All Sonicare replacement brushes at a glance. Here’s how the different variants differ in cleaning performance, durability & price.
After buying a Philips Sonicare toothbrush, there’s one more important decision: finding the right brush head.
- When it comes to Sonicare replacement brushes, you’ll find an almost overwhelming selection of different varieties.
- Advertising overflows with promises and it’s hard to keep track.
That’s why I tested the most popular replacement heads over a period of several weeks and tell you which variant convinced me the most in terms of cleaning performance & durability.
If you are short on time, here are my 3 current top recommendations from the comparison:
Test winner: Optimal White
- Very thorough cleaning
- Bristles reach the spaces between
- The best all-rounder for healthy teeth
For sensitive teeth: Sonicare Sensitive
- cleans very gently
- protects the gums
- great cleaning performance
When money is no object: Premium White
- Gentle tooth whitening
- cleans very thoroughly
- Premium price
However, you are welcome to read the full article for a comprehensive overview of all Philips Sonicare sonic toothbrush attachments
An overview of all Sonicare replacement brushes
The attachment heads tested here are suitable for all current sonic toothbrushes from Philips.
The plug-in mechanism is always the same, so all versions will work with any reasonably current sonic toothbrush from the manufacturer.
The latest versions connect to the toothbrush
Sonicare’s latest replacement brushes have an RFID chip built into them that connects to – the matching toothbrush provided –.
Models such as the Sonicare DiamondClean Smart then automatically select the best brushing mode.
- In addition, the toothbrush informs you when you should replace the replacement head (to avoid germs & maintain brushing performance)
- This is not just pure money-making, but a really useful feature that can improve your dental health (especially if you brush regularly with one brush head for more than 3 months).
In the future, such features will probably become standard anyway – currently, however, there are variants without a chip, which are usually a bit cheaper.
Many replacement heads also come in several colors (mostly black & white, other versions usually cost more).
- In addition, Philips often offers the brush heads in a standard & a mini variant, with which you reach some places in the mouth easier.
- For the mini variants offer a smaller cleaning area – so for the same cleaning result, you need to allow more time.
Who already had no difficulties with a normal manual toothbrush, can reach for the standard variant without hesitation. If you have problems reaching all places in the dentition, you should definitely try the mini variant once.
If not otherwise mentioned, I always link the standard version in the following comparison – for most adults, it offers the best cleaning result.
And now goes’s off with the various replacement heads. The current test winner makes the beginning:
Sonicare Optimal White Replacement Brush
The successor to my former favorite brush heads (DiamondClean, featured below) does everything just a little bit better.
- The elongated brush head cleans your teeth very thoroughly. At the same time, however, the bristles are not too hard & thereby protect the enamel & the gums.
- The bristles at the top fall out a little longer, which makes it easier for you especially the cleaning of the back incisors.
All this ensures healthy & bright white teeth. Of course, this replacement brush – like almost all variants in 2 colors (black & white).
The price is a bit steep – calculated over the year, my teeth but more than worth it (and the cost you get in the long run anyway by saved dental treatments purely).
The new standard model provides thorough, but not overly aggressive, tooth cleaning.
Sonicare Premium White Brush Head
If you really want the best teeth cleaning & money is no object, This variant not only features additional rounded bristles but also a rubber coating on the back.
- When brushing, you automatically massage the surrounding gums as well as the tongue, which removes germs and provides better cleaning.
- Revolutionary, the differences do not fall out in my experience – the normal variant Optimal White therefore offers for me clearly a better price performance.
If, however, you do not compromise in terms of caries prevention & looking for the best replacement brushes for white teeth at the moment, you can access here. This variant is also available in several colors.
For a proud price you get here an optimal cleaning for bright white teeth.
Sonicare Premium GumCare Replacement Brushes
This new brush head is especially recommended for people with gingivitis
- The rounded bristles clean especially gently and are softer to the touch than the other versions.
- By the way, these brushes work best with the gleichnahmigen GumCare mode, which is integrated, for example, in the Sonicare DiamondClean.
If you do not suffer from sensitive gums or incipient periodontitis, then I advise you to use another variant – because most alternatives are significantly cheaper.
But if your teeth are already sensitive and the necks of the teeth are exposed, the GumCare replacement brushes are worthwhile for a gentle, but still thorough cleaning.
Specially for people with sensitive gums – here the brush heads are the first choice.
Sonicare Premium Plaque Defense Replacement Brush Head
This brush head promises an especially thorough cleaning. The bristles feel a little harder because of it.
- In addition, they fall out longer, which is why I can reach my interdental spaces more easily (even the back molars are no problem).
- Also the cleaning of the rear incisors is somewhat easier for me due to the length (so in the long term here will certainly form less tartar).
All in all, I am very satisfied with the cleaning performance – a big difference to other variants, however, I have – contrary to the advertising promises – not be able to determine.
Naturally, this replacement head also has a built-in chip that automatically selects the appropriate cleaning mode for some toothbrushes.
Should clean particularly thoroughly. This does the replacement head, but compared to other variants, the differences turn out small.
Sonicare Sensitive replacement brushes
This variant is designed for sensitive teeth or gums.
