A well designed, strong performing electric toothbrush, many kids will love the stickers and colour of the brush handle.
This is a great toothbrush and there is little to fault.
However, the more premium Sonicare For kids Connected is likely worth the extra investment if you struggle to get your kids engaged with brushing.
- Design — bold and grippy
- Built-in timer
- Automatic power off
- Long battery life
- Interactivity not as good as Sonicare for Kids Connected HX6322/04
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The 3 BIG questions about the Sonicare for kids electric toothbrush
If you are short of time, the answers to the following 3 questions should let you know all you need to about the Sonicare For Kids electric toothbrush (HX6311/17). If we have missed something, let us know in the comments.
If you want more detail, you can read our full Philips Sonicare for Kids review further down the page.
1. Is there anything drastically wrong with this toothbrush?
No, really there is not.
It is a solid performing brush that will appeal to children thanks to the interchangeable stickers and bold colours.
It cleans well and has a built in timer to encourage brushing for the right amount of time.
2. Which other brushes should I consider?
You really should consider the upgrade to this brush, the Sonicare For Kids Connected. This is a Bluetooth equipped brush that takes brushing encouragement and education to the next level and is the best electric toothbrush for kids.
Oral-B Kids 3+ range of brushes would be my other recommendation.
Sadly, there is no Bluetooth connectivity, but there is a similar level of interaction and focus on achieving the best brushing routine for children. There is too a benefit in that it is cheaper.
3. Where is the best place to buy the Philips Sonicare Kids?
It is not stocked in as many stores as we would like, but Boots is one option on the high street, or you can buy direct from Philips, via their online web store. Or for what tend to be the best prices head to Amazon, or eBay.
Below are the Amazon links for the two brushes we recommend considering alongside the Sonicare For Kids.
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Getting children to brush their teeth can be difficult, I am sure any parent who has tried it will agree.
It can take time and patience to teach the importance of brushing and how to do it properly.
The benefits of an electric toothbrush are well known, so allowing kids to take advantage makes sense. The Sonicare for kids brush allows just this, with the added benefit of being designed and packaged in a way that is a little more appealing to the younger audience.
Variants of this toothbrush
The Sonicare for kids range at the time of writing includes 2 brushes, the one I am reviewing here which is the HX6311/17 and the Sonicare for kids connected, model number HX6322/04.
The connected variant has Bluetooth built-in and an app for Android and iOS that can be used with it. It is more expensive and has an extra brush head in the box. The provided stickers are different too.
Click here to read my Sonicare for kids connected electric toothbrush review
What’s in the box?
- Sonicare for kids electric toothbrush (HX6311/17)
- 1 x compact brush head
- 1 x travel cap
- 1 x charging stand
- 8 x handle stickers
- Sonic brushing technology, offering up to 31,000 strokes per minutes
- Built-in timer
- Easy start feature
- 2 different cleaning modes
- 3 week battery life
Pro & Cons
Here are what I consider to be the pros and cons of the Sonicare kids.
- Design – Grippy and appealing with the stickers included.
- Timer – Built in timer with pacer to encourage brushing for the right amount of time.
- Automatic power off – The brush turns off automatically at the end of a 2 minute cleaning cycle.
- Battery status – An LED that gives some clue to the battery charge levels.
- Battery life – Fantastic battery life of up to 3 weeks.
- Interactivity – Could be more engaging
- No indicator bristles – No fading bristles on the brush head.
- Travel case – No travel case included, just a small travel cap.
Design, usability, clean & general use
The striking Green/Turquoise colour (or Aqua as Sonicare call it) is what first catches my attention with this Philips Sonicare children’s toothbrush. This has been designed with children in mind, particularly when you consider the 8 vibrant stickers that are included.
Often an electric toothbrush is White with soft pastel shade accent via a button or rubber grip. Not here.
The Aqua coloured grip adorns the back and side of the handle, with a White panel on the front which remains this colour unless a sticker is applied.
Adding stickers to the handle gives a way to personalise it and make it more appealing to your child or children.
The overall shape and size of the brush is fairly typical of what you might imagine for an electric toothbrush, whilst the handle is not completely round it is loosely shaped like this.
