- 1 cleaning mode
- Built-in timer and pacer
- Automatic power off
- Battery life
- Rebadged Sonicare 2 series
- Older battery technology
- No pressure sensor
- Better value options exist (see choices)
The 3 BIG Question about the Sonicare DailyClean 3100
If you are short of time, the answers to the following 3 questions should let you know all you need to about the DailyClean 3100 from Sonicare.
You can read the full Sonicare DailyClean 3100 review further down the page.
1. Is there anything drastically wrong with this toothbrush?
No, not at all. It has the essentials of an electric toothbrush covered.
It does what you need and want it to do and not a whole lot more.
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2. Which other brushes should I consider?
Without question, the Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4300 would be a much better investment now and for the foreseeable future. It has more features and delivers more bang for the buck.
If you are not brand sensitive, then the Oral-B Pro 2 2500 is an absolutely fantastic option as not only is it more feature-rich than the 3100, it is better value also. We currently rate it as the best brush you can choose, all things considered.
3. Where is the best place to buy the DailyClean 3100?
At the time I write this review, which is only several weeks after the 3100 launched, the only retailer I am aware of stocking this model, is Amazon.
I am sure as time goes on it will become available on the shop shelves of other large retailers and within the inventory of many other online retailers also.
If you think this is the brush for you, then it is always worth spending a few minutes doing a quick web search to see who else may be stocking it and if there are better prices available.
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And now for a bit more detail….
The Sonicare DailyClean 3100 has been launched as a new toothbrush for 2019, however, really it isn’t.
The 3100 is essentially a rebadged 2 Series that launched 3 or 4 years ago (circa 2015/16).
Specs and design-wise it is identical, but the 3100 even comes with a manual that says 2 series on it.
The 2 series was and still is a fairly good toothbrush. But recently it has been phased out and the DailyClean range, notably the 3100 brought in to replace it.
What’s different between them? From what I can tell, pretty much only the name.
Why fix something that ain’t broke?
It certainly appears to be that way here. Just a new name and a new lick of paint, to bring the 2 Series in line with more current Sonicare branding and messaging. A cheap and easy rebrand for Sonicare then?!
So, if you own a 2 Series already, the 3100 might be a good replacement if you like what you have, but it is by no means an upgrade.
Variants of this brush
Like all toothbrush manufacturers, Sonicare likes to induce a bit of buyer confusion when it comes to purchasing a toothbrush.
Hopefully, I can simplify this a bit for you, so that you buy the brush that is right for you.
DailyClean is a name used for a number of different models. It is 1 of several ranges offered by Sonicare.
At the time of review, the DailyClean range consists of the 1100, 2100, 3100 and the 3500.
The 1100, 2100 and 3100 all look slightly different and have 1 or 2 very small differentiating elements between them.
The 3100 and 3500 share the same design, but their box contents differ.
All 4 models that fall under the DailyClean range have a least 1 variant, where the main distinguishing feature is handle colour.
In this instance, the 3100 I am reviewing here comes in 3 different options.
- DailyClean 3100 – HX6221/56
- White coloured brush handle with a green power button and blue oval panel and base
- Comes with 1 x C1 ProResults brush head
- White charging stand
- DailyClean 3100 – HX6221/66
- Blue coloured brush handle with a blue power button and white oval panel
- Comes with 1 x C1 ProResults brush head
- White charging stand
- DailyClean 3100 – HX6221/67
- Black coloured brush handle with a black power button and white oval panel
- Comes with 1 x C1 ProResults brush head
- Black charging stand
I want to make extra mention of the 3500.
I do so because aside from the brush head and travel case, it is technically the same as the 3100.
- DailyClean 3500 – HX6221/59
- Mint green coloured brush handle with a mint green power button and white oval panel
- Comes with 1 x W2 Optimal White brush head
- White charging stand
- Mint green travel case
The images in this review, show the HX6221/66, blue coloured DailyClean 3100.
What’s in the box
- Philips Sonicare DailyClean 3100 toothbrush handle
- 1 x C1 ProResults brush head
- 1 x Charging stand
- 1 x Travel cap
- Sonicare cleaning technology
- 2 minute timer
- 14 day battery life
- 2 year warranty
Pros & Cons
Here are what I consider to be the pros and cons of the 3100 DailyClean Sonicare toothbrush.
- 1 cleaning mode – Simple and effective, just 1 cleaning mode to get the job done.
- Built-in timer and pacer – Be encouraged to brush evenly and for the dentist recommended brushing time.
