- Design – slime and lightweight
- Built in timer
- Travel case included
- Long battery life
- Better value options exist (see other choices)
The 3 BIG Question about the Colgate ProClincal C600
If you are short of time, the answers to the following 3 questions should let you know all you need to about the Colgate ProClinical 600 (view on Amazon) electric toothbrush. If we have missed something, let us know in the comments.
If you want more detail, you can read our full Colgate ProClinical C600 review further down the page or watch our video review.
1. Is there anything drastically wrong with this toothbrush?
Colgate have for a long time made good quality brushes and the 600 is no exception.
In fact all things considered it is a nice upgrade over a more ‘basic’ electric toothbrush.
2. Which other brushes should I consider?
The Colgate ProClinical 250R offers much of what the 600 does, at a more affordable price point.
Oral-B’s Pro 2 2500 is also worth consideration as it packs a little more punch for the price.
If you’re shopping with a limited budget, you may like to check out our recommendation for best budget electric toothbrush.
3. Where is the best place to buy the Colgate ProClinical C600 electric toothbrush?
The number of stockists of the ProClincal 600 are not as great as some of the other models on offer by Colgate, but you can purchase this brush from the likes of Superdrug, Ocado, Lloyds Pharmacy and Amazon.
Here at Electric Teeth we normally advise purchasing from Amazon as more often than not their prices and delivery times are amongst the best.
Just be sure to shop around and be comfortable with the retailer you buy it from, cheapest isn’t always best but of course it is very compelling!
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And now for a bit more detail….
Colgate might well be a household name but when it comes to their electric toothbrush range, they don’t appear to get quite the shelf space and exposure that the likes of Oral-B and Philips Sonicare do.
This might be in part due to marketing budgets but don’t let this cloud your judgement because Colgate are producing some fantastic brushes that really deserve more credit than they often get.
The 600 ticks a lot of boxes for the price.
Do be aware, the 600 being reviewed here is the successor to the C600 that came before it. There are some similarities but there are differences too, most notably design and brush heads included.
What’s in the box
- Colgate ProClincal 600 electric toothbrush
- 2 x 360 deep clean brush heads
- Charging stand
- Travel case
- Sonic cleaning action, up to 30,000 strokes per minute
- Built in rechargeable battery
- Over 3 weeks battery life
- 2 minute timer
- 30 second pacer
- Automatic power off
- Travel case
- Mains charger with 220-240V support
- Up to 5 times more plaque removal
- Slim and lightweight
- 30 day money back guarantee
Pros & Cons
Few electric toothbrushes are ‘perfect’ because everyone has different needs and expectations, but the 600 from Colgate isn’t far off when you consider what’s on offer.
- Design – It is a smart, lightweight and good looking brush.
- Cleaning modes – Multiple cleaning modes to achieve different oral healthcare results. LED indicators make it easy to see which mode is in use.
- Travel case -Basic and functional it serves the purpose well.
- Battery life – Some 27 days of use is possible from the battery. 54 cleaning sessions lasting 108 minutes. Impressive to say the least.
- Timer – Built in timer ensures you brush for the right amount of time and with an automatic power off feature battery life is conserved and your life made easier.
- The clean – Personal preference, but don’t get quite the same punchy fresh feeling of cleanliness as with Oral-B brushes. Still cleans very well.
Design, Usability, Clean & General Use
Smartly packaged the ProClinical 600 looks appealing and lives up to the high standard when you remove it from the box.
For many, I am sure you are included, when you hear the name Colgate, you instantly think toothpaste or toothbrush.
This is of course where they have made their name over the years, maybe with toothpaste and manual brushes more so, but their range of electric brushes are really rather good and the 600 is a fantastic example of what they do so well.
Made up of 2 key parts, you have the brush handle and the brush head.
The two detach from each other as you might expect, because the brush heads have to be replaced every 3 month’s, but more on that shortly.
Silver in colour the brush handle is lovely and slim and is perfectly cylindrical.
Where some brushes has a squarer finish the rounded body fits into the hand nicely and is lightweight too.
Smooth to the touch, there is an absence of gripping points. I would not suggest it is overly slippy but other brushes do not move through the fingertips quite so easily.
The front of the handle is where most of the action happens.
Inside the handle is of course the battery, motor and all the other wizardry that makes this brush work.
A White oval button breaks the silver body. This button actually comprises of 2 functions, it is the power and mode button.
A red power icon sits within a slight concave to the button and when pressed powers the motor on. Press it once more to turn the brush off.
Below this is the Mode button, clearly labelled and with a small raised dot that can be easily felt by the fingertip. This can be pressed to select the cleaning mode you wish to use.
You can only switch between the cleaning modes when the brush is powered on. But, once selected the brush will remember the mode you have chosen.
