replacement reminder.  If the handle has mode pairing, then it will likely have the replacement reminder too.

For BrushSync to function, you must use a BrushSync compatible head, these are:

  • C2 Optimal Plaque Control
  • C3 Premium Plaque Control
  • G2 Optimal Gum Care
  • G3 Premium Gum Care
  • I InterCare
  • W DiamondClean
  • W3 Premium White

It is perfectly possible to use a non BrushSync compatible head on a BrushSync enabled handle, but you will not enjoy the benefits it brings.  This is the same if you use one of the BrushSync heads listed on a handle that does not support BrushSync.

We have written more about this in our BrushSync explained post.

Most Sonicare heads are interchangeable

With few exceptions, the range of brush heads on offer from Sonicare work with any brush handle.

This means whether you have a DiamondClean Smart or a FlexCare brush handle you can use the ProResults Gum Health or the Sensitive brush head or the AdaptiveClean head if you prefer.

You can swap as frequently or infrequently as you like.

Maybe you want to clean in the morning with InterCare and in the evening with DiamondClean, that is perfectly fine.

The heads use a simple ‘click on’ mechanism.

Just push the head onto the top of the brush handle and then pull it away from the handle to remove it.

You can replace a brush head in just a couple of seconds.

Third party or aftermarket alternatives can be purchased. It is advised to only use Philips Sonicare brush heads with the brush handles as performance and wear on the brush using other brush heads cannot be guaranteed.

It is worth noting that whilst interchangeable BrushSync compatible handles require BrushSync compatible heads for all functions of the brush head to work.

The notable exceptions to the ‘interchangeable’ rule is the PowerUp brush handle and head as well as the Sonicare Essence (E-Series) that requires and works only with the E-Series brush heads.  The E-Series screw on mechanism will not work with any other brush handle. This said, there is a standard, compact and sensitive brush head, specific to the E-Series, so there is still a degree of choice.

A look at the individual types of brush head

Hopefully, that overview has helped, but now we shall take a much more thorough look at the heads on offer and better understand their differences and selling points.

C1 ProResults

Sonicare ProResults Brush Heads

Twice as effective as a regular toothbrush head, the bristle formation is designed with plaque removal and user comfort in mind.

Contoured to the shape of the teeth, the bristles sweep with ease, but effectiveness to get rid of the bacteria that builds up in the mouth and on the surfaces within.

Sonicare brushes can offer up to 31,000 strokes per minute so the ProResults head has been designed to take advantage of this to effectively clean tooth surfaces that bristles can reach and into deeper gaps between teeth.

This does not mean a harsh or aggressive brushing experience, in fact, quite the opposite.

Like the other brush heads available, simply click on and off and replace every 3 months.

Not sure how long ago you changed? Just take a look at the blue indicator bristles. If they look more white than blue, it is time for a change.

The head fits all Philips Sonicare toothbrush handles except PowerUp Battery and Essence.

The C1 ProResults brush head is compatible with:

  • DiamondClean Smart
  • DiamondClean
  • ExpertClean
  • FlexCare Platinum Connected
  • FlexCare Platinum
  • FlexCare+
  • FlexCare
  • ProtectiveClean
  • HealthyWhite
  • HealthyWhite
  • 2 Series

C2 Optimal Plaque Control Heads

Sonicare C2 Optimal Plaque Control Heads

Lots of bristles are packed tightly together to create the shape and sized tufts seen on the Plaque Defence brush head.

Their angle, length and positioning make them effective for all over cleaning and plaque removal.  They are in fact 7 times more effective than a manual toothbrush.

Perfectly suited for those wishing to ensure optimum plaque removal as part of their daily brushing routine, the C2 brush head does too boast a specially designed curvature to the tip of the brush head, that helps reach the very back teeth.

Philips’s development team have engineered this brush head to make best use of the sonic motion that a Sonicare handle can offer. The dynamic fluid action that is created as a result of the high frequency and high-amplitude brush movements works to offer a deep cleaning action from all areas of the brush head, driving fluid deep between the teeth and along the gumline.

This brush head clicks on and off your brush handle for a secure fit and easy maintenance and cleaning.

It fits all Philips Sonicare toothbrush handles except, PowerUp Battery and Essence.

A built-in RFID chip makes this a BrushSync compatible head.

Subject to brush handle, it will pre-select the most appropriate cleaning mode as well as reminding you via an LED on the brush handle, when it requires replacing.

Not as high tech, but effective nonetheless is the reminder system built into the brush head itself.  The Blue colored bristles on the head fade in time and with use, to a translucent/White color.

The C2 Optimal Plaque Control brush head is compatible with:

  • ProtectiveClean
  • ExpertClean
  • DiamondClean Smart
  • Any other Sonicare model with BrushSync mode pairing

It is possible to use the C2 Optimal Plaque Control head on the following models, but the ‘Smart’ feature of the brush head WILL NOT work.

  • DiamondClean
  • FlexCare Platinum Connected
  • FlexCare Platinum
  • FlexCare+
  • FlexCare
  • HealthyWhite
  • HealthyWhite
  • 2 Series

C3 Premium Plaque Control Heads

Sonicare C3 Premium Plaque Control Heads

Offering the deepest clean yet for and 4 times more surface contact than a manual brush head, the Plaque Control toothbrush head from Sonicare follows the unique shape of the teeth and gums.

Flexible sides complement the unique bristle pattern design to remove up to 10 times more plaque, even in the hard to reach areas.  Cleaning thoroughly in between teeth and along the gumline, the soft rubbers sides of the Plaque Control brush head adapt to the contours of your mouth.

Precision engineered, the brush head makes use of all the sonic vibrations passed out by the brush handles motor.  It whips toothpaste into bubbles and drives them deep between your teeth and along the gumline for gentle and effective cleaning.

