Monday, March 13, 2017

Review: Philips Sonicare Platinum

Today we review one of our recent successful purchases:

The Philips Sonicare Platinum Connected Toothbrush.


- Our teeth feel fantastic, smooth and clean.
- They didn't get magically whiter.
- As for cavity and gum problems prevention, it'll take 6-12 months to see the results.
- Smart features : for some they work for some they won't make a difference.

In the times of Smart Everything now even an electric toothbrush can add a few IQ points to your household.

Lets start with the unboxing:

In the box we find the toothbrush handle itself, one (!) head, a travel case and two chargers - one minimalistic tiny and elegant stand without any unnecessary features like brush head holders etc and one slightly bigger charging stand with a gimmick claiming to be a UV brush head sanitiser.
We will test this one in due time, once we get our brush heads suitably grimy.

The handle has several buttons allowing to switch it on and off, to select the brushing intensity (1 to 3) and the brushing mode (clean, white and deep clean).

The intensity selection helps beginners and those with more sensitive teeth to get used to the 'bee-buzzing' feeling in their mouth whilst brushing.

The mode selection changes the type and duration of vibration produced by the toothbrush.

Now, don't forget that the toothbrush is s m a r t. With certain precision it knows which teeth do you brush and which you miss. It measures the duration of your brushing and it prompts with 20 second intervals that you should move on to the next out of six sections of your teeth.

This is just what any other electric toothbrush can do.

But when you add a bluetooth connected smartphone to it, the toothbrush becomes really s m a r t.

First you need to create a Philips profile and tell them a couple of personal details about yourself (of course...).

Next - download an app for iPhone or Android. Next - enable Bluetooth, open your app, log in with your Philips profile credentials and wake up your toothbrush, for example by taking it off the charger. The two should connect hopefully without a fuss. You are ready to go - apply toothpaste as usual, put the toothbrush in your mouth and press start. 

As you brush the app screen will guide you through six sectors of your mouth, counting down from two minutes, thus allowing 20 for seconds in each section. It detects whether you're brushing inside or outside surfaces of your teeth and marks the area white once it decides you've brushed sufficiently.

If you skip a section it remains marked disapprovingly yellow. At the end of your two minutes the brush will stop, but you get a chance to correct omissions and 'TouchUp'.

Once you're happy with the task you can stop your toothbrush and are presented with configurable reminders about flossing, tongue cleaning and using mouthwash.

The app introduces gamification elements to the mundane task of tooth cleaning by granting points for achieving certain milestones, for example a number of consecutive days of correct brushing twice a day, etc. You can also follow predefined goals and create own goals in terms of frequency and quality of brushing. This feature isn't in my opinion very useful, as I didn't get any reminders during my 30 days 'whitening goal', the progress meter was unclear, I haven't met the goal and I'm not even sure why...

The app will also track the usage of toothbrush head and helpfully prompt you when it's time to purchase their overprices consumables. And here the product is rather dumb, as it doesn't recognise that two people can interchangeably use the toothbrush with two different heads. It stupidly counts the times the brush has been used, not each head...

Well, the actual revenue for Philips comes from the replaceable heads, not the toothbrush, right?  By all means, replace the heads as often as you can.

Other more or less useful features include
- warning if you move your brush too much whilst brushing - to improve your technique
- warning if you press too hard on your teeth
- in app reporting about using the brush, tongue scraper, mouthwash, floss - the last three need to be recorded manually

- sharing of the reports (with your grandma????)
- recording your dental appointments in the calendar
- indicating potential troublesome  areas in your mouth, which are displayed later as a reminder when you brush


Overall it's a great purchase.
We had a short discussion about how best to describe the feeling in your mouth after brushing with Philips Sonicare. The teeth feel smooth and clean, comparable with the feeling after a deep cleaning and sanding session with Pani Hania