Out of the box, when you power the brush on, the ‘Optimum’ mode will function. Press the mode button once and it will change to ‘Deep Clean’, once more for ‘Sensitive’ and again to return to ‘Optimum’.
Below this white oval button setup are the names of the 3 cleaning modes. As each mode is selected a White light is emitted from just beneath to clearly show to you which mode is selected.
When switched off, you would not know that a light even shines through, it has been well implemented and looks smart.
Below this is the Colgate and Omron logo.
It is worth noting here that this ProClinical brush is really as a result of a partnership between Colgate with Omron. Omron are a large company that make healthcare products and it is primarily their technology that goes into the brush, but they use the Colgate branding as a way to reach users like you and I.
On the very bottom of the brush handle, which stands upright, is a recess into which fits the prong found on the top of the charging stand.
The rear of the 600’s brush handle is free of any buttons, grips or icons with the exception of a small regulatory stick in the lower third and a small raised nodule which stops the brush rolling when laid flat on a tabletop.
At the top of the brush handle is a polished silver/chrome ring that gives an edge to the design and marks the point of a colour change from Silver to White plastic. It is here where the brush head attaches and the brush begins to angle.
The angle appears more prominent when the brush head is attached. The idea of the angle is to help when it comes to brushing. It allows you and I to reach to the back of the mouth and follow the contour of the teeth and gumline with more ease.
In the box comes 2 brush heads, these are Colgate’s Deep Clean heads.
One of four different types of heads available, you can use any on the 600. All the heads simply pull on and off the brush handle, clipping into place.
What makes the Deep Clean heads so good is that they have four zones to them.
At the top of the head are soft tipped bristles to sweep and clean along the gumline.
Powertip bristles to clean deep in between teeth and hard to reach areas.
A soft rubber cup polishes teeth, to buff them and help make them whiter.
On the back of the brush head is a rubber tongue and cheek cleaner. The textured surface helps remove odour causing bacteria from the surface.
Smaller than most manual brushes making it easy to position and manipulate the brush within the mouth, particularly in the harder to reach areas at the back of the mouth.
This head also has reminder or indicator bristles which fade over time as you use the brush head. These reminder bristles begin begin being Blue in colour but fade to white. This helps you monitor when it is time to replace the head. For optimal results, replace your brush head every three months.
If you want to know more about the brush heads, just take a look at the ultimate guide to Colgate brush heads page.
The 3 cleaning modes work in slightly different ways.
- Optimum Mode – The brush moves from side-to-side and up-and-down at mid-speed to clean and polish teeth.
- Sensitive Mode – The brush moves from side-to-side at low-speed for a gentle clean on extra sensitive teeth and gums.
- Deep Clean Mode – The brush moves up and down at high-speed for a powerful clean between the teeth and molars.
Personally, I prefer the post clean feeling offered by Oral-B brushes. It sounds extreme but the clean feels harsher and leaves my mouth feeling fresher and I like that.
The Colgate ProClinical 600 feels a little softer and more sensitive in its clean.
Offering up to 5x more plaque removal than a manual brush, II have no hesitation in suggesting that the 600 can clean your teeth very well and will leave you feeling good post clean, but if you are already used to Oral-B and are thinking of switching, you might notice a difference.
If you are not used to an electric toothbrush or you are thinking this could be your first, then I think it would be an excellent option as you do not have this comparison to make.
Something you might notice is that the ProClinical emits a humming sound, which is common across all electric toothbrushes, it is the vibration of the motor. Depending on the mode being used it can be higher pitched, but it is quieter than Oral-B brushes that create a more mechanical sound rather than the quieter hum.
All 3 cleaning modes on the 600 last for 2 minutes and offer up to a maximum of 30,000 strokes per minute.
This is not a smart or connected toothbrush, but it does offer you a timer and quadpacer, to help ensure you are brushing for the right amount of time.
Once powered on at 30 second intervals a pause in the motor and in turn the brush bristles, alerts you to the need to change quadrant, for an even and effective clean.
After 120 seconds have passed the clean ends automatically and the brush turns itself off.
Dentists recommend a 2 minute clean, if you want to clean for longer you can. Simply power the brush back on. Do be aware too much time spent cleaning your teeth can be damaging too.
A feature not found on this brush, but found on the Oral-B equivalent it a pressure sensor. This on the Pro 3 3000 lights up to alert you to the fact you are brushing too hard.
On the 600 if you are brushing too hard, you will hear the motor straining and a change in the sound the brush produces, but you do not get the visual alert.
It is not essential, but is a nice to have feature.
In the box with the 600 is a travel case. It is basic and functional, holding the handle and up to 2 brush heads.
White in colour it is hinged in 2 places and clips shut. On the base are vents to allow airflow through the case.