This brush head simply clicks on and off your brush handle for a secure fit and easy maintenance and cleaning.

This is no ordinary brush head though.  Thanks to a built-in chip, when you fit onto a compatible brush handle, the microchip communicates with the brush handle to launch the optimum cleaning mode and intensity level for the most effective plaque removal experience.

Fading reminder bristles are present to help you recognize when it is time to change the head (recommendation of every 3 months).  But better still, if using a Smart Sonicare brush handle the brush will monitor how often the head is used and how hard you brush and remind you at precisely the right time to change.

The C3 Premium Plaque Control brush head is compatible with:

  • ProtectiveClean
  • ExpertClean
  • DiamondClean Smart
  • Any other Sonicare model with BrushSync mode pairing

It is possible to use the C3 Premium Plaque Control head on the following models, but the ‘Smart’ feature of the brush head WILL NOT work.

  • DiamondClean
  • FlexCare Platinum Connected
  • FlexCare Platinum
  • FlexCare+
  • FlexCare
  • HealthyWhite
  • HealthyWhite
  • 2 Series

G3 Premium Gum Care Heads

G3 Premium Gum Care Heads

Taking the pressure out of the brushing motion to offer a softer, more enjoyable clean, you can have gums up to 7 times healthier in just 2 weeks.

Flexible sides and bristles absorb excess pressure so that your gums are protected, even when you brush too hard.

The bristles work to remove as much plaque and bacteria from along the gumline to improve your gum health.

Capable of removing up to 10 times more plaque than a manual brush, whilst achieving 2 times more surface contact, the Gum Care brush head makes use of all the sonic vibrations passed out by the brush handles motor.  It whips toothpaste into bubbles and drives them deep between your teeth and along the gumline for gentle and effective cleaning.

This brush head simply clicks on and off your brush handle for a secure fit and easy maintenance and cleaning.

This is no ordinary brush head though.  Thanks to a built-in chip, when you fit onto a compatible brush handle, the microchip communicates with the brush handle to launch the optimum cleaning mode and intensity level for the most effective plaque removal experience.

Fading reminder bristles are present to help you recognize when it is time to change the head (recommendation of every 3 months).  But better still, if using a Smart Sonicare brush handle the brush will monitor how often the head is used and how hard you brush and remind you at precisely the right time to change.

The G3 Premium Gum Care brush head is compatible with:

  • ProtectiveClean
  • ExpertClean
  • DiamondClean Smart
  • Any other Sonicare model with BrushSync mode pairing

It is possible to use the G3 Premium Gum Care head on the following models, but the ‘Smart’ feature of the brush head WILL NOT work.

  • DiamondClean
  • FlexCare Platinum Connected
  • FlexCare Platinum
  • FlexCare+
  • FlexCare
  • HealthyWhite
  • HealthyWhite
  • 2 Series

G2 Optimal Gum Care Heads

Sonicare G2 Optimal Gum Care Heads

Densely packed bristles are organized to create a trim profile that is effective at removing plaque, particularly along the gumline and stimulating better gum health.

Up to a 100% improvement is possible when compared to a manual brush head.

Clusters of bristles form a large surface area that covers the whole tooth but reaches up and along the gumline as the brush head is moved tooth to tooth.

Effective plaque removal helps improve and maintain great gum health.

A specially curved power tip aids with reaching the back teeth, so you really do achieve a good all over clean.

When the Sonic motion from the brush motor travels to the bristles tips, the result is a series of movements that create microbubbles that drives toothpaste deep between the teeth and into the soft gum tissue

This brush head clicks on and off your brush handle for a secure fit and easy maintenance and cleaning.

It fits all Philips Sonicare toothbrush handles except, PowerUp Battery and Essence.

The Blue colored bristles on the head are in fact reminder bristles that fade in time and with use.  It is a visual reminder to you as and when the head needs replacing, to ensure you get optimum cleaning results.

However, with this brush head, the reminder will be electronic (subject to brush handle) thanks to the BrushSync technology built-in.

It will too, with the appropriate handle select the most appropriate cleaning mode.

The G2 Optimal Gum Care brush head is compatible with:

  • ProtectiveClean
  • ExpertClean
  • DiamondClean Smart
  • Any other Sonicare model with BrushSync mode pairing

It is possible to use the G2 Optimal Gum Care head on the following models, but the ‘Smart’ feature of the brush head WILL NOT work.

  • DiamondClean
  • FlexCare Platinum Connected
  • FlexCare Platinum
  • FlexCare+
  • FlexCare
  • HealthyWhite
  • HealthyWhite
  • 2 Series

I Intercare heads

Philips Sonicare I InterCare Heads

Capable of reducing gingival bleeding and inflammation within 2 weeks, the long bristles reach deep into interdental spaces to remove more plaque and bacteria.

The powerful motor of the Sonicare brush handles drive a high-frequency and high-amplitude that results in brush movements of 31,000 strokes per minute.

The I Intercare heads offer superior cleaning performance and create is a dynamic fluid action that drives fluid deep between teeth, even in hard to reach areas and along the gum line.

Suitable for a variety of users, but particularly those looking to improve gum health.

This is no ordinary brush head, though. Thanks to a built-in chip, when you fit it onto a compatible brush handle, the microchip communicates with the brush handle to launch the optimum cleaning mode and intensity level for the most effective plaque removal experience.

Fading reminder bristles are present to help you recognize when it is time to change the head (recommendation of every 3 months). But better still, if using a Smart Sonicare brush handle the brush will monitor how often the head is used and how hard you brush and remind you at precisely the right time to change.