The rounded bristles are pleasantly soft and clean the oral cavity more gently than the above variants. At the same time, you have to make almost no sacrifices in terms of cleaning performance.
- It does take a little longer, as felt, until the teeth are as smooth as with the other clip-on brushes, but all in all, the performance is more than convincing.
- I switch to a new brush on average after about two and a half months, after the bristles of the old are frayed.
The price is slightly lower compared with the newer „Premium“-replacement heads – but for this you also have to do without a built-in chip.
To truly meet every usage pattern, these attachment heads come in both standard and mini sizes.
Cleans extra gently while still being very thorough.
Sonicare DiamondClean Replacement Brushes
This clip-on brush from Philips was the standard model for a long time is still included with many models these days.
- The diamond-shaped bristles give the brush its name and, according to marketing, are supposed to provide even better brushing performance than older versions.
- In my test, this clip-on brush cleaned impeccably – plaque & unsightly discoloration have no chance with regular use.
After a few passes, the teeth shone a little brighter. Although the DiamondClean variant must do without a chip in contrast to the successor, but they are also a little cheaper.
So if you don’t have a sonic toothbrush with wireless connectivity yet (currently most models), you can easily choose this version.
The DiamondClean replacement brushes are available in both standard and mini sizes. There is also a black version.
The rounded bristles provide a thorough, yet gentle clean.
Sonicare ProResults Replacement Brush
The former standard version cleans just as well as it has for several years now.
The bristles feel a little softer than the DiamondClean, which also translates into minimally quieter operation.
- But the cleaning performance is on the whole comparable, all teeth are cleaned properly and the brush head provides a fresh feeling in the mouth.
- In terms of durability, there were no problems, all brushes lasted three months. The drop-off in cleaning performance over time was slightly higher than the DiamondClean.
Overall, however, the differences are limited – but I personally like the longer bristles of the DiamondClean, with which I reach many places in the mouth easier.
Is the inexpensive variant & cleans thoroughly. I prefer at almost the same price the DiamondClean.
Sonicare InterCare toothbrush head
This variant is equipped with long bristles, which are supposed to effectively clean especially the interdental spaces.
In practice, our testers definitely noticed a difference from the other variants. This brush is harder, but cleans a little more thoroughly.
However, it is often no longer found in stores. Philips is apparently gradually replacing it with the newer Sonicare PlaqueDefense from above.
Sonicare AdaptiveClean Brush Head
This brush head for Philips sonic toothbrushes is said to not only be more hygienic, but also to adapt to the contour of the tooth as well as the gums.
The bristles themselves are a little harder than the standard version, but by no means uncomfortable. As a special feature, however, the brush head gives way and thus adapts to the shape of the tooth.
Also this variant is hardly more available – better reach for the successor Plaque Defense.
Durability: How long should I use Sonicare replacement brushes?
Over time, the bristles of replacement heads wear down, leading to decreased cleaning performance.
So-called reminders lose their blue color over time – and announce a necessary replacement.
While the feeling of cleanliness is still very good, especially compared to a regular manual toothbrush, the result cannot compete with a new attachment head.
That’s why you should replace the brush heads regularly.
The reduced cleaning performance we have also been able to determine in our test, because already after a few weeks, the tooth cleaning was no longer as effective and thorough as at the beginning.
This does not mean, however, that you have to throw away the attachment heads right away: I simply extended the brushing times a little and was still able to achieve a more than satisfactory result as a result.
However, you cannot continue to use the brush heads indefinitely even then.
At the latest every 3 months
Philips itself recommends replacing the toothbrush heads at least every three months. In practice, I had no problem getting to this mark with the attachable brushes I tested.
- In view of the salted price, Philips controls the quality thoroughly, which is why broken replacement heads are really a rarity.
- The manufacturer can also afford it quietly, because after a certain period of time you have to provide replacements for hygiene reasons.
Even if the brush head should still clean effectively, germs and bacteria collect between the bristles over time.
Even with the best care, deposits & germs spread over time.
Some users even use their attachment brushes for a longer period than the recommended 3 months, but I can only advise against this.
So, for hygienic reasons, you really should dispose of the brush after 3 months at the latest. As a little help, the Philips replacement brush heads have so-called reminders.
- These are blue strips that turn white over time. This helps you decide when to get new brush heads.
- As mentioned, current versions have a chip built in that automatically reminds you to replace them in a timely manner.
Possibly costs on the year a little more money – but the cost you get in the long run guaranteed again. Consistent prevention is ALWAYS cheaper than expensive treatments at the dentist.
Summary of Sonicare replacement brushes comparison
This review of Sonicare replacement brush heads shows one thing above all: there is no one best model
Depending on the intended use and individual needs, one variant is sometimes more or sometimes less suitable.
Philips Sonicare attachments such as the Optimal White or the Diamond Clean are suitable for most users and differ only in subtleties.
Everyone who wants a really thorough cleaning especially in the interdental spaces will be happy with the Plaque Defense attachable brushes.
Users with sensitive gums can give the new Premium GumCare brush a chance. The brushing sensation differs noticeably & is gentler. Also the proven Sensitive variant is suitable for all sensitive teeth.
I hope with this overview to have made it easier for you to choose the right brush head. You are also welcome to take a look at my other guides: