What’s the difference between the Philips Sonicare HX6731/02 and the HX6511/50?
One is from Philips EasyClean range whilst the other is from the HealthyWhite series of electric toothbrushes, but both use Sonicare technology.
What sets these two brushes apart?
- The HX6731/02 is part of the HealthyWhite series of brushes whilst the HX6511 is part of the EasyClean range.
- The HX611/50 has 1 cleaning modes compared to HX6731 which has 3.
- 2 brush heads come with the 6731, only one with the 6511.
- A travel case is included with HX6731.
- Both have docking station, but HX6731 has the option to play host to 2 brush heads.
- The HX6731/02 looks a little more appealing.
- The HX6511 is half the price of the 6731.
If you have managed to keep up so far with the very confusing product names then well done because they are quite a mouthful!
To make things a little simpler for the rest of this article, I will refer to each as the HealthyWhite and the EasyClean.
The HealthyWhite is the more feature rich, the more appealing and more expensive brush.
First launched in April 2008 the HealthyWhite is somewhat of a veteran in the electric toothbrush space with the EasyClean launching in 2011.
Despite the EasyClean being newer the focus was on a more cost effective brush and it lacks some of the more premium features of the HealthyWhite.
Both have quite a clinical look to them, but the HealthyWhite is certainly the more appealing with the front panel having additional LEDs for the different cleaning modes and a pearlescent paint/shimmer to this part of the brush.
The remainder of the handle is a smooth, gloss white, as is the case with the EasyClean, although both do have a series of plastic grips running down the back of the brush.
In the box, the EasyClean comes with the minimal of contents, the brush, charger, brush head and documentation. The HealthyWhite comes with the same items, but has also a travel case, a secondary smaller brush head and the charging station has 2 prongs on which the brush heads can sit, the EasyClean does not have this.
The different sized brush heads can be purchased and added to the EasyClean if you choose, but at an additional cost. The benefit of the smaller brush head is to reach certain areas of the mouth and it is better suited to those who have restricted jaw movement or require a smaller than standard brush head to complete the clean.
Rather impressively both brushes offer a battery life of up to 3 weeks usage which is very impressive and a highly commendable feature.
The noise from each brush is similar with a high pitched hum as the motor runs inside the brush.
Both have a mint green accented power button to activate the brush. They key itself provides a good level of feedback.
The EasyClean has the LED indicator for battery power built into the button whereas the HealthyWhite’s battery indicator is at the bottom of the brush handle.
Both give you a warning of the battery status via a colour coded illumination of the battery icon.
Both offer an Easy-start mode whereby when first switching to the brush over the first 14 brushing cycles the power of the Sonicare technology which can achieve up to 31,000 strokes per minute is reduced to ease the transition from a manual or another electric toothbrush. It helps the gums and teeth become accustomed to the power and brushing style.
The HealthyWhite does have the 2 additional cleaning modes of sensitive and clean and white which help if you have sensitive gums or are particularly looking to achieve that pearly white smile. These additional modes can impact on battery life.
Both have a built in timer to assist with the 2 minute clean. The timer activates at 30, 60 and 90 seconds briefly pausing the brush head motion to give an audible warning that it is time to change quadrant in the mouth. With either brush at the end of the cleaning cycle they automatically power off to conserve power and save you as the user having to click that power button again.
After undergoing full testing with our team here at Electric Teeth, looking at design, price, functionality and battery life, both scored a respectable 4 out of 5.
Due to the different features it is hard to actually say which is better.
Gut instinct is that the EasyWhite HX6511 brings better value for money, but if you need or want additional cleaning modes the HealthyWhite HX6731 offers this.
When reviewed the price of the EasyClean worked out at 8p per day based on 3 years of ownership compared to the rather pricey 11p per day of the HealthyWhite.
Some time has passed and the HealthyWhite has dropped in price to become much more comparably priced but still commanding a reasonable premium.
Available from a wide array out stores from high street pharmacists to online retailers like Amazon, the prices of these brushes can vary considerably. Typically there is about £30 difference between the two with both approximately, 50% less than its recommended retail price.
At the time of writing the best prices for we could find for the EasyClean was £39.95 (view on Amazon) and £69.98 for the HealthyWhite.
Do you own or have you used either of these brushes.
Are there certain features that you really like or dislike?
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