The I InterCare brush head is compatible with:

  • ProtectiveClean
  • ExpertClean
  • DiamondClean Smart
  • Any other Sonicare model with BrushSync mode pairing

It is possible to use the I InterCare head on the following models, but the ‘Smart’ feature of the brush head WILL NOT work:

  • DiamondClean
  • FlexCare Platinum Connected
  • FlexCare Platinum
  • FlexCare+
  • FlexCare
  • HealthyWhite+
  • HealthyWhite
  • 2 Series

S Sensitive Heads

Sonicare sensitive heads

Bleeding and sensitive gums can be a sign of poor oral health, it can also be as a result of dental work or you can be prone to suffering with this more than most.

The Sensitive brush head is designed to make the experience of cleaning your teeth with a Sonicare electric toothbrush that bit better.

The stiffness of the bristles are 25% less than a normal brush head resulting in a less abrasive feeling as the power of the motor delivers the clean to the teeth and gums.

To further offer a softer yet effective clean, the head has a trim profile that cushions the teeth

All Sonicare electric toothbrush handles can use the Sensitive brush head with the exception of PowerUp Battery and Essence.

Pair this brush head with the Sensitive, Gum Care or Massage cleaning modes available on Sonicare brushes to ensure the power delivery is not too much and works to ease the pain you may suffer.

This brush head clicks on and off your brush handle for a secure fit and easy maintenance and cleaning.

Reminder bristles ensure you get the most effective clean. At first glance, it may not be obvious, but brush heads lose stiffness and gradually wear down over months of normal use. Blue reminder bristles fade to white and help you recognize when it’s time for a replacement. For optimal results, replace your brush head every three months.

The Sensitive brush head is compatible with:

  • DiamondClean Smart
  • DiamondClean
  • ExpertClean
  • FlexCare Platinum Connected
  • FlexCare Platinum
  • FlexCare+
  • FlexCare
  • ProtectiveClean
  • HealthyWhite
  • HealthyWhite
  • 2 Series

W DiamondClean Heads

Sonicare W DiamondClean Heads

The Sonicare W DiamondClean brush head is specially designed to remove up to 100% more stains for whiter teeth in just 7 days.

In the middle of the brush head is a tight cluster of bristles that form the Whitening pad, that removes the exterior stains found on the tooth surface.

Densely packed, Diamond shaped bristles lift stains caused by food, drink and lifestyle habits.

Philips’s development team have engineered this brush head to make best use of the sonic motion that a Sonicare handle can offer. The dynamic fluid action that is created as a result of the high frequency and high-amplitude brush movements works to offer a deep cleaning action from all areas of the brush head, driving fluid deep between the teeth and along the gumline.

This brush head clicks on and off your brush handle for a secure fit and easy maintenance and cleaning.

It fits all Philips Sonicare toothbrush handles except, PowerUp Battery and Essence.

The Blue colored bristles on the head are in fact reminder bristles that fade in time and with use.  It is a visual reminder to you as and when the head needs replacing, to ensure you get optimum cleaning results.

However, with this brush head, the reminder will be electronic (subject to brush handle) thanks to the BrushSync technology built-in.

It will also, with the appropriate handle, select the most appropriate cleaning mode.

The W DiamondClean brush head is compatible with:

  • ProtectiveClean
  • ExpertClean
  • DiamondClean Smart
  • Any other Sonicare model with BrushSync mode pairing

It is possible to use the W DiamondClean head on the following models, but the ‘Smart’ feature of the brush head WILL NOT work.

  • DiamondClean
  • FlexCare Platinum Connected
  • FlexCare Platinum
  • FlexCare+
  • FlexCare
  • HealthyWhite
  • HealthyWhite
  • 2 Series

W3 Premium White Heads

W3 Premium White Heads

​More effective at removing plaque and staining on the tooth surfaces, within just 3 days whiter teeth are possible.

Flexible sides let the bristles move to the exact shape of your teeth and mouth whilst absorbing excess pressure.

The bristles work to remove as much plaque and bacteria from the tooth surfaces for healthier and whiter teeth.

Capable of removing up to 10 times more plaque than a manual brush, whilst achieving 4 times more surface contact, the Premium White brush head makes use of all the sonic vibrations passed out by the brush handles motor.  It whips toothpaste into bubbles and drives them deep between your teeth and along the gumline for gentle and effective cleaning.

This brush head simply clicks on and off your brush handle for a secure fit and easy maintenance and cleaning.

This is no ordinary brush head though.  Thanks to a built-in chip, when you fit onto a compatible brush handle, the microchip communicates with the brush handle to launch the optimum cleaning mode and intensity level for the most effective plaque removal experience.

Fading reminder bristles are present to help you recognize when it is time to change the head (recommendation of every 3 months).  But better still, if using a Smart Sonicare brush handle the brush will monitor how often the head is used and how hard you brush and remind you at precisely the right time to change.

W3 Premium White Heads

The W3 Premium White brush head is compatible with:

  • ProtectiveClean
  • ExpertClean
  • DiamondClean Smart
  • Any other Sonicare model with BrushSync mode pairing

It is possible to use the W3 Premium White Care head on the following models, but the ‘Smart’ feature of the brush head WILL NOT work.

  • DiamondClean
  • FlexCare Platinum Connected
  • FlexCare Platinum
  • FlexCare+
  • FlexCare
  • HealthyWhite
  • HealthyWhite
  • 2 Series

T1 TongueCare+

​Designed to clean the pores of the tongue surface to aid an all over mouth clean and get to the areas most commonly associated with bad breath.

The TongueCare+ brush head is a specialist head that has a more unique design than most.

The paddle shaped head contains 240 MicroBristles.

The ergonomic shape of the head enables you to reach every part of your tongue.  The small and flexible head makes it easy to clean away bad-breath causing bacteria that gets trapped in the tiny pores of the tongues surface.

This brush head simply clicks on and off your brush handle for a secure fit and easy maintenance and cleaning.