The back and sides of the Philips Sonicare kids toothbrush handle are this Aqua colour. A series of raised dots run down the back of the handle, from the top to the bottom in essentially 3 rows, with each dot staggered in its positioning.
About halfway down the handle a further 2 rows of 5 dots are added to widen the gripping area in line with where the fingers tend to naturally fall.
I really like the grip and it helps those little hands keep hold of it, even when they are wet.
At the neck of the brush on the rear is a slight protrusion which looks a bit odd in its shape, but it is actually designed so that when the brush is laid flat, it will not roll.
When looking at the handle side on, you notice that the middle of the grip bulges ever so slightly too, making it a little larger in hand.
The base of the brush is wider in design, giving a solid base on which the brush can stand upright. The handle slims as you move up to the neck, the point at which the brush heads attach.
On the front of the brush handle are 2 prominent Green buttons that stand slightly proud. The top button is the power button, whilst the lower button is pressed to switch between the 2 cleaning modes on this handle.
Both buttons have LED’s built into them and have a good tactile and clicky response.
It is the area around these buttons that can be customised via any 1 of the 8 stickers that are provided in the box. Its likely a job for you as the parent to stick it on, rather than the kids.
You attach it to a panel, which in turn is attached to the handle.
Attaching a sticker does away with the expanse of White and will make that front panel much bolder and colourful. The designs of each sticker are distinct and varied
These stickers can be easily pulled off and replaced.
On the base of the brush aside from the regulatory information and product details that are printed, is a recess into which the prong on the charging stand that is provided fits.
A charging stand is supplied, more on this soon.
Inside the brush handle is a Lithium-Ion battery which offers up to 3 weeks use between charges.
Supplied as you might expect is a brush head, just 1, a compact sized head suitable for smaller children.
This Philips kids electric toothbrush is designed for children age 3 years old and upwards. As a result, included in the box are Sonicare kids toothbrush heads, well 1 of anyway.
It is the compact head which is provided and is well suited to the younger brush users.
Still technically part of the Sonicare kids toothbrush heads range, for older children (approximately 6+) or adults, if you want to use this handle (there is nothing stopping you) there is a ‘standard’ sized brush head available too.
The standard head and replacement compact heads can be purchased separately. They come in packs of 2 and typically work out to be around £7 per head. This is a little pricier than other brands.
To cater to the softer and more delicate mouths of children, the back of the brush heads are finished in a rubber coating, Aqua in colour to make for a better experience for kids.
Normal Sonicare brush heads are finished in a gloss plastic.
It might well be worth noting that all standard adult Sonicare brush heads fit onto this brush handle. You do not necessarily have to use those designed for kids. If you want to learn about the full range of brush heads, read our article Philips Sonicare Brush Heads: The Ultimate Guide.
A dentist or dental professional will advise replacing the brush head every 3 month’s, sooner if the bristles show obvious signs of wear such as split or frayed bristles.
Sadly, unlike many other brush heads, including Sonicares adult brush heads, the compact head supplied does not have the fading indicator bristles that act as a reminder as to when to change/replace the head.
I think it is a shame these are not included and is a bit of an oversight in teaching children about general oral health.
If you opt for the premium variant of this brush that has the Bluetooth connectivity, you get a reminder via the app.
To replace the head, you simply pull the head off and push it back onto the metal shaft that protrudes from inside the brush handle.
As you might expect of a Philips Sonicare kids toothbrush, this provides an excellent clean to the teeth and it offers up to 31,000 movements per minute through the brush head. Your child will likely get praise from the dentist if they brush regularly with this toothbrush.
One of the biggest appeals is you are getting so many more movements of the bristles when compared to a regular manual brush, it is able to theoretically do more in less time.
The brush offers 2 modes. Gentle and Extra Gentle.
Gentle mode is the most powerful clean offered by the brush and is designed for older/independent brushers. The cleaning cycle is 2 minutes.
Extra Gentle mode is a reduced power mode used for training and introducing children to the sonic experience. When in Extra Gentle mode, the brushing cycle is initially set at 1 minute and slowly progresses to 2 minutes over time, to help young children reach the dentist recommended 2 minutes per brushing cycle.