It is not the prettiest or the toughest case but more robust than many and is not too bulky, the size has been kept to a minimum and is rounded on the edges. It does the job perfectly well avoiding unnecessary damage to the heads and handle or accidental brush activation.
Sadly unlike the Pocket-Pro from Colgate you cannot charge the brush in the case.
When the brush does need charging you need to sit it on the supplied charging stand.
Supporting 220-240v it has a 2 pin power adapter that should connect to a power outlet found in many bathrooms. If you do not have one, you will need to buy an adapter to convert the 2 pin to the 3 pin UK plug.
It takes up to 16 hours to charge and the LED on the brush handle will light up red when connected to power. Once fully charged the light turns off. When in use and the battery is low the charger light will flash to alert you that it is time to recharge it.
The brush itself is water resistant rather than waterproof. This means it will survive life in a wet bathroom and exposed to moisture from the mouth but avoid having the brush reside in water and to prolonged exposure to water.
I have no doubt that if you pick this brush you will be extremely surprised by what it offers for the price, but should you not be sure or have some doubts, it is handy to know that Colgate offer a money back guarantee. This is not well marketed and really only on properly taking a look at the box will you see this offer.
What this means it that you to try the brush and return it for a full refund of the purchase price (excluding shipping) if you are not happy. You have 30 days from the date of purchase to try the brush. If you do not like it, send it back within 45 days from date of purchase, providing you have all the original packaging as well as the original receipt.
Details of how to go about this are included in the manual but for your convenience read our article on the Colgate Money Back Guarantee for the key facts.
Like many other brushes, the 600 comes with a 2 year warranty as standard. So should something in the worse case fail and is not as a result of user damage you are normally covered.
The 600 offers everything that we ask of an electric toothbrush and a bit more whilst giving many of the benefits of an electric toothbrush.
It performs well and is pretty good to use on a day to day basis. It looks smart, is lightweight and gives you the choice of modes and protection when travelling.
Summary of Design, Usability, Clean & General Use
- Slim and light brush to hold
- Lacks grips on the handle
- 3 cleaning modes
- LED indicator to show mode selected
- 2 brush heads included
- Alternative brush heads available
- Built in 30 second pacer and 2 minute timer tells you when to change quadrant and finish brushing
- Automatically powers off at the end of the 2 minute cycle
- Water resistant
- Travel case included
- 2 year warranty as standard
- 30 day money back guarantee
Wow, this brush is a right surprise!
I can’t believe the battery life is so good. Well I knew it was going to be over 2 weeks, and getting on for 3 based on previous Colgate brushes, but….
My testing saw this brush last for some 54 cleaning sessions, which is 108 minutes of usage time and 27 days cleaning, without a recharge. This is based on 2 x 2 minute cleans each day that is 14 days of usage.
That is really good! Knocks the socks off a lot of other brushes.
I really struggle to comprehend how such a small brush offers such when you compare to the much larger Oral-B models etc.
Why do Colgate not shout about this when selling the brush, not even a mention that I have seen.
Such a battery life is undoubtedly helped by the automatic power off at the end of the cleaning cycle.
It will take up to 10 hours to charge the brush fully.
The 600 comes with a charging stand. It is a little bulky, compared to other I have seen, but not too big it is unsightly.
The 600 sits on the top and the 2 pin power connector will work on 220-240v mains power.
Summary of Battery Life
- 108 minutes of usage time or 27 days usage based on 2 cleans a day
- Takes about 10 hours to charge fully
- An LED illuminates red when the brush is charging
- Charging stand included works on 220-240v
Price & Where To Buy
If this ProClinical brush sold at the recommended retail price Colgate set, then you would have little in the way of change from £100.
Thankfully for you and I the average selling price is considerably less.
In many instances you can buy this brush for about 40-50% less than RRP as is typical in this industry.
I was lucky enough to get 60% off, paying just £40.
At this price, it is a bit of a bargain.
Some retailers continue to sell it at £100 and in many respects it is worth another £10-20 on top of what I paid. The £100 asking price is a bit of a stretch given the other options available to you.
I believe any price of £60 or below is good.
The closest direct competitor to the 600 from Oral-B is the Pro 2 2500 and that is around the £30-40 price point.
Price is always subject to change but my research indicates that you don’t need to work too hard to find a price that is much more friendly on the eye and wallet.
The 600 like any other electric toothbrush requires replacement brush heads for each user every 3 months. Replacement heads can be purchased in packs of 2 or 4 and are priced on average between £10-£19.
Generally speaking the 4 pack is more cost effective and many retailers sell the Deep Clean brush head that comes with the 600 for around £10. This gives a per head cost of just £2.50.
Using the average cost (based on one user) and ownership over 3 years, the 600 will cost £67.50 or 6p per day to own.
This price does exclude the cost of water, toothpaste and electric to charge it, but you get a rough idea.