This is no ordinary brush head though.  Thanks to a built-in chip, when you fit onto a compatible brush handle, the microchip communicates with the brush handle to launch the optimum cleaning mode and intensity level for the most effective plaque removal experience.

The T1 TongueCare+ brush head is compatible with:

T1 TongueCare+ brush head is ideally suited to work with:

  • DiamondClean Smart

This is the only brush in the Sonicare range with a dedicate tongue cleaning mode.

Despite this, it will work with:

  • ExpertClean
  • ProtectiveClean
  • Any other Sonicare model with BrushSync mode pairing

It is possible to use the T1 TongueCare+ head on the following models, but the ‘Smart’ feature of the brush head WILL NOT work.

  • DiamondClean
  • FlexCare Platinum Connected
  • FlexCare Platinum
  • FlexCare+
  • FlexCare
  • HealthyWhite
  • HealthyWhite
  • 2 Series

SimplyClean

Sonicare SimplyClean Heads

Click on style heads, the SimplyClean brush head offers Sonicare’s classic brush head style that offers a good standard of overall gleaning to the teeth and gums.

Bleeding and sensitive gums can be a sign of poor oral health, it can also be as a result of dental work or you can be prone to suffering with this more than most.

Sonic motion from the brush handle is transferred into rapid movements amongst the bristles that create a dynamic motion to drive fluids over and around the teeth for thorough cleaning.

Reminder bristles ensure you get the most effective clean At first glance it may not be obvious, but brush heads lose stiffness and gradually wear down over months of normal use. Blue reminder bristles fade to white and help you recognize when it’s time for a replacement. For optimal results, replace your brush head every three months.

The SimplyClean brush head is compatible with:

  • DiamondClean Smart
  • DiamondClean
  • ExpertClean
  • FlexCare Platinum Connected
  • FlexCare Platinum
  • FlexCare+
  • FlexCare
  • ProtectiveClean
  • HealthyWhite
  • HealthyWhite
  • 2 Series

E- Series Heads

Sonicare E-Series Heads

A classic Sonicare brush head, the contoured bristles offer a great clean to the teeth and gums.

Ideally suited for everyday use, plaque removal is effective with this E-Series brush head.

It takes the sonic movement delivered from the brush motor and drives the bristles around the teeth to get that overall clean but too create an action that helps drive the toothpaste and cleaning effect deeper between teeth.

The head screws on, rather than clips onto the brush handle and is therefore suitable for select models, notably the Sonicare Essence.

Reminder bristles ensure you get the most effective clean At first glance it may not be obvious, but brush heads lose stiffness and gradually wear down over months of normal use. Blue reminder bristles fade to white and help you recognize when it’s time for a replacement. For optimal results, replace your brush head every three months.

The E-Series brush head is compatible with:

  • Essence (E-Series)

PowerUp Heads

Sonicare PowerUp Heads

Designed to be used with the battery powered PowerUp electric toothbrush these larger brush heads give a great overall clean.

Covering a large surface area the teeth and gums get swept with the soft bristles placed in this head.

A criss-cross configuration on the side of the head work to clean effectively along the gumline, a common location for plaque buildup.

Available with Blue or Orange bristles, it is the Orange bristles that are the softest for those who are particularly sensitive to the rapid motion offered by a toothbrush head.

This brush head clicks on and off your brush handle for a secure fit and easy maintenance and cleaning.

Fading indicator/reminder bristles are built into the brush head.

Blue bristles fade over time to a pale Blue/Translucent color as they are used and worn.  For optimal results, replace your brush head every three months.

The PowerUp brush head is compatible with:

  • PowerUp Battery

Compatible cleaning modes – which cleaning modes do Sonicare brushes have?

If you fit a BrushSync head to a compatible handle it will select the most appropriate cleaning mode and intensity.

These are ideal settings and not essential.

It is possible that a W DiamondClean White brush head on a White cleaning mode will achieve better results than the same brush head on a Gum Care mode.

However, there are other influencing factors such as how you use the brush and your diet that will likely have bigger effects than using the specific brush head with the ideal cleaning mode.

Of course, if you have the option to do so, then great.

Depending on the brush handle you have will depend on the cleaning modes that it offers.

All have the standard ‘Clean’ mode which lasts for the dentist recommended 2 minutes.

However, some models, notably the more premium ones offer extra modes that can help you achieve different healthcare goals.

The main cleaning modes available across the Sonicare range are:

  • Clean
  • White/White+
  • Deep Clean/Deep Clean+
  • Gum Care/Gum Health
  • Sensitive
  • Massage
  • Refresh
  • Polish
  • Tongue Care

Where to buy – the full Sonicare electric toothbrush head range

Sonicare have many different stockists of their brush heads.

Not all stockists stock all styles or pack sizes, those that sell the widest range include:

The following is a list of all the current brush head styles, pack sizes and color options available.

For simplicity’s sake, I have included an Amazon link to one listing of each brush head type.