- Automatic power-off – The brush turns itself off at the end of a cleaning cycle.
- Battery life – Far exceeds the 2 weeks claimed battery life.
- Rebadged 2 series – Made to look newer than it really is.
- Older battery technology – Uses a NiMH battery as opposed to lithium-ion.
- No pressure sensor – No mechanism to alert you when brushing too hard.
- Better value options exist – The likes of the ProtectiveClean 4300 is a better investment of your cash.
Design, Usability, Clean & General Use
As I have shown in the variants section of this review, the DailyClean 3100 comes in 3 colour variants. A nice touch is that their retail packaging is colour matched.
Subsequently, I have quite a nice blue coloured box that conforms with the current styling of Sonicare product packaging and matches the refreshing blue colour of the handle.
The box is a little larger than it needs to be. It has space for a travel case, which sadly only comes with the more expensive 3500 variant of the DailyClean.
A travel case can protect the brush from damage and more frequently accidental activation, so it can be a nice in box extra.
This is the first time I have noticed it, but the box states that it is made from 90% recycled content, which is good to know.
Once opened, the brush comes presented in a cardboard tray. The handle and the provided accessories are wrapped in plastic, which is supposed to be recyclable, but this will likely depend on your local recycling policies.
The handle itself is not perfectly round. It’s more like a rounded square. This means there are no harsh edges but it’s certainly a little blockier than some other Sonicare models.
I have no complaints here. It feels comfortable enough in hand and is easy to grip onto. It feels robust also.
The handle itself is not completely minimalist in its design, but there is far less going on than some other models.
Looking at the brush head-on, in the upper third of the brush handle, is the Philips Sonicare logo in a grey/silver font.
Sitting a little over halfway up the handle is the power button.
On this model, the button is blue in colour, matching the rest of the handle. It is circular and is convex in shape. There is also a power icon embossed onto the button, which makes it very clear to the fingertip where your finger is located.
Although convex, the button does not really stand proud of the handle.
The button is a rubber material and provides a perfectly adequate amount of feedback when pressed.
Surrounding the power button is an ovalish shape that is about 4cm (1.5 inches) tall running down the handle. This shape is white in colour and offers a bit of contrast to the otherwise blue handle.
It is worth a mention that whilst black and white are more standard colour options for toothbrushes, the blue handle here is quite different, nice and appealing.
The brush heads supplied with all colour variants is white, which adds a contrast to the blue and black models.
On premium Sonicare brushes black handles often get colour matched brush heads.
Interestingly, however, the black brush handle of the 3100 does come with a colour matched charging stand. All other variants have a white charger.
Just up from the bottom of the brush handle, on the front side, is the battery icon.
It looks silver on this blue variant but is backlit to show the power remaining.
A green light means a high level of charge, whilst a yellow light means a low level.
No light at all? Then the charge is between high and low.
The built-in battery should be good for at least 2 weeks of use on a full charge.
The sides of the handle are smooth to the touch.
Turn the brush around and on the back of the handle are a series of differently sized raised dots.
The dots are placed in the centre of the brush handle, with smooth plastic above and below.
They add texture and give a surface onto which the fingertips more naturally fall and grip the handle. Simple, but functional, it is elements like this that make it a pleasure to use on a daily basis.
The toothbrush stands upright on a flat surface, but the base does have a recess into which the prong on the charging stand fits.
Move towards the top of the handle and there is a slight tapering and your eye is drawn to the metal shaft that extends from inside the handle.
Sealed inside the handle with the motor, is the rechargeable battery and the other electronics that make this toothbrush function.
The seal means that the handle is waterproof, so you can use it in the shower should you choose and it will survive a good rinse under the tap.
It is to this shaft that the brush head attaches. The provided brush head clips straight on.
There is no complicated fitting procedure. Push on to attach and pull off to remove.
Whilst the C1 ProResults brush head comes supplied, any other Sonicare brush head can be fitted to and used with the DailyClean 3100. The heads are interchangeable and are not brush handle specific.
My guide to Sonicare brush heads might be worth a read.
You may too find value, by considering some third-party/aftermarket brush heads. These can prove more cost-effective.
I have another guide to aftermarket Sonicare brush heads available here, that gives extra insight and makes you aware of what to look for.
The heads do come with a small, transparent travel cap. It fits over the very top of the brush head to protect the bristles of the brush when in transit.
This cap can be retained and used should you travel with the toothbrush, to avoid any unnecessary damage to the bristles, but the size of the cap makes it quite easy to misplace.