There is a high likelihood that the brush will last longer than the 3 year period allowing you to get extra value from it. To extend the value further you could share the brush handle with a partner (using separate brush heads of course).
Please note that all costs quoted are approximates and prices will vary based on location, supplier, time of purchase. These figures should not be relied on as hard fact but as a guide, based on real information at the time of writing.
Summary of Price
- Recommended retail price of £100
- Generally available for around £50 but purchased for £40
- Brush heads typically available for £10 per pack of 4 or £2.50 each
- Works out at around 6p per day over 3 years
- Share brush handle with another user to extend value
Reliability & Long Term Use
I expect you to want an electric toothbrush to give you a few good years of service.
The good news is that most brushes will stand up and deliver as expected and I have no reason to doubt why the ProClinical 600 should be any different.
Having tested it for several weeks and given it a critical once over I can’t say that there are any particularly concerning build or quality issues to this brush.
Our tests and inspections are not scientific or involve any specialist lab equipment. However we take reliability seriously and always comment on where we think weaknesses are and should we ourselves see over time a brush failing or not performing as it should, be assured our reviews will be updated to reflect this.
Should you pickup the 600 thinking it is the brush for you and turn out to be disappointed, then the good news is that you have the 30 day money back guarantee that Colgate offer, which you can take advantage of.
Most electric toothbrushes will last for 3-5 years on average.
The 600 is supported for 2 years by Colgate under their warranty programme. Should the brush fail, for any hardware fault then it should be repaired or replaced during this time. If you wish to know more about this, read our article, Colgate warranty how it works and what it covers.
What is not to like about this brush?
Not that I should have to say a bad word about it, but I am finding it hard to find any real fault.
Personally I prefer the way in which the Oral-B models clean and leave my mouth feeling, but that by no means suggests Colgate is inferior.
Able to buy for around £40 then it is a solid performing brush, with a cracking battery life you won’t regret investing in.
However, if you can’t pick the 600 up at a good price, Colgate’s own 250R will represent a better deal for most.
- Removes five times more plaque at the gum line than a manual, flat-trim toothbrush for a healthy mouth
- Specially designed soft bristles are gentle on gums; Manual mode selection; Removes stains from teeth
- Sonic cleaning action; Reduces more than 5 times the amount of plaque at the gum line; Interdental clean
- 30 Second Pacer Pauses every 30 seconds to indicate when the user should move to another quadrant in the mouth
- 2 Minute Timer: Designed to turn off when you reach the dentist recommended 2 minute brushing time
Electric Teeth Rating
- Height (without head) – 20cm
- Height (with head) – 23cm
- Width – 2.5cm
- Thickness – 2.5cm
- Weight (without head) – 61g
- Weight (with head) – 65g
- Height – 21cm
- Width – 5.3cm
- Thickness – 3cm
- Weight (without brush) – 58g
- Weight (with brush) – 123g
All are approximates
- Is the ProClinical 600 an oscillating brush?
- No, it is not.
- How many brushing modes does the ProClinical 600 have?
- 3 cleaning modes. Optimum, Deep Clean and Sensitive. They last for 2 minutes and use sonic technology to pulsate the bristles of the brush head and clean your teeth.
- What brush head does it come with and what alternative ones can be used?
- The 600 comes supplied with 2 brush heads, Colgate’s Deep Clean brush head. You can also purchase a Triple Clean, Sensitive and Max White One as alternatives that will work with the brush.
- Does the ProClinical 600 have a pressure sensor?
- No, it does not.
- Does the ProClinical 600 have Bluetooth?
- No it does not.
- Does the ProClinical 600 have sound connectivity?
- No, it does not.
- Does the ProClinical 600 come with a warranty & how long is it?
- The warranty is 2 years.
- Does the 600 have a built in timer?
- Yes. At the end of a 2 minute cycle, the brush automatically turns off signalling the end of the cleaning time. If you want to extend your clean, you will have to power the brush back on. It does also have a 30 second pacer also referred to as a quadpacer. At 30 second intervals a slight pause in the brushing mode to tell you to change quadrants. There are 4 quadrants to the mouth.
- How long does the battery last?
- The battery lasts up to 108 minutes, which is equivalent to 3.8 weeks or 27 days of usage based on 2 x 2 minute cleans per day.
- Does it come with a charger?
- Yes. It is a charging stand that the C600 sits on and the attached power cable connects to a 2 pin socket.
- 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?
- Can I use the ProClinical 600 in the shower?
- Yes and no. The 600 is water resistant, meaning it should survive trips in the shower, but it is not waterproof and the continued exposure to water in a shower may have an effect. Ultimately it is not advised.
- Does it come with a travel case?
- Yes. The brush handle and head detach to slide into the case separately. The brush can be charged in the case.
Do you own or have you used the Colgate ProClinical 600?
Are there certain features that you 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.