  • C1 ProResults (view on Amazon)
    • 3 pack
      • White – HX6013/63
  • C2 Optimal Plaque Control (view on Amazon)
    • 3 pack
      • White – HX9023/65
  • C3 Premium Plaque Control (view on Amazon)
    • 4 pack
      • White – HX9044/65
      • Black – HX9044/95
    • 2 pack
      • White – HX9042/65
      • Black – HX9042/95
  • G2 Optimal Gum Care (view on Amazon)
    • 3 pack
      • White – HX9033/65
  • G3 Premium Gum Care (view on Amazon)
    • 4 pack
      • Black – HX9054/95
    • 2 pack
      • White – HX9052/65
  • I InterCare (view on Amazon)
    • 3 pack
      • White – HX9003/65
    • 2 pack
      • White – HX9002/65
  • S Sensitive (view on Amazon)
    • 3 pack
      • White – HX6053/64
  • W DiamondClean (view on Amazon)
    • 4 pack
      • White – HX6064/65
      • Black – HX6064/95
    • 3 pack
      • White – HX6063/65
      • Black – HX6063/95
    • 2 pack
      • White – HX6062/65
      • Black – HX6062/95
  • W3 Premium White (view on Amazon)
    • 4 pack
      • White – HX9064/65
      • Black – HX9064/95
    • 2 pack
      • White – HX9062/65
      • Black – HX9062/95
  • T1 TongueCare+ (view on Amazon)
    • 2 pack
      • White – HX8072/01
      • Black – HX8072/11
  • SimplyClean (view on Amazon)
    • 2 pack
      • White – HX6012/04
  • E-series (view on Amazon)
    • 3 pack
      • White – HX7023/64
    • 2 pack
      • White – HX7022/66
    • Sensitive standard size
      • 2 pack
        • White – HX7053/64
    • Compact size
      • 2 pack
        • White – HX7012/64
  • PowerUp (view on Amazon)
    • 3 pack
      • White/Blue – HX3023/64
      • Orange/White (Soft) – HX3013/96

What do the Sonicare brush head model numbers mean?

As you will now be aware there are a very large number of different brush heads, all with similar, yet slightly different names.

The names are more descriptive than part codes, but these codes are often given to products by their manufacturers to help differentiate them internally.

It is the product code that makes each item unique.

Be it a brush head or a brush handle Sonicare give it a code.

So what do the product codes mean in relation to the brush heads on offer?

This is a question we cannot provide a definitive answer to.

All the brush head part numbers start with HX followed by 4 numbers then there is often a forward slash (/) and two more numbers. For example: HX6074/26

The only consistent figure we know of that you can use to help identify a pack is the 4th digit after the 2 letters.  Using the above example we mean the 4.

This relates to the number of brush heads included in the pack.  2 if there are 2 brush heads, 4 if 4 heads are included, 6 and 8, you get the idea.

Which brush heads are compatible with my Sonicare electric toothbrush?

Unless you own a Sonicare E-Series (Essence) or PowerUp brush handle, all of the brush heads shown will fit and work with your Sonicare electric toothbrush.

The Sonicare AirFloss Nozzle and For Kids brush heads will not work with all of the brush handles.  They fit only the Sonicare Airfloss and Sonicare for Kids brush heads.

Sonicare brush heads for kids

Sonicare For Kids Brush Heads

The main focus of this article has been on the brush heads designed and engineered for Adults, but Sonicare do produce electric toothbrushes for children too.

There are 2 different brush heads that work on their brush handles.

These heads are very similar in what they aim to achieve, but have been designed with the smaller and more delicate mouths of children in mind.

You will find lots of super soft bristles on the brush head, which not only gently remove plaque and food debris, but allow children to take advantage of the power of an electric toothbrush without discomfort that might come from firmer bristles that could damage the soft tissues within their mouth.

The whole head is even coated in a soft rubber so that as it passes across the cheeks and gums, its is not as abrasive as a harder plastic.

With a contoured profile to fit your child’s teeth, the standard sized heads are most suited to children aged 7+ whilst the smaller compact option are best suited to kids aged 3/4+.

Simple to replace, click on and off just like adult heads.

You can buy them in the following pack sizes, all available here from Amazon:

The Sonicare For Kids brush head is compatible with:

Sonicare For Kids brush heads work with a more select range of brush handles, these are:

  • For Kids
  • For Kids with Bluetooth

How and when to replace the brush heads

As things go in life, using a toothbrush head for 4 months is not the worst thing you could do, but if you can change the brush head every 3 months it would be best and will keep your dentist happy.

Even if you are using the right technique, our mouths and teeth with regular brushing will cause bristles to wear.

Even the best brush heads are not designed to be as effective after roughly 3 months use, thus, you should replace them.

What might appear to be a perfectly acceptable and usable brush head can be doing more damage than you may think if you continue to use if for longer than you should.

Uneven wear, frayed bristles and bacteria are all reasons to change that brush head.  You don’t want it to be cutting or scratching the gums and teeth.

For those using a BrushSync compatible handle and brush head, the Amber BrushSync LED will illuminate to alert you when a replacement head is required or of course, the fading indicator bristles will give you the visual clue you need.

Fading Indicator & Reminder Bristles

Particular bristles on the head will start out blue and will over a 3 month period fade to become a pale blue/translucent white color.

These are the reminder or indicator bristles give you a guide to the usable life left.

The lighter the bristles, the older and more worn the brush head is.

At first glance it may not be obvious, but brush heads lose stiffness and gradually wear down over months of normal use.

For optimal results, replace your brush head every three months.

Replace Sonicare Heads Every 3 Months

Bristle Condition

Take a look at the bristles, are they still fairly uniform in their direction and look.  Does the bristle layout look similar to when the brush head was new?

If bristles are shorter, frayed or all over the place then it is time to change.

Brushing with too much pressure is often a cause of wearing out brush heads quicker than normal.

How to replace the heads – click on and off

How do you replace the heads on the Sonicare brushes? In two simple stages:

1. Pull the brush head away from the brush handle with a small amount of force to release the connection. There will likely be a click and you will revel a metal prong that is the shaft that connects to the motor. The head is now detached.

2. Fit a brush head by pushing the metal tip of the brush motor at the top of the brush handle into the hole in the bottom of the brush head.  As the two are pushed together there will be a click, the head is now attached.

Discontinued Philips Sonicare Toothbrush Heads

It happens fairly infrequently, but every few years, the range of Philips Sonicare heads alters.

The change to their range is to give you and me the best cleaning experience, when using a Sonicare toothbrush.

The newer brush heads are often more efficient, benefit from improved quality, the latest manufacturing standards and can have new technology built-in.

