- Interactive free app educates and gets kids excited about brushing Exciting rewards for successful brushing sessions
- Keep track of your kids brushing time/frequency via parents section of the app Add rewards to motivate
- 98 percent of parents say it`s easier to get kids to brush longer and better
- Patented sonic technology with 500 strokes per second 75 percent more effective than manual toothbrushes in hard to reach areas for better check-ups guaranteed
- Kid timer helps ensure 2minute recommended brushing time, and kid pacer alerts the child to move to the next quadrant of the mouth to ensure a thorough cleaning
2016 Best Philips Sonicare Electric Toothbrush Philips Sonicare for Kids Connected Sonic Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush, HX6321/02 Reviews
From a functional standpoint this is a simplified version of a Sonicare brush. There are only 2 brush modes – a low and a regular – but in terms of brush performance this unit is rated at 500 strokes per second which for all intents and purposes is the same spec as Sonicare’s top of the line ‘DiamondCare’ model rated at 31,000 strokes per minute (eg – 500’ish a second). Sure, you’re not getting the luxury of having 5+ brush modes at your disposal but the base 2 minute, full quadrant routine superbly gets the job done with a satisfying mouth feel and signature smooth finish.
The other key feature with this product is it’s bluetooth capability which is designed to effortlessly sync up with a cleverly designed app that teaches youngsters how to brush effectively and develop habitual behavior around the process which will not only free up your time in constantly supervising your kids’ every brushing session but lead to the road of better oral hygiene – a win-win for everyone involved.
The design and function of the app is better than I expected. The only current downside to the app is that it is currently limited to Apple iPad’s only – specifically 3rd gen models (the ones released in March 2012) and up. A strange limitation but I’m sure Philips will expand to Android and iPhones in due time. The app is immediately accessible and engaging and uses a mix of educational snippets and gamification loops (rewards for regular use, etc) to keep the kids coming back. The app does it’s job in keeping light, watchful supervision of the brushing process but the routine may wear itself thin after a couple of weeks so I look forward to seeing what future updated versions of the app bring.
Succeeds brilliantly where the Sonicare “unconnected” failed (By Just Trying to Help)
I use a sonicare all the time, for years. Their quality is so self evident that I’m not going to try to sell you on why you want one. You can read glowing reviews on that already. I was specifically interested in how this “connected” toothbrush would work, and I was very impressed.
I write reviews of Hardware+software combination products regularly and I often feel like I’m repeating myself, because so many of them are great hardware and weak software. But the sonicare for kids is a refreshing exception.
The sonicare for kids app works great and my 7 year old son enjoys it. It succeeds in its mission.
How do I know this? Because several years ago I bought a normal sonicare for kids, and it was really hard to get the kids to use it. They preferred manual toothbrushes. So I can compare the use of the “connected” toothbrush to the “unconnected” toothbrush I already own.
So my kids never wanted to use the plain sonicare, there were a lot of excuses. But the sonicare connected succeeds brilliantly. It makes my kids want to brush their teeth with the sonicare connected instead of their manual toothbrushes. My son watches the image of the brush moving around the mouth of the character and does a better job brushing than he ever did before. The action in the video is not related to the movement of the brush around his mouth, but I think he enjoys seeing the virtual teeth become clean and the germs get vanquished (there is even a germ with a crown, kind of like a boss monster, which was a nice touch). And by watching how to correctly brush your teeth over and over the lesson should take root in his mind.
I really didn’t think it would work well, but it did. I hope they come out with support for the iPod soon, so that he can use one of those instead of the iPad.
Brushing Goes Better With A Well Dressed Sparkly (By Severian)
If you are already familiar with Sonicare, you know these brushes give an awesome cleaning to your teeth, reduce gum disease, and are easy to use. You probably have already heard that kids tend to brush longer with power toothbrushes and also enjoy using them more. These facts combined tend to make the Sonicare for Kids a pretty easy purchase decision, assuming you don’t mind the price. There are plenty of cheaper power brushes for kids, but none hit the high speed of the Sonicare, and that speed is a key part of the plaque removal and cleaning effect. The simpler slower power heads on $10 and $20 brushes will not get that same effect, and also many kids brushes are not rechargeable and do not include replaceable heads. Sonicare is certainly worth more for those added features.
However, what really makes this brush is the Bluetooth feature set. The free app, available for Android and Apple devices, is a clever design that encourages kids to brush by giving them a pet “Sparkly” which can be customized with gifts and prizes that the kids get for brushing regularly and for the appropriate duration. My 6 year old loves that type of thing, and though I am still doing the brushing for her, the animations that play during the brushing help her see what is going on, and the countdown timer helps her to see when the brushing will be over with. Finally, the one or several gifts at the end of the brushing are anticipated by her, so she can use them to feed the Sparkly, dress it up, change colors etc. The app also tracks compliance and will send reminders of missed brushings or short timed instances when the kids are old enough to brush independently.
The brush also comes with many stickers and can be customized to the preference of the user.
The stickers seem to be holding up even with frequent wettings and the usual sort of rough treatment that a 6 year old can offer to any regularly used device. I would not assume the brush would hold up to frequent droppings, so if your kid is Mr./Ms Butterfingers or likes to slam things really hard against hard surfaces, you may want to hold off a bit on this purchase.
The Sonicare for kids also has lower speed / sensitive modes that can be used for kids, and you can gradually ease them into higher speed operation if the speed and power of the brush scares or discomforts them. My daughter was OK with fill power from first use, but its nice to know there is a gentler option available if needed.
There are few complaints. The brush head does not have a 90 day wear indicator as the adult Sonicare heads do, so you do not see when you ought to change heads. In my experience, I usually got a lot of extra use out of the brush heads even when the wear indicator was showing, so I am not sure how much use this feature would be for the kids set, as most parents would probably not run right out and get a new $20 brush head the moment the wear indicator showed anyway. Also, the app tracks usage time and is supposed to remind you to get a new brush head as appropriate. I have not seen this feature yet (having used the set for less than 90 days) but I have no doubt that it will function as indicated.
The app is a tad persistent and prolific in its reminders of missed brushings and other events, but this is part of the supervisory aspect of the kids set, and you can modify type of notifications to some extent.
As mentioned, the Sonicare for Kids is not cheap, and the replacement heads are also expensive. I believe the brush by itself is worth the elevated price, and the useful and well done BT feature and app add value. Even if your child is not yet brushing on their own, this combination of kid friendly features and the interesting and engaging app will get them on the right dental path and make brushing more productive and less of a chore for both them and you.