This ramping up of power and brushing time is a feature known as ‘Easy-Start’ which is seen on many Sonicare brushes and makes for a more natural transition from a manual to a powerful sonic brush. This happens over the first 14 brushing sessions.
You change the cleaning mode before you power the brush on.
Press the lower Green button on the brush handle to change the cleaning mode. There is an LED either side of the button. The left LED when lit, shows that the Extra Gentle mode is selected. The LED on the right when lit, shows that Gentle mode is selected.
With the desired cleaning mode selected, press the Green power button in the upper third of the brush handle to power the brush on. As you do the motor will kick into life and the brush head will begin moving at up to 31,000 times per minute.
As the brush is powered on, the LED on the power button will go Green to indicate the brush is on. At the same time, a timer and pacer built into the brush begins to work.
No doubt you are aware that 2 minutes is the widely recommended time for cleaning your teeth, children and adults alike. This should be completed twice a day.
From the moment the brush powers on the timer begins working. At 30 second intervals a sound is played to indicate it is time to change the area of the mouth that is being brushed.
The mouth should be broken up into 4 sections, known as quadrants. You have the upper right, upper left, lower right and lower left. 30 seconds should be spent on each quadrant. The built-in timer encourages this.
At the end of the 2 minute cycle, the brush automatically turns off. A feature I love.
This timer, if explained to your child can be extremely helpful in encouraging and educating them to brush for the right amount of time.
A feature that is missing, but it not essential is a pressure sensor. A well implemented sensor will light up and alert the brusher, in this case the child that they are brushing too hard and could be doing damage to their teeth and mouth. This is not a common feature on Sonicare brushes and I suspect left out as there are more important and valuable parts to the education programme on brushing teeth than pressure used, at this stage.
Provided in the box is small plastic travel cap that fits over the bristles on the brush head.
It would be nice if a more standard travel case was provided as this would not only protect the bristles but avoid accidental activation of the brush when in a bag. The provided cap is just too small and easy to lose.
The handle of the Philips Sonicare kids itself is waterproof and will survive a rinse under the tap. It should not be submerged in water though.
A 2 year warranty is provided, should something go wrong. This does not cover user damage as you might expect.
Overall the general use and performance of this brush is good, the bold colours and stickers make it appealing to a child and the whole brushing experience a bit more exciting.
Sadly, this brush does not feature the Bluetooth connectivity and associated app like the more premium connected model does.
This model is similar to the Oral-B Junior model which similarly featured and priced to this one.
They both lack that extra level of interactivity and rely on the parent having a bit more involvement or the child being a bit more independent.
I personally think it’s worth the extra investment to get the Bluetooth connectivity and the benefits the app brings. Yes it does require use of a mobile device, but it tracks and educates at a whole new level.
Watch the following video to get a great insight into how it works, if you are interested.
Summary of design, usability, clean & general use
- Bold Green handle with 8 stickers to customise the handle
- Lots of grip on the handle
- Power button with battery status LED
- 2 cleaning modes, Gentle and Extra Gentle
- Easy-Start mode
- 1 x compact brush head included
- Brush head coated in rubber for softer experience
- No indicator bristles
- Normal Sonicare brush heads fit the handle
- Replacement heads work out at about £7 each
- Great cleaning experience
- No travel case, the brush head travel cap is basic and easily lost
- Waterproof handle
- 2 year warranty
Your opinion may differ, but as a parent, the less things you have to worry about the better.
Often you follow behind your kids clearing up, checking x, y and z have been done and making sure their electric toothbrush has been charged is just another one to add to the list.
However, it is all too easy to forget about this, so if the battery life of the brush is good, the chances of the brush being out of power when the child comes to use it are less.
Now, you may have a responsible young one who understands the need to put the brush back on the charger, but not all will.
Only 5 days of battery life is one of my biggest criticisms with the Oral-B Stages Power brush, so hurrah for the Philips kids electric toothbrush tripling the usage time!
Yes, the battery inside this brush handle offers up to 3 weeks usage between charges.