Approximately midway through 2019, Philips Sonicare refreshed their toothbrush head range.

Prior to 2019, brush heads could be purchased in a standard and compact size.  This option has been removed.

Subsequently, this has meant that a number of brush heads have been discontinued.

Although Sonicare no longer manufactures these heads, stock has and will continue to remain available for some time after.

The following is a list of brush heads that Sonicare used to manufacture, but have now discontinued.

DiamondClean Heads

Sonicare DiamondClean Heads

The DiamondClean toothbrush head for Sonicare electric toothbrushes can remove up to 100% more stains for whiter teeth in just 7 days.

Specially designed Diamond-shaped bristles assist in achieving whitening.

This head features a central stain-removal pad, made from densely packed diamond-shaped bristles, to remove surface stains caused by food, drinks and smoking.

Philips development team have engineered this brush head to make best use of the sonic motion that a Sonicare handle can offer. The dynamic fluid action that is created as a result of the high frequency and high-amplitude brush movements works to offer a deep cleaning action from all areas of the brush head, driving fluid deep between the teeth and along the gumline.

This brush head clicks on and off your brush handle for a secure fit and easy maintenance and cleaning.

It fits all Philips Sonicare toothbrush handles except, PowerUp Battery and Essence.

Reminder bristles ensure you get the most effective clean. At first glance, it may not be obvious, but brush heads lose stiffness and gradually wear down over months of normal use.  Blue reminder bristles fade to white and help you recognize when it’s time for a replacement. For optimal results, replace your brush head every three months.

The DiamondClean brush head is compatible with:

  • DiamondClean Smart
  • DiamondClean
  • FlexCare Platinum Connected
  • FlexCare Platinum
  • FlexCare+
  • FlexCare
  • ProtectiveClean
  • HealthyWhite
  • HealthyWhite
  • 2 Series

AdaptiveClean Heads

Sonicare Adaptive Clean Heads

4 times more surface contact than a DiamondClean brush head, the AdaptiveClean toothbrush head from Sonicare follows the unique shape of the teeth and gums.

A soft, flexible rubber sided head allows the bristles of the brush to adjust to the shape of each tooth’s surface.

As such this can lead to up to 10 times more plaque removal than a manual toothbrush along the gum line and between teeth.  Even the hardest to reach areas get a deep clean, that is still gentle on the gums.

Tracking along the gum line the rubber sides of the brush head absorbs excessive pressure you might apply, further protecting the soft tissue.

Offering the deepest clean, the Sonicare electric toothbrush is not as effective without such an engineered brush head.  Taking full advantage of the high-frequency and high-amplitude brush movements, performing over 31,000 strokes per minute, the brush head takes that power and drives toothpaste and fluid deep in between teeth.

This brush head simply clicks on and off your brush handle for a secure fit and easy maintenance and cleaning and is compatible with all Sonicare brushes with the exception of PowerUp Battery and Essence models.

Fading reminder bristles are also present to help you recognize when it is time to change the brush head, if you did not mark this within your diary.

The AdaptiveClean brush head is compatible with:

  • DiamondClean Smart
  • DiamondClean
  • FlexCare Platinum Connected
  • FlexCare Platinum
  • FlexCare+
  • FlexCare
  • ProtectiveClean
  • HealthyWhite
  • HealthyWhite
  • 2 Series

InterCare Heads

Sonicare InterCare Heads

Designed to reach deep between teeth and into hard to reach areas the InterClean brush heads feature extra-long, high-density bristles to target hidden plaque caught deep between teeth and in other hard-to-clean areas.

Available in the standard and compact size the InterCare brush head like the others available, takes full advantage of the power delivered by the different Sonicare brush handles.

The powerful motor drives a high-frequency and high-amplitude brush movements to perform over 31,000 strokes per minute.  The result is the power fully extends from the brush handle all the way to the tip of the brush head.

Within the mouth the result is a dynamic fluid action that drives fluid deep between teeth, even in hard to reach areas and along the gum line.

Suitable for a variety of users, but particularly those looking to improve gum health.   In just 2 weeks the results can be seen and Phillips suggest up to 7 times more plaque removal than a manual brush.

This brush head clicks on and off your brush handle for a secure fit and easy maintenance and cleaning.

It fits all Philips Sonicare toothbrush handles except, PowerUp Battery and Essence.

Reminder bristles ensure you get the most effective clean. At first glance, it may not be obvious, but brush heads lose stiffness and gradually wear down over months of normal use. Blue reminder bristles fade to white and help you recognize when it’s time for a replacement.

For optimal results, replace your brush head every three months.

The InterCare brush head is compatible with:

InterCare brush heads work with most Sonicare ‘click on’ compatible brush handles including:

  • DiamondClean Smart
  • DiamondClean
  • FlexCare Platinum Connected
  • FlexCare Platinum
  • FlexCare+
  • FlexCare
  • ProtectiveClean
  • HealthyWhite
  • HealthyWhite
  • 2 Series

ProResults Gum Health

Sonicare ProResults Gum Health

Capable of removing up to 6 times more plaque than a manual toothbrush after 4 weeks use, the densely-packed, and high-quality tufts of bristles found on ProResults Gum Health brush heads help to effectively remove plaque and improve gum health.

Specially curved power tufts easily reach teeth at the back of the mouth, whilst the gentle trim profile cushions teeth for an extra gentle brushing experience.

Sonicare brushes can offer up to 31,000 strokes per minute so the ProResults Gum Health head has been designed to take advantage of this to effectively clean tooth surfaces that bristles can reach and into deeper gaps between teeth.

This does not mean a harsh or aggressive brushing experience, in fact, quite the opposite.

Like the other brush heads available, simply click on and off and replace every 3 months.

Not sure how long ago you changed?  Just take a look at the blue indicator bristles.  If they look more white than blue, it is time for a change.

