So you've upgraded your teeth cleaning experience to a 21st century power brush. Good for you. It may satisfy your mouth, murder morning breath and banish plaque at a few thousand revolutions per second, but what if it's not enough? What if you want to know how the 1% brush their teeth? That's when you need the Philips Sonicare Black Diamond Edition toothbrush.
What Is It?
The ritziest toothbrush you'll ever stick in your face.
For $299.95, you get the toothbrush unit, a glass that charges your toothbrush wirelessly, a USB charging case, and two black brush heads.
In the prescribed two minutes of brushing time you're allocated automatically by the Sonicare brush, you get the equivalent of 62,000 brush movements over your chompers. It'd take you all goddamn day to equal that on a normal hand-operated brush, so it's pretty impressive at getting morning breath out of your mouth.
As a result, it gives a fantastic whole mouth clean feeling that other power toothbrushes just miss. It's not just the speed of the brush giving that to you, mind. It's also the size of the brush head.
A common complaint of power brushes is the size of the head, but it's not one that the Sonicare suffers from. Having a big head on your brush means you get more scrubbing done over the surface area of your teeth. It also introduces more paste and water into the equation in the way a normal, manual brush would. Add that in with the great oscillating programs and you're onto a fantastic clean feeling morning and night.
There are five modes on the Sonicare Black Diamond edition: your everyday Clean mode, Gum Care which massages your gums, Polish/Brighten which buffs your chompers, Sensitive/Gentle for tender teeth and gums and White which removes surface stains.
You get the automated two-minute timer on each mode, and they're all great ways to clean. You'll need to do a bit of experimentation to find out which suits you best, but the regular Clean mode I find is a great all-rounder for your two minutes over the sink.
Once you're done moving the thing around your mouth, it shuts off automatically and you can charge it in two ways: in a bespoke charging case which connects to the wall via a mini-USB (not micro) cable, or via an inductive charger at the bottom of a glass. Both are awesome, and give you a full charge by about the end of the day if you brush first thing.
That being said, the USB charging case really comes into its own when you're travelling. It's a hard case with a soft fabric finish that you can put in your suitcase and know it will arrive there safely. You don't need to worry about voltages when it comes to plugs in other countries, and it stores both the toothbrush and two brush heads just in case. It's invaluable when travelling and convenient enough to fit in your hand luggage when you travel.
A big selling point of the DiamondCare Black edition is that it has a matte black finish. It looks fantastic, but it means you'll have to be really vigilant about cleaning the body every time you use it. The matte black makes toothpaste drool stand out more than it would on a white brush. And that's just nasty to look at in anyone's bathroom.
While the charging glass is great, your toothbrush will never stand upright inside it, meaning you have to lean it at a precarious angle. That can get a little hairy, especially given that it always looks like your beautiful $300 brush is going to topple out of its pretty glass onto the dirty bathroom floor all the time.
And finally, for the life of me I can't find black head refills. Only the white ones which work out at $15 each for a refill. Honestly, I think if you're spending $300 on a brush you should get at least a year's supply of those bad boys from Philips.
Should You Buy It?
This has to be the most luxurious way to clean your teeth I've ever seen.
If you can justify dropping $300 on a toothbrush, you'll be enjoying the best in home oral care. Like I said, however, it's pricey for a brush that ostensibly does a lot of the same things as its cheaper rivals.
Even cheaper Sonicare brushes will get the job done with a nice whole mouth clean feeling.
The travel case and charging glass are the two things I'd really say put this one over and above other toothbrushes.
It's a fantastic premium experience and one of the weirder products I've ever used given its price.