That is some 42 brushing sessions each lasting 2 minutes.
This gives a total of 84 minutes of use before the brush needs to be recharged.
My own hands on testing achieve a maximum of 90 minutes so just a touch over what Sonicare claim.
For those that are interested, it is a Lithium-Ion battery inside the brush handle.
The LED on the power button is what shows you the status of the battery.
When turned on the LED will shine Green.
If the battery power is low, that LED will flash RED for a full minute after a clean to show it is low and needs recharging.
Should it be completely discharged a series of 5 beeps will be heard twice. The brush will not function and it must be put on the charging stand.
When placed on the charging stand it will flash Green but stop flashing when the brush is fully charged. 2 beeps are also heard when the brush is first placed on the stand.
The supplied charging stand is White in colour and designed in a way that there is a prong on the top of it, that fits into the base of the brush handle. The brush stands upright on the charging stand.
Wired into the charging unit is a power cable that is about 1 meter in length and has a 2 pin connector on the end of it. This is not a European mains power connector, this is a 2 pin plug suitable for bathrooms in the UK.
If your bathroom does not have a 2 pin plug, you will need to purchase an adapter to power the brush from the normal 3 pin socket found in UK homes.
A full charge of the Sonicare for kids toothbrush, can take up to 24 hours.
The brush can sit on the stand when not in use. It is perfectly fine to top the brush up and use it again before the brush is fully recharged, if required.
If you travel and need to take the charger, you need only a plug adapter and not a voltage adapter as the charging stand itself supports voltages from 100-240v.
However, with 3 weeks life, having to take the charging stand is unlikely.
Summary of battery life
- 84 minutes of usage time or 21 days usage based on 2 cleans a day
- Lithium-Ion battery – not user removable
- Green light flashes when charging
- 2 beeps emitted as the brush is first placed on the charging stand
- When fully charged the Green LED stops flashing
- Red light flashes rapidly for 1 minute after a clean when battery is low
- When the battery is flash, 2 sets of 5 beeps will be heard at the end of a brushing session or when new brushing session is attempted
- Can be left on the charger
- Takes up to 24 hours to charge fully
- A charger included in the box
- Works on 100- 240 volts
Price & where to buy
What value you and I put on products differ and what I might class as expensive, you might think is cheap. However, whatever your financial situation, there is a point where price will inevitably come into play.
Sonicare across all their products tend to be a bit more expensive than the likes of Oral-B or Colgate. You often have to pay a bit more to get an equivalently featured Sonicare brush, but often Sonicare does offer something extra for that premium price.
More often than not it is the battery life and actual product quality.
The Sonicare for kids is most closely matched to Oral-B’s Junior brush but in this instance the recommended retail price and the actual price they sell for are not too dissimilar.
This brush has a recommended retail price of £52, with the actual price you can pay from retailers being around the £30 mark, so some reasonable savings to be had. Of course, these prices are always subject to change and vary from one retailer to another.
Given Oral-B’s Junior brush retails for about £25 and the Sonicare offers triple the battery life, I think that is a pretty fair price.
You should take into consideration the brush head cost, which is a bit dearer than most would like or expect. The average cost is £7 per brush head, double that of Oral-B.
Assuming an average purchase price of £30 for this model, plus the cost of the replacement brush heads over 3 years, you are looking at a total outlay of £107, which is 10p per day.
This is not the cheapest brush you could buy, but it is not a rip off or overpriced in my opinion.
Whilst I don’t wish to spend your money for you, I do feel that you should consider the Sonicare for kids connected brush. It is a £20 premium on this model or 2p extra per day, but the interactivity and convenience it brings for some parents might be some of the best money ever spent.
Please note that all prices quoted are approximates and will vary based on location, supplier and time of purchase. These figures were correct at the time of writing and should not be relied upon as hard fact, but used as a guide during your decision process.
Summary of price & where to buy
- Recommended retail price of £52
- Generally available from £30
- £20 less than the connected variant
- Brush heads approximately £7 each
- Works out at around 10p per day over 3 years
- Good value all things considered
Reliability & long term use
Sonicare are generally well regarded for their quality products.
Here at Electric Teeth we receive less complaints or reports of them failing compared to other brands.
My own hands on testing with this brush, does not leave me doubting the quality and Sonicare’s years of experience really show in the finish and overall construction of this handle.
Ultimately, it is the long term testing over many months and years that is the real test. Should we ourselves find issues later, or receive reports of such, this review will be updated accordingly.
At the hands of children a toothbrush like this is likely going to have a bit of a tougher life than it might if used exclusively by an adult. But, with the solid build and rubber grip the brush is protected as best as it can be from knocks and drops.
Whilst the provided 2 year warranty does not cover user damage it does cover any mechanical faults that come as a result of poor workmanship or faulty parts.
A well designed, strong performing electric toothbrush, many kids will love the stickers and colour of the brush handle.
As a parent you can be assured the brush is delivering a powerful, yet soft brushing experience to the teeth and gums of your loved one whilst encouraging them to brush for the recommended 2 minutes.
The 3 week battery life is super, meaning you have one less thing to worry about.
This is a great toothbrush and there is little to fault.
However, if you are a parent struggling to get your child brushing and know that they will be excited by an interactive game, the more premium Sonicare For kids Connected is likely worth the extra investment.
Electric Teeth Rating
- Height (without head) – 19cm
- Height (with head) – 23.5cm
- Width – 3.4cm
- Thickness – 3.5cm
- Weight (without head) – 137g
- Weight (with head) – 132g
All are approximates
- Is the Sonicare for kids an oscillating brush?
- No, it is a sonic toothbrush.
- What brush head does it come with and what alternative ones can be used?
- With the brush you get a compact sized brush head. This have been designed for children. This along with a larger, standard sized head can be purchased separately as replacement for the brush handle. Sonicare adult brush heads, designed for adults do too fit on and could be used on this handle.
- Does the Sonicare for kids have a pressure sensor?
- No, it does not have a pressure sensor.
- Does the Sonicare for kids have Bluetooth?
- No, it does not.
- Does the Sonicare for kids come with a warranty & how long is it?
- If purchased new from an approved retailer the Sonicare for kids connected will come with a 2 year warranty.
- Does the Sonicare for kids have a built-in timer?
- Yes. It has a timer with quadpacer. At 30 second intervals the brush pauses momentarily as a sign to change quadrant. At the end of 2 minutes, the brush automatically powers off.
- How long does the battery last?
- The battery lasts up to 42 minutes or 21 days based on 2 cleans per day.
- Does it come with a charger?
- Yes, a charging station is included.
- The charger is 2 pin, how can I use it?
- The charger is a 2 pin/prong charger designed to be used on voltages of 100-240 volts. It is a 2 pin charger suitable for connecting to shaver sockets found in many bathrooms in the UK & Europe. If you do not have a shaver socket, you can purchase an adapter that will allow the charger to be connected to a standard 3 pin UK mains socket.
- Can this be fixed to a wall?
- The Sonicare for kids charging station has not been designed to be fixed to a wall.
- Can I use the Sonicare for kids in the shower?
- Yes, the brush handle is completely waterproof.
- Does it come with a travel case?
- No, there is no travel case included, travel caps for each brush head are.
Do you own or have your children used the Sonicare for kids electric toothbrush?
Are there certain features that you or your kids really like or dislike?
Let us know what you think about this brush and let others who may well be considering purchasing one know your opinions before they do.
4 thoughts on “Philips Sonicare For Kids (HX6311/17) Review”
This is a really helpful comprehensive review. Thank you for doing this and posting it. We are about to buy the Sonicare and appreciate all the details.
Hi Tom. Thanks for the kind words. I do hope it has helped and that your child benefits from this toothbrush.
Having just purchased OralB 5000 and considering electric toothbrush for my 3y old, I have compared vibrations on Sonicare and Stages for kids. I’m thinking just to get Stages head and use it on 5000 sensitive or gum care mode. Do you think that could be an option or is this in your opinion unsuitable for a little child?
It might be an option. It is not one I have really considered or tried before.
I think it may be better for your child to have their own brush as long term this helps with the education process of independent brushing.