The head fits all Philips Sonicare toothbrush handles except: PowerUp Battery and Essence.

The ProResults Gum Health brush head is compatible with:

  • DiamondClean Smart
  • DiamondClean
  • FlexCare Platinum Connected
  • FlexCare Platinum
  • FlexCare+
  • FlexCare
  • ProtectiveClean
  • HealthyWhite
  • HealthyWhite
  • 2 Series

ProResults Plaque Control Heads

Sonicare Pro Results Plaque Control Toothbrush Head

This is the all round brush head that you will likely wish to opt for if you are not trying to achieve something specific.

With a design and bristle structure that looks to effectively remove plaque, improve gum health and get to those hard to reach areas, the ProResults head for Sonicare brushes is available in both a standard and compact size, to suit your needs.

With a contoured profile the head and bristles fit naturally to the shape of your teeth to help achieve that all round effective clean. The click on and off brush head includes the reminder bristles which fade from blue to white over 3 months and helps you know when to replace the head.

Suitable for all brush handles from Sonicare with the exception of PowerUP Battery and Essence, the ProResults can deliver over 31,000 brush strokes per minute on the appropriate cleaning mode, achieving the maximum cleaning effectiveness.

The ProResults Plaque Control brush head is compatible with:

  • DiamondClean Smart
  • DiamondClean
  • FlexCare Platinum Connected
  • FlexCare Platinum
  • FlexCare+
  • FlexCare
  • ProtectiveClean
  • HealthyWhite
  • HealthyWhite
  • 2 Series

Last updated: 2019-12-09 at 16:20 // Source: Amazon Associates

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35 thoughts on “Sonicare brush heads explained, compared and reviewed: which is best?”

  1. Hi Jon,
    Before I order brush heads, the chart shows both the G2 optimal gum care head and the G3 premium gum care head have a ‘Y’ under ‘special brushing solution’ instead of under ‘everyday brushing solution.’ I didn’t see this explained, so does this mean you can’t use regular toothpaste with these brush heads? Thanks

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  2. This may be a dumb question, but whenever a new brush head is put on, does it go through the easystart cycle again, or does that function come from the handle and not the brush itself? Otherwise, seems like every a new brush is put on, you’d have to deactivate that feature.

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    • Hi Mark,

      The Easy-Start is linked to the brush handle used and not the brush head. Fitting a new head will not launch the easy start mode again.

      It is configured so that out of the box, the brush begins in the easy start mode. Once the mode has run, it will not run again unless you re-activate it.

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  3. I got a variety pack of the G3/C3/P3.
    When comparing them, the only difference seems to be the color. Same number of bristles. Same size. Same feel. I was expecting something other than color to be different.

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    • Dave,

      Are you sure the bristles are the same on these heads? They are designed to be different. They look similar but there are subtle differences.

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  4. I’m still a bit confused. There are two seemingly identical series of brush heads with one entry for each special function:

    W/G2/C2 (I’ll call these the twos)
    W3/G3/C3 (I’ll call these the threes)

    What’s the difference between the twos and the threes? The twos seem to be slightly cheaper, about $26 for a 3 pack of the twos versus about $25 for a two pack of the threes (prices from Amazon). Other than that, they seem to have identical features and purpose.

    Any ideas on why they have these two different lines of brushes?

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    • Hi Paul.

      Sonicare doesn’t make things easy to understand. Whilst I have tried to make things clear, apologies if I have not been clear enough.

      I have to try and wade through all the information and pick out the differences.

      Essentially the W/G2/C2 are ‘standard’ brush heads. The W3/G3/C3 are the ‘premium’ range of brush heads.

      The standard range is perfectly functional and does the job.

      There are 2 key differences. The ‘premium’ range have a silicone/rubber wrapped around the back of the brush head. As this rubber material comes into contact with your gums and ofter soft surfaces of the mouth it is a little softer with more flex than the standard plastic backs found on the standard brush heads.

      The bristles are also arranged slightly differently. In theory, this means they do an even better job of cleaning, but I am not sure technically/clinically how much difference it really makes.

      I hope this helps.

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  5. Thanks for the comprehensive review of these brush heads. Your site has the most clear toothbrush replacement info, and it’s been extremely helpful.

    I can only find the C3 Premium Plaque Control Heads online. Have they been discontinued? If so, what’s the next best deep cleaning brush you’d recommend? Thanks

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    • Hi Dee.

      I am glad you have found the article helpful. It was my aim when writing this. Sadly the manufacturers don’t always make it simple.

      You said:

      I can only find the C3 Premium Plaque Control Heads online. Have they been discontinued? If so, what’s the next best deep cleaning brush you’d recommend?

      I think you may mean you can’t find the C3 Premium Plaque Control heads? Here they are on the Sonicare website with links to where you can purchase them.

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  6. On Amazon, many user comments report poor quality, obviously counterfeit, Sonicare toothbrush heads of various models. There are so many such reports that you should caution your readers to avoid buying these heads from Amazon.

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    • Thanks for the comment John. You are correct there are many counterfeit brush heads on the market.

      We only link to the manufacturer original ones to help reduce the chance of people buying the ‘copies/fakes’.

      We will soon have a piece on the site that goes into more detail about counterfeit brush heads and will link readers to it when it is available.

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  7. hi, i notice the w diamondclean and the w3 is quite similar? what are the differences and which one do you recommend ?

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    • Hi James.

      Yes they are very similar.

      I see little benefit in going for what tend to be the more expensive W3 option.

      There is a soft gel/silicon coating to the back and sides of the head which can be a touch softer on the cheeks and gums etc if they touch, but from a cleaning ability there is no real difference.

      All the claims of potential x times better plaque removal etc are virtually impossible to replicate and tell as every individual and situation is different. Most claims are based when comparing to a manual brush etc.