It is important to try and replace the brush head every 3 months, sooner if the bristles are showing obvious signs of wear and damage.
Everyone’s brushing style and teeth are different, so wear times can vary, but as a general rule 3 months is the suggested usage period. Using a brush beyond this can potentially do damage to the teeth and gums.
With the design of the brush handle covered, let me explain a little more about how this brush works.
The brush has 1 brushing/cleaning mode, called clean.
It does not have a sensitive, whitening, gum care, tongue clean or deep cleaning mode.
Whilst these additional modes can potentially bring benefits, for the vast majority 1 mode is more than good enough.
It seems a prudent point to refer to the marketing message on the box. It says ‘whiter and healthier teeth for a brighter smile, than a manual brush’.
An electric toothbrush is clinically proven to clean more effectively than a manual toothbrush when used correctly. The number of movements and the consistency means plaque and debris are removed better than with a manual brush.
A manual brush is perfectly fine to use, but most users will gain a benefit from switching to electric.
The removal of more plaque and debris can help improve the early stages of gum disease, making your mouth, notably you gums, healthier.
An electric toothbrush can remove surface stains from the teeth. Food and lifestyle habits can dull the natural colour. As the brush removes these stains the teeth look whiter. However, it cannot change the natural tooth colour.
A feature found on some Sonicare brushes is brushing intensities. This feature usually allows the user to select a high, medium or low brushing power. There are also no different brushing intensities on the DailyClean 3100.
The brush operates at 31,000 brush strokes per minute. No other choice. You, therefore, get the full power of the brush at all times. The only exception being the first 14 days of use unless you disable the Easy-Start mode.
Easy-Start is a clever feature of this brush aimed at new electric toothbrush users.
To a new user, the number of brush strokes per minute can feel quite intense. Easy-Start gradually increases the brushing power of the toothbrush over a 14 day period. Gently easing you in, by the end of the 2 weeks, the brush should be operating at full power and you will have become accustomed to the brushing sensation.
A single press of the power button will turn the brush on, a second press will turn it off. Or, let the brush run through the entirety of the single cleaning mode and the toothbrush will turn itself off.
This automatic power-off functionality is available on almost all Sonicare models and I love it.
It is such a simple, yet handy feature.
The cleaning mode lasts for the dentist recommended 2 minutes. You can brush for longer if you like, but you will need to power the brush back on.
As the brush is powered on, the timer is activated, this is essentially what turns the brush off at the 2 minute time mark.
However, another really useful and what I consider an essential part of this timer is the quadpacer.
At 30 second intervals, there is a very slight pause in the brushing motion, which changes the sound and sensation of brushing and is your alert to move the brush head to a different section of the mouth.
The idea here is that you spend 30 seconds cleaning each quadrant of the mouth. You have the upper right, upper left, lower right and lower left as the quadrants.
Taking this approach to brushing ensures you as best as possible brush the teeth evenly and don’t just focus on the front teeth, for example, working towards healthier teeth and gums.
To ensure you are doing the best job possible, you should take a look at my guide to using an electric toothbrush. It will teach you the correct brushing technique, as the style needed is different for a manual or electric toothbrush. In fact, the technique is different between Oral-B and Sonicare.
A pressure sensor can alert you when you are brushing with too much force, stopping you doing unnecessary damage to your gums.
Sadly, the 3100 DailyClean from Sonicare does not have such a feature, you will need to look at the ProtectiveClean 4300 for this.
All Sonicare brushes produce an audible humming sound when in operation as the motor does its job. The 3100 is no exception.
Whilst audible to the user, if you were to brush your teeth in the next room whilst your partner or children were asleep, you shouldn’t have to shut the door. The sound is quiet enough that it will unlikely wake them. The same can’t be said for Oral-B brushes, so the DailyClean stands out for being quiet.
Before moving on to the next section of the review, it is worth noting that as standard, the brush comes with a 2 year warranty, covering you for any faults that are not as a result of user damage.
Summary of Design, Usability, Clean & General Use
- Squarer design, but rounded for a comfortable in hand use
- Gripping points on the back of the brush handle
- Available in white, black and blue
- Panel on the front contrasts the brush handle colour
- Single cleaning mode
- Built-in 2 minute timer and quadpacer
- Automatic power off
- Easy-Start feature increasing brushing power over 14 days
- 1 x C1 ProResults brush head supplied
- Range of alternative brush heads available seperately
- Brush heads should be replaced every 3 months
- Built-in rechargeable battery
- The handle is waterproof
- No travel case provided, but small cap to fit over brush head bristles
- 2 year warranty as standard
Built into the handle of the DailyClean 3100 is a rechargeable battery.
It is not user-removable.
The battery is a Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) battery and not Lithium-Ion that is used in many brushes today.
In principle, this is not a problem as NiMH is a tried and tested battery technology. It is just that lithium batteries are generally considered better and you will find these in most new electric toothbrushes and certainly more premium models.
The 3100 claims a 2 week battery life.
Based on 14 days, that is 28 brushing sessions, each 2 minutes in length.
I have every expectation that the 3100 will meet and exceed this battery life as Sonicare have a tendency to underrate the true running time.
After a few weeks of testing, I can confirm that I achieved a staggering 160 minutes of brushing time, which is 80 brushing sessions or 40 days.
That is in excess of 5 weeks of usage time, despite the claimed battery life being only 2 weeks.
Obviously this is incredibly impressive. Achieving 3 weeks I would have been pleased.
I don’t know whether it was a bit of a fluke in my testing that the battery lasted so well?!
However, I think it is safe to say that 2 weeks will be the absolute minimum and around 4 weeks is going to be the average.
The 3100 does have a battery icon on the handle, which is lit with an LED.This is something most models have, but the cheaper DailyClean 1100 does not.
The battery icon gives you at a glance feedback about the condition of the battery and whether or not it requires charging.
If the icon is green, it means the power levels are good.
If the icon is yellow, the power is low.
Should the icon be yellow and 3 beeps are heard along with a vibration, then the charge of the battery is at less than 10% and you should consider a recharge.
If you see no colour to the battery icon, then it means the power is somewhere between high and low and you don’t necessarily need to charge it.
Sadly the 3100 does not give any more specific battery information such as a percentage, nor does it have several bars to the battery to determine its power that way.
However, the feedback it gives is better than nothing and generally suffices.
When the brush needs recharging, you just sit it on the supplied charging stand.
All white in construction the stand is a little wider and deeper than the brush itself and measures in at a few centimetres tall.
On the top is a prong that fits into the recess on the base of the toothbrush.
Extending from the rear of the stand is a 2 pin plug with a length of power cord.
This 2 pin plug is not a European plug, but instead the 2 pin connector suitable for shaver socket power outlets found in UK bathrooms.
The brush does not come with a 3 pin UK power adapter, but it is possible to charge the brush from a 3 pin socket, you just need to purchase an appropriate adapter separately.
The stand itself supports 100-240v, so if you travel internationally and want to take the stand, you need only worry about a plug adapter and not a voltage adapter.
Sonicare generally suggests that it can take up to 48 hours to charge the toothbrush fully.
Whilst charging the battery icon will flash green.
It is perfectly fine to leave the brush on the charging stand and you can take it off at any time, you don’t have to ensure it is fully charged to use it.
Summary of Battery Life
- Claimed 14 days usage based on 2 cleans a day
- Achieved 40 days battery life
- Uses a NiMH battery
- The battery is fixed inside the handle, not removable
- Green battery icon means power levels are high
- Yellow battery icon means power levels are low
- Yellow battery icon and 3 beeps, as well as vibration, means less than 10% power remains
- No colour to battery icon means power is between high and low
- Charging stand supplied
- 2 pin plug for shaver sockets
- Works on 100-240 volts
- Can be left on the charger
- Flashing green icon when on charging stand means its charging
- Takes up to 48 hours to charge fully
Price & Where To Buy
£69.99 is the recommended retail price (RRP) that Philips Sonicare this brush should be sold for.
£89.99 is the suggested sale price of the DailyClean 3500 that comes with a travel case.
The £20 premium for the travel case might seem kind of logical, as you get something extra in the box. But it always makes me giggle because the box says ‘special gift edition – free case’. Not so free if you have to pay a premium!
Now, in principle, these prices are not too bad, when you compare it to some other Sonicare models that retail in excess of £300.
However, you are generally not getting the best value when you pay these prices.
It is very common for electric toothbrushes to be sold at a discount.
Sonicare models typically sell for 20-50% less.
Thus, the standard 3100 model should really be sold for somewhere between £35 and £56. I say should, I can’t depict the pricing, but based on industry trends this is where it would normally sit.
Calculating the price of ownership over a 3 year period is what I do to try and give some benchmark by which to compare electric toothbrushes.
Factoring in the average cost of replacement brush heads over 3 years, there is an additional £66 to add to the cost of the brush.
Pay the full £69.99 and over 3 years it will cost you £135.99 or 12p per day.
If it does sell at a more reasonable price of £35, then the cost drops to £101 or 9p per day.
To give some extra perspective, the DailyClean 1100 has a retail price of £50 but sells for as little as £20.
Aside from a few aesthetic differences, there are barely any technical differences between that DailyClean 1100 and the 3100 I am reviewing here.
Yes, the improved design of the 3100 is worth a few pounds, but no more than about £10 in my opinion.
I paid the full retail price of £69.99. I did not receive is as a sample or for free, so I feel I can say quite confidently that there are better value options exist.
The DailyClean 1100 might be one option, it is certainly better value for money, but having used Sonicares own ProtectiveClean 4300 I do believe this is a better buy for your overall dental health.
Now, to be fair it does work out more expensive at approximately 14p per day, but there are some nice benefits as a result.
The brush has a built-in pressure sensor, a better battery life and it also has a very clever technology that actively tracks the brush head and how long it has been used for, alerting you when it is time to replace it.
I think this is worth the extra spend, but you may feel differently.
If you are not too worried about which brand you opt for, Oral-B’s Pro 2 2500 is worth serious consideration.
It comes in at around 7p per day. It offers a 2 week battery life, pressure sensor and travel case.
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 & Summary
- Recommended retail price of £69.99
- Brushes often sold at a discount of 20-50%; circa £35-56.
- Works out at 8-12p per day to own over 3 years, subject to what price you pay
- The DailyClean 1100 from Sonicare is better value
- The ProtectiveClean 4300 is a better brush for your dental health
Reliability & Long Term Use
The overall design, fit and finish on the 3100 is pretty good.
I try as best as possible to look for weakness but I struggle to find any here.
At the base of the brush is a slight break in the plastic body, that denotes the attachment of the bottom of the brush, where presumably the construction process required the battery and electronics to be pushed up and into the handle.
But this break in the all-plastic body is very minimal and there is no evidence that it should likely come apart any time soon.
Add to this the fact that the 3100 is based on an already tried and tested form factor, then I can pretty confidently say that reliability should be pretty good.
Naturally, some units will fail, that is the nature of electronic products after all, but the failure rate will be very low and this concern should not put you off buying it.
The handle is waterproof and is designed to withstand the typical life of an electric toothbrush.
Sonicare offer a 2 year warranty. This covers you against parts failing and workmanship, but not user damage.
As I said at the start of this review, the DailyClean 3100, is just a rebadged Sonicare 2 series electric toothbrush, with a new lick of paint.
Despite being based on a design that is now 4+ years old, it still stands strong and is a very commendable brush.
It does what you need and expect of it.
However, other brush ranges have developed and the newer Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4300 is for me a much more sensible purchase.
It is more feature-rich and I believe can serve you better in your quest to achieve and maintain good oral health care.
Electric Teeth Rating
- Height (without head) – 19cm
- Height (with head) – 25cm
- Width – 3.3cm
- Thickness – 3.3cm
- Weight (without head) – 133g
- Weight (with head) – 139g
All are approximates
- Is the Sonicare DailyClean 3100 an oscillating brush?
- No, it is not.
- How many brushing modes does the Sonicare 1100 have?
- This brush offers 1 cleaning mode only.
- What brush head does it come with and what alternative ones can be used?
- The brush comes provided with 1 x C1 ProResults brush head.
- Sonicare do have a range of alternative brush heads that are compatible including, DiamondClean, ProResults, ProResults Gum Health, Sensitive and InterCare and more.
- Does the DailyClean have a pressure sensor?
- No, it does not.
- Does the Sonicare DailyClean Series have Bluetooth?
- No, it does not.
- Does the Sonicare DailyClean come with a warranty & how long is it?
- Yes, it does. The warranty is 2 years.
- Does the Sonicare 3100 DailyClean 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?
- Sonicare claim the battery lasts 2 weeks (14 days). My hands on testing lasted a whopping 80 brushing sessions, which is 40 days!
- Does it come with a charger?
- Yes, a charging station is included with the toothbrush.
- Can this be fixed to a wall?
- The charging station has not been designed to be fixed to a wall.
- Can I use the DailyClean in the shower?
- Yes, the brush handle is waterproof so it can be used in the shower. Do not submerge the brush in water,however.
- Does it come with a travel case?
- No, the DailyClean 3100 does not come with a travel case.
- Opt for the 3500 to receive a travel case in the box.
Do you own or have you used the Philips DailyClean 3100?
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.