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  8. Beware of the C3 plaque removing heads if you use natural toothpaste. The oils in many brands of natural toothpaste make the bristles fall out while brushing. I contacted Sonicare about it and they said that Coconut oil, peppermint oil and clove oil damage the heads. There is no warning to this effect on the packaging.

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  9. We have a kids one, but was wondering if I can use an adult replacement head now. It doesn’t say any where if the adult ones will work as they get older. It still works great, so I hate to replace it just because she’s older. The adult heads are so much easier to find.

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    • Hi Heather.

      You can use an adults brush head on a kids brush handle.

      It may not look great, the white brush head on the bold coloured handle, but if you are not worried (I wouldn’t be too concerned) then it is fine.

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  10. If a family are all using the same device how can we stop getting our brush heads muddled up. Our Oral B brush heads had little coloured rings so we could differentiate which one belonged to whom. My new Sonicare came with 2 brush heads but no coloured rings. This is going to cause a major problem in my home so I want to find a way of labelling our own brush heads. I need to buy a pack of four C3 heads so any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks

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    • Hi Anette.

      You are not the first to voice this problem.

      Some put a marker on the brush head using things like colored nail polish or some sort of marker pen. A piece of colored tape could work too.

      Whilst the manufacturer own brush heads are generally best, there are some third party brush heads compatible with Sonicare brush handles that offer the colored rings. These brush heads do not support BrushSync technology though if your brush handle has this built in.

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  11. Hi,
    Thanks for all the useful info.

    I have a question: are Sonicare heads interchangeable among different brands?

    Is it safe to use a Sonicare head from a different manufacturer?

    For example, I recently bought OVONNI BH-126 and was not able to find replacement heads, I was advised to use replacement heads from ISELECTOR.
    Thanks 🙂

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    • Hi Ben,

      I have not heard of this brush brand and model that you mention. If the companies advice is to use heads from ISELECTOR then I would suggest you can follow this.

      As a general rule, most brands alter their fittings in some way so that you can use only their brush heads or those specifically designed for their brushes.

      For example you can’t use and Oral-B brush head on a Phipips Sonicare or the vice versa.

      There are other companies who specifically make compatible brush heads for many different brands of toothbrush.

      This means these head fit and work with ranges such as Sonicare brush handles, but are not identical to the Philips Sonicare original brush heads.

      99.9% of the time these are perfectly fine, fitting perfectly and cleaning the teeth without issue.

      Strictly speaking the use of third party brush heads like this goes against the manufacturers recommendation and you cannot necessarily be assured of the quality in the same way.

      I hope this helps.

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  12. Are all the sonicare heads soft bristled? I noticed recently on some of the replacement head packaging a picture of a feather with Medium written below it.

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    • Hi Annisa,

      I can’t comment on the exact softness rating for each brush head, but all between soft-medium stiffness/firmness. None of the brush heads bristles, are to my knowledge, firm or really stiff.

      Dentists generally recommend soft an/or medium bristles, so this is what Sonicare offer.

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  13. What’s the difference between the C3 and W3 (other than their advertised purposes)? Their bristle layouts appear to be identical–is there a difference between the bristles themselves on the two heads?

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    • Kristen,

      You are right. The bristle layout is the same.

      The colour of the bristles is different, but to our knowledge everything else appears to be identical.

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  14. Is the Essence+ plus different than the essence? iI has a snap on head and a curvy metal attachment. Which brush heads are compatible with the Essence Plus? Thank you

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    • Hi.

      Yes, rather confusingly the Essence and Essence+ are different when it comes to brush heads.

      The Essence has a specific style of brush head that screws on and off, whilst the Essence+ uses the push on and pull off style brush head that is most common across the Sonicare range.

      If you own the Essence Plus (+) you can use any of the following brush head styles:

      DiamondClean
      W DiamondClean
      C3 Premium Plaque Control
      G3 Premium Gum Care
      W3 Premium White
      AdaptiveClean
      I InterCare
      InterCare
      Pro Results
      ProResults Gum Health
      G2 Optimal Gum Care
      C2 Optimal Plaque Control
      ProResults Plaque Control
      Sensitive
      SimplyClean

      Sonicare tend to sell the Essence+ with 1 of these style heads:

      DiamondClean
      ProResults
      SimplyClean
      Sensitive brush

      If you need further help, just let me know.

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  15. The information here does not include what the icons on the brushes mean! Circle, square and diamond icons are on the individual brushes. What do they mean?!!! I have a Phillips Diamond Clean Sonicare.

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    • Hi Melodee,

      It is my belief that the icons, be that circle, square, diamond etc are ways in which you can tell which brush head is yours, if the same style of brush head is being used.

      In a family environment for example, if all users were using an Adaptive Clean brush head:

      Parent 1 – Square
      Parent 2 – Circle
      Child – Diamond

      There might be another reason, but not one I am aware of.

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  16. Thanks for the article. I would have thought the diamond clean was the best as it has the word diamond in it. Silly me.
    I like to purchase my heads at Costco as you can get 6 for like $40 when they’re on sale.
    As they only have the diamond clean and the premium plaque control I’ll take the latter.
    Here is the link in case you would like to let others know. Another reason for me purchasing them at Costco is I am nearly certain that they are authentic which seems to be an issue when purchasing them online especially. Thanks again!

    https://www.costco.com/toothbrush-replacement-heads.html

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    • Hi Douglas,

      Thanks for the comment.

      The range of brush heads are confusing for sure.

      When it comes down to it, they are all going to help you maintain good oral health, but as this article explains, some might be a bit better than others for certain things.

      Costco should only sell the genuine brush heads. Whilst the majority of online sellers do to sell genuine parts, there are some who produce replicas/fakes rather than